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What’s the latest on the cyber security bug “Heartbleed”?

By WillD|April 11th,2014|Disaster Recovery,IT,Managed Services,Security|No comments

Today, the U.S. Government posted a warning that hackers are attempting to exploit the ‘Heartbleed’ bug in targeted attacks by scanning networks to see if they are vulnerable (source: Reuters).

Atiba Hosting has been watching the Heartbleed bug closely since it was announced on Monday.  This bug could affect as many as two-thirds of internet users (source: CNN).  You may see more about this on the news in the coming weeks, as more information is being disseminated.  We are taking this seriously, and as such, Atiba Hosting continues to conduct scans of potential security breaches.  Also, as a precautionary method, we are advising any client that has administrative access to a web-based content management system to change their passwords.

To stay up-to-date on the latest developments and to see a list of FAQs, please visit the official Heartbleed site.

Again, we want you to rest assured the folks at Atiba Hosting are currently evaluating the risk to our servers and will reach out to any customers we think may need to take action personally.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Buzz Atiba.

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Avoid common startup flubs

By WillD|December 3rd,2013|Atiba Behind the Scenes|No comments

By JJ Rosen

One of the things I enjoy the most about being a computer consultant is getting to look behind the scenes of many different businesses.

In our roles as web developers, programmers, designers and IT consultants, we get a front-row seat to watch how businesses operate, what is working and what is not.

Of all the companies out there, startups are often the most exciting businesses to work with as they are full of high risks, but also very high rewards. Sitting behind the computer, programming away at a startup client’s office (or in some cases living room), it has been interesting to see some of the patterns of business success or failure that occur.

The explosion of mobile has created a huge new wave of startup activity. The number of startups being generated today is rivaling the frenetic pace of the now somewhat infamous dot-com era. As compared with the dot-com days, the relatively faster time to market and the lower development cost of mobile-based products and services are driving a new startup boom.

A key to success for this new wave of mobile tech startups is to learn from the past. The inherent risks of starting a business can be offset by studying the successes and failures of others.

Here are a few of the common themes we observed while working on software, websites and mobile apps for startups:

• Focusing on an exit strategy from day one increases your chance of failure.

The chances of selling for billions are slim, but the chances of running a profitable business are more in your favor. No path is easy, but startups are more likely to thrive if owners focus more on “how to make a living” as opposed to how to sell out.

• A startup whose founder is unwilling to invest a good amount of his or her own personal capital has a high chance of failure.

If you are unwilling to put in your own money, chances are you are not confident enough in your idea to instill confidence in others whom you ask to invest.

• Underfunding is a killer.

Every startup that we have worked with that has been underfunded has run into trouble. Once money gets tight, there is often conflict between founders, investors and even employees.

When running on fumes, most founders of startups spend more time pointing fingers and raising money than they do on the business model itself.

• Lean startups that focus on ROI for every penny spent will do better than the startups with high salaries and fancy offices.

There is, of course, a balance between running lean vs. being just plain cheap. But generally speaking, entrepreneurs tend to do well if they make sure every penny invested will either reduce risk or produce a clear return. Low (or no) salaries, low-cost office space (or even home offices!) allow for a longer ramp for product development and customer acquisition.

• Profit margin is one of the most important success factors. High margin businesses have a safety net to withstand bumps in the road.

A lost contract, a bad customer or a failed marketing campaign can quickly put a low-margin-based business in a deep hole while higher margin startups have room to recover.

As the great startup guru Jason Fried of 37Signals.com says, “start a business, not a startup.” From our perspective behind the computer, and behind the start­up entrepreneurs, this mantra is essential to any startup business, mobile or otherwise.

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Make Life Easier with Atiba Network Services and Office 365

By admin|October 27th,2013|IT,Managed Services|No comments

With the need for greater mobility, agility and better data management increasingly driving the dynamic workplace, SMBs today are learning to appreciate the benefits cloud computing can bring to their businesses.  Yet, some SMBs still struggle to understand exactly what cloud computing can do for them.  Enter Microsoft Office 365, an all-inclusive productivity solution that delivers familiar Office applications coupled with powerful enterprise class communications and collaboration capabilities in a cloud-based subscription service you can easily use.

Give your business a productivity boost with the new Office

Today, you can acquire Office 365 Small Business Premium or Midsize Business through Atiba Network Services, as a standalone solution or bundled with our managed services offering and no matter which you choose, you’ll still receive the same support and service you’ve come to expect from Atiba Network Services.

Office 365 for SMBs is a completely modernized platform designed to meet your constantly changing business needs. It delivers rich features and cloud service innovation that SMBs are adopting at an accelerated rate.

Benefits include:

  • Letting you take your personal office experience with you – across tablet, PC or phone – wherever you are and whenever you need to get work done.
  • Saving documents to the cloud by default. When you sign into Office 365, you get roaming settings and quick access to your documents in SkyDrive, SkyDrive Pro and SharePoint online.
  • Scheduling a meeting, sending an email, starting an IM, as well as initiating voice and video calls right from your contact list.
  • Easily hosting more effective online meetings, with multiparty HD video conferencing, document sharing and real-time note taking with OneNote.
  • Connecting Lync and Skype services, so you can connect with millions of Skype users right inside of Office 365.
  • An enterprise-grade cloud solution with robust security, guaranteed reliability and compliant with world’s industry standards, including ISO-27001, EU Model clauses, HIPAA and FISMA.

 

Most importantly, with Microsoft Office 365 you get an always available secure and reliable cloud service from a trusted partner. We manage the billing and support for your subscription service so you have a one stop shop for all your support needs.

For more details on Office 365, check out www.office.com or email us at info@atiba.com.

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