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CloudShark 360 has been serving the Illinois area since 2017, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

It Isn’t Too Late to Upgrade to Windows 10… But It’s Getting Close!

Moving away from Windows 7 is becoming more crucial every day.

Is your business still running Windows 7?

This isn’t a good thing, and soon, it’s going to get a lot worse - Microsoft is pulling support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. As a result, any business that hasn’t upgraded will very quickly find itself in a tough spot.

Why is that?

Well, prior to January 14, Microsoft has still been keeping Windows 7 safe with patches and other improvements to its security. However, once January 14 passes, these security updates aren’t going to happen anymore.

Hopefully, you see how this would be a problem for your organization.

Contact us so one of the professionals here at CloudShark 360 can figure out how to most effectively update your business’ computing.

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Using technology to strategically protect your business from data loss.

At CloudShark 360, we always attempt to prioritize security. We offer solutions to build comprehensive strategies for organizational physical security, network security, and cybersecurity with one singular focus: to protect assets. In most cases, the asset we are focused on is your business’ data. Failure to protect your data can have several devastating results for your business.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), is a platform that takes the guesswork out of disaster recovery. We take data protection to the next level by applying risk management best practices to come up with a workable strategy that will combine some of the best hardware, software, and technical proficiency in one completely managed service.

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Disaster recovery is an essential part of a wider business continuity strategy.

Business continuity is a detailed process that’s success is largely dictated by how prepared a business is for negative situations. At CloudShark 360, we ensure that your disaster recovery platform is well structured with seamless orchestration using some of today’s most advanced tools. Our team of knowledgeable technicians understand that production failures can come from many different parts of your business. As a result, our DRaaS platform dedicates attention to limiting downtime, no matter where it comes from.

DRaaS isn’t a replacement for, but a resource of, your company’s business continuity platform. For this reason, the aim is to coordinate action and ensure that all the digital resources - including onsite and cloud-hosted assets - are redundant, available, and are at the ready for restoration in a manner commensurate with your organization’s needs. Weighing organizational risk for disaster, whether it be...

  • Natural disaster
  • Failure in your organizational processes
  • Cyberattack
  • Result of human failure

…plays a crucial part in designing and maintaining a comprehensive disaster recovery strategy.

Actively Accounting for Risk

Weighting specific risk helps build a custom DR platform for your business.

Ensuring that your business can recover from any disaster that strikes is the name of the game for any successful disaster recovery strategy. That means establishing a DR policy where downtime is kept to a minimum. In order to do that, our technicians work to build system redundancy, while also identifying where your business is most susceptible to monetary and productivity loss. This lets us significantly reduce your RTO and RPO metrics. Depending on the disaster, having DRaaS from CloudShark 360 in place could be the difference between being in business and closing up shop forever.

DRaaS from CloudShark 360

Our Custom DRaaS will literally save your business.

Once our technicians have ascertained exactly how to best build the disaster recovery platform your business needs, we will launch a scaled down version of your current environment that is constantly managed, maintained, and tested to ensure that it is ready for any situation that is thrown your business’ way. This provides the best opportunity to get back to business as usual.

Since most businesses today need to meet security and compliance standards, we build out your disaster recovery platform to meet every standard that your day-to-day business needs to meet. We also offer end-to-end transparency of your recovery infrastructure so that any intricacies your business has are taken into consideration.

You need to protect your business from the threat of extended downtime, no matter the cause. Complete the form or call us today at (217) 383-0045 to talk to one of our DR experts and get started protecting your business’ most crucial assets today!

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IT for Financial Services

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Bringing reliable IT products and management to businesses in the financial sector. 

Finance is the epitome of a data-driven industry. As a result, information technology is an integral part of modern-day financial services. In order to keep up with the rapidly-shifting financial services industry, businesses that work in finance need reliable information systems and comprehensive IT support. 

At CloudShark 360, we offer IT services and support for all facets of the financial services industry. We offer solutions for:

  • Banking & Exchange
  • Wealth Management
  • Insurance
  • Accountancy

To keep your business running efficiently, a dedication to excellence and an expert attention to detail is required. Our team of certified professionals are knowledgeable about the specific needs businesses that function inside of the financial industry have, and have solutions for every operational problem technology can solve.

Expert IT consulting saves money and promotes efficiency

No two businesses are the same. That goes double for businesses that operate in finance. When dealing with people’s money, operational effectiveness needs to be maintained. Your business needs an expert perspective in order to get to the bottom of your operational inefficiencies.

At CloudShark 360, we offer comprehensive consulting for businesses in the financial industry. With the speed and importance of the transactions your organization makes, maintaining a reliable, secure, and compliant IT infrastructure is key. Our knowledgeable consultants can design an innovative solution that completely works for your company today and in the future.

Security-minded experts handle all your compliance needs

If data security and regulatory compliance are integral to your business’ success, having dedicated professionals who understand what’s at stake can make all the difference. CloudShark 360’s certified IT technicians know what it takes to meet the data protection, reporting, and security standards for several regulations and regulatory bodies, including:

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • Security and Exchange Commission (SEC)
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)
  • Payment Card Index (PCI-DSS)
  • Gramm Leach Bliley Act (GLBA)
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Windows 7 End of Life - Your Business Can’t Afford to Run Out the Clock on This One

 

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What’s the Big Deal?

Microsoft is retiring the very popular Windows 7 operating system, and any system still running that OS after January 14, 2020 will NOT BE SUPPORTED. There will be no further bug fixes or security updates which can leave your business vulnerable to security breaches. If you require compliance certifications your computer will no longer be in compliance. 

What Should You Do?

Simply put, you need to immediately make a plan to upgrade away from Windows 7. 

What Are Your Options?

You can upgrade to Windows 10 or you can look to the cloud-based offerings such as Microsoft 365, which provides a web-hosted copy of Windows 10 Pro. 

What needs to be done:

  1. Establish what computer systems are running Windows 7
  2. Review computer hardware and consider replacing to support Windows 10
  3. Check your line of business and other applications for compatibility
  4. Establish a timeline and a budget
  5. Plan time for employee training

If you are still using Windows 7, our expert consultants can give you a hand to beat the clock before it runs out. Contact CloudShark 360 today!

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A comprehensive business continuity plan can stave off organizational ruin.

A comprehensive business continuity plan can stave off organizational ruin.

At CloudShark 360, we are technology professionals, but most of our job is helping organizations like yours identify, and find solutions for, problematic risk. Business continuity isn’t a technology strategy, although it does include the use of technology.

In business, risk is everywhere. In order to protect your business against the potentially negative circumstances that face your business, putting together a strong and comprehensive continuity plan is important. Our consultants can work with you to design an approach that confronts risk by:

  • Identifying Your Risk - There are endless risks out there, but the key is to find the ones that have realistic chances to happen and to customize specific actions to mitigate these particular risks.
  • Analyzing Your Business - By analyzing your business operations, the needs of your staff, the impact certain risks will present, and working to understand the underlying legal, contractual, and regulatory obligations your business is under, will assist us in planning the right continuity strategy.
  • Identifying Officers and Contacts - Every continuity strategy has to have defined people at the helm of them. We review your business’ contact lists, Disaster Recovery officers, business and network administrators, suppliers and vendors, and help you identify a workflow if and when your continuity strategy needs to be enacted.
  • Analyzing Your Information Technology - IT will be a major component of any business continuity. We will look at your networks and infrastructure, including your data backup platform, data recovery requirements, and your organization’s access control procedures to ensure that your data is protected properly.
  • Determining Organizational Financial Obligations - Every business has financial obligations. Our consultants will help you sort through your insurance, recurring expenses, and outstanding invoices to help you ascertain the cost of continuity.

Many people depend on your business, so protecting your business from risk has to be a priority. To learn more about how our professional consultants can help you set up and implement a strong, resilient, and effective business continuity strategy we invite you to fill out the form on the page or call us directly at (217) 383-0045.

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Why (and How) SMBs Should Strategically Adopt Technology

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There is no question that a small business can benefit from technology, as has been proven time and time again. However, an issue can arise if a business bites off more than it can chew, so to speak, and ultimately creates a spike in costs. A responsible business owner will resist this temptation and prioritize the solutions they need over the ones they want - building profitability and generating capital needed to make other improvements.

In this blog, we’ll examine some of the implementations that can deliver a good return on investment to a small business.

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Is Your Cloud Solution Actually a Money Pit?

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The cloud has proven to be an extremely useful tool for the modern business. Not only does it provide anywhere-anytime access to applications, processing, storage, etc; it also delivers those products as a service, allowing you to budget for recurring costs rather than major upfront ones. This provides your organization with functional, supported, and secure computing environments that eliminate a lot of the support costs that traditional computing environments require. It sounds like a perfect scenario for small and large businesses alike, but things aren’t always what they seem, as a lot of cloud users have found that they have incurred several hidden costs by using cloud platforms. Today, we take a look at these hidden costs.

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How to Avoid Becoming the Next Data Security Cautionary Tale

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Data security isn’t a matter to be taken lightly, as too many businesses have found out the hard way. Unfortunately, there are far too many simple ways to correct common security issues - enough that it’s foolish not to do so. We’ll review a few ways to fix security issues, after discussing one of, if not the, most egregious security failings in modern history.

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When it Comes to Security, Two Factors are Better Than One

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The password isn’t nearly as secure as it used to be. Hackers have begun to take advantage of extremely powerful solutions designed to brute force their way into accounts by using software to rapidly guessing thousands of passwords per second, making it extraordinarily difficult to prepare yourself for them.

What’s the best way to guarantee that passwords aren’t going to be the downfall of your company? A great start is by taking a close look at password best practices and two-factor authentication.

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4 Ways a Managed Service Provider Can Help Your Business

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How much does your business rely on technology to keep your organization running forward? As business technology becomes more complex, it’s becoming increasingly popular for organizations to have their own internal IT departments to manage and maintain it. Yet, small businesses don’t often have the necessary funds for such a feat. How can your company afford quality IT service? You can start by pursuing managed IT solutions from a managed service provider.

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