ComTech Computer Services, Inc - Technology Services and Support - Temple, Texas

Protect Your Data, Protect Your Business

ActiveCare Services

You know technology infrastructure is the key to your success, but how much time do you have to devote to it? It's time to recognize that your attention needs to be on your mission, not your infrastructure. At ComTech Computer Services, Inc., we provide the technology to ensure your business keeps running so you can focus on your... business!

Data Back-up & Disaster Recovery

Keep your data protected

How Secure is your network?

Where is your data stored and how redundant is it?

Would the loss of physical location wipe you out? Data loss can happen through human error, hardware failure, software issues, power failure, or natural disasters. You don't have the time or expertise to anticipate every crisis, but we do! We offer robust data back-up and disaster recovery solutions so you never have to worry about costly data loss.

Office 365 Services

If you are avoiding getting on the cloud, Microsoft's Office 365 is the right solution for you. Office 365 brings you the benefits of the cloud in the familiar Office environment. We offer complete Office 365
services including installation, training, support and service. You can also choose the solution that works best for you from our Small Business, Midsize or Enterprise Packages.

Implement Office 365 with us today and see the following benefits:

Virtualization

Market conditions today demand every business to be competitive. For SMBs, there are all the more reason to be so - you have tight budgets and tighter timelines. in such cases, doesn't it make more sense to invest your resources in areas that matter the most? Then why not start doing that today with Virtualization of your servers?

Virtualization offers a great way to save on your rising IT costs by ensuring that you only pay for what you use. Virtualization offers you reliable, secure, and efficient storage solutions at lower costs. Why invest in heavy duty servers when you will only use a part of them?

Robert Vander Meiden

Robert Vander Meiden

Amazingly, in spite of the ever-increasing need for such, there are very few law firms right now that specialize in cybersecurity.  This doesn’t deny that many law firms are more than willing to take on cybersecurity cases when the need arises; nor does it deny that some firms still consider the cybersecurity “ topic” a strictly IT area of expertise.

lawyer cyber security

Regardless of the reasons why, lawyers need to get better immersed in what is a huge problem, not only in the US but across the globe.  Here are 5 reasons why we need more law firms to specialize in cybersecurity issues and cases.

More and more laws are being passed that deal with the ever-worsening and continuously-more-complicated topic of cybersecurity.  Some of these laws include HIPAA, ECPA, CAN-SPAM, FCRA, Sarbanes-Oxley, etc.

Many people fail to understand or appreciate the obligations that go with having access to the latest technologies.  These technologies include cloud computing, Smartphones, Wi-Fi, remote access, and USB drives. As for the “obligations” in question, how about starting with the right to privacy and the duty to provide confidentiality.

The threat to data stored in or transmitted by electronic mobile devices is at an all-time high.  It used to be hackers that one worried about but other players in the game can include disgruntled employees, careless temps and people that may come to your business posing as something they are not (e.g., soda machine maintenance guys, delivery guys, consultants, etc.).  The point is that the list of people that could potentially threaten the data kept by all organizations is rather long and well-diversified—in other words, this matter no longer involves just computer hackers.

Thursday, 19 October 2017 00:00

The Benefits of Managed Services for Law Firms

In response to the ever-increasing cyber threats on law firms, “companies are demanding a level of security.  Pressure from clients is causing firms to invest and focus on cyber risk.  According to the 2016 ABA Legal Technology Survey Report, 30.7 percent of all law firms and 62.8 percent of firms of 500 lawyers or more reported that current or potential clients provided them with requirements.  Corporate clients are now demanding that law firms have detailed cyber-security plans and prevention tools.”  But how can law firms deliver with technology constantly evolving and hackers investing new strategies to break in?  The answer is to use managed services.  Managed Services offers many benefits to law firms.  Here’s a list of some of the benefits.

Law Office Managed Services

Enhanced Security

Law firms keep highly confidential data and information on clients and companies.  The nature of this highly confidential demands the best of security.  And if a breach of that information occurs, lives can be ruined and even the reputation of the law firm can be forever damaged.  Plus, law firms don’t have the time to worry about the security of their network and computer systems.  Managed providers give 24/7/365 security to law firms by protecting them against viruses, alerting them to suspicious activity and taking immediate, effective action when a breach does occur.  Managed service providers use the latest software and applications to keep on top of things.

Proper planning allows companies to protect data, systems, and people while keeping the business operational during a disaster.

Disaster Planning

The recent devastating hurricanes to hit the mainland United States and Caribbean countries and territories destroyed entire communities. Families, businesses, and governments were left reeling, forced to pick up the pieces, where possible.

The catastrophic impact of the recent storms reinforces the importance of having a sound business continuity and disaster recovery plan. Creating such a plan allows companies facing a natural disaster to follow a deliberate set of actions. In a time of chaos, having clearly defined contingencies can help leaders and employees weather a storm.

Small to mid-size businesses around the country are considering how to maintain data security in the aftermath of one of the largest data breaches in history at Equifax.  How can you ensure that your business has critical patches covered while still staying focused on operational effectiveness?

Data Security

Recent national news regarding big data breaches in organizations such as Equifax has small business owners scrambling to understand what went wrong — and how it can be prevented at their organization. The reality is that the potential of a data breach can’t be eliminated completely from your organization, but there are plenty of ways you can minimize the threat and make plans to come back up to full speed quickly after a breach.  Possibly the worst thing that you can do is start looking around in all directions in the hopes of shoring up your defenses. See how data security can become part of your ongoing strategic technology planning so you can skip the scramble.

Small Business Impact

Small businesses are every bit as vulnerable as enterprise-scale businesses to hack or data breaches, and sometimes even more vulnerable.  The thought of having the personal and financial data of 143 million Americans stolen is enough to cause any business owner to get a bad case of the hives.  Equifax’s security was violated due to the failure to correctly install a software patch, something that many small business owners can relate to as their internal IT departments are increasingly stretched in a variety of different directions.  Installing patches and keeping software up-to-date is one of the first lines of defense for organizations attempting to reduce the possibility of a cybersecurity attack.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 00:00

Office 365’s web app launcher gets an update

Even with all the productivity tools available within Office 365, using several apps at once is not always easy. With Microsoft’s new web app launcher, that’s about to change. It includes a cleaner interface and some small yet functional changes, which gives users a more organized and less cluttered Office 365 environment.

Key changes to the Office 365 main page

The newly added “Recommended” section displays activities — comments, edits, and @ mentions — on recently opened files. This gives users an overview of changes to recent documents.

Underneath the “Recommended” section is the “Recent” document column, which shows the most recent activities, while “Places” displays the SharePoint sites you frequently visit and the OneDrive folders you’ve recently accessed.

Cybersecurity is evolving.  This is more than just a technology issue or an added clause in the retainer agreement—it’s the biggest risk that law firms face in 2017.  Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Weil Gotshal & Manges, two of the largest firms in the United States, got caught in a major cybersecurity breach later linked to a $4 million-plus insider-trading scheme.  Other law firms that were hacked in the past five years include Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, NYC law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Weil Gotshal & Manges and Wiley Rein, one of the largest law firms in Washington, D.C.  Today, cyber risk is just a part of doing business for law firms – big ones and large ones.

Law FIrms Cyber Security

What The Bad Guys Are Doing To Law Firms

Law firms are an easy target for hackers, and hackers seek ways to monetize their break-ins.  They use ransomware to steal data and use blackmail blocking access to the firm’s computer system until the ransom is paid.  Another strategy is to threaten the publication of embarrassing information.  And if law firms don’t comply with the demand, they risk losing confidential data permanently.  Here are three top reasons why cybercriminals target law firms.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

The Benefits of Using IT Managed Services 

Discover the many benefits of partnering up with an IT Managed Service Provider.

Managed Services Benefits

Today, many businesses are partnering up with IT managed service providers. Sixty percent of businesses use IT managed services, and that figure is expected to continue to grow. And that’s due to the many benefits from the services these professionals provide. Here’s a list of benefits to take a look at.

Control the Cost of IT

Paying an in-house IT staff is a costly venture. With IT managed service providers, you get fixed IT costs into variable costs, which allows you to budget efficiently. Companies only wind up paying for what they use and can opt to use it when they need it. Outsourcing IT task just saves companies money.

The Six Lessons Your Small Business Should Learn After the Equifax Data Breach

The most stunning business news in the last month has to come from articles about the Equifax data breach. The company estimated that this cybercrime impacted at least 143 million individuals. This news may also seem worse than other high-profile security problems because victims did not choose to have a relationship with Equifax. Just about everybody who has ever borrowed money, had a credit card or even rented an apartment gets reported to credit bureaus. Consumers can’t just decide to use another credit bureau if they don’t like the service or security that one provides.

Equifax Data Breach

Six Lessons for Small Businesses From the Equifax Data Theft

Your small business probably doesn’t have the luxury of having customers or clients who are forced to do business with you. People choose to patronize your company, so you know the value of maintaining their trust. Even if you have a different business model than a credit bureau, you can use Equifax’s security problems to learn six lessons that should help you protect your company and customers:

A series of online accounting-specific scams popped up in recent months, prompting cybersecurity experts to take notice.

Online Accounting Scams

Late August saw a series of very similar phishing scams make a brief appearance in the inboxes of online accounting software consumers. By spoofing well-known online accounting software companies, these phishing scams have targeted a large number of consumers in an attempt to sneak banking trojans past their cyber defenses in order to steal banking data and other forms of personal information.

Customers of Xero, MYOB, Quickbooks, and Dropbox received phishing emails that contained legitimate looking invoices that would prompt the recipient to download a zip file that contains a malicious JavaScript file. This JavaScript file quietly executes the banking trojan – a version of Dridex malware – onto the user’s computer.

Once this malware is inside of your system, it will seek out banking data for the hacker behind the phishing scam to use as they please.

Maintaining your nonprofit’s strategic mission focus is critical and often requires next-generation technology to an executive on objectives. IT managed services providers offer exceptional support and value, with a cost structure that is sustainable for mid-size nonprofits.  

Nonprofit Managed Services

Guiding your nonprofit organization to true sustainability while maintaining exceptional mission impact can be a challenging task and one that is littered with damaging assumptions. Navigating through the landmines requires a full understanding of business realities and concepts and how they relate to a nonprofit environment, which can be very different than for-profit strategies and financial leadership principles. For-profit organizations may look for ways to reduce long-term costs by paying additional funds upfront, while not-for-profit organizations may find it more fiscally responsible to spread payments over time. This is one of the many reasons that IT managed services are especially applicable for nonprofits — the ability to reduce upfront costs and still receive exceptional support for new technology initiatives.

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