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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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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 article 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/

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.

Infographic: Ransomware By The Numbers (via DATTO)

Ransomware is a real and serious threat to any IT environment, and it is on the rise. In Q1 of 2015, there was a 165% increase in incidents of ransomware from Q4 2014. It is estimated that there was a total of $325 million worth of damage caused by ransomware in 2015. The folks over at Datto put together a great infographic highlighting the statistics of the ransomware epidemic in 2015, and it’s scary to say the least. We can’t stress enough, the importance of having a disaster and recovery solution in place and regularly maintained to ensure business continuity and data recovery in the event of a ransomware attack, as well as taking the precautions of keeping all antivirus and security software up to date, and making sure to never open suspicious files. The biggest red flag for end-users should be unidentifiable email attachments, or email attachments from unknown senders.

CATS Technology offers a full-range of backup and recovery solutions for any IT environment. Contact us today to discuss your options, and to keep your data safe!

ransomware-infographic

The above infographic was originally published at http://www.datto.com/blog/ransomware-by-the-numbers.

 

CATS Technology Solutions Group to Exhibit at Philadelphia Small Business Expo

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Contact: Sharon Vento
Telephone No.:(866) 370-8994
Sharon.Vento@CATSTechnology.com

CATS Technology Solutions Group to Exhibit at Philadelphia Small Business Expo

Philadelphia, PA – March 24th, 2016 – CATS Technology Solutions Group announces that it will exhibit at PHILADELPHIA SMALL BUSINESS EXPO®, March 24, 2016. The expo is located at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center. For more information, and free registration, visit the Philadelphia event page.

The day-long conference and trade show, which travels throughout the country’s top cities for small business, brings together industry thought leaders and experts in a hands-on environment that features more than 20 free workshops and programs along with over 100 interactive booths, demos and brand exhibits. Headlining the event is Bill Walsh, Founder and CEO of Powerteam International with his presentation “The 7 Keys to Build a Mega-Successful Business” on the Inspiration 2020 Showcase Theater stage.

Start-ups and business owners can take advantage of free admission and educational

workshops covering online/social media marketing, employee benefit plans, credit and financing, strategies for increasing revenue and team productivity, mentoring, cloud technologies, retirement plans, and more.

Small Business Expo expects to have more than 4,000+ registered attendees from across the Philadelphia metropolitan area shopping for business resources, developing business leads, gaining new insights, and networking with peers.

“Experts tell us that more and more Philadelphia residents are wanting to take the entrepreneurial leap,” says event founder Zachary Lezberg, “but that the biggest barrier to starting a new business is that people don’t think they can” he adds, “With the program we’ve put together, we believe our attendees will feel more empowered by the end of the day.”

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to exhibit at the PHILADELPHIA SMALL BUSINESS EXPO.” said CATS Technology Solutions Group President Darrin Gonchar. “CATS is dedicated to serving the small business market with our managed IT services which include server virtualization, cloud solutions, HIPAA & PCI compliance services, disaster recovery, and network design. We also provide solutions for VoIP phone systems, digital signage, and technology consulting,”

This year’s Titanium Sponsor: Powerteam International will be joined by Platinum

Sponsors:  Emerge212 and Paychex; Gold Sponsors: AT&T; and Silver Sponsors: AT&T, BizTV, BizTalk Radio, Geico, InfoFree.com, Geico and YP.com.

PHILADELPHIA SMALL BUSINESS EXPO will take place at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center | Hall A – 100 Station Ave, Oaks, PA 19456 from 9:30 am until 5:30pm.

CATS Technology Solutions Group will be located at Exhibitor Booth #216.

For media inquiries, or complimentary press passes please contact:

Alicia Cortez, 212-651-0698, alicia@theshowproducers.com.

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 & PCI compliance services, cloud computing strategies, digital signage, backup solutions, disaster recovery, business continuation strategies, voice and data services, and any other specific needs an organization may have with regard to technology and business processes.

For more information, visit www.CATSTechnology.com, or call telephone number 866-370-8994

About the Small Business Expo

SMALL BUSINESS EXPO® is the nation’s largest small business networking and learning event, and an Inc. 5000 company. Every year, over 65,000 small business professionals and entrepreneurs across the country attend the SMALL BUSINESS EXPO in 14 MAJOR US Markets to take their business to the next level. The show’s owner, Film, Stage & ShowBiz Expo LLC. was founded in 2008 by Zachary Lezberg.

The company’s headquarters are located at 555 8th AVE Suite 909 New York, NY 10018. For more information, visit www.thesmallbusinessexpo.com , call (212) 404-2345, or email: info@thesmallbusinessexpo.com

 

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