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Understanding Blockchain

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The Technology Behind Cryptocurrency Will Do Much More In Time.

There are enough new technologies today that it can be hard to keep up with all of them. One technology that is leaving a lasting mark is blockchain. The technology behind the ever-popular cryptocurrency Bitcoin (and every other cryptocurrency), is quickly becoming a household name.
Here is a brief look into blockchain technology, how it works, and what kind of innovations businesses can use to make it work for them

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Understanding General Data Protection Regulation Compliance

The Primary Law Regulating how Businesses Protect EU Citizens’ Personal Data

In April of 2016, the European Union Parliament and Council voted to replace Data Protection Directive 95/46/ec and enact an overreaching data security regulation named the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The law went go into effect in the May 25, 2018 and is the primary law regulating how businesses protect EU citizens’ personal data. Companies that need to meet the old security directive will need to be in compliance of the new law on that date or face stiff fines and other penalties

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Understanding Automation

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The strategic use of automation allows us to protect your business from harm.

Business technology is the bane of the modern worker. No matter how well-intentioned the members of your staff are, when they have computer troubles, it complicates everything they are trying to accomplish. This, in turn, complicates every goal you are trying to accomplish.The automation of IT service delivery gives you a direct line to a stronger business by streamlining the services that your customers rely on. This is accomplished by removing downtime from the equation, while also securing your data and protecting your infrastructure. Since we only automate repeatable and routine tasks, it makes it so we can provide a comprehensive IT management service for an affordable monthly rate.

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Understanding Ransomware

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What You Need to Know About the Malware that Hits Your Data, and Then Your Wallet

Cybercriminals have no shortage of tools at their disposal in their attempts to abuse and take advantage of those they set their sights on. Recently, however, it seems that more and more of them select ransomware as their weapon of choice. Knowing what ransomware is, and how to avoid falling victim to it, is critical to a business’ survival. Fortunately, this particular malware has a few distinct characteristics that make it relatively simple to identify and describe.

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Understanding Shadow IT – Threats of Unauthorized Software

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Unauthorized software can be a major pain for network administrators.

When a business sets out to add to their IT, they often choose solutions based on their immediate needs. This is because when trying to look to the future an organization cannot know what obstacles will pop up. For this reason your organization’s IT department, whether you have in-house IT technicians or you utilize managed IT services from Vista Computing, LLC, has to be the ones that handle the implementation and management of your crucial IT.

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Understanding Your Virtual Identity

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Protect yourself from online identity thieves.

We often talk about threats to business infrastructures, but the point stands that these same threats make advances on individuals as well. If enough personally identifiable information is stolen, a hacker could completely lift the identity of a user to take out loans, hijack credit card numbers, and even infiltrate social media accounts to further spread their influence. The result could be a ruined credit score and a damaged reputation–a major problem for anyone, not just the business owner.

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Understanding the Modern Office

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Building a more productive business through innovative technology.

Vista Computing, LLC is your California leader for comprehensive managed IT services, that much is clear. You may not be aware, however, that our vast knowledge of information systems can be leveraged to help you build the office of your dreams. If you are searching for high-tech solutions for your most pressing business problems, look no further. We can design, implement, and support some of today’s most dynamic technologies.

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IT Threat Glossary

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Understand what threats are in store for your business.

The Internet can be a dangerous place, especially now that hackers are taking advantage of advanced tools and threats. New types of malware, ransomware, and viruses are being created every day, for the express purpose of seeing your organization fail. If your business isn’t using comprehensive security solutions, you remain vulnerable to threats that can potentially compromise and damage your business’s IT infrastructure.

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Understanding Business Continuity

Understanding Business Continuity

When the sky is falling on your business, can you make it through the storm?

For the average business owner, business continuity is looked upon as a secondary system that is put in place to protect the investments the business has made. Since the platform doesn’t have much to do with a business’ day-to-day operations, often times some aspects of a business’ continuity strategy are overlooked; a major mistake that the business owner will realize when it is suddenly too late.

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Understanding Windows 10 – Bringing Value to Business

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The latest Windows operating system for your IT infrastructure.

Microsoft’s latest version of the Windows operating system, Windows 10, is a great tool that businesses can leverage for greater productivity. However, Windows 10 is far more than just an upgrade to previous versions of the Windows operating system. In fact, Microsoft’s OS improves significantly in areas where Windows 8 and 8.1 failed to produce the engagement Microsoft was expecting.

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Understanding the Internet of Things

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Is your business ready for it?

As technology grows more potent, Internet-connectivity is becoming a more common occurrence amongst consumer goods. In fact, according to Gartner, Inc, a technology research organization, there might be close to 26 billion devices connected to the Internet of Things by 2020. It might be difficult to adjust to such a huge technological shift, but as an IT service provider, it’s our job to inform you how your business can best approach this incredible change in the online community.

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Understanding Network Security

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Maximizing Your Business’ Security

Businesses are often so concerned with their day-to-day operations that they forget to invest heavily in network security. Others understand the need for comprehensive network security, but have a lenient strategy in regards to their IT, which can be just as detrimental in the event of a data leak. Understanding what network security entails, as well as the best practices that you can adhere to that will ensure your company’s network is secure from the numerous outside threats looking to infiltrate your network, is essential to keeping your data, and ultimately your business, safe.

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Understanding Sarbanes-Oxley Act IT Compliance

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For accountants that deal with publicly owned companies, ensuring your IT infrastructure is SOX-complaint is a must.

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was adopted as law to ensure that investors have reliable data in which to make their financial decisions. The law was, in large part, a result of the accounting scandals that took place around the turn of the 21st century including within publicly-traded organizations such as Enron, Tyco International, Adelphia, and WorldCom. These scandals cost investors billions of dollars and resulted in a widespread loss in confidence in American securities. To remedy this loss-of-confidence, the United States congress took swift measures in a bipartisan co-sponsored bill that amended the necessary processes that publicly traded companies reported revenue. The bill is named after its co-sponsors, Senator Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) and Representative Michael G. Oxley (R-OH) and was signed into law by President George W. Bush on July 30, 2002.

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Understanding Bring Your Own Device

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The proliferation of security measures in response to the introduction of outside device access of your organization’s network is paramount for thorough network security.

In a world where seemingly everyone has a device that they bring everywhere, how can you make this trend work for your business while keeping your IT infrastructure from being infiltrated by malicious entities? By instituting a conscientious and thorough Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy, your company can make your staff’s devices work for your company.

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Understanding PCI DSS

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Vista Computing, LLC provides solutions for companies searching for a secure interface in which to transfer sensitive information.

Does your business accept credit cards? Do you need it to? In order to open your California area small business up to the enhanced profit potential that accepting credit cards can provide, you’ll need to understand what responsibilities you take on by accepting these forms of payment. Small businesses are prime targets for data plunderers. If you don’t protect against these thieves, you may be subject to paying restitution, fines, or lose the ability to accept cards as payment.

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Understanding HIPAA

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Laws for the secure and private transfer of individual’s medical information.

The nearly instantaneous flow of information is a defining variable of the information age. Many leading companies have established a benchmark of implementing flexible and effective new technologies into their business plan, and just now many small businesses have been able to get out ahead of this trend and implement their own solutions. While it’s true some companies can use this technology better than others, in regards to healthcare information, the seamless flow of information can literally be the difference between life and death.

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Understanding Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing

Free yourself from traditional IT with Cloud Services

Cloud computing is a blanket term for managed, shared applications, development platforms, or computing infrastructure accessible via the Internet. It provides options such as bandwidth and on-demand computing power with flexible capabilities normally purchased as a metered service.

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