New Roof for Bryley Systems

We are replacing the flat roof at our office in Clinton, Mass

Human at keyboard!

Mah Bad

“People are one of the weakest links” in securing technology. Still organizations invest ten to twenty times the amount to secure the equipment and networks than they invest, “ensuring all people [using the technology] understand the organization’s IT security policy, procedures, and practices [4.5 min. read]

All Your Eggs In One Basket?

The Truth About Your Email Host and Archiving

Whether your business is using G-Suite, Office 365 or another email server, the fine-print agreements release those providers from liability for anything happening to your email data. The reality is Microsoft, Google, etc. are liable for the infrastructure on which your data resides (i.e. if their data center goes down, they’re going to do what they can to get it back and running). They are not answerable for your data, including emails [4.5 min. read]

Garin Livingstone, VP Operations

Garin Livingstone Named VP Operations

Bryley Systems is pleased to announce that Garin Livingstone has been promoted to VP of Operations. Garin started with Bryley in 2008

Cisco Cloud Partner

Bryley Earns Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Certification

Bryley, a long-time Cisco certified partner, has recently achieved the Cloud and Managed Services certification

3-2-1

The 3-2-1 Rule of Thumb in the Age of Continuity

3-2-1 is the baseline standard for Backup and Data Recovery. In this scheme you have three copies of your data on two different types of media and one of those versions is stored off-site.

Email encrption

Email Encryption That Works

How many times have you heard that email is not secure? But it was always too hard to do much about it. Well, it’s still not secure: The security exposures are on the devices that have the account […]

Tom Barnes

Tom Barnes joins Bryley Systems and makes the case for Business Continuity

Business continuity is the advance planning and preparation undertaken to ensure that an organization will have the capability to operate its critical business functions during emergency events. Tom Barnes, the newest addition to our Business Development Team,  developed a Business Continuity presentation that he recently shared with co-workers. Tom holds a BS in Psychology from […]

Email Continuity means smooth sailing

Continuous Email Service

Just as a business relies on email to do its work, it needs to make sure its email service is uninterrupted; and to maintain the information in its emails. The fact is there’s actually a lot going on under email’s hood

Cybercrime in the COVID-Time

Avoiding Cybercriminal Exploitation of COVID-19

Who isn’t looking for some answers? Are the risks of the virus serious for me and the people I’m around? Which government leaders have it right? Am I being asked to go back to work in an unsafe environment? How will the economy impact me and those I care about? This is the kind of uncertainty the unscrupulous prey on.

Aiden

Giving back, with soap and water

Bryley Systems intern, Aiden, had a full schedule these past two days, washing our employees’s cars. This event was to show our appreciation to our employees for their dedication to our company and clients. A special thanks to Aiden, a 2020 High School graduate, who has been a huge help at Bryley Systems, working alongside […]

Is Bryley a Technology Company? Sorta

Don’t get me wrong, Bryley loves tech. We love what it brings us, for example:

1 Access to our collective knowledge
2 The extension of our minds 1
3 Time Travel 2 — the time it used to take to communicate with someone else has been erased
4 Collaboration tools
5 Productivity boosters
6 Twitch and Snood

But Bryley sees its function as helping a business run smoothly, reliably, continuously. And our tool to get this done is technology expertise.

Bryley’s a Managed Service Provider — Which Is What Exactly?

A Managed Service Provider (MSP) oversees a company’s computer network infrastructure. MSPs deliver ongoing support that can include the setup, installation, configuration and maintenance of the network and its assets. An MSP can augment a business’s internal IT department and provide higher-level, rarer skills that may not be available to the internal IT department. Because MSPs are proactive, bringing centralized systems management solutions, an MSP can give unmatched peace of mind, that a business’s functioning is secure. 3 The following is not comprehensive, but are some of the areas in which MSPs help.

If you give a moose a mouse…It’s going to want a keyboard! (Or, moose on the loose.)

Today (Thursday, 5/14/2020) at 9am this little guy was visiting Clinton’s Central Park which borders our office. (That’s the Clinton, Massachusetts Town Hall in the background.) Apparently, he was seeking IT support, but was unable to press our video-doorbell. (Cathy Livingstone is demonstrating the appropriate video-doorbell technique, which can be challenging if you have a […]

Hat Day at Bryley…

It’s Friday, so something special is going on at the office. Kristin, Director of Services/Delivery, suggested “Fun Friday — Hat Day!”, which led to these pictures

If This Is Week Seven It Must Be Tuesday

While most of the Bryley team works from the Clinton office, I’m physically distanced, writing at home. And as the days have grown to months in this work-from-home-if-you-can-work-from-home world, our perspectives change as our settling-in has changed us. So here’s a bit of remote work advice, for the times they are still a-changin’.

And Then There Was Pajama Day

Another Friday in April, Bryley tried out Pajama Day. And it was again a lot of fun and informative!

Roy showed his true Patriot colors (Go Stidham!). Robin wore her awesome animal slippers (does she wear those to get the mail?). Michelle brought her well-loved blanket. Cathy was all about comfort — in her cotton flannels, and toting her coffee and a bit of chocolate therapy. The Legend of Zelda hooded robe donned by Lucas was fantastic (don’t recall if Link wore plaid pajamas? well he shoulda)! And Gavin was seen dragging around a green teddy bear (that an Okie thing?).

Bryley Team Looks Back in Costumes

To bring a little levity during the crisis of the virus, the Bryley Team — essential services, so most are together at the office in Clinton, MA with some remoting — decided to have a costume day on Friday, April 3rd. The theme was ‘How About We Think About Any Other Year Besides 2020?’ And the thing actually delivered more than a few smiles and giggles around here. Here are some costume highlights:

Mike R. Cleans Up Pretty Good

Members of the Bryley Systems team were working weekends to meet our commitments, reduce interpersonal contacts, and keeping our clients operational; but everyone at BRYLEY SYSTEMS made it possible!

The office move

An office move is a complicated process, with many moving parts and plenty of vendors operating on inter-dependent schedules.

Over a Friday night and Saturday morning, our dedicated team members setup the network equipment and end-user workstations at our clients’ new facility; their efforts allowed the clients’ employees to return to work, with little disruption.

Can Machine Learning Save Us from Us?

Among the top headlines in Google News’s Technology section today was criminal hackers use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) and its subset, ML (Machine Learning)1. Opening the article, I found a synopsis of a Tech Republic report, “Cybersecurity: Let’s Get Tactical,” in which the authors give ten ways cybercriminals are attacking with AI2 including

  • phishing attacks, in which, upon gaining credentialed access, automatic scripts can wreak havoc, including draining bank accounts
  • credential stuffing and brute force attacks, in which AI systems try passwords — and password possibilities — on many websites
  • bulletproof hosting services that use automation to hide the tracks of malicious websites, so they can’t be stopped by law-enforcement, or often flagged by network scanning tools

The fact is, it’s an arms race. Both malware and criminal sites would be pretty quickly and easily identified on a network by the nature of their activity. So the criminals try to disguise their malware in benign code and their sites in bulletproof hosting schemes. The way they keep the ruse going is through machine learning adapting to changing circumstances.

Meet Frank Walek

Frank Walek has been recently hired as an IT Support Technician to operate Bryley Systems’ dispatch center. Mr. Walek graduated from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester and has been working in customer service and support for the past ten years. He has worked for non-profit organizations and special education programs, developing a reputation […]