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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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Does your business need remote access technology?

    Remote access technology is an ambiguous term in today's technology marketplace. What would you say  if someone asked you, “How do you access your work email from your phone?” You may know exactly where and how your company's email is stored, but most of us would be confused by the question and even more confused as to why this caveman doesn't know how to download an application and…
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Managed IT services cost vs. value

Managed IT services costs vary depending on the IT provider's experience and breadth of services. While some IT firms may advertise offerings at a surprisingly low rate, it's essential your business consider the IT consultant's ability to align the technology you use with your business goals. Ask the following questions when considering IT outsourcing costs: Does the managed IT services provider offer scheduled business reviews? Does the IT outsourcing provider…
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What are IT managed services and how can they benefit your business?

If you're a small to medium-size business, you're likely in need of an efficient and secure IT environment. However, it can be difficult to afford the time and expense necessary to fulfill these needs solely via an in-house IT solution. We've worked with hundreds of growing businesses and have plenty of experience balancing the scale of budget and resources. Our clients often ask, "What are IT managed services?"  and "What…
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Exchange Online vs. in-house Exchange

Microsoft Office 365's debut in June 2011 forever changed the IT capabilities of small to medium size businesses. However, it also presented thousands of companies with the questions, "Should I switch from an on-site Exchange server to Office 365's cloud-based email solution?" and, "How do I compare Exchange Online and in-house Exchange?" It can be a comprehensive task to accurately compare Exchange Online and in-house Exchange. We have worked with…
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