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  1. 5G and Cybersecurity Implications

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    Cellular service has always been about speed, even from the very beginning. The lower the call drop rate, and the more dependable the connection, the better a carrier fares. As mobile phones have moved away from calling functions to become mobile computers, speed definitely matters. 5G, the common shorthand for “Fifth Generation Cellular Wireless” is the latest breakthrough in cell phone speed, but it’s more complicated than you might think.

    What is 5G?

    Strictly speaking, 5G doesn’t have a clear-cut definition – other than the fact it’s currently the fastest wireless data transmission speed. It refers to a generation of cellular speed, but within that generation, there are various definitions – low, mid, and high-band – for starters. While cellphone companies use “5G” as a sort of catch-all in terms of phone features, this isn’t entirely accurate. Just because a phone is 5G compatible doesn’t necessarily mean that it will operate at 5G speeds – only that it is capable of doing so when they’re available. The practical uses of each wireless generation tend to lag, which means we likely won’t see the apps, programs, and more that use 5G until well into 2021.

    How Can 5G Help My Business?

    One of the most exciting potential uses for 5G is an expansion of the IoT, or Internet of Things. This is the network that allows a business owner to monitor realtime stock movement in their warehouse, or determine things like foot traffic via sensors in their stores. Think of it as Bluetooth-on-steroids: it’s a vast, observable, and controllable network of “smart” devices that help by producing data and, in some cases, controlling automation. 5G connects all of these components and puts a business owner in control of it all via cellular transmission.

    Is 5G Safe?

    Because 5G is so new, serious online threats haven’t made it into the 2020 headlines quite yet. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s safe, however. 5G relies mainly on software where its predecessors relied on hardware, this makes it agile but a prime target for hackers. As users rely on 5G to control smart home functions, serve as a biometric or location-based key, or even start up a connected car, cybercriminals are taking notice. When hackers can access your connected lights and cameras, your car’s engine and locks, and your phone itself, “breaking into” your life is as easy as building the right malware.

    This is an exceptionally troubling security risk for businesses, as they keep not only their own data secured but often their customers’ as well. Though each 5G-connected device or module adds flexibility and control to the mix, it’s also a potential “open door” for a breach if a determined hacker wants to get in. For example, in 2017, hackers were able to access a casino’s database through an unlikely weakness: the wi-fi connected thermometer in a large ornamental fish tank.

    Cybersecurity Protections for 5G

    If the business tech your Tucson or Phoenix-area company uses will potentially connect with or use 5G, protect yourself with an assessment from Integrated Axis. Cybercriminals won’t wait for a new year of innovations to start trying to force their way into your data, so don’t wait to protect it. With more than 20 years of experience protecting our customers, our cybersecurity team is ready for the 5G revolution, and we’re looking forward to helping your company navigate it. Contact us today!

  2. Why Some WiFi Networks are More Efficient than Others

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    Does everyone compete for the same “good” WiFi spots in your workplace – or are non-essential tasks hogging all your bandwidth? Your WiFi network’s efficiency has a direct impact on your brand’s overall productivity and effectiveness. When your WiFi is too sluggish, your team simply can’t work as effectively. Network management can help you make the most of your WiFi and ensure your most essential team members and tasks have what they need to get things done.

    Why is My Business WiFi So Slow?

    Learning more about the potential obstacles that could be slowing down your network can help you determine what to do to get things moving faster. Any of the following factors could be contributing to the inefficiency you are experiencing:

    • Geography: The distance from your router will impact how well the signal reaches your electronics. If your most critical teams are sitting far from the router, they simply won’t get as good of a signal. This is easily fixed; checking WiFi strength at various parts of your facility and computer network ensures the critical team can get to the Internet when they need to.
    • Power Levels: Is your team waiting until the last moment to dock a tablet or laptop for charging? The power levels on a piece of equipment can impact how well they connect with a WiFi setup.
    • Conflicting Equipment: The other pieces of equipment that you may be running could impact your WiFi performance. Network printers, intercoms and even microwaves could be to blame if you are experiencing trouble getting an uninterrupted signal.
    • Interference: Different materials have varying effects on WiFi signals. Wood and glass can cause a small amount of interference, water poses a medium hiccup, and concrete or metal could cause a lot of obstruction. If your router is located near any of these materials, you might want to find a new location.
    • Human Error: Do you have an Internet policy? If not, you could have some inefficiencies because employees are surfing the web instead of working. Downloading images, streaming video, and gaming all eat up bandwith and impact your WiFi Make sure WiFi is being used for legitimate tasks as you work on managing your network.
    • Your Equipment: Your WiFi may not be an issue at all; legacy equipment and devices may not be able to handle as much speed as you need. Even when they work at capacity, your workstations may not be up to the job. Replacing your equipment with more current and swift devices with better configuration management could result in more efficient use of your systems.

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    Get Help with Network Management

    You need to be able to access your network for a wide range of tasks, especially if you are running a business. If your WiFi is not running efficiently, you’ll experience delays in all departments and areas. Integrated Axis can help you revitalize your IT and WiFi using network management tools and techniques designed to make the most of this valuable resource. Contact us today to learn more and to make the most of your WiFi setup.

  3. 4 Advantages of Wifi Networking for Businesses

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    Wi-Fi, also known as wifi, is a form of technology based on the IEEE 802.11 standards that uses radio waves to create local area networks (LANs). These devices use a wireless access point, commonly known as a hotspot, to connect to a wifi LAN (WLAN) that provides access to the internet. Hotspots have a range of about 20 meters indoors and a much greater range outdoors, typically by using multiple overlapping hotspots.

    Internet access is an increasingly important requirement for most businesses today, so the method of obtaining that access is critically important since virtually everyone is in need of the internet. Many businesses are turning to wifi technology as their preferred form of networking for both their customers and employees. Wifi for business offers the following distinct advantages:

    Wifi in the Office

    Internal wifi provides workers in the office with benefits that improve their productivity and save money in the long run. Going wireless reduces the restrictions on an office’s layout since cables no longer dictate desk locations. It also eliminates the expense of IT services such as purchasing, installing and maintaining those cables. Internal wifi also means that office workers are no longer tethered to their desks, allowing them to work at other locations such as conference rooms. An additional benefit of office wifi is a greater collaboration since the ability to access data from any location allows employees to work in groups more easily.

    Mobile Access

    Mobile Access

    Mobile devices have become the standard way of accessing the internet for many employees because they allow them to access work even when they’re not in the office. Some service plans allow users to configure their mobile devices as wifi hotspots, which can be highly useful for implementing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy. Wifi is especially helpful when allowing employees to continue working while traveling. A dedicated hot spot also provides traveling workers with greater security and allows them to avoid the wifi access fees common at many conferences and hotels.

    Home Wi-Fi

    High-speed wifi access can also benefit home-based workers. It allows work schedules to be more flexible since some workers can telecommute at least part of the time. This benefit helps retain top talent staff members who have come to expect telecommuting, which reduces the expense of working office space. Wifi technology also allows entrepreneurs to start and operate their business from home more easily.

    Public Networks

    Public Networks

    Wifi can be especially useful for customers, many of whom can’t go without internet connectivity for an extended period. A wifi public network at a business’s location can aid in marketing by providing a splash page that showcases its products, services, and expertise. Including the company name in the wifi network’s name can also help build a business’s brand. Advertising free wifi access draws in foot traffic for customer-facing businesses such as retail outlets and restaurants. Once in a store, wifi also encourages customers to spend more time at a business, thereby increasing sales.

    When searching for wifi and superior IT support for your Tucson business, look no further than Integrated Axis technology Group. We’re here to help you get started or improve the security you’ve already built. Give us a call at (520) 877-3033 to learn more.