Updates and tips from the SWAT universe

Endpoint vs Shared Data Backups

Endpoint vs Shared System Data Backup Options For Disaster Recovery

By David Blake | September 24, 2020

When it comes to IT subjects, few are quite as dry as data backups — and even fewer are as important. So we’ll make it as easy (and interesting) as possible to understand the different backup options and how to choose the right one for your business. Anyone who has ever lost a phone (or…

Choosing A Managed Service Provider

5 Signs You’re With the Right Managed Service Provider

By Steve Fawthrop | September 17, 2020

Managed service providers (MSPs) come in many forms — from a lone technician working out of his garage to multinational conglomerates. So, how do you know if your current managed service provider is the best fit for your business? Here are five sure signs you have the right partnership with your MSP: Boosting the bottom…

Dark Web Monitoring

Shining a Light on the Dark Web: Protecting Clients With Dark Web ID

By Zheray Roberts | September 14, 2020

Just saying the term “dark web” evokes something sinister and criminal, and for good reason. This area of the internet is a hotbed for hackers and cybercriminals to buy and sell data.  Not everyone on the dark web is a criminal and not every transaction is illegal. But it’s still not a place you want…

Hiring In House vs. Outsourcing IT

Hiring In-House vs. Outsourcing IT Needs: Comparing Cost & Efficiency

By Dan Merino | September 3, 2020

Every new expense can seem like money flying out the door for small and midsize business owners — even when that expense will actually save them money in the long term. With all the unknowns in the current economy, it’s no wonder that business owners struggle with decisions like whether to grow an internal IT…

Cybersecurity Guide For Business Leaders

The (Non-Boring) Post COVID-19 Cybersecurity Guide For Business Leaders

By Jason Hagens | August 27, 2020

Are you an ostrich? Many business leaders are when it comes to cybersecurity — standing upright but with your head in the sand. You think “I’m just a small business, who would want to bother with me?” But the fact is that small businesses are always a target, and even more so since COVID-19. As…

SIM Swapping Cyber Security Tip

Suddenly unable to place calls or texts? Cyber Security Tip: Watch Out For SIM Swapping

By Jason Hagens | August 20, 2020

When people think of SIM swapping, they may imagine a Mission Impossible scenario where a thief swaps out the physical SIM card on your phone. But the fact is that SIM swapping is much easier than that for data thieves — and they never need to make contact with you at all. Get the facts…

Disaster Recovery and Backup Questions

Disaster Recovery Tip: 9 Critical Backup Questions You Need to Know for Your Business

By David Blake | August 13, 2020

When it comes to data backup and disaster recovery, there are nine critical questions you need to answer for your business. How you answer these questions will lay the foundation for your disaster recovery plan. 1. What data do you need to backup? Back up anything and everything you don’t want to lose. Start by…

Email Security Guide: Prevent Phishing

Email Security Guide: How To Prevent Phishing In The Era Of Digital Communication

By David Blake | August 6, 2020

Email is the lifeblood of many businesses — and its biggest security risk. That’s because scammers have become experts at gaining access to your business data with emails that trick people into taking actions that open the door. Your best defense? Educating your team on how to spot their tactics and not fall into the…

Switching Managed IT Service Providers

Switching Managed IT Service Providers? A Guide For Business Owners and IT Professionals

By Jason Hagens | July 28, 2020

Switching IT service providers can be a daunting task. Like most projects, taking it one step at a time will make the process easier.  Who to Contact It’s good practice to be a little picky in who you reach out to with your checklist. Remember that there is no governing body or requirement to call…