Upgrade Your Tech BEFORE the End (of Life)

  Upgrade tech BEFORE the End (of Life)  By Sean Gill, vCIO  “All good things must come to an end”, wrote Chaucer in his poem, Troilus and Criseyde. Alas, who knew that this would be particularly true in the realm of technology today? Many of us have fond memories of long-lost operating systems (Windows XP… Read more »

Reframing your approach to IT security decisions in 2022

Reframing your approach to IT security decisions in 2022 By Sean Gill, vCIO  The IT Security landscape has shifted over the past couple of years. In an article from MIT Technology Review, it is reported that in 2021, more zero-day vulnerabilities were released than in the past 10 years. This number nearly doubled the number… Read more »

How to ride a wave of ravenous demand for products and services

  How to ride a wave of ravenous demand for products and services By Russ Levanway, President Last year, so many of us had to cope with things we never even considered would happen. I don’t have to go into detail, of course — we all lived it. From working remotely, to COVID protocols, to… Read more »

Understanding The Enemy + Why Your Antivirus Isn’t Enough

  Understanding The Enemy + Why Your Antivirus Isn’t Enough By Russ Levanway, President You probably saw a dominant story in the news a couple of months ago about a major fuel shortage across the eastern seaboard. The pipeline that provides almost half the oil to the northeast and south came under a cyber-attack. Gas… Read more »

Ditch the Drama: 5 Ways to Stay Ahead of The Hackers

  Ditch the Drama: 5 Ways to Stay Ahead of The Hackers By Russ Levanway, President Ransomware attacks are getting to the point where they are becoming existential threats to organizations and can disrupt entire industries and supply chains.  If it wasn’t serious before, it is now.  Furthermore, hackers are increasingly sophisticated and daring, and… Read more »

Inflection Point

Inflection Point By Russ Levanway, President Throughout the course of a human life, our brains are constantly changing. This neuroplasticity is very good news for anyone hoping to take up the ukulele or overcome a phobia. But at certain stages, the brain makes especially big leaps. One of those leaps happens in adolescence, between childhood… Read more »

Where Planning Has Its Limits

Where Planning Has Its Limits By Russ Levanway, President With the new year, I’ve been thinking a lot about where we are now versus where we were this time in 2020. This might be stating the obvious, but many assumptions we had going into 2020 have been turned on their head.  Going into 2020, everything… Read more »

Holiday Tech Refresh Guide

Recommendations- Tech Refreshes & Holiday Upgrades Why would CIO Solutions, a managed service provider for business, be giving suggestions for personal technology devices? WFH has put consumer devices into corporate environments. Although we would love for all WFH environments to have business class devices we recognize that this isn't always possible. Accordingly, we can help... Read more »

An unexpected trick to becoming a successful manager

An unexpected trick to becoming a successful manager By Russ Levanway, President In January, when our leadership team picked up the book Under the Hood: Fire Up and Fine-Tune Your Employee Culture by Stan Slap, we had no idea how important it would become later in the year. The book addresses how to keep a… Read more »

Working from home? Don’t sacrifice your health or comfort

Working from home? Don’t sacrifice your health or comfort. By Russ Levanway, President A lot of us started working from home last March without any idea how long the situation would go on. Maybe we thought it was temporary; everything would be back to normal in a couple of months or so, right? That’s what… Read more »