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7 Benefits of Microsoft Teams for Small Businesses

Is your small business considering Microsoft Teams? Or have you had it for a while and aren’t sure if your team is getting the most out of it? Microsoft Teams helps your business stay connected, even if you have a remote or hybrid team. The Teams platform also makes meetings more effective and reduces the usage of email.

Here are seven benefits of using Microsoft Teams for small businesses for you to consider.

Connecting Your Workforce Through UCaaS

Maintaining clear communication is a top priority in your organization. Accordingly, you and your colleagues have decided to look into UCaaS to see how it might benefit your team, help you work more effectively together, and communicate with other parties, such as customers, vendors, and partners.

Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) is a phone system that uses Voice over Internet Protocol to provide a cloud-based phone system for businesses.

What You Need to Know About SD-WAN for Small Businesses

SD-what? SD-WAN is a new, software-defined (SD) strategy and process to handle your wide-area network (WAN) function.

With more and more business processes and tools happening in the cloud or taking place via software as a service (SaaS) applications compared to being downloaded or stored in on-site servers, SD-WAN helps you manage access to the various parts of your network.

Getting started with SD-WAN may require more computer and software knowledge than your staff can currently provide. That’s why so many small businesses rely on Millennia Technologies to handle their IT requirements.

Small businesses that need to stay agile to meet customer expectations and head off the competition will want to learn more about SD-WAN before partnering with any third-party IT professionals.

Is Cloud Computing Good for Small Businesses?

Like many small business owners, when you hear about organizations using cloud computing, you might tend to think that this kind of service is meant just for large enterprises. But small businesses can take advantage of cloud computing to bring greater efficiencies, help them scale more readily, and improve their security.

While the idea of using a cloud service provider for your small business might be daunting, you should know that switching to the cloud is a worthwhile investment that’ll ultimately help you and your team out in the end.

Read on for insight into how you can start taking advantage of cloud computing for small businesses today. …

How to Determine What Level of Cybersecurity Your Small Business Needs

You and fellow stakeholders in your organization have concluded that you need cybersecurity. But what’s still unknown is just how much protection is enough. You also may not have a clear idea of what level of cybersecurity is too much, to the point that it’s negatively affecting your bottom line.

Determining the right balance of security and budget can be a tricky process. Here are some of the things to consider when determining cybersecurity coverage:
Establish the Importance of Taking Cybersecurity Seriously
Cybersecurity should be taken seriously; the financial and reputational risk of an incident is high. Everyone in your company should be aware of the consequences of criminals breaking into the system.

Hackers could copy sensitive information such as personal details about customers. They might hold your business hostage, encrypting your data until you pay a ransom. Employees may not even have a place to work if hackers have vandalized or shut down all the computers and networks.
Define Risk
Understand the risk and define it in terms that everyone across your company can understand, from customer service with little computer knowledge to workers in more technical and data-driven positions. In your business, the main risk could be the theft of intellectual property. Or, the problem may have more to do with protecting the huge amounts of data you store on customers.

For many organizations, the biggest threat they face is that their operations might have to shut down until computer security professionals can find …

3 Common Small Business Technology Problems & How to Fix Them

Modern business is powered by modern technology—but modern technology does have its hang ups. Businesses need to master common technological issues to grow their business, stay ahead of the competition, and protect their data from cybersecurity threats.

Massive equipment failure, digital communication systems going down, or a data security breach can cause business operations to grind to a halt. Technology is absolutely essential to your business—but glitches happen. How can you ensure issues with your business tech won’t leave your business in the dark? Here are three of the most common business technology problems, and how to address them:
1. Lack of Proactiveness
The best way to fix a problem is to stop it before it starts. Because digital systems require routine maintenance to run securely and efficiently, wise business owners will institute proactive processes and procedures to predict, plan for, and prevent issues before they become time-consuming and money-consuming emergencies.

For example, protect against accidental file deletion by developing a reliable data backup and disaster recovery plan, or institute regular maintenance checklists for your company IT personnel. No matter what type of business technology you have, the old Benjamin Franklin adage most certainly applies: an ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure.

In addition to backing up files and performing routine maintenance, adequate power protection is an essential component of any tech protection plan. Beyond anticipating a lack of power, business tech leaders should protect against sudden spikes or surges …

A Day in The Life of a WFH Senior Technology Consultant

As the world has changed, readjusted, and begun a return to “the new normal”, Millennia has also been getting used to different things. Whether at home or in the office, our culture and company values have stayed the same. Our Senior Technology Consultant, Jeff, sat down for an interview to talk about how his life has been working from home.
How Do You Begin the Day?
My day hasn’t changed too much since COVID started. I start with email follow ups and any meeting follow ups that weren’t completed from the day before. I put together my daily plan and send out any upcoming meeting reminders for the day. As the day goes on, I work on targeted lists, usually from digital means like text, email, or LinkedIn. I go to my meetings, and attend vendor webinars or other educational sessions, and send out my follow ups before the day ends.
What is Your Favorite Morning Beverage?
Coffee with cream. I need it to function, even before I bring my son to school. And I don’t like travel containers so I always use an open container (which then spills all over the car).
What Does a Typical Work From Home Day Look Like?
I mentioned my typical schedule earlier, but I will try to go out to a library or coffee shop to work for a few hours during the day. I couldn’t during COVID’s peak when everything was closed, but I’ve been …

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Telecommunication Carriers

Telecommunication carriers are some of the largest companies in the world. In fact, AT&T, which is the leading telecommunications company in the U.S., had a market value of over $171.8 billion in 2020.

In addition to noteworthy mergers and acquisitions, the industry has been focused on 5G cellular service, which delivers faster download speeds for mobile data, low latency, and higher data caps.

However, before we delve in any further, let’s start with some basic definitions:

The term “telecommunications carrier” is a catch-all that covers all entities that provide some form of telecommunications services to consumers, businesses, governments and other telecom providers as their primary business. This may include fixed or mobile communications, and/or voice or data.
A carrier network is the proprietary network infrastructure belonging to a telecommunications service provider such as AT&T, Verizon or Sprint. Telecom carriers are authorized by regulatory agencies to operate telecommunications systems.
Carrier networks are made up of large, complex configurations of hardware, interconnected to provide communications services to people spread over large areas.
Devices served by a carrier network include telephony equipment, CATV (community access television) receivers, satellite television receivers, mobile computing devices, PCs, and certain types of specialized devices, such as medical and surveillance equipment.

In short, carrier networks distribute huge quantities of data across the globe! Today, most of this is done through fiber optics, although portions of some networks still use cable. Even internet service to individual users can take place through …

Importance of Network Segmentation for Cybersecurity in Small Businesses

Owners and managers of small businesses may think they are immune to attacks from cybercriminals because they believe larger enterprises would seem to be a much more appealing target.

But security through obscurity is not a viable defense against computer hackers who have all the time in the world and plenty of software tools to gain access to systems lacking defenses or whose defense is minimal and outdated. To make a computer system safer, information technology professionals now rely on network segmentation.
What Network Segmentation Is
Essentially, network segmentation is the process of dividing a network into different segments, according to how much protection they warrant. It protects information and also helps you visualize it better. When you connect multiple devices to the same network, they can have insight into the network traffic of all the devices in your setup. Properly segmenting your networks is crucial for increasing the security of your data.

You isolate different parts of your computer network from one another in network segmentation. The idea is that if a criminal hacker penetrates one lower-level network, he or she won’t be able to leverage that access to gain entry into a more valuable network, such as a database holding customers’ payment details.

When you segment your networks, it’s easier to protect them all by applying appropriate levels of security to them.
Why Network Segmentation is Important for Small Businesses
You must adhere to network segmentation best practices because the safety and security of …

3 Cybersecurity Strategies Your Small Business Needs

When faced with unknown dangers, it pays to formulate a strategy to protect your small business.

A case in point: Your business has a computer network that you rely on to keep everything humming along smoothly. If your system crashed or if criminals broke in to steal data or delete files, how long would it take for you to restore the network? Not only will employees be idled until you sort out the problem, your customers also will be left in the dark, waiting for you to restore service.

Cybersecurity attacks happen pretty constantly, and you don’t want your small business to be the next victim. A cybersecurity attack will cost you more than money—you’ll also be paying in the form of your reputation as a business and lost customers.

The minimum requirements for good cybersecurity for businesses are endpoint security, firewall and intrusion detection, and vulnerability scanning. With that in mind, here are three cybersecurity strategies that your small business needs to implement sooner rather than later.
1. Endpoint Security
The endpoints in your company are the devices used by the end-users. This includes smartphones, laptops, and desktop computers. They are the main point of contact to your company’s computer network and as such need protection.

If your organization allows workers to carry their own smartphones and laptops to do company business under a Bring Your Own Device program, your IT department will need to establish a policy to keep them secure.

This will include …