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Sagacent has been serving the San Jose area since 2000, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

5 Most Common HIPAA Violations (and How You Can Avoid Them)

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) exists to protect the confidential healthcare data of millions of American patients.

For violating HIPAA, fines can range from $100 to a staggering $1.5 million. So, it's important for your organization to ensure that violations are avoided.

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Top IoT Trends of 2018

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With over 20 billion connected devices around the world, it's no wonder many businesses are interested in the latest Internet of Things (IoT) trends.

Needless to say, the expectations are pretty high. Most experts agree that 2018 will be the year where IoT gets adopted in certain major industries. This is one of many factors that should lead to further investment in the IoT industry.

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5 Industries That Benefit From Managed IT Services

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The information technology and data management industry continues to grow at a speedy rate. Nearly every aspect of daily life uses IT systems, including big industries like healthcare and legal.

Are you dealing with IT struggles in your business more often than you would like? Keep reading to find out how managed IT solutions benefit a range of industries listed below.

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When's the Last Time You Changed Your Passwords?

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In this age of social media, Internet banking, and digital storage, it is important to do what you can to manage your security. Especially in light of the increasing number of data breaches and cyber attacks. These attacks are no longer focusing just on large companies and small businesses but affecting individuals.

According to the Pew Research Center, 64 percent of Americans have experienced some type of major data breach. The reality is that many Americans view cyber attacks as part of life. Still, research shows that most of us are failing to follow basic cybersecurity best practices in our daily lives, both personal and business.

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Can Blockchain Improve Cybersecurity for Your Business?

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Data security is on the minds of many business owners, especially in light of the multiple breaches in January 2018 alone. These breaches are not limited to retail outlets but have crossed a variety of industries, including health insurance and credit reports.

In light of these breaches, it's fair to ask if blockchain could be the answer to addressing these security breaches. First, what is blockchain and how can it have an impact on cybersecurity for your business?

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Is Now the Time for Autonomic Computing in the Cloud?

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By Ben Ferguson
Shamrock Consulting Group

Cloud computing may be the flavor of the month when it comes to super-scale Information Technology, but it’s not the only model that has been put forward as a viable solution to business' needs for scalability and economy.

Fortunately, autonomic computer systems could potentially remove one of the enduring flaws currently preventing cloud computing from delivering what it's truly capable of. 

 

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What You Need to Know About Cloud Computing

It seems everyone has their head in the cloud these days.

But what is the cloud? Many businesses still admit to being baffled by tech terms. Despite that, the take-up of cloud computing is still growing. In fact, 93% of organizations today are using cloud services. In light of that growing trend, companies are moving to a hybrid cloud. In 2016, 57% of organizations are on a hybrid cloud, versus 51% in 2015. With such growth, it's important to know what the future looks like in this growing aspect of technology.

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Why You Should Train Your Employees to Prevent a Security Breach

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As a business owner, you owe it to your clients to keep their confidential information safe and secure. Unfortunately, breaches caused by employee errors are on the rise, making them the leading cause of data loss. Whether unintentional or not, a security breach can quickly lead to the downfall of your company.

According to an annual study updated in 2017, the average cost of an information breach in the United States is over $7 million.

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Digital Signatures are More Efficient and Secure

Digital Signatures are More Efficient and Secure

Your signature has a lot of power, particularly in the business world. Because of this, it’s curious to see how so many companies are moving over to the more digital alternative. In order to fully take advantage of digital signatures for your organization, you need comprehensive security measures that can reinforce the authenticity of your signatures.

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Tip of the Week: Surfing the Web, Securely

Tip of the Week: Surfing the Web, Securely

The Internet is often taken for granted, in both a professional and a personal capacity. You’d be hard-pressed to get anything done without it nowadays. This doesn’t mean it’s always safe to do so, however. There are many threats that lurk in the darkness of the Internet, and if you’re not careful, you could find yourself on the receiving end of them. We’ve put together some tips that can help you keep both yourself and your business safe while browsing the web.

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Recent Studies Show Cyber Attacks on the Rise

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From "WannaCry" and "NotPetya" to the massive Equifax breach, cyber crimes are on the rise and have the capacity to cause devastating harm to the economy. According to a recent White House report, malicious cyber activity cost the U.S. economy $109 billion in 2016. Experts estimate that the global cost to the economy could be as much as $600 billion annually.

For attacks on the United States critical infrastructure, such as financial institutions, information technology or the defense industrial base, a cyber attack could threaten the security of United States citizens and the ability of the government to communicate essential emergency information.

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Is Your Mobile Device Safe from Malware?

Is Your Mobile Device Safe from Malware?

Mobile devices are becoming more important in business use, which means that their security needs to be a serious consideration. While for most of its history, the telephone’s function was limited to sending sound, the new functions that these new mobile devices have give them more utility, but also make them more of a target for threats, including viruses.

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Could You Identify a Social Engineering Attack?

Could You Identify a Social Engineering Attack?

Social engineering can allow a cybercriminal to access networks without being hampered by the security solutions that a business has in place. Through the manipulation of the human element of a company, its critical resources are exposed. In order to protect your business against the threat of a social engineer, there has to be an overall awareness in your company culture.

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Top Reasons to Outsource Your IT Services

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Today, almost every industry relies on computers. Regardless of the company and services, they most certainly need to manage an IT system.

Having an IT team in your workforce might be a necessity, but is it adequate? Are you taking advantage of all that it can offer to your brand?

Recently, more and more businesses turn to third-party companies to manage IT services and help or replace their existing IT team.
If you're thinking of outsourcing your managed IT services, read on to learn the top reasons to do that and the ways you'll benefit.

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Tip of the Week: Comparing the Pros and Cons of Desktops and Laptops

Tip of the Week: Comparing the Pros and Cons of Desktops and Laptops

Should your next computer purchase be a desktop or a laptop? Let’s talk about the less obvious differences between the two so you can make the right decision when buying computers for your staff.

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Remote Monitoring and Maintenance Keeps Your Business In Business

Remote Monitoring and Maintenance Keeps Your Business In Business

Depending on your business’ setup, you might have an in-house IT department that manages any of your technological assets, or you might have an outsourced vendor that you prefer to work with. Regardless, you know that as a business owner, you don’t have time to worry about managing IT--especially if you’re a small organization that has a limited budget and a limited workforce to do the work.

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What Else Can Blockchain be Used For?

What Else Can Blockchain be Used For?

Cryptocurrency, most notably Bitcoin, has made the headlines in recent months with huge fluctuations in supposed value. While the topic of cryptocurrency is one that would take far more than a single blog post to discuss, we can examine the technology that allows these currencies to exist and posit what it could likely be used for in the near future.

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Tip of the Week: Protecting Your Company from Invoice Impersonation

Tip of the Week: Protecting Your Company from Invoice Impersonation

While you should be sure to keep yourself apprised of threats, it could be argued that it is even more important for your employees to be aware of them. After all, they are the ones utilizing your business’ workstations, software solutions, and even Internet-based apps to facilitate their daily duties. You need to make sure that your employees are able to spot attacks and react to them properly.

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4 Tech Mistakes That Require Professional IT Support and Services

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There is no doubt professional IT support is crucial to the long-term success of a business. Employees can have tech phobias or make costly mistakes that need quick solutions. Without help, you could destroy your company's brand and reputation.

IT professionals provide data management, virus protection, and resolution of technical problems. They also monitor how your tech is functioning and fix it as necessary. Last, they secure information from cybercriminals.

Read on to learn the mistakes that require professional IT support.

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Is Your Mobile Data Safe?

Is Your Mobile Data Safe?

In 2018 there are certain technologies most businesses have begun to embrace. Cloud computing, high-end network security, collaboration technologies, and some others have begun to be utilized by businesses, large and small, to build a more productive enterprise. Apart from these technologies, there are a few that every business person should know, if only to understand what is possible; and what is on the horizon for their company.

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