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IT Costs in 2019 – How businesses are budgeting for IT

We may not be finance experts, but we do know that IT expenses should be worked into your annual budget. A recent survey, The 2019 State of IT report, was conducted in July 2018 and consists of data collected from 780 business technology buyers from organizations across North America and Europe. The survey details how different sized businesses will be spending their tech budgets this year.

The trends reported for 2019 should be encouraging to everyone as they reflect business growth. Below are key trends businesses are reporting regarding their IT budgets. We are excited to see how the IT industry grows in leaps and bounds this year and beyond.

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Microsoft Releases Security Patch due to Looming Threats

Could last month’s WannaCry Ransomware attacks be considered a “warning shot” in the war of cybersecurity? Microsoft seems to think so.

On June 13, 2017 Microsoft released new security patches with the purpose of protecting computers from the “elevated risk for destructive cyberattacks.” The looming threat is so imminent that Microsoft not only sent out the update to supported versions of Windows, but toWindows XP and Windows Server 2003 as well. This is especially notable because these two operating systems are no longer under support of Microsoft, yet received downloadable protection anyways.

It is currently unknown if Microsoft has a confirmed suspicion of an upcoming attack from government officials or security researchers. But it seems this patch is more than just a routine security update. Eric Doerr, general manager of the Microsoft Security Response Center, states that security updates “address vulnerabilities that are at [heightened] risk of exploitation due to past nation-state activity and disclosures.” This means it is likely Microsoft has received some type of warning of future strikes.

As the battle of of cybersecurity continues forward, it is important to protect yourself and your computer with all the shields possible. So keep on the lookout for critical updates to assure software safety.