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CATS Technology Takes on Something BIG for a Great Cause

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On October 8, 2016, the CATS team will be taking their teamwork out of the office to participate in the Tough Mudder Half at Raceway Park in Englishtown, NJ.

For those of you who don’t know, the Tough Mudder Half is a 5-mile obstacle course, with 14+ obstacles to overcome.  But the race will not be the only thing on our minds as we battle through mud pits, steep climbs, and tough terrain.

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JAR of Hope, aka Team Jamesy, is an organization whose main focus is to spread awareness and raise money to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.  Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disorder that affects young children, more specifically young boys.  Since children with DMD cannot produce dystrophin, which is a protein that is needed for muscle function and strength, every skeletal muscle in their body begins to deteriorate.

 Please watch this video to see what makes JAR of Hope so special

Since JAR of Hope is very close to the CATS family, we have a donation page set up with the hopes that we can get donations for them by our participation in the Tough Mudder Half. This truly is an incredible organization, so even if you are unable to donate, we ask that you browse their page to learn more about it.  It’s an inspiring story.

Make a Donation

Find out more about JAR of Hope

We will be sporting our custom made team “Thundercats” t-shirts – modeled after the popular TV series – in case anyone wants to come out and watch us in action!

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CATS Technology Named to CIOReview’s 2016 “20 Most Promising IT Services Companies”

Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 3.25.51 PMWe are proud and excited to announce that CATS Technology has made the 2016 list of the “20 Most Promising IT Services Companies” by CIOReview.

CIOReview is a print magazine from Fremont, California that explores the different tactics firms use in order to maintain the smooth functioning of their businesses.  The “20 Most Promising IT Services Companies” list was determined by a panel made up of CEOs, CIOs, IT VPs, as well as the CIOReview Editorial Board.

“We are proud to announce CATS Technology as one among the 20 Most Promising IT Services Companies 2016,” said Jeevan George, Managing Editor of CIOReview. “CATS Technology remains committed in protecting an organizations data and safeguarding business by providing a wide range of managed IT services and support services at a lower cost.”

This is the second year in a row that CATS Technology has been named to one of CIOReview’s “Most Promising” lists.  Last year, CATS was included in the 2015 “50 Most Promising IT Services Companies” list.

We would like to thank CIOReview for the incredible recognition of our hard work and dedication!

View the full list of vendors who are in company with CATS Technology this year:

http://it-services.cioreview.com/vendors/2016/

President Darrin Gonchar Named “Entrepreneur of the Month” by CIOReview Magazine

This month, our very own Darrin Gonchar has been named “Entrepreneur of the Month” and is featured in CIOReview Magazine.

This articScreen Shot 2016-08-26 at 1.40.59 PMle is particularly special to CATS Technology because not only does it explain the services CATS offers but it also displays the company’s wholesome and personal side.

I’m sure the majority of you know what services CATS Technology offers, but this article touches on some things that you may not know; Do you know how CATS got its start?  Or what CATS actually stands for? How about that CATS has a history of giving back to the community?

It’s always an added bonus when a company excels inside the office, as well as outside of it, and we are so honored and thankful that CIOReview gave CATS Technology the opportunity to tell our story.

 

For the full article, visit pages 16 & 17 at this link: http://magazine.cioreview.com/magazines/August2016/IT_Services/

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Welcome to the CATS Technology blog!

Managed IT Services NJOur goal is to use this blog to discuss and share with you the topics that you need to know in order to get the most out of your IT services and support.  Some of you may already be our clients while others may be considering switching your IT services provider or hiring an IT company for the first time.  While we hope you’ll choose to work with CATS Technology Solutions Group, anyone interested in the latest trends and issues that effect your business as it relates to the technologies that run your business can benefit from reading and participating in this blog.

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Some of the topics we will focus on in this blog include:

Please check back often, comment and share when appropriate.  And let us know if there’s a related topic you would like us to write about. You can contact us using the contact form on the right.

CATS Technology Solutions Group Ranked Among Top 501 Managed Service Providers by Penton Technology’s MSPmentor

9th Annual MSP 501 Ranking and Study Identifies World’s Most Progressive MSPs in Information Technology

CATS Technology Solutions Group ranks among the world’s most progressive 501 Managed Service Providers (MSPs), according to Penton Technology’s 9th-annual MSP 501 list and study. The top MSP 501 companies ranked this year include organizations from around the world and from diverse technology and business backgrounds.

The complete 2016 MSP 501 list is available at MSPmentor. In addition to honoring CATS Technology, this year’s MSP 501 list and study showcases the following:

  • The top ranked MSPs in North America
  • The top MSPs in Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • The top MSPs in Asia, Australia and New Zealand
  • The top Small Business MSPs’ list, comprised of organizations with 10 or fewer employees
  • The top vertical markets pursued by MSP 501 companies
  • The leading tools they leverage to run their businesses
  • And the top technologies they provide to customers

“When we were named to the list last year we were thrilled.” said CATS Technology President Darrin Gonchar. “When we found out this year that were not only named again, but that our rank rose from 387 to 278, I was extremely proud of out team. It’s a real testament to the 110% that everyone in our organization puts in each and every day.”

“On behalf of Penton and MSPmentor, I would like to congratulate CATS Technology for its recognition as an MSP 501 honoree,” said Aldrin Brown, Editor in Chief, MSPmentor. “The managed service provider market is evolving at a rapid pace and the companies showcased on the 2016 MSP 501 list represent the most agile, flexible and innovative organizations in the industry.”

The 2016 MSP 501 list is based on data collected by MSPmentor and its partner, Clarity Channel Advisors. Data was collected online from March through April 2016. The MSP 501 list recognizes top cloud service providers based on metrics including recurring revenue, growth and other factors. In addition to a ranking on the MSP 501 list, every company that participated in the study has been assigned a score reflecting its intrinsic value. The measure, known as the Total Service Provider (TSP) score, evaluates an MSP’s mix of revenue from various activities, including consulting, cloud, reselling and managed services.

About CATS Technology Solutions Group

CATS Technology Solutions Group (CATS) is a single-source MSP, offering professional IT services, including computer networking, website design, desktop and server maintenance, HIPAA Compliance services, Cloud computing strategies, Digital signage, Backup solutions, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuation strategies, Voice and Data services, and any other specific needs organizations may have regarding its business processes.

About Penton’s channel brands

Penton’s channel brands (www.penton.com), define emerging IT markets and disrupt established IT markets. The brands’ channel-centric online communities include MSPmentor (www.MSPmentor.net), The VAR Guy (www.TheVARguy.com), Talkin’ Cloud (www.TalkinCloud.com) and the WHIR (http://www.thewhir.com).

About Penton

Penton is an innovative information services company that empowers nearly 20 million business decision makers in markets that drive more than 12 trillion dollars in purchases each year. Our products inform with rich industry insights and workflow tools; engage through dynamic events, education and networking; and advance business with powerful marketing services programs. Penton is the way smart businesses buy, sell and grow. Headquartered in New York, Penton is privately owned by MidOcean Partners and Wasserstein & Co., LP. For additional information on the company and its businesses, visit www.penton.com or follow us on Twitter @PentonNow.

Contacts:

CATS Technology:
Darrin Gonchar, President, CATS Technology Solutions Group, Inc.
darrin.gonchar@CATSTechnology.com
Penton:
Aldrin Brown, Editor in Chief, MSPmentor
aldrin.brown@penton.com

Insufficient Hardware Blamed In Bank Cyber-Heist

The central bank of Bangladesh fell vulnerable to hackers in an $81 million cyber-heist in early February. The head of the Forensic Training Institute of the Bangladesh police’s criminal investigation department, Mohamad Shah Alam is pointing to the the bank’s choice of hardware – and lack there of. The bank’s network was apparently not protected by a firewall, and utilized second-hand switches which cost around $10 a piece to piece together it’s network which was connected to the SWIFT global payment network, Reuters reported.

“You are talking about an organization that has access to billions of dollars and they are not taking even the most basic security precautions,” Jeff Wichman, a consultant with cyber firm Optiv told Reuters.

Former World Bank security team member Tom Kellerman referred to the security shortcomings described by Alam as “egregious”, and expects that there are a number of central banks in developing and emerging countries facing the same vulnerabilities.

“It could be difficult to hack if there was a firewall,” Alam said in an interview.

The takeaway from this incident, is that cutting corners on requisite hardware, and sacrificing sufficient technology to save a few bucks upfront could have catastrophic consequences. It’s never worth the risk.

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