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First Column IT has been serving the Manassas area since 2002, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Data Storage Doesn’t Have to Cost So Much

Data Storage Doesn’t Have to Cost So Much

Have you stopped to consider how much your business spends every year on data storage and warehousing? If not, you might be surprised by how much this process actually costs, both in terms of capital expenses and operational costs. We’d go so far as to say that you’re spending more than you need to.

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What is an NFT and Why Does it Exist?

What is an NFT and Why Does it Exist?

Cryptoassets have been on the rise, and with it has come the term “NFT.” But what is an NFT, and why does it matter what it is for a small business like yourself? Let’s examine this concept in a bit greater detail through the use of a hypothetical situation.

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FoggyWeb is the Latest Malware to Wreak Havoc

FoggyWeb is the Latest Malware to Wreak Havoc

The attack on SolarWinds earlier this year caused a lot of challenges, and now that time has passed and the dust has settled somewhat, Microsoft has uncovered another type of malware associated with the attack. This one is called FoggyWeb. What does this threat do and what can we learn about it?

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4 Ways to Develop Camaraderie for Your Remote Workers

4 Ways to Develop Camaraderie for Your Remote Workers

A lot of people are still working remotely these days, and while those who work in the office might look at remote workers with envy, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows for the remote worker. One of the things that remote employees miss most about the office environment is developing relationships and camaraderie with their coworkers. To help lessen this impact and to make your remote employees feel like they are still a part of the team, here are four ways you can still develop camaraderie with your remote employees.

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Tip of the Week: Build Up Your IT Like an Enterprise

Tip of the Week: Build Up Your IT Like an Enterprise

The primary difference between an enterprise and a small or medium-sized business is simply how big it is. Due to this size, many of the tools used by enterprises are so powerful and dynamic that they can easily be used by businesses much smaller. Let’s take a look at what some of these technologies and processes are.

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Managed Services Significantly Helps Handle Unforeseen Circumstances

Managed Services Significantly Helps Handle Unforeseen Circumstances

While it might be terrifying to imagine a scenario in which your business were to suffer a devastating event that threatened its future, you as a responsible business owner must consider any and all possibilities. If you don’t, all of the hard work and investment you have made in your company could be for naught. Technology is one aspect of your company that must be examined with intense scrutiny and prepared for with preventative measures to keep your future secure.

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Get Your Business Ready for Hybrid or Remote Operations

Get Your Business Ready for Hybrid or Remote Operations

It can be hard to look into the future, especially today when that future can often look bleak and unpredictable. It’s incredibly important, however, to do so, especially in the realm of your business’ operations. When the pandemic is over, how are you going to corral your employees back to your office? Are you even going to attempt this? Perhaps, now more than ever, it’s time to reevaluate your operational infrastructure and how technology can impact it.

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Be Proactive and You’ll Reduce Downtime

Be Proactive and You’ll Reduce Downtime

In terms of the sheer amount of technology your company utilizes, we’re willing to bet that a sizable chunk of it is made up of hardware. This includes devices like your workstations, routers, switches, and servers. Most of us understand that this technology does not last forever, so you should not only expect your hardware to fail, but anticipate it. In other words, you need to be prepared.

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Managing Your Remote Staff Correctly Has Major Benefits

Managing Your Remote Staff Correctly Has Major Benefits

With remote work standing front and center for the past couple of years, it’s no wonder that a conversation has begun about the benefits and shortcomings of it. It is now clear that remote work is something that is not going away anytime soon. Let’s take a look at how businesses might retain remote operations without making too many sacrifices in the process.

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Strong Cybersecurity Training Can Pay Major Dividends

Strong Cybersecurity Training Can Pay Major Dividends

At the heart of it, cybersecurity preparedness is a team effort, not necessarily a singular one. Everyone must be aware of and engaged in cybersecurity best practices. As such, training is a necessity. To help you ensure that your cybersecurity training is as effective as possible, we’ve put together a couple of curriculum design tips and tricks to keep in mind.

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