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With over 25 years of experience in Information Technology, Rafiq Masri is one of the most accomplished, versatile and certified (Microsoft MCSE, Cisco CCNA, CCDA, CNE, Citrix, Neverfail, HP, and more) engineers in the field. He has spent the past 2 ½ decades administering and supporting a wide range of clients and has helped position Network Management, Inc. (NMI) as a leader in the IT Managed Services space in the Washington DC Metro Area.

Rafiq has built a reputation for designing, building and supporting top notch IT infrastructures in the small to mid-size market to match the business objectives and goals of his clients.

Embracing the core values of integrity, innovation, and reliability, Rafiq has a very loyal client base with some customer relationships dating back 20+ years.

Rafiq holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and has completed graduate programs in Software Engineering and Business at Harvard and George Mason University. Rafiq is a former founder and CEO of Automation, Inc. in Ann Arbor, Michigan as well as a valued speaker on entrepreneurship and technology at industry events such as ExpoTech and others.

Five Flagships You Have to See to Believe

Five Flagships You Have to See to Believe

Smartphones are some of the most important pieces of technology on the open market. In fact, more computing is done today with just a device that can fit in your pocket than was ever done when all there was were PCs. For this reason, people are buying smartphones that are priced much like high-end PCs. Manufacturers have responded to this demand by upgrading their devices every year.

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Then and Now: Move Forward with Your IT Security Initiatives

Then and Now: Move Forward with Your IT Security Initiatives

Mobile devices are great tools that allow for enhanced mobility and convenience, but this increased accessibility is also a major detriment in terms of data security. Mobile devices are notorious for being considerable security threats to businesses that utilize them. Therefore, businesses that use mobile devices on a regular basis should absolutely be aware of how they can influence security policies.

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Help Your Business By Getting Microsoft Office Certified

Help Your Business By Getting Microsoft Office Certified

Certifications are extremely helpful on both a personal and professional level, and it can make all the difference in securing customers or clients. Your staff can become Microsoft Office Specialists on Microsoft Office 2016, and in doing so, will improve their own value and self-worth in the process.

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The Unofficial Guide to Comprehensive Google Account Security

The Unofficial Guide to Comprehensive Google Account Security

There is no denying that a Google account is a very valuable thing to have today, and if valuable doesn’t seem like the right word to use, let’s say practical. Business and casual users alike use the wide variety of services for many purposes - but are they doing so safely?

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Scammers Can Use Gift Cards to Target Your Company

Scammers Can Use Gift Cards to Target Your Company

Ready or not, the season of giving is here, and that means it’s gift card season. These can seem to be the perfect gift for coworkers and employees… which is why everyone will need to be wary of a particular business email compromise scam that has seen an uptick this year.

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Tip of the Week: 5 Ways IT Adds to Business Success

Tip of the Week: 5 Ways IT Adds to Business Success

Of all reasons that a business doesn’t leverage IT, the one that makes the least sense to me has to be their size. There’s just a reluctance to adopt more than what - for whatever reason - is “enough” for a business of their capacity.

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What Your Email Security Needs To Stop Advanced Threats

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Today’s advanced threats require a new set of email security features in addition to traditional capabilities. A multi-layered approach to email security ensures protection for business communications. Businesses need a next-gen email security solution that offers comprehensive threat prevention capabilities.

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Best Practices For Stopping Encrypted Threats

 

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Safeguard your network from cybercriminals who use SSL/TLS

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Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) encryption, or HTTPS traffic, has become a ubiquitous means of securing sensitive data in flight over the Internet. The question is, how can you keep the integrity and privacy of SSL communication intact while ensuring security of the network and the data that’s being exchanged? This brief examines considerations and presents best practices for protecting against encrypted threats.

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How to Handle Your Tech’s EOL

How to Handle Your Tech’s EOL

While some things may last forever (or at least seem to), your business’ technology certainly isn’t one of them. Moreover, when your solutions do reach their end-of-life (EOL), it is crucial that they are upgraded and/or replaced so that you can avoid negative consequences for your business.

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Basic Email Security Practices Everyone Should Know

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Email is a great communication tool for just about every business in existence today, which makes it no surprise that many cybercriminals choose it to be their preferred attack vector. In order to keep your business as secure as it needs to be, there needs to be a respect for the importance of comprehensive security standards and practices.

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Tip of the Week: How to Maintain a Business Backup

Tip of the Week: How to Maintain a Business Backup

A backup is a critical consideration for any business, in more ways than one. We have a tendency to immediately jump to “business-ending disaster” whenever we mention a backup. However, we’ve realized that this may have the unfortunate side effect of lulling you into a false sense of complacency - after all, what are the chances of being struck by a “business-ending disaster?”

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You Can Actually Monitor Remote Management’s Benefits

You Can Actually Monitor Remote Management’s Benefits

Wouldn’t it be great if your business could get the support it needs without having to ask a provider to travel to your office? With remote monitoring and management tools, we can help your business stay focused on the task at hand, improving productivity and efficiency without disrupting your operations with an on-site visit.

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Data Backup Nightmares: Don’t Lose Your Data

Data Backup Nightmares: Don’t Lose Your Data

I think we’ve made it pretty clear that your organization needs to back up its data. We’re continuously explaining that if you don’t back up your data, and have a plan to get it back quickly, you are really testing the foundations of your business. After all, in today’s business climate, data is a very big deal.

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Tip of the Week: Using Some of Microsoft OneNote’s Features

Tip of the Week: Using Some of Microsoft OneNote’s Features

Microsoft OneNote is a very useful application for, as you may have guessed, taking notes. However, when we say taking notes, we feel as though we’re not doing the application justice. We’ll share a few tips to help you use OneNote to its full potential.

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Get Yourself an IT Help Desk

Get Yourself an IT Help Desk

How much does your business rely on technology? Chances are that there is at least one solution your business can’t get by without--and where there is a technology solution, you can bet there will be users who need help with it. We’ll discuss how a help desk solution can help your business avoid downtime and general technology problems.

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Cloud Applications Bring Businesses New Ways to Succeed

Cloud Applications Bring Businesses New Ways to Succeed

Cloud-based applications are everywhere. For those of you who are not familiar with the cloud, or applications hosted on that type of infrastructure, today we will give a bit of a primer of how it all works.

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Tip of the Week: Your Keyboard Can Do a lot to Save Time

Tip of the Week: Your Keyboard Can Do a lot to Save Time

Did you know that switching from the keyboard to the mouse can eat up a full 8 work days worth of time per year?

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Here are 3 Benefits of Having a Powerful Wireless Network

Here are 3 Benefits of Having a Powerful Wireless Network

The average technology user finds wireless connectivity practically a necessity. The second the Wi-Fi drops out and is unusable, panic ensues. The same can be said for any business that relies on it. In particular, organizations that depend on wireless connectivity can’t even function without it. We’ll walk you through ways your organization can benefit from a strong wireless network.

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Wi-Fi Optimization Creates Benefits

Wi-Fi Optimization Creates Benefits

Wi-Fi is one of the things that the average office worker tends to take for granted. It’s normal when it exists as it’s supposed to, but it’s annoying when it’s not working as intended, making it either hit or miss on whether it’s a boon or a bane to your productivity. If your Wi-Fi signal is spotty at best, there are certain methods you can use to fix the issue and get back to being productive with your wireless signal.

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Why You Should Always Test Your Backup

Why You Should Always Test Your Backup

Data backup is an integral part of any business continuity strategy, but there are so many different parts to it that it’s not surprising some slip through the cracks if left unchecked. If you’re not taking measures to keep disasters from derailing operations, you could lose everything you’ve worked so hard to achieve. We’ll discuss the critical parts of a data backup and disaster recovery system, including how and why you should test your backups periodically.

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Smartphones are some of the most important pieces of technology on the open market. In fact, more computing is done today with just a device that can fit in your pocket than was ever done when all there was were PCs. For this reason, people...

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