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Matt Almendinger

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Fascinated by technology for as long as he can remember, Matt's desire is to make technology accessible and understandable for everyone. Even after over a decade of experience working with local businesses, he still gets excited when he encounters products or services "in the wild" that were delivered a client. It's that sense of being part of something bigger that drive's Matt's passion to succeed.
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Urgent/11 and You

Posted by Matt Almendinger on Oct 22, 2019 10:05:03 AM

Many of our clients using Buckeye and Telesystem services received a notice this morning regarding a set of zero-day vulnerabilities known as "Urgent/11" for devices running the VxWorks realtime operating system or VxWorks IPnet TCP/IP stack.

To help our clients understand the impact of this vulnerability, we are sharing the known impact of these vulnerabilities with respect to solutions provided by Lighthouse IT Solutions.

The extent of Urgent/11 is quite massive in size, due to its lightweight, high-performance nature and can be found commonly in medical devices, IP phones, firewalls, industrial controllers, elevators, and more. With this in mind, it may be necessary to contact other technology vendors to ensure that Urgent/11 does not affect a device outside of our partnerships.

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Topics: Harmony, IT services, Managed Service Provider, Cybersecurity

A Lesson in Shattering Expectations

Posted by Matt Almendinger on Jul 6, 2018 9:19:00 AM

A Reminder for All of Us OF True Competition

More than a 100 teams traveled from 30 states, bringing with them more than 2400 athletes and 350 coaches to Toledo this past week as the YMCA hosted its 53rd National Gymnastics Championships in the Glass City. The theme, Shattering Expectations, was not only appropriate for these young gymnasts, but also for our rust-belt community as  both were eager to combat the status quo.

For the gymnasts, it was moment to shine and show their peers across the nation of their capability. For Toledo, it was an opportunity to shrug off a stereotype that our city has seen its best. And for Lighthouse, it was an opportunity to step up and support the community that supports us, having the opportunity of being one of several sponsors to help such an incredible event take place.

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Topics: Sentimental, Community

Building a Network - Starting from Scratch

Posted by Matt Almendinger on Jan 19, 2018 9:28:00 AM

The first steps to building a network are actually quite simple; that is to say that you know where to even begin. I would like to try and help ease some of the initial questions and problems that you may run into on this adventure of basic networks.

This is most relevant for those who are just getting started with a computer network, or looking to do an overhaul of your current basic network.

There are some items to note in the below lists. First and foremost is that you will want a quality, next-generation firewall. A high-quality firewall grants you the flexibility of allowing permissible traffic into your organization, all the while keeping the bad guys out. They can also do traffic scanning of data coming and going out to make sure there is no malicious software detected. This can protect your company from being compromised or even isolating computers that have already become compromised.

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Topics: Harmony, IT services, Managed Service Provider

Monitoring your Network

Posted by Matt Almendinger on Jan 5, 2018 9:16:00 AM

Being an MSP, where do we spend the majority of our time with IT items?

On maintaining your network. This may sound easy, but it is quite difficult if you do not know what you are doing. To best maintain your network, knowledge is power and the best place to gain that knowledge is by implementing solutions. These enable you to monitor what is happening with your various clients, which is network gold.

While those are many integrated solutions that you could choose to implement using Microsoft’s tools, most of them require a significant amount of individual configuration and end up relying on using email. Instead, we encourage you to choose and select a tool to perform this work for you. There are many free solutions that can give you the basics, as well as reasonably priced paid for programs that can offer you some more advanced features.

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Topics: Harmony, IT services, Managed Service Provider

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