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Between the Bytes

By Executech
Technology Ideas, Tips, and News

We're bringing you the latest and greatest stories, tips, and ideas from some of the leading IT experts in the West. Get a better idea of how IT impacts and benefits your business. We'll discuss everything from the basics of networking, to cybersecurity, to working from home, new Softwares, and more.
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Hafnium & the Microsoft Exchange Hack - Everything you need to know
In this episode of Between the Bytes we invite a new and special guest to explain the Hafnium hack. Welcome to Tyler Rasmussen, the VP of Cybersecurity at Executech. Tyler breaks down all the ins and outs of the hack including: What is Microsoft Exchange? Who/what is Hafnium? What was the breach? Who was impacted? How to clean up after the breach How to (hopefully) prevent/mitigate future attacks We reference a link to a Microsoft blog with guidance on how to clean up your possibly infected exchange servers. Read it here.  Learn more about Executech's managed cybersecurity services and how to start protecting your business. 
March 23, 2021
2021 Cybersecurity Outlook for Business
We brought together a panel of cybersecurity experts to discuss all things cyber in 2021 and beyond. Here are a few of the subjects we talked about: SolarWinds Hack Impact of 2020 on cybersecurity Cyber threats on the horizon Key steps to protect your data *This episode orginialled aired as a webinar as has been reformatted for podcast format.  If you'd like to learn more about keeping your business safe, check out
March 4, 2021
[Rundown] 10 Ways to Improve Your PC's Performance & Speed
Is your computer taking longer to boot up? Does it seem to be slowing down? Does it freeze or cause problems? In this short-form Rundown episode, we're covering the top 10 steps you can take to improve the performance of your PC. This podcast comes from one of our most visited blog posts of the past 3 years.  Here's a teaser of some of the steps you can take right now: Delete old programs Purge your cookies Upgrade your RAM and more!
February 4, 2021
Journey to Azure for ISVs: Part 5 - You’re in the cloud, now what? Ongoing maintenance and management in Azure
In the final installment of our Journey to Azure for Independent Software Vendors, we bring together Jeff Palazzo and Alex Hughes to discuss the future of your application and business now that you’re in the cloud. We discuss items like; setting yourself up for success, maintaining proper guardrails, DevOps, and more. 0:00 - 2:50: Empowering your team in Azure 2:50 - 5:00: Managed processes and procedures 5:00 - 7:00: Building the landing zone and setting up guardrails 7:00 - 8:20: Infrastructure as code - or your cloud environment built like a city 8:30 - 9:30: Ensuring that things are trackable and visible 9:30 - 10:50: Getting your ducks in a row 11:00 - 14:00: What is governance, why its important 14:00 - 16:00: Executech’s managed cloud services overview 16:00 - 21:30: You focus on your core competencies, let the cloud facilitate 21:30 - 23:00: Proactive management in the cloud 23:00 - 25:00: The future opportunities and creativity in the cloud 25:00 - 27:00: Closing  Want to learn more about the Azure cloud? Not sure if the cloud is a good move for you, or even where to get started? Already in the cloud but worried you're not getting the most of it? We're here to help! Learn more and visit us at
December 24, 2020
Journey to Azure for ISVs: Part 4 - The process of moving to the cloud
Welcome to our fourth episode of Journey to Azure for ISVs. In this episode, we breakdown the step-by-step process of what moving your software, app, or infrastructure to the cloud actually looks likes. We discuss the rough timelines of each step and the key factors in making a cloud migration project successful. 0:00 - 2:00 - Introducing Alex Hughes, Cloud Engineer/Architect  2:00 - 3:40 - The Cloud Adoption Framework - planning and aligning business outcomes 3:40 - 5:00 - Common approaches to migration 5:00 - 6:00 - Starting with why 6:00 - 9:00 - Digital Inventory and the "5 Rs" of Rationalization - Rehosting, Refactoring, Rearchitecting, Rebuliding, Replacing 9:00 - 10:30 - Which of the "Rs" is right for you and most common? 10:30 - 13:30 - Overview of timetables so far 13:30 - 16:00 - The importance of creating a "landing zone" in Azure 16:00 - 18:30 - The importance of a healthy and optimized cloud environment once you've migrated 18:30 - 20:00 - Timetables of the landing zone 20:00 - 25:00 - Making the move to the cloud! 25:00 - 26:45 - Summary and optimization 26:45 - 30:00 - What can you do to be ready for this process? Prepare for change Want to learn more about the Azure cloud? Not sure if the cloud is a good move for you, or even where to get started? Already in the cloud but worried you're not getting the most of it? We're here to help! Learn more and visit us at
December 24, 2020
Journey to Azure for ISVs: Part 3 - What's so great about Azure?
Welcome to our third episode in the Journey to Azure for ISVs series. In this episode, we're going deep on all of the reasons why an ISV would pick Azure over some of the other cloud providers. We'll talk about specific comparison points, share some stories, and as always, nerd out about the cloud.  0:00 - 2:00: Azure's innovations and your ability to innovate 2:10 - 5:20: Considerations about data power 5:20 - 7:50: If Azure were a car, what kind would it be? 8:00 - 14:30: The path to market and the Marketplace application store 15:00 - 20:00: Cost comparison of Microsoft Azure 20:00 - 26:00: Clarification around provisioning and how using Azure actually works 26:00 - 30:00: Comprehensive Microsoft support  Power of AI/Machine Learning Case Study Link Learn more about Executech's Managed Azure Services
December 24, 2020
Journey to Azure for ISVs: Part 2 - What are the key business considerations for a move to the cloud?
Welcome back to our second part in our series of Journey to Azure for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). In this episode, we're going to talk in-depth about the business considerations for moving the cloud. What should you examine in your technical infrastructures, financial models, business vision, and beyond before moving to the cloud? 0:00 - 3:50 - Should your app move to the cloud? - Does the market demand it?  3:50 - 5:45 - Why is the SaaS model so pervasive? 5:50 - 13:00 - What is your business vision and roadmap? - Discussion on financial considerations, revenue models, planning, capital expenditures, etc.  13:00 - 16:30 - How a consultant can help with the business operation consideration of the cloud 16:30 - 27:00 - How does your application/software function? Is it old? How is its performance? Does it scale? 27:00 - 34:00 - Can you keep up with change? Can easily can you add new features and innovate today? 34:00 - 37:00 - Summary of considerations: Market demand, company vision, current infrastructure, innovation Want to learn more about the Azure cloud? Not sure if the cloud is a good move for you, or even where to get started? Already in the cloud but worried you're not getting the most of it? We're here to help! Learn more and visit us at
December 24, 2020
Journey to Azure for ISVs: Part 1 - Why the Cloud? Why now?
Introducing our series on moving to the cloud - Journey to Azure! In this series of episodes, we'll talk about all the benefits, hesitations, hows, whats, and whys of moving to the cloud for Independent Software Vendors. The first episode is an overview of the general benefits the cloud brings to ISV businesses. 0:00 - 5:00 - Host introduction, about Executech 5:00 - 8:50 - Why you WOULDN'T move to the cloud. 9:00 - 16:45 - Discussion on the major benefits of the cloud to businesses 17:00 - 18:00 - Does the cloud work if I use a SaaS model already? 18:00 - 20:00 - What is the benefit and impact to my customers and end-users if I move to the cloud? 20:00 - 21:00 - Preview of next episode Want to learn more about the Azure cloud? Not sure if the cloud is a good move for you, or even where to get started? Already in the cloud but worried you're not getting the most of it? We're here to help! Learn more and visit us at
December 24, 2020
Solar Winds Hack - Overview of what we know and how it impacts you
News of the Solar Winds hacks on government and private sector systems has been sweeping the media. In this episode of Between the Bytes, we invite special guest Chris Nokes, CTO of Executech to explain the what, who, why, and how of the attack. If you're interested in learning how to protect your organization from cyber threats, visit 
December 23, 2020
[Rundown] 15/15 Common Cyber Threats in 2020 and Beyond - Part 3
Our third episode covering 15 common types of cyber threats and attacks and how to prevent them. In this episode we're covering the final 5: Ransomware Cryptojacking Water Hole Attack Drive-By Attack Trojan Virus Read the full article on common cybersecurity threats here.
December 23, 2020
[Rundown] 10/15 Common Cyber Threats in 2020 and Beyond - Part 2
Our second episode covering 15 common types of cyber threats and attacks and how to prevent them. In this episode we're covering the next 5: Zero-Day Exploits Cross-Site Attack SQL Injection Man in the Middle Attack Social Engineering Read the full article on common cybersecurity threats here. YouTube Video on using social engineering to gain access to an account with just a phone call.
December 1, 2020
[Rundown] 5/15 Common Cyber Threats in 2020 and Beyond
Join us for a series of short-form episodes covering 15 common cyber threats. In this episode we're covering the first 5:  Malware Password Theft Traffic Interception Phishing Attacks DDoS Read the full article on common cybersecurity threats here. 
November 10, 2020
[Rundown: Short Form Episode] Cybersecurity Concerns for Manufacturers (and all businesses)
We're back and we're introducing an alternative form of episodes - Rundowns. In a Rundown episode, we'll cover a popular technology topic in a short, fast, and digestible format. We'll still have longer episodes mixed in from our webinars, events, and interviews as well. In this episode of Tech Topics Rundown, we cover 5 biggest cyber threats that manufacturing companies face. But it's not just manufacturers that face these risks, all companies should pay attention to these security risks.  Learn more about Executech: Have a burning IT question or need help? Get in touch:
October 8, 2020
Technology & Networking at Home - Our Favorite Hardware for WFH
Do you need a firewall at home? How much does it cost to put Sophos on your employee's laptops? What's the best type of router for your home? In this week's episode of Between the Bytes, we'll discuss some of our favorite technology options for our home offices. As always, we'll touch on some security concerns and the steps you can take to make yourself more secure. Want to learn more about IT considerations for remote teams and working from home? Check out our webinar:
August 25, 2020
Gone Phishing: What is Phishing and How to Protect Yourself
In our latest episode of Between the Bytes we bring a group of of Executech veterans together to discuss phishing. We cover the basics of what phishing or spear-phishing attempt is, how it's gotten worse over the years, and what you can do to protect yourself and your organization from malicious phishing attempts. To learn more about phishing scams targeted to Coronavirus worries, visit: To request a free cybersecurity assessment or to get information on having a security consultant run a social engineering phishing test at your organization, visit:
August 4, 2020
Why are passwords the worst? Password best practices and more
Do you still need to change your password every 90 days? What is a phishing scam? What is the Dark Web? We hit all of these questions on this insight-packed episode of Between the Bytes. Listen now! Register for our upcoming webinar on the Dark Web and get a complimentary Dark Web scan: Check to see if your personal account has ever been part of a public breach: Learn more about cybersecurity best practices and ways we help protect your business:
July 14, 2020
The Low Down on Microsoft Teams: What we Like and Don't Like
In this episode, we have an open discussion with Ben Rees, Technical Training Manager, and Jarom Plewe, Business Development about Microsoft Teams. We talk briefly about how Teams got started and we walk through some of the major features that we love most. We also talk about a few of the shortcomings and our wishlists for the future of Teams. Have some thoughts on Teams? Not sure how to use it? Check out this training webinar we did at the start of WFH: Follow us to get regular episodes on the latest tech trends, IT news, and tips!
June 30, 2020
How to Use Technology to Cut Costs and Improve Efficiency in Your Business
During this episode, the senior leadership at Executech will discuss how businesses can start reducing spend and improving productivity through technology.  The panel will discuss topics like; how to use the cloud to reduce hardware costs, how to improve business processes for greater efficiency, and the importance of maintaining good security measures during this time. For any IT support, cybersecurity or cloud questions, visit to learn more. 
June 23, 2020
Disaster Recovery: How to Prepare Your Business & Maintain Continuity
Does your business have a disaster recovery plan in place? If not, now is the time. We define disaster recovery as having secondary technology, plan procedures, and trained personnel already in place and ready to respond to any potential, future, work-stopping event. In this episode of Between the Bytes, we'll discuss some of the common (and new) cybersecurity dangers that businesses face. We'll outline a variety of preventative measures you can take to protect your business and how to put together a disaster recovery plan. Our guest on this episode is James Fair: James has always had a passion for technology since a young age. He has been working in the professional technology industry now for over 20 years. Today, James leads the IT Services division at Executech as the Senior VP of IT Services. James is an expert in all things business technology including network infrastructure and cybersecurity. James has overseen the successful implementation of cybersecurity best practices and protections at dozens of organizations across the West.  Get a free Disaster Recovery checklist for your business at:
June 16, 2020
HR Considerations for Remote Teams
In this podcast, we'll talk about some of the best practices and tips for managing a remote team, including some things to watch out for and avoid.
June 12, 2020
Adapting Your IT in Times of Crisis: Three Real Stories
Three stories from three different disasters and crises in the past two years of Northern California's business community. Learn about how these local businesses leveraged IT to react quickly to disaster and change and the steps you can start taking to...
April 30, 2020
Working from Home - Technology Considerations for Your Remote Team
This episode of Between the Bytes we discuss the transition to working remotely and the technology considerations companies should have. We'll talk about:VPNsSecurityHardwareRemote Working ToolsAre you ready to work from home (WFH)? Learn more on the...
March 17, 2020