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Tolar Systems has been serving the Abilene area since 2000, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Microsoft 365 and Office 365 – Are They the Same?

Those paying attention to how Microsoft brands its products may have noticed that in recent months, discussions centered around Microsoft’s office productivity apps have used two names to describe these applications: Microsoft Office 365, and Microsoft 365.

These might seem at first glance to be interchangeable terms, but are they really? We explore this terminology change on today’s blog.

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What is Disaster Recovery as a Service?

At Tolar Systems, we prioritize security. We offer solutions like Complete Security  and Complete Care with one singular focus: to protect your business and its assets. In most cases, the asset we are focused on is your business’ data. Failure to protect your data can have several devastating results for your business.

Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) takes the guesswork out of disaster recovery and we offer it as part of our Complete Care managed IT services. DRaaS applies risk management best practices to come up with a workable strategy that will combine some of the best hardware, software, and technical proficiency in one completely managed service.

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Tolar Systems Selected as Finalist for SherWeb Highest Partner Engagement Award

Abilene-based IT Managed Services Provider Recognized for Cloud Business Growth

(Abilene, Texas) Tolar Systems, a managed IT services provider based in Abilene, Texas, has been selected as one of four finalists for the Highest Partner Engagement category in SherWeb’s first-ever Partner Awards.

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Cybersecurity Challenges Hit Texas State Government

Cybersecurity is a growing challenge for public sector organizations of all sizes, from small regional and local governments, to state agencies and the Federal government itself. Here in Texas we were recently reminded of this fact due to a ransomware attack that hit our state government on August 16. The attack impacted several state governmental agencies and at least one critical infrastructure Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, or SCADA, system.

Learn more about this attack and what it means for local and regional governments across Texas on today’s blog.

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Why Today's Mobile Security is Identity Driven

Mobile devices have changed the face of cybersecurity. Where once, businesses could protect their data simply by ensuring that their company networks were secure within the organization's four walls, now with the advent of cloud applications and mobile solutions, there are a whole host of other ways that security can be compromised. That’s why Identity Driven Security has become the name of the game when it comes to protecting your business data and networks.

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IT for Financial Services

Bringing reliable IT products and management to businesses in the financial sector. 

Finance is the epitome of a data-driven industry. As a result, information technology is an integral part of modern-day financial services. In order to keep up with the rapidly-shifting financial services industry, businesses that work in finance need reliable information systems and comprehensive IT support. 

Learn more on today's blog.

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Local Government Cyber Security Part II: Developing a Cyber Security Response for Local and Regional Governments

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In last week’s blog "Cyber Security Risk: a Growing Concern for Local and Regional Government," we discussed the challenges local and regional governments are facing when it comes to cyber security. It’s a challenge that public sector organizations are facing on a daily if not hourly basis.

But what can small cities and counties do to mitigate their risk? At Tolar Systems, we’ve developed a three-pronged approach that can help. Learn more on today’s blog.

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Cybersecurity Risk: A Growing Concern for Local and Regional Governments - Part I

What’s the biggest challenge local and regional governments and municipalities face when it comes to IT? Increasingly, it’s cybersecurity, which has become a daily challenge for small governments across the United States.

Learn more about the cybersecurity challenges that small local and regional governments are facing on today’s blog.

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What is Business Continuity and Why Should It Be Part of Your Business Strategy

Recently we posted about the importance of disaster recovery to your business. A closely related topic is also equally important to your business: Business Continuity.

Business continuity takes disaster recovery even further. It’s not just about restoring systems, it’s about restoring your organization’s business processes and operations so that you can get back to work with minimal disruption. Learn more on today’s blog.

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Public, Private and Hybrid Clouds – Which is Right for Your Business?

When businesses are considering a move to the cloud, one of the most important questions they need to consider is “which version of the cloud is right for our business?” The cloud is a blanket term encompassing multiple types of infrastructure, platform, hardware and software as a service applications. The three main categories, however, are public, private and hybrid clouds.

In today’s blog we’ll discuss these three types of clouds to help you determine which type of cloud might be the best fit for your business.

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How to Extend your Business’ IT Capabilities with Supplemental IT Services

At Tolar Systems, we recently revamped the way we offer some of our services. Our core offerings around Managed IT, cybersecurity and voice communications – Complete Care, Complete Security and Complete Voice – will remain the same.  But we’ve made some changes to our other offerings to support two other areas that we believe are important to the businesses we serve. These include Strategic and Supplemental IT services.

Here’s how Supplemental IT services can help midsize and larger firms that don’t need a fully managed IT service approach, to extend their IT capabilities.

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What is Disaster Recovery and Why It’s Key to Your Business Survival

When severe weather, cyber breaches and other disasters hit, the topic of disaster recovery often finds its way to the top of many business owners’ and executives’ minds. After all, the ability to recover quickly and continue operating is key to your business survival. But unfortunately, after disaster strikes it’s already too late to ensure a smooth recovery.  

Here are a few reasons why Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery planning is essential to your business survival and some tips for making sure you’re ready if disaster hits your business.

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Windows 7 End of Life: What You Need to Know

Microsoft has announced that as of January 2020, it will be ending support for its popular Windows 7 Operating System. This is the end of life (known in the industry as EOL) for Windows 7, which first entered service in October of 2009 and at its peak had more than 630 million licenses sold worldwide. But all good things must come to an end: find out what the end of life for Windows 7 means for those organizations still using this once-popular operating system.

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Five Tips for Organizing Document Storage in OneDrive and Sharepoint

Cloud-based document storage tools like OneDrive and SharePoint have evolved to deliver multiple ways to organize and find files. Yet, many users still manage their document storage using outdated methods, even after moving their document storage to the cloud. In this week’s blog, we’re providing a few tips to help make organizing document storage easier in OneDrive and SharePoint.

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Selecting Cloud Storage for Your Business, part 2: Comparing Options

In our last cloud storage post, we discussed the pros and cons of free versus paid cloud storage for your business. Today, we’re going to compare Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox for Business, the most popular and feature-rich options for business cloud storage, and provide some ideas about what to consider when making your decision. Read on to learn how the most popular cloud storage options stack up.

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Selecting Cloud Storage for Your Business, Part 1: To Free or Not To Free

Let’s face it: we’re all swimming in data. Whether it’s generated by businesses or individuals, the amount of data generated worldwide today exceeds 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every single day. A quintillion, by the way, has 18 zeroes! By 2020, it’s expected that more than 1.7 MB of data will be created every second for every single human on earth.

Business data is a big part of that. If your business is already struggling to manage the data it generates today, imagine the world of the future where each employee is generating more than a megabyte of data every second. Where will you store it all?

The answer, if you’re like many businesses, is likely to be the cloud. But how do you select the right cloud storage for your business?

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Don't be Phished In! How to Spot Malicious Emails

Fishing season may be starting soon, but there's another type of "phishing" that's always in season - and that's the kind that comes in your email, not at the lake.

Email is not only a mission critical tool for communication and collaboration, it's also one of the primary ways that criminals attempt to infiltrate client networks to steal data, hold it for ransom and damage business reputations. Over the last year, these attempts have escalated, placing our client networks at greater risk.

"Phishing" is the most common types of malicious email attacks we're seeing. And like most email-based attacks, phishing depends on user trust to work. So, our technicians took the lead on providing the following tips to help our clients prevent being "phished in."

Read on to learn more about the different types of phishing attacks, and what you can do to prevent being "phished in." 

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Windows Server 2008 End of Life: What it Means to Your Business

Microsoft has announced that as of January 14, 2020, it will no longer support its Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 products. What does this mean to businesses that are still using Windows Server 2008 and how can your business prepare for the end of this trusted hardware’s lifecycle? Find out on today’s blog.

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Cybercrime: Is it really a threat to your business?

We’ve been posting a lot lately about cybersecurity. In part, this is because we’ve recently rolled out a cybersecurity solution called Complete Security. But that’s not the only reason. We truly believe that cybercrime is one of the biggest business threats to companies today; one that most are underprepared to manage.

In today’s post, we’ll give you four reasons and an example of why cybercrime and preventive cybersecurity should be top of mind when it comes to IT for businesses of all sizes.

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Email Spoofing: What it is and How to Stop it From Damaging Your Business

As with many other forms of cybercrime, Tolar Systems has been seeing an uptick in email spoofing attempts against the businesses we serve. In this post we’ll discuss email spoofing: what it is, why you should be concerned, and how to prevent spoofed emails from putting your business at risk with Microsoft Office365 Advanced Threat Protection.

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