Happy New Year! To start the year off right, we are going to look back at some of our big moments from 2015. In this blog post, we have compiled Orion’s top blog posts for 2015, along with some of our biggest news announcements.
Orion’s Top Blog Posts for 2015
9 Tips for a Secure Password
We have talked a lot over the past year about the importance of having a secure password. It really is essential to a strong security posture. After all, why would a cyber criminal or hacker spend hours trying to get into a system if they can easily access everything they need through a password? Check out this blog post for top hints on making sure that your password is secure.
The Evolution of SIEM
Security Incident and Event Management has become a huge topic within both the Information Security and Compliance Regulatory industries. The entire concept revolves around how a business reacts to a situation once it occurs, and its been somewhat of a moving target ever since the term was first created. In this blog post, our security expert Reid Eastburn walks through some of the high points in the SIEM evolution.
Signs of a Great Managed Services Provider
The Managed Services industry has changed so quickly over the past few years. During this transition, managed services has taken on many different shapes and forms as various companies provide their own version. When looking for a MSP to support your business, it is imperative that you find a company that has the same view point as you do, so that you get the services you need. You should also look for an established company, with SLA’s that are clearly defined around up-time, backups, support availability, so you know exactly what you are getting into.
If you are considering managed services for your organization, read this full blog post so that you know exactly what to look for in a Managed Services Provider.
The 7 Deadly IT Sins
This blog post kicked off a 7-week series for the Orion team in which we discussed the 7 Deadly IT Sins that had been defined by our security partner Sophos. This series covers various topics that are a regular problem for organizations of all sizes, including: mobile devices, Macs, un-secure Wi-Fi, Firewalls, and others. Many of these problems exist because the assumption of what it would take to tackle them is overwhelming. However, in each of these posts we walk through exactly how you can protect yourself from these challenges.
To learn more about the 7 Deadly IT Sins, click here to view their landing page.
ABCs of Why Organizations are Switching to Managed Services
When it comes to managed services, if you have partnered with a good company, the sky is really the limit as far as what they could help your business with. In this blog post, we name the ABCs of Managed Services so that you get a full understanding of everything that Orion could help you with, from Accountability, to Zero Worries.
Click here to see the full list of ABCs of Why Organizations are Switching to Managed Services.
Cloud Security Questions to Ask Your Service Provider
Cloud service offerings come in all shapes and sizes. For many organizations, it becomes unclear on exactly what the details of the cloud service agreement are. In this blog post, we sit down with Orion’s Manager of Cloud Services, Chris Church, to discuss various security questions that every organization should be asking their cloud provider.
What Makes Great Customer Service
No one enjoys having technical problems. The hallmark of a great managed services organization is how they handle the calls that their clients make when they need technical support. In this blog post, we sit down with our Manager of Support Services Chris Railey to discuss what great customer service is made of, and how far great customer service can go in a situation where nearly everyone calling in for support is already a little put off from their normal day.
Keys to Business IT Scalability and Reliability
Business technology today is about more than having a computer system that is merely working. Technology has become so engrained in all aspects of our life that it has to be ready to support your current business needs, as well as the needs of the future. The key to making this happen does not lie in having the budget to purchase a new server every 3 months, but rather in understanding how to make your IT scalable.
In this blog post, we outline the 5 keys to IT scalability and reliability that will help you to ensure you can benefit from your technology investments both now, and in the future. Click here to read this full post.
Ultimate List of Disaster Recovery Testing Scenarios
Effective and regular testing of a disaster recovery plan is the only way to know that in the event of a real emergency, the plan will actually work. However, keeping your employees on their toes is the best way to test the DR plan, and continuously coming up with new scenarios is no easy task. In this blog post, we provide you with the ultimate list of disaster recovery testing scenarios so that you don’t have to worry about keeping up with different plans.
What to Include in your IT Security Policy
Having a thoroughly developed IT Security Policy requires that you think about the risks facing your organization from many angles. In this blog post, we created a check list for you of all the items that need to be taken into consideration when you are mapping out your policy documentation.
Client Interview: Advocate CEO Scott Fogle
In this blog post, Orion’s marketing team interviewed our client Scott Fogle, the CEO of Advocate, on what his experience with Orion has been like. Fogle walks through the benefits that Orion has provided to his company, and what his experience with the people of Orion has been like through the years.
Crafting the Next Generation of Cyber Security Professionals
As we wrapped up our blog posts supporting National Security Awareness Month here at Orion, we took some time to look to the future. Orion’s VP of Security Services Mark McKinney wrote a post detailing his thoughts on what it will take to fight the next generation of cyber threats, and how security professionals should evolve to meet these demands.
Check out what Mark says the future of cyber security professionals need to be successful. Click here to read the full blog post.
Top News Announcements from 2015
Team Orion Freezin for a Reason at Polar Plunge 2015
Team Orion took the plunge! Our team members jumped into the freezing cold waters of Lake Lanier to support Georgia Special Olympics. Click here to view our article and our pictures from Polar Plunge 2015.
Orion Named to MSPMentor Annual List of top Managed Service Providers
Orion was named one of the top managed service providers in the world. This annual list ranks managed service providers from around the world on a series of criteria, including revenue growth, services offered, and customer devices managed. To read more about our recognition by MSPMentor, click here.
Orion Named 28th Fastest Growing Private Company in Atlanta
Orion was named one of the fastest growing private companies in metro-Atlanta by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. To qualify for this award companies must operate within the 20-county Metro Atlanta area and have experienced a two-year growth in sales of more than 50% with 2014 revenues at more than $1 million. To read our full post about this award, click here.
Orion Wins Three Stevie Awards
This year Orion was also awarded three Stevie Awards by the American Business Awards. Our team was honored with two bronze awards and one silver award for our work over the past year. Check out more about these awards in our full press release.
Orion Announces Involvement in the Microsoft Devices Program
In August, Orion announced its participation in the Microsoft Devices Program, empowering the organization to resell Surface tablets and accessories to commercial customers. Involvement in the Microsoft Devices Program dovetails into Orion’s Microsoft end-to-end support strategy. Orion’s Microsoft support unit is a fully dedicated, authorized, and comprehensive team comprised of tenured product category specialists, retail specialists, and qualified licensing experts. Read our full press release covering this announcement here.
Orion Opened a New Office in Orlando
We are continuing to grow! Our team opened a new regional office in Orlando, extending its service offerings to be able to support the local thriving business community. Check out more about this move, and what Florida Governor Rick Scott had to say about it, in this press release.