3 Unexpected Places Viruses Are Hiding on Your Business Network

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 6/15/16 8:56 AM

So you’ve finally got your users to quit welcoming malware onto your business’s network through clicking on random popups.. You’ve trained them to stop clicking on suspicious URLs from in emails. Is it safe to say your network is officially unassailable?


Sadly, no. Cybercriminals are a dogged bunch with endless tricks up their sleeves. They’re constantly coming up with new ways to exploit your users’ trust and naivety to infiltrate your business network, disrupting productivity, driving up expenses, and — in a worrying trend — taking your data hostage.


It’s not easy to keep up with the latest and most insidious attack vectors oozing out of the cyber-underworld — especially when you’re taking a do-it-yourself approach to data security. You’ve got enough hats to wear as it is.


Here are a few of sources of computer virus attacks you may not have thought of. While these may be less well known than those blocked by your free antivirus software, rest assured (or rest uneasily, I should say), they can wreak just as much havoc on your business’s data.

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Topics: IT Security

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

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

The 5 Essentials of Modern Data Security for Your SMB or Startup

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 7/11/13 4:53 PM

Data security is one of the most important and most often neglected aspects of small business IT. Companies assume that because they are small and have relatively limited financial assets, they can get by with simple data security measures often amounting to little more than anti-virus protection.

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Topics: IT Support, IT Security, Data Security, SMB, Managed Services, Startup, Cloud, ITO

Why IT is an Insurance Center not a Cost Center for Biotech Startups

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 7/9/13 5:36 PM

Information technology will be a line item on the budget of any biotech startup. Depending on the size of the business and the IT demands of their research, will dictate how much or how little IT you need. However, IT is best thought of as an investment rather than an expense. You need it to run your business and you expect it to be highly available, and the better the system you have in place, the more prepared you are to succeed from the very start.

In a technology driven industry like biotech, the daily operations of your company are entirely dependent on your computers, internet routers, servers, and security measures. Having the right technology, and the right IT partner, in place provides you with a powerful insurance policy against the setbacks that inevitably happen to young companies. Your IT can help you avoid the following common problems so that you can spend more time producing results for your investors.

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Topics: Backup and Disaster Recovery, Small Business IT Support, IT Support, IT Security, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, Data Security, IT Infrastructure

IT Security: 3 Ways to Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Threats

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 7/2/13 3:47 PM

Thinking about data security can overwhelm almost any small business owner but if you read or watch the news these days if is hard not to read a story about cyber attacks. It is not just governments or large companies either, many small business are reporting attacks on their systems more than ever. Almost every business nowadays has sensitive data it needs to protect—customer data, business secrets, financial information—and if that data were to fall into the wrong hands, it could mean disaster.

Recovering from a data breach is expensive and difficult, nevermind the negative publicity and loss of trust by your customers. Many small businesses simply cannot afford the cost of cleaning up after a data breach. Compounding the problem is that fact that business data is now accessible in many more places than it used to be: desktops and laptops onsite—of course, but also mobile devices like phones and tablets, as well as from remote logins. The cloud—storing data hosted servers offsite—is an increasingly popular IT solution for its flexibility, convenience, and cost, but business owners should worry about the safety of their data when it “lives” in remote servers controlled by companies with their own objectives.

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

Why Biotech Firms Should limit Their Staff's Admin Rights

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 5/29/13 3:42 PM

In the early and often hectic days of getting your Biotech startup off the ground it is easy to overlook the computer use and security policies you should implement before your company really gets going. Allowing admin rights to computers, servers or file systems is often due to the mistaken belief that this will promote flexibility and adaptability as researchers try to gather and analyze as much experimental data as they can in a short period of time. But there are important reasons that you should limit your staff's access to admin rights. Here are four:

1. Data Loss

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Topics: IT Security, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, Data Security

The Top 3 Data Security Concerns of Startup Biotechs

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 5/21/13 5:10 PM

It is easy to think that your startup is too small or too new to face threats to your data security. But the simple fact is that in the current competitive climate of the biotech industry, when many companies of all sizes are rushing to develop innovations, the security of your data is more important than ever.

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Topics: IT Security, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, Data Security, Big Data