December 2013
In this issue
:
 
Signs You Need Managed Services
Build and Use a Business Budget
Cryptolocker Virus
Business Continuity Tip
Cartoon and Quote
Business
Continuity Tip

Holiday Fire Safety

Decorating homes and businesses is a long-standing tradition around the holiday season. Unfortunately, these same decorations may increase your changes of fire. Keep these decorating tips in mind for a safe holiday!
  • Only use non-flammable or flame-retardant decorations
  • Check holiday lights each year for frayed wires or excessive wear
  • Do not link more than 3 strands of holiday lights
  • Never leave a burning candle unattended, and consider using battery-powered flameless candles
  • Keep natural trees away from any heat source or exit, and water it daily



Quote for Today


I like to compare the holiday season with the way a child listens to a favorite story. The pleasure is in the familiar way the story begins, the anticipation of familiar turns it takes, the familiar moments of suspense, and the familiar climax and ending.

Fred Rogers


Just for Laughs


 
3 Signs You Need Managed Services
reprinted with permission of HTS
 

If you've researched methods of taking care of your IT needs, you've probably come across "managed services" or "managed IT services". What is it—and do you need it?

"Managed services" can be generally defined as "outsourcing day-to-day management responsibilities [...] for improving operations and cutting expenses."1 When it comes to technology, managed services is, more specifically, the outsourcing of continual monitoring and day-to-day administrative duties of your IT infrastructure.

How do you know if you could benefit from managed services? The best way to determine if you'll cut costs is to know what you are currently paying for your IT's upkeep—and then comparing that to an estimate from a reputable managed services provider.

Here are some signs that managed services might be for you.

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How to Build and Use a Business Budget That's Useful All Year Long
used with permission from SBA.gov
by Caron Beesley

 
Budgets are difficult to plan and maintain at the best of times – unexpected events, cash flow problems, supply chain issues and more can all reap havoc with even the most thoroughly planned business budgets. The other problem with budgets is that many of us set budgets in our business and personal lives at the beginning of the year, and then file them away until the year-end rolls around once more.

And this is where the problem lies: your business is never static, and your budget shouldn't be either.

Here are some tips for developing and managing a dynamic budget that can keep you on course all year long.

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Cryptolocker Virus
used with permission from ezMicro
 

There is a new and very serious virus named CryptoLocker that is currently circulating the Internet. The threat involves an e-mail attachment that, if opened, will evade most anti-virus and anti-spyware software and encrypt data on your individual computer and your network, making it appear to be inaccessible. Please inform everyone to be extra vigilant about not opening attachments from questionable sources. The delivery is very clever and very malicious.

CryptoLocker currently has three infection vectors

  • This infection was originally spread via sent to company email addresses that pretend to be customer support related issues from FedEx, UPS, DHS, etc. These emails would contain an attachment that when opened would infect the computer
  • Via exploit kits located on hacked web sites that exploit vulnerabilities on your computer to install the infection
  • Through Trojans that pretend to be programs required to view online videos

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