Into the Breach

 

There is an idiom that reads: to step into the breach.

Its meaning is pretty simple. To step into the breach means to do someone’s work when they are unable to do it.

What to do about Equifax.

It’s been in the news for a couple of weeks, and rather than react immediately, we at Carolinas NetCare decided to see how it unfolded. It has not unfolded well.

First, this is a consumer problem by and large. While it doesn’t effect companies per se, ...

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Staying alert to email viruses.

 

In the office as well as home, everyone receives and sends email. That means that in your organization, it’s important for every one on your team to know how to detect spam, infected email attachments hoaxes, scams and other nefarious activity.

You protect your company by making sure employees are well informed on how to detect suspicious email and what they should do. Here are some ...

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What’s the password?

“Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don’t let anyone else use it, and get a new one every six months.” (Clifford Stoll)

Well, we hate to tell you Cliff, but you are going to have to come up with something new when it comes to passwords. That’s because The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently published updated guidelines and best practices related to passwords and authentication methods. And the first best practice to be changed is no more periodic ...

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We’ve looked at clouds…

For a while, we’ve been advising NetCare™ clients this: backups don’t matter if you can’t restore. (If you attended our Spring 2017 Technology Briefing, you’ll recall me speaking to this in some depth).

To that end, we’ve spent the better part of this year researching the best cloud-based vendors for systems and data protection, with verified backups and quick recovery options. ...

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Five Strategies for Managing Remote Employees

 

 

Back in the day, we all showed up for work at the same place around the same time.

Upon arrival, you might have poured yourself a cup of coffee and talked with a few co-workers about the big game over the weekend, or the laughed about last night’s episode of Everybody Loves Raymond.

(Wow. Talk about old school!)

We’ve had extensive conversations with ...

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Meet Tanner Johnson

Strong IT talent is what keeps our company—and yours—ahead of the competition. That’s why Tanner Johnson’s digital application stood out from the rest, and got our attention when it landed in our inbox.

A recent graduate of UNC Wilmington with a major in management information systems, it was Tanner’s grasp of the importance of customer service that made it clear he would be a good fit for the Carolinas NetCare team. Tanner understands that knowledge and ability to learn are just ...

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Don’t take the bait!

I suppose if I was a fish, nothing would be more tempting to me than a small, slow multi-colored something that looks an awful lot like another juicy fish swimming by me in an unassuming manner at a time when I’m really hungry or just bored. Low hanging fruit, right? My natural tendency would probably be to jump on it, swim over to it quickly and gobble it up before another fish ...

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Review. Respond. Repeat.

 

The cutting edge. It’s crucial for a business of any size to be there. To stay there. Or if you’re not, to get there. It’s what gives you that little extra you need to compete, and sometimes to survive.

What can you do to keep your edge over your competition? In this blog series, we’ve gone into detail about the first five points of our ...

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More ransomware? Breathe easy!

Here we go again. It’s June 28 and the news yesterday was filled with another cyber-attack with ransomware demanding users to pay up or lose all of your data. Although primarily confined to Europe, as of this morning the attack had reached parts of the Asia-Pacific region and even a few isolated cases in the United States.

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What a deal!

Once upon a time I was a young man starting my career in IT. I found myself in New York (the city) on an assignment, and walking down the street I was lured in by a street hawker selling knock-off watches. No one, including the salesperson himself denied they were knock-offs. But, I walked away with a nice looking Patek Phillippe forgery that would have been $100K if it were real. I scored mine for $10.

In truth, the watch performed ...

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