Summit Tech Blog

What Should I Be Spending on Technology    and Security?

An IT Cost Comparison for Small Business and Nonprofits

We manage IT and security for close to 200 businesses and nonprofits in Maryland, DC and VA, but for the purpose of this article, we have no horse in this race. We are simply trying to answer the question we get with increasing frequency: “how much should I budget for IT and security?”

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2019 Amazon Prime Day Offers: Real or Fake?

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is nearly upon us, and with it, the annual uptick in cyber threats.  The shopping juggernaut starts at 12a.m. PST, Monday, July 15 and ends at 11:59 PST, Tuesday July 16th.  The blitz of promotional emails, online ads, and blogs linked to special deals are not only irresistible to shoppers, but to hackers who feed on high emotions and a sense of urgency.

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Three Consultants No Business Can Be Without

There are two professionals every business needs to avoid preventable risks: an attorney and an accountant. For businesses and nonprofits alike, add cybersecurity consultant to this crucial advisory group.

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HR Departments Targeted with Payroll Diversion Scams

Is your HR department trained to combat cyber-crime?

A wide-spread fraud scheme has been making a comeback in recent months and it's specifically targeting the department responsible for making sure employees are paid on-time, every time. The IRS warns that direct deposit and wire transfer scams are becoming more prolific and are bypassing even the most sophisticated technical controls....

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Your computer is wiped clean. Get back up with backups.

Imagine walking into the office on a Monday morning and seeing that your computer has nothing on it. That weeks’ worth of complex excel calculations? Gone. Your client project that needs to get out the door today? Disappeared. The long list of unread emails? Poof. (Even though you might not be so upset about that).

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Dogfooding: Why We Use Our IT Products First

Ever heard of “eating your own dog food” or "dogfooding” for short? The expression means using your own products to test them in a real-world environment before you introduce them to customers.

It’s thought the term originated with a 1970s TV commercial in which actor Lorne Green endorsed Alpo dog food by pointing out his own dogs eat it. Since then, companies large and small have adopted this...

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It’s a win-win for Maryland small businesses: Lower taxes and cybersecurity

Every small company seeks to pay lower taxes to increase their profit margins on products and services that they provide. Now in Maryland that opportunity exists and with the added benefit of enhanced cybersecurity.

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What do bell bottom jeans, mullets, and Windows 7 have in common?

One Year Until Microsoft Sunsets Windows 7

Don't let your operating system become the next fashion faux paus. The world has moved on. It's officially outdated. Microsoft has announced it is going to stop supporting Windows 7 on January 14th, 2020. That means you have one year to modernize your operating system by moving to Windows 10. 

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‘Appy App Day!

National App Day? Yep, it’s a thing.

Each year, December 11 is set aside to celebrate all those time-saving, time-wasting tools that make life easier, more entertaining and occasionally annoying.

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Finding the Right IT Security Company for your Business

Unless your organization is the last business on U.S. soil that does not require computers, applications, or the Internet, IT security has become your new cost of doing business. Reliance on technology has made IT security essential in keeping your organization free from disruption. 

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