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WASHINGTON INFORMER WEBSITE LAUNCH

AssureTech LLC is pleased to announce the launch of the Washington Informer's new interactive website, at http://www.washingtoninformer.com. The dramatically redesigned site, created by AssureTech, embodies the paper's forward–thinking vision and commitment to the growing needs of its patrons. Based on extensive research with its subscribers and commercial partners, it offers:

  • rich content provided by staff from across its extensive archive
  • direct access to reference articles from almost every page
  • streamlined searching and more intuitive navigation
  • interactive exhibitions using multimedia and technology like Youtube

The site’s homepage welcomes visitors with bold new colors, a clean uncluttered design, and moving images with featured content centered on the paper’s mission to inspire dialogue, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.

New Types of Content
The website will feature new types of digital content, inspired by the Washington Informer's collections and other resources. The first of these projects, a unique and interactive event calendar and many other features.

New Underlying Technology
A major aspect of the new site is the use of Joomla!, an open source software platform. Joomla! eliminates the dependency on commercial software vendors that provide rigid frameworks with little room for customization. Switching to an open source platform allows the AssureTech digital team to implement extensions for the Washington Informer's specific needs as well as share and benefit from innovations across the Joomla! community.
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LAW FIRM PROJECT

AssureTech LLC has been selected as the Network Lead for the O'Melveney and Myers IDF (Independent Distribution Frame) project. This prestigious Law Firm' Office spans 16 non-contiguous floors where AssureTech will be the lead in integrating that infrastructure's technology for production on another floor.
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ALLEN CHAPEL WEBSITE LAUNCH

Allen Chapel AME Church has launched its new interactive website, at http://www.acamec.org. The dramatically redesigned site, created by AssureTech, embodies this historically rich church's forward–thinking vision and commitment to the growing needs of its patrons. Based on extensive research with its congregants and community partners, it offers:

  • rich content provided by church staff from a wide array of resources
  • direct access to reference articles from almost every page
  • streamlined searching and more intuitive navigation
  • interactive exhibitions using multimedia and technology
The site’s homepage welcomes visitors with bold new colors, a clean uncluttered design, and moving images with featured content centered on Allen's mission to inspire dialogue, advance the Gospel and strengthen our communities.

New Types of Content
The website will feature new types of digital content, inspired by Allen Chapel's collections and other resources. The first of these projects, a unique and interactive event calendar and many other features.

New Underlying Technology
A major aspect of the new site is the use of Joomla!, an open source software platform. Joomla! eliminates the dependency on commercial software vendors that provide rigid frameworks with little room for customization. Switching to an open source platform allows the AssureTech digital team to implement extensions for the Washington Informer's specific needs as well as share and benefit from innovations across the Joomla! community.
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BIG IT LESSONS SMALL BUSINESSES CAN LEARN

What are the key technology lessons that small and mid-sized businesses can learn from large enterprises?

Be proactive. Be prepared. Take security concerns seriously. Always watch for ways to cut costs.

That just might sum up the advice that enterprise-grade IT shops would give smaller businesses about how to avoid costly IT mistakes.

But what are some specific technology lessons that smaller fry can learn from the big fish? We asked the experts, and here’s a partial list:

Get an IT tuneup. Don’t wait until things go wrong with your systems to look under the hood. Have someone come in and do a vulnerability assessment to identify what’s working, what isn’t, and where your security risks are. “Proactive maintenance and support is something that the enterprises do and small businesses don’t,” notes Tim Brennan, founder and managing partner of Rockville, Md.-based SysArc, an IT support firm that counts many small businesses among its clients. A good assessment can cost as little as $1,000, and can save a business much more, notes Brennan.

Be prepared, even for a disaster. “Small businesses tend not to do much with disaster recovery,” notes Brennan. Storing your backup on-site, or never testing your backup system, is not going to protect you if there’s a fire, earthquake, or theft. There are many options, from low-cost online backup products like Mozy or Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3). “It’s all about the investment you want to put into it,” says Brennan. “But at very least, back up off-site.”

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MULTIPLE LOCATIONS? MPLS IS A NETWORKING KEY

Multiprotocol label switching is an Internet protocol-based service that can tag and prioritize voice, video, and Internet traffic for your business. Let’s say you’re a mid-sized business with a number of locations. Do you juggle multiple networks and multiple phone numbers?  Are you afraid you’ll lose quality of service if you make a change? Maybe multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) is for you.
Different from frame relay or ATM systems, MPLS is an Internet protocol-based service over a virtual private network (VPN) that has the ability to tag and prioritize whether voice, video, or Internet traffic is moving over the system, and assign it the correct class of service. The result? Phone calls, even voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), have optimal sound, because they are correctly assigned the best class of service. Video service is less jumpy. Internet service, phones, and video can run across the system at the same time without a total meltdown.

“Voice and video traffic needs a class of

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KEYS TO IMPROVING NETWORK FRAUD PROTECTION

Businesses are increasingly dependent on the security and reliability of their networks, but the number of attacks on networks is growing. IT managers can better monitor, control, and protect networks from intrusion and abuse.Security was little more than an afterthought for the original designers of the Internet. Networks were either cordoned off, private and secure, or fully open to the public. But network security is a critical concern for businesses these days. IT managers and, in smaller businesses, the owners themselves must balance access and functionality against reliability and the need to safeguard data.
Taking time to prioritize your network security needs and understanding best practices to ward off threats is essential. For most IT managers, the approach involves both technology and employees.

The technology

There are several smart steps IT managers can take, say experts. These will minimize your network risks...

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