Not all heroes wear capes! There is a lot of hidden work in IT support and we salute our fellow IT professionals today for their ongoing efforts.
Are you in the market for a new MSSP? Here are the top screening questions you need to ask when shopping for your next cybersecurity partner.
The advantages of Anywhere Operations not only makes a compelling business case for enhancing your company’s performance, but it can help you make an impact.
With more companies setting net-zero targets, trailblazing organizations are more motivated than ever to pave a viable path to greater climate resiliency.
You've worked hard and deserve your vacation time. However, cyber crime is on the rise and bad actors don't take breaks. Here's how to stay secure while OOO.
Net Friends is a SOC 2 Type II certified IT partner with a long history of expertise in HIPAA compliance and Information Technology Risk Management (ITRM).
A mature MSSP is your preferred strategic partner for implementing a robust cybersecurity program that aligns with your business operations.
Implementing these cloud-based services may be the game-changer you need to grow your business and profit margin.
While many industries appear to have adjusted to the work-from-anywhere model, we should consider several challenges that may arise with this mass shift.
Cloud providers are constantly upgrading their services to adhere to the latest industry standards and regulatory requirements to offer unprecedented security.
Lenovo recently inspired us to think back to our first computer, so we asked our staff to reminisce with us.
Net Friends announces that Castra, an award-winning leader in MDR, has signed the largest NetForce IT staffing agreement to date.
How do you know when to cut ties with your IT provider? You watch for these warning signs that indicate low operational maturity.
Kick off the summer with this curated playlist featuring staff picks by your Net Friends. From The Beach Boys to 2Pac, this mix is will liven up your work day!
Within the broad classification of "small business," there's one type that is largely unacknowledged in IT advertising: the "small office."
Should you buy your IT assets outright or lease them? Let's explore capital expenses vs. operating expenses and how OpEx can optimize your IT budget.
While "Work from Anywhere" is a common term, let's explore the future of "Anywhere Operations" and its implications for SMBs.
Do you need grant funding for your IT? Unsure about how to acquire and maximize IT grants? Explore how a Managed IT Services Provider can help you!
The drive to be a dominant player in your market requires leveraging the latest tech innovations. Your IT should make you more competitive, not hold you back.
A Managed Services Provider gives your SMB access to several outsourced IT services at a predictable and affordable cost.
At Net Friends, we regularly review our contracts to revise wording that is ambiguous, update service features, and assess how we can address risk exposure.
Microsoft 365 OneDrive (Business Premium) is the best cloud-based file storage and sharing solution. Explore the business benefits of this powerful tool.
You can leverage outsourced IT staffing for greater competitiveness. Discover how on-demand IT staffing can streamline your business growth.
Microsoft Silver/Gold Partners with Microsoft Certified IT Experts can provide the most innovative and trusted technologies to support your business.
Meet Bob Casey, our Senior Business Advisor. Did you know that Bob spent a month in his twenties on his bicycle, riding across Europe?
Treatment of end-of-life devices requires policies for thorough data sanitization before e-waste recycling and disposal, especially with a remote workforce.
The security vendor Cybereason describes REvil (aka Sodinokibi) as “the Crown Prince of Ransomware.”
Net Friends aims to use "natural language" in our contracts, because we believe that they should be understood by the people who sign them.
Does your company have an IT budget? What are your tech spending categories? Keep reading for great insights on what should be included.
Trying to keep IT costs low, or prioritize a fixed monthly cost? Let’s discuss how a managed IT services provider can help you manage your IT budget.
If 2020 taught us anything, it's that we are in this together. We asked a few Net Friends to share what this last year has taught them. See what they said...
Madison shares, "When diversity is embraced in the workplace, new ideas and perspectives help improve efficiency and effectiveness."
Independent Audit Verifies Net Friends’ Internal Controls and Processes
"Women can really be leaders in the field, because the best IT people are good listeners and take care of the details that are really important to customers."
Your business’ IT requirements will always fluctuate. Here are the top four situations where you will need expert tech staffing to help you pivot.
What does the primary focus of your IT company say about the operational maturity of your IT environment?
What tools do you have in place and optimized to support your risk-informed responses?
"We need more women in these IT positions to help guide and be a mentor for other women to succeed in this industry," Rachel remarks.
Does your business have a Technology Roadmap for your Digital Transformation journey?
Are you focused on minimizing network downtown or avoiding unnecessary disruptions?
Ryuk is a sophisticated strand of ransomware that not only encrypts network drives, but it also deletes shadow copies on the endpoint. Here's how to prevent it!
Who should be the IT decision-maker in your business? How do you decide whether to outsource or hire for your IT needs?
The primary lever of extortion in leakware is to threaten to release a target’s confidential data. Here's how you can protect yourself against these attacks.
Do you want your business to be competitive in the market? Here are 3 great reasons why you should hire an IT Managed Services Provider today!
Small and medium-sized businesses often hire managed IT service providers to reduce costs and leverage external expertise, assets, & direct vendor partnerships.
Net Friends Provides Triangle Businesses Exclusive Access to Aruba Networks Wired and Wireless Infrastructure Product Suite
This year, we are grateful for every interaction that reminded us that we are in this together!
In November 2020, Gartner released its Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls with Palo Alto Networks securing the top position yet again in the Leader quadrant.
Business coach Mark Henderson Leary is the podcast host of "You're Doing It Wrong," where he interviewed John Snyder about implementing EOS at Net Friends.
One of the most rewarding aspects of working alongside an incredible team of talented people is that you discover the diverse experiences that people bring.
With an above-average hurricane season ahead of us this year, now is the time to prepare for any adverse weather that could impact your business.
Net Friends is introducing NetCore Elements, a monthly subscription service featuring Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall and security protections.
Net Friends announced as first strategic partner in Axio360 Partnership Program featuring Axio's industry-leading platform for assessing cyber risk exposure.
Net Friends is partnering with Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, to deliver true next generation firewall security.
Net Friends is ready to help you get the most out of your existing Office 365 plan or upgrade to one that meets your new telecommuting needs.
Over 90% of all cyberattacks begin via email. Within minutes, Net Friends can implement a full suite of security controls that can protect you against exploits.
Protecting your credentials is a challenge in the best of times. There are so many clever tactics malicious attackers use to get your staff’s passwords.
We’ve been hearing for years that telecommuting is the future of work. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the future is here – whether we like it or not.
As Rahm Emanuel once said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”
Many small business owners have not performed the due diligence that will ensure their telecommuting policies are ready for a significant shift.
Our managers designed a practice drill that put each staff member in their preferred remote environment to verify they could perform their duties.
Many businesses are encouraging/requiring employees who can work remotely to do so because of the current pandemic. Here are some questions you should consider.
Net Friends, a North-Carolina based IT service and solutions provider, today announced that it has completed its voluntary SOC 2 Type II audit.
Angel Knight, a freshman from Claremont McKenna College, joined us at our HQ this week to shadow Colin Cannell, an alum of her school.
“I’ve never seen a network diagram that didn’t require a guided tour by the person who made it,” said Randy, our SOC 2 auditor, back in March 2019.
Passwords have repeatedly proven to be insufficient on their own to prevent targeted hacking attacks or misuse of our password-protected information.
October is Cybersecurity Month, and we’ll be blogging about the preparations we made for our SOC 2 Type II audit this past September.
When shopping around for a Managed Services Provider (MSP) to handle your IT needs, you might be inclined to skim the contract they give you...
From your Net Friends IT Security Experts: The Top 5 Cybersecurity Steps you can take to improve your IT security for 2019.
Strategic partnership with Castra Consulting and Bandura results in a major boost to Net Friends’ perimeter security and managed security services.
We would like to take a moment to recognize our #VetFriends, who have selflessly served our country so we can enjoy freedom every day.
Unfortunately, health care emergencies don’t wait out a storm. High stress, high risk, high stakes.
One year after the Equifax breach, the GAO filed an extensive 40 page report on the details of the Equifax breach and the government’s response to it.
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