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Enable Two-Factor Authentication

If you talk to any security expert about securing online accounts, the first thing they will tell you is “enable 2FA.” However if you start looking at the number of accounts where Two-Factor Authentication is purposely turned off or opted out of, you will be surprised at how high the number is. The reason for this is because most end users consider 2FA to be a nuisance, and don’t see the need for it when it comes to securing their accounts.

Focus on the Basics

I was meeting with a company the other day, and security was naturally brought up. In their opinion, they felt that they had a good handle on security and their overall network — they perform security awareness training, they have a SIEM solution, they have AD monitoring and firewall monitoring, and a plethora of other items that would keep their business safe. Digging in deeper I started asking about what types of incidents they got notified for, and how do they get notified? That was when I realized that they were trying to do everything correctly, but they didn’t actually have the manpower to do everything they wanted.

Benefits of Microsoft Teams: A Communication and Collaboration Hub

Teams is Microsoft’s premiere communication and collaboration tool. It has now replaced Skype, which was strictly a chat and calling platform; however, Teams’ capabilities are far greater than its predecessor. It is a four-in-one shared workplace that streamlines messaging and chat, meetings and file sharing, calling, and app integration.

Businesses often utilize Teams to increase productivity, improve collaboration and enable innovation across their entire organization.

Thrive Named to ChannelE2E Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs: 2019 Edition

Fourth-Annual List Reveals Leading MSPs In Healthcare, Government, Financial Services, Manufacturing & More

Foxborough, MA, April 29, 2019 — Thrive, a premier provider of Next Generation Managed Services has been named to After Nines Inc.’s ChannelE2E Top 100 Vertical Market MSPs list and research for 2019. The annual list and research identify and honor the top 100 managed services providers (MSPs) in healthcare, government, financial services, manufacturing, legal, not-for-profit and additional vertical markets.

Thrive Named One of 2019 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN®

Tech Elite 250 List Recognizes Highest Achieving IT Solution Providers in Vendor Certifications

Thrive proudly announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Thrive to its 2019 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors a select group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology suppliers, scaled to their company size. These companies have distinguished themselves with multiple, top-level IT certifications, specializations, and partner program designations from the industry’s most prestigious technology providers.

Personal Cybersecurity – How Secure Are You?

Normally I talk about how to setup your work network to be more secure. Today, I want to talk about your personal security. Not physical security, but virtual security. Most people do not want to tinker with their home network. I don’t blame you, neither do I. I just want my home network to work… mostly because if it breaks, then all the kids will come running wondering why the sky is falling.

But for personal technology, there are some practical steps that will help make you more secure.

Thrive Named to the Elite 150 of CRN’s MSP 500 List

Thrive is proud to announce that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named us to its 2019 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Elite 150 category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with innovative approaches to managed services. These services help customers improve operational efficiencies, maximize return on IT investments, and continuously help them navigate the complexities of IT solutions.

Erik Young Recognized to CRN’s 2019 Channel Chiefs List

This morning, CRN published their 2019 Channel Chiefs list of the 50 most influential executives that drive the channel agenda and evangelize the importance of channel partnerships. We are pleased to announce that Thrive’s very own, Erik Young, VP, Channel Sales, was recognized with this esteemed award.

Read his bio and interview below.

What Can We Learn from the Super Bowl?

While I’m sure we can learn something, I think we can all agree defense is boring. The same is true for security. Your defensive security, that blocked someone from potentially getting into your network, is a lot less impressive than saying you hacked NASA.

But to win the Super Bowl the Patriots defense needed to be one step ahead. Yes, Tom Brady is who everyone talks about, but if the defense hadn’t done their job, they would not have won the game.

So, I’m going to spend the rest of this time talking defense. The unsung heroes.