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Why your business needs a third party IT audit: The benefits of an in-depth IT analysis

A successful business requires an IT infrastructure and support system that facilitates the company's operations and future goals. Do you know what technology your company has in place? Can your IT systems support any business changes or growth plans? What technology challenges do your employees face? These are all questions that must be addressed in an IT audit, but there are many other aspects of your company's IT strategy that…
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Five cybersecurity myths every business should debunk

1. "Cybersecurity is solely about technology." Today's businesses are almost entirely dependent on data and more importantly, the security and accessibility of this data. Cybersecurity involves both the correct implementation of technology as well as the thorough education and threat awareness of employees. Your organization can purchase and configure a defense for your IT network, but if your employees are unaware of tactics such as social engineering, they can easily…
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4 ways your business can prepare for hurricane season: The importance of business continuity and disaster recovery strategies

Hurricane season doesn't end until November 30th, which means your business is still at risk for data loss, facility damages, downtime, and the many other inconveniences that accompany a natural disaster. Your organization should do a thorough examination of its processes and data to develop a Business Continuity Plan that can support operations when a disaster occurs. How will your employees continue working if your work site is inaccessible? If…
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Construction firms and the cloud: How cloud tech can help you save time and money in the field

Does your construction firm need real-time remote access to files while on the job site? Are critical projects sometimes delayed because of IT functionality failures or restricted access to business-critical resources? The goal of remote access technology is to create a seamless work environment for your company's users no matter where they are. Your firm’s team is likely working on-the-go and needs access to office files and resources no matter…
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Business continuity for engineering firms: Why your firm should care about more than data backup

Data continuity, disaster recovery, and business continuity are related, but not the same. Designing business continuity for engineering firms can be difficult if the firm has an incomplete understanding of the differences between data continuity, disaster recovery, and business continuity. Does your firm back up its critical files? Where is your firm's business-critical data stored? How will your employees access the information they need to do their jobs in the event…
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Companies are embracing Next Gen firewalls, should you?

In today's technology landscape, everything is connected. Thus, everything is vulnerable to cyber threats if the necessary security measures are not in place. If you're a company with an IT solution, you're likely already using a firewall. However, is it effective? Do you know what firewall solution your company uses? Do you know what the technology protects against? Firewalls are standard security protocol among companies, but even firewalls can vary…
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Dallas CPA Society provides value to CPA community with the 2017 Convergence conference

On May 12, 2017, CPA firms from across Texas met at the annual Dallas CPA Society Convergence conference. The conference offered attendees eight hours of CPE credit and the chance to learn from a variety of industry experts that specialize in areas important to CPAs. Speakers discussed topics ranging from auditing to cybersecurity. More than 1,000 participants attended the event held at the InterContinental Dallas Hotel featuring keynote speaker and…
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Aldridge completes roll-up and integration of former subsidiary, Arterian

Aldridge, a leading technology management, consulting, and outsourcing company for growing organizations, completed the acquisition and roll-up of Arterian, a Seattle-based IT services company. Aldridge has now integrated Arterian into its Seattle managed IT services branch, making it possible for Aldridge to bolster its presence in the city's technology services market. Key elements of this announcement: Aldridge is consolidating the operations of Arterian within its Seattle branch Jamison West has…
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WannaCry: Understanding and preventing the global ransomware attack

You've likely already heard the buzz about WannaCry, the global ransomware attack that affected thousands of companies on Friday, May 12, 2017. More than 200, 000 computers in 150 different countries were infected by WannaCry, and the risk is still imminent for those without the proper technology and security protocols in place. Ransomware is malware that locks you out of your business-critical files and demands a ransom be paid to…
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Remote access security risks

  If your business uses Office 365, who controls your file permissions? If your business uses a remote desktop solution, how often are users required to change their passwords? How will you know if a network compromise occurs? Every organization is different and so is every remote access solution. Your IT team or managed IT services provider must be able to implement, monitor, and manage the security of your remote…
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