Malware Attack Across the Globe

Today, there is a large-scale cyber attack affecting nearly one hundred countries and has held tens of thousands of computers ransom throughout the day.  You can read more here: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/national-health-service-cyberattack-hits-english-hospitals-hackers-demand-bitcoin-n758516

Today your data is secured in SEN Technology’s cloud, which is protected by redundant and distributed systems. We have built systems to ensure our customers are secure, but most small and mid-size businesses are far from secure. You may have noticed that these attacks are becoming more widespread and more severe every time. It’s horrific. 

Please forward this email to your vendors and partners and make them aware. We would be delighted to send them information on hardening their security profile or help them choose the right hosted virtual desktop environment. Your environment is secure, but what happens if your suppliers or customers are taken offline due to malicious malware?

We want to help, even if that means giving free information and direction. It’s avoidable. 


 

Small Business Success in the Cloud

The small business economy is changing. There is no denying it. In order to get a better understanding of these changes, Emergent Research and Intuit partnered together on a series of reports on the small business ecosystem.

The initial report is entitled “Small Business Success in the Cloud” and describes the impact of cloud technology as it is progressively adapted by more and more small businesses. Additionally, the report calls out the following trends:

Socio-economic uncertainty: Demographic, economic and social shifts are leading to fewer “good jobs” and increasing job insecurity, pushing more people to consider self-employment or small business ownership.

Technology: new infrastructure is enabling new business models, making it easier to reach and serve niche markets and fundamentally changing cost structures.

Platforms and Marketplaces: The growing number and growing use of marketplaces are enabling new forms of small business and allowing many more people to start full and part-time small businesses.

Customer Needs: Consumers are now more interested in supporting local businesses as well as buying unique and/or customized products.

These shifts are touching everyone at all points in the economy. It is a time of both great anxiety and great opportunity. There is both less security and more freedom.

In this new landscape, many people are re-imagining the idea of small businesses to create new, innovative models that work for their needs. The result is something we call The New Entrepreneurial Mindset.