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13 05, 2019

Communicating after a Cyber Attack

2019-08-14T16:31:04+00:00May 13th, 2019|Tags: , , , , |

Organizations of all sizes are at risk for cyber attacks that can cripple operations and cause lasting damage. Businesses must have a plan in place for communicating with customers in the event of an attack so as to minimize losses. We are happy to share some information from our partners at Pronto Recovery about planning your communication and response after a cyber attack. The costs of a cyber crime The price tag of a security breach is staggering, with an average cost of $1.2 million. Cyber crime will cost the world in excess of $6 trillion annually by 2021 and financial costs are not the only consequences. Ransomware attacks are the #1 cyber threat to businesses and are growing at a yearly rate of 350%. These often start with a simple phishing email and can lead to the complete shutdown of business operations. One-third of companies surveyed claimed their company lost intellectual property due to a cyber-attack and 36% of them believe the attack reduced their competitive advantage. In today’s globalized business environment, organizations of all sizes face the prospect of falling victim to a cyber-attack or IT outage that could cause serious damage to its infrastructure and ability to operate. Despite the improvement of cyber-security techniques, criminals continue to develop sophisticated ways to disrupt systems and steal data. The need to prepare for cyber-attacks is more important than ever. According to Cisco’s 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report more than one third of the organizations that experienced a cyber breach in 2016 reported a loss of customers, business opportunities and [...]

1 05, 2019

Say hello to the new Imagit!

2019-07-25T19:31:05+00:00May 1st, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Big news! We are celebrating twenty years in business with a brand-new logo and brand identity! Over the next few months you’ll see the new logo and colors roll out on our website, social media, collateral, and anywhere we are in public. If you have used the Imagit logo in any of your marketing materials, please contact us and assist us in updating them. This rebrand comes after careful consideration of our name, presence, industry, and vision for the future. Years ago, we launched the Imagit name under this logo and slogan. Our goal was to provide businesses with comprehensive IT services, delivering cutting-edge solutions for complex problems. Imagit was built on providing exceptional customer service with the most trusted technicians in the field. Originally serving only smaller businesses, today we fully support organizations who have thousands of locations globally. Today we are still in the field every day delivering innovative solutions and completing large multi-site projects for clients and partners everywhere. As we look to the future, we want to embrace our greatest strengths as a company. Our vision and mission reflect our strengths and the goals that we strive for. Imagit is recognized in the tech industry as the go to network engineering partner, guaranteeing impressive and integrity-based results. We are proven, brave, curious, passionate, determined and lots of fun… people like us! In a world where many technology companies are rather faceless, completing work remotely and outsourcing customer service, Imagit takes a different approach. Our focus on relationships brought us to [...]

15 03, 2019

Imagit Solutions Exhibits at Data Center World 2019

2019-07-29T20:34:31+00:00March 15th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Imagit Solutions showcases nationwide network IT services at the leading conference and expo for data center and IT infrastructure professionals in Phoenix on March 19-22. Chicago, IL -- Imagit Solutions announced today it is exhibiting at Data Center World, a conference that brings together professionals in the data center, facilities, and IT infrastructure industries. This year’s event, scheduled for March 19-22 in Phoenix, AZ, will deliver expert strategy and insight on the technologies and concepts you need to know to plan, manage, and optimize your data center. Attendees will meet for four days of vendor-neutral education, industry-leading speakers, abundant networking, and broad access to vendors. “We’re at an inflection point in the data center industry where it’s more critical than ever for the buyers and sellers of data center technologies and services to be having the kind of dialogue that will advance the quality and reliability of the data center,” said Kelly Kocher, Marketing Leader, Informa Tech. “Having companies like Imagit as an exhibitor at DCW gives our attendees the knowledge and insight they need to be sure they’re making sound decisions for their businesses.” “Data Center World gives us a great platform to educate industry professionals about the key benefits of working with a global IT provider,” said Brian Gardner, CEO. “As an industry leader, we leverage our industry experience and best practices to help partners and end users improve productivity, maximize resources, and strategically plan for future growth.” Meet Imagit during Data Center World at Booth 823 during the exhibitor events. We look [...]

28 02, 2019

MicroAge Awarded 2018 Channel Partner of the Year by Imagit

2019-05-16T17:55:44+00:00February 28th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Imagit Solutions recognizes MicroAge for it's achievements and accomplishments with the 2018 Channel Partner of the Year award. Chicago, IL -- MicroAge has been named 2018 Channel Partner of the Year by Imagit Solutions. This award recognizes and celebrates a partner who has excelled in growing mutual business opportunities and has shown dedication to developing their partnership with Imagit. “Our partnership with MicroAge has grown rapidly thanks to dedicated teamwork on both sides. We’re pleased to recognize the MicroAge team with this award, and we look forward to continuing to grow our business relationship. MicroAge is a standout among a group of high performers.” said Brian Gardner, CEO of Imagit Solutions. “As technology advances, companies need the products and services that enable them to embrace innovation. With MicroAge, we can collaboratively deliver expert technology solutions to clients that allow them to thrive in today’s business world.” Imagit partners with value-added resellers, managed service providers, and technology solution providers that are focused on delivering powerful business outcomes. Together with our global network of channel partners, we can jointly offer more value to our clients and an improved customer experience. We are dedicated to enabling mutual growth by delivering the expertise and resources that our partners have come to trust and expect from us. “Imagit has been an outstanding partner for MicroAge and their responsiveness, professionalism and excellent work has been our reason for our continued growth.” said Larry Fulop, Vice President of Technology Solutions at MicroAge. “We look forward to continuing to grow this partnership [...]

12 02, 2019

Imagit Solutions Receives 2018 Best of Chicago Award

2019-05-16T17:55:44+00:00February 12th, 2019|Tags: , , , |

Imagit Solutions is recognized for it's achievements and accomplishments with the 2018 Best of Chicago Award. Chicago, IL -- Imagit Solutions has been selected for the 2018 Best of Chicago Award in the IT Services and Support category by the Chicago Award Program. Each year, the Chicago Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Chicago area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2018 Chicago Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Chicago Award Program and data provided by third parties. About Chicago Award Program The Chicago Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Chicago area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value. The Chicago Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy. Imagit Solutions is a network engineering [...]

29 12, 2018

ImagIT Wins National Best and Brightest Award!

2019-07-29T20:33:21+00:00December 29th, 2018|Tags: , , |

ImagIT wins the National Best and Brightest Company to Work For award! Winning this award recognizes the high value ImagIT places on employee satisfaction, retention, and commitment to employees. Chicago, IL -- ImagIT Solutions, a network engineering firm providing IT services nationwide, has been named one of the nation’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). This award recognizes and honors companies that excel in employee engagement and satisfaction by delivering excellent human resource practices. Companies are assessed for the Best and Brightest award by an independent research firm against other comparable businesses for several key measures. Winners of the award are chosen for their exceptional processes in engagement and retention, compensation and benefits, education and development, recruitment, diversity, achievement and recognition, work-life balance, community initiatives, and strategic company performance. These practices are evaluated along with employee satisfaction surveys to establish winning companies. The Best and Brightest assessment found ImagIT to be within the top companies for these important categories thanks to our clear focus. When asked about company culture Director Joe Bedalow says, “It sounds simple but our successful recipe for a productive culture has never changed: work hard, care for and respect your co-workers, and do what’s best for the end user.” ImagIT is proud to be recognized for an outstanding commitment to employees and a dedication to future growth of the company through its employees. When asked what this award meant to him, CEO Brian Gardner replied, “This award showcases what I had [...]

18 12, 2018

The votes are in: Imagit Wins Two Awards at ChannelPro SMB Forum 2018!

2019-05-16T19:00:59+00:00December 18th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Imagit wins the Best Solution Presentation and the Best Silver Selfie Video at ChannelPro SMB Forum 2018. Chicago, IL -- Imagit Solutions, a network engineering firm based in Chicago providing multi-national IT services, has been chosen by ChannelPro as winner of the Best Solution Presentation and the Best Silver Selfie Video! Imagit was voted winner in these categories at the ChannelPro SMB Forum, a full-day live event for channel resellers, integrators, consultants, and managed service providers. ChannelPro Network is a premier source of business and technology insights for IT channel partners who serve small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and its forum, held in November in Long Beach, CA, offered interactive, in-depth conversations with some of the industry’s top channel pros. Attendees viewed presentations and products at the event, and voted for best-in-class solutions and services. Imagit's unique business model and manner of presentation led attendees to vote it the winner in two categories. "Imagit is proud to serve the channel community by providing on-site support for MSPs, VARs, and IT professionals and we are happy to have this opportunity to showcase our services directly to industry decision makers," said Brian Gardner, CEO. "Imagit is honored to have won two awards thanks to votes from the channel community and People Like Us. We were built on partner relationships and we continue to deliver a high value to our partners as the IT community becomes a global ecosystem." Learn how you can expand your business with Imagit's engineers, how our support model benefits MSPs and Channel Partners, [...]

14 12, 2018

CompTIA State of the Channel Study Highlights Need for Partnerships

2019-05-16T19:00:28+00:00December 14th, 2018|Tags: , , , , , |

CompTIA’s yearly State of the Channel report covers trends in the technology ecosystem by surveying hundreds of U.S. IT businesses. We looked at their 2018 report as it pertains to channel partnership trends and found some key information that we’d like to share with you. Optimism for the Future CompTIA reports that businesses in the channel are very optimistic for the future. The report states, “Nearly across the board, respondents in 2018 ranked factors that bolster good feelings about the channel’s future significantly higher than they did two years ago. The broader use of technology among customers, for example, inspired optimism for the future in 37% of 2016’s respondents; in 2018 that figure jumped to 52%.” However, businesses face concerns when it comes to the availability of skilled IT workers, a gap that CompTIA says the channel hopes to “tackle with the help of third-party experts.” Creating Agility Within the Channel As the IT channel grows and gains momentum businesses must be agile to maintain growth. More and more clients are looking for a technology provider that has expertise in a broad array of skills and can provide comprehensive support. Despite the fact that it is nearly impossible for one provider to effectively deliver on all solutions and services, the client wants “one throat to choke” and will look for a provider who can fully manage their technology. Organizations miss out on valuable business when they are unable to meet specific needs for their clients and may even face losing the client completely to [...]

11 12, 2018

ImagIT Business Director Named to CompTIA Future Leaders Council

2019-06-06T22:02:46+00:00December 11th, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Michael Shutkas of ImagIT Solutions joins the Computing Technology Industry Association's Future Leaders Community Executive Council for 2019. Chicago, IL -- ImagIT’s Michael Shutkas has been voted into CompTIA’s Future Leaders Community Executive Council. Michael has been a CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) member for three years as part of his role as Business Director at multinational IT company ImagIT Solutions. He has been successful in that role thanks to a strong focus on education and business relationships. With ImagIT, Michael has helped countless organizations find the ideal IT solution for their need, spanning from part/full-time staff augmentation, to break/fix contracts, to ad hoc project-based engagements with a complete project management team. Michael is based out of ImagIT’s headquarters in Chicago, IL. CompTIA Communities are member-driven groups focused on advancing the IT industry, building business relationships, and sharing ideas and experience. The association has 10 communities, and each is specific to a technology, business model, geographic territory, or industry cause. The CompTIA Future Leaders Community was founded with the idea of understanding and embracing the multi-generational workforce and building best practices by: Providing guidance on how companies should position themselves to best leverage the talent and skills from diverse generations Building programs to mentor future leaders to take on leadership positions as the baby boomers retire by providing opportunities for older generations to develop a deeper understanding of the needs and drivers for millennials as they grow in their careers Capturing and communicating the IT needs of future leaders as a means of uncovering new [...]

10 10, 2018

50 Million Facebook Accounts Compromised

2019-07-05T17:22:17+00:00October 10th, 2018|Tags: , |

Facebook has announced a massive data breach affecting almost 50 million accounts. This breach, the largest in the company’s history, was discovered on September 25 and announced three days later. So far there is little information about the full impact, the motive, who may have been targeted, or whether the data accessed was misused. Here’s what we do know: What Happened Vulnerabilities in Facebook’s code allowed attackers to directly take over user accounts by stealing “access tokens” which are essentially keys to an account. These tokens act as authorization that keeps users logged in to their accounts over time without having to re-enter a password. Facebook discovered the breach because it noticed an unusual spike in users on September 16, prompting investigation. The company has said that the attackers could see everything in a victim’s profile, though there is still no information about the potential misuse of this data. According to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, “So far, our initial investigation has not shown that these tokens were used to access any private messages or posts or to post anything to these accounts, but this, of course, may change as we learn more.” Facebook has stated that passwords and payment information were not compromised. how accounts were accessed This breach was made possible because of three distinct flaws in Facebook’s code that, combined, allowed attackers to see a user’s access token in the page’s HTML. This vulnerability has existed since July 2017 when Facebook implemented new video upload functionality. The “View As” page, normally a read [...]

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