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Understanding Automation

The strategic use of automation allows us to protect your business from harm.
Business technology is the bane of the modern worker. No matter how well-intentioned the members of your staff are, when they have computer troubles, it complicates everything they are trying to accomplish. This, in turn, complicates every goal you are trying to accomplish.


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Understanding Ransomware

What You Need to Know About the Malware that Hits Your Data, and Then Your Wallet
Cyber criminals have no shortage of tools at their disposal in their attempts to abuse and take advantage of those they set their sights on. Recently, however, it seems that more and more of them select ransomware as their weapon of choice. Knowing what ransomware is, and how to avoid falling victim to it, is critical to a business’s survival. Fortunately, this particular malware has a few distinct characteristics that make it relatively simple to identify and describe.


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Understanding Shadow IT

Unauthorized software can be a major pain for network administrators.
When a business sets out to add to their IT, they often choose the solutions based on their immediate needs. This is because when trying to look to the future an organization cannot know what obstacles will pop up. For this reason your organization’s IT department, whether you have in-house IT technicians or you utilize managed IT services from Vertical Tech Solutions, has to be the ones that handle the implementation and management of your crucial IT.


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Understanding Your Virtual Identity

Protect yourself from online identity thieves.
We often talk about threats to business infrastructures, but the point stands that these same threats make advances on individuals as well. If enough personally identifiable information is stolen, a hacker could completely lift the identity of a user to take out loans, hijack credit card numbers, and even infiltrate social media accounts to further spread their influence. The result could be a ruined credit score and a damaged reputation--a major problem for anyone, not just the business owner.


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Understanding the Modern Office

Vertical Tech Solutions is your California leader for comprehensive managed IT services, that much is clear. You may not be aware, however, that our vast knowledge of information systems can be leveraged to help you build the office of your dreams. If you are searching for hi-tech solutions for your most pressing business problems look no further. We can design, implement, and support some of today’s most dynamic technologies.


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Vertical Tech Solutions’s IT Threat Glossary

The Internet can be a dangerous place, especially now that hackers are taking advantage of advanced tools and threats.
New types of malware, ransomware, and viruses are being created every day, for the express purpose of seeing your organization fail. If your business isn’t using comprehensive security solutions, you remain vulnerable to threats that can potentially compromise and damage your business’s IT infrastructure.To help make cybersecurity easier for you, we’ve compiled a list of threats that your business should be prepared to face.


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Understanding Business Continuity

When the sky is falling on your business, can you make it through the storm?
For the average business owner, business continuity is looked upon as a secondary system that is put in place to protect the investments the business has made. Since the platform doesn’t have much to do with a business’ day-to-day operations, often times some aspects of a business’ continuity strategy is overlooked; a major mistake that the business owner will realize when it is suddenly too late.


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Understanding Windows 10

Microsoft’s latest version of the Windows operating system, Windows 10, is a great new tool that businesses can leverage for greater productivity. However, Windows 10 is far more than just an upgrade to previous versions of the Windows operating system. In fact, Microsoft’s new OS improves significantly in areas where Windows 8 and 8.1 failed to produce the engagement Microsoft was expecting.


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Introducing Windows 10

As business professionals, it’s imperative that you keep your organization's technology up to date with the latest operating systems and software patches, as lapses of network security can be devastating. Microsoft is releasing its next operating system, Windows 10, on July 29th, 2015. To entice users to upgrade to their new offering, Microsoft is offering a free upgrade to those who currently use Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.


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Windows Server 2003

Windows Server 2003

Like all good things, Windows Server 2003 is coming to an end. The popular server operating system from Microsoft’s end-of-support date is July 14, 2015. If you are surprised by how rapidly that date is approaching, that’s because altering a server is a detailed process. We urge your business to seriously consider the ramifications of waiting until the last minute to upgrade.


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Internet of Things

Understanding the Internet of Things

As technology grows more potent, Internet-connectivity is becoming a more common occurrence amongst consumer goods. In fact, according to Gartner, Inc, a technology research organization, there might be close to 26 billion devices connected to the Internet of Things by 2020. It might be difficult to adjust to such a huge technological shift, but as an IT service provider, it’s our job to inform you how your business can best approach this incredible change in the online community.


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Understanding NS

Businesses are often so concerned with their day-to-day operations that they forget to invest heavily in network security. Others understand the need for comprehensive network security, but have a lenient strategy in regards to their IT, which can be just as detrimental in the event of a data leak. Understanding what network security entails, as well as the best practices that you can adhere to that will ensure your company’s network is secure from the numerous outside threats looking to infiltrate your network, is essential to keeping your data, and ultimately your business, safe.


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Understanding SOx

For accountants that deal with publicly owned companies, ensuring your IT infrastructure is SOX-complaint is a must.
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was adopted as law to ensure that investors have reliable data in which to make their financial decisions. The law was, in large part, a result of the accounting scandals that took place around the turn of the century including within publicly-traded organizations such as Enron, Tyco International, Adelphia, and WorldCom. These scandals costs investors billions of dollars and resulted in a widespread loss in confidence in American securities. To remedy this loss-of-confidence, the United States congress took swift measures in a bipartisan co-sponsored bill that amended the necessary processes that publicly traded companies reported revenue. The bill is named after its co-sponsors, Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) and Representative Michael G. Oxley (R-OH)\ and was signed into law by President George W. Bush on July 30, 2002.


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Bring Your Own Device

Understanding BYOD

Mobile Strategies
Bring Your Own Device The proliferation of security measures in response to the introduction of outside device access of your organization’s network is paramount for thorough network security.
In a world where seemingly everyone has a device that they bring everywhere, how can you make this trend work for your business while keeping your IT infrastructure from being infiltrated by malicious entities? By instituting a conscientious and thorough Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy, your company can make your staff’s devices work for your company.


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Understanding PCI DSS

Does your business accept credit cards? Do you need it to? In order to open your California area small business up to the enhanced profit potential that accepting credit cards can provide, you'll need to understand what responsibilities you take on by accepting these forms of payment. Small businesses are prime targets for data plunderers. If you don't protect against these thieves, you may be subject to paying restitution, fines, or lose the ability to accept cards as payment.


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Windows XP End of Life

Microsoft has announced that as of April 8, 2014 support will no longer be available for for their popular Operating System, Windows XP. The world's biggest software manufacturer has supported the software for 12 years, even though they have released three major OS's since; Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.1. Users that are still using XP will want to upgrade their workstations to one of the newer versions as soon as they can to avoid the many detrimental circumstances that are often associated with running non-supported legacy software.


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We Can Help You Become HIPAA Compliant

Understanding HIPAA

Laws for the secure and private transfer of individual's medical information
The nearly instantaneous flow of information is a defining variable of the information age. Many leading companies have established a benchmark of implementing flexible and effective new technologies into their business plan, and just now many small businesses have been able to get out ahead of this trend and implement their own solutions. While it's true some companies can use this technology better than others, in regards to healthcare information, the seamless flow of information can literally be the difference between life and death.


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Cloud Computing

Free yourself from traditional IT with Cloud Services
Cloud computing is managed, shared applications, development platforms, or computing infrastructure accessible via the internet. It provides options such as bandwidth and on-demand computing power with flexible capabilities normally purchased as a metered service.


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