Daniel Barnes

About Daniel Barnes

Daniel Barnes is the Digital Content Manager at Capital Network Solutions, and he also writes about IT issues for the CNS blog. Born and raised in Sacramento, Daniel graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in Journalism. He has been writing for print and online publications for the last twenty years. His work has appeared in The Sacramento Bee, Sacramento News & Review, Comstock’s Magazine, Sacramento Magazine, East Bay Express and many more.
13 06, 2019

Baltimore Ransomware Attack 2019: City Under Siege

By |2019-06-14T09:30:03-07:00June 13th, 2019|Cyber Security, Industry News|0 Comments

On May 7, hackers infected the City of Baltimore's network with ransomware, effectively shutting down many municipal services. This cyber attack shut down real estate transactions, government emails and payments to city departments in a city of over 600,000 people. If hackers can shut down a city the size of Baltimore, imagine what they can do to a small business. Click to read more about the ongoing recovery and investigation, and find out how you can protect your IT network against ransomware attacks.

11 06, 2019

NIST Cyber Security: Small Business Information Security Checklist

By |2019-06-11T08:43:16-07:00June 11th, 2019|Cyber Security, Industry News|0 Comments

Many small businesses don't think about cyber security until it's too late. However, the costs of a data breach can be devastating to SMBs. Recognizing an education gap, the National Institute of Standards of Technology put together "Small Business Information Security: The Fundamentals." This 54-page guide outlines the NIST best practices for small business cyber security. In this post, we simplify the NIST guide into a checklist that you can use to strengthen the cyber security of your Sacramento small business.

4 06, 2019

Data Breach News: Cyber Security Update June 2019

By |2019-06-04T09:37:44-07:00June 4th, 2019|Cyber Security, Industry News|0 Comments

The headlines are so full of data breaches these days, it is almost impossible to keep up. In this week's data protection news roundup, we examine the massive First American Financial data breach and offer an update on the Baltimore ransomware attack. Click to read more about data breaches across the country, from Oregon hospitals to New York nonprofits. At Capital Network Solutions, we possess over three decades of experience helping Sacramento small businesses secure their IT networks. If you're concerned about your security posture, CNS can help.

21 05, 2019

Data Breaches: Cyber Security News May 2019

By |2019-05-30T09:34:04-07:00May 21st, 2019|Cyber Security, Industry News|0 Comments

The headlines are so full of data breaches these days, to the point that it is almost impossible to keep up. From giant corporations like Marriott and Equifax to mom-and-pop stores to public institutions, no business is immune to the dangers of data breaches. The costs associated with a data breach are especially devastating to small to medium-sized companies. At Capital Network Solutions, we possess three decades of experience helping Sacramento small businesses secure their IT networks.

14 05, 2019

Managed IT Success Story: Grow West

By |2019-05-08T08:25:47-07:00May 14th, 2019|Customer Case Studies, IT Support & Managed IT Services, Office 365|Comments Off on Managed IT Success Story: Grow West

At Capital Network Solutions, we take great pride in our customer success stories. In this post, we look at the story of Grow West, an independent agricultural retailer operating since 1954. Previously known as Tremont Lyman, the company rebranded earlier this year as Grow West, requiring the merger of two separate IT infrastructures into one. Click to read how CNS made the complex switchover straightforward, smooth and headache-free.

7 05, 2019

Cyber Insurance: Is It Right for Your SMB?

By |2019-05-07T16:55:29-07:00May 7th, 2019|Cyber Security, Industry News|Comments Off on Cyber Insurance: Is It Right for Your SMB?

About one-third of American companies currently carry cyber insurance, and the total value of premiums is projected to reach $7.5 billion by the end of next year. But is cyber insurance right for your small business? In this post, we break down the basics of cyber liability insurance, including what it covers and how to choose the best policy.

3 05, 2019

Small Business Cyber Security FAQ

By |2019-05-08T14:11:49-07:00May 3rd, 2019|Backups, Cloud Servers & Storage, Cyber Security, IT Support & Managed IT Services|Comments Off on Small Business Cyber Security FAQ

Cyber security tends to rank low on a small business owner’s list of concerns. However, with cyberattacks on the rise and new data privacy legislation on the horizon, doing nothing is no longer an option. Two-thirds of SMBs suffered a cyberattack last year, while the average cyberacttack costs nearly $3 million. Most small business owners aren’t IT experts, so in the interests of education, we put together this list of FAQs related to SMB cyber security basics. When you work with Capital Network Solutions, you don't just get a managed service provider. You get a partner in all things IT.

30 04, 2019

CCPA: How Will It Affect My Business?

By |2019-05-07T17:04:48-07:00April 30th, 2019|Cyber Security, Industry News|Comments Off on CCPA: How Will It Affect My Business?

CCPA is coming, whether your small business is ready or not. The California Consumer Privacy Act goes into effect in 2020, and it introduces sweeping changes to the world of data privacy protection. Is your business prepared for CCPA? In this post, we look at some of the new rights and penalties created by CCPA. We also compare CCPA vs. GDPR, look at the pros and cons of cyber insurance, and discuss the cyber security measures that can protect your business data.

25 04, 2019

What is the CNS Onboarding Process?

By |2019-05-07T16:56:44-07:00April 25th, 2019|Backups, Cyber Security, IT Support & Managed IT Services|Comments Off on What is the CNS Onboarding Process?

Changing your IT service provider might seem overwhelming, but when you choose Capital Network Solutions, we work with you to make the onboarding process smooth and seamless. In this post, we lay out the entire process for onboarding a new client, from the initial meet-and-greet to the final transition to managed services.

24 04, 2019

Big Day of Giving 2019: Children’s Law Center of California

By |2019-04-25T13:28:30-07:00April 24th, 2019|Local News & Events|Comments Off on Big Day of Giving 2019: Children’s Law Center of California

This year’s Big Day of Giving takes place on Thursday, May 2. We hope that you will join CNS in supporting the Children's Law Center of California. Click to read more about the important work that this organization does for local foster children, and find out how you can donate.