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2018 Year in Review — Top 5 Technology Blog Posts


Mark Flesch
Author: Mark Flesch Date: 12/27/2018

2018 was a year of reckoning in the technology industry. Facebook, Apple and Alphabet all faced very public battles to preserve their reputations after failing to protect customer data. But for many businesses not on the Fortune 500, the cost of not protecting customer data was even more severe —leading some small and even mid-sized companies to declare bankruptcy.

Fortunately, 2019 can be a great year for companies that know how to manage their risks and control costs, and we at Gordon Flesch Company work hard to bring you the latest insights and solutions. We understand if you couldn’t read all of our blog content from 2018, so here are a few of our personal favorites for our Year in Review roundup. Whether you’re looking for tools and techniques for securing a network, identifying threats or just want to reduce your costs in 2019 and beyond, we’re sure you’ll find some useful information. 

Top Tips for Controlling Business Costs

1. The Pros and Cons of a vCIO

In today’s networked, digital business environment, a comprehensive technology strategy is an essential piece of doing business. New technologies, changing requirements and ongoing equipment maintenance and upgrades need to be continually managed. You need someone who can design and deploy a network and manage remote workers while defending against cyberthreats. People with those skills are not just rare, but command high wages. However, we’ve found one strategy that works — enlisting the help of a virtual CIO. It’s a real person with real expertise, and a team of support specialists. READ MORE »

2. Cost Difference of Cloud Storage vs. On-Premise Servers

In 2018, Cloud computing went mainstream. Virtually all organizations (96%) use it in one way or another. If you think your business is not using the Cloud, you’re wrong — almost every modern service relies on it. Of course, there are valid reasons to run parts of your business in-house, but knowing when and what to outsource and what to keep within your complete control is not always obvious. READ MORE »

3. How Much Paper Does Your Office Use Each Year?

When people think about the Gordon Flesch Company, they often think about printers, toner and paper. We think you’d be astonished at how much paper and ink ends up in landfills every year, but conservation is not just about saving the environment; it’s also a smart strategy for businesses large and small. We know that getting a handle on paper consumption is the easiest way for many businesses to control costs and do the right thing. READ MORE »

Top Tips for Cybersecurity

4. 7 Common Signs of a Computer Hack and How to Prevent It

2018 was a year of major security slips, privacy fails and cyber data breaches. We explained how Malicious PDFs can open your network’s back door and how flaws built into your computer’s chips could expose your entire network. It was a year in which warnings went unheeded and companies lost the public’s trust overnight. Even Apple — the world’s most recognized company — had to defend against accusations they were infiltrated by Chinese spy chips. Fortunately, we also have some tips to help identify when you may be facing trouble. READ MORE »

5. Simple Ways to Help Ensure a Secure Computer Network

…and if you discover that your network may be at risk, there are also some simple steps to locking it down. Here is our list of the five steps you need to take to begin securing your network. READ MORE »

What did you particularly enjoy on the Gordon Flesch Company blog over the past year? What would you like to see more of in 2019? Please leave a comment or drop us a line and let us know. In the meantime, the IT experts at Gordon Flesch can help you run a full security sweep of your network, printer devices, computers and mobile devices to identify potential threats and weaknesses. Contact the Gordon Flesch Company for a no-cost assessment and to learn more about how our Managed IT services can help secure your local or Cloud-based IT infrastructure.

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Written by Mark Flesch

Mark joined the Gordon Flesch Company in 2008, rising from Account Executive to Vice President of Sales, Eastern Region. Today, he is Chief Operating Officer of the Gordon Flesch Company.

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