It’s an understatement to say that information technology (IT) talent is in extremely high demand and as a result the price for tech talent is escalating. The problem is furthered because there just aren’t enough people with the right skills. According to the Appendix I of 2016 Colorado Talent Pipeline Report “despite growth in postsecondary program completions in related disciplines, the number of emerging graduates still has not been adequate in meeting employer demand.” In addition, Colorado’s overall unemployment rate is the lowest in the nation, currently sitting at 2.3% (as of June, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics). This translates to challenges for employers who need to source top technical talent (learn more about building Colorado’s tech talent pipeline here).
Cybersecurity is an increasingly important business focus. One of the most important pieces of any security solution is making sure your employees have the knowledge and understanding to protect themselves against security threats.
Please join us in congratulating our own Annette Quintana for being the 2017 Business, Innovation, Science, And Technology Colorado Latino Hall of Fame inductee! Annette has demonstrated courageous leadership as a Latina in technology and an innovative entrepreneur while simultaneously making our community a better place to live. Every day, she inspires us at Istonish to be a company of technology leaders and to deliver a higher level of excellence and value to our customers, our fellow employees, and our community. For an in-depth profile, please check out this piece by 9News Denver.
Let’s be honest. Not all organizations WANT disclosures to be understood. If you’re a part of an organization that wishes to continue to exploit consumer misunderstanding, you can save yourself some wasted time and stop reading now. But if you’re interested in improving understanding and customer trust, please read on.
Giving back to the communities in which we do business has always been an important value at Istonish. And while this has taken many different forms over the years, supporting efforts to build a talent pipeline for the technology industry is an important focus area. With this in mind, we are proud to provide a cash award to the Colorado Technology Association (CTA) Apex Award winner for Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Educator of The Year.
Managed Service Providers (MSP) give you access to expert IT staff (without having to pay expert IT staff salaries!), act as an extension of your internal IT team, work directly with your vendors, and can even provide after-hours IT support. Make sure you consider the following ways a Managed Service Provider can cut your business costs when you make the decision outsource some or all of your IT team:
For more than 15 years, using advanced technology consisting of call handling equipment, Integrated Voice Response (IVR) technology, and proprietary software, Istonish has provided third party verification (TPV) services to the cable and telecommunications industry.
It's an understatement to say that network and data security is now an essential part of every business. Not a day goes by without news of another data hack our cybersecurity breach. Even small to medium-sized organizations are at significant risk and are oftentimes without adequate defense. For some, it starts with choosing the right firewall and one of the most important decisions is determining the right sized device. Istonish can help! The following considerations are critical to choosing a firewall that will work for your business:
A recent article by SecurityWeek confirms reports that the U.S. state and federal government's cybersecurity standing is ranked 16th out of 18 industry sectors. Commenting on the report, Sam Kassoumeh, COO and co-founder at SecurityScorecard, said, "On an almost daily basis, the institutions that underpin the nation's election system, military, finances, emergency response, transportation, and many more, are under constant attack from nation-states, criminal organizations, and hacktivists. Government agencies provide mission-critical services that, until they are compromised, most people take for granted." It is very concerning that these critical public sector organizations are some of the most vulnerable to cybersecurity attack.
Istonish is proud to work with the Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) to provide Managed IT Services and Security Assessments to Government Entities and State Municipalities. Based on 21 NIST industry standards (grading for impact and urgency), Istonish has created an assessment that not only yields a “point in time” appraisal of the current security profile of the organization, but also a detailed and prioritized list of remediation recommendations.
If you’re like majority of people, when you watch the Oscars, you place your attention on the winners in the acting categories and pay little attention to the awards given to set and costume designers, writers, animators, and other “behind the scenes” talent that create just as much magic as the actors and actresses who grace the screens. This too is the case with public safety and emergency response services in our communities. Most people are aware of the 911 dispatcher and the first responders who help people in need, but we often overlook the integral people working behind the scenes.