JOINT ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGIES MAKES TBBJ’S TOP 50 LIST
Company Listed Among Top Minority-Owned Businesses
TAMPA, FLORIDA — The Tampa Bay Business Journal has published their list of the Top 50 Minority-Owned Businesses, with Joint Enterprise Technologies proudly ranking at #43. The list is according to 2014 revenue. The companies on the list are at least 51% minority-owned and headquartered in the Tampa Bay area. This is JET’s first time on the list, which is published annually.
“I am very proud of Joint Enterprise Technologies and achieving this placement on the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s list,” said JET President Richie Harris. “There are some very notable names in this ranking and I’m grateful that we have been included. I’m happy for our team to get this kind of recognition.”
Joint Enterprise Technologies has been providing technology solutions in the Tampa Bay area since 2008, with an emphasis on dedication to customer service. Owners Richie Harris and Chuck Middleton bring superior integrity and over 50 years of combined experience in the Defense sector of the information technology industry, serving in the military, and now as federal contractors. JET offers a range of services, providing information technology consulting, products, and services to federal, state, and local governments, as well as small- and medium-size businesses and non-profit organizations.
Being a service-disabled, veteran-owned (and 100% minority-owned) small business (SDVOSB/MBE), Mr. Harris points out that the company proudly supports the Department of Defense and current service members with that same superior integrity.
He added that, “We’re a proud community partner. Yes, revenue is certainly important and it’s how you get included on a list like this (from TBBJ), but participation in the likes of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, National Defense Industrial Association, Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, and the Fishhawk chapter of Christian Business Connections are very meaningful in the way Joint Enterprise Technologies is run.”
Mr. Harris also noted that, “There are various ways to contribute to the community, including not withholding knowledge and information just to make a sale. That’s why we frequently post helpful technology tips and community content on social media.”
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The most important piece of your IT package is to ensure that your system and data are protected from every possible scenario. Whether protecting from natural disaster, hackers or theft, and even system failures, it is important to make sure that you’re most personal and critical information is always safe and secure with your Information Technologies team. It is important to understand the risks associated with the dangers of not having the proper security setup. This could include anything from loss of employee productivity, to a loss of very important data, meaning loss of important consumers or even loss of trust. This can also in bigger cases end in lawsuits and non-compliance issues within your company. You should always keep yourself, your employees and your consumers protected from any threats to security and data.
There are many different implementations to ensure your technological safety. Securing laptops is one of the best ways to make sure that this is done. By putting a customized plan into place for securing e-mails, data, forms, and other information stored on separate user laptops can solve the threat of being hacked on a mobile user device, such as your laptop. Also, it is important to protect emails, and have them archived as well(in case you delete that one e-mail that you find out later had useful information). By protecting your entire email system, this can solve any later problems with spam and hackers, and stop them before they even reach the infrastructure, making certain your information is protected. By archiving emails, you now have the ability to pull any emails from any user out for compliance reviews or retrieving valuable data.
By Web Filtering and having a Managed Firewall, this can also help to certify that you have the best protection possible. By filtering web access, this saves little room for accidental downloads of inappropriate or malicious materials. A managed firewall can also help with this, and further protects your company’s overall infrastructure. An Intrusion Protection System(IPS) can greatly magnify the positive effects of your Firewall. IPS requires installing hardware within your system but helps to ensure that you are protected.
When trying to run a successful business, no matter how big or small, it is important to verify that all of your computer programming parts are secure. From your data and reports, emails, and consumer and employee information; leaving yourself open can leave room for great expenses. Security is a cost-effective way to protect yourself from being blindsided by a lawsuit that you may have been able to prevent.
It is important to assure that you are protected in case of a natural disaster or a security glitch. By assuring that your data is backed up and recoverable, you can protect your company from lost, stolen or deleted information. What do you do when your entire computer system crashes? What happens when a hurricane destroys your computers and all of your technology, files, and systems? What do you do when your security is breached, and data is stolen or altered?
This is where you as a company should have a backup plan; an IT company in which all of your information is stored and can be easily recovered. This can help to improve workplace productivity in the case of an emergency, including system crashes or something more serious- like a natural disaster. When a natural disaster hits, is the first thing you want to think about your files at the office? I assure you, your family’s, and employees’ health will be at the top of the list. Instead of stressing over what you are going to worry about, give this issue to an IT company, who can have recoverable data available to you at your earliest convenience.
While there are two types of backing up your data, you can have both available to you at one cost. Say for instance your server crashes. You need your data back, and with you and your employees sitting around waiting on it you are losing employee productivity while waiting on your IT specialists to get your information that is already yours. However, if your system is already backed up, recovery can be as simple as your IT specialists sending the information within minutes. Another way is to have your IT specialists keep your information stored in a separate, safe and secure area. This protects your information from being lost on both ends and gives your business a better chance of thriving. Being able to recover this information gives you the power over circumstances that may be out of your control, and also gives you the stress free ability to focus on other parts of your business that need your attention.
By being able to easily recover all of your stored data, emails, and information; this can assure the least amount of damage possible in case disaster strikes, in any face. With today’s modern society, having a proper backup and recovery system is almost always necessary for safety and confidentiality.