IT security

What is spear phishing and how can my company avoid it?

The average person receives 16 malicious emails per month. A 2018 study of 500,000,000 emails found one out of every 101 emails received were malicious. Are your employees properly educated about this? Or will they click a link that could cost the company millions? Most of the time, the greatest risk to your company’s internet security are the people who work for it (including you). One click on a malicious email—even one that looks like it comes from a friend—could seriously damage your company. New employees are the most at risk for being duped. [1] What is Spear Phishing?  Spear phishing is an attack in which hackers trick targeted users into sharing confidential information. It can also involve tricking the [...]

BUDGETING FOR IT IN 2018? BUILD UP THE BASICS

People don’t usually get too excited about the basics where technology is concerned. It’s not surprising. People are interested in what’s new, and technology is all about what’s new, what’s next, what’s going to change the world – new apps, new phones, and new services are where all the action is. That mindset extends beyond people to companies. When considering what to spend IT resources on, there can be a great temptation to be dazzled by the novelty of that supposedly world-changing new application, that lightning-fast machine or that must-have accessory. And sure – some of them are must-haves or at least extremely-good-to-haves. If they come at the cost of taking care of fundamentals, though, that’s a problem. A lot [...]

WIFI or WI-Spy : Avoiding the Perils of Public Networks

For some reason, it seems to be a well-kept secret that public networks are not exactly secure. Just about anywhere you may go in a given day -  coffee shops, libraries, shopping malls, office buildings, your hotel – there’s a network just waiting for your device to join it. Convenient? Sure. But from a security standpoint, this is not a good thing. Try telling that to a convenience-driven society that’s grown quite used to shopping, checking its email, dating, doing its banking, and chatting on social media, whenever and wherever it wants to. Despite the publicity given to data theft and identity theft, many if not most people don’t change their online behavior on vulnerable public networks, or even take [...]

Eight is Great!

Red Level named as one of "Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" for eighth consecutive year Not to be arrogant, but we kinda thought this might be coming. For the eighth year in a row, Red Level's been named to the National Association of Business Resources' Detroit's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For list. That makes us very happy, just as it has for each of the last seven years - even if we aren't completely surprised. In all honesty, any well-run business should have at least some idea as to how well it's performing according to a variety of metrics beyond dollars and cents. To our way of thinking, one of these has to [...]

YES, WE REALLY ARE THAT COOL!

It’s official: Red Level is decidedly cool. You don’t have to take our word for it. Just ask Crain’s, or the folks at Best Companies Group – they’ll tell you. In fact, they’re telling the world. And we’re not shy, so we’ll announce it too: Red Level has been officially been proclaimed one of the 2017 Cool Places To Work in Michigan by Crain’s Detroit Business. We couldn’t be more pleased. “Cool,” of course, means different things to different people. Depending on your perspective, it could mean having a “Bring your Lhasa-apso to work day,” an indoor lacrosse field, or hot and cold running Red Bull. We’re not cool in that way. But we seem to be cool enough to [...]

For the 6th Time, Red Level Appears on the Inc. 5000 list, Posting Three-Year Sales Growth of 50%

Novi, Michigan-August 18, 2017 – Inc. magazine today ranked Red Level at NO. 4648 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment— its independent small and midsized businesses. Companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees of the Inc. 5000. “We are certainly tremendously pleased to find ourselves included in the Inc. 5000 again,” says Dave King, Red Level CEO. “Recognition such as this is certainly a badge of honor, coming as it does from a publication that’s [...]

RED LEVEL AWARDED CORP! MAGAZINE “MICHIGAN’S ECONOMIC BRIGHT SPOTS” HONOR FOR SECOND SUCCESSIVE YEAR

The Warren-based business magazine Corp! has selected Red Level as one of its “Michigan Economic Bright Spots” for the second year in a row. The award is given to acknowledge businesses whose growth, profitability, and increasing employee levels distinguish them in their fields and as contributors to their communities. Corp! honors a wide range of companies in virtually all industries with “Economic Bright Spot” honors, with sizes ranging from small family firms to Fortune 500 enterprises. Corp!’s panel of independent judges reviews hundreds of area businesses’ nominations to identify a select number of standout companies. The award is a distinction shared by a only a small number of Michigan technology firms. Red Level CEO David King is especially pleased to [...]

You’ve come a long way, baby…

In 2004, Trucker hats topped everyone's head and The Incredibles topped the box office. MySpace was all the buzz in social media and flip phones buzzed in your pocket. Snoop Dogg dropped it like it was hot and Friends wrapped up their series run. That same year, three friends decided to become entrepreneurs and start something remarkable. A lot can change in 13 years. At least one thing hasn't. Red Level is still the company to call for game-changing IT services. Thanks for taking the leap all those years ago, Dave, Ed and Rob. We're excited for what comes next. Happy 13th Birthday, Red Level!

Google Docs Phishing Attack

If you haven’t seen the news alerts, there is a unique phishing attack going viral today exploiting Google Docs. It starts very legitimate using Google’s genuine sign-in page and then authorizes a malicious app named “Google Docs” to access your Gmail email and address book. For full details, see: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2017/05/03/why-this-google-docs-phishing-attack-is-particularly-sneaky I was sent an email by a legitimate business contact that may be a real example of this phishing attack but Microsoft shut it down in 2 ways: It moved it to my Junk Folder and blocked the link (see below) “SafeLinks” within Exchange Online’s Advanced Threat Protection (EO ATP) blocked it (see below) Make sure your organization doesn't fall victim to the latest phishing attack

Red Level Named to 2017 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN

Tech Elite 250 list recognizes IT solution providers with deep technical expertise and premier certifications Novi, Michigan, March 27, 2017 – Red Level, the Novi-based technology consulting firm, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named it to its 2017 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors, scaled to their company size. To compile the annual list, The Channel Company’s research group and CRN editors work together to identify the most customer-beneficial technical certifications in the North American IT channel. Solution providers that have obtained these elite designations—which enable them to deliver [...]