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How to Uncover Technology Gaps to Enhance Your Security

June 16, 2022 / by Ricoh posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

Sudden, dramatic business changes can create – or expose – gaps in your IT systems and infrastructure. But before you can address them, you need to know they exist. Your IT infrastructure determines how productive your people can be. It keeps your data and information safe. Ultimately, your IT practices directly affect your revenue and profit. In this blog, you will learn about various potential gaps in your IT infrastructure, and how Ricoh can help participants of OMNIA Partners fill these gaps and enhance their network security.

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How Agencies Can Unlock Value From Their Data

February 1, 2022 / by Iron Mountain posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

Data is a strategic asset, and it is everywhere, so generating it is not the challenge. The challenge is how to derive value from the data to make more informed, insightful decisions.

Most government agencies have more data than they know what to do with. The amount of data that government agencies collect, store, analyze, share, and secure is increasing exponentially and will continue as more activities are carried out online and in digitally connected spaces. No matter your mission, as a government agency, data is your biggest asset but can also be your biggest challenge.

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Local County Government Increases Purchasing Power by Leveraging Cooperative Contract

October 7, 2021 / by Network Distribution posted in Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government

Network Distribution® (Network) is a global distribution organization supported by the power of local expertise that provides participants of OMNIA Partners with industry expertise, customizable programs, and products from the industry's top suppliers. By leveraging the Network cooperative contract offered through the OMNIA Partners cooperative program, a suburban county in the Pacific Northwest was able to "piggyback" off of the Lead Agency’s contract where competitive costs for name-brand janitorial supplies were already evaluated and publicly awarded.

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Strengthen Your Cyber Security Solutions Through Cooperative Purchasing

September 24, 2021 / by OMNIA Partners posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Information Technology

With remote network access, cloud applications, mobile devices and plentiful online opportunities in today’s digital workplace and classroom, your risk of cyber crime exposure increases. IT industry insiders report that there are 30,000 websites being hacked each day across the world, and several organizations' online systems are breached up to five times throughout the year.

Procurement teams can leverage cooperative purchasing to get ahead of these cyber criminals and incorporate powerful protective solutions for the IT infrastructure within your school system, organization, or agency.

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4 Questions to Ask When Implementing Your Proctoring Program

September 15, 2021 / by Examity posted in Business Products & Solutions, Higher Education

Colleges and universities have certainly seen a lot of changes since March of 2020. As doors closed and classrooms emptied, many found themselves in the unfamiliar situation of having to turn to a digital-only education model. As part of that, testing also had to move online, creating confusion among test-takers.

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6 Key Learnings For Digitization Done Right

September 13, 2021 / by Iron Mountain posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

The pandemic has changed the way we talk about the “digital workplace”. As organizations look to a more modernized environment, it is often difficult to navigate the complexities of a hybrid physical and digital world. Gain insight to what our supplier partner, Iron Mountain, has learn about the digital transformation process along the way.  

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Getting Real About the Digital Workplace

September 2, 2021 / by Iron Mountain posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

The words “digital workplace” mean something different today than they did a year or two ago.

We’ve all learned a lot this past year about what’s really essential when it comes to getting work done, whether that’s meeting the needs of customers or virtually connecting with co-workers. So, it’s safe to say our digital workplace initiatives are much more reality-driven.

Long after the pandemic, we’ll still be processing what we’ve learned. We’re not simply picking up the pieces and going back to “business as usual.” We’re going back to a different workplace. Learn how your organization can ensure digitization done right (now available through OMNIA Partners' cooperative contract with Iron Mountain). 

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6 Recycling Fast Facts to Make Your Business Greener and More Secure

June 16, 2021 / by Shred-it posted in Business Products & Solutions

Did you know that 40% of the waste that goes into landfills is still paper? That’s a lot of paper that isn’t being recycled! Recycling is an important part of the proprietary document destruction process which not only ensures the safe-keeping of sensitive material, it demonstrates Shred-its commitment to safeguarding the environment.

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Background Checks During a Pandemic: 5 Best Practices to Mitigate Risk

June 14, 2021 / by Accurate posted in Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has disrupted many aspects of our lives, up to and including how we run our businesses. One of the hardest-hit areas is the hiring of new employees (check out our previous blog on this topic) and the corresponding processes, such as Form I-9 verifications and criminal and financial background checks.

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3 Ways To Protect Against Ransomware

June 9, 2021 / by Ricoh posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

Cyberattacks targeting public agencies and school communities are an increasing threat each year. In 2020 alone there were nearly 1,700 reported cyber threat events spanning all 50 states in the Education field. Although a wide range of attack methods are used, the most common are breaches, hacks and phishing attacks resulting in personal data disclosure, ransomware attacks, and denial-of-service attacks. Below are three key defensive checkpoints to help protect your organization against malicious ransomware.

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