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Think IT Town Hall Helps Locals with Tech Advice

March 17th, 2017 Posted by Best Practices, Community, Data, Desktop, Devices, Hosted Services, Internet, Microsoft, Networks, Newsletters, Operating System, Security, Services 1 thought on “Think IT Town Hall Helps Locals with Tech Advice”

Matt Glick and Prudencio Dimas from Think have over three decades of experience in the IT world working side by side with organizations, both large and small, to understand and resolve ongoing IT challenges.  Their understanding of network infrastructure, design and implementation was offered to participants of the TechKnowledge 2017 Conference in a Town Hall forum.  Topics such as servers, backups, disaster recovery, cloud storage, Office 365, virus protection, malware, ransomware, and security best practices were all discussed.  Matt and Prudencio fielded a range of questions but it was obvious what was the most concerning topic among the group.

Ransomware and backups.

The duo talked about best practices when it comes to backups and ransomware for almost an hour with the group. It was a very productive session and their favorite question came from Diana Murray, Manager for ASAP Accounting & Payroll, Inc.  Ms. Murray asked “What are the three most important elements of IT when talking about small business?”  We thought we would summarize their answers below.

1. A layered approach to security:

Matt brought up an older Blog post Think published entitled “Is Your Security Layered Like Your Bean Dip?”  It says you should layer your security like a seven-layer bean dip.  Just one layer at the bottom, and it just not as enticing.  But when you get all those layers, working together, it’s an explosion of excellence!  And even more important, the layered security approach tells us the more hoops a hacker has to jump through, the less likely they are to be successful.

2. Backups are key:

Matt posed a few questions business owners should consider when it comes to their backups.  What kind of backup you have is just as important as what is being backed up.  Is it file level backup?  Do you have a full image?  And, what is your expectation of downtime in the event that you do deal with a server crash?  And, he reminded everyone there to be realists.  Emergencies happen.  So, anticipate that they will happen and be prepared.  Practice.  Exercise your backup recovery process; test and retest it, so you have time to work out the kinks.

3. Standardization:

Prudencio explained IT standardization is a strategy for minimizing IT costs within an organization by keeping hardware and software as consistent as possible and reducing the number of tools you have that address the same basic need. It may take the form of ensuring that every computer has the same operating system, or of purchasing hardware in bulk so that every PC in your office is the same make and model. By streamlining your IT infrastructure, you can simplify decision­ making and minimize purchasing and maintenance costs.

Thank you to the Chamber of Commerce for organizing this event for our community and for asking Think to be involved.

Tech Knowledge Conference 2017

February 22nd, 2017 Posted by Best Practices, Community, Data, Desktop, Devices, Hosted Services, Internet, Microsoft, Networks, Newsletters, Operating System, Security, Services 0 thoughts on “Tech Knowledge Conference 2017”

The Durango Chamber of Commerce will host its 3rd Annual Tech Conference on Wednesday, March 15th at the DoubleTree Hotel featuring keynote speaker Jeff Walker.

There will be a variety of breakout sessions throughout the day which include topics about cyber security, email marketing, makerspace, web policies, digital marketing, facebook marketing, hackathon, and much more. Think Network Technologies is a sponsor for the Tech Conference, but they will also be a presenter for one of the breakout sessions.

Matt Glick(CTO) and Prudencio Dimas(Solutions Architect) will be holding an “IT Town Hall” on March 15th from 2:30 – 3:20p in the Silverton/Purgatory room at the DoubleTree Hotel. You’ll be able to ask Think’s senior engineers all your business tech questions about servers, backups, disaster recovery, cloud storage, Office 365, virus protection, malware, ransomware, security best practices, and IT policies.

As CTO of Think Network Technologies, Matt manages network operations, business development and provides guidance to the technical team.  He brings more than 18 years of experience delivering technology solutions to regional private and public sector accounts. Matt has a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology and Environmental Science from Fort Lewis College.  He started his career in Seattle, where he worked for a corporate consulting company and got his start in systems administration.  He pursued further education at Colorado Mountain College for Microsoft Server OS, Directory Services and Architecture; completing MCSE, MCSA and MCP certifications.  He also completed the Cisco CCNA, CCDA and CCNP certification coursework while being employed as a network administrator for a school district in Roaring Fork Valley, CO.  In 2002, Matt returned to Durango to start his own venture, thus the inception of Think Network Technologies.  His understanding of network infrastructure, design and implementation has benefited Think’s customers in finding solutions to fit the business requirements in both smaller and larger environments.

As a Solutions Architect at Think, Prudencio plays a role in nearly all phases of the IT service delivery life cycle, from the initial consultation and needs assessment, to implementation and ongoing solution support. Prudencio got his start as an intern while earning an Associate’s Degree in Information Technology. Prudencio is well rounded with experience ranging from small computer repair shops to networks of five thousand plus endpoints.  His primary focus is on windows systems administration and he carries certifications in Microsoft and Cisco technologies. In 2012, Prudencio left the IT world behind for 6 months of world travel. When he returned, an opportunity with Think brought him to Durango where he works side by side with businesses large and small to understand and resolve ongoing IT challenges.

Please contact Think’s IT specialists at sales@thinknettech.com if you have any questions or concerns.

The Largest Learning Event in History

December 16th, 2016 Posted by Community, Data, Devices, Hour of Code, Internet, Newsletters 0 thoughts on “The Largest Learning Event in History”
The vision for Hour of Code is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science, just like biology, chemistry or algebra. Code.org organizes the annual Hour of Code campaign which has engaged 10% of all students in the world, and provides the leading curriculum for K-12 computer science in the largest school districts in the United States.

Think Network Technologies, the Durango School District 9-R and the Durango Education Foundation teamed up to bring the Hour of Code during Computer Science Education Week to local schools in Durango. Park Elementary & Sunnyside Elementary students were awarded with a certificate once they completed their Hour of Code. Seven students from Miller Middle School, Escalante Middle School and Durango Shared School were awarded with a scholarship from Think Network Technologies to continue their education in Computer Science.

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No more passwords in 2017?

December 8th, 2016 Posted by Best Practices, Data, Devices, Hosted Services, Internet, Newsletters, Security, Services 0 thoughts on “No more passwords in 2017?”
Yahoo!’s disclosure that hackers might have vacuumed up the passwords of as many as half a billion users lit the floodlights on two gaping issues in IT:

  1. Passwords run out of steam well before they cross the goal line of today’s security needs
  2. Sometimes you don’t even know they’re gone, which means you’re vulnerable without realizing it

Wakefield Research recently surveyed IT decision makers and found out that 69% will probably do away with passwords completely in the next five years.

The finding of the report wasn’t surprising, nor were the insights that IT professionals are despairing of evergreen problems:

  • Users “securing” their accounts with passwords a child could guess, let alone a script kiddie driving any of a dozen tools available for free download
  • Users recycling the same password for different accounts so that one crack exposes many systems. And it’s especially galling for IT when the breach of its system is the result of a breakdown of a system beyond its control, such as all the systems now at risk because Yahoo! customers used the same password for Yahoo! as for their work access.

Time and place a user is requesting access and deciding if it’s in keeping with that person’s usual behavior

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Think Employee VTO

November 17th, 2016 Posted by Community, Newsletters, Staff, Volunteer, VTO 1 thought on “Think Employee VTO”
Think Network Technologies loves to give back to the community. One of the ways that we give back is by having our employees get out there and volunteer! Recently, our very own Kenneth Horne utilized his Volunteer Time Off (VTO) to help out at the Hesperus Ski Swap.

If you know Kenneth then you know that he absolutely loves to SKI! That’s why this was the perfect way for him to use his VTO by helping the good folks over at Hesperus Ski Patrol at their 53rd annual Hesperus Ski Swap.

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10 Essential Steps To Protect Your Data

November 17th, 2016 Posted by Best Practices, Data, Devices, Hosted Services, Internet, Newsletters, Security, Services 0 thoughts on “10 Essential Steps To Protect Your Data”
There are various ways to calculate the cost of losing work stored on computers. Perhaps the easiest way to get a gut feel for the cost is to think for a moment about how long it would take to replace lost work. How many people would have to spend how many days to create everything from scratch?

Here is a simple 10-step plan for making sure they do not have to.

1. Have a strategy

You will not know what approach is right for you until you have answered these questions:

  1. How long can you go without the lost data?
  2. Will you be making full backups or incremental or differential backups?
  3. How quickly will you need data restored?
  4. What devices will you use?
  5. How secure do your backups need to be?
  6. How long do you need to keep the data for?

How much can you afford to lose?

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The Essentials

Do Not Rule Out The Desktop Yet

November 3rd, 2016 Posted by Best Practices, Desktop, Devices, Hosted Services, Internet, Newsletters, Services 0 thoughts on “Do Not Rule Out The Desktop Yet”
Reports of the demise of the PC industry are greatly exaggerated. In fact, market research firm IDC forecasts PC sales will “stabilize” by 2018 and then record slow, steady growth. Another indication of the health of the PC industry is the news of improving demand from chip maker Intel. Reports of the demise of the PC industry are greatly exaggerated.

Plenty of upside to this “down” PC market

Two trends in particular have depressed PC sales, according to analysts:

  1. People are buying more mobile devices and using them for some traditional desktop tasks
  2. The quality of the PCs themselves has improved so much that the machines now have much longer lifespans

After 8% declines in 2015 and 2016, Gartner projects that PC shipments will increase by 0.4% in 2017 and 3% in 2018.

In fact, PC sales continue to outpace the projections of experts. It turns out, people like tablets and smart phones for applications, but they continue to rely on laptops and desktops to get the bulk of their work done—and a good deal of non-work as well.

Reports of the demise of the PC industry are greatly exaggerated

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Are Our Workplaces Smart Enough?

November 2nd, 2016 Posted by Best Practices, Devices, Hosted Services, Internet, Services 0 thoughts on “Are Our Workplaces Smart Enough?”
Market research firm Penn Schoen Berland (PSB) interviewed 3,801 employees around the world about what they were expecting in the near future in terms of technology.

Working with HAL

PSB found that respondents were expecting to be more mobile and to do less face-to-face. They were also expecting to be more capable—use artificial intelligence to give them a boost—and more productive. However, they do fear potential job loss as a result of advances in technology.

Are Our Workplaces Smart Enough?

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