Business owners work on-the-go, so mobile security is paramount. Let’s consider the best practices to ensure your company and user data protection.
Learn more about NetForce Architect, our solution for IT projects that assist in cloud transitions and modernizing your operations to improve business.
Every SMB needs to innovate to thrive in the marketplace. Technology buzzwords also hold value in helping SMBs position for greater competitiveness.
Greater IT reliance will increase cybersecurity risks. Learn why you need a SOC 2 certified managed services provider to boost cybersecurity.
As of April 2022, all eight individuals on Net Friends’ Leadership Team achieved their certification in IT Service Management (ITIL).
World Password Day is a global reminder to secure your credentials with complex and unique passwords to prevent data loss and identity theft.
Shadow IT is a common issue with major security risks to consider. However, it is possible to leverage shadow IT to enhance your IT systems & security policies.
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.
Green IT helps businesses save on costs while preserving the environment. Let’s consider a few sustainable IT projects that companies can implement.
Anywhere Operations is the new frontier for work. Let’s discuss the top employee onboarding training tips to maximize performance and growth.
John Snyder, CEO of Net Friends, Inc., has been appointed to the Information Technology Advisory Committee at Durham Technical Community College.
Choosing to go the outsourced IT staffing route eases the burden on your current IT department.
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.
Approximately 56% of IT decision-makers indicate that targeted phishing attacks are their primary threat.
"Diversity in leadership is vital – it helps to prevent a business from becoming stagnant from groupthink, thus leading to greater innovation," Holly shares.
By 2023, approximately 40% of organizations are predicted to transition towards Anywhere Operations.
"I grew up with this band of incredibly intelligent and insanely resilient women in STEM fields mentoring me," Christine shares. See Christine's full interview.
An important announcement from Net Friends to all customers who have an APC uninterruptible power supply supporting their network equipment.
“By engaging in the SOC 2 Type II audit every year, we are motivated by transparency and accountability,” said John Snyder, CEO of Net Friends.
"Growing up, my dad was always into new tech, and that rubbed off on me," Chelsea shares. Discover more about her journey in our "Women at Net Friends" series!
Anywhere Operations and the hybrid work model are the new normal. Let’s explore the top five management strategies for today's hybrid workplace.
The new normal requires adopting an Anywhere Operations model. Let’s explore the top budget areas that will help your company work from anywhere.
Optimizing the Anywhere Operations model in your organization will yield several benefits, yet there are some common pitfalls to avoid. Let’s explore them!
While most industries appear to have adjusted to the work-from-anywhere model, we should consider several challenges that may arise in this mass shift.
Anywhere Operations represent the new normal for business operations. Let’s explore the top five critical policies necessary for its adoption.
Anywhere Operations has emerged as a leading work model. Discover the key questions to ask your stakeholders before you adopt it.
"In 1999, I was a new tech at Net Friends, enjoying my time supporting dozens of research departments at Duke University."
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.
While "Work from Anywhere" is a common term, let's explore the future of "Anywhere Operations" and its implications for small businesses.
Our four core recommendations to ensure your VPN solution is optimized for Anywhere Operations to support your distributed workforce.
Currently, Net Friends does not recommend Microsoft’s Universal Print services to small businesses. Here are the core reasons why.
Social engineering is one of the many cyberthreat tactics that put businesses at risk for substantial harm. Learn more about how to protect your business.
Social engineering lies at the root of roughly 98% of IT security attacks. Discover how to identify the most common tactics.
Two recent Microsoft licensing developments will impact how businesses obtain their subscriptions. Here is how we're navigating it on behalf of our customers.
NSBA’s Leadership Council to Advise Policymakers in Washington DC on Interests of Small Businesses
Security Awareness Training is essential to improving your cybersecurity culture. These are the core topics your company's training program should cover.
Many security compliance standards mandate regular security training. Explore how compliance requirements can boost your business longevity.
An end-of-year letter from Neelesh Patel, Net Friends President, about our Customer Success and Growth in 2021.
A 2021 reflection and end-of-year letter from John Snyder, Net Friends CEO.
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.
Most businesses don’t have the luxury of conducting a formal Business Impact Analysis. Here's a BIA shortcut for your everyday business decisions.
Microsoft Azure offers a wide range of powerful cloud computing solutions for any small business. These 5 specific SMB benefits are worth noting about Azure.
Outsourced IT services allow SMBs to leverage the expertise and capacity of managed services providers to boost their productivity and profitability.
Small businesses are the backbone to every local economy. That's why Small Business Saturday spotlights local establishments that keep communities thriving.
You've worked hard and deserve your vacation time. However, cyber threats are on the rise & bad actors don't take time off. Here's how to stay secure while OOO.
Our greater reliance on IT increases security risks. Discover how partnering with a SOC 2 certified Managed Services Provider (MSP) boosts your cybersecurity.
Empower your employees to contribute to a robust cybersecurity culture that promotes security awareness, compliance, and incident response.
For Veterans Day 2021, we interviewed Navy veteran, Ryan Gilson, about his service journey and how it led him into his cybersecurity career at Net Friends.
Windows 11 is the latest release in the Microsoft Windows operating system. Here's our list of 5 notable features that increase business productivity.
Leverage your Technology Roadmap in new ways by exploring its greater potential and unlock even more business growth.
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.
In 2020, we designed our Stack Lab, featuring technology equipment that facilitates in-house, hands-on training for our technical staff.
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.
Far too often, IT companies are stuck in the generalist hiring loop with no formal strategy to develop their technical staff beyond being break-fix technicians.
When targeting your desired outcomes is too difficult, try this brainstorming exercise to help you move forward with building your Technology Roadmap.
By cementing your Technology Stack from the onset, you dodge disruptions such as frequently recycling technology solutions and upending operational processes.
We applaud the increasing number of mental health initiatives in the technology sector that are moving beyond awareness. Here's how our Net Friends are too!
A Technology Roadmap will help any decision-maker capture a visual reference of the technology plans and enhancements that will drive their business forward.
Our cybersecurity culture is deeply informed by our vision for Universal Safe Networks and our commitment to help businesses fortify their security.
Join us on October 12, 2021 at Walk for Hope's Drive-Thru event to support mental health awareness and World Mental Health Day.
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.
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.
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.
With more companies setting net-zero targets, trailblazing organizations are more motivated than ever to pave a viable path to greater climate resiliency.
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.
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.
The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is central to Microsoft’s plans to boost the security of 1.3 billion workstations running Windows 10.
Net Friends announces that Castra, an award-winning leader in MDR, has signed the largest NetForce IT staffing agreement to date.
A message from Net Friends CEO John Snyder on the Kaseya Breach
It starts with a professional standardized certification for those who practice safe network design and operation.
How do you know when to cut ties with your IT provider? You watch for these warning signs that indicate low operational maturity.
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.
Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) vulnerabilities are often easy targets for cyber criminals and they are too expensive to appropriately secure and monitor.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We interviewed Cynthia Hemingway, the Chief Financial Officer for Fourlane, about her perspective on being both a provider and consumer of IT.
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.
Net Friends CEO, John Snyder, shares hard-won knowledge to help others in business find a shorter path to success.
Net Friends CEO, John Snyder, shares hard-won knowledge to help others in business find a shorter path to success.
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."
Without an annual assessment, most businesses have no visibility over their assets, resource constraints, or other critical insights about their environment.
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