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August 16, 2016

We’ve talked about Intrusion Protection Systems (IPS) and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) and why each is important. Now, we’re going to make the case for why you need both systems to provide maximum security for your network.

IPS is your fort—protecting you from the wide open world of the internet, malicious hackers, and viruses. IDS is your gua...

August 12, 2016

Thousands stranded. Endless lines. Days, maybe weeks of turmoil. Around 3:00 AM on August 8, 2016, Delta Airlines learned the hard way that IT happens. Early reports indicated the technology meltdown was triggered by a power outage. More likely, it was a domino effect when a power control module malfunctioned. A surge cut off power to the main network and the backup system didn’t kick in. With no backup systems in place, their computer systems crashed h...

August 9, 2016

Every year the American Institute of CPAs presents the EDGE conference, focused on the next generation of CPA leaders in the accounting industry. Many of the participants are present or future graduates of the AICPA Leadership Academy.

This year’s conference was held at the Las Vegas Red Rock Hotel and Casino, August 3-5.  There was a wide variety of top...

August 2, 2016

Last time, we covered how Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) sit between your devices and the outside network and use a series of rules to keep malicious traffic from coming in and going out. Having a wall to hide behind is great, but even the best wall can be breached. How will you know? An Intrusion Detection System (IDS) is the answer.

An IDS is a “device or software application that monitors network or system activities for malicious activities or policy v...

July 29, 2016

Network Alliance, Inc. (Network Alliance), a leading IT management solutions provider, has hired Byron K. Patrick, CPA.CITP, CGMA, MCSE, as Network Alliance’s Managing Director, CPA Practice. He will oversee Network Alliance’s strategic growth within the Accounting/CPA market.

Byron is co-founder and former CEO of Simplified Innovations, Inc., a Maryland-based technology outsourcing company. “I was very impressed with the spectrum of solutions that Network Alliance provides and the le...

July 19, 2016

Oops, you accidentally clicked a fishy looking website ad. You immediately realize your mistake and close the pop-up window. Now you get to waste the afternoon running virus scans and hoping that nothing evil took up residence on your machine. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend that time doing something else? Intrusion Prevention Systems can help.

Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) are pieces of network security software that protect your critical data. They stop m...

July 13, 2016

Make IT simple. Wouldn’t it be great if your company had a dedicated team of IT professionals fully committed to that goal?

At Network Alliance, a 24/7 provider of managed IT solutions and support, that’s what we do for our clients each and every day. Spearheading our continuing effort to bring simplicity to IT solutions is our Service Assurance Team.

Exceeding Expectations, Adding Value

July 5, 2016

Oh look, another social media platform! Snapchat is incredibly popular with millennials and younger demographics. Just like Facebook and Instagram, older generations are now starting to take notice of this popular app that allows images and short videos to be shared (publicly or privately) and immediately deleted. How could a business take advantage of an app used to “snap” selfies with funny filters? Read on.


July 1, 2016

He is known by many names. The man of the night, lord of the darkness, Tyler. If your software needs installed or updated, this is the man handling it. He works 8 PM-6 AM Monday-Thursday, and actually enjoys it. What an interesting creature. Let’s find out more!

Q: What technical tip might be helpful to Network Alliance users?...

June 28, 2016

Facebook is at it again. The next time you’re scrolling through your feed (let’s be honest, you probably have it open on one of your devices right now), you might see a live video! Facebook now allows up to 90 minutes of live sharing directly to your news feed.

Live streaming isn’t a new concept. Some sites, like Twitch, began as early as ten years ago. Up until recently, however, the livestreaming world has been a niche market, mainly gamers. In the past, streaming required a...



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