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Meet Sohail Ali!

Sohail PicSohail is a Senior Consultant at CATS Technology Solutions Group.  He did majority of his adolescent growing up in Friendswood, TX, and then moved to New Jersey when he was 16 years old.  Sohail received his Bachelor’s degree from DeVry University and his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management.  In addition to his degrees, he also has many certifications from comptia (Security+) and redhat (RHCSA).

When Sohail was 16, he realized his strong interest in the IT field.  His English teacher pulled him out of class and had him watch a movie called “Hackers.”  She told him she could see him one day being as good as the actors were in the movie.  Soon after, when Sohail moved out of Texas and to New Jersey, he relied heavily on his computer to keep in touch with the friends he left behind.  It was around the time that broadband Internet began, and he convinced his father to get them a cable modem so he could set up Internet throughout the whole house.  When he was 17, he built his first Linux machine to behave as a router.  It was at that point that he wanted to further his IT skills.

When Sohail has free time, he enjoys staying active by hiking, biking, and skating.  He also likes to go camping, fishing, tinkering with everything, programming / hacking code, lock picking, watching tv and movies, and reading.

Although his long tern goal is undecided at the moment, Sohail hopes to take his Certified Ethical Hacker exam and receive his certification within the next few months.

Fun Facts about Sohail:

  • I’ve shaken hands with Prince Harry.
  • I can pick the locks on handcuffs while they are on me.

CATS & TCIB: We are Family

Just how important is maintaining a close relationship with your clients?  CATS Technology Solutions Group considers our relationships with our clients extremely important.  Being a very family-oriented company, it is only natural that we consider our clients family.  One particular client of ours that we hold to this standard is Triple Crown Insurance Brokerage.

Triple Crown Insurance Brokerage provides premium insurance services, in both commercial and personal lines.  TCIB, for short, has been a client CATS Technology’s for 12 years, and their name has become a constant presence within our company.  Our relationship is built on trust, loyalty and respect for each other. It is because of this type relationship that we are able to have such a strong and successful bond.

One of the specific services that TCIB offers is Cyber Insurance.  Cyber Insurance helps protect businesses from risks that can cause serious issues and damage to a company, including Ransomware.

After seeing many of our clients become infected with Ransomware, the effects it has on a company can be highly destructive.  The possibility of losing data is a risk that no business should ever take.  Cyber Insurance is not only highly recommended by CATS Technology, but is considered an essential factor to ensure that our clients have valid daily backups and that the risk of Ransomware is never an issue.  It’s important to realize that while this threat is out there, you can easily become protected.  To learn more about the importance of being protected against Ransomware, click here http://catstechnology.com/blog-2/.

CATS TCIB We are Family

Always remember, we are family.  Family looks out for family, so CATS Technology is looking out for you.

If you are interested in Cyber Insurance, or any other services that TCIB has to offer, check out their website: www.TCIBINC.com.

Dangerous Malware on the Rise — Are You Ready?

Managed IT Services New JerseyNetwork security is a critical component of all computer systems and infrastructure. CATS Technology remains committed to providing the highest level of service in the industry to ensure that your network security remains top notch. Proper network security is comprised of many areas. One level of proper network security is having a strong antivirus system in place and up to date. Every day, malicious individuals and groups release complex malware, viruses, and Trojans with a goal of spreading system infections. A new type of infection has also recently begun spreading called “ransomware”. In some recent cases, infected systems have had all of their files maliciously encrypted with the decryption key being held at ransom for multiple hundreds of dollars. Having a strong antivirus system is an important piece of the network security puzzle. Another key component is ensuring that you have secure backups of your systems that remain up to date on a minimum of a daily basis.

If you are using UltimateCare service from CATS Technology, you can rest assured knowing that we proactively monitor your antivirus state and check the status of your backups on a daily basis to ensure that they both remain current. If issues arise, we work to resolve them right away to keep them from turning into problems. Not an UltimateCare subscriber? Email us at Sales@CATSTechnology.com or call us at 732-204-7100 to setup a consultation and analysis.

While we all dream of a world free from malicious activity, the reality is that these threats will always exist. Having the proper network-level precautions in place is a step in the right direction. But unfortunately, system infections can still find their way into networks in the event of improper internet usage.

The following are just some of the guidelines that all users should abide by to keep their systems as clean as possible.

  • If a suspicious email gets delivered to your inbox, delete it immediately and do not open.
  • Never open email attachments that you were not expecting to receive. This includes attachments in emails from known senders. If a colleague’s email system has been compromised, their account could get used to send virus-ridden attachments. If you are unsure whether an attachment is legitimate or not, you should contact the sender directly prior to opening.
  • Never install a new application or plugin on your computer without consulting with an IT expert to ensure that it is a legitimate piece of software.
  • Never download software or files from shared file hosting sites or torrents. Always download content from the original source and consult with an IT expert prior. Software found on bad sites can be modified to include malware. Software costs substantial money to make so if downloading it for free sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Never click advertisements or banners on websites and search engines. In some cases, malicious groups pay to get space rented on sites that they use to advertise innocent-looking software that is actually coded with viruses.

CATS Technology is available to assist you whenever help is needed. If you ever suspect that your systems might be vulnerable to an attack or just simply have a question that you’d like answered in order to strengthen your browsing security, please do not hesitate to speak with one of our trained IT professionals at 732-204-7100 or email us at Support@CATSTechnology.com.

Meet Brandon Stuhl!

Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 9.55.11 AMBrandon is an IT Consultant at CATS Technology Solutions Group.  He was born and raised in a small town in New Jersey, called Roselle Park.  Last year, he moved to Toms River, where he is still adjusting to living so close to the beach.

Brandon is currently attending DeVry University and will be receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Network Communications Management in less than a year.  He also has received his CCENT, and most recently, his CCNA Certifications.  Brandon decided to choose IT as his career choice when he was 16 years old.  He saw his cousin build his first computer, and seeing all the different parts that make up a computer made him interested in finding out more about it.

Brandon loves to play chess in his free time.  He was a member of the chess team in high school, and is continuing to keep the tradition alive by being involved in the chess group at the university he is attending.

Brandon’s biggest goal is to eventually receive his CCIE Certification.  This certification is one of the hardest tests out there for a networking professional to take. The amount of prestige and respect that comes with this certification is huge, and someday he hopes to achieve that.

Fun Facts about Brandon:

  • I like to play video games and go fishing.
  • I also like to work out and play basketball.

Meet Daniel Chita!

Dan PicDan is an IT Consultant at CATS Technology Solutions Group.  He was originally from Woodbridge, NJ, but later moved to Monroe, NJ during high school.  He received his education at Montclair State University, and initially found an interest in IT during his first programming class where he built his first gaming PC.

Dan enjoys hunting, going to car shows and hanging out with his friends in his free time.  He is most looking forward to getting married and having kids.  Dan and his fiancé, Vanessa, will be getting married this November!

He is also looking forward to helping CATS Technology grow.

Fun Facts about Dan:

  • I am 100% Portuguese.
  • I hope to one day own a cow.

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