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About David Rice

David Rice, CPA is recognized by the AICPA as a Certified Information Technology Professional. He has served on various boards and technology committees over the past 20 years. His many years of experience working with professional services firms and their clients on technology issues brings a great perspective to DiamondIT.

Ready to Grow Your Business? Start with an IT Assessment

Strategically managing your technology can create the competitive edge you’ve been looking for.

Conversely, failing to maximize the power of technology can result in huge losses. You might even lose your business – 60% who experience a data breach close their doors within 6 months. If their cybersecurity technology had been up to speed, they’d probably still be in business.

Just about every business relies on technology for day-to-day operations but not every business owner pays attention to how IT influences overall business goals and growth. If you’re not sure where your network stands in terms of security and performance ability, you can’t take advantage of the strategic benefits of technology.

Whether you want to reduce expenses, ramp up productivity or gain market share, knowing where you are in terms of your technology will get you there faster.

A thorough assessment of your IT environment by a knowledgeable, business-savvy managed services partner is the best way to determine your technology needs. A deep look into your strategic alignment of technology, people and processes identifies areas where enhancement can propel your company toward faster growth, operational efficiencies and increased revenues.

When you look at your technology needs through a business leader lens, you can align your strategic goals with your technology functions and features. Our Central and Southern California clients have relied on us for decades to optimize their networks. DiamondIT does a thorough strategic assessment of your system to confirm that it is running optimally, is secure and has the tools and apps in place to facilitate your objectives.

Assess your network performance and security

If your network isn’t functioning at optimal level, it could be costing you valuable time and energy. To go forward you must first know where you are.

During an assessment, DiamondIT looks at the design, security and performance of your IT environment and the day-to-day operation of your technology infrastructure. An initial interview with leadership includes learning your technology pain points. The network assessment services include a baseline security assessment and additional security reports, such as a Dark Web scan.

Chronic IT issues, hardware maintenance and critical pieces of technology may be causing problems due to support issues or aging out. Findings during the IT assessment may include:

1. Security pitfalls like not having a good password policy, breach detection or Dark Web scanning

Security, of course, is a huge issue with any network and it’s important to stay on top of it. During the assessment, DiamondIT evaluates your network for vulnerabilities and determines your Risk Score, based on a standard set of reports and tools, from 1 to 100.

2. End of life and out-of-warranty technology

When manufacturer warranties do not protect servers and other hardware, a hardware failure can result in extended downtime while you search for parts and someone to repair the equipment. End-of-Life devices such as firewalls and workstations decrease in effectiveness and may result in data breaches, data loss and, most likely, a decrease in employee morale.

3. Inadequate backup storage

Data backups can save your business from considerable downtime and data loss in the event of a disaster. When your backup device is full recovering enough information to keep your business operating – or even to stay in business! – will be a long, expensive ride.

At the end of your assessment you will know the capabilities, vulnerabilities and resources of your IT infrastructure. This tells you the direction you need to go with your technology so it is working in tandem with your strategic goals.

Partner with DiamondIT to assess your network and enhance your ability to get the job done with an optimized IT infrastructure. Schedule your assessment online or call us at 877-716-8324.

2019 Cyberthreat Predictions

Cybercrime is not a new problem, but one that keeps evolving as technology itself progresses.  As we enter into 2019, the cybercrime conundrum continues: it is not a matter of IF a company or institution will be targeted by cybercriminals, but WHEN.

3 Ways Technology Facilitates Your Growth

Most strategic business plans include a growth goal. Whether your goal is to increase sales by 10 percent this year or to land two new accounts every month, technology is your go-to resource to achieving your goals.

Because technology is always evolving, it provides new relevant tools to apply toward innovative processes to save your business time and money. Using technology to do more and propel your business toward growth takes strategic planning and vision to ensure you stay on track without over- or underbuilding your IT.

How Blockchain Technology Is Being Used to Improve Identity Management and MORE

When many of us hear the word “blockchain” we automatically associate it with bitcoin.  But today, blockchain technology is so much more than the platform behind the bitcoin cryptocurrency – as it is now becoming a serious asset in identity management.

The Importance of Data Back Up: Data Management is the Key to Maintaining a Healthy Business

Lately, the news has been rife with tragic stories – from the hurricanes in Florida to the fires in both northern and southern California.  Even when there are not catastrophic natural disasters, cybercrime such as phishing, DDoS attacks and ransomware can ravage a network and compromise your data.

The fact is, today’s organizations both large and small, have lots of important data to store on their networks – and IDC predicts that even smaller organizations can be dealing in petabytes of data in the next few years, much like their larger enterprise counterparts. If a natural disaster or a cybercrime bars access to all that data or destroys on-premise servers, then mission-critical data can be lost forever.

Multi-Factor Authentication is a Practical Way to Protect Against Cyber Threats

The government is doing it.

Major healthcare centers are doing it.

Private businesses are doing it.

Everyone should be doing it, in fact. That is, implementing multi-factor authentication (MFA).

Why Technology is Key to Your Compliance Reporting

Whether you’re a shrimp importer tracking the temperature of shipped shrimp, a nonprofit using state or federal grant funds or a healthcare professional protecting patients, it’s likely you are required to meet compliancy regulations. This, in turn, necessitates a robust compliance management plan.

It’s not enough to track compliance, you also have to be able to collect, secure and report information to regulatory entities. Tracking compliancy is particularly difficult and would be almost impossible without technology as a key tool in successfully meeting regulations.

4 Reasons to Include IT in Your Compliance Management Process

Regardless of the industry you’re in, most businesses have regulations and requirements they have to abide by, making compliance an essential part of being successful.

The cost of maintaining compliance

The cost of regulatory compliance averages $12,000 a year for most small businesses, says the National Small Business Association. For new businesses, direct and indirect costs to stay compliant in the first year top $80,000.

Five Tips for Developing a Cybersecure Culture in Your Organization

Every year in October, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  promotes National Cybersecurity Awareness Month – a time when organizations are asked to take stock of the state of their network security.  However, as we head into the holiday season, with Cyber Monday and other online sales and promotions abound – cybersecurity for both businesses and consumers is an issue everyone should pay attention to year-round.

The Future is Almost Here – 5G Brings the Next Gen Cellular Networking

 

Today, the buzz in the cellular world is all about the promise of 5G – otherwise known as the fifth generation of cellular networking.  While some carriers have announced 5G products, the truth is, we are still a ways off from actually seeing 5G mass marketed in the way of 4G and LTE.  There is also a misperception that like a product launch, 5G will suddenly appear on the market, drumming up mass excitement.   It won’t appear all at once; customers will start to see 5G emerge in bits and pieces with various carriers.