Multi-factor authentication (MFA) and Two-factor Authentication (2FA)
Two-factor authentication

Multi-factor authentication, including Two-factor Authentication and sometimes referred to as MFA, 2FA and 2-Step Verification, is a method for verifying a user's identity by using more than simply a password.

Fact is, the password is incredibly outdated. Many people still use weak passwords, even though they’re frequently warned to make them as complex as possible. But even a strong password can be stolen and if your password is stolen, you’ll never know until it’s too late.

Cybersecurity Employee Training
Chris May's Cybersecurity Employee Training

In the modern, digital world, your employees are the last line of defense standing between cybercriminals and your bottom line. From ransomware to identity theft, criminals have mastered any number of ways to monetize lax cybersecurity. All they need is one employee with a simple password, a missing security update or disabled anti-virus and your data, your clients data and your entire network is compromised.

That’s why we’ve created our Cybersecurity Employee Training, a one hour presentation that covers all the fundamentals of cybersecurity. And we did the impossible with it. We made it both comprehensive and easily accessible by non-techies. That’s right, at Advantage Technology, we’re just that good.

24/7 Cybersecurity Protection and Cocktails
Arctic Wolf Mixology

On November 18th, Advantage Technology and held our first virtual mixology class with our friends at Arctic Wolf. Working with Bubble Tap we sent out nearly 30 virtual mixology boxes and their expert mixologist walked everyone through mixing the drinks.

Check out the video to see all the fun!

Connect More Devices and Keep Them Connected with Wi-Fi 6E
Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center

Have you been on a Zoom call and suddenly got kicked off? Been in the middle of a video stream that became unwatchable due to buffering? Or had intolerable lag with a cloud service? What gives? You pay a lot of money for high speed Internet access, why are you having all of these problems?

You’re probably a victim of spectrum congestion.

Quick Bytes: Cybersecurity is only as strong as your weakest link
Quick Bytes

“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” That’s an apt saying that applies in a lot of different situations, from family feuds to cybersecurity. After all, if your coworker gets hacked, then the hacker is in your system too! That’s why you should never take their cybersecurity awareness for granted.

You should institute a culture of cybersecurity and make sure you have an open and honest environment where people can discuss and learn about cybersecurity freely.

Business After Hours on the Boulevard
Business After Hours

On August 26th, the Charleston Area Alliance held their Business After Hours at Baer Place, 950 Kanawha Blvd E! It was an unprecedented joint event with Advantage Technology and the Charleston Gazette-Mail hosting.

Everyone enjoyed food and drinks catered by Nosh, along with live music by Dale Harper and the Highlanders. Quantum Sports’ tents and our deck provided plenty of outdoor space for all attendees. Guests took tours of both Advantage Technology and Charleston Gazette-Mail, while the Charleston Gazette-Mail provided free parking in their McFarland St garage.

Advantage Technology helps an Italian company reuse discarded plastics
TeMa North America

In 2018, Italian company, TeMa Technologies & Materials, began construction on a 42,000-square-foot facility in the small community of Kearneysville, WV. This facility would manufacture the same construction materials as the mother company, using recycled plastics, for distribution in the North American market. Dubbed TeMa North America, the location was a perfect fit given that 60% of the US population is within a 500-mile radius of Kearneysville.

Advantage Technology answers a higher calling with IT support for Crossroads Church
Crossroads Church

The pastor of Crossroads Church was watching a movie with his daughter when it suddenly occurred to him, a movie theater would make an excellent church. There were plenty of rooms, large and small, that could facilitate services and classes. And the layout was perfect for the flow of people.

Sweet Bud Dispensary
Sweet Buds Dispensary

Jennifer Miller likes people and more than that, she likes to see people healthy and happy. So, when Maryland legalized medical cannabis, she began researching how she could bring it to her community and help those suffering from things like chronic pain, glaucoma and PTSD. In time, this led her to open Sweet Buds Dispensary in Frederick, MD.

Ransomware is still a threat

From REvil and Maze to Doppelpaymer and Ragnarlocker, the list of stealthier and more aggressive ransomware continues to grow every passing day. Despite recent efforts to curb cyber extortion, ransomware is still a very real and formidable threat for businesses of all sizes. Hackers are increasingly seeking out those who fail to adequately protect their IT environment. In fact, small businesses accounted for 71% of ransomware attacks in 2018; a trend that has no signs of slowing in coming years.

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