Stop Saying You're 'Too Busy' to Write an Information Security Policy

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 11/15/13 9:53 AM

Seemingly every day there are stories on the news about data security issues. These range from individuals having their identity stolen, to major corporations loosing massive amounts of customer information. In spite of all these situations, it is easy to be nonchalant about information security.

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Topics: Data Security

How Can IT Help Us Comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act?

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 11/8/13 1:32 PM

With the biotech industry booming, some companies are electing to go public even before they have fully developed a marketable product. Making the jump has certain advantages, but it is not a decision to be made lightly. Publicly traded companies are subject to significantly more rules and regulations than their private counterparts.

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Topics: Data Security, IT Infrastructure

Dropbox Isn't the Answer for Biotech Startups

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 11/6/13 2:44 PM

If you are in the early stages of your biotech startup, you are probably looking for affordable and familiar IT tools to improve the way that you do business. With tens of millions of subscribers, Dropbox is one of the most popular consumer file syncing and sharing solutions.  Odds are some of your employees are even using it at work.

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Topics: Biotech, Data Security

Should You Let Your Small Business Employees Use Dropbox?

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 10/18/13 10:12 AM

File synchronization services like Dropbox, SugarSync, and CX have proven themselves to be valuable business tools. When employees can easily and automatically sync their home computer and devices with the computers they use at work, both productivity and efficiency increase. Work can happen from anywhere, at any time, because your employee's most important files travel with them.

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Topics: Data Security

BYOD for Biotech? A Good Idea or Not?

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 10/17/13 9:30 AM

The advanced features offered by smartphones and tablets have changed the way that people do business. With these devices, there is no need to be in the office or in front of your computer to keep up with emails, access important files, and share information. In a data-driven industry like biotech, remote access can facilitate a lot of important business.

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Topics: Data Security, BYOD

Why Biotech Startups Should be Cautious About the Cloud

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 10/10/13 8:30 AM

Cloud computing solutions have helped relieve a lot of common IT problems. They allow easy and immediate scalability of an IT infrastructure at a fixed price. Plus, they facilitate remote access and data backup, issues that were major headaches in the past.

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Topics: Cloud IT Solutions, IT Security, Biotech, Data Security

3 Simple Steps to Improve IT Security for Your Small Business

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 8/22/13 5:00 PM

How safe are your small business’s electronic records? Are you protected against computer viruses? Do all your employees understand how critical the security of your IT infrastructure is to the success of your business? You may have never asked yourself these questions before, especially if your small business is brand new, but you should. Small business IT security is more important than ever because the threat grows every month. Instead of scrambling to respond to data theft, virus infection and user error, use these three simple steps to avoid IT disasters from the start.

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Topics: Small Business IT Support, IT Security, Data Security, Small Business IT Security

How to Plan Your Biotech Startup Company's IT Investment

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 7/30/13 2:54 PM

Every dollar of your angel investment is important. With these limited funds, you have to set up a lab, prove a concept and produce the data necessary to secure more funding. No matter what the initial investment is, these funds disappear fast. That is why planning and budgeting are so important in the early days of a biotech startup.

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Topics: Cloud IT Solutions, IT Security, IT Security, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, Data Security, Hybrid MSP, IT partners, Cloud

How to Evaluate the IT Outsourcing Needs of Your Company in 5 Questions

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 7/25/13 3:58 PM

Transferring your IT services from an in-house department to an outsourced company presents both opportunities and challenges. Relying on outsourced IT solutions frees up time and energy for you to spend on more important projects, but only if you are prepared for the scope of the changes. If your company is preparing to use an outside company to handle your IT management, ask yourself the following questions in order to make the transition as smooth as possible.

1.) What systems do I have in place today?

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Topics: Cloud IT Solutions, IT Outsourcing, IT Outsourcing, Small Business IT Support, IT Support, Data Security, IT Infrastructure, Small Business IT Security, IT partners, ITO, Managed Antivirus

Top 4 Considerations in IT Infrastructure for Every Biotech Startup

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 7/16/13 5:31 PM

Your IT Infrastructure is more than just the computers that populate your labs and office space. It is a complex network of hardware and software located both on and off-site that is at the core of everything your biotech startup does. Without having these systems in place and running smoothly, your executives and researchers can't work effectively.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, IT Outsourcing, Small Business IT Support, IT Support, IT Security, Biotechnology Startup, IT Efficiency, Biotech, Data Security, IT Infrastructure