Managed IT Services
Top 7 Reasons Businesses Switch to OpEx for IT Investments

Anywhere Operations requires significant IT investments. Explore why businesses prefer Operating Expenses (OpEx) for powering Anywhere Operations.

Managed IT Services
Top 4 Critical IT Projects for Small Businesses

Small businesses need to keep up with digital transformation to thrive. Let’s discuss five critical IT projects that can boost your success.

Strategy
Tips for Adapting Your Business Continuity Plan for Anywhere Operations

Remote and hybrid work models are here to stay. Discover how Anywhere Operations can enhance your business continuity plan for sustainable growth.

Business
Top 5 Reasons a Business Continuity Plan is Critical

A business continuity plan is crucial for your company’s risk mitigation strategies. Let’s consider the top benefits of this risk management tool.

Managed IT Services
Solving the Cloud Transition & Security Challenge

Learn more about NetForce Architect, our solution for IT projects that assist in cloud transitions and modernizing your operations to improve business.

Technology
Top 12 Technology Buzzwords Every Small Business Should Know

Every SMB needs to innovate to thrive in the marketplace. Technology buzzwords also hold value in helping SMBs position for greater competitiveness.

News
Net Friends Leadership Team Certified in IT Service Management

As of April 2022, all eight individuals on Net Friends’ Leadership Team achieved their certification in IT Service Management (ITIL).

Cybersecurity
What is a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB)?

As more companies adopt cloud applications, there is a need for greater cloud security. Discover how a CASB can help with your IT security policies.

Business
5 Ways for Small Businesses to Invest in Sustainable IT

Green IT helps businesses save on costs while preserving the environment. Let’s consider a few sustainable IT projects that companies can implement.

Business
Top 13 Employee Onboarding Tips for Anywhere Operations

Anywhere Operations is the new frontier for work. Let’s discuss the top employee onboarding training tips to maximize performance and growth.

Managed IT Services
Addressing IT Talent Attrition with On-Demand IT Staffing

Choosing to go the outsourced IT staffing route eases the burden on your current IT department.

Cybersecurity
IT Security Tips for Employee Offboarding

In 2021, it was reported that 1 in 4 employees still had access to company files of a previous employer. Discover our IT pro-tips for employee offboarding.

Business
Beyond the Hybrid Work Model with Anywhere Operations

By 2023, approximately 40% of organizations are predicted to transition towards Anywhere Operations.

Business
Top 5 Strategies for Managing a Hybrid Workplace

Anywhere Operations and the hybrid work model are the new normal. Let’s explore the top five management strategies for today's hybrid workplace.

Business
How to Budget for Anywhere Operations

The new normal requires adopting an Anywhere Operations model. Let’s explore the top budget areas that will help your company work from anywhere.

Business
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Adopting Anywhere Operations

Optimizing the Anywhere Operations model in your organization will yield several benefits, yet there are some common pitfalls to avoid. Let’s explore them!

Business
Top 5 Policies to Consider for Anywhere Operations

Anywhere Operations represent the new normal for business operations. Let’s explore the top five critical policies necessary for its adoption.

Business
18 Questions to Ask When Adopting Anywhere Operations

Anywhere Operations has emerged as a leading work model. Discover the key questions to ask your stakeholders before you adopt it.

Business
Top 7 Benefits of Anywhere Operations

The advantages of Anywhere Operations not only create a compelling business case for enhancing your company’s performance, but they can help you make an impact.

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 small businesses.

Managed IT Services
Navigating Microsoft Licensing Complexities for Our Customers

Two recent Microsoft licensing developments will impact how businesses obtain their subscriptions. Here is how we're navigating it on behalf of our customers.

News
Net Friends Owner John Snyder Named to National Small Business Association’s Leadership Council

NSBA’s Leadership Council to Advise Policymakers in Washington DC on Interests of Small Businesses

Business
2021 in Retrospect with Net Friends President

An end-of-year letter from Neelesh Patel, Net Friends President, about our Customer Success and Growth in 2021.

Business
2021 in Retrospect with Net Friends CEO

A 2021 reflection and end-of-year letter from John Snyder, Net Friends CEO.

Managed IT Services
Top 10 KPIs Your IT Provider Should Be Tracking

How do measure the success of your Managed IT Services Provider? By tracking their key performance indicators. These are the top KPIs your MSP should report on.

Business
A Tech CEO’s Shortcut to Business Impact Analysis (BIA)

Most businesses don’t have the luxury of conducting a formal Business Impact Analysis. Here's a BIA shortcut for your everyday business decisions.

Cybersecurity
5 Tips to Improve Your Cybersecurity Culture

Empower your employees to contribute to a robust cybersecurity culture that promotes security awareness, compliance, and incident response.

Technology
5 Notable Microsoft Windows 11 Features for Business Productivity

Windows 11 is the latest release in the Microsoft Windows operating system. Here's our list of 5 notable features that increase business productivity.

Business
Top Creative Uses for Your Technology Roadmap

Leverage your Technology Roadmap in new ways by exploring its greater potential and unlock even more business growth.

Business
How to Maximize the Value of Your Technology Roadmap

Your Technology Roadmap is only as powerful as you allow it to be when you regularly consult it with your internal stakeholders to advance your goals.

Business
How to Capture IT Costs on Your Technology Roadmap

The Technology Roadmap should be a close companion to your IT Budget. Discover pro-tips from Net Friends on how to better capture your IT spending.

Business
How to Leverage Lists to Build Your Technology Roadmap

When targeting your desired outcomes is too difficult, try this brainstorming exercise to help you move forward with building your Technology Roadmap.

Technology
The First Cornerstone to Safe Network Design: Technology Stack

By cementing your Technology Stack from the onset, you dodge disruptions such as frequently recycling technology solutions and upending operational processes.

Business
Why Your Business Needs A Technology Roadmap

A Technology Roadmap will help any decision-maker capture a visual reference of the technology plans and enhancements that will drive their business forward.

Cybersecurity
How We Developed Our Approach to Security

Our cybersecurity culture is deeply informed by our vision for Universal Safe Networks and our commitment to help businesses fortify their security.

Business
The Ultimate Guide to Technology Roadmaps

Discover a powerful tool that can help you capture your technology goals and scale your business. A Technology Roadmap is your IT Budget's missing companion.

Business
A Tech CEO's "Return to Office" Plan

Net Friends CEO John Snyder shares his motivations to create a demand-driven facility for his company to use as needed to collaborate and enrich their work.

Cybersecurity
What Does An MSSP Do For Your Business?

A mature MSSP is your preferred strategic partner for implementing a robust cybersecurity program that aligns with your business operations.

Technology
Why You Don't Need Another On-Prem Server

Cloud providers are constantly upgrading their services to adhere to the latest industry standards and regulatory requirements to offer unprecedented security.

Cybersecurity
Zero Cost Security Improvements to Protect Your Business

Nearly 1 out of 4 small businesses suffered at least one cyber attack last year. Discover cost free protections you can implement now to improve your security.

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
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.

Cybersecurity
How We Sustained Our Security Culture

At Net Friends, we have a long history of improving our cybersecurity posture and applying it to our services to promote secure environments for our customers.

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
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.

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.

Business
What Should A CFO Know About IT? Q&A with Fourlane CFO Cynthia Hemingway

We interviewed Cynthia Hemingway, the Chief Financial Officer for Fourlane, about her perspective on being both a provider and consumer of IT.

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.

Business
A Tech CEO Shares 4 Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Net Friends CEO, John Snyder, shares hard-won knowledge to help others in business find a shorter path to success.

Business
A Tech CEO Shares 4 Lessons Learned the Hard Way (Part 2)

Net Friends CEO, John Snyder, shares hard-won knowledge to help others in business find a shorter path to success.

Business
Our Deep History With Developers

After years of parallel growth with our software sister company, we became a stronger business with greater clarity and focus on our best-in-class IT solutions.

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?

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
How We Became HIPAA Experts

The story of how we went from a scrappy group of six technicians at Duke to a radically innovative IT partner that brought HIPAA expertise to the table.

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.

Business
4 Things a Tech CEO is Looking for in a New Hire

With over 15 years of hiring perspective, John Snyder, Net Friends CEO, shares his thoughts on the common traits he looks for when hiring new talent.

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.

Technology
How Our Passion for Cortex XDR Paid Off

When we discovered Cortex XDR as the best detection & response tool on the market, we knew we'd do everything we could to create access to it for our customers.

Business
Our First Entrepreneurial Steps

How our Founder, David, fostered a culture of entrepreneurialism and experimentation that few IT Support companies have pursued...

Business
Top 5 IT Budget Questions to Consider in 2021

A typical small business' IT budget should be somewhere between 3-7% of its total revenue. Here are 5 key questions to consider before investing in your IT.

Strategy
Our 6-Month Head Start on the Pandemic

How on earth did we “predict” the pandemic? All “Back to the Future” jokes aside, the simple fact is we didn’t predict anything. What we did was more practical.

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.

Cybersecurity
Identifying Point-in-Time Risks with Kirkpatrick Price

The top three reasons why we selected Kirkpatrick Price as our SOC 2 Type II auditor and how that led us to a powerful risk assessment tool.

Cybersecurity
Net Friends' Risk Assessment Video Series

After our SOC 2 Type II audit, we started engaging with new risk categories that led us on a journey towards discovering a powerful risk assessment tool.

Cybersecurity
Discovering a Next-Generation Risk Assessment Tool with Axio

How the Axio360 tool helped us quantify risks and give key stakeholders the power to make informed decisions in response to potential risk events.

Cybersecurity
Quantifying Risk Scenarios with Axio360

How the Axio360's quant tool helps us explore various risk scenarios and directly quantify the costs for those events should they occur.

Managed IT Services
How We Built Our Technology Stack: A Palo Alto Networks Case Study

Establishing our Palo Alto Networks partner status allowed us to differentiate ourselves as an MSP and MSSP in the local and regional market.

Life At Net Friends
What A Teacher Taught Us

In 2016, we hired a former educator with a Masters in curriculum development and instruction to join our team as our first Training Coordinator.

Life At Net Friends
How Our Joint Venture with Castra Began

I first met Grant Leonard back in 2002. We hired him at Net Friends as a contractor to help with all sorts of IT security projects and initiatives.

Managed IT Services
How We Apply Continual Improvement to IT

This battle-tested process is what lets us give our NetVisor customers a single monthly rate, guaranteed for up to three years.

Cybersecurity
Net Friends on Managed Pentesting in PenTest Magazine

Ransomware simulation and mitigation is likely to be the element of MPT that even companies with limited security awareness find most compelling.

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.

Managed IT Services
Top 4 Technology Stack Questions to Ask Your MSP

Your MSP must be willing to make difficult commitments in order for their Technology Stack to help customers produce returns on the investment.

Managed IT Services
The Next Big Thing: Technology Stacks

Net Friends is the first managed service provider (MSP) in the Research Triangle region to deploy a complete Technology Stack for local businesses.

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
Our Telecommuting Response Packages

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are announcing special packages designed to help you transition to working remotely with minimal loss of productivity.

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.

Business
Why Strategic Partners Are Key to Your SOC 2 Type II Audit

Any business interested in becoming SOC 2 Type II compliant will need top-notch partners in their corner to bring the expertise and focus necessary. 

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