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About Mark Benedict's CIO for Hire Consulting Service

Mark J. BenedictMy company is dedicated to earning and keeping your trust while solving all your technology problems. We don't just provide services, we learn your business so we can operate as an integral part of your company. We have a unique and completely transparent consulting relationship with our customers who sign up for our Fractional CIO Program agreement. With your modest commitment to a minimal level of annual support we operate as a trusted extension of your internal staff. We negotiate bottom-line prices on your behalf for the hardware, software, and contracted installation services you need, and absolutely guarantee there are no hidden markups or margin added to your services and purchases. You can have complete confidence that you are getting the products and services you need at the lowest possible prices. Read More


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If your company is considering replacement or upgrade of technology infrastructure this would be a great time for a free, no-obligation evaluation conducted by an expert. We'll take a detailedTechnology assessment look at your business and determine how well your current technology is meeting your needs. Based on a detailed analysis of your requirements we'll identify a range of solutions and provide comprehensive recommendations.

We help you develop a personalized strategic technology plan that is tailored to your specific requirements and designed to make your business more efficient and secure. Our new customer retainer service plans are completely free of risk. We guarantee complete satisfaction and with no fees in advance. We accept payment for our services only after you are fully satisfied we have delivered exactly what was promised. Click Here to Request a technology Assessment. We will call you back to schedule an appointment on the same day for requests received before noon, or the following morning for afternoon requests.


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    What You Should Look for in a Small Business Technology Assessment
    June 18, 2015
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    Technology Assessments: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: The article we provide further below is a credible guide to the mechanics of a small business technology assessment.  Unfortunately, like...

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  • The CIO's role is to look forward and plan to keep the business competitive and viable through the appropriate technologies.
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    Fractional CIO Services - Preparing Nashville and Murfreesboro Businesses for the Future
    December 20, 2014
    Definitions and Terms, Front Page Column 2, Service Offerings
    What is a Fractional CIO?  How Can Nashville and Murfreesboro Small Business Companies Benefit from CIO services? The CIO's role is to look forward and plan to keep the business...
  • Cloud Based Firewalls
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    Security Expert Kevin Beaver Gives the Reasons Why Small Businesses Should Use a Cloud-based Firewall Service:
    June 18, 2015
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    Why Cloud Based Firewalls May be a Good Idea Kevin Beaver, writing for Network Security recently answered a question on the reasons for considering a cloud based firewall service to supplement...
  • Outdated Information Technology
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    What to do about Outdated Information Technology Equipment
    June 19, 2015
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    5 Years Old?  Outdated Information Technology: When Your Equipment and Software Technology Becomes Old and Weak - It's Time to Act! To keep your business up to date with all the best and...
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    TN Dickinson County Sheriff's Office Forced to Pay Ransom to Unlock Official Sheriff Files
    August 15, 2015
    Front Page Column 2, Information Security for Business, Technology News
    Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe Article below was taken from The Tennessean Online. The story seems made for TV. A law enforcement agency’s data system is hacked by a cyber criminal...

Why Your Small Business Might Be a Perfect Target for Hackers

Think you're too small to catch the attention of hackers? Big mistake. Your company might be exactly what they want. Article By John Brandon, Contributing editor, Inc.com, original article can be found at this link from the Online INC magazine.

"For many years, the average American small business was an unlikely target for a sophisticated cyberattack. Fewer financial resources and a relatively unknown brand worked in your favor to ward off hackers. Not anymore.The dam has broken for small companies when it comes to security. Jeremy Grant, an adviser at the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology, says in the past two years he has seen "a relatively sharp increase in hackers and adversaries targeting small businesses."

According to the security company Symantec, cyberattacks on small businesses rose 300 percent in 2012 from the previous year.

Smaller companies are attractive because they tend to have weaker online security. They’re also doing more business than ever online via cloud services that don’t use strong encryption technology. To a hacker, that translates into reams of sensitive data behind a door with an easy lock to pick. If you have any Fortune 500 companies as customers, you’re an even more enticing target--you’re an entry point.

Worse, the laws safeguarding commercial bank accounts aren’t as strong as those for personal accounts. Banks won’t always reimburse businesses whose accounts get hacked, especially if a bank can prove its security meets federal guidelines, but the business’s isn’t up to snuff. (Individuals aren’t expected to have strong security in place.)

Patco Construction, based in Sanford, Maine, learned this the hard way when hackers siphoned $588,000 from its bank account in 2009 and its bank refused to reimburse the full amount. Patco sued the bank and finally won after two appeals. The court ruled that despite the bank’s security, it should have caught the suspicious transactions." Read More


Time to Rethink Your Yellow Pages Advertising Strategy?

You may have noticed that the Yellow Pages are not what they used to be. Many buyers are simply not using them? Read an article on why you should consider demoting your Yellow Pages Ad to a smaller portion of your advertising budget to make better use of online resources and social media. Dr. Lynella Grant writes in an article about buyers the following:

"The Yellow Page industry is a Fifteen Billion Dollar industry in the US. While there are more choices of printed Yellow Page directories than ever, the buying habits of the public have moved away from using them. Computer-savvy buyers know the easiest way to find the information they want is through search engines (and since May they can do searches on the run, on their cell phones). But many small or local businesses aren't even listed.

Why people can't find you in the yellow pages

The Kelsey Group's data is consistent with other statistics showing that the Internet has overtaken the newspaper for cars and real estate (major purchases). And it's becoming the "go-to" place for information. A study by imedia Connection found it's "second only to spouses for finding referrals."

To stay competitive, small and mid-sized businesses will be compelled to make sure they're included in search engine data bases. While it's not necessary to have a website, it helps to be listed on someone's (like a local portal or professional group). Enterprises that can't be found by online searchers risk losing sales to businesses they find instead."

We recommend that you read the full article, which can be found here at this link.