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May 24
2017

Super Boring IT Article #2: DNS part 1

DNS Haiku

By John Lim, CTO

I ripped off the above haiku from reddit.com/r/sysadmin. The reason I love it and all other sysadmins love it is that it’s TRUE.

Specifically, in an Active Directory environment, DNS is a yuuuuge deal but in our regular day to day internet life, DNS is STILL a yuuuuuuuge deal.

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May 15
2017

Machine Learning: Cybersecurity’s Most Promising Weapon

Russ Levanway, CEO

By Russ Levanway, CEO

I recently returned from an HTG Peer Group conference where I met with a number of my colleagues from around the country to discuss trends in technology and business. Over the course of the conference, a very hot topic emerged: the benefits and liabilities of encryption.

Not that long ago, most traffic traveled across the internet unencrypted and relatively easy to intercept. Today, in order to secure traffic, the right side of the law has been using more and more encryption methods. For instance, when you visit a website and enter your credit card number, the page is always encrypted; when you enter a username and password, that’s also always encrypted. You will typically notice this via the yellow padlock next to the web URL in your internet browser.

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May 9
2017

HIPAA Security Risk Analysis (SRA)

Healthcare IT Consulting By Jill Lowe, Healthcare Account Manager

When most of us first did a HIPAA Security Risk Analysis, it was not due to altruistic security worry. Nope, it was required for Meaningful Use Attestation. And since not having an SRA is the number one reason for failing a Medicare audit, it’s a darn good thing to have. But if we did a thorough assessment, it did indeed identify items to remediate and improve ePHI security.

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May 4
2017

Real Consulting // Serious Science with a Touch of Fun

IT Consulting

Dr. Baker inside the lab at Baker Wine & Grape Analysis with Patch on floor watch duty

By Josh Erdman, IT Pro

When you imagine a lab you probably think of white lab coats, test tubes, clipboards, and beakers. In this way, Baker Wine & Grape Analysis is your typical lab, white coats and all, but there is something else going on here that feels very different from what I expect. It’s the culture – professional balanced with fun. An awesome selection of music provides a soundtrack for highly technical work; homemade sparkling lemonade is available for refreshment; a sweet Australian Shepard named Patch keeps spirits high.

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Apr 25
2017

Super Boring IT Article #1: What’s My IP Address?

John Lim, CTO TekTegrity

By John Lim, CTO

The Internet has a protocol for packaging information and transmission of said information, and that Internet Protocol (IP) requires addressing. When you go to Google.com, Facebook.com, or Netflix.com, all of those names resolve to one or many IP addresses on the backend and gets your applications to pull data from those servers. All of these providers has unique public IPs that only belongs to them.
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Apr 18
2017

When Rubber Meets Road

Russ Levanway, CEOBy Russ Levanway, CEO

So you’ve identified your company’s mission. Now, are you ready to defend it?

As times have changed, a lot of what we buy has a very limited lifespan and is not easy to repair. “They don’t make it like they used to” is actually quite accurate. The phone in your pocket is meant to die in three years. The computer on your desk becomes obsolete in three to five. Whereas refrigerators were once built to last 40 years, now they run for seven to eight. Pop the hood on any modern car or truck and you’ll find an opaque cluster of electronics and plastic, impossible to penetrate or understand.

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Apr 12
2017

Getting Started on the MACRA MIPS Road

By Jill Lowe, Healthcare Account Manager

Can you believe a quarter of 2017 is already behind us? For those who have not yet started on their MACRA MIPS plan, it may seem a bit daunting. But keep in mind, what we do in 2017 can put us in a position to receive the highest possible payment adjustment beginning in 2019. So we all know how important it is to GIT-R-DONE! In this article, I will share with you what you need to do to get started today.
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Apr 10
2017

SLO County Tech Scene: Ingredients for a Viable Tech Region

San Luis Obipso tech region

Image by Exclusively San Luis Obispo

By Joshua Erdman, IT Pro

Flour, eggs, sugar, butter, baking soda, salt…

Individually these ingredients would never be considered a meal, but together you have a good base for some cookies. The same can be said for the tech scene on the Central Coast.

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Apr 4
2017

RDS Servers, Hosted Exchange + Outlook Cached Exchange Mode

Ruby Nahal, Engineer By Ruby Nahal, Senior Engineer

With the rise of hosted exchange services like Office 365, it has increasingly become a challenge to preserve Outlook performance on RDS servers. Back in the day, you could only run Outlook in online mode on a remote desktop server. This was for the better because back then exchange deployments were local so we didn’t want RDS server storage filled up with unnecessary OST files.

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Mar 23
2017

Real Consulting // High Tech Hotrods

Driven by Shawn Langdon & Kahlid Al Bahlooshi of Team Al Anabi, Crew Chief Alan Johnson

By Josh Erdman, IT Pro

Nestled between fields of strawberries and spinach lies the powerhouse that fuels the National Hotrod Association (NHRA). Santa Maria Valley, with its rich agricultural and viticulture heritage, is also the home of Top Fuel drag racing legend Alan Johnson Performance Engineering.

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