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Paul Brophy

Paul, Summit's Network Services Operations Manager, has served organizations in the IT industry for over 18 years. He has extensive data center management experience and loves keeping up with the latest technology. He manages our Support Desk and provides CIO services for several of our clients. Paul was born and raised in Ireland before coming to the U.S. He enjoys mountain biking, tennis and is a wine and whiskey enthusiast.
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Recent Posts

5 Ways to Make Better IT Decisions: Use a Virtual CIO

 

Have you ever heard the phrase, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it?”  

In the evolving world of operating and information systems, that attitude can ultimately lead to disaster. For many small organizations, the limited IT staff or department is usually focused on the tactical issues. Fixing servers, troubleshooting phone systems, and maintaining websites are all time-consuming issues that...

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Part II: How to Budget for Information Technology

Unless you have a dedicated experienced IT team with time to do more than troubleshoot employee issues, you may not have the in-house capacity or expertise to know how to go about budgeting for technology.

Like every business decision, there are tradeoffs. Do you hold on to older equipment and just pay more to maintain it, or invest in newer, more efficient technology? How do you know when...

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Part I: Costs & Risks of Outdated Technology

You know that TV show, The Walking Dead, about the zombie apocalypse? Your organization may have unwittingly joined the ranks of the “zombie-net”—infected computers used by hackers to unleash attacks on a much larger scale. Organizations with outdated and obsolete hardware and software are responsible, to some extent, for the rise of the zombie-net, because they are easier for hackers to...

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317,000 files encrypted. What do you do?

 It was Friday morning. The staff was trickling in, ready to wrap up the week's work, except for one problem.  They were locked out of the network. Everything on the server-- client documents, financial spreadsheets, media plans and analytics, graphics, production software, and the most critical problem, the project tracking software at the core of their day-to-day business—all locked and held...

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Paul and Dante’s Excellent Chinese Adventure

By Paul Brophy| May 9, 2017 |

Tags: IT Services, cybersecurity

The next time you are stuck in traffic on the beltway, give thanks for the civility of it all. You have not experienced the true meaning of congestion until you visit China. I just returned from my first trip to China with Summit’s senior engineer, Dante Morgan. We spent a week in Shenzhen, a city in Guangdong Province, where Summit has a manufacturing client. I’ll get to that in a minute,...

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5 Technology Pitfalls for Businesses

IT Nightmares for Small to Medium Sized Businesses

Technology is an integral part of business today, potentially leaving networks, personal information management (PIM) and intellectual property vulnerable.  Here are our top five cost-effective technology recommendations to protect your business:

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