How to Create a Strong Information Security Policy

When it comes to business IT security, no amount of prevention and mitigation is ever enough. According to a recent study conducted by the University of Maryland, hackers attack every 39 seconds, on average 2,244 times a day. To mitigate [...]

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5 Reasons Every Business Regardless of Size Should Implement Mobile Device Management

While business organizations are adopting BYOD programs faster than ever before, implementation of security policies is at risk of lagging behind. Mobile device management (MDM) software is an automated way for employers to enforce policies on both company-owned and BYOD [...]

Five Tips for Keeping Employees Safe on Public Wi-Fi

With today’s portable notebook computers and mobile devices, employees frequently connect to Wi-Fi networks at places like coffee shops and airports. Although this is much safer than it was in the past, there are still a variety of risks when [...]

6 Best Practices for Efficient IT Budgeting

IT budgeting is essential in ensuring the efficient performance of an organization’s IT infrastructure. However, it can be an extremely painful process for many business organizations. To help streamline this process, Outsource IT has compiled a list of best practices [...]

How to Guard Against Deepfake Cyberattacks

Cybersecurity experts are warning about an artificial intelligence (AI) enhanced cyberthreat called deepfake, which takes the form of a video or image that seems real even though it is computer-generated. Cybercriminals can use deepfakes to impersonate executives, interrupt business operations, [...]

The 5 Best Technologies Businesses can use to Fight Email Phishing Attacks

According to a report by Fintech News, email phishing attacks have risen by 600 percent since the end of February 2020. This staggering number is even more significant because these attacks have been shown to have an extremely high success [...]

How Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are Powering the Future of Cybersecurity

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, cybersecurity was an important concern for small businesses and enterprises alike. There have been several stories in the past years about data leaks, service disruptions, and network breaches which have affected industry giants and even [...]

The 5 Most Important Email Security Best Practices for Businesses

Email is one of the most widely used communication mediums all over the globe, especially for businesses. Unfortunately, malware attacks against businesses are sharply on the rise. In fact, it has been reported that 94% of malware is delivered via [...]

Top 4 Reasons to Get a Hosted PBX Business Phone System

Voice over IP (VoIP) phone systems are becoming increasingly popular with businesses, as the technology has become more stable and reliable. Most business organizations when switching to VoIP, or buying a new business phone system, choose to go with a [...]

How COVID-19 Has Changed Business Cybersecurity

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how many businesses operate. While the pandemic's effects on business operations are obvious, the effects on business cybersecurity may be more subtle. Cybersecurity experts have seen a surge in online threats since the outbreak began. This [...]

Why Antivirus Software May Not Be Enough to Protect Critical Business Data

With the increasingly sophisticated cyber threats affecting businesses, antivirus software is becoming less and less effective. According to a 2017 Ponemon study, 77% of successful malware-based attacks used fileless techniques that could not be detected by traditional antivirus software. In [...]

How Technology Can Stop the Spread of COVID-19

As the scientific community learns more about the telltale signs and spread patterns of COVID-19, certain technologies have emerged as viable ways to combat the spread of the disease. Although technology alone is not enough to enable us to resume [...]

The 5 Most Important Qualities of a Great Procurement Partner

IT procurement is a critical part of nearly every organization, from small and medium business to huge enterprises. Dealing with licensing requirements, taking advantage of discounts, and verifying quality, are all services offered by good procurement partners. Given that 35% [...]

Five Key Best Practices for a Cost Effective Cloud Migration

Moving from on-premise infrastructure to the cloud offers huge advantages for many businesses. As a result, there has been a massive boost in cloud adoption rates over the last 2 years. As with everything IT related, cloud migration is not [...]

The Most Dangerous Email Threats and How to Stop Them

According to a report from Google, business organizations and especially nonprofits are far more likely to receive fraudulent and malware-laden emails than individuals. From phishing to blackmail, email is a part of many business-related cyber-attacks, with almost $18,000 lost every [...]

How to Protect Critical Business Data from Side-channel Attacks

Is your business data exposed to side channel attacks? As digital information becomes more valuable, attackers are utilizing increasingly clever and sophisticated ways to steal it. One of the more novel attacks being utilized today takes advantage of flaws in [...]

Proactive vs Preventive IT Maintenance: Which is Better?

It is a well known fact that poor IT maintenance strategies can reduce an organization's overall productive capacity. Extended use of anything will lead to wear and tear, which results in suboptimal performance and system failures. The goal of IT [...]

The Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Computing

In the digital age, nearly every business is moving to the cloud or is already there. While a fully cloud-based model has its benefits, it also comes with inherent security and compliance risks that make it less than ideal for [...]

How to Maintain Cybersecurity When Employees Work Remotely

Keeping company data safe is not easy when employees are at the office. It is even harder when they are not. Given the current situation with the COVID-19 epidemic, many organizations are enabling their employees to work remotely, which can [...]

Top 5 Reasons Businesses are Switching to SD-WAN

In a world where businesses are increasingly utilizing cloud and SaaS solutions, SD-WAN is proving to be the most appropriate approach for enterprise networking. We see this trend reflected in the current market, where SD-WAN is expected to have a [...]

The 6 Most Secure Remote Working Solutions for Businesses in Canada

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been heightened interest in remote working technologies as organizations and employees from across Canada implement social distancing. However, switching to a remote work set-up can be challenging, especially for organizations with strong cyber [...]

Five Keys to Successful IT Project Management

Executives and IT leaders agree that successful IT project management goes beyond a few technologists exchanging ideas in a conference room. Success depends on how well an organization can apply their knowledge, tools, skills, and techniques in order to meet [...]

How AI and Big Data Are Transforming Modern Business Operations

The combination of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data is fueling massive transformations in business operations around the globe. Over the last decade these technologies have become more available, and also more necessary, for organizations in many different industries. The [...]

Top IT Security Best Practices for Legal Firms and Organizations with Highly Sensitive Data

Law firm data theft has been on the rise in recent years, and some of these incidents have had significant impact around the world. As these breaches and hacks increase in number and sophistication, it becomes imperative for law firms, [...]

How Virtual Reality Is Impacting Modern Businesses

Most people think about gaming when they hear the terms virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). However they have grown far beyond the bounds of gaming. Many major technology companies, such as Google and HTC, have invested heavily in [...]

Top Technology Trends Transforming Healthcare in 2020

Digital transformation is ongoing in a wide variety of industries, and healthcare is no exception. Small and medium organizations in the healthcare industry can expect to see market leaders implementing new ways to improve treatment outcomes, offer more flexible patient [...]

Four Factors to Consider Before Replacing Legacy IT Systems

As IT systems age, they eventually become unreliable and unmaintainable. Organizations with a long history find themselves struggling with determining the optimal time to upgrade or replace them. The best way to figure out the most appropriate time is performing [...]

The Top 5 Cybersecurity Threats for 2020

Cybersecurity has been an increasingly important issue in recent years, and that isn’t going to change any time soon. As 2020 begins, businesses of all sizes will need to take stock of the changing cyber threat landscape and secure their [...]

The Top Five Digital Trends That Will Shape Business Growth in 2020

In 2020 and beyond, we're likely to see two things: further maturation of existing technology trends and the arrival of faster communication technology. As technologies mature, they'll become available to a wider audience, and as communication technology improves, these new [...]

What Is Vulnerability Testing, and Is It Necessary?

Vulnerability testing, also known as penetration testing, is an integral part of any serious security plan.It's a real-world test of an organization's network security measures, and can be vital to reveal an existing system's weaknesses.In this article we cover what [...]

What Is Digital Transformation, and is it Really Worth the Risk?

Digital transformation has become a common buzzword used to describe business adoption of today's new information technologies like cloud computing and mobile applications.The term is so overused that it's difficult to discern what it exactly means besides simply modernizing an [...]

Top Five Financial Benefits of Managed IT Services

IT costs can be found in pretty much every area of a company’s operations.Instead of only trying to reduce these costs, SMBs can also find more effective ways of utilizing IT spending, with the goal of making a real impact [...]

Five Key Steps for a Successful Office 365 Migration

Migrating to Office 365 from other platforms is a relatively easy process.The downside is that it can take a tremendous amount of time, and may even result in extended downtime if unforeseen issues arise.To help business organizations considering migrating to [...]

Windows 7 Support Ends January 14, 2020: Here’s What to Do Now

Microsoft is ending support for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 on January 14, 2020.Although they can still be used after that date, end of support means three essential services from Microsoft will stop: technical support, updates, and security fixes.Therefore, [...]

The Five Most Critical Cyber Security Best Practices

According to the Better Business Bureau, almost half of all Canadian SMBs have been victimized by a cyberattack and 71% have experienced a data breach.Some make the mistake of believing that an attack won’t happen at their company. Others put [...]

Top 5 Reasons SMBs Choose Managed IT Services

Whether it’s a system failure, network outage or a cyberattack, businesses today cannot risk down time, in particular, those in the SMB sector.As a result, an estimated 39% of SMBs now use managed IT services.Here’s a look at the five [...]

How to Know If Your Organization Needs Cyber Liability Insurance

Cyber liability insurance, an insurance product which protects businesses against the financial risks of cyber attacks, has become a hot topic among large enterprises and even medium to small businesses.Whereas large enterprises may be able to recover from a large [...]

Private Cloud vs Public Cloud: Which to Choose?

As the various cloud platforms have matured over the past few years, organizations planning to move applications to the cloud are faced with the difficult decision of whether to go with a private or a public cloud solution.In this article [...]

The Top Five Reasons for a Slow Network (and How to Fix It)

When network connections slow to a crawl in today's internet-dependent workplace, it can severely impact productivity.The longer these issues go unchecked the greater the impact on the business.However, it can be a challenge to find the real culprit behind the [...]

The Four Most Common Cyberattacks on Small Businesses (and How to Stop Them)

Small businesses have become a target of choice for cyberattacks because of their relatively lax cybersecurity.The good news is there are common-sense defenses that small businesses can put in place to reduce their security risks.In this article, we'll cover the [...]

Do You Really Need to Backup Office 365?

The advent of cloud software as a service (SaaS) applications such as Microsoft Office 365 led many to believe that regular data backups were no longer necessary.While it’s true that the cloud implements a distributed server network which can be [...]

5 Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Office IT Relocation Service

Getting the assistance of an office IT relocation service provider when planning an office move is always a good idea.They specialize in moving IT equipment and infrastructure while minimizing downtime and lost productivity.However, to ensure a seamless migration, it’s imperative [...]

STEAM Night Out Event – Corsair Public School

On Wednesday, May 29th 2019, Outsource IT had the great pleasure of organizing a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) night out event for students of Grades 3 to 5 at the Corsair Public School in Mississauga...

How To Prepare Your Business For Windows 7 End Of Support

After nearly 10 years and 2 major Windows releases, there are still millions of computers running Windows 7. However, after January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide bugfixes and updates to these computers. Organizations hoping to avoid any potential [...]

The 4 Most Common Microsoft Azure Migration Challenges and How to Solve Them

Migrating to the Microsoft Azure Cloud can be very rewarding.However, cloud migration presents several challenges that may hold back many organizations from taking the leap.In this article we discuss the 4 most common challenges and how to overcome them.

Five Key Characteristics of Highly Successful IT Leaders

Highly successful IT leaders possess important characteristics which separate them from their peers and enable them to be the best at what they do. In this article we discuss 5 of those key characteristics which the best IT leaders have [...]

Five Critical Signs Your IT Infrastructure May Need a Detailed Evaluation

Knowing when the IT systems or software applications in a business organization have become more of a burden than an asset is often difficult.Staff adapt to the systems which they use every day, making it hard to detect the signs. [...]

Is Your Organization Prepared for an AI-Enabled Future?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere. It's no longer science fiction. Every home and business has some type of AI designed to help simplify common tasks. To remain competitive, business organizations may need to explore additional ways that AI can improve their daily [...]

Seven Ways Automation Is Changing the Healthcare Industry

Automation has been proven to help streamline the way healthcare organizations deal with patients, and improve average quality of care. As a result, more and more medical facilities, clinics and hospitals are implementing automation into their practices. In fact, according [...]

Five Questions You Need to Answer Before Hiring a Managed IT Services Provider

Hiring a Managed IT Services Provider may be the most cost-effective way to ensure the IT needs of the organization are met. However, before making the decision to move forward, it’s imperative that these 5 questions are asked and answered, [...]

How the Internet of Things (IoT) Is Boosting Productivity for Logistics Businesses

While many industries are still waiting to determine the potential return on investment in adopting IoT, the transportation and logistics industries are reaping benefits. In this article we discuss the different areas where IoT is making significant contributions to productivity [...]

The 4 Biggest Cybersecurity Threats for Businesses in 2019 and How to Avoid Them

Each year, a growing number of businesses become victims of malware, viruses, and other cybersecurity threats. This article discusses the 4 biggest cybersecurity threats in 2019. By understanding how these threats work, and how to avoid them, an organization may [...]

The Most Effective Backup Strategy For Protecting Business Data

58% of SMBs don’t have strategies in place to prevent data loss. That is shocking since 60% of SMBs shutdown within six months of losing their data. Considering how critical surviving a data loss incident is to business continuity, we've [...]

The 8 Most Important Topics to Include in a Solid Employee IT Security Training Program

Employees are the most important component in an organization's IT security. However, even though 49% of employees know that they play an important role in the cyber security of their organization, only 12% are aware of their company’s IT security [...]

The 5 Most Important Office 365 Security Features You Need to Enable Immediately

Office 365 is now the most used enterprise cloud service, with a market share that keeps growing as more organizations migrate to the cloud. With so many organizations using the cloud, data security is the number one concern. To address [...]

How to Protect your Organization from Business Email Compromise Attacks

Of all the dangerous phishing attacks perpetrated by hackers, business email compromise (BEC) attacks might be the most troublesome for businesses. These attacks are extremely difficult to detect and have the potential of incurring millions in losses. Learn how to [...]

How to Prevent Data Breaches by Employees and Reduce the Financial Impact If They Occur

Amidst all the panic over malware and trojans many businesses still fail to protect themselves from an equally dangerous threat… data breaches from their employees. In this article we explain how to prevent this threat and reduce the financial impact [...]

How To Hire a Managed IT Services Provider Without Sacrificing Control

While outsourcing your IT department is very rewarding, handing over the reigns can seem daunting at first. Here are a few things you can quarterback during the negotiation and implementation phases that will help you ensure that you are not [...]

Managed IT Services ROI – How Much Can You Really Save?

Are you thinking about outsourcing your IT support to a Managed IT Services Provider (MSP)? This article will help you calculate the ROI of using an MSP vs doing it in house.

Disaster Recovery: Are You Ready for the Big One?

In this article we discuss the kinds of disasters your business may face and provide some proven strategies for avoiding and preventing them.

SLAs 101: How to Get the Best Support From Your IT Provider

Learn how to formulate great SLAs and guide your discussions with your MSP to ensure you are getting the best support possible.

10 Mistakes To Avoid When Choosing A Managed IT Services Provider

Choosing a MSP can be tricky. There are number of avoidable mistakes that businesses tend to make during the process. Here are the 10 most common and some advice on how to avoid making them.

Outsource IT’s Christopher Brooks Selected for Varnex Advisory Council

Outsource IT’s Christopher Brooks Selected for Varnex Advisory Council We’re excited to announce that Christopher Brooks, a management team member at Outsource IT, has been accepted as a member of the Varnex Advisory Council. Varnex is a Synnex peer-to-peer community [...]

The Benefits of Sit Stand Desks

The Benefits of Sit Stand Desks The risks of a highly sedentary lifestyle are well understood. Increased risk of diseases, back pain, joint pain, and weight management concerns are just some of the consequences of sitting for too long each [...]

The Benefits of Using Headsets in the Workplace

The Benefits of Using Headsets in the Workplace An office full of employees wearing headsets brings to mind an image of a busy call centre, an insurance broker, or a telemarketing office. We don’t often picture a marketing office, a [...]

Microsoft Surface Book 2: More Than Just Competitive

Microsoft Surface Book 2: More Than Just Competitive This holiday season has seen the release of some fantastic technology across the IT industry. One of the most impressive of these is the Microsoft Surface Book 2, released in Canada in [...]

2017 Varnex Spirit Award Awarded to Outsource IT

2017 Varnex Spirit Award Awarded to Outsource IT This month, Outsource IT attended the Varnex International IT Conference in San Diego. Outsource IT regularly attends Varnex conferences to gain insight into new technologies and develop service partner relationships. This year, [...]

IT Solutions for Not-For-Profits and Charities

IT Solutions for Not-For-Profits and Charities Not-for-profits and charities face unique challenges in finding technology solutions to support their organizations. Relying on grants and donations to run an organization can often mean an unsteady stream of income and an unpredictable [...]

Outsource IT and Our Partnership Network

Outsource IT and Our Partnership Network At Outsource IT, we pride ourselves on being a unique IT support organization. Our partnerships and connections, such as our Microsoft Managed Partner designation, give us exclusive access to equipment, solutions, and technology to [...]

How Can You Use Multiple Displays to Increase Productivity?

How Can You Use Multiple Displays to Increase Productivity? Did you know that using multiple displays at work can boost employee productivity 20-30%? While we traditionally think of dual monitors as something only graphic designers need, they can help increase [...]

How to Protect Yourself from Malware & Prevent Infection

How to Protect Yourself from Malware & Prevent Infection Recently it seems like the threat of viruses, malware, and ransomware is greater than ever before. Large-scale attacks are in the news, scams online are more difficult to discern, and there [...]

Benefits of Barracuda Essentials for Office 365

Benefits of Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 Barracuda Essentials for Office 365 is an advanced service that works with Microsoft Office 365 to provide Canadian cloud backup, enhanced email security, and archiving services. It complements the basic security features provided [...]

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Notebook 5th Gen: Ultralight, Powerful, and Professional

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Notebook 5th Gen: Ultralight, Powerful, and Professional The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebooks have always been known as the elite line of ultrabooks. With the release of the 5th generation earlier this year, the corporate business world [...]

Leaked NSA Malware Poses Massive Risk to Organizations

Leaked NSA Malware Poses Massive Risk to Organizations Earlier this week, the tech world was rocked by the release of a cache of malware and software released to the general public that poses an immense security risk to organizations across [...]

Outsource IT & Types of Microsoft Partnerships

Outsource IT & Types of Microsoft Partnerships As one of the largest technology providers in the world, Microsoft works with IT, data management, and service providers to offer access to their products, services, and support. Microsoft offers a large partnership [...]

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Benefits of Leasing IT Equipment & Computers

Benefits of Leasing IT Equipment & Computers When you run a business, one of the most important decisions you have to make is to buy or lease your IT and computer equipment. Both buying and leasing IT equipment have their [...]

Why You Need a NextGen Firewall

Why You Need a Next-Generation Firewall Next-Generation Firewalls (also known as NextGen Firewalls or NGFWs for short) are available as a security and protection upgrade from traditional firewalls. They are smarter hardware or software based network security systems that can detect and [...]

Windows 10: New Features and Why You Need to Get It

Windows 10: New Features and Why You Need to Get It

Last summer, Windows released the last of its numbered operating systems: Windows 10. It boasts a number of upgrades, fixes, and new features to take the user experience to the next level. The upgrade to Windows 10 is free for [...]

The Changing Role of the CIO and IT Departments

The Changing Role of the CIO and IT Departments

IT operations are the lifeblood of any company’s success and an operating expense that is most often second only to payroll. During a decade and a half in the industry we’ve witnessed Seismic changes that have drastically affected the way [...]