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TCG awarded Honorable Mention from Corridor Nine

April 8, 2014

Congratulations on Your Nomination!

I'm delighted to inform you that your company is receiving an "Honorable Mention" for your support of local education at the Corridor Nine Chamber's March Membership Breakfast. Corridor Nine is proud to recognize all the members that have supported education at our Annual Scholastic and Champion of Education Awards breakfast.

During the breakfast, we will ask you to stand to be recognized for your contribution to local education. Your company name has been placed on our "Honorable Mention" list that we distribute to the 200 attendees at the recognition breakfast.

Corridor Nine works very closely with the schools in our region through our School/Business Partnership program. The schools recognize the tremendous support they receive from the business community and submit nominations for our "Champions of Education" awards. The Champion of Education awards are given to individuals and business members who have contributed time, talent and/or resources to our schools in Westborough, Northborough, Shrewsbury and Southborough. Below is a list of the criteria the schools used to submit a nomination.

Champion of Education Awards Criteria for Nomination:

• Financial Support: sponsorship of mini-grant or scholarship, sponsorships for annual scholarship golf tournament, donation of a prize for golf tournament, direct donation to a school
• Volunteer Service for a school/business partnership program
• Materials or Equipment Donation: donation of supplies such as books, pens and pencils, markers, envelopes, transparencies, binders, chairs, file cabinets, furniture, dry erase boards, bulletin boards, wall/cubicle dividers, bookcases, tables, desktop computers, laptops, printers, calculators, lab equipment, etc.
• Business Expertise: speakers for career days, judges for science fairs and senior presentations, mock interviews, homework seminars, English as a Second Language student and family instruction, financial planning seminars for students, making good life choices seminars for students, student internships, teacher externships, engineering assistance for robotics teams and school projects, community representatives on school advisory councils
• Other: printing services (school handbooks, brochures, newsletters, reading lists), buses for school field trips, student scholarships for vacation-week sports camp, scholarships for study skills program, school T-shirts, food for school events, jobs for special needs students, even a truck!

Understanding BYOD Security Issues

February 21, 2014

Bring your own device. It’s the new trend taking over the work place: employees are using their own mobile devices for work purposes. Contrary to what you may think about mobile devices being distracting, businesses can actually benefit from employees using their own mobile devices for reasons such as cost savings, enhanced productivity and better communication. Although BYOD comes with many benefits, it also has many drawbacks, one of the major ones being security. 
 
The two major security threats there are when it comes to bringing your own device to work are employees taking data out or viruses coming in – essentially threatening the entire organization. InformationWeek even went so far to say that BYOD is equivalent to Bring Your Own Malware, after taking the risks of bringing your own device into consideration. Employees typically think that only their personal devices are at risk however they might be surprised to hear that by just plugging their phone into a USB port they could accidentally give the computer a virus.
 
Companies should make a best effort to protect their information through added security precautions to safeguard their intellectual property and the overall health of the corporate network. However, businesses that have very sensitive information (such as social security, names, addresses, credit card numbers, health information, etc.) should make every reasonable effort to protect that information. Requirements for compliance like PCI, HIPAA and the like can carry hefty financial penalties for breach of information, especially if found to be negligent in that effort.

Many companies such as doctors offices or hospitals are "grossly noncompliant" according to the Wall Street Journal
In all cases, companies should take extra precautions by setting some guidelines and educating their employees on technology security if they choose to use their personal device for work purposes. A few of the basic security precautions that companies can take include ensuring that employees have security codes on their devices, setting limits for using devices in the work place, and educating employees on what to do if their device is lost. TechRepublic explains that BYOD can typically be pricy, therefore companies can cut down their costs by implementing specific guidelines. Companies can enforce these policies through HR by requiring employees to sign a contract saying that they understand and will comply with all policies when using their personal devices for work purposes. Conversely, companies can force these policies by implementing low cost Server Based Policies that govern the device that will in fact give the user no choice but to comply. The former still leaves you vulnerable to human error while the latter may not be received well by the employee.

The fact remains clear, as people are starting to integrate personal devices more often in the work place, it is very important that security is not compromised or else there may not be a company to go back to work to.

TCG Networks is acknowledged as the Official IT Services Partners of the Boston Cannons

February 13, 2014

BOSTON, MA (February, 11, 2014) The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, have announced a renewed partnership with TCG Network Services, acknowledged as the official IT Services Partner of the Boston Cannons.


Other elements of the partnership include weekly Social Media TecTips, game day hospitality, charitable involvement through the Cannons Care scholarship program, and fan interaction. 

“We have had a great relationship with TCG over the past few seasons and are excited to welcome them back to the team,” Cannons VP & GM Kevin Barney stated. “We look forward to continuing this partnership for years to come.”

TCG covers all IT services and IT support in the Boston area, serving as the premier technology consultant for small and mid-sized businesses. Make sure to follow the Cannons on 
Facebook and Twitter for weekly “TecTips” to stay in the know! 

TCG monitors and manages all aspects of our Network and Security with TCG’s TecCare Managed Services. From migrating email to Microsoft Office 365 to providing onsite and Help Desk support, the Team at TCG Network Services is one vendor we count on to keep our organization up and running.

About the Boston Cannons

The Boston Cannons are one of the founding franchises of Major League Lacrosse, the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league. They began play in June of 2001 and currently host home games at Harvard Stadium. They won their first MLL Championship on August 28, 2011.  Season tickets for the 2014 season are now on sale. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 617.746.9933 or visit 
www.BostonCannons.com

About TCG

Since 1987, TCG Network Services has remained on the cutting edge of technology while building a reputation as a trusted resource across New England. Their mission is to serve as a technology consultant for small and mid-sized businesses. The certified experts at TCG partner with customers to develop customized, cost-effective solutions that reduce expense, increase efficiency, and provide the competitive advantage necessary to take your business to the next level.  TCG has the resources to handle all of your IT needs, providing you with the peace of mind you need to concentrate on running your business. Visit 
www.tcgns.com for more information. 

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