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Rising Direct Deposit Email Fraud Targeting Organizations: Best Practices (ACH Scam)

Smart Computers and Consulting has highlighted an increase in direct deposit business email compromise (BEC) scams targeting organizations. These scams, more sophisticated than typical phishing efforts, involve cybercriminals impersonating employees to redirect payroll deposits to fraudulent accounts. They often target payroll or human resources departments with well-crafted emails, sometimes including a filled-out direct deposit change form. These scams can be particularly aggressive during certain times, such as the start of a school year, posing a significant risk to school districts and businesses alike.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Mastering the Digital Labyrinth: The Expanded Guide to Data Governance with Smart Computers and Consulting

At Smart Computers and Consulting, we don’t just manage data; we empower organizations to wield it effectively. Our approach is twofold: safeguarding data while unlocking its potential for growth and innovation.

Monday, February 5, 2024
The Power of Smart Computing with Smart Computers and Consulting

Smart Computers and Consulting in Dickinson, ND, specializes in Smart Computing to enhance productivity and security for SMBs and school districts. Our comprehensive services include cybersecurity, network protection, and customized IT solutions, all tailored to meet unique client needs. We focus on automating routine tasks, conducting thorough cyber audits, and ensuring FERPA compliance. Our training programs in safe online practices bolster digital literacy and reduce risks. For rapid incident response and effective resolution, our team is always ready. Discover our transformative solutions at

Monday, February 5, 2024
Introducing Microsoft 365's AI Revolution: Copilot, Brought to You by Smart Computers and Consulting

Explore the revolutionary potential of Microsoft 365's Copilot, the latest AI assistant, with Smart Computers and Consulting. Copilot integrates seamlessly into your daily Microsoft apps, enhancing productivity and ensuring top-tier security. It's more than just an AI tool; it's a productivity powerhouse for tasks like summarizing emails, drafting proposals, and more. Designed for organizations and priced affordably, Copilot is accessible for all types of businesses. Let Smart Computers and Consulting guide you in unlocking the full potential of Copilot for your business. Learn more about how this AI tool can transform your workspace at

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Elevating Asset Management in Education with Smart Computers and Consulting

Discover the future of educational resource management with Smart Computers and Consulting. Our tailored solutions focus on maximizing efficiency, reducing costs, and simplifying vendor interactions for school districts. With our advanced asset management tools and data-driven insights, we streamline the tracking and management of diverse educational resources. Our scalable, efficient software solutions transform traditional resource management, ensuring optimal allocation and utilization. Embrace a single-vendor advantage for a unified, streamlined experience. Revolutionize your school's asset management strategy with us at

Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Tech-Savvy Classrooms: Navigating Cybersecurity in Schools

The blog post for Smart Computers focuses on the increasing cybersecurity challenges faced by K-12 schools, emphasizing their vulnerability to cyber threats like ransomware and malware. It highlights the Biden Administration's efforts to enhance school cybersecurity, including a $200 million pilot program and a new coordinating council. The article stresses the importance of cyber hygiene education for students and teachers and outlines key security measures like strong passwords, data backups, layered security, and regular training. It also discusses the high costs of cyberattack recovery and the need for a "secure by design" approach in educational technology, emphasizing Smart Computers' commitment to supporting schools in achieving a safe, technology-enabled learning environment.

Monday, December 11, 2023
Why a MSP Model Over a Break-Fix Can Transform Your Business

In today's digital age, businesses must have a proactive, strategic approach to their IT needs. Smart Computers offers more than just technical support; we become your technology partner, invested in your success. Our MSP model ensures reliability, cost predictability, and the peace of mind that comes with knowing your IT infrastructure is in expert hands.Make the smart choice for your business—choose Smart Computers as your MSP and experience the transformative power of proactive, tailored IT solutions. Contact us today to start your journey towards a more efficient, secure, and successful future.

Thursday, September 7, 2023
Your Cloud Guardian

At Smart Computers and Consulting, we're not just your go-to tech experts; we're your trusted partners in the world of cloud computing. Our mission is to simplify the complex and secure your digital future.

Thursday, September 7, 2023
The Power of Outsourced IT

Embrace the Smart Choice Elevate productivity, reduce risks, and ensure seamless operations. Choose Smart Computers and Consulting for an IT future that's secure, efficient, and forward-looking.‍

Monday, August 21, 2023
Navigating Your Wi-Fi 6 Upgrade: Partnering for Lasting Peace of Mind

The Wi-Fi upgrade journey can be smoother with a little help. So, whether it's planning, implementation, security, cloud decisions, network management, or professional development – partnering up is the secret to lasting peace of mind.

Tuesday, August 8, 2023
Protecting Your Business from Business Email Compromise Fraud

In our latest article, "Protecting Your Business from Business Email Compromise Fraud," we delve into the critical issue of cyber threats facing businesses today. As a cybersecurity consultant, I provide valuable insights into the rising menace of Business Email Compromise (BEC) and offer practical advice to safeguard your organization. BEC is a sophisticated scam that targets businesses and individuals involved in fund transfers.

Monday, July 10, 2023
Crucial Cybersecurity Challenges for K-12 Schools in 2023: Unveiling the Top 4 Threats

While technology offers countless opportunities, it also brings along a range of potential threats. At Smart Computers, we understand the critical importance of safeguarding your school's digital infrastructure. As cybersecurity consultants, we are here to guide you through the top cybersecurity challenges facing schools today and provide actionable solutions to protect your institution.

Monday, July 3, 2023
Safeguarding Education: The Vital Role of Qualified IT Professionals and Trusted Managed Service Providers in School Districts

In the digital age, School Districts must prioritize the role of qualified IT professionals and trusted Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to safeguard education. IT professionals secure valuable data, create secure learning environments, and manage network infrastructure. MSPs offer specialized expertise, resources, and cybersecurity solutions. Together, they fortify IT infrastructure, protect sensitive data, and ensure seamless operations. This collaboration drives education's digital transformation, empowering teachers and students while fostering trust in the community. By investing in these partnerships, School Districts optimize technology, enhance data security, and provide a safe and productive learning environment for all.

Thursday, June 15, 2023
Protecting Student Privacy: The Significance of FERPA Compliance in Schools

FERPA compliance is crucial for educational institutions as it protects student privacy and upholds the integrity of their educational records. It is not only a legal obligation but also essential for maintaining trust, reputation, and data security. Failure to comply with FERPA can lead to legal consequences, disruptions in education, loss of community trust, and the need for remedial actions. Prioritizing FERPA compliance demonstrates a commitment to safeguarding student privacy and creating a conducive learning environment.

Thursday, June 1, 2023
Unleashing the Marketing Potential: The Dynamic Duo of Social Media and Websites

In today's digital era, establishing a robust online presence has become a make-or-break factor for businesses. Social media platforms have evolved into formidable marketing tools, offering a direct line of communication to the masses. Additionally, having a well-crafted website amplifies marketing efforts, acting as a central hub for brand promotion. In this article, we delve into the profound impact of social media accounts and websites in marketing, shedding light on their symbiotic relationship that fuels business success.

Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Staying Ahead of the Curve: Accessing the Latest Technology and Expertise through Outsourced IT Services

Jeremy Berger

In today's fast-paced business world, IT plays an essential role in keeping companies competitive. However, managing IT in-house can be a costly and time-consuming process. That's where outsourcing IT services can help. In this blog post, we'll discuss the top benefits of outsourcing IT services, and why it's a smart choice for businesses of all sizes.

Monday, May 1, 2023
Why Buy Local?

Purchasing from your friend's local small business has several benefits that online shopping may not offer.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Supporting your friend's small business

Supporting your friend's small business is important, and it doesn't always have to involve spending money. There are plenty of ways to show your support that are free, easy, and just as valuable to your friend. Here are some ideas for how to support your friend's small business without spending any money:

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
US Officials Warn of Increased Ransomware Attacks on Schools

Jeremy Berger

As students return to school, US federal officials have issued a warning that ransomware attacks on schools may increase, citing Vice Society, a ransomware gang that has been targeting the education sector. According to the FBI, US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and the MS-ISAC, schools with limited cybersecurity resources are particularly vulnerable to ransomware, but even well-defended school systems can fall prey to opportunistic hackers.

Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Why is my School District's Internet Slow in North Dakota?

Jeremy Berger

Here is an explanation on why so many districts are having bandwidth problems in the State of North Dakota.

Monday, April 3, 2023
Why should I choose a Manage Service Provider for my business?

Jeremy Berger

As technology becomes an increasingly integral part of modern businesses, it can be challenging for companies to keep up with all of the necessary hardware, software, and cybersecurity needs. That's where Managed Service Providers (MSPs) come in, providing a comprehensive suite of technology services that can help businesses streamline their operations and stay secure. Here are a few reasons why you should choose an MSP for your company and why Smart Computers and Consulting is the best choice for your needs

Monday, March 27, 2023
Does my business need cybersecurity insurance?

Cybersecurity insurance is becoming increasingly important for businesses of all sizes, including small and medium-sized enterprises.

Monday, March 27, 2023
Do School Districts Really Need Cybersecurity?

Jeremy Berger

Yes, school districts should prioritize cybersecurity measures and partner with companies like Smart Computers and Consulting to protect their sensitive data. Educational institutions handle vast amounts of personal information, including student records, financial information, and confidential research data. As such, schools are prime targets for cybercriminals seeking to steal sensitive information or disrupt operations.

Monday, March 27, 2023
Smart Computers and Consulting: Launches Office and School Supplies Division, Offering Local Delivery and Exceptional Service

Jeremy Berger

Smart Computers and Consulting's Office and School Supplies Division, dedicated to providing high-quality office and school supplies to businesses and educational institutions in our local community. We understand the importance of reliable and efficient service, which is why our team is committed to delivering exceptional products and personalized service to meet your unique needs.

Monday, March 27, 2023
Zero Trust: What is it?

Jeremy Berger

So, why should you use a zero trust solution from Smart Computers and Consulting? The answer is simple: it provides numerous benefits that can help safeguard your business from potential cyber threats. First and foremost, a zero trust solution helps to prevent unauthorized access to your network. This is done by verifying the identity of every user and device attempting to access your network, regardless of whether they are inside or outside your organization's perimeter.

Monday, March 27, 2023
Data Breach Statistics: The Importance of Vendor Due Diligence

Jeremy Berger

Data breaches have become a common occurrence in the digital age, with millions of individuals and companies falling victim to cyberattacks every year. While many businesses are taking steps to protect their own data, they often overlook the risks associated with working with third-party vendors.

Monday, March 27, 2023
Partnering with Smart Computers and Consulting: How Access to Technology Can Help School Districts Thrive

Jeremy Berger

Technology has become an essential component of modern education, with many schools relying on technology to enhance the learning experience for their students. However, implementing and managing technology can be challenging for school districts, particularly those with limited resources or expertise. That's where companies like Smart Computers and Consulting come in. By providing access to technology, Smart Computers and Consulting can help school districts thrive in several ways.

Monday, March 27, 2023

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