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Kristin Pryor Named VP of IT Operations/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
Kristin Pryor was recently named Vice President of IT Operations. Kristin joined Bryley Systems in 2019 as Director of Technical Services. An early sign of her executive aptitude was watching that “whenever there was any kind of a break from dealing with the day-to-day demands of an IT department, Kristin would move into strategic mode,” President Garin Livingstone said.
“Kristin’s not afraid of taking on anything,” Anna said. “And she loves tech. She loves what she’s doing. And this comes through. She always makes herself available. She looks at things and asks, ‘how can we make this better?’ And also she points out when something is working well at one client and asks, ‘can we do the same thing for other clients, too?’ …” [4 min. read]
6 Questions for a Successful Technology Change/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
It’s an achievement to bring in a new technology solution that will help your employees do their jobs better or that will keep your business more secure.
It’s an achievement also because many companies look the other way when the time comes to review and update processes, legacy applications and machines. Are they trying to delay the inevitable?
But if you have decided to review and upgrade your tech processes, there are some things you should bear in mind to make the change as easy as possible … [6 min. read]
From the Expo/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
We had a great time meeting new and seeing old friends at the Corridor 9/495 Expo April 4. Representing Bryley at the expo were Tom Barnes and Roy Pacitto, Gavin and Cathy Livingstone.
Bryley debuted its Four-Point IT Systems Quality Check at the expo … [2 min. read]
Four-Point IT Systems Quality Check/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
Whatever your cybersecurity paradigm, it’s valuable to have your networked systems checked regularly – you want to make sure what you’re doing is in fact keeping your network protected. An outside audit can bring a new perspective and reveal weaknesses in your system that those who work in it every day may miss. And so Bryley is unveiling its Four-Point IT Systems Quality Check at the Business Expo April … [2 min. read]
Can you come by?/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
Bryley’s getting ready for the 2023 Corridor 9/495 Business Expo. Please join Roy and Tom April 4th 4 PM-7 PM at the DoubleTree Hotel, 5400 Computer Dr, Westborough. Registration is free … [1 min. read]
Profile: Camelot Energy Group/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
You don’t name your company Camelot and its employees the Round Table without a seasoning of hopefulness. Camelot Energy’s CEO Shawn Shaw confesses to seeing a reason for hope in the marriage of economic opportunity and the fair distribution of non-fossil-fuel-derived energy.
However right now there is an imbalance in how non-carbon-based energy is apportioned: for one example, the average household installing rooftop solar in 2021 had a median income ranging from 131% to 168% of the median income of its county … [6 min. read]
Your Own Personal World Backup Day/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
Not hobbled by a natural emergency, an employee error or cyberattack – or at least not disrupted for long, that’s what Bryley means by your business’ continuity.
To achieve business continuity, Bryley advocates a layered approach to networking. But backup remains the heart, the most essential part, of business continuity.
Bryley is regularly recognized by its clients for its calmness in difficult circumstances. But it’s no great mystery what’s partly at the back of us bringing that attitude: we know that we have multiple tested, monitored ways of recovering data. So how about you? [6 min. read]
A Few Minutes with Patrick, Field Technician/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
“I like troubleshooting computers. I like fixing issues. I’ve been tinkering with computers my whole life basically. I grew up with Windows 98 and early Macs. I’ve been doing it so long, working on computers seems to come naturally to me …” [5 min. read]
Cybersecurity for New England Organizations/in Blog Post, Security /by Lawrence Strauss
Because of its relative wealth, our New England region is hard-hit by cyberattacks1.
In this Feb. 2, 2023-recorded webinar Bryley VP Roy Pacitto brings examples Bryley’s encountered of Business Email Compromise (this is when names and addresses you trust are spoofed to get you to divulge information, sometimes, as Roy demonstrates, into transferring funds).
Bryley President Garin Livingstone shows steps you can take to protect your business from the rise in ransomware incidents … [one-hour, previously-recorded, Zoom seminar]
Achieve Security and Productivity with Single Sign-On/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
Imagine owning a football stadium and you’re hosting a bowl game. You’ve sold out all the tickets online. Your stadium is the kind with entrances all around the building. And today is game day – great! But in this imagining you forgot to hire any ticket-takers or security people – not great! So the people start showing up and begin pushing in from all directions. And now the mob is a mob, forcing its way to the stands and field.
Why do people line up to show their tickets to ticket-takers and put their phones in a bucket to pass security personnel? It’s not just to keep out those who don’t have a ticket … [7 min. read]
Clinton Chamber Hosts Bryley Cybersecurity Seminar/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
Thursday, February 2, 4:00 – 5:00 PM Bryley President Garin Livingstone will present along with VP Roy Pacitto via Zoom on cybersecurity best practices – several of these practices you can use right away.
Because of its relative wealth, our New England region is hard-hit by cyberattacks.
Roy will present – including bringing examples Bryley’s encountered – on Business Email Compromise (when addresses you trust are spoofed to get you to divulge information).
Garin will present steps you can take to protect your business from the rise in ransomware incidents … [2 min. read]
A Few Minutes with Carlos, Field Technician/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
“Whatever I can do to make a person’s job easier,” was Carlos’ sincere response when I thanked him for moving closer to the mic during this interview. Carlos’ attitude of respect comes through often.
Carlos told me that since he was very young he felt grateful for the opportunities he was given. He felt grateful for America. He said he had wanted to give back by serving in the military, but he had a child at seventeen and so those early thoughts about the way he was going to give back had to change … [5 min. read]
’22 in the Rearview/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
Here are some highlights of what’s been covered in this space in the year gone bye-bye.
Bryley at Thirty-Five
This was the second year under Garin Livingstone’s leadership. Garin has set Bryley’s trajectory: “to make the complexities of networking and security easier for clients to understand. Without the give-and-take of good communication, it’s easy to miss information that might make network management better for our clients …” [7 min. read]
A Few Minutes with Rylie, Field Technician/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
As researcher Sherry Turkle has observed, it’s in the awkward silent seconds that communication (which means, to have something in common between us) happens. We need those pauses in conversation to process what the other has said, to let the words and our thoughts about those words affect us, to consider a reply and then choose our words. These silences along with other non-verbal signals do the connective work when we speak to each other: you know you are talking to a real person.
Turkle’s work has been an inspiration to Field Technician Rylie. At the University of Rhode Island Rylie achieved a bachelor of science degree in Computer Science and became fascinated working in Python and C++ with Artificial Intelligence … [5 min. read]
Should We Switch to M365?/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
You’ve probably heard about Microsoft 365 (sometimes called Office 365), the cloud-based subscription service that has Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive and other applications.
But is it worth the time, effort and cost to switch to a cloud-based version? Here are some reasons to consider this Microsoft offering? [4 min. read]
Last-Minute Elving?/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
That’s When We’re Most Easily Fooled One in three American adults (34%) admit to taking more risks when online shopping during holiday season compared to other times of the year … 36% of Americans have fallen victim to online shopping scams during the holidays, losing $387 on average … most frequently cybercriminals connected with them via email (40%), through social media (38%), third-party websites (32%), texts (28%) or phone calls (23%).
Along with whatever else the holidays bring, they also now bring a pile of socially-engineered attacks aimed at taking our credentials and money … [5 min. read]
A Few Minutes with Tom Barnes, Manager of Client Services/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
Tom Barnes was recently named Manager of Client Services. Tom joined Bryley Systems in 2020 as a Business Development Representative. Within a year he transitioned to a role as a Client Success Specialist where his success advocating for Bryley clients earned him favorable notice and his current role.
Tom has had a diverse career that has included software troubleshooting, RV sales and running his own business. He achieved a BS (Summa Cum Laude) in Psychology from UMass Amherst … [4 min. read]
Upgrade Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
Microsoft will stop patching and updating Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 on October 23, 2023. Running these server systems after that date exposes you to security and compliance risks. These Microsoft moves usually also mean the end-of-support for third-party applications built to integrate with these server products … [4 min. read]
Only two other cars had Positraction …/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
… and enough power to make these marks
–Mona Lisa Vito, My Cousin Vinny
MFA: Each Criterion Brings You Closer to the Truth
A Decatur, Illinois manufacturer that had been hit with ransomware in May, was in July sued by Travelers Insurance for having misrepresented the extent to which it was protected by MFA (multifactor authentication). Travelers said the manufacturer had violated the terms of its cyberinsurance policy. The parties came to an adjudicated agreement to nullify the policy; Travelers did not need to cover any of the ransomware losses. … [6 min. read]
Mixing Up Vulnerabilities and Risk/in Blog Post /by Lawrence Strauss
A bike is resting against a lamppost without being locked. Is the bike at risk of being stolen? To answer that question, you’d need to find out: Is the bike valuable? Is it in desirable condition? Who would want the bike? What’s the crime rate by the lamppost? Are people around? Is it daytime? Is there a security camera? Also, what effect would it have if someone were to take the bike?
An unlocked bike resting on a lamppost is not a risk, but, in the words of cybersecurity, it is a vulnerability that might be exploited … [5 min. read]