Insights from VAF Blog

The Importance of Security Awareness Training

September 18th, 2023 by admin

In today's digitally-driven world, where data breaches and cyberattacks have become commonplace, organizations must proactively protect their sensitive information and digital assets. While investing in state-of-the-art security systems and robust...

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Posted in: Cybersecurity

Why Your Business Needs Video Surveillance Solutions

May 10th, 2023 by admin

Many people have asked the question of whether their business really needs video surveillance solutions, and the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Video surveillance solutions provide businesses with added security, enabling users to monitor their property...

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Importance of Data Security in 2023

April 11th, 2023 by admin

Data security is paramount in the digital age. With cyber threats and data breaches becoming increasingly common, businesses of all sizes must ensure that their data is secure. In 2023, data security will be even more important. Here are some of the...

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Posted in: Data Security & Compliance Solutions, Cybersecurity

How To Find the Right Business Technology Company

November 10th, 2022 by Van Ausdall & Farrar

The complexity and constant change that exists in the world of Information Technology is causing frustration for the leaders of small businesses everywhere. IT whiz-bangs know networks and servers, but often, they do not know regulation and compliance....

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How Your Business Can Benefit from Security Awareness Training

October 26th, 2022 by Van Ausdall & Farrar

Security awareness is essential for the safety of business assets, money, brand reputation, and employees. As a standard business practice for many companies, security awareness has been a primary goal of businesses that strive to provide a safer and...

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What Are Data Backup and Recovery Services, and Why Does Your Business Need Them?

September 30th, 2022 by Van Ausdall & Farrar

Today, data has become an essential commodity for every business. Those who have adopted data backup and recovery services have been reaping the rewards, while those companies who have not may be falling behind. Security experts have been at the forefront,...

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What Business Leaders Should Know About Ransomware

May 20th, 2022 by Van Ausdall & Farrar

Ransomware is one of the most damaging cyber-attack types of all time. It’s the one feared the most by business owners and cybersecurity defenders. This worry is not without reason. In an instant, an organization’s critical IT infrastructure can be...

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Why Your Business Needs Physical Security Solutions

April 19th, 2022 by Van Ausdall & Farrar

Protecting your business’s assets, sensitive information and employees should be at the top of any company’s list. In this modern era of business, we take every precaution available to us to keep our online information safe and secure. From multi-factor...

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The Benefits of a Technology Strength Assessment

December 9th, 2021 by Van Ausdall & Farrar

It’s a basic fact of life: change happens. Just as we all go through changes as people, businesses and organizations evolve. Technology also evolves, perhaps even quicker than anticipated. A technology solution you brought in two or three years ago may...

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Recorded Presentation - Demystifying Zero Trust

July 24th, 2020 by Guillermo Fernandez

Chad Scott and Andrew Short return for another compelling web presentation. This time they talk about the Zero Trust security strategy many organizations are now exploring. This thought-provoking presentation will get you thinking about your current...

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Managed Print Trends that You Cannot Afford to Ignore in 2020

December 18th, 2019 by Brian Courtney

The 21st Century’s third decade is upon us. Welcome to the 2020s. Since this century began, the business world has been disrupted by new technology to a degree imagined only by science fiction writers–and almost everything they wrote has basically come...

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Posted in: Insights from VAF Blog, Print

Steps to Effective Mobile Device Security in 2019

October 22nd, 2019 by Ashlee Colliver

If you’re in charge of corporate IT, you know computers can be tricky to keep secure. When you add in the factor of portability – like when a mobile device is checked out of the office – your challenge grows exponentially. ESSENTIAL LAYERS OF MOBILE DEVICE...

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5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Company's Printing Performance

October 1st, 2019 by Brian Courtney

If you know your printers are not performing as they should, then you probably also know you need to do something about it. But it’s not so easy to invest in an upgrade without real justification. So how do you know when the benefit outweighs the cost?...

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Going Remote: How to Solve the IT Challenges of a Growing Virtual Workforce

August 27th, 2019 by Ashlee Colliver

It’s too late to turn back the tide. Working remotely is a trend that has grown past the point of being a short-term fad with unknown long-term consequences. At this point, including a virtual workforce as part of a corporate staff is the norm. Performance...

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The Growing Risk of Poor IT Infrastructure

August 19th, 2019 by Guillermo Fernandez

“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” Have you ever found yourself as the CIO or IT Director saying this about your IT Infrastructure? If you are like most companies, you have more projects than you can handle anyway, so why would you take on a project that...

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Is Your Data an Asset or a Liability?

May 31st, 2019 by Brian Courtney

We frequently talk with clients about the benefits of better managing data with the latest technology. But even if an organization has embraced technology, there still needs to be a strategy for managing a company’s data. Without a strategy, the data...

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A CIO’s Simple IT Security Checklist

March 26th, 2019 by Ashlee Colliver

There was a time when those who refused to utilize technology could still thrive in business. That time is certainly over. Small businesses of all shapes and sizes must now embrace technology to maintain operational efficiency and compete in today’s market....

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February 8, 2018 - Print Security Event at TopGolf Presented by HP

January 25th, 2018 by admin

In February of 2017 an online hacker named ‘Stackoverflowin’ hacked over 150,000 printers just to prove a point… Unsecured printers are a huge security risk. Each hacked device printed a message informing the end users of the security breach....

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Understanding the Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities

January 15th, 2018 by Guillermo Fernandez

As of the date of this post, some manufacturers have recalled updates.  This situation will continue to change.­ This post covers the following: What the Meltdown and Spectre exploits are Who is affected How to avoid problems What are Meltdown...

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Posted in: Data Security & Compliance Solutions, Cybersecurity

OnBase by Hyland Receives Department of Defense Certification

February 15th, 2017 by Guillermo Fernandez

Accreditation reinforces our partnership with Hyland and our shared commitment to offer our customers a validated, secure records management solution. Hyland, creator of the OnBase information platform, recently received the Department of Defense (DoD)...

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Protect Your Company with IT Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

February 8th, 2017 by Jeff Jenney

It may look easy on the surface: protecting your assets with IT Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) is as simple as planning, backup, replication and testing. Well, not so fast. Key Drivers for BCDR Before you jump headstrong into a disaster...

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Posted in: Data Security & Compliance Solutions, Information, Managed IT Solutions

Case Management Solutions for the Healthcare Industry

December 6th, 2016 by Guillermo Fernandez

Case management software helps build client relationships and improve patient care. Companies that support healthcare organizations such as nursing homes, retirement communities and long-term care facilities need to employ an effective way to manage these...

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Data Security - On a Small Scale

July 22nd, 2016 by Brian Courtney

Data Security, simply put is protecting data from destructive forces and from unwanted actions from unauthorized users. Data itself can take many forms inside a normal business structure. Data can be sensitive personal information about employees, or...

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3 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Cloud Communications Provider

July 6th, 2016 by Trent Smith

Smart businesses everywhere have embraced the cloud as a cost-effective alternative to CapEx spending with on-premises hardware and software. For SMBs in particular, the cloud enables enterprise-level functionality without the associated price tag. As...

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A4 Print Strategy: Size Can Be Deceiving

June 17th, 2016 by Trent Smith

For many years now, Multi-Function Printers (MFP’s) have been an integral part of doing business. For many companies, printing represents one of the largest expenses month in and month out; yet up until recently, it seemed it was an area that received...

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A 10-Question Evaluation for Your Phone System

June 1st, 2016 by Trent Smith

Today’s business environment is fast-paced and competitive. Technology makes it possible for you to know your customers and your customers to know your business within moments. A customer can give feedback about your business then let others know about...

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Get the Most from Your Communications, in the Cloud

May 16th, 2016 by Trent Smith

Your employees want to be productive no matter where they are. Cloud communications can help them be more productive, at a price that won’t break your budget. Take a look at how your employees are working—chances are, a good number of them are mobile,...

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Communications as a Service: ‘Cloudifying’ the PBX

May 11th, 2016 by Trent Smith

The cloud has had a dramatic impact on the way we do business, impacting everything from infrastructure to user access. Applications have broken free from onsite hardware giving users the ability to work anywhere at any time. And it’s just getting started....

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Tips for Navigating your Email Safely

April 11th, 2016 by Guillermo Fernandez

Email has become a defacto method of communication for businesses and individuals alike.  Trusting all email, however, can be a big mistake.  Here is a quick read that will help you determine which emails you can open and which you should delete! Phishing...

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