Business Technology Trends for 2017

Business Technology Trends for 2017

Now that 2016 is coming to an end, business analysts are starting to share their outlook on how they think the cloud computing industry will shape up in 2017. Here are some of the trends business owners in Victorville and around the High Desert can expect in the near future: Artificial Intelligence Though it may…

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Another California Health System Targeted by Ransomware

Six months after hackers infected Victorville’s Desert Valley Hospital with malware specifically coded and deployed for extortion purposes, a major medical billing firm suffered a similar attack and lost a substantial amount of patient data. How Do Malicious Threats Attack Systems Apparently, an unsuspecting MMPC employee either opened an email attachment or clicked on a…

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Avoiding Hefty HIPAA Fines in California

Avoiding Hefty HIPAA Fines in California

The largest fine ever assessed under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has sent providers of medical services scrambling to audit their information systems. The Importance of Securing Information Advocate Health Care is a network that operates various hospitals in the Chicago metropolitan area. A single, self-reported incident in 2013 prompted government regulators…

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Lessons from the Delta Airlines IT Shutdown

Lessons from the Delta Airlines IT Shutdown

In the first week of August, thousands of air travelers around the world were stranded and delayed by a computer network fiasco at a major airline based in the United States. Delta Airlines made headlines on August 8 as a power outage managed to bring down its network for several hours, which in turn affected…

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Corporate Espionage and the Danger of Personal Clouds

Corporate Espionage and the Danger of Personal Clouds

Cloud computing has been one of the most significant advances of the ongoing Information Age, and it is bound to keep growing in the next few decades. The widespread adoption of the cloud computing paradigm has resulted in the emergence of personal clouds, a data practice that corporate spies are too willing to exploit. The…

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Dangerous Data Breach Discovered in California Electric Utility

Dangerous Data Breach Discovered in California Electric Utility

A stern reminder about the need for computer network security was discovered in late May as a major California utility reportedly left a sensitive database open to anyone who wished to download it. The Dangers of Unprotected Databases According to Vickery, PG&E left an asset management database unprotected. The database apparently contained a detailed inventory…

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Facebook Learned Hard Lessons About Corporate IT Security

Facebook Learned Hard Lessons About Corporate IT Security

One of the problems business owners face when providing security for their own companies is that they fail to think about the whole picture, and this is something that social networking giant Facebook recently learned. When it comes to providing security for its billion-plus users, Facebook generally gets high marks. Security cannot be thought of…

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The Panama Papers IT Security Lessons to Learn in Apple Valley

The Panama Papers: IT Security Lessons to Learn in Apple Valley

In early April, the most significant data leak in history made headlines around the world and began causing major repercussions. The Panama Papers affair, an effort between journalists and whistleblowers, is providing an amazing glimpse at the financial affairs of the rich and powerful around the world. How This Affects Local Businesses in the High…

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IT Management for Small Business Owners in Victorville

IT Management for Small Business Owners in Victorville

Although local business owners in Victorville and across the High Desert area should be concerned about implementing an adequate information technology (IT) platform for their companies; however, they should not be overly concerned about IT management. IT Solutions for Large vs. Small Businesses When it comes to IT management, large companies often assign staff resources…

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