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Cybersecurity Risk Management:  Ways to Approach and Measure Risk

January 08, 2021

In 2020, many organizations pivoted their business models due to the pandemic. If you're one of these companies, you may have developed new processes and procedures that allowed you to safely continue operations and maintain high customer service levels. Now that the dust has begun to settle, it is an excellent opportunity to evaluate or reevaluate any new cybersecurity risks that could have been created by these changes. In this article, we offer practical guidance on how to classify and measure your cybersecurity risks for effective cybersecurity risk management.

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Cybersecurity, IT Solutions & Support

Employee Spotlight: Bradford Sprague

January 01, 2021

At Systems Engineering, employees are our number one resource.  Our success depends on our dedicated and skilled staff who share our values and contribute to our vision.  The Systems Engineering Spotlight gives a brief but revealing look at one of our valuable members.

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IT Solutions & Support

2020 Holiday Greetings From Systems Engineering

December 23, 2020

Dear friends,

In many respects, the year 2020 has been among the most challenging in memory. Undoubtedly many of us will welcome the new year as not just another year, but a reminder that life does move on, we do heal ourselves, and we do get better, stronger, smarter, and more resilient with every challenge met. 

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Announcements

What is E-rate and how does it work?

December 17, 2020

Educational institutions are heavily dependent upon technology to support today’s digital learning environments.  At a minimum, schools need high speed internet access, telecommunications services, and internal connections in order for faculty and students to access the digital resources they need. In addition, your teachers and students need a secure learning environment in which to teach and learn. When resources and budgets are constrained, E-rate, a technology federal funding program, can help schools obtain the technologies necessary to facilitate an effective and modern educational environment.

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IT Solutions & Support

Security Bulletin: SolarWinds Compromise Advisory Statement

December 16, 2020

UPDATE FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 21

As you may have seen in the headlines, Malwarebytes recently announced it was targeted by the same threat actor who attacked SolarWinds. After an extensive investigation, Malwarebytes reported their Microsoft Office 365 and Azure environments were targeted, but they found “no evidence of unauthorized access or compromise in any internal on-premises and production environments.”

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Security Bulletins & Alerts

What is a SOC 2 Compliance Report and Why it Matters to Your Business

December 11, 2020

Have you ever questioned how you can measure the quality of a managed service provider (MSP), and their stance on security. Do they put security first within their own organization? Well, the good news is a reputable MSP can answer this question by producing an impartial 3rd party SOC 2 Compliance audit!  Take a look at what is involved in this voluntary annual review, and how the results can be an invaluable piece of information for leveling up trust within an MSP.

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Compliance, IT Solutions & Support

Data Backup Solutions and Replication: Why Organizations May Need Both

December 10, 2020

What would it be like for your organization if there was an IT disaster such as an office fire, systems failure, or ransomware attack? If all your data was lost, how long would it take for your organization to be functional again? Minutes, hours, days, or weeks? How would this affect your customers and your employees? These are types of questions business leaders should ask when thinking about their data backup solutions and recovery needs.

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Business Transformation

The Pivot: How We Re-Invented Our Summer 2020 Internship Program

December 04, 2020

Our internship program at Systems Engineering has always played a significant role in building a vibrant tech workforce community in New England. Through the years, our relationships with standout educational institutions, such as USM, Colby, UMO, and UNH, have provided the opportunity to meet exceptional students across New England who have a deep desire to build their skills in the IT Industry. 

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Workforce Enablement

Creating a Culture of Security

November 16, 2020

It seems we can’t go more than 24 hours without hearing about the latest and greatest data breach affecting millions. These headlines are worrisome and has lead to many sleepless nights for business leaders at small and medium-sized businesses. 

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Cybersecurity, Network Security, IT Solutions & Support, Cloud Security

Business Continuity: Planning for Remote Workforce Disruptions

November 13, 2020

One of the most important documents  your organization can create is a Business Continuity Plan (BCP). This plan is a comprehensive review of how your organization will continue to operate when responding to unplanned disasters that impact business processes, applications, and IT infrastructure. We are all familiar with the burdens that the COVID-19 pandemic placed on businesses throughout the world. Companies that had a BCP in place were much more prepared than those without. The level of response this pandemic required highlighted the importance of business continuity planning and raised some unforeseeable questions that all companies should now ask themselves.

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IT Solutions & Support, Workforce Enablement