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Corey Shields

Corey Shields
Corey is the Digital Marketing Manager at Ntiva, and brings with him over a decade of working in the information technology and services industry.
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....


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Cybersecurity Awareness Training: 8 Critical Elements

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...


The Importance of Complying with Data Privacy and Protection Laws

To judge solely by headlines, it would be easy to think only enterprise-level businesses need to worry about consumer data privacy laws.

The truth, however, is that the laws...


The Pros and Cons of Migrating to a Private Cloud

Your organization is sold on the value of migrating some or all of your corporate workloads and applications to the cloud, but you are wondering about a private cloud.

Is a...


Microsoft Password Removal: The End of a Cybersecurity Nightmare?
Passwords. You hate them. Your IT guy hates them even more. They are the weak point of every network and storage database on the planet.
What is the CFO's Role in Cybersecurity?
Is cybersecurity a technical issue or a business issue? Both. Does protecting your organization against cyber attacks fall under the domain of your chief technology officer...
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...


What is Shadow IT - And How You Can Control It

In the past, IT departments were able to control almost all technology decisions, along with who was allowed to use what application or service.But then came the cloud. And...


Microsoft Windows 365: What it Means for Your Business

Microsoft Windows 365 is ushering in a new category of computing—personal computers in the cloud.And as it turns out, cloud PCs could revolutionize your small to medium-size...


3 Common Small Business IT Challenges (and How to Solve Them)

Your business may be small, but IT challenges can grow much faster than you anticipated.

The speed of change in information technology has never been faster. Hackers and...


5 Ways to Secure Google Drive for Business Use

If your business uses Google Workspace (formerly G Suite), then you have at least a nodding acquaintance with Google Drive.

Google Drive, of course, is Google’s storage and...


Identity and Access Management: Your Microsoft Azure Questions Answered

If your business uses any cloud-based services, you know you need a secure way of connecting your people, devices and data. And that means you likely have some questions...


4 Super Secure Ways To Share Content Over Outlook Email

In 1971, Ray Tomlinson was the first person to transmit a message from one computer to another. That was 50 years ago and email is still going strong! But whether you love it...


6 Microsoft Outlook Tips to Boost Worker Productivity and Efficiency

If you want to help your office and remote employees be more productive across time zones or across town, one of the first places you should start is with Microsoft 365 in...


Azure vs. AWS vs. Google Cloud: What’s Best for Your Business?

The benefits of cloud computing and IaaS (infrastructure as a service) are pretty clear-cut: It offers flexibility, the connection of the remote workforce to the physical...


Why Microsoft OneDrive for Business Is the Smartest Tool You Aren't Using

Every new tool and platform promises greater productivity or greater collaboration.

But between mixed reviews and the dreaded learning curve, it probably feels easier to just...


IT Budgeting for 2021: Put Your Money Where the Cloud Is

The global COVID-19 pandemic that hit in 2020 upended IT budgets, as teams scrambled to properly secure vast numbers of work-from-home setups. But now IT leaders are starting...


Training as a Service: The Microsoft 365 Tool Your Team Needs

If there's one thing we've all figured out during our "work from home year," it's that no one is on the same page when it comes to the Microsoft 365 platform! Many companies...


How Compliance as a Service (CaaS) Could Unburden Your Financial Service Organization

Compliance as a Service (CaaS) packages up the steps that a business needs to take to comply with the regulations specific to its industry.


Why (And When) You Should Hire A Microsoft Office 365 Consultant

Your company is ready to take the next step in your digital transformation journey, but you're not quite sure how to get to where you want to go. You know that Microsoft...


Law Firm Cybersecurity Through Managed IT Services

Law firm cybersecurity has never been more important because the stakes are so high and cybercrime is now endemic. For instance, hackers penetrated the defenses of 48 United...


MSP IT Services - How To Comply with Washington DC Data Security Laws

Companies across the nation are coming to grips with new privacy standards implemented by local, state, and even foreign governments. The city of Washington D.C. is the...


FINRA Compliance Services With Managed IT

FINRA compliance is an inescapable requirement for brokerage firms and other securities industry participants in the United States, similar perhaps in the way that death and...


What is a CMMC Registered Provider Organization?

Failing to take the right steps to protect your sensitive information can end in catastrophe, and the US Department of Defense knows that better than anyone.


What is Digital Transformation?

We’ve seen a lot of rapid changes in the way companies conduct their business in 2020. While some of these changes were expected to happen somewhere down the line, many of...


How to Perform an IT Risk Assessment

No matter your industry, it’s important that you have a solid IT game plan in place for staying safe against cyber threats. When forming any plan, the very first step is to...


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...


Employee Monitoring: Is It Right For Your Business?

The words employee monitoring bring some negative thoughts to mind. Maybe thoughts of Big Brother immediately take over as you picture a company tiptoeing around while it...


SharePoint vs OneDrive: What's the Difference?

When it comes to selecting a data management tool, there's no shortage of platforms to choose from. Since the inception of the cloud in 2006, we've watched this market boom,...


Vulnerability Scanning: What is it, and How Does it Work?

With any well thought out cyber security plan, the key is to be proactive. But in many cases, the normal response is to simply react to threats and attacks as they happen....


Escaping Excel Hell: The Benefits of Custom Business Solutions

There are no two ways about it: when Microsoft Excel first came out in 1985, it revolutionized the business world. Since then, businesses everywhere have been able to move...


A Complete Guide to IT Infrastructure Management

The term infrastructure has been around since 1875 when the French coined it for planning their railroad system. But the concept of having a fundamental set of facilities,...


5 Tips For Your Best Remote Desktop Service (RDS) Experience

You’ve got your laptop, your coffee, and a steady Wi-Fi connection. The perfect cloud computing setup. So, why is your remote work environment so slow?


What is Unified Communications (UC)?

There’s a lot that goes into running a successful business, but we can all agree that it would be impossible without communication. Being able to effectively communicate...


How to Carry Out a Gap Analysis for Your Business

It's a basic human instinct to focus on the present in order to make positive, lasting changes later on in life. It just makes sense - why wouldn’t we assess our current...


The Pros and Cons of Automatic Software Updates

There’s no denying that automatic updating is a handy tool, but it’s not always the way to go. In some cases, manual updating is the safer solution, and all responsible ...


The Top 10 Questions People Ask IT Services Companies

More companies than ever before are outsourcing part or all of their IT needs to a third party provider. The reasons are many, from budget to convenience to the ability to...


A Guide to Cloud-Based Business Phone Systems

Every day thousands of businesses are moving to cloud-based phone systems. Read on to learn the differences between on-premise and cloud-based business phone systems, the...