Here’s what’s happening in our company and our industry!

It's a known fact that companies rely on security solutions to protect their networks. But while outside threats are being dodged left and right, businesses are giving a warm welcome to their biggest risks: their employees.

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Experts have been predicting the rise of Software-Defined Networking (SDN) since 2014. However, today’s bandwidth-hungry applications and data files are making it a strategic imperative. From the Internet of Things (IoT) to 4K video, to virtual reality and more, the demand has never been higher for networks to respond to dynamic needs and to scale quickly and affordably.

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If you think hackers aren’t targeting your small to medium business because you’re “under the radar,” think again. On the contrary, criminals see SMBs as “low-hanging fruit,” with a tempting combination of valuable customer data and inconsistent security. Although more than 95 percent of businesses are considered SMBs, the best-of-breed security solutions available are designed for well-staffed and well-funded enterprise operations.

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Experts and the IT media have been anticipating the demise of spinning-disk technology for many years. However, there are still pros and cons for both Hard Disk Drives (HDDs) and Solid State Drives (SSDs). Most companies will have a mix of both in their devices and in their datacenter.

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Hospitals, health systems, physician groups, insurance companies, and every kind of medical facility are prime targets for cyber attacks in 2017 and beyond. According to Accenture, one in 13 patients will have their data compromised, costing hospitals more than $305 billion over the next five years. Beyond the typical risks involved with identity theft, medical information can help criminal hackers launch prescription drug, billing, or other scams.

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Do you want the good or bad news first? The good news is that cybercriminals are releasing fewer types of malware. The bad news? Those same people are ramping up their ransomware attacks.

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For many IT leaders, recruiting, screening, and hiring new employees is a dreaded task that can take valuable time away from ongoing initiatives. Here are a few questions to consider the next time you are considering hiring a new IT employee.

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Growing up we are taught “please” and “thank you” are important words. However, as employers, we can forget that thanking our employees can have an almost priceless impact on the workplace. At Vology, we recognize the power of appreciation. Within Vology's People Operations department (a.k.a. VPOPS), our team is dedicated to letting our staff know just how lucky we are to have them.

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Blink and you'll miss it! February was jam-packed with so many memorable events. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, signaling six more weeks of winter. The New England Patriots won Super Bowl LI against the Atlanta Falcons. There was also the infamous Best Motion Picture envelope snafu at the 89th Academy Awards. While we count the days 'til the first day of spring, let's look back at Vology's five most viewed blog posts from February.

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Up for a challenge? Put down your phone. Turn off your tablet. It’s time for a digital detox.

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