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Cybercrime as a Service: The New Reality

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 7/23/21 3:21 PM

In the past few weeks and months we’ve seen several successful Ransomware attacks -- from the Microsoft Exchange hack, to Print Nightmare and now the Kaseya attack among many others. Cyber criminals are using a wide variety of methods to break your small business security practices to insert malicious software –like Ransomware-- on to your network.

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5 Considerations When Evaluating MSPs (Managed IT Services Providers)

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 7/21/21 2:48 PM

To keep up with the evolving technology landscape and reduce the risks of a data breach, many businesses large and small are outsourcing their IT to managed services providers (MSPs).

Selecting an MSP partner is a big decision and truly understanding the value you get when you’re selecting an MSP is critical.

Here are 5 key considerations when selecting your next IT provider:

  1. Strategic Guidance.

Your managed IT provider is not just a vendor, it’s a strategic partnership. Your MSP should have a deep understanding of your business goals, your challenges, and your key industry requirements. They should help you understand where you are today and what’s needed to get you to where you want to be tomorrow.

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Topics: Managed Service Provider, MSPs Philadelphia, IT providers

Kaseya Cyberattack: What Happened, How Did It Happen and Why?

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 7/19/21 12:46 PM

On Friday, July 2, 2021, a Cyber ransomware gang named REvil (note the word evil in their name) targeted multiple managed IT service providers (MSPs) in a massive supply chain attack that has affected more than 1,500 companies to date. The attack exploited a Zero-Day vulnerability in a remote monitoring and management software (RMM) developed by Kaseya, an IT services provider that sells software applications to MSPs.

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Beware of New Windows Zero-Day Vulnerability 'Print Nightmare'

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 7/1/21 2:11 PM

Yesterday, a severe vulnerability called “Print Nightmare” was accidentally leaked to the public by security researchers affecting all Microsoft Windows operating systems. This vulnerability impacts ANY machine that has the Windows print spooler service running - this includes servers and workstations. 

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Announcing ANP's Summer Incentive Referral Program

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 6/16/21 11:08 AM

Curious how ANP continues to grow? It’s through word of mouth and referrals from happy clients like you.

We want to show our appreciation to our loyal clients so we’ve revamped the ANP Client Referral Program, with DOUBLE the incentives -- that's $2000 per referral -- starting now through Labor Day. 

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SharePoint Intranet vs. Extranet: What’s the Difference?

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 6/14/21 6:57 PM

You’ve probably heard the terms intranet and extranet, but what do they really mean and is this a business solution that your business needs to consider?

What is an intranet?

A corporate intranet is private network available via a web browser and is designed to improve communication and collaboration. There are several ways to leverage an intranet for your business.

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Topics: IT Strategy, Microsoft 365 collaboration, SharePoint migration, office 365 subscription, sharepoint online, sharepoint file migration

Is your IT Strategy Negatively Affecting Your Corporate Culture?

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 5/19/21 2:07 PM

Believe it or not, your employees and customers do care about the technology decisions that you make for your business. The old saying “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” is not how you want to think about technology today.

Business agility is a sign of a mature and well-run business. Digital transformation is no longer a choice; it’s a necessity to remain competitive in today’s modern workplace.

Your ability to leave behind the old school approach to IT and embrace cloud-based technologies to run your operations is critical to your success and will make a lasting impact on your business.

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Topics: IT Strategy, work from home, Microsoft 365 collaboration, digital transformation, managed cloud services provider, corporate culture, employee happiness

Webinar Recap: Goodbye File Server, Hello SharePoint

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 4/26/21 2:59 PM

Thank you to everyone who attended our webinar earlier this month: Goodbye File Server, Hello Modern Office. We hope you found the content insightful as you continue to explore all that Microsoft 365 and the Modern Office has to offer your business.

In case you missed this webinar, the SharePoint webinar recording is now available to watch on demand!

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Topics: Microsoft 365, ANP webinars and events, sharepoint online, sharepoint file migration, Microsoft Cloud Migration

How Do Cloud Security Tools Protect the Remote Workforce?

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 4/26/21 2:01 PM

COVID-19 has led to a more distributed and virtual workforce, requiring IT to deploy new security tools to protect your employees and your data regardless of where they are located. 

Last year the pandemic triggered world-wide panic, forcing businesses to find ways to work remotely, even if it meant using employees home PCs, or going against other IT best practices temporarily. 

Cybercriminals are capitalizing on this vulnerable time for businesses, finding technical glitches in remote access points and are exposing security vulnerabilities, finding ways to get into your network.

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Topics: IT Best Practice, data security, managed cybersecurity services, cyber security tools, managed cloud services provider

ANP Has a New Home

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 4/23/21 1:25 PM

After 36 years of running business from our Glenside headquarters, ANP is excited to announce we have relocated to a new office in Plymouth Meeting, PA! The 12,000 Sq. Ft office is conveniently situated right off of the PA turnpike for our employees, clients and potential clients alike. 

The office relocation has been in works for a few years now, and ANP owners Dave and Patty Mulvey have spent countless nights and weekends working with contractors and designers to ensure the new office is a space that their employees will want to come back to when the timing is right.

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Topics: anp news and events, modern IT

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