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.

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

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|0 Comments

Are Your Data Backup Methods Secure?

Since the beginning of 2019, data breaches are up by 54% over the same period in 2018. Bad actors will use any available means to access your organization’s data, including your backups. Backups are also essential to recovering from a security breach. If your organization’s data is compromised, quick restoration is vital for keeping your [...]

By |2019-09-30T10:32:38-06:00September 19th, 2019|Managed Services|0 Comments

How Cisco Meraki Cameras Boost Business Security

Almost 70% of small and medium-sized businesses experienced a cyberattack in 2018. Cybersecurity is critical, but many companies don’t think to supplement their cybersecurity efforts with physical security measures. However, social engineering, device theft and equipment damage can have significant impacts on a company’s cybersecurity. Cisco Meraki cameras are a powerful tool for boosting both [...]

By |2019-09-18T15:18:48-06:00September 12th, 2019|Security Solutions|0 Comments

How Webroot’s Secure Anywhere Endpoint
Protection Works

A survey by ESG research found that 25 percent of respondents said their security teams were spending too much time investigating alerts, many of which were false alarms. Differentiating between real threats and false alarms is time-consuming for small businesses, but it’s also essential. An annual cyber-readiness survey revealed that small businesses with 100 users [...]

By |2019-10-01T13:26:42-06:00September 5th, 2019|Security Solutions|Comments Off on How Webroot’s Secure Anywhere Endpoint
Protection Works

5 Ways Microsoft Power BI Boosts Efficiency

Keeping a close eye on critical business data is essential. Unfortunately, gathering and analyzing data is often a time-consuming process, and in today’s fast-paced business environment, data is frequently out-of-date by the time it's pulled and documented. Power BI offers a dynamic way to stay on top of key performance indicators (KPIs). Perhaps more importantly, [...]

By |2019-10-03T09:29:36-06:00August 29th, 2019|Collaboration, Office 365|Comments Off on 5 Ways Microsoft Power BI Boosts Efficiency