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Missouri is just beginning to emerge from its stay-at-home order in response to the pandemic threat. Who ever imagined that pandemic planning policies would become a reality? What was once regarded as a threat with low probability of occurrence will likely become a much higher probability as we navigate through the coming years. The realization of this threat has certainly changed the way we view ourselves and the world around us. It has sensitized us to our newfound vulnerability. This month, I am writing to you from the Joplin, MO office of OXEN Technology. Considering our present circumstances, our physical…
Terry Allen
May 18, 2020
LeadershipSecurity

Feeling the COVID-19 Panic? Don’t Forget Your Cybersecurity

Attackers Are Taking Advantage of Unprecedented Changes What we’re witnessing today with the COVID-19 pandemic is unprecedented. Local governments are banning large gatherings. Many businesses and institutions are forced to close or adjust work schedules. Organizations that can are moving their employees to reduced hours or remote work. This means many people are now working from home for the first time and encountering issues with connectivity and access to company networks and data. The social isolation, uncertainty, and distractions cause anxiety and mistakes. On top of all of this, cyber attackers are already trying to take advantage of a world…
OXEN Technology
March 30, 2020
ConsultingLeadershipSecurity

3 Signs You Need a Shared CIO

You may have heard about shared CIO services – or a “virtual CIO” – and wondered what that is and whether it would help you. How do you know if you would benefit from CIO or CISO services? For one, a Shared CIO (Chief Information Officer) or Shared CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) doesn’t replace your existing leadership of IT staff. Instead, this position enhances your IT team and your business leadership. This is a consultative person who helps you define a strategy to best use technology and manage cyber risks based on your actual business goals. CIO services aren’t…
OXEN Technology
March 9, 2020
ConsultingInfrastructureLeadershipSecurity

5 Tips on Managing & Planning Your Technology in 2020

In the IT industry, there are always new projects and upgrades coming, plus new concerns and trends. What should you consider implementing in 2020? Here are our tips for what to keep in mind when managing your cybersecurity risks and planning for the future. #1 Is your Windows Software wanted dead or alive? Are you still running Windows 7 and/or Windows Server 2008? Are you on Windows 8, but not yet ready to step up to Windows 10 and the latest updates? Remember that both Windows 7 and Server 2008 hit end of life in January 2020. Windows 8 reached…
OXEN Technology
December 10, 2019
InfrastructureLeadership

2019 State of the IT Industry Landscape, Part 5: The Internet of Things and Wireless

In the fifth and final installment of our 2019 update on the state of the IT landscape, we look at two more industry trends: the Internet of Things (IoT) and wireless and wi-fi technologies. What are they, and why is demand increasing? Why is cybersecurity still of constant importance in these areas? Industry Trends: The Internet of Things (IOT) What is the Internet of Things? The IoT is a global network of objects that collect and communicate data via the internet. It extends Internet connectivity beyond laptops, phones, and tablets to an extremely diverse range of “things”. IoT devices include…
OXEN Technology
August 19, 2019
Cloud SolutionsLeadership

2019 State of the IT Industry Landscape, Part 4: The Cloud

This is part four of OXEN Technology’s 2019 update on the state of the IT landscape. In the first three parts we covered: the accelerating changes affecting the IT industry, the current economic outlook for the U.S. and the IT industry, and the growing importance of cybersecurity. In this section, we look at the effects of the cloud and cloud computing. Industry Trends: Cloud The future is here. Predictions of rapid adoption of cloud-based applications from only two years ago are already history. Today 91% of businesses claim to be using some sort of cloud computing. (And many small businesses…
OXEN Technology
August 12, 2019