David Blake

Missing Cloud Data Cloud Glitch

Missing Cloud Data “Glitch”: What You Need to Know

By David Blake / June 3, 2021

As a managed service provider, we recommend to anyone who asks, that they use cloud services. But there is so much more to it than just putting your files into a cloud system. That system has to be configured correctly for your business and backed up. Too often this important step gets ignored by businesses,…

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Microsoft Cloud Industry Based Clouds

Microsoft Adds 3 New Industry-Based Clouds (and an AI Upgrade)

By David Blake / May 20, 2021

If you haven’t made a move to the cloud yet, what are you waiting for? As a managed service provider, SWAT Systems recommends cloud-based solutions for all our clients as being both more versatile and more secure than dedicated servers in an office or data center. And the options just keep getting better. Check out…

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Microsoft exchange hack

Hack Puts Microsoft Exchange Servers at Risk: How To Protect Your Business

By David Blake / March 5, 2021

Do you use Microsoft Exchange Server? If it’s an on-premises server YOU ARE AT RISK! Microsoft announced the security vulnerability March 2, 2021 and companies in this situation need to immediately download patches and check for IOC’s (Indicators of Compromise). Since that announcement, the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued Emergency Directive 21-02 requiring…

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Microsoft teams new features

Microsoft Teams New Features

By David Blake / March 4, 2021

As expected,  Microsoft has added a lot of new features to enhance your Microsoft Teams experience. Some are quite useful and others interesting to consider for the future. Here’s a not-so-brief list. New Microsoft Teams Apps The newest features to Teams are Bulletins and Milestones apps. These are simple configuration options within Teams. The Bulletins…

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Solarwinds Cyber Attack

SolarWinds Cyber Attack: 2021 Implications For Your Business

By David Blake / February 4, 2021

The SolarWinds Orion Cyber Attack in December successfully infiltrated more than 250 networks including private companies and government agencies with a trojanized Orion update. The attack was discovered by FireEye, a cyber security company, as it was honing its own security systems.  What Exactly Is Orion?  SolarWinds Orion is a platform building product that is…

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Your First Cyber Security Move in 2021? Start With Backups

By David Blake / January 7, 2021

What many businesses don’t realize is that their best defense against disruption from ransomware and other cyber attacks is data backup and recovery. There were thousands of ransomware attacks in 2020. Businesses that worked with a managed service provider (MSP) such as SWAT Systems recovered their data for less money and fewer headaches than paying…

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Phishing Prevention Cheat Sheet

DO and DON’T and NEVER: Phishing Prevention Cheat Sheet

By David Blake / December 21, 2020

As a TotalCare client, part of your managed IT services is ongoing cyber security training for your employees. Here we’re sharing a few dos and don’ts that will keep you and your team from falling for most phishing attacks. People are your businesses top assets — and your biggest security risk. That’s because cyber criminals…

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Cyber Security Company vs IT Services Company

Cyber Security Company vs IT Services Company:
Which should you hire to protect your business?

By David Blake / December 10, 2020

There are a lot of businesses out there that claim to guard your cyber security, but they generally fall into two main buckets. Cyber security companies focus only on cyber security, using software and tools to identify vulnerabilities. An IT services company provides end-to-end technology services, which includes cyber security. So which should you choose…

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Microsoft Teams Together Mode

Helping Teams Feel More “Together” with Microsoft Teams Together Mode

By David Blake / November 19, 2020

As a SWAT Systems Total Care client, we help businesses make the most of their communication tools and platforms, including Microsoft Teams. COVID-19 health concerns have upended the traditional idea of a “workplace.” Businesses are learning that it is not absolutely necessary to have every employee of every department be at a physical desk in…

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Hidden Costs of In-House IT

5 Hidden Costs of In-House IT

By David Blake / October 8, 2020

What are your in-house IT services really costing you? It’s not just your employee’s salaries, or even their salaries plus benefits. There are a host of other, hidden costs, that you need to take into account as you consider outsourcing for some or all of your IT needs. Here are five hidden costs of an…

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