Customer Notice Update: Email Advanced Threat Protection

Given the demand and need to improve your protection from the devastating impact of ransomware, crypto attacks, and other forms of cyber attacks we are extending the Advanced Threat Protection Priority Opt-in discount period through March, 2020. We understand that adding a service, even a critical service, impacts your budget and costs. Our Priority Opt-In […]

Managing Chrome the Education Upgrade Price Increase

On January 22, 2020, Google is informing all Chrome Education Upgrade (aka Chrome Management Service) users that that perpetual per-device license price is increasing from $30 to $38 dollars, effective March 9, 2020. While Google is not unreasonable in raising prices to ensure continued innovation and feature expansion, the timing of the increase is problematic […]

5 Ways We Can Lower Your Chrome Device Costs

As part of our ChromeCycle Program, we help you manage the total cost of ownership of your Chrome devices. Here are five (5) ways we can lower the purchase cost for your next round of Chrome devices. Preregister Your Purchase: We can often secure preferred pricing when we preregister your intended purchase with your preferred […]

7 Ways Downtime Hurts Your Business

A recent survey found that 40% of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) experiences 8 or more hours of downtime due to a severe security breach within the past year. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, 60% of SMBs who experience a significant data breach go out of business within six months. These statistics are […]

Customer Notice: Email Advanced Threat Protection

(Updated January 20, 2020) We continue to witness the devastating impact of ransomware, crypto attacks, and other forms of cyber attacks on our customers.  The recovery cost and frequency of attacks are increasing at alarming rates. The average cost for a small or midsize business (SMB) to fully recovery from a cyber attack has increased […]

Security Drives Need for Cloud Management

In a recently published report, one of Forrester Research’s five key cloud predictions for 2020 is that cloud management providers will tackle cloud security.  With the Capital One breach, the first major breach in a public cloud, the industry has a new focus on security public cloud services. Small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are more […]

Chrome Device Lifecycle Update

Like any hardware, Chrome devices have a useful life.  Per Google’s policies: Every Chrome device receives regular updates from Google until it reaches its Auto Update Expiration (“AUE”) date, subject to support from component manufacturers. When a device reaches AUE, automatic software updates from Google will no longer be provided. Chrome devices that have not […]

Cyber Protection: Time for New Best Practices

According to a recent survey* of IT service providers, ransomware attack downtime costs 23 times more than requested ransom. The average ransom for small and midsize businesses (SMBs) victims jumped 37% to $5,900 from 2018 to 2019.  The average cost of ransomware downtime jumped from $46,800 to $141,000, and increase of more than 200%. To […]

Cyber Insurance or Breach Response?

There is a large discussion, and no small amount of pressure, for businesses to obtain cyber insurance policies.  Articles appear in a range business and technology publications, from the Memphis Business Journal to the Wall Street Journal, and from Inc. Magazine to Forbes. But getting the right cyber insurance policy is not easy, and can […]

Tech Leadership: Focus on Business Success

The tag line of a recent ZDNet article says it all: Tech leaders have to support how their business generates revenues and profits if they are to be taken seriously. As reported in the article, KMPG reports that 76% of CEOs want their technology projects to “make” rather than “save” money.  And while this data […]

Manufacturers Beware: Attacks on Industrial Equipment are on the Rise

We have seen the issue ourselves: A malware attack crosses the bridge from your network PCs to the controllers in your industrial machines. Your shop floor comes to a halt until you can recover. The effort is painful as you deal with embedded and stand-aside controllers running out-dated versions of Windows, limited network options, and […]

Risk and Reward – Protecting the Value of Your Business

Several weeks ago, in a town not far from our headquarters, a massive fire destroyed a building housing six small businesses.  Our local business journal followed up a few weeks after the disaster with a poll asking business owners how prepared they are for a major disaster. Fewer than 50% of responding business owners feel […]

G Suite: Modern Security for Modern Threats

In multiple blog posts over the past 2+ years, we have covered the changing and growing nature of threats to your organization, systems, and people.  For us the answer is CPR … Communicate and Educate; Prevent & Protect; Recover & Review.  Once you have these basics in place, the challenge becomes keeping up with the times.  […]

Google+ Changes: What you need to know

In December 2018, Google announced that the consumer version of Google+ is shutting down in April 2019.  As the usage lines between the consumer and business versions of Google+ have often been blurry, we want to clear up some of the confusion following the notices you may be getting from Google. What is happening? The […]

G Suite Price Hike: Your Next Steps

Anytime a vendor critical to your business changes their product and pricing, it is tempting to reassess. We may see the world differently than other IT providers, but we, the team at Cumulus Global, strongly agree.  Now is a good time to examine your cloud services, as part of your full IT ecosystem, and determine […]

Managing the Impact of the G Suite Price Increase

To help manage the impact of the pricing increase, we are able to offer renewal and upgrade discounts based on your current licensing. Converting from Monthly/Flex to Annual locks in the current pricing for a year. Upgrading your G Suite Version provides you a discount off the current upgrade pricing for 12 to 24 months. Convert […]

G Suite Price Increase

As you are likely aware, Google announced a 20% price increase for G Suite Basic and G Suite Business Editions, along with a discontinuation of the discounted pricing for G Suite Basic when prepaid annually. The Basics Effective April 2, 2019, the pricing for G Suite Business and G Suite Basic will increase as noted […]

For 2019: Focus on Outcomes

As we close out 2018, we reflect on a year that has been a bit of a wild ride.  For our customers, we clearly are leaving a period of sustained growth into more uncertain economic times. At the macro level, the economy shows competing signs of growth and contraction. Our political climate is less certain […]

Drive-by Downloads

This post is part of our Cyber Threat Series. The Challenge: Drive-by downloads are exploit kits that download invisibly from infected websites. These websites may be malicious sites built for malware distribution or trusted sites infected by hackers. Many of these attacks take advantage of weaknesses in popular software and tools, including video players, Java, and […]

Phishing and Spear Phishing

This post is part of our Cyber Threat Series. The Challenge: Cyber criminals prefer Phishing attacks. Phishing and Spear Phishing remain the primary vector for Malware attacks. Hackers evenly distribute attacks between two variants: Malicious Email Attachment (39.9%)  and Malicious Link (37.4%). Leveraging human nature, phishing attacks look and feel like legitimate emails. Recipient often miss […]