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Remote Work: How to Prepare Your Business for the Hidden IT Costs

When the COVID-19 pandemic began, more than 40% of American employees worked remotely. While this number has dropped over the last two years, it’s unlikely that we’ll see a...


Microsoft Intune: The Powerful MDM Tool Your Business Needs

Microsoft Intune is a cloud-based service designed for mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM).

Intune can be used to monitor and manage the...


CMMC Section 3.8: Media Protection

Today we’ll break down CMMC Section 3.8, which focuses on the media protection for media that contains controlled unclassified information (CUI).

It’s important to remember...


Cyber Insurance in 2022: Does Your Business Need It?

Do you really need cybersecurity insurance? Well, that depends!The number of businesses who took out cyber insurance policies in the last few years has sky-rocketed, thanks...


The Ntiva Guide to macOS Security Standards

For a very long time, conventional wisdom has held that Macs are much less vulnerable to cyberattacks than PCs.

This is no longer the case, and many organizations that...


Top 4 Signs Your Company Needs to Hire a Virtual CISO (vCISO)

What was once a relatively unknown position has become a necessity for many businesses across all industries. As more of us continue to work remotely, the necessity of a...


The Real Cost of Outsourced IT Support and Services

How much does it cost to completely outsource IT services? This depends on many factors, but generally you can expect to pay between $80.00 to $150.00 per month per user....


CMMC Section 3.6: Incident Response

Today we are focusing on a review of CMMC Section 3.6, which provides individual practices for incident response after a cyberattack. The biggest takeaway? Good cybersecurity...


How Much Should Cybersecurity Cost Your Business?

When organizations are looking for ways to save money, cybersecurity sometimes ends up on the chopping block. For those companies fortunate enough to never have gone through...


5-Step Checklist for Successful Remote IT Onboarding and Offboarding

The increase in remote work means an increase in remote IT operations, including onboarding and offboarding.

Your business needs to have a solid plan covering things like...


Cloud Migration: Why (and How) Companies Are Moving to the Cloud

Cloud migration has seen widespread global adoption over the past few years, but our recent shift to remote working has forced companies to lean on cloud services and...


21 Microsoft Teams Tips and Tricks the Experts Rely On

There are 300,000 organizations and 115 million active users on Microsoft Teams every day. If you're one of them, you may wonder what efficiency gains or helpful new...


The Essential Guide To Endpoint Security for Business

With the rapid evolution of the modern-day workplace, and the growing popularity of BYOD, today’s employees comprise a combination of office-based, remote and hybrid workers...


8 Reasons Co-Managed IT Might Be Right for Your Business

IT departments are facing greater pressures than ever before. The volume and variety of work is increasing. Cybersecurity and data privacy threats are growing - in frequency,...


Small Business Cybersecurity: How to Protect Yourself Against Hackers

By the time you get to the end of this sentence, a cybercriminal will have successfully attacked a business and infected it with ransomware. According to Cybercrime Magazine,...


CMMC Section 3.5: Identification and Authentication

When it comes to achieving CMMC compliance, the old business maxim holds true — it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

One of the most vital protections you have against...


How to Set Up Zero-Touch Deployment for Apple Devices

Apple’s Zero-Touch Deployment feels counterintuitive at first. Once you've set it up, you naturally want to do something else. You want to click a box, or make a request, or...


The Ins and Outs of Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop

If your organization uses Microsoft Windows at the enterprise level, you likely have questions about Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD). How does it work? How is it different from...


CMMC Section 3.4: Configuration Management

Configuration management is vital, both within the CMMC framework and in general from a security and IT perspective.

Configuration management ranks right up there with...


How Technology Can Streamline Business Operations

“There’s an app for that.”

That 2009 iPhone slogan became so popular that Apple trademarked the catchphrase the following year.

People quickly grew to believe that anytime...


Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Policy Tips and Best Practices for 2022

It seems like everyone is working remotely these days. Even those of us who don't still end up doing some sort of late night or weekend work outside of the office. The...


6 Microsoft Outlook Tips and Tricks for Today’s Productive Workplace

If your office job is typical, you spend much of your day going into and out of Microsoft 365 applications. One minute you’re in Word. The next minute you’re in PowerPoint....


CMMC Section 3.3: Cybersecurity Audit and Accountability

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification 2.0 (CMMC) includes practices and controls that fall under the category of “Audit and Accountability.”

Unlike with other areas...


The 7 Best Ways to Secure Microsoft 365

Microsoft 365 is an indispensable platform for many businesses, and is considered the world's most popular cloud-based office productivity suite. However, this means it's...


The Modern Workplace: How to Harness the Power of Microsoft 365 Apps

Are you getting the most out of your Microsoft 365 subscription? Most people are not!

If the past two years have taught us anything, it’s that the nature of work has changed...


Service Desk Academy Opens At Mountwest Community and Technical College

Ntiva has partnered with Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington, West Virginia to open up a Service Desk Academy that will enable students to gain real world...


CMMC 2.0 Updates - April 2022

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) published Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification 2.0 (CMMC 2.0) in November 2021 to safeguard sensitive national security...


The Top Benefits of Apple Device Supervision

If your organization owns a fleet of Apple devices, you need a safe and efficient way to manage those devices, with a tool for updating software and device settings,...


Copper Phone Lines Are Going Away: Are You Prepared?

Plain Old Telephony Service (POTS) - the traditional copper wire network that has been around since the 1880s -  is no longer going to be supported by the major phone...


5 Things to Know About Microsoft Windows 11

Microsoft Windows 11 is designed to boost employee productivity and encourage team collaboration. It’s also built to be more secure than previous versions of Windows, and to...


CMMC Cybersecurity Awareness, Training and Personnel Security

If your organization is working toward Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), then you will eventually come across the sections dealing with cybersecurity...


The Upgrade Process to MacOS Monterey
About 90 days after Apple released macOS 12 Monterey on October 25, 2021, organizations began running into problems with Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive and other issues. At the...
CMMC 2.0: A Comprehensive Guide For DoD Contractors

By now, most government contractors are aware of the upcoming Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). We're providing this comprehensive guide to show you how to...


How to Switch IT Companies Painlessly (Really!) in 4 Steps
Changing IT service providers used to be a nightmare. We’re talking a time-consuming, costly, labor-intensive, frustrating pain in the you-know-what. But not so anymore....
2022 Tips on Achieving CMMC Compliance: Access Control

If your organization wants to achieve Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), you need to understand Access Control.

Not just what it is, but the process. And the...


How To Develop an Effective IT Strategy For Your Business

An effective IT strategy helps enterprises achieve their longer-term vision.

In our role as IT consultants for a wide range of businesses , we've seen a big increase in spend...


Expert Tips on How to Use Managed Apple IDs for Business
Apple IDs started with personal Apple products but are now an integral part of many business IT environments. First in education, and now in business, organizations are...
How to Implement a Security Awareness Program for Your Business

Not too long ago, most security breaches were caused by technical problems, such as hardware malfunctions or vulnerable applications. But not anymore - most breaches are now...


10 Essential Elements of an IT Disaster Recovery Plan

The challenges of recent years have proven that every business needs an IT disaster recovery plan when things go wrong — which as we've learned, they will. It’s never too...


Microsoft 365 Price Increases for 2022, Explained
You’ve likely heard some rumblings about pricing changes for some commercial Microsoft 365 and Office 365 products coming this March. Microsoft is transitioning to a new...
What is Desktop as a Service (DaaS)?

Desktop as a Service (DaaS) has become a hot topic for many businesses, since most employees are now working from home. There are valid concerns on security, data privacy and...


Five Tech Trends to Power Business Success in 2022

Few of us could have predicted what has happened over the past two years. While technology always changes at a dizzying pace, nothing prepared us for the crazy fast...


Windows 10: Tips and Tricks for the Most Popular OS of 2022

More than one billion devices are still using Windows 10 in 2022. Since it's release in 2015, there have been major updates and even a couple of new operating systems from...


6 Tips for Improving Cloud Computing Security

Almost every business you can think of is using public cloud services for many of their critical business applications. Unfortunately as we head into 2021, cyberattacks and...


Hosted VoIP: The Powerful Tool to Keep Your Business Connected in 2022

Laptops, webcams, email access on every device in the house...we're all prepared for another year of remote work, right?! Not quite! Business phone systems are easily the...