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Staying secure in a dangerous age:
How to face down ransomware

Face-down Ransomware by Quest

In my last post, I focused on several key types of cyber threat most likely to challenge your business right now. This time, I’m drilling down — to ransomware and what you can do to protect your enterprise from it.

Why ransomware prevention? Because security experts regard ransomware as today’s most serious cyber threat, having increased 35% in just a year to an average of nearly 1,000 per day in 2015.
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Screening now: The great technology talent show

Technology Talent Show by Quest

By some reports, hiring (and keeping) competent information technology talent has never been so difficult.

To an extent, technology talent struggles vary in degree according to industry subsector and location. Cybersecurity, for instance, faces particularly intense shortages of much-needed experts. Some expect one million cybersecurity job openings this year, and even demand for entry-level cybersecurity slots, like information security analysts, is projected to climb by 37% over the next six years.
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Getting Information Technology to Work for Your Business

Information Technology for your Business by Quest

More than ever, the key to a company’s success centers on its effective use of information technology, so choosing the right providers is essential for today’s technology decision maker.

Yet the complexities of today’s technologies, the unending hype, and the ever-changing mix of vendors make it tough to navigate your way to the right partner.

So where to begin?

As readers of this blog know, I encourage clients to first examine their needs and goals. This is something you should always do before you ever purchase any technology product or service.

It’s also a good time to get solid, reliable advice from independent, vendor-neutral experts. Such experts can take a look at your current technology stance, listen to what you have to say about what your enterprise seeks to accomplish, and offer multiple solution scenarios to achieve those goals.

You’ll learn what technology capabilities are available to your business as well as what technology configurations can save you money — and what technologies your business may not even need.

It can be tough to get reliable answers to questions like “Will this service deliver the capability I require?” or “Will that solution scale with my business needs?”

An experienced technology advisor can help you get those answers and help you use information technology to stay competitive in these fast-changing times.

Desktop Virtualization Services: More Options Than You May Realize

As we watch dreams of mobility coming true around us every day, the appeal of desktop virtualization is obvious. Pile on seemingly perpetual Windows end-of-life concerns, and that appeal only grows.

VDI — virtual desktop infrastructure — enables enterprises to optimize costs by continuing use of legacy systems, while also running the latest applications and remotely publishing them to any device. Managing VDI is complex, however – the acquisition, care, and feeding of its infrastructure is costly and demands expertise many do not have.

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The evolving benefits of DaaS

Advantages & Benefits of Cloud Services & DaaS

The traditional benefits of DaaS — an OpEx advantage trading upfront costs and endless management and maintenance hassles for predictable pay-as-you-go dynamic scalability — are gaining even more clout as DaaS solutions mature.

It’s been shown that desktops in the cloud pay off – and this trend promises to continue:
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Securing your app dev: a cloud + 6 tips

Cloud, Web & Mobile Application Development Company - Quest

In my last post, I focused on the extent to which today’s cloud app development centers on mobility, IoT (the Internet of Things), and the backend integration of it all.

While you were reading, you may have noticed that I didn’t mention cloud app security. That’s because I believe cloud app security —particularly the security of web, mobility, and IoT apps — deserves its own discussion.
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When app dev reaches the clouds: are you ready?

In many ways, application development in 2015 has left the building. I mean that figuratively of course, because these days, much of app dev is focused on cloud-based applications — and much of cloud application development has shifted offsite. Continue reading

Is your network management ready for the hyperconnectivity juggernaut?

Connectivity strength signal

As I noted in my last post, increases in both computing devices and IP traffic volumes put new demands on enterprise networks — and alters what’s required to manage those networks effectively. This juggernaut of hyperconnectivity is already underway:

  • By 2018, the average person will have five network-connected devices and networks will host four times more data traffic than they do now
  • By 2019, global per capita Internet traffic will stand at 37 gigabytes, up from 15.5 GB per capita last year

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It’s 2015. How Should You Cloud?

Cloud Computing Solutions

Cloud computing is now pretty much everywhere — including in smaller enterprises, some 37% of which have already adopted cloud computing. This year U.S. small and midsized businesses are expected to boost what they spend on cloud computing by 28%.

Still, in 2015 cloud computing remains a work in progress, and at Quest we get lots of questions from customers about how to cloud.
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How app dev puts business at risk — and what to do about it

In a recent survey, 43% of IT decision makers rated mobility — which is to say, mobile-friendly apps or sites — as the top business functionality or process that’s critical for applications. These days, the line between the web and mobility has blurred to the point of invisibility.

Trouble is, successfully achieving secure mobile application development and web application development is hard for a significant majority of organizations.
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