It has been a year of change here at Advantage Technology. So, let’s take a look at the biggest stories with this year-end wrap up and then we’ll look to what technological wonders 2017 year has in store.
2016 has been a real banner year for technology. We’ve seen the mainstream finally come to terms with the need to take cyber security seriously with the hacks of Internet of Things devices, email hacking scandals and the rise of ransomware. We’ve learned that not everything you read on the Internet is true with the controversies surrounding “fake news” online. We’ve seen the proclamation that we’ve entered the post-PC era… again. Not to mention the fact that we might be in the post-headphone era.
Our telecommunications engineers have recently discovered a security vulnerability in the popular NEC SL1100 phone systems that can be exploited for toll fraud. Commonly known as “phreaking,” Toll fraud is the practice of exploiting vulnerabilities in phone systems and is quite possibly the oldest form of hacking. To this day, phreaking accounts for more monetary damage than credit card fraud.
On Tuesday, December 13th, I returned to 580 WCHS’s Ask The Expert radio show with Dale Cooper to wrap up the year and talk about the dynamics of our innovative and relationship-driven company and take general tech support calls. At Advantage Technology, we stand by the fact that Our Advantage is Our People and I discussed some of the most important characteristics of our company that has made us who we are today.
If you’ve ever had a hardware disaster, you know it comes at the most inconvenient of times. Even the smallest of businesses have huge amounts of data and protecting that data is essential to daily operations and productivity. There are many actions that a business can take to ensure protection from data threats and disasters. The primary and the most fundamental thing that needs to be in place is a data backup and recovery plan.
As the senior project manager at PCS Manage, Travis Arey likes to keep things simple. Technology is a tool his business needs to function properly, just like any business. So, when PCS Manage was facing system malfunctions, Mr.Arey handed it over to us at Advantage Technology.
On Tuesday, November eighth, I returned to 580 WCHS’s Ask the Expert radio show with Dale Cooper to talk to the audience about phone systems and telecommunications. I used this opportunity to discuss just how important phone systems are to a business and ways you can actually save money by allowing Advantage Technology to assess your systems and install a new one.
On November third, I was invited by the FBI’s Infragrad Coordinator, Michelle Pirtle, to present information concerning data security and cybercrime. Michelle is a special agent that travels the country to inform business about the proper measures to take when faced with a cybercrime attack. This meeting featured guest speakers from the Infragrad Partnership for Protection and others that were from surrounding businesses in the IT field.