Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) Basics for DoD Contractors

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Basics A working group of the government, universities, and private companies are developing the next evolution of cybersecurity standard for DoD contractors. According to the CMMC FAQ's, "The intent of the CMMC is to combine various cybersecurity control standards such as NIST SP 800-171, NIST SP 800-53, ISO 27001, ISO 27032, AIA NAS9933 and others into...

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What Is PII?

If you’ve seen the acronym PII in the news or in trade magazines, you may have questions. What is it exactly, and what is the danger surrounding it? Today’s tech blog post answers these questions and more. What Is PII? PII stands for personally identifiable information. Personally identifiable information (from here on, we’ll just use PII) is information tied to an individual that can be us...

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Taking IT to 11

Where We’ve Been This, to say the least, has been a long and interesting road. When Kevin Lucier and I first started the company in 2008, we had a vision with telecom focus and dreams of being a master agent for high bandwidth services and cable providers. Our plan was to provide as many vendor options as possible for our clients, and we would never, ever, cross the demark inside the network. W...

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Microsoft Security Intelligence Report: Cybersecurity Professionals Must Stay Many Steps Ahead

The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) was recently released for 2018, with both good and bad news for cybersecurity professionals and companies. What Did The Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Reveal? Based on data from Microsoft’s Detection and Response Team (DART), attackers used a variety of tricks, both new (coin-mining) and old (phishing), in their ongoing quest to ste...

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The End of Life for SQL 2008: What Does This Mean For Your Business?

Soon, on July 9, 2019, support will come to an end for all SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 equipment. If you’re still using these servers, it’s important to take action now so that there’s no disruption to your daily operations or loss of data. Any hardware or software product that reaches its end of life is a potential gateway for hackers to enter through. In addition to the security haza...

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What Exactly Does A Managed IT Services Company Provide?

Running a business requires a great deal of focused attention. Unfortunately, when your technology team is spending a great deal of time dealing with login problems, software licensing, cybersecurity and more, it doesn’t leave a lot of time for growth activities and strategic thinking. As businesses grow, many organizations find that it makes sense to work with an IT managed services company to...

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Microsoft Excel Training [Free Online Course]

Microsoft Excel Training   Excel is one of the most versatile and most useful programs in the Microsoft Office suite. It’s also one of the trickiest to master without a little help from someone who understands the ins and outs of Excel. Join us for a special three-part online Microsoft Excel training session, available on-demand.  Tune in from the comfort of your office, learn about Excel ove...

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C3 Launches Feedback Survey For Clients

Providing excellent customer service is part of our mission and the culture here at C3. We want to ensure that your experience with any member of our team is both helpful and satisfying. To track our client experiences, we’ve implemented a one-question survey for all closed support tickets. Now, at the close of each issue, you'll receive an email letting you know that we've completed your ...

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Navy & Contractors “Under Cyber Siege” According To Newly Released Internal Review

The Secretary of the Navy recently released a Cybersecurity Readiness Review which reports that the Navy and its contractors are “under cyber siege” from Chinese hackers as well as others. This review was also reported by the Wall Street Journal and the Navy Times. Within the report, the Navy discusses the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) observations and vulnerabilities, saying: "The Depa...

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Windows Server 2008 End of Support (Questions and Answers)

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end — and on January 14, 2020, Microsoft will be stopping mainstream service for their highly popular Windows 2008 Server. If you are one of the millions of organizations who are still using this secure and highly stable solution, it may be time to look for other options before maintenance becomes an even greater challenge. The current Windows Serv...

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