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What is Social Engineering?

Do you know what the weakest link is in IT security? The human being. As encryption, passwords and networks become harder to penetrate, cybercriminals have turned their attention to those who interact with these systems. Read More ›


Why Every Business Needs Cyber Insurance

Today every business faces the possibility of being compromised by cyberattacks, such as from hacking, extortion, data breach, phishing scams and others. Especially with work from home becoming so widespread due to the pandemic, businesses are more exposed than ever before. Read More ›


Why Do You Need Computer Network Documentation?

Building a clear technical record of the hardware, software, servers and user profiles is an important part of keeping the network functioning smoothly. Documentation is a great visual reference of the make-up of the network; it also makes communicating the complexities to non-technical personnel easier. Read More ›


What Are the Top WFH Security Threats?

As more employees are working from home, businesses are discovering they are more at risk of cyberattack. Remote work increases the opportunities for hackers to intercept networks and the reduced interaction between teams makes employees more susceptible to socially engineered attacks. Read More ›


Creating Inclusive Remote Teams: 5 Tips for Managers

Now more than ever, remote teams are looking to leaders to ensure they have work environments where they feel accepted, heard and supported. The Advancing Tech Talent and Diversity Community recently took on this topic with Amiel Harper, founder and principal of The Morpheus Consultancy, and Delia Gutierrez McLaughlin, president and CEO of AzTech Innovation, discussing what it means to be inclusive with Yvette Steele, director of member communities at CompTIA, on a recent podcast. The conversation focused on why inclusion is important to organizational success as well as how to foster inclusion for remote teams in particular. Here are five tips managers can take away from the conversation.

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What Are the 10 Emerging Technologies in 2020 and Their Impact on SMB?

Businesses are always on the lookout for technologies that will give them a competitive edge, whether they offer operational capabilities, data and insight tools, or means of collaboration. In 2020, however, there is a much more pressing need: enabling remote productivity. Since the early part of the year, the entire country has been under social distancing measures to combat the spread of COVID-19.

That’s why in the list of the top 10 emerging technologies of 2020, information sharing and collaboration technologies take the lion’s share of the space. After all, as our IT support in Oakville reports, that’s the need of the hour as small and mid-sized businesses transform operations for ‘work from home’.

“Microsoft 365 and Virtual Desktop on Azure are a good example of tools that allow secure access to files, apps and resources without having to invest in expensive infrastructure.

 

Emerging Technologies in 2020

As always, the emerging technologies on this list are at different stages of maturity. While some like the Internet of Things are reaching maturity, others like robotics are only just starting to make waves in information technology. Not all SMBs will be able to reap the benefits of each, but that does not mean they will be immune from their impact. Businesses that can incorporate new technologies and derive productivity benefits will find themselves with a strong competitive advantage. Here are 10 emerging technologies for 2020 according to CompTIA, a global non-profit IT consulting services think-tank:

  1. Artificial Intelligence
  2. 5G
  3. Internet of Things
  4. Serverless Computing
  5. Biometrics
  6. Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality
  7. Blockchain
  8. Robotics
  9. Natural Language Processing
  10. Quantum Computing

 

Forbes magazine says, “[Robotic Process Automation] bots free up resources to conduct human-centric tasks that improve the office’s productivity and effectively deliver more strategic initiatives.”

 

Organizations are exploring technologies across industry lines to find value. The disruption from COVID-19 means business owners are turning increasingly to IT consulting services for the unique needs of their own business. Now more than ever, emerging technologies are helping businesses differentiate themselves and cater to their requirements.

 

Potential impact on SMBs

The key takeaway from this list is that only a few of these technologies are standalone; most will deliver their full value when implemented together, such as IoT and 5G connectivity. As such there are tremendous opportunities for business owners to differentiate their business and leverage unique capabilities.

  • Task automation for repetitive tasks and lead generation
  • Empowering sales and marketing teams with rich customer insight
  • Insight and business intelligence through Natural Language Processing and AI
  • Affordable remote computing and complete virtualization of operations

Every one of these brings revenue potential and SMBs will find a lot of value when they are implemented under the guidance of expert IT support in Oakville.

 

IT Professional Services in Oakville

At NUMENTIS, we empower small and mid-sized businesses in Oakville with cutting-edge solutions and affordable access. Our IT professional services team works with you to deploy solutions that will show real world value. Speak to a representative about how you can integrate new capabilities in your infrastructure.


Why Hackers Hack: Behind the Hoodie

Most social stereotypes are easily debunked, and hoodie-clad hackers are no exception. The average hacker comes in all shapes and sizes––often disguised as the boy or girl next door. Targets of cybercrime are equally diverse. Many hackers will seek out low-hanging fruit, and the biggest vulnerabilities are often the result of human error. Weak passwords, lax email security, and out-of-date technologies are all easy wins for hackers, and no business or industry is truly safe. In fact, hackers can specialize in breaching specific business types or industries, such as healthcare or finance, refining their expertise with each new attack.

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