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Is Technology a Liability at Your Job-site?

Take a moment to think about the technology you typically use at job-sites. Do you regularly issue tablets, smartphones or laptops to contractors? What would you lose if a contractor walked off or forgot the device in a coffee shop? Without a system in place to track devices and control information, you could be liable for well north of $4,000 …

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How to Get Ahead of the Curve With NIST Technology Compliance

What is NIST 800-171? If you haven’t heard anything about NIST, it is likely because you do no work with the federal government, companies that work with the federal government or companies that are overseas. Regardless if this impacts you or not today, NIST provides a great framework to secure your organization and customer data from unwanted hacker activity. NIST …

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HIPAA COW 2019 Takeaways – Kris Cears

Part of my role as  Chief Technology Officer at Applied Tech, is to stay current on security and compliance practices required of our customers. On April 26th, I attended the HIPAA COW spring event in Wisconsin Dells where healthcare, privacy, and technology experts get together to discuss current trends and news in HIPAA regulated industries. As usual, the event was …

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All-You-Can-Eat, à la Carte or Both?  3 Menu Choices to Manage IT

When you have a group to feed, an all-you-can-eat buffet is usually a safer choice than the à la carte menu. It’s impossible to estimate how much everyone will want to eat or know whether your in-laws are going to order surf-and-turf just because they can. With a buffet, your in-laws, teenager or ravenous staff can’t run up the bill.   IT services are similar. Fully managed is your all-you-can-eat option: for a fixed monthly price you get unlimited, proactive support. Time–and–materials services charge à la carte, based …

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Mistakes to Avoid When Upgrading to Windows 10 and Server 2016

In 2017, documents were leaked detailing how the NSA infiltrated servers and PCs running Windows. Hackers took notice, and one consequence was the WannaCry attack. The attack paralyzed the National Health Services in the United Kingdom, among others, as they were running old software, like Windows XP. Even though Microsoft had released a security patch earlier that year “covering supported …