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You’ve Been Scanned

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By now most everyone is scanning. Nothing new there, but did you know that Data Systems Management offers you a way to scan all your old records and there is no indexing involved!

Index Free Scanning

Data Systems Management offers to you an index free scanning system for your old land deeds. This saves you untold amounts of time on the front end as well as on the back end. You will never have to remember how something was indexed or what file it was saved in while making an effort to retrieve it.  Data Systems will even take your previously scanned items and convert those to index free scanned images.

By using the Scanning option with Data Systems Management, your scanned records can be searched just like using the internet. This scanning application is so easy to use you can even utilize interns, or  young people looking for part time work to get all of your records scanned.

Data Systems Management is committed to bringing you quality products that improve your daily workflow.  Give me a call, I would love to come by and speak with you regarding our latest scanning option! You can reach me at awalker@datasysmgt.com  I look forward to hearing from you very soon!

 

 

 

 

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How’s your network security?

Creating, upgrading, and maintaining you network is a full time job.  But are you doing everything available to secure your network against cyber threats?  Maintaining your network is the easy part.  Securing it takes a little more thought.

Let’s start with your OS.

Legacy software can be described as any program that uses older technology.  Generally speaking, not only is it hard to update legacy software, that software typically must use older hardware to run.  And the combination of old software that hasn’t been updated and old hardware is a recipe that hackers love to exploit.

If you’re still using Windows XP… stop it, already.  Windows XP is no longer supported and hackers know that there’s still a huge installed base out there.  1 + 1 = you’re increasing your chances of getting infected or hacked if you don’t upgrade to the latest OS.

Yeah, Windows 10 has its quirky bits, but what Windows OS doesn’t?  Going to Windows 10 will improve your PC security and it looks and acts enough like XP that there really is no learning curve. (Don’t even get me started on Windows 8!)  Saying that, one of the easiest ways to minimize your chances of bad stuff happening to your network is to ensure that you’re using the latest fully updated operating system and your applications are also up to date.

So, you have the latest OS and you’re running everything on newer hardware.  What happens if, even in spite of your best attempts at securing your network, one of your computers becomes infected with a virus, or worse… ransomware?

Save Early Save Often

Three words… backups, backups, backups.  If the data is mission critical, then not backing it up is just asking for something bad to happen.  If you have to re-image a computer on your network because it has been hacked or infected, then having a recent backup can mean the difference between success and getting eternally ridiculed from everyone at the office.

Just backing up is not enough.  Once the data is backed up, it should be taken off site.

If you’re backing up your data on a USB drive, ensure that the drives are disconnected from the computer after the backup completes.  That way, if the computer becomes infected, the backups will be safe.  Even more, once the backup is complete the backup media (of any type) should be removed from the current location.  If your office experiences a catastrophic event, then your backups will still be intact.

The most efficient way to do this is to have a cloud-based backup solution.  That way, all of your backed up data is stored at another site, usually in a geographically different location.  Cloud-based backup solutions are, obviously, fee-based solutions.  But the ability to quickly restore your data and get up and running is priceless.

The Human Factor

Network security is also as simple as educating your employees.  A well designed and implemented acceptable use policy would explain what employees can and cannot do regarding the hardware and software in your office.  It’s also a good tool to use to make your employees aware of what they should (and should not) do in the event of a suspected hack, breach, or infection.

Even the best anti-virus, anti-exploit, anti-malware, and anti-ransomware is only as good as the person using the PC.  Social engineering can defeat security software.  Employees should be educated in how to recognize phishing attempts, suspicious looking websites, etc. that can be used to gain unauthorized access to your data.

And don’t forget about face-to-face and telephone conversations.  People who engage in social engineering are good at making you feel at ease.  They’re pros at making you think the questions they’re asking or the access they’re requesting is legitimate.  They may drop names of your supervisors, or act as though there’s a sense of urgency.  But an employee education program can train users on how to spot attempts at social engineering being used to gain access to your data.

The Non-Human Factor

Now, here’s the difficult and (probably) expensive part… securing access to your network with network-wide hardware/software solutions.  Obviously, the firewall is the gateway to your network.  Having a robust firewall that also provides content filtering, anti-virus/anti-malware, and intrusion prevention goes a long way toward securing your network environment.

Of course, the newer firewalls that provide these services are pricey.  I’ve seen it first hand that many managers are unwilling, or unable, to spend a few thousand for a piece of equipment that they never see.  And if people don’t see a piece of equipment at work, they generally don’t realize the benefit of having it… until it’s too late.

Along with the next generation firewalls, an enterprise-level anti-virus is essential.  Many companies will put free anti-virus software on their computers.  They’re free, so there is that.  And they do detect incoming viruses.  But that’s about the only benefit.

The problem with using free anti-virus titles is that they act as though they’re independent installations.  And they are!  It comes down to simplifying your administration.  If you have 20 PCs running stand-alone anti-virus software, then you have to constantly check 20 different computers to ensure that the software is fully updated and that you have no viruses.

With an enterprise-level anti-virus solution, you’ll commonly have a dashboard from which you can check connected systems, software update status, infection status across ALL computers on the network, etc.  Having this solution will ensure anti-virus consistency across your network.  And that means less work for you!

But with today’s threat environment, just having one approach to network security not be enough.  You’ll need to address physical access to your network equipment, monitor the types of traffic entering your network, deal with viruses, ransomware, and other forms of malware, keep your PCs fully updated, and ensure that your employees aren’t inadvertently allowing unauthorized access to your data. A multi-factor approach to security is always the better option.

For help assessing your network security, developing your policies, or PC installation/support, contact Tracy Reynolds @ 601-925-6279 or email him at treynolds@dsmhospital.com today!

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Maintenance

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Maintenance.  Just the very word itself brings up dreary thoughts of things like home improvement, home maintenance, vehicle maintenance etc. etc. etc.  The list seems never ending!

With the help of Data Systems Management, your system maintenance can be a breeze!  We are here to offer our help along with IBM and are here to keep your systems covered under a maintenance contract.

Let’s be clear here,  There are actually several different maintenance contracts that need to be reviewed annually to ensure you are not left without coverage.

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So let us begin with the most important one.

 

Hardware Maintenance:

What is it and how does it benefit me?

To begin with hardware maintenance is the coverage you need should anything go wrong with your server.  You will need an IBM representative to show up and help diagnose the problem your machine is having.  Not having the maintenance coverage is not an option.  this coverage can pay for itself in one on site visit.

 

Software Maintenance:

What is it and how does it benefit me?

Software maintenance is critical in the event there is an update that is done and requires a tad more expertise than your office has or should there be a bug in the update etc.  Again, the maintenance contract can pay for itself in one on site visit.

 

DSM Software Maintenance:

Again, any update done by DSM on our software may contain an element that does not work properly with your exact system.  Even though we extensively look at each client’s system and take all things into consideration, an older server can create a problem with an update that is totally unexpected.  so just like in the above statement, signing a software maintenance contract with DSM on an annual basis is an absolute must.  With laws that constantly change, programming has to constantly change.  Any of these changes could create a problem with your server and that is not the goal we are trying to reach.

Wrapping things up:

DSM Software Maintenance:

In essence, the moral of the story is to keep your maintenance contracts under close supervision.  I know its just one more thing on your plate to think about so the changes I have made here at DSM promise to make this as easy as possible on the client.  Annually DSM sends out a letter asking for your DSM software renewal.    We ask that you read and sign the contract.  This will only take a few minutes of your time and it will increase your level of security in the event of a problem.  This is the software you work on everyday.  The software that operates your programs like payroll, tax, justice court, and your financial packages.  Think of your DSM software renewal as your daily insurance program.

Server Maintenance:

This one gets a bit trickier to keep up with, so I have created a system by which I track who has coverage and when that coverage expires.  It even tells me if the coverage is for 1 year, 3 years or 5 years.  It lets me know if you have 9×5, M-F coverage or if your coverage is 24×7 coverage.  As I stated it gets a bit trickier so I decided to take the bull by the horns and create a system for keeping you up to date on your coverage.  You will see a letter from me 90 days prior to your coverage expiring and each 30 days thereafter you will receive additional notifications letting you know that your maintenance is up for renewal.    This maintenance includes your actual hardware and your software.  The software I am speaking of here is the actual operating system software.  Think of this as a type of car insurance.  Just like your auto coverage, this contract covers your car and the engine so to speak.  the seen and unseen parts of your computer.

Now that your understanding has been refreshed on the value of maintenance coverage, please feel free to contact me at 601-573-6130 or awalker@datasysmgt.com to find out when your particular coverage expires.

I look forward to hearing form each of you very soon!

 

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Louisiana Clerk of Court Conference

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Data Systems Management will be attending the 73rd Annual Clerk of Court Conference being hosted by the French Acadian Clerks on May 8-11, 2018  and would like to extend an invitation for you to stop by our booth and meet with our sales associates, Alan Smith and Al Theriot of Harahan, LA.  While visiting our booth, please pick up your free gift, register for our door prize drawing, and ask about our LRMS Pronto-Rec.

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Mississippi Justice Court Conference

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Data Systems Management will be attending the Mississippi Justice Court Clerk Conference May 10-11, 2018 and would like to extend an invitation for you to stop by our booth and meet with Tommy Davis.  While visiting our booth, please pick up your free gift, register for our door prize drawing, and ask about our new forms for your office.

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Indiana Recorder Conference

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Data Systems Management will be attending the Indiana Recorder’s Conference April 17-19, 2018 and would like to extend an invitation for you to stop by our booth and meet with our sales associate, Annette Walker.  While visiting our booth, please pick up your free gift, register for our door prize drawing, and ask about our LRMS Pronto-Rec.

 

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2018 Chancery Clerk Conference

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Data Systems Management will be attending the Chancery Clerk Conference to be held February 6-8, 2018 at the Jackson Marriott.  Look for Alan Smith and Al Theriot at this conference and learn more regarding our newest scanning solution.  This solution is heads and tails above the competition with more functionality for the way business happens in your office.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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DSM Winter Client Appreciation 2017

 

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Data Systems Management will be hosting our annual client appreciation conference on November 21, 2017.  This conference will be hosted in our Clinton, MS office located at 1505 Clinton Business Park Drive.  We will have the pleasure of digging a little deeper into the ACA regulations and you will again have the opportunity to ask questions of Seale Pylate of Phelps Dunbar.  This is a service we are providing to you since the ACA and government fines are still an issue.  A large portion of Seale’s time will be allocated to your specific questions.

After a mid morning break, we will provide a brief overview of the much promised graphical payroll which is now live in multiple locations.  This new product boasts many exciting features such as Perpetual Report Archive , optional Direct Deposit, unlimited user, define NOTES with audit trail (yes you can track employee raises) global default time, entry for employee groups, and too many more features to list.

Our Time & Attendance system has been updated with new lower cost Android time clocks and we have enhanced the capability by executing mobile text punches with Geo-Location functionality.  The FLSA requirements are still mandatory, the monitoring of hours for ACA purposes and insurance coverage is still an issue, and fines for non-compliance it still a reality.

Lunch will be provided, there will be door prizes, and of course a little time for shopping while you’re in town.  The afternoon will be open for any further demonstrations and/or questions or topics that you would like to review with us.

Mark you calendar  NOVEMBER 21, 2017 and join us as we celebrate the beauty and the great people that make our state the best it can be.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

 

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MAGPPA CONFERENCE

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Data Systems Management will be attending this year’s annual MAGPPA Conference being held on the gulf coast.  This is our first time attending the MAGPPA and we are looking forward to meeting each of you!

Please stop by our booth for your free gift and while your there check out our software applications created to make your job more efficient.

Save the Date – October 15-18, 2017 and drop by to say hello!

 

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Justice Court Clerk Conference

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Data Systems Management is pleased to invite you to stop by our booth during the upcoming Justice Court Conference to be held in downtown Jackson, MS November 2nd and 3rd, 2017.   This conference is being hosted by the Mississippi Judicial College.

We have a gift for you just for stopping by.  We also have some new software that will enhance your job now.  We are looking forward to seeing each of you.  Please stop by the booth, pick up your free gift, visit with our representatives,  and see our newest software.