CATS Technology Blog
Welcome to the CATS Technology blog!
Our 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.
Some of the topics we will focus on in this blog include:
- Managed IT services
- IT consulting services
- EMR – Electronic Medical Records
- Server Virtualization services
- Microsoft server consulting
- Cloud computing services
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.
CIO Review Selects CATS Technology Solutions Group, Inc. for 50 Most Promising IT Services Providers 2015
Annual list showcases the 50 Most Promising IT Services Providers 2015; CATS Technology Solutions Group, Inc. makes it to CIOReview’s top Solution Providers list for its expertise in providing solutions and services across IT Technology landscape.
Fremont, CA – Nov 20, 2015 – CIO Review (cioreview.com) has chosen CATS Technology Solutions Group, Inc. for its 50 Most Promising IT Services Providers 2015. The positioning is based on evaluation of CATS Technology Solutions Group’s expanding line of services, and its ability to consistently deliver reliable service to each and every client.
The annual list of companies is selected by a panel of experts and members of CIOReview’s editorial board to recognize and promote technology entrepreneurship. “CATS Technology Solutions Group, Inc. has been on our radar for some time for stirring a revolution in the IT Services landscape, and we are happy to showcase them this year due to their continuing excellence in delivering top-notch technology-driven solutions,” said Jeevan George, Managing Editor, CIOReview. “CATS Technology continued to break new ground within the past year, benefiting its customers around the globe, and we’re excited to have them featured on our top companies list.”
“CATS Technology Solutions Group, Inc. is honored to be recognized by CIO Review’s panel of experts and thought leaders,” said CATS Technology President Darrin Gonchar.
About CATS Technology Solutions Group, Inc.
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.
CIOReview constantly endeavors to identify “The Best” in a variety of areas important to tech business. Through nominations and consultations with industry leaders, our editors choose the best in different domains. The IT Services Special Edition is an annual listing of 50 Most Promising IT Services Providers in the U.S.
GetHIPAACompliance.com, a service of CATS Technology Solutions Group, has been speaking to physicians and medical administrators across the tri-state area and has been gaining attention for their acclaimed HIPAA compliance service. By conducting a Security Risk Assessment, implementing Corrective Measures, and providing Continuous Compliance, GetHIPAACompliance.com has been able to showcase their services and results at three large medical events.
The GetHIPAACompliance.com team travelled to New York, NY to the American Psychiatric Association’s Institute of Psychiatric Services: The Mental Health Services Conference from Thursday, October 8 to Saturday, October 10. Psychiatrists and mental health professionals from across the nation gathered to take part in this exciting opportunity.
A representative from GetHIPAACompliance.com travelled to Iselin, NJ to showcase at the New Jersey Medical Group Management Association on Tuesday, October 27. Healthcare professionals and medical group managers were able to meet with our representative and begin to start the HIPAA compliance process.
The GetHIPAACompliance.com team travelled to West Orange, NJ to the New Jersey Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers on Thursday, October 29. Professionals and physicians in the ambulatory care field gathered to discuss changes in policies and rules, as well as new opportunities.
Over the month of October, GetHIPAACompliance.com has been able to expand their reach to provide information and potential services to thousands of physicians and administrators across the nation.
The UCLA health system notified 4.5 million patients on Friday that their protected health information had been compromised in one of the largest HIPAA breaches to date. UCLA first noticed suspicious activity on it’s network back in October of 2014, and has determined the breach to be made at some point in September, according to a statement by UCLA.
“We take this attack on our systems extremely seriously,” said James Atkinson, MD, interim associate vice chancellor and president of the UCLA Hospital System, in a July 17 statement. “We sincerely regret any impact this incident may have on those we serve.”
Among the data accessed by the attack were Social Security numbers, medical diagnoses, diseases, clinical procedures, test results, addresses, and dates of birth.
The announcement by UCLA marks the latest in a series of similar large-scale healthcare attacks. This past February nearly 80 million members and employees of Anthem BCBS had their personal data compromised, and in January 11 million members of Premera BCBS had theirs compromised as well.
“This should serve as yet another wake up call for those who haven’t gotten it yet,” healthcare security consultant Mac McMillan said after the Anthem breach in February. “Healthcare is a target.”
With CATS Guardian Managed Antivirus protection, you get enterprise-class protection of all network endpoints with 24×7 monitoring and management by our team of technicians. We make sure that your environment regularly receives all of the necessary updates so that we can verify that you are protected at all times!
You might be wondering what the big deal is about managed antivirus solutions, or why you couldn’t just use a retail antivirus product to protect your business. The truth is, these products are great for the home-user, or even the small business user with one or two computers and no central networking architecture. But when you are dealing with centrally administered networks and equipment, stored data, shared applications, etc. the risks become high, so you must be proactive, and have your finger on the pulse of your network at all times. Networked environments like the ones we manage, are higher-profile targets for hackers and malware developers, so the stakes are higher.
Here are the benefits to using an enterprise-class managed antivirus product for your business.
- Reduced network traffic and administration time.
Most AV definition files are just 1 or 2 MB, which is not a bad download size at all for a single machine to handle. But on a networked environment with a few servers and PCs, you could see how the data transfer gets exponentially larger. On top of that, stand-alone antivirus software require each computer to be directly connected to the internet. This means opening a port in your firewall (if you have one) for all machines and downloading the same data repeatedly. Not a smart, or secure decision.
- Continuous management.
With unmanaged solutions, many users turn the antivirus protection off because it can slow their computer down or because they believe their usage habits are not compromising security. Managed antivirus solutions usually can’t be uninstalled or turned off, meaning your systems are continually protected.
- Nominal cost.
Most managed antivirus solutions are offered as a monthly package, where companies pay per user. For some companies, this solution is more affordable per user than a non-managed solution. This is especially true if you have a high number of users and need to purchase multiple licenses.
- Across-the-board security.
With a managed service, your IT partner will make sure to install software on all your systems. This means that there should be the same program installed on your systems, and that the antivirus will be updated to ensure that systems are protected from new security threats that come along.
So, what’s the catch?
The first thing we look for with a premium product is catch. While the cost for a managed antivirus product is nominal, it’s true that the total rate can climb for very large organizations. This cost is usually still no more expensive than using unmanaged products on each device however. Even for those organizations conscious about their IT spending, consider the cost comparison between deploying a managed antivirus program, and the astronomical costs of having your entire network manually cleaned out in case of infection, and add to that the financial burden of lost or compromised data, disruption of workflow, and potential liability issues that can accompany data breaches. You’ll see quickly that no matter how you break it down, managed antivirus will save you money in the long-term!
When you should switch.
Simple. Now! For businesses with one or two computers, a managed antivirus shouldn’t be a pressing concern. But if you run an integrated IT environment with numerous machines and devices, fill out the form below and ask us for a quote on managed antivirus. There are a few technical requirements for deployment that most environments already have, like an always-on internet connection and current Operating System. We’d be happy to provide a no-cost assessment of your environment and let you know if managed antivirus protection is a viable choice for you.
Windows Updates causing server compatibility issues with Windows XP machines
As previously reported, Microsoft support for the Windows XP operating system has ended. Over the last few months, CATS Technology has encountered compatibility issues between Windows XP machines and various Windows servers as new server-side updates are released and applied.
UPDATE YOUR SYSTEM NOW
On April 8, 2014 Microsoft ended security updates and technical support for the Windows XP operating system. In order to maintain a safe and secure network, it is imperative that customers and partners migrate to a modern operating system such as Windows 7 or 8. Customers moving to a modern operating system will benefit from dramatically enhanced security, broad device choice for a mobile workforce, higher user productivity, and a lower total cost of ownership through improved management capabilities.
WINDOWS XP MACHINES ARE NO LONGER SAFE!
Windows XP machines are no longer considered protected. If some of your systems are still running Windows XP, contact CATS Technology to get your systems up to date. Keeping your systems updated is critical for the security of your data and for the life of the machine.