Posts Categorized: Security

Protecting Your Business from Ransomware

Backup as a Service can protect your business from Ransomware.

Research done by the Ponemon Institute found that 54% of organizations fell victim to Ransomware in 2017, or those victims the majority paid the ransom, which on average was $3,675. A similar report found that in 2017, Ransomware hackers made $301M in ransom and that 15% of the victims that pay that ransom still never recover their data. The monetary value of the ransom is usually secondary to the costly effects associated with these attacks,… Read more »

Break-Fix Vs. Managed Services

Managed Services can cover everything from software solutions to security.

The Break-Fix model refers to the practice of only calling in professional IT services when there is a problem, or when an upgrade is needed. While this may seem reasonable to some, the fact of the matter is the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages. It is universally agreed upon in the IT industry that the Break-Fix model is outdated and ineffective. In fact, according to information gathered by Clutch, 59% of IT providers have moved… Read more »

Case Study: How Desktop Virtualization Serves BerryDunn’s Healthcare Analytics Team

BerryDunn is a full-service accounting and consulting firm, anchored in its birthplace, Portland, ME. The firm recently merged with Compass Health Analytics, a healthcare analytics company and longtime client of OTELCO Cloud and Managed Services (formally Reliable Networks). Recently we sat down with senior data analytics consultant Miles Isacke to discuss how Managed Services from OTELCO serve the BerryDunn healthcare analytics team using desktop virtualization. Why OTELCO Cloud and Managed Services Isacke finds that it… Read more »

How smart is your home? 3 ways home automation helps your family

A “Smart Home” may sound like a thing of the future, but with today’s home automation technology and a high-speed Internet connection, you can be well on your way turning your house into your very own Smart Home. What exactly does that mean? A Smart Home is one that utilizes the Internet of Things (i.e. all of the devices in your home that are connected to the Internet with the ability to communicate with each… Read more »

Avoid a raw deal: 5 tips for online shopping security

Man holding credit card in hand and entering security code using smart phone on laptop keyboard, online shopping concept.Cropped image of man inputting card information and key on phone or laptop while shopping online.

Trying to get the hottest gift on Black Friday used to require getting up at the crack of dawn, racing to the nearest mall and struggling through a crowd of desperate deal seekers, only to leave with an incomplete shopping list and a serious lack of holiday cheer. Now, thanks to online shopping, gone are the days of risking life and limb to make sure that your little one gets their Turbo Man figure in… Read more »