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The IT Support Education Center

The most educational business technology blog for Southern California executives, featuring insider tips, articles, and videos on how to get the best IT results.

How to Regain Pre-Pandemic Business Performance: Go Back to the Basics

Growing to Meet New Challenges – A Spotlight on Bradley

Learn how to develop an IT strategy book chapter

Do IT Right: It's Not About The Computers

Optimize your business's IT function, understand proper - and cost effective - IT staffing, and learn from the mistakes others have made.

Cyber Incident Response Plan: What Is It and Does Your Business Need One?

How Far Do Businesses Really Need to Go With Cyber Security?

14 Foundational Cyber Security Measures Small & Midsize Businesses Need in 2021

Cultivating the People Behind the Tech – A Spotlight on Ray

In-Person Meetings Are a Step Towards Some Sort of Normal

IT Managers: How to Tell Your Boss You Need a CMMC Consultant

IT Road Warrior Delivers Tech Help with Friendly Banter – A Spotlight on Jason D.

How to Keep Your Data Safe & Business Running During California's Fire Season: 5 Questions to Ask

How to Use Employee Training to Build Up Cyber Security Defense

Windows 7 End-of-Life Has Come and Gone: The Risks of Using an Unsupported Operating System

3 Most Common Advanced Technologies Businesses Need For Their CMMC Remediation Plan

To Move Forward, We Must Go Back to the Basics

FBI Phone Call Investigating TrickBot Malware Was Not a Prank

Facilitated vs DIY CMMC Gap Analysis: Which is Better?

Eager to Learn the Next Thing – A Spotlight on Philip

CMMC Self-Assessment: What Exactly Does the DoD Want?

Accent Computer Solutions Increases CMMC Compliance Consulting Capacity With the Addition of Four More Registered Practitioners

Activity Surge Signals a Shift in the Business Climate

Stop Letting Remote Workers Use Windows 7

Your Friend on the Help Desk – A Spotlight On Amanda

Take Advantage of New Technology and See What Happens

5 Ways Consulting with a Registered Practitioner Can Help You Become CMMC Compliant

Volunteer for the Hard Stuff – A Spotlight on Scott

Accent Computer Solutions Equipped for CMMC Consulting as a Registered Provider Organization (RPO)

Managed Services Provider (MSP) vs Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP): What’s the Difference?

Accent Computer Solutions Named a Top Workplace in the Inland Empire

Forward Progress: A Good Sign of California Business Recovery

Prepared for the Future of IT – A Spotlight on Joshua

Best Password Managers for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

Toshiba Phone System End-of-Life: What Are Your Options Now?

9 Things to Include in Your 2021 Business Technology Plan

Time to Plan for 2021

A Steady, Reliable and Witty Presence – A Spotlight on Ned

5 Common Cyber Security Beliefs Executives Have That Unknowingly Increase Their Risk of a Cyber Attack

Answers to Cyber Security Questions: What to Do RIGHT NOW

Career Path to Accent Not What She Expected – A Spotlight on Courtney Casey

How Email Security Awareness Training Protects Against Phishing Scams

The Value in Being Prepared for a 'Missed Approach'

Tech Alert: How to Keep a Vigilant Defense Against Increasing Cyber Attacks

IT Untangled: 8 Direct Questions to Uncover Cyber Security Gaps in Your Business

Work Doesn’t Feel Like Work – A Spotlight on Shane Moritz

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

5 Simple Cyber Security Tips Every Business Can Implement to Be More Secure Today

Work From Home and Cyber Security Topics Continue to Simmer

Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. Named to MSSP Alert’s Top 250 MSSPs List [2020]

Top 5 Ways Businesses Can Prevent the Most Common Cyber Security Threats

Stalled Career Restarted at Accent – A Spotlight on Amber Mena

What is a Managed Firewall and How Much Does a Managed Firewall Cost?

3 Reasons Why Hardware Updates Support Our Shared Goal of Predictable Technology

Top 5 Places Businesses Should Use Multi-Factor Authentication

Replacing Your WatchGuard XTM Firewall: How You Benefit When We Standardize

Is Recovery Here? 4 Signs That Say We’re on Our Way

Acceptable Use Policy: What Is It, What's Included and Why Is It Important for Businesses?

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Options for Businesses: What They Do, How They Work, and How Much They Cost

The Best Reason to Upgrade Your WatchGuard XTM Firewall: Get More Built-In Security Tools

A Heart for Helping – A Spotlight on Melinda Pagani

The Future of the Business Phone System in a Work-From-Home World

How to Pick a New Business Phone System

Best Email Signature Management Options for Microsoft Office 365

What Does Recovery Look Like?

Video Conferencing Options: Zoom vs. Microsoft Teams vs. GoToMeeting

Pandemic-Style Remote Work and the New Normal: A Perspective From a Pre-COVID Remote Employee

Lifting Each Other Up Makes the Team Stronger - A Spotlight on Ivan Rubio

Bringing Work Computers Back to the Office: How to Reconnect Work Computers to the Office Network Without Compromising Security

Top 5 Business Trends From COVID-Life That Are Here to Stay

Video Conferencing is Here to Stay: How to Have Better Virtual Meetings

Behind the Scenes: How Accent Computer Solutions Responds Faster and Improves Teamwork by Using Microsoft Teams for its After-hours IT Support Process

Are You Overlooking the Impact That Your Culture Has on Your Success?

Data Integrity and Your Remote Workforce: Did You Adjust Your Business Data Backup Strategy When Employees Went Home?

How to Stay in Compliance When Employees are Working From Home

Turning Around Your Horrible Day – A Spotlight on Jason Barnes

6 Common WordPress Vulnerabilities

Do You Know Where Your Data Is? Out-of-Sight Data and Your Remote Workforce

The Business Impact of the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

Train Your Team to Spot High-Stakes Phishing

10 Precautions Your Business Should Take When Transitioning to the Cloud

Will People Come Back to the Office? Plan Now to Get the Most out of Your Business

UCI's Customer Experience Certificate Program Welcomes Derek Woolf As Newest Advisory Board Member

Benefits of Anti-Phishing Software for Small Businesses

How Should We Prioritize Our IT Strategy Right Now? IT From the Inside Out

Make Personal Browsing Policies Work for Everyone

Accountability Makes Accountant’s Job Easy – A Spotlight on Joseph Mainez

What Is Business Intelligence (BI) for Small Business?

8 Cyber Security Drills You Should Run in 2020

Where We Go From Here: Building Resilience in Remote Work and Security

Outsourcing IT in a Changing Economy

Security Concerns Cause Gloom for Zoom

Skyrocketing a Career Path - A Spotlight on Erik Bekke

How to Make Sure Employees Are Productive When Working From Home

Top Network Security Risks in 2020 - Part 2

Remote Workers and Security: Staying Safe in Changing Times

4 Ways To Reduce IT Costs Right Now

Best Practices to Securely Work from Home

Critical Security Measures for Companies with Work-From-Home Staff

Minimum Work-From-Home Technology Specs

Top Network Security Risks in 2020 - Part 1

George Will Figure IT Out - A Spotlight on George Mellott

How Do I Secure My Network for Remote Users? - Ask an IT Guy

Remote Access Without VPN is Risky Business

Help! We Need NIST Cyber Security Compliance

IT Untangled: 3 Ways to Maximize Remote Employee Performance

How Technology and Automation Can Help Your Business Survive the Next Recession

Is a Cyber Security Consulting Firm Worth It?

Open Door to Opportunity - A Spotlight on Abel Vega

Cyber Security is a Shared Responsibility

Is NIST Compliance Just for the IT Department?

Email Safety Best Practices: How to Stay Safe From Email Scams

Top 3 Problems Manufacturers Have with NIST Cyber Security Compliance

Finding a Work Family - A Spotlight on Ginger Beckman

5 Reasons to Use the NIST Cyber Security Framework

NIST Guidelines Make Passwords Easier to Remember but Hard to Crack

2019 Progress and 2020 Plans

Top 10 Tips to Select the Best IT Support Company

Your IT Support Provider's Role in Regulatory Compliance

Growing a Job Into a Career  – A Spotlight on Ian Shaw

Warning: 3 Signs That Outsourcing IT Support is a MUST

Can IT Support Contract Costs Be Reduced?

IT Untangled: A Small Business's Guide to Outsourced IT Support

How to Switch IT Support Companies As Smoothly As Possible

Benefits and Advantages of IT Outsourcing: Why Would A Business Outsource Their IT Support?

Types of Outsourced IT Support Services: Which Model is Best for Your Business?

Bridging Technology and Business  – A Spotlight on Ammon Becar

5 Common Reasons Why IT Projects Fail

What Does the IT Department Do? 7 Metrics Executives Should Watch

5 Password Policy Guidelines for Small to Mid-Size Businesses

Meeting Business Goals Heads Down and Close Together

How to Give Vendors Network Access Without Compromising Security

Social Engineering & IT Security: What Businesses Need To Know

3 Big Reasons Why Your IT Department Needs Outsourced Cyber Security Services

Should Business Owners Phish Their Employees?

Daily Challenges Keeps Things Fresh - A Spotlight on Chris Frye

6 Critical IT Services for a Successful IT Department

Choosing the Right IT Provider - 8 Questions to Ask

Cyber Security Awareness: A National Initiative and Pressing Business Concern

How IT Strategy Impacts Company Success and Growth

Reaching for the Best - A Spotlight on Shantae' Hansen

How to Set Up a Professional On-Hold Recording for Your Business Phone System

What Every Business Needs to Know About Cyber Security

Five IT Anchors Holding Your Business Back

Blocking Social Media at Work: Is it Increasing or Decreasing Productivity?

Can Everyone See the Big Picture?

Do You Have the Right IT Crew?

AI vs. AI in the Small Business Cyber Security Fight

Can-Do Means She Cares - A Spotlight on Cheryl Carlson

Data Management: It's Not About the Software

Five Ways to Improve Your Business by Improving Data Management

Are You Prepared for the Future of the Cloud?

5 Signs Your Manufacturing, Distribution, or Logistics Business Needs Better Data Management

Out of the Box Thinking Encouraged - A Spotlight on Sean Sharifi

Island Hopping: A Small Business Cyber Security Risk

Why Are Real Emails Getting Stuck in My Spam Filter? The Unintended Consequences of Spam Filtering

Cyber Times Are Changing: How to Protect Your Small Business from Growing Cyber Security Threats

Top 7 Financial Benefits of Managed IT Services

3 Commonly Overlooked Ways to Keep Your Personal Information Safe from Online Threats

No Fear of Stagnation at Accent - A Spotlight on Kenny Riedell

The Two Biggest Mistakes You Can Make with Your Windows 10 Upgrade

Offload These Two Responsibilities to Managed IT Services

Top 3 IT Concerns From Small Business Executives This Month

3 Time-Saving Computer Tips to Help You Work More Effectively

7 Managed IT Services Myths to Slay

A Good Place to Start to Stay Safe from Cyber Criminals

7 Ways You Could Be Overspending on IT

10 Questions to Ask Before Signing a Managed IT Services Contract

Progress is Always Possible - A Spotlight on Sarah Crofutt

Accent Computer Solutions Recognized as a Top Managed IT Service Provider for Manufacturers

How to Fit IoT into Your IT Strategy

When Expectations Aren't Aligned, Everyone is Frustrated

No One Carries the Load Alone at Accent - A Spotlight on Johnny Olesh

Getting Hacked Isn't Normal

7 Ways to Minimize Unexpected IT Costs and Expenses

Determining the Real Cost of IT Purchases

Avoid Challenges With Preparation and Foresight

How to Get the Most Out of Your Computers: Extending the Life of Your Business Laptops & Workstations

Incompatibilities Could Make Your Windows 10 Upgrade More Complex Than You Think

Take Down Technology Roadblocks With Managed IT Services

Calculating the True Cost of Your Information Technology

Top 7 Ways Managed IT Services Grow Your Business

Four Problems With Managed IT Services That You May Not Have Considered

In-House or Managed IT Services is the Wrong Question

The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing IT Services

It’s All About the Pro-Employee Environment for John

An IT Lesson from Williamson’s Shoe Blowout

February Focus: Planning, Expanding, and Securing

Beware of Tax Season Scams

How to Get the Most from Your Managed IT Services Relationship

The Difference Between Managed IT Services and Unmanaged IT

Is Your IT Department Destined For Failure?

Josh Builds His Technical Skillset and Meets Career Goals at Accent

Planning For Data Disasters Of All Sizes

The Big, Bad "IT" in the Room

Erica Finds Career Growth and Spontaneous Cheering at Accent

Types of Data Backups & Ways to Keep Your Data Safe

The Difference Between Data Backup, Disaster Recovery, and Business Continuity

Six Business Technology Problems to Solve This Year

Business Technology Resolutions for 2019

Time to Remove Technology Roadblocks to Business Success

[Video] Plan Ahead When Taking Your Servers to the Cloud

[Video] Factors to Consider Before Transitioning to Cloud Services