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Apple Authentication With Microsoft and Google

Managing your users and devices can sometimes feel like a pain. If your systems require that every new device is manually configured for every new user, it can add a lot of...


Business Budgeting in 2023: Why CIOs are Moving to Co-Managed IT

It’s no secret that we are likely facing an economic downturn in 2023. More than *half of business leaders are already looking at tightening their belts next year, as the...


CMMC Section 3.11 and 3.12: Risk and Security Assessments
This month, we're combining sections 3.11 and 3.12 to cover "Risk and Security Assessments." We'll cover seven total controls in this, most of which are fairly short, simple,...
2023 Recession: Six Business Technology Strategies to Prepare

Let’s cut to the chase. There is an extremely high likelihood that a recession is on the horizon. What will the impact be on your business and how should you prepare? Our...


Microsoft 365 Apps on Your Mac: How Our Business Leaders Make It Work
Not too long ago, it seemed like Apple and Microsoft were simply oil and water. Thankfully those days are long gone! I’m happy to report that Microsoft has done a phenomenal...
The Top 5 Cybersecurity Practices for Small Businesses

Cyberattacks and security breaches have become an almost routine part of the news cycle. It seems we can hardly go a month without hearing about a major corporation being...


CMMC Section 3.10: Physical Protection
CMMC Section 3.10 breaks down "physical protection" of controlled unclassified information (CUI). While this particular section of CMMC 2.0 is rather straightforward with...
Social Engineering Attacks: How to Protect Yourself and Your Business

No matter what security protocols your company puts in place or how unbreakable you believe your password to be, there is one vulnerability that cybercriminals can always...


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...


Spear Phishing: How to Protect Your Business

In the past, using strong passwords was enough to keep accounts secure and hackers at bay. This is no longer the case, and cyber security services require a lot more than...


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...


Cybersecurity Awareness Training: 8 Tips To Get Started!

Your greatest cybersecurity vulnerability isn’t your hardware. Or your software. It’s your people!

People—executives, managers, team leaders, workers—are the leading cause of...


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...
5 Top Tips For Securing Remote Workers and Business Data

It feels like we’ve entered a different world. The shift to remote work is here to stay for much longer than we originally thought, and the biggest item that many businesses...


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....