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CryptoLocker: A description of this malware and how to mitigate it

At Aldridge, CryptoLocker is no stranger. Our team of technical professionals have helped hundreds of companies fight for the security of their data. Yes, there are technical measures that have been developed to prevent malware like CryptoLocker from hijacking your files, but cybercriminals have made a business out of this information thievery, and their methods develop right alongside prevention tactics. This is why it's important to stay informed about the latest…
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CPA firm technology trend

CPA Firm Technology Trends: What tech is best for your business?

Here at Aldridge, we've worked with a variety of CPA firms to help them find the right technology solutions to fit their business. Often, these companies are eager to adopt the latest software application or innovative offering without realizing the actual time and cost required to implement the technology. If you're a financial firm, the security of your data and systems is integral to your relationship with clients. Without proper…
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law firm technology trends

Four law firm technology trends to follow in 2017

Law firms often come to us looking for advice as to which technology trends will drive their firm in the coming year. However, compromising security to embrace the latest technology innovation is not an option for a firm whose primary asset is sensitive information. Bleeding edge technology tools are new and in the process of undergoing security improvements and additional refinement, making it difficult for your firm to justify the…
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Managed IT services vs. in-house IT: How to compare

If your business is looking to improve its IT functions, it can be difficult to know which IT solution will best fit your company's culture and processes. Two common solutions are to outsource IT or to keep IT functions in-house. However, to compare managed IT services and in-house IT solutions, an organization needs to consider more than just each solution's cost. We've talked with hundreds of companies and we always…
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pros and cons of IT outsourcing

Pros and cons of IT outsourcing: Is it right for your business?

    Growing businesses are often challenged with questions such as, “Should I switch from in-house to an outsourced IT provider? Is this the right decision for us? What are the pros and cons of IT outsourcing?” If your business is looking to invest in a managed service provider (MSP), you should consider the benefit your business will receive from outsourced IT as a whole, as well as from the…
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What is IT outsourcing?

What is IT outsourcing? How it works

Every year, we talk to hundreds of companies and we often get asked to answer, "What is IT outsourcing? What exactly does it mean to outsource one's IT services?" If you're going to trust someone to manage such a critical part of your business, you need to understand what they are doing. This article will review the history, services, future, and common misconceptions regarding IT outsourcing. By the end, you…
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cost of IT outsourcing

What is the cost of IT outsourcing? How to budget and how to tell if you’re paying too much

Comparing prices is the first thing on a business's agenda when selecting an outsourced service. However, when it comes to the cost of IT outsourcing, there are a number of factors that can alter the terms and quality of a provider's offering, making it more difficult to compare rates across the board. As the old adage goes, you get what you pay for, and this couldn't be more true when…
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Common cloud concerns: Protecting data in the cloud

Protecting data in the cloud is one of primary concerns of companies looking to adopt the technology. Companies are often intrigued by the benefits the solution provides, but are reluctant to store their valuable data in the cloud. Essentially, if the business value of implementing the cloud offsets the security risks that accompany the technology, an organization should consider a transition to cloud computing. According to the FBI, more than…
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Cloud watching: Cloud security solutions to protect data

The Internet of things (IoT), development of mobile device capabilities, and shift in employee working habits are changing the way businesses store and share information. A primary contributor to this change is the increasing reliance of companies on cloud technology. A joint study performed by Emergent Research and Intuit predicts the percentage of U.S. small businesses that utilize cloud computing will increase from 37% to 80% over the next six…
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What is SaaS?

Software as a Service defined: What is SaaS and how can it help your business?

What is SaaS? The IT industry is evolving and a primary part of this evolution is the increasing emphasis on software as a service (SaaS) offerings. According to Gartner, the SaaS industry does not point toward signs of decline as its poorest segment is expected to see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.7% through 2019. Software as a service is a software distribution model where a third-party provider…
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