Life At Net Friends
Summer 2021 Playlist ft. Net Friends Staff Picks

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!

Managed IT Services
The Basics of “Small Office” IT Infrastructure

Within the broad classification of "small business," there's one type that is largely unacknowledged in IT advertising: the "small office."

Business
Why Businesses Are Switching from CapEx to OpEx for their IT Investments

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.

Business
Are You Ready for Anywhere Operations?

While "Work from Anywhere" is a common term, let's explore the future of "Anywhere Operations" and its implications for SMBs.

Business
IT Grants 101: How An MSP Can Help You Secure IT Grants

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!

Managed IT Services
Top 7 Signs That Your IT Isn't Working

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.

Managed IT Services
Why You Need More Than A Break/Fix IT Partner

A Managed Services Provider gives your SMB access to several outsourced IT services at a predictable and affordable cost.

Business
How Net Friends Updates Our Contracts

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.

Technology
Top 7 Reasons Why Your Business Needs Microsoft 365 OneDrive

Microsoft 365 OneDrive (Business Premium) is the best cloud-based file storage and sharing solution. Explore the business benefits of this powerful tool.

Managed IT Services
What is On-Demand IT Staffing?

You can leverage outsourced IT staffing for greater competitiveness. Discover how on-demand IT staffing can streamline your business growth.

Managed IT Services
Top 6 Benefits to Working With a Microsoft Partner

Microsoft Silver/Gold Partners with Microsoft Certified IT Experts can provide the most innovative and trusted technologies to support your business.

Life At Net Friends
Q&A with Bob Casey, Senior Business Advisor

Meet Bob Casey, our Senior Business Advisor. Did you know that Bob spent a month in his twenties on his bicycle, riding across Europe?

Technology
Creating a Media Disposal Policy for Remote Workers

Treatment of end-of-life devices requires policies for thorough data sanitization before e-waste recycling and disposal, especially with a remote workforce.

Cybersecurity
MDR Case Study: REvil Ransomware

The security vendor Cybereason describes REvil (aka Sodinokibi) as “the Crown Prince of Ransomware.”

Business
Why Net Friends Relies on “Natural Language” Contracts

Net Friends aims to use "natural language" in our contracts, because we believe that they should be understood by the people who sign them.

Business
Top 8 Things to Include in Your IT Budget in 2021

Does your company have an IT budget? What are your tech spending categories? Keep reading for great insights on what should be included.

Managed IT Services
How A Managed Services Provider Can Help You Manage Your IT Budget

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.

Life At Net Friends
9 Net Friends Share What 2020 Taught Them

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...

Life At Net Friends
Q&A with Madison, SOC Analyst

Madison shares, "When diversity is embraced in the workplace, new ideas and perspectives help improve efficiency and effectiveness."

News
Net Friends Receives SOC 2 Type II Attestation for Second Year in A Row

‍Independent Audit Verifies Net Friends’ Internal Controls and Processes

Life At Net Friends
Q&A with Carrie, IT Project Coordinator

"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."

Managed IT Services
Top 4 Scenarios Where You'll Need On-Demand IT Staffing

Your business’ IT requirements will always fluctuate. Here are the top four situations where you will need expert tech staffing to help you pivot. 

Business
How Your IT Partner Contributes to Your Operational Maturity

What does the primary focus of your IT company say about the operational maturity of your IT environment?

Business
Part III: How Your IT Partner Contributes to Your Operational Maturity

What tools do you have in place and optimized to support your risk-informed responses?

Life At Net Friends
Q&A with Rachel, Services Manager

"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.

Business
Part II: How Your IT Partner Contributes to Your Operational Maturity

Does your business have a Technology Roadmap for your Digital Transformation journey?

Business
Part I: How Your IT Partner Contributes to Your Operational Maturity

Are you focused on minimizing network downtown or avoiding unnecessary disruptions?

Cybersecurity
MDR Case Study: Ryuk Ransomware

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!

Managed IT Services
Choosing Your IT Decision-Maker and Making the Outsourcing Decision

Who should be the IT decision-maker in your business? How do you decide whether to outsource or hire for your IT needs?

Cybersecurity
Leakware: The New Ransomware Targeting Hospitals, Law Firms, and... You?

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.

Managed IT Services
Top 3 Reasons Why Hiring a Managed Services Provider Can be a Game-Changer

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!

Managed IT Services
The Benefits of Hiring An Outsourced IT Company

Small and medium-sized businesses often hire managed IT service providers to reduce costs and leverage external expertise, assets, & direct vendor partnerships.

News
Net Friends Joins Exclusive Aruba Program

Net Friends Provides Triangle Businesses Exclusive Access to Aruba Networks Wired and Wireless Infrastructure Product Suite

Life At Net Friends
Happy Holidays from Net Friends

This year, we are grateful for every interaction that reminded us that we are in this together!

Managed IT Services
Palo Alto Networks Leads in Gartner's 2020 Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls

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
"You're Doing It Wrong" Podcast Episode on The Reluctant Visionary

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.

Life At Net Friends
Q&A with Net Friend Kyle G. on Veterans Day

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.

Business
Top 4 Tips to Prepare Your Technology for Hurricane Season

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.

News
Net Friends Recognized by Palo Alto Networks as a NextWave MSSP Partner

Net Friends is introducing NetCore Elements, a monthly subscription service featuring Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall and security protections.

News
Net Friends Joins Axio360 Partnership Program

Net Friends announced as first strategic partner in Axio360 Partnership Program featuring Axio's industry-leading platform for assessing cyber risk exposure.

Technology
Top 3 Reasons Why Palo Alto Firewalls Are The Best

Net Friends is partnering with Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, to deliver true next generation firewall security.

Business
Office 365 Collaboration Tools: A Telecommuting Response

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.

Business
Securing Email & Cloud Data: A Telecommuting Response

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.

Business
Securing Identifications: A Telecommuting Response

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.

Business
Telecommuting Essentials

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.

Business
Dust Off Your Business Continuity Plan for Your Telecommuting Response

As Rahm Emanuel once said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

Business
Top 5 Requirements for a Telecommuting Policy

Many small business owners have not performed the due diligence that will ensure their telecommuting policies are ready for a significant shift.

Business
The Remote Drills That Prepared Us For A Pandemic

Our managers designed a practice drill that put each staff member in their preferred remote environment to verify they could perform their duties.

Business
Are You Prepared to Work Remotely?

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.

News
Net Friends Receives SOC 2 Type II Attestation

Net Friends, a North-Carolina based IT service and solutions provider, today announced that it has completed its voluntary SOC 2 Type II audit.

Life At Net Friends
College Freshman Job Shadows at Net Friends

Angel Knight, a freshman from Claremont McKenna College, joined us at our HQ this week to shadow Colin Cannell, an alum of her school.

Business
The Creative Outcome of SOC Audits

“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.

Cybersecurity
MFA = Multi-Factor Awesome

Passwords have repeatedly proven to be insufficient on their own to prevent targeted hacking attacks or misuse of our password-protected information.

Cybersecurity
Developing a Physical Access Policy for the SOC 2 Type II Audit

October is Cybersecurity Month, and we’ll be blogging about the preparations we made for our SOC 2 Type II audit this past September.

Managed IT Services
Five Questions to Answer Before You Sign A Managed Services Contract

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...

Cybersecurity
Top 5 Cybersecurity Steps to Take in 2019

From your Net Friends IT Security Experts: The Top 5 Cybersecurity Steps you can take to improve your IT security for 2019.

News
Announcing A Significant Leap Forward In Our Security Services

Strategic partnership with Castra Consulting and Bandura results in a major boost to Net Friends’ perimeter security and managed security services.

Life At Net Friends
Proudly Honoring Our Veterans

We would like to take a moment to recognize our #VetFriends, who have selflessly served our country so we can enjoy freedom every day.

Business
RHCC: Storm Ready! When Disaster Strikes

Unfortunately, health care emergencies don’t wait out a storm. High stress, high risk, high stakes.

Cybersecurity
Equifax Breach: One Year Later

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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