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Here are the top IT news stories from last week, as based on the story’s likes, shares, and interactions from our social media sites. We provide IT Resources and Business Tech Support for businesses in the Buffalo area.

IT Employment Dips in July, but Tech Sector Sees a Gain

In industries such as finance, retail, healthcare and others, IT employment broadly declined in July by 88,000 jobs, or 1.9%, according to tech industry trade group CompTIA. The cuts last month reduced occupational IT employment by 46,000 jobs so far this year, to about 4.43 million. That sounds alarming, right? Perhaps not — if you widen the picture a bit. In June, IT occupational employment showed a net gain of 74,000 jobs, and this month-to-month volatility is normal because of the way the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the data, according the industry group. Read More

8 Cyber-Security Certifications To Boost Your IT Career

Cyber-security skills are in high demand across all industries. These certifications can help IT managers boost their security know-how and protect their organizations. Businesses are scrambling to hire IT professionals with knowledge and experience in cyber-security. A shortage of skilled cyber-security practitioners is leaving organizations across all industries vulnerable to attack. The risk is severe. Research firm Vanson Bourne was commissioned by Intel Security to survey IT decision-makers in the US, UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Mexico, and Israel. Read More

Amherst Alarm plans $3 million expansion

A growing portfolio of customers — both residential and commercial — is fueling a plan by Amherst Alarm Inc. to find new, larger corporate and administrative headquarters. And, the firm would prefer to remain in its hometown Amherst, the company’s home for the past 32 years. Amherst Alarm currently leases 9,000-square-feet on Lawrence Bell Drive but is considering building a 16,000-square-foot facility, which would represent a 77 percent increase for the company. “We’re jam-packed to the gills,” said Timothy Creenan, Amherst Alarm CEO. Read More

(Part 1) How to Build an IT Support Infrastructure for a Small Business

Are you having trouble getting your IT Support Infrastructure setup? Do you find there are too many decisions to be made with not enough time to research all of them? Below is PART I of our helpful guidelines to making sure the IT side of your small business hits the ground running. Router firewall security is an absolute must in an age of technology where hacking is common. It is important to layer your security base to be, at the very least, moderately secure from all kinds of attacks.  In a service-based business, the different layers of files and confidential information…Read More

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