About Peters & Associates

With our expert IT team and technology, Peters & Associates provides full-service IT consulting, managed IT services, and IT security solutions in the Chicago area. Our award-winning work and proven successes help drive businesses forward. We solve challenges and build bridges to a better future with secure, scalable IT solutions aligned with your business needs and goals. A full service Chicago IT consulting firm, Peters & Associates has been successfully serving businesses in the Chicago area for over three decades with award-winning managed IT services and IT solutions for business, education, finance, manufacturing, and health care.

Planning for SQL 2008 End of Support

Organizations that are still using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 or the 2008 R2 version past their end of support date, which occurred on July 9, 2019, could be putting their organizations at risk. Instead, businesses should strongly consider migrating to a newer solution that still receives support, along with the new functionality that comes from [...]

By |2019-12-16T09:45:33-06:00November 28th, 2019|IT Provider|0 Comments

How to Prepare for Exchange 2010 End of Support

Businesses using Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 for their email and calendar services face an upcoming deadline that should not be ignored: October 13, 2020, marks the Exchange 2010 end of support date. After that date, Microsoft will no longer provide support for that product. This includes security patches, bug fixes, and technical support that normally [...]

By |2019-12-16T09:44:28-06:00November 21st, 2019|IT Provider|0 Comments

Is Upgrading Windows Server 2008 Before End of Support Worth It?

Upgrading to new technology can be challenging in any form, particularly when dealing with enterprise-scale issues, like deciding what server operating system to use. Yet with the Windows Server 2008 end of support date approaching on January 14, 2020, businesses should highly consider upgrading to Microsoft Office 365 beforehand. After the Windows Server 2008 end [...]

By |2019-12-09T08:38:37-06:00November 14th, 2019|IT Provider|0 Comments

Security Risks of Using Windows 7 After End of Support

Keeping up with technology advances may seem like a luxury for some businesses, but it is really a necessity, particularly to protect your company from cybersecurity risks. One key area that requires continual updating for security purposes is operating systems. As new versions are released, older versions eventually get phased out, as is happening with [...]

By |2019-12-09T08:37:20-06:00November 7th, 2019|IT Provider|0 Comments

Improve Cybersecurity in Schools with a Managed Security Services Provider

Schools are appealing targets to cybercriminals. In fact, they have become such frequent victims of cyberattacks that the FBI issued a warning about cybersecurity specifically for schools late last year. The warning states that the “U.S. school systems’ rapid growth of education technologies (EdTech) and widespread collection of student data could have privacy and safety [...]

By |2019-10-29T12:57:59-06:00October 24th, 2019|Managed Services|0 Comments

Ransomware and Your Backups: Why Your School May Be At More Risk Than You Think

Ransomware is becoming a very real threat to schools and educational organizations as hackers look for new ways to get their hands on sensitive information, including financial and student data. When it comes to ransomware protection, cybersecurity experts repeatedly stress the need for backups. While those backups do provide the first line of protection, simply [...]

By |2019-10-31T08:44:55-06:00October 17th, 2019|Managed Services|Comments Off on Ransomware and Your Backups: Why Your School May Be At More Risk Than You Think

3 Easy Ways for Faculty and Staff to Identify Phishing Scams

Phishing scams target schools by posing as a legitimate person or organization – i.e., an administrator, parent, publisher, or superintendent – to gain access to confidential data, such as login credentials for financial accounts or student data. These phishing scams can occur through social media, emails, or even phone calls, and can target anyone from [...]

By |2019-10-29T12:59:59-06:00October 10th, 2019|Security Solutions|Comments Off on 3 Easy Ways for Faculty and Staff to Identify Phishing Scams

6 Common Cyberattacks That Threaten Your SMB

Cybercriminals often target small and medium-sized businesses expecting them to lack the high level of network security often found at larger enterprises. With cybercrime constantly evolving, SMBs need to stay on top of emerging cyberthreats and the best ways to protect against them. An important starting point in protecting your business against the high cost of [...]

By |2019-11-14T06:21:18-06:00October 3rd, 2019|Security Solutions|Comments Off on 6 Common Cyberattacks That Threaten Your SMB

Security Awareness

Empowering your employees to be your first line of cyber-defense is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve organizational security. With PULSE Aware, we can bring hundreds of training modules spanning from FFIEC, PCI, HIPPA and more! Security Awareness Training is a critical piece of your overall cybersecurity plan. Peters & Associates can make [...]

By |2019-10-31T08:45:13-06:00October 1st, 2019|Monthly Focus|Comments Off on Security Awareness

Managing iPhone Security in Your BYOD Policy

Bring your own device (BYOD) policies are appealing for employees and businesses alike. Businesses don’t have to invest in phones and tablets for their employees that will become obsolete in a few years. Employees don’t have to juggle multiple devices to get through their workday and can choose the devices that they prefer to be optimally [...]

By |2019-10-21T09:08:48-06:00September 26th, 2019|Managed Services|Comments Off on Managing iPhone Security in Your BYOD Policy