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The IT Services & Cyber Security 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 the IT Game is Changing: 3 Trends Influencing 'Normal' for Businesses

Accent Computer Solutions Named a Top Managed IT Service Provider

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.

What’s It Like To Be an Accent All-Inclusive Managed IT Services Client?

What Does the Client Strategy and Success Department at Accent Do?

Best Password Managers for Small and Middle Market Businesses [2022]

Windows Server 2012 End-of-Life: What’s Happening, Why it’s Important, and What to Do Next

Cyber Security KPIs: How Do You Know if Your Security Strategy is Working?

All-Inclusive vs. Co-Managed IT Services: Which Option is Right for Your Business?

Work and Win as a Team: What We Learned from the Mission to Mars

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

Cyber Security is a Shared Responsibility

Taking Nothing for Granted – A Spotlight on Corey Kaufman

10 Questions to Ask When You’re Choosing a Cyber Security Assessment Provider

8 Best Computers & Laptops for Your Small Business [2022]

Top 10 Tips to Choose the Best IT Support Company for Your Businesses

How Do I Find the Right IT Manager for My Small or Mid-Market Business?

Accent Computer Solutions Named a Top Healthcare Managed IT Services Provider

Getting Back Together… Finally

Top 10 Tips for Choosing an Outsourced Cyber Security Company

Paying It Forward by Passing on Knowledge – A Spotlight on Mark

5 Takeaways from the Mailchimp Data Breach

Penetration Testing vs. Vulnerability Scanning: Which is Better?

Can I Outsource Cyber Security and Keep Our Internal IT Team?

vCISO: The New Leadership Role Your Small Business Needs

Big Disruption Leads to the Best Change

Top 5 Pros and Cons of Outsourcing IT Services

10 Most Common Technology Problems for Small Businesses [Updated for 2022]

How Much Do Managed Cyber Security Services Cost?

Making Technology Topics Understandable - A Spotlight on Barry

Vulnerability Scanning: What Is It and Does My Business Need It?

IT Outsourcing Benefits: Why Do Small Businesses Use Outsourced IT Services?

Abel Vega Promoted to Director of Operations at Accent Computer Solutions

7 IT KPIs and Metrics Executives Should Be Tracking

Focusing on Balance, Intentional Connections, and Creating Stability Where We Can

Customer Service Creates a Bridge to a New Career in IT - A Spotlight on Anthony M.

Data Backup and Storage Options for Small Businesses

Accent Computer Solutions Recognized as a Top Managed IT Service Provider

Professional Services Manager Promoted to Chief Technology Officer at Accent Computer Solutions

5 IT Spending Red Flags (and 5 Ways to Get More Value From IT)

Outsourced IT Support: A Small Business’s Guide to IT Solutions

Strategic Planning: Build Management Strength Today to Handle Growth Tomorrow

Is Guest WiFi Safe for Your Business Network? - Ask An IT Guy

IT Support is Not a Solo Effort – A Spotlight on Adam

7 Ways You Could Be Overspending on IT (And Action Items For How to Reduce IT Costs)

7 Information Technology (IT) Buzzwords You Can’t Afford to Ignore in 2022

Cyber Liability Insurance: Get Better Coverage and Lower Premiums By Improving Your Cyber Security Risk Profile

Top 9 Things to Include in Your 2022 Business Technology Plan

5 Password Policy Guidelines for Small to Mid-Size Businesses

The Log4j Vulnerability: What it Means for Your Business

From Learning on the Fly to Master Troubleshooter – A Spotlight on Eric W.

IT Project Process: 3 Steps to Help Your Next IT Project Run Smoothly

5 Common Cyber Security Myths Business Leaders Believe

IT Department Staffing: What to Do When Your IT Manager Retires

CMMC 2.0: What’s Different About the New Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification

Building a Farm Team: The Strategy for Long-Term Recruiting

17 Foundational Cyber Security Measures Southern California Businesses Need in 2022

Challenged to Be Extraordinary – A Spotlight on Steve C.

3 Reasons Why Southern California Businesses Outsource Cyber Security Services

What is Cyber Insurance and Does My Small Business Need It?

Hackers, The WiFi Pineapple, and Small Business

Should My Business Outsource Cyber Security? Get the Answer with a Cyber Security Assessment

Creating a Recruiting Process with a Human Touch

What is Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)?

What Will a Cyber Security Assessment Report Show? 10 Common Findings & Recommendations

CSUSB's Cybersecurity Center Filling Worker Gap with Innovation and Grassroots Outreach

Opening Doors Through Confidence in His Team – A Spotlight on Steve K.

Social Engineering & IT Security: What Businesses Need To Know

Train Your Team to Spot High-Stakes Phishing

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

Phishing Scams: Can They Be Avoided?

Should My Business Upgrade to Windows 11?

8 Cyber Security Drills You Should Run in 2022

4 Ways to Increase Your Cyber Security Defenses

Simplifying to Solve Business Challenges Head-On

Writing CMMC Security Policies: The CMMC Compliance Task That Nobody Wants to Do

Do Your Part. Be Cyber Smart. October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Accent Computer Solutions Recognized as a Top Managed Security Service Provider

What Do Managed IT Services Providers Do?

5 Reasons Why Internal IT Teams Work With CMMC Consultants

Hungry to Learn – A Spotlight on Anthony S.

What Does the Professional IT Services  Team at Accent Do?

CMMC Gap Analysis FAQs

How to Seamlessly Transition From an In-House IT Manager to Outsourced IT Services

Working With a CMMC Consultant: Your Role in Compliance

What Are Business Leaders Looking for in IT in Late 2021?

The IT Needs of Growing ‘Serverless’ Small Businesses (Hint: It’s More Complicated Than It May Seem)

What to Do When 'The Great Resignation' Impacts Your IT Department

Turning a Passion into a Career – A Spotlight on Corey S.

Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. Ranked a 2021 Top Managed IT Services Provider

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

Growing to Meet New Challenges – A Spotlight on Bradley

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

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

Cultivating the People Behind the Tech – A Spotlight on Ray

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

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 System Security Plan: What Exactly Does the DoD Want?

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

7 Managed IT Services Myths to Slay

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

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

Time to Plan for 2021

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

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'

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

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

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

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)

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?

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

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

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

Is NIST Compliance Just for the IT Department?

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

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?

How to Switch IT Support Companies As Smoothly As Possible

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

Meeting Business Goals Heads Down and Close Together