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Microsoft solutions addressing cybersecurity concerns
Each year, hundreds of K-12 schools in the U.S. alone experience cyberattacks, including 408 schools that publicly disclosed them in 2020, up 18% from the previous year, according to the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center1.
Fulton County Schools, the fourth-largest school system in Georgia, has learned just how valuable it is to put a top-notch security system in place. To defend against threats, Dr. Emily Bell, Fulton County Schools’ Chief Information Officer (CIO), implemented robust planning that involved educating and communicating with school leaders and staff about cybersecurity. Microsoft resources were a part of their well-rounded cybersecurity strategy.
“As a Chief Information Officer, it is incumbent upon me to make sure that my leadership is aware of our cybersecurity incident response process,” said Dr. Bell. “I also want to educate district leaders on our cyber insurance coverage and what that means.”
Fulton County Schools relied on Microsoft Defender for Office 365 to keep all its devices and technology safe and secure, and to help prevent disruptions to student learning. Continue reading article.
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Mark Zuckerburg hasn't been short on innovative ideas, but his latest announcement of a new metaverse might be the most surprising yet.
The Metaverse aims to be a 3D-style, virtual reality platform where users can do just about anything digitally that they could do in real life.
For Star Trek fans the concept of teleportation and holographic experiences is nothing new. The benefits of being able to pause reality and enter a more imaginative, but controlled, space are endless.
For many who now work from home, a virtual office would allow for easier collaboration, project management, and not-just-your-face-to-face meetings. Perhaps some employers will encourage Casual Avatar Fridays, where employees can let loose and show up as a dragon or Dwight from The Office.
What's the Metaverse going to do to my internet speeds?!
- What would be easier in a 3D environment?
- What new way could your customers be engaged in 3D?
- What new products/services could you offer if you could interact virtually with each customer?
- How could your staff complete tasks faster or more easily?
Want to imagine how the Metaverse might impact your business?
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To help determine the best options we'll first explore:
- What internet services does your business have in place currently?
- Is the current service meeting your needs or falling short?
- What kind of growth or changes are you anticipating that might affect your bandwidth needs?
Every business has unique needs. The benefit of working with Simplified Communications, is that, as an independent broker, we can put together an ideal package, utilizing the best services available.
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What's your type--of Internet?
There are 6 different types of internet.
Get up to speed on which one is your type.
Uses fiber optic cables to deliver the fastest speeds. Only available in areas that have invested in this costly infrastructure.
Shares technology with the cables uses for cable TV. Fast and readily available in most communities.
DSL or copper
It looks like a phone line, but has slightly different technology running in the Digital Subscriber Line wires. Available through phone services, and offers medium speeds.
Fixed wireless internet is a high-speed internet service for rural and underserved areas. Internet is sent from the main access point to individual receivers installed at businesses, farms, and homes.
LTE stands for Long Term Evolution. This service refers to a 4G wireless standard that provides the fastest internet speeds for smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.
Satellite internet is delivered wirelessly to the receiver, but requires wires to transport the signal. Satellite internet has bandwidth comparable to DSL and cable but can often feel slower due to latency.
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You think your internet is slow.
"My computer is frozen" takes on a whole new meaning.
That's because the internet is too slow to stream anything, Josiah Horneman, a physician assistant working at the station, told Insider.
Antarctica has not been connected to the network of underwater cables that carry data around the world. Instead, the remote station relies on satellites to get their internet, as Horneman explains in this TikTok post below:
brief description of our internet! #southpole #antarctica #dailylife #internet♬ original sound - JoeSpinsTheGlobe
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Fiber Based Internet Services
Fiber based internet services are no longer out of reach for typical business owners. While the cost of fiber based internet is still higher than other options, the price is on the decline.
What is lost in hard costs may be made up for in increased speed and productivity.
Fiber has a much higher quality than traditional internet service.
Quality is measured in milliseconds and is referred to as latency and jitter. Fiber optic cabling provides lower latency and lower jitter, and also guarantees certain quality levels are met.
What sets Fiber apart from traditional internet?
Higher upload speeds are a major benefit of using Fiber Internet. Most carriers who provide fiber internet connections have synchronous bandwidth, which means you'll enjoy the same download and upload speeds.
Synchronous bandwidths and faster upload speeds are key for businesses employing remote workers who are sending files and documents to a server or the cloud.
Fiber Internet services are recommended for small to large businesses in any industry relying on the internet to keep operations and sales running smoothly and quickly. Not sure if this is a good fit for you? We can help identify the costs and return on investment.
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The retirements are due primarily to growth in the areas. CenturyLink will replace copper loops with fiber loops as customers migrate to higher speed broadband. It provides that broadband over its fiber-to-the-home overlay architecture.
CenturyLink copper retirement will happen in parts of Arizona, Colorado, Minnesota, Nebraska, Oregon, Utah and Washington. The company scheduled the fiber implementations for September.
Randy Clarke is CenturyLink’s vice president of federal regulatory affairs. He said his company “constantly strives” to exceed its customers’ expectations.
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