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LeadingIT Launches New IT Support Strategies to Conform with Cybersecurity Predictions For 2021 And Beyond

CHICAGO, Ill. -- LeadingIT, a Chicagoland cybersecurity and IT support company, today refreshed their previously launched cybersecurity measures to help its clients curb the increasing menace of cyberattacks. The launch comes when internet usage and online networking rose to unprecedented levels following the stay-at-home orders and other COVID-19 containment measures.

Across the nation, many corporate employees lost jobs or went out of office confinements to work from home, the internet has been pretty busy. While the world may not experience a surge in new deaths or infections with the rollout of vaccines, the chaos witnessed online will not stop soon. Predictions are rife with new cybersecurity predictions for 2021 and afterward.

Being a leading IT company in the area (pun intended), LeadingIT has plans to help its old, new, and prospective clients develop mitigative measures for all the potential threats in 2021 and beyond. These plans were announced as the company celebrates a decade of providing fast + friendly IT support.

10th Anniversary of Provided Excellent Always Available Support

LeadingIT has been around for ten years now, which is no mean feat. The company works with institutions, religious organizations, corporates, businesses, nonprofits, and government entities to provide them with managed services in the information technologyand cybersecurity sectors.

"It is quite an achievement to be around for ten years now. Sincerely, the journey hasn't been a walk in the park. We pass our sincere gratitude to our partners, staff, and friends for supporting us through the journey," said Stephen Taylor, the CEO of LeadingIT, in acknowledgment of the company's decade-long service in IT support.

Stephen Taylor continued, "However, we won't let the 10-year celebrations deter us from focusing on the continued cybersecurity threats. Cybercriminals thrive where there is chaos. Thus, the chaos of 2020, together with upcoming events such as the Tokyo Olympics, will provide an opportunity for attackers to prey on your servers, data, and teams."

Specific Cybersecurity Predictions for 2021

According to a report by The University of Maryland, there is an average of 2,224 hacking attempts every day. That translates to an average of one attempted hack every 39 seconds. And with these predictions bound to continue, it signifies a worrying trend for 2021 and beyond.

Notable predictions include:
* Cyberattackers will try to gain access to systems via the over 300 billion passwords and usernames used globally.
* Systems, organizations, and individuals without Multi-Factor-Authorization will suffer security breaches.
* Attackers will continue to swarm RDPs and VPNs as the rise in the remote workforce continues.
* Home networks, computers, and servers will face a higher risk of attacks.
* 55% of enterprises will increase their IT support budgets, according to a Global Digital Trust Insights report.
* Identity management, network security, and messaging security will be the top areas that businesses will spend on.

Measures to Curb the Top Cyberattack Threats in 2021

LeadingIT is at the forefront of helping its clients conform to the latest IT and cybersecurity trends. Stephen Taylor said, "These threats our very real for all businesses but we've built a 7-layer cybersecurity "jacket" to prevent data breaches, ransomware, and forced downtime."

The company believes that ensuring best practices, advanced endpoint detection, two-factor authentication, cybersecurity education, and more will be key to keeping clients safe in 2021 and beyond.

About LeadingIT

LeadingIT offers 24/7, all-inclusive, fast, and friendly technology and cybersecurity support for nonprofits, manufacturers, schools, accounting firms, religious organizations, government, and law offices with 10-200 employees across the Chicagoland area.

MEDIA CONTACT
Stephen Taylor
Phone: 847-545-0714
Email: Stephen@GoLeadingIT.com

Sources:
https://www.scmagazine.com/home/research/video-300-billion-passwords-by-2020-report-predicts/

https://www.pwc.com/us/en/services/consulting/cybersecurity/library/global-digital-trust-insights.html

https://eng.umd.edu/news/story/study-hackers-attack-every-39-seconds

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LeadingIT Announces Year-End Plans and Looks Forward to A Strong 2021

CHICAGO, Ill. -- LeadingIT, a cybersecurity and technology support company in the Chicagoland area, outlines the plans for its team and clients for the end of the year, as well as the strategy it has to grow in 2021.

2020 has brought unprecedented changes to the business world and changed how many companies in the world run their operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many people now work remotely, and, according to Global Workplace Analytics estimates, 25 to 30 percent of the workforce will continue to work from home on multiple days of the week (*note 1).

As an IT support and cybersecurity provider, LeadingIT took a leading role in ensuring that its clients' employees could work from home efficiently and effectively, accessing cloud resources and corporate networks securely through two-factor authentication.

LeadingIT Puts Team's Welfare At The Forefront Of Everything It Does

Without an expert team of IT professionals focused on helping clients mitigate risk and putting business continuity plans in place, many businesses would have shut down or been unable to support remote work on such a massive and immediate scale. Their knowledge and expertise have been key reasons why LeadingIT continues to grow during the current uncertain business environment.

Recognizing this, the Chicagoland IT support and cybersecurity provider introduced several team benefits, including:
* Having paid time off as a critical part of the benefit policy
* Flexible work hours, where employees can leave early or arrive late and make up the time later
* End-of-year bonuses
* Company-funded healthcare plan covering life, dental, vision, and medical
* The ability for the team to work remotely from anywhere

LeadingIT In The Community

LeadingIT prides itself on being an integral part of the community in which the company operates. Recognizing the need for quality healthcare for children in disadvantaged neighborhoods, the company teamed up with the fundraising organization, Extra Life, to help treat injured or sick children and spread some cheer to their families during a difficult period (*note 2).

Every year, the LeadingIT team sets fundraising targets then invites donors to sponsor marathon gaming sessions organized by Extra Life. If you're looking to participate in the charity, the end of the year is a great time to do so and help brighten up the holidays for children in need. Head to Extra-Life.org to learn more about the cause.

Looking Forward To 2021

2020 has brought on new challenges, and businesses must find innovative ways to offer great experiences for their clients and team, to avoid losing out to their competitors and the virus. As quoted by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the tech giant has seen "two years of digital transformation within two months" (*note 3). LeadingIT plans to play a significant role in ensuring businesses continue to operate seamlessly in 2021.

Stephen Taylor, Leading IT's CEO, says, "Over the past year, we have seen a large demand for cybersecurity, cloud support, and fast and friendly technology support that offer immediate and measurable results as businesses spend large amounts of money to move toward a digital mode of working."

He expresses his pleasure that LeadingIT was able to retain its team at a time characterized by unprecedented uncertainty. Given the essential role that managed service providers like LeadingIT expect to play in the ongoing digital transformation, the firm wants to add more experts to its team in 2021.

"We're focusing on really expanding our organization by hiring new team members and through strategic acquisitions in the new year," adds Stephen Taylor. He also believes that 2021 will be a new year for everyone, including the IT support and cybersecurity industry. As people and businesses adapt to the new way of working, it could be the start of a refreshing new beginning for the technology industry.

About LeadingIT

LeadingIT offers 24/7, all-inclusive, fast, and friendly technology and cybersecurity support for nonprofits, manufacturers, schools, accounting firms, religious organizations, government, and law offices with 10-200 employees across the Chicagoland area.

MEDIA CONTACT
Stephen Taylor
Phone: 847-545-0714
Email: Stephen@GoLeadingIT.com

Notes:
1: https://globalworkplaceanalytics.com/work-at-home-after-covid-19-our-forecast
2: https://www.send2press.com/wire/leadingit-teams-up-with-extra-life-to-raise-money-for-sick-children/
3: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/04/30/2-years-digital-transformation-2-months/

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LeadingIT Teams Up with Extra Life to Raise Money for Sick Children

CHICAGO, Ill. -- LeadingIT, a Chicagoland technology and cybersecurity support company, has teamed up with Extra Life to raise money for hospitals that treat sick or injured children.

Each year, the IT company's team sets their fundraising goals and invites sponsors and donors to help them hit their targets as they participate in marathon gaming sessions organized by Extra Life. This year, the LeadingIT team has already surpassed its goal of contributing $1,000, raising an impressive $2,285 after a strong start to 2020. This number is expected to increase even further with more gaming events scheduled this year.

About Extra Life

Extra Life is a unique initiative that brings thousands of gaming enthusiasts together to play marathon sessions of their favorite games and raise funds to help their local hospital registered under the Children's Miracle Network (*note 1). Since its launch in 2008, the Extra Life nonprofit has raised more than $70 million for sick and injured children. Extra Life lets gamers who would typically play on their own come together to have fun at an Extra Life United event or smaller events held by Guilds, with giant live stream marathons.

At the same time, Extra Life helps people become more aware of the critical issues that the Children's Miracle Network is doing and offers them the chance to raise the money that their local children's hospital needs.

Extra Life's Achievements

Since its inception in 2008, Extra Life, through its association with the Children's Miracle Network, has raised over $70 million dollars to benefit 170 hospitals for sick and injured kids in the U.S. and Canada. The donations made by gamers on the platform stay local and provide funding for healthcare services, research, pediatric medical equipment, and essential treatments that member hospitals need.

Today, Extra Life's most important initiative is a COVID-19 Impact Fund that aims to help hospitals caring for affected children to close the gap between their existing resources and what they need, and LeadingIT is honored to involved and an active participant in the cause.

LeadingIT's Community Involvement

LeadingIT's involvement in Extra Life supports their core value of community and the need to give back. The company considers themselves an extension of their clients and is honored to promote and support their community. Collectively, over the past several years of teaming up with Extra Life, LeadingIT has raised and donated over $10,000.

Anyone who wants to join the team can support LeadingIT's selected charity, the Lurie Children's Hospital. Alternatively, LeadingIT team members can also choose to specify a different organization where they want the funds they raise to go.

To learn more about how to join or contribute to the LeadingIT Extra Life team, please visit our page at https://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.team&teamID=51880.

About LeadingIT

LeadingIT offers 24/7, all-inclusive, fast, and friendly technology and cybersecurity support for nonprofits, manufacturers, schools, accounting firms, religious organizations, government, and law offices with 10-200 employees across the Chicagoland area.

MEDIA CONTACT
Stephen Taylor
Phone: 847-545-0714
Email: Stephen@GoLeadingIT.com

Sources: (*Note 1) https://extralife.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org/

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LeadingIT Celebrates 10 Years of Service in Chicagoland

CHICAGO, Ill. -- LeadingIT, a friendly technology and cybersecurity support firm, started with no clients and zero dollars. For the first 8-10 months, Stephen Taylor, our CEO, worked on reaching out to as many people as possible, offering and telling them what he could do. The few who saw value in our offerings signed up as clients. With sheer determination and dedication, he spent the first year trying to build the business.

Our official start date was October 15, 2010, and we have experienced steady growth since our establishment. Currently, we serve 2,800 end users from our 90 regular clients. Stephen Taylor currently relies on his team to enable and empower him to do more. With our 10th anniversary coming up on October 15, 2020, we look at the steps we've taken in service delivery.

The Major Impact Factor

Looking back over the last ten years, Stephen Taylor believes that hard work and dedication have fueled much of our success. Entrepreneurs should learn how to level up themselves and get out of their comfort zone to achieve their goals. Business owners who try to manage everything in their businesses can quickly become a stumbling block to their success.

Stephen Taylor has delegated most roles and gotten out of the way, showing immense trust in his team's ability and judgment. Thanks to his team, he can focus more on the company's bigger vision as they take care of the technical roles and the daily tasks. Taking risks and doing things that challenge you can also make a difference as an entrepreneur.

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

We're also excited to share our anniversary alongside National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), which is in its 17th year of existence. According to CISA.gov(*Note 1), this year's theme, "Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart," encourages organizations to become intentional about enhancing cybersecurity. NCSAM emphasizes that individuals should take personal responsibility in protecting their cyberspace.

Company Values

LeadingIT has made considerable strides in our business operations while holding fast to company values. The core values that inform our brand include:
* We get IT done
* We foster community
* We constantly improve
* We create happy clients

Our Services

Partnering with us offers a host of benefits, including:
* Fast and friendly support: Our responsive tech experts resolve issues in real-time, preventing untimely downtime that can hamper your team's productivity.
* All-inclusive: Nonprofits, religious organizations, schools, manufacturers, law offices, and accounting firms can reach out to us for 24/7, all-inclusive tech and cybersecurity support.
* Cybersecurity: Count on us to secure your organization from evolving cybersecurity threats and to help you proactively prevent data loss and ransomware. Trust us to help you maintain industry best practices and put hurdles on the path of cyberattacks.

Developing Future Leaders

LeadingIT cares about the next generation of IT professionals and offers a scholarship for IT students at McHenry Community College. The scholarship helps to create substantial career opportunities as we work to close the talent gap. Two IT students benefit from our $250 scholarship every year, one in fall and the other during spring. With these scholarship funds, students can pay for their tuition fees and buy relevant books. Interested applicants can visit the McHenry County College Foundation Scholarship Program website to apply before the set deadlines.

Giving Back to The Community

Every year, LeadingIT takes part in Extra Life (*Note 2), a nonprofit organization that collects funds for a local children's hospital. You can play games on their website, then collect and earn pledges that go to charity. Extra Life has raised over $70 million since its inception in 2008. Now, they are running the COVID-19 Impact Fund for sick and injured kids.

About LeadingIT

LeadingIT offers 24/7, all-inclusive, fast, and friendly technology and cybersecurity support for nonprofits, manufacturers, schools, accounting firms, religious organizations, government, and law offices with 10-200 employees across the Chicagoland area.

For more information about LeadingIT, please visit https://www.goleadingit.com.

For more information about the LeadingIT Technology Scholarship, please visit https://mchenry.academicworks.com/opportunities/1986.

MEDIA CONTACT
Stephen Taylor
Phone: 847-545-0714
Email: Stephen@GoLeadingIT.com

Sources:
(*Note 1): https://www.cisa.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month
(*Note 2): https://www.extra-life.org/

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MCC Fall Scholarship – Developing the Next Generation of IT Professionals

CHICAGO, Ill. -- LeadingIT, an all-inclusive, fast, and friendly technology and cybersecurity support company operating in the Chicagoland area cares about developing the next generation of IT professionals. Employment in computing, information systems, and information technology (IT) is growing at a rapid pace.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the demand will continue to accelerate at an 11% pace through 2028. As companies migrate more services to the cloud, the need for IT support, networking, cloud support, managed services, and help desk professionals will provide great career opportunities.

At any one time, there are nearly a million open IT jobs in the United States. The demand for qualified IT workers is amazing! Anyone with skills involving IT, from servers to software, computers to networking, web filtering or spam filtering, email support, internet access, or website design will remain in demand for years to come. However, there are simply not enough supply of skilled IT workers to fill this growing demand. The talent gap is simply too large.

One of the hottest areas is cybersecurity. By 2021, there will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally.

If you're looking for a high-paying, stable, and productive career path, being an IT professional opens up a world of possibilities (literally).

The Top 10 Most In-Demand Tech Jobs

Here are the top 10 most in-demand tech jobs in 2020
1. AI Architect
2. Business Intelligence Analyst
3. Cloud Architect
4. Data Analyst and Engineer
5. Developer (Web, Software, Mobile)
6. DevOps Engineers
7. IT Help Desk Support Professional
8. Network and Cloud Administrator
9. Network Security Architect, Engineer, and Administrator
10. System Administrator

The average salary of the ten most in-demand tech jobs in 2020 is $113, 855.

Closing The Talent Gap

To help close the talent gap and provide strong career opportunities for the next generation of IT professionals, LeadingIT is proud to announce it is once again offered a Technology Scholarship for the fall for students pursuing an IT career at McHenry Community College.

The $250 scholarship is available for students pursuing one of the following:
* An Associate degree in Science with a focus on Computer Science
* An Associate degree in Applied Science in Network Security
* A certificate in Cyber Security, Geek Technology, Help Desk, Networking Specialists, or PC Support Specialist

If you're looking to build a career in IT, these degrees and certificates are a great place to start. LeadingIT is proud to help you launching your career.

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be full-time students taking a minimum of 12 credit hours, currently have a GPA of at least 3.0, and be a resident of McHenry County.

Scholarship funds can be applied to tuition, book, and fees.

Deadline For Applications For The LeadingIT Technology Scholarship

The deadline for applications for the LeadingIT Technology Scholarship for the fall is October 6, 2020. Interested applicants can apply through the McHenry County College Foundation Scholarship Program website.

About LeadingIT

LeadingIT offers 24/7, all-inclusive, fast, and friendly technology and cybersecurity support for nonprofits, manufacturers, schools, accounting firms, religious organizations, government, and law offices with 10-200 employees across the Chicagoland area.

For more information about LeadingIT, please visit: https://www.goleadingit.com.

For more information about the LeadingIT Technology Scholarship, please visit: https://mchenry.academicworks.com/opportunities/1986.

MEDIA CONTACT
Stephen Taylor
Phone: 847-545-0714
Email: Stephen@GoLeadingIT.com

Related link: https://www.goleadingit.com/

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