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Small Business Cybersecurity Checklist

From noteworthy data breaches to rapid increases in the number of ransomware threats, it’s no surprise that cybersecurity has become a major concern for companies. But the myth that cybercriminals only target large corporations is just that—a myth. In fact, 61 percent of data breaches happen to businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees. Data breaches, hacks and ransomware can have devastating effects on small and medium-sized businesses, often causing loss…
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2018’s End-of-Life Microsoft Products

As new and better technologies enter the marketplace, another batch of products near the end of their lifecycles. You shouldn’t be surprised if any of your business’s technology has reached end-of-support—your company’s CIO or IT outsourcing provider should have already consulted with you and developed a plan for upgrades and replacements. Continued use of end-of-life technology can expose your business to several risks—such as extended downtime, cybersecurity holes and a…
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7 Reasons to Use SharePoint in Construction Project Management

With so many project management information systems (PMIS) on the market, choosing the right one for your construction firm can be an overwhelming task. After listening to the frustrations of our clients in the construction industry, we realized many of them were already paying for SharePoint, a program capable of solving their project management concerns. Here are seven reasons why SharePoint is a flexible, efficient and cost-effective solution for construction…
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How to Prepare Your IT Budget for 2018

From sales and marketing to legal and accounting, technology touches every part of a business. But as technology evolves and business needs change, it becomes increasingly difficult to budget for IT expenses. IT expenses shouldn’t be a surprise—however, many small to medium-sized businesses often underspend or overspend on their IT investments due to a lack of strategic planning. Before you begin Before you can create an effective budget, you’ll need…
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Aldridge at HR Southwest 2017

Aldridge to Participate in 2017 HR Southwest Conference

Come and see Aldridge October 2-4 at this year’s HR Southwest Conference in Fort Worth, TX. We'll be at booth No. 1307. HR Southwest is the largest regional conference for human resource professionals. This year’s event will feature over 90 speakers as well as a marketplace with more than 200 solution and service providers. The conference provides attendees and companies with unique educational and networking opportunities. The marketplace is the center of…
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North Texas Giving Day raised $39 million for 2,723 nonprofits in 2017.

North Texas Giving Day Raises Over $39M in 18 Hours On September 14, the Communities Foundation of Texas held its annual North Texas Giving Day. The online giving event raised more than $39 million, benefiting 2,723 nonprofits in 16 Texas counties. The event only ran for 18 hours and brought in a record amount of money, approximately $2 million more than in 2016. “The north Texas community has once again blown us away with their generosity,” CFT chief giving…
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Business continuity in Houston: 2 ways your company can prepare during hurricane season

Business Continuity in Houston: 2 Ways Your Company Can Prepare During Hurricane Season

Your business may have weathered the latest storm but don’t breathe a sigh of relief just yet—hurricane season is in full swing and doesn’t end until November 30. Your organization should be prepared for disaster, but you don’t have to wait for your company’s next IT audit to fine tune the plans already in place. Now is the time to reevaluate your communication strategy and establish or revise your business…
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Equifax Hack Puts Personal Data of Millions at Risk

On Thursday, September 7, credit reporting agency Equifax announced a cybersecurity incident that has the potential to impact 143 million of its U.S. customers. According to Equifax’s statement, the breach occurred from May 13 to July 30 after hackers exploited a vulnerability in the Apache Struts web application that supports their online dispute portal. The information obtained primarily included names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and in some cases, driver’s license…
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IT audit

Why Your Business Needs a Third-Party IT Audit: The Benefits of an In-Depth IT Analysis

A successful business requires an IT infrastructure and support system that facilitates the company's operations and future goals. Do you know what technology your company has in place? Can your IT systems support any business changes or growth plans? What technology challenges do your employees face? These are all questions that must be addressed in an IT audit, but there are many other aspects of your company's IT strategy that…
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5 Cybersecurity Myths Every Business Should Debunk

1. "Cybersecurity is solely about technology." Today's businesses are almost entirely dependent on data and more importantly, the security and accessibility of this data. Cybersecurity involves both the correct implementation of technology as well as the thorough education and threat awareness of employees. Your organization can purchase and configure a defense for your IT network, but if your employees are unaware of tactics such as social engineering, they can easily…
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