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Blog Articles from ATS Communciations

ATS Communications Helps Healthcare Organizations Protect Patient Data with the Latest in Cybersecure Technology

May 4th, 2021 by admin

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Startling Statistics Reveal Challenges of Healthcare Industry's Ability to Safeguard Patient Records CONCORD, CA – ATS Communications, a leading managed technology services provider, announced that the company is helping healthcare organizations...

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Helping Businesses Shift from Survival Mode to Strategic Growth Mode in 2021

February 23rd, 2021 by admin

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Leading Managed Technology Services Provider Educates Businesses on Dramatic Increase in Cybercrime Directed at Small-Business Owners and How to Prevent It CONCORD, CA - ATS Communications, a leading managed technology services provider (MTSP),...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Press Releases

Why Is the Cloud the Future of Technology?

January 29th, 2020 by admin

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With every passing year, a new application inevitably gets presented as the future of technology. However, one such innovative technology has been universally considered the assured future since it was brought up in 2006. The Cloud has been progressively...

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Posted in: Cloud, Solutions

The Cybersecurity Workforce Gap and How It's Affecting Businesses

November 21st, 2019 by admin

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As cyber-attacks continue to intensify, businesses are having a hard time finding skilled cybersecurity workers to protect their operations. The cybersecurity industry has taken a significant hit with the labor shortage causing many companies to fall...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Support, Services, Security, Solutions

Stay on Top of Your Operations with the Technology Optimization Program (TOP)

November 8th, 2019 by admin

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Are you experiencing an influx of operating costs due to maintenance and upgrades for your IT and phones? Or are you a small business looking to avoid paying for unnecessary IT costs? It may be time to rethink your IT investment strategy and join our...

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Posted in: Support, Services, Solutions

Secure WiFi-as-a-Service Protects Customers from Cyber Attacks

October 2nd, 2019 by admin

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Concord, CA – Announcing the launch of a Secure WiFi-as-a-Service program to protect our customers from cyber attacks through wireless access points. Over the past few years, the prevalence of cyber attacks has continued to grow, expanding...

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Preparing Your Business for Windows 7 End-Of-Life

August 21st, 2019 by admin

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Windows 7 is coming to an end, so what does that mean for businesses still running on the platform? It may mean complex migrating, tons of time and resources that will be spent on training, configuring, and an added expense to install the new system....

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Posted in: Company News, Support

The Importance of Understanding Your Cyber Security Risk Tolerance and Exposure

July 14th, 2019 by admin

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It is common for companies to underestimate their security risks and think that specific attacks could never happen to their business until it happens. While it is always essential to stay prepared no matter the likelihood of an attack,...

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Posted in: Security, Solutions

ATS Communications Ranked Among World’s Most Elite 501 Managed Service Providers

July 12th, 2019 by admin

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12th Annual MSP 501 Identifies Top Forward-Thinking Global MSPs & Leading Trends in Managed Services ATS Communications has been named as one of the world’s premier managed service providers on the prestigious 12th-annual Channel Futures MSP 501 rankings....

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Posted in: Company News, Managed IT Services

How Rapid Growth Can Negatively Impact Business.

June 25th, 2019 by admin

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During the beginning stages of operations, demand can be slow at first and then gradually start picking up, but what happens when small demand increases to significant demand in a short period? When a company is experiencing expansion, it is usually...

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Get a Reliable 24/7 Support Team for your IT Service

June 24th, 2019 by admin

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Having available ongoing support for your IT services is vital for your business to thrive, and we want to ensure that your business stays on top of its operations. Should questions arise or unexpected issues happen, you need responsive experts to resolve...

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Posted in: Support

Offering Next Generation Cybersecurity Solutions

February 5th, 2019 by admin

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CONCORD, CA – We are proud to announce a new solution to help small to midsized businesses (SMBs) equip themselves with the necessary cybersecurity protections that every modern company needs to survive. In the past, large organizations...

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Grow Your Business with Our Industry Expertise

December 7th, 2018 by admin

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ATS provides IT consulting services for many industries, from nonprofit and Legal sectors to healthcare and biotech, we offer industry expertise to help you expand your business to the next level. As companies start to grow and evolve, many concerns...

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Posted in: Solutions

Lowering the Bottom Line: IT Management Support and Cost-Saving Benefits

June 27th, 2018 by admin

Shifting to IT management support services can make a huge difference in reducing your business' operational bottom-line. IT management goes a long way to streamline both infrastructure and support while providing access to a larger knowledge pool than...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Support

Making the Switch to BYOD? Pros, Cons and Security Implications to Consider First

June 26th, 2018 by admin

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Making the switch to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) business environment extends well beyond the decision to let employees choose their devices. Your business should look at the pros and cons of the concept before deciding how to approach it and to what...

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Posted in: Support

Key Strategies to Boost IT Security in the Workplace

June 20th, 2018 by admin

Businesses have more to worry about than ever when it comes to dealing with new forms of cyber-attacks. The shift to a BYOD workplace adds even more challenges to protecting your digital assets. While hardware and software solutions continue to improve...

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Posted in: Support, Security

Unique IT Challenges Financial Services Providers Face Today

June 19th, 2018 by admin

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Financial services providers find their IT challenges list is always growing because of security issues, employee needs, customer protection, regulatory laws and business requirements. Keeping up with IT concerns is important not just because failing...

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Posted in: Solutions

What Nonprofits Should Seek in an IT Provider

May 29th, 2018 by admin

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While many of the technical needs at nonprofit and for-profit businesses overlap, there are still several key considerations for nonprofits looking for the right IT services provider. Nonprofits' motivations may be driven less by the concept of "spending...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services

What Changes in Net Neutrality Could Mean for Your SMB

April 19th, 2018 by admin

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The FCC net neutrality 3–2 repeal vote of December 2017 could lead to major concerns for IT staff at small and medium businesses. As of February 2018, the FCC is continuing to move toward the net neutrality repeal, but actual business changes will take...

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Posted in: Support, Services, Solutions

Addressing the Unique IT Management Needs at Law Firms

April 11th, 2018 by admin

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Law firms face many unique IT management challenges that stem from the confidential nature of the information they work with. And that confidential data is why law firms must make the protection of information a key IT priority. Threats can come from...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Services, Solutions

5 Commonly Overlooked Workplace IT Disasters

February 28th, 2018 by admin

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Because IT staff get so invested in making sure software, networking and security elements are working, they sometimes overlook the human, environmental and contingency planning factors that can invite workplace IT disasters. In many cases, preventative...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Solutions

Spectre and Meltdown: Valuable Lessons for Your IT Security Team

February 12th, 2018 by admin

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At the end of 2017, the world learned about Spectre and Meltdown: two far-reaching security threats that exploit how CPUs work to expose protected information on nearly every recent PC, server and smartphone. Hackers can use these exploits to do things...

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Posted in: Security

5 Specific IT Considerations for Remote Employees

February 5th, 2018 by admin

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Businesses have a lot to gain by hiring remote employees, including the ability to recruit from a larger talent pool and the potential for less expensive workplace accommodations. However, remote employees introduce new challenges in IT security because...

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Posted in: Solutions

Does Fintech Pose a Threat to Cybersecurity at Financial Services Companies?

January 29th, 2018 by admin

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Financial services companies should embrace a healthy dose of caution when implementing new fintech in their business. Fintech, or any technological innovation in the financial sector, is not inherently more or less secure than any other new technology,...

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Posted in: Security

3 Subtle Ways IT Management Makes Day-to-Day Operations More Manageable

January 22nd, 2018 by admin

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For many businesses, it is difficult to gauge how helpful IT management can be in the workplace on a day-to-day basis — mainly because when things are going well, there's little to notice. Some of the most important benefits of an IT managed services...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Solutions

Four Security Threats Your Company Could Face in 2018

January 16th, 2018 by admin

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Hot off the tail of the massive 2017 Equifax breach that exposed personal information of 143 million customers, businesses are on high alert concerning IT security in 2018. While the IT security industry has been successful in mitigating and cracking...

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Putting Unused Computers Back to Work

December 28th, 2017 by admin

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There are many ways to reuse an old computer. Replacing an old computer that still works is a good feeling.   The device survived the replacement cycle. However, some desktops and laptops have the potential to lead second lives in the workplace. Re-assigning...

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Latest Popular Smartphones Significantly Dip in Drop Test Performance

November 22nd, 2017 by admin

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After years of improving smartphone glass durability, a shift design is bringing back the perils of dropping the device only to discover the glass has cracked on impact. The newly released iPhone 8 and iPhone X aren’t doing well in drop tests, with screens...

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Posted in: Support, Solutions

Don't Neglect Surge Protectors in Your Workplace

November 16th, 2017 by admin

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Businesses use surge protectors every day without thinking about them; however, they are an incredibly important piece of technology that can make the difference between a $20.00 and a $2,000.00 equipment replacement. While uncommon, a power surge can...

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Posted in: Support, Solutions, Knowledge

Problems with Power Loss: Tips for Workplace Computer Battery Backups

November 8th, 2017 by admin

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It's inevitable: employees working hard on a time-consuming project and then out of nowhere, the lights start to flicker and the power goes out. Suddenly, those workers express their frustration by pulling out their hair because they've just lost hours'...

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Posted in: Knowledge

Alternative Employee Device Security: Fingerprints, Facial Recognition, and Iris Scans, Oh My!

October 17th, 2017 by admin

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So far, 2017 has been an eventful year for increasing access to password-alternative smartphone and laptop unlocking techniques. Notably, Samsung added Face unlocking to the Galaxy S8 line and Apple introduced Face ID on the iPhone X. Of particular note,...

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Posted in: Security

Wireless Charging in the Workplace: iPhone Joins Android

October 10th, 2017 by admin

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Wireless charging in the workplace has the potential to make it easier for your employees keep their arsenal of devices running throughout the day with fewer of those pesky low battery warnings. Until recently, wireless charging hasn't been as good at...

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Posted in: Solutions

Equifax Breach: What does it teach us about IT security?

October 3rd, 2017 by admin

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The 2017 Equifax hack is teaching a painful lesson about the necessity of businesses keeping up with software patches for IT security and to avoid catastrophic damage. The hack, which resulted in potentially exposing the financial information necessary...

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Posted in: Security

Flash Drives: A Productivity and Security Guide

September 26th, 2017 by admin

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With proper planning, your business can take advantage of USB flash drive technology to increase productivity, while eliminating most of the medium's inherent risk. The USB flash drives likely lying around your business offer excellent opportunities to...

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Posted in: Security, Solutions

Screen Mirroring Mini-Guide

September 19th, 2017 by admin

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Setting up your conference room for wireless screen mirroring is the answer to employees sharing in a collective groan when it's time to connect a computer or mobile device to show a presentation. While setting up the conference room television or projector...

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Posted in: Knowledge

The System Is Down: How To Stay Online When Your Service Provider Is Offline

September 12th, 2017 by admin

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It's easy to take a functional Internet connection for granted until it's no longer working. When that Internet connection inevitably goes down, your business could be left scrambling to figure out how to keep working until service is restored. The best...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Solutions

3 Lessons SMBs Can Learn From Retailers On Thanksgiving Weekend

September 6th, 2017 by admin

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Online retailers are already working on business strategies for the Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday online shopping weekend months in advance. These three days are the busiest online shopping days for retailers, bringing in nearly $6 billion...

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Posted in: Knowledge

When Windows 10 Support Stops

August 22nd, 2017 by admin

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In July of 2017, some Windows 10 users received an error message when trying to install the Creators Update, stating, "Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC." This first-of-its-kind problem stems from an incompatibility with a handful of Intel's...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Solutions

The Internal SMB IT Security Threat: Overconfidence In Cyber Security Preparedness

August 15th, 2017 by admin

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According to a 2017 published study by Advisen and Experian, one of the biggest threats facing small businesses comes from within, such as overconfidence in the organization's ability to protect itself and recover from cyber security attacks. While businesses...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Security

Looking at USB/NFC Keys for Extra Account Security

August 1st, 2017 by admin

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Hijacked accounts are an IT security nightmare, so it makes sense for your company to look at new technology for better ways to keep your digital assets safe. While security professionals are working out new ways to look at what account credentials are,...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Security

Avoiding Hardware Overkill: IT Consulting to the Rescue

July 18th, 2017 by admin

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Spending far too much money on excessively overpowered computer hardware can quickly deplete your company's IT budget, taking funding away from other important expenses. Two exciting products released in June 2017, Apple's new iMac Pro ($4,999) and Intel's...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services

Flaws in 2-Factor Authentication Methods Could Leave You Vulnerable

July 11th, 2017 by admin

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If your business is using 2-factor authentication or 2FA, methods to secure your important accounts, you may need to investigate better ways to implement the practice. Security experts widely recommend using 2FA, a system which utilizes a second security...

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Posted in: Security, Knowledge

Managed IT Services

September 16th, 2015 by admin

ATS Communications wants to help you make meaningful improvements in business processes, and share best practices. Let us take care of our network, so you can focus on your business! Managed IT services provide so many benefits. A few are: Accessible...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services

4 Crucial Benefits of a Managed Service Provider

August 27th, 2013 by admin

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Managed Service Providers - or MSPs - are tasked with the critically important job of managing IT to help businesses run smoothly. Information Technology is the foundation upon which businesses operate, communicate, and grow, and must therefore...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Solutions

The Real Cost of IT Downtime

August 18th, 2013 by admin

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Downtime - it isn't always what you think! When you think downtime, I'm sure you're picturing the results of a total IT disaster - perhaps a flood destroying the server room or a malicious virus that hacks the network, forcing everyone to close up...

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