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Understanding DFARS compliance: Overview & requirements

In order to legally operate, businesses must comply with certain requirements regarding their labor practices, safety procedures, and transactions. It's a no-brainer for management to make sure the company meets its legal obligations, because noncompliance of even the minimum requirements could result in missed opportunities and heavy penalties for certain industries.

What are DFARS and NIST SP800-171?

Cyberthreats are constantly evolving. Hackers are out in full force to exploit any opportunity they can to steal sensitive data. Although every organization is a potential target, government agencies and their suppliers are favorites, particularly for state-sponsored attacks conducting cyberwarfare.

Business software stacks: How do I choose the best for my business?

Not all software companies offer innovative solutions when it comes to platforms. Nowadays, choosing the right technologies and tools, such as the right software stack, is an important part of the architectural challenges. A software stack, or solutions stack, is a set of software components that comprise a platform; it generally includes operating systems and/or runtime environments, a database, a web server, and a web framework.

Spotlight on Talent: Alex Piazza

With no previous experience in Tech/IT, Alex Piazza joined Charles IT in February of 2019 and has already moved his way up the ladder from Intern to Desktop Support Specialist! We caught up with Alex to share his insights on his time here at Charles IT, and to help inspire others to join in on the fun.

What the Windows 7 end of life means for businesses

What will happen on January 14, 2020?

Windows 7, the wildly popular operating system (OS) that’s still used by millions of users and enterprises around the globe even after 10 years of its release, will take its final bow. This means Windows 7 patches and support will no longer be available after that date, thus exposing the OS to security threats, which endangers the data of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

It’s not all doom and gloom, however.

All good things come to an end – even Windows 7

Windows 7 officially launched in July of 2009, but only made a commitment to provide 10 years of product service. Ten years has come and gone, and now Windows 7 has reached its end. Microsoft has finally announced the official date for Windows 7 end of life: January 14, 2020.

So, what does this mean for you? What it means is that Microsoft will no longer be updating or supporting the operating system after that date.