Archive for December, 2013

Federal Procurement Services from DHA

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

If you are new to the world of federal procurement, you probably have more than a few questions about how to get started.United States Capitol Dome

  • Is Government contracting a good move for my business?
  • How do I do business with the Federal Government?
  • What Government agencies purchase my goods or services?
  • How do I position my company as one from whom that agency should do business with?
  • How do I classify my business and my products / services?
  • What criteria goes into making a good bid / no-bid decision?

DHA can help!

We have extensive experience with the Federal acquisitions arena.  Our Federal Acquisition Management (FAM) services provide expert guidance on a “cradle-to-grave” basis, including assistance with both pre-award documents and post-award contract management.

Pre-Award Documents

  • Acquisition Plans
  •  Statements of Work/Objectives
  • Source Selection Plans
  • Independent Government Cost Estimates
  • Sole Source Justifications and Approvals
  • Determinations and Findings
  • Requests for Information/Quote/Proposal
  • Evaluation Score Sheets, Evaluation Reports
  • Award De-briefings

Post-Award Contract Management

  • Performing Invoice Review and Verification
  •  Drafting Official Contract Correspondence
  • Documenting Vendor Performance
  • Tracking Contract Expenditures
  •  Supporting Contract Modifications

If you have any questions regarding DHA’s Federal Procurement Services, please contact DHA by visiting DHA-Inc.com today!

About DHA:

David F. Hale founded DHA Group, Inc. in 1994 to provide superior program management and operations support services to agencies within the Federal Government. Since June 2008, DHA has won many contract awards, including a Prime Contractor position on the prestigious Program Management Support Services (PMSS) contract with the FBI. DHA was also awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract on the FBI’s $30 billion Information Technology Supplies and Support Services (IT Triple S) program to provide supplies, equipment, and IT services to support, maintain, and modernize the Bureau’s IT systems and architectures.

As we continue to expand into new areas of business, DHA remains committed to maintaining our high standards of service excellence.

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The Importance of Backing Up Your Data

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Data BackupAccidents happen and they always seem to happen at the worst of times. It always seems like your computer crashes or you get a terrible computer virus right before a big presentation. For some people, this can cause a big problem. However, if you make a point to back up your work to an external source on a regular basis, you will still have access to that project and be able to carry on like normal. We’re here to pass on some different ways to back up your drive. Pick one or pick a few!

  • External Hard Drive – Copying your files and putting them on an external hard drive gives you a mobile way to keep your files safe. This is one of the most common types of file backup used. It does have a few drawbacks, though. External hard drives can be infected, just like a regular hard drive, and they are not disaster proof.
  • Online Backups – There are quite a few companies on the web that allow you to put your files in a cloud type of backup. You can access them from anywhere that has an Internet connection. Generally these are free, though if you go over a certain amount of space, they may begin to charge. Online backups are safer than external hard drives.
  • Discs/CDs – Discs are one of the least expensive ways to back up your work, though they’re not one of the safest. Discs can easily be scratched or broken. For short term, though, these are a good solution.

These are some of the most common ways to back your important files up. You want to back up your files at least once a week, but more often if you have very important files that you want to avoid losing or becoming corrupted. Backing your work up even in two or three different ways can be very beneficial to you in the long run.

If you have any questions regarding Cybersecurity or Data Backup, please contact DHA by visiting DHA-Inc.com today!

Innovative IT solutions are at the core of modern business, and robust, scalable models are necessary to achieve long-term success.  DHA can ensure your organization is keeping pace with technological advancements by applying new technologies with intelligence.

You can also follow DHA on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.

Sources:

Report: SMBs Overconfident on Cybersecurity

Have I Been Pwned? Checking If My Accounts Are Secure

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

There is a new website which launched recently and the main purpose is to identify if you’ve been pwned.

Pwned is internet slang for the word ‘owned’ and is used frequently to describe dominance over someone regarding the internet.

When your computer has been hacked and your personal data is now available to someone that you did not give consent to having it, that is considered being pwned.  When your data has been compromised, passwords or otherwise, it is best to change your password as soon as possible to protect yourself.

By going to http://haveibeenpwned.com/ and putting in your email address it can check any recent major security breaches and let you know if your account is safe or it has been compromised.

The website lets users know if their passwords were compromised in high-profile attacks against Adobe, Stratfor, Gawker, Yahoo, Pixel Federation, and Sony. All told the website currently scans more than 150 million compromised accounts.

Staying safe online is important and this website is an easy way to keep yourself safe!

How Confident Are You With Your Cyber Security?

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

A recent report conducted for the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), found that the majority of small businesses in the United States are overly confident in their current cybersecurity measures. But according to the report, they shouldn’t be! The report, which surveyed 1,015 small businesses, found that the majority of business owners are not doing enough.177002377

The survey found…

  • 86% of businesses surveyed said they are satisfied with the amount of security they provide to protect both customer or employee data.
  • 77% said a strong cybersecurity and online safety posture is good for their company’s brand.
  • Still, 66% said they aren’t concerned about cyberthreats.
  • Astonishingly, 87% of companies don’t have a formal written Internet security policy.
  • 67% of companies don’t even have an informal Internet security policy.
  • 59% don’t have a contingency plan in the event of a data breach.

But guess what? Like it or not, your small business is still at risk and vulnerable to cyberattacks. In fact, targeted cyberattacks aimed at small businesses have doubled this year, from 18% in 2011 to 36% in 2012. Furthermore, 90% of the payment data breach reports received by Visa come from small businesses.

Still feel confident in your cybersecurity efforts?

Cybersecurity Tips for Small Businesses

  1. Know what you need to protect and take the necessary measures to do so.
  2. Enforce strong password policies.
  3. Draft a disaster preparedness plan.
  4. Develop Internet security guidelines for employees.
  5. Educate employees about Internet safety practices.
  6. Trust DHA, Inc.

Vulnerability Assessment: This is the process of identifying and quantifying vulnerabilities in a system.

Penetration Testing: This is the process of simulating a cyber-attack by a hacker. The process involves an active analysis of the system for any weaknesses, technical flaws or vulnerabilities.

If you have any questions regarding Cybersecurity and IT Security, please contact DHA by visiting DHA-Inc.com today!

Innovative IT solutions are at the core of modern business, and robust, scalable models are necessary to achieve long-term success.  DHA can ensure your organization is keeping pace with technological advancements by applying new technologies with intelligence.

You can also follow DHA on FacebookTwitterLinkedIn, and Google+.

Sources:

Report: SMBs Overconfident on Cybersecurity

What Are The Benefits of Outsourcing IT Services?

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Innovative IT services are the It Factor that can lend your business an advantage over its competition.  But everyone knows that having advanced computer systems and software demands a lot of maintenance to keep work flow running at an optimal rate. Viruses, malware, and technical issues that aren’t monitored and efficiently removed can quickly put a halt on employee productivity.work

Here are just a few reasons why outsourcing IT support services is a compelling and economical solution for companies everywhere, helping them to troubleshoot their IT systems, whether it be related to software, hardware, email, or otherwise.

Cut Costs

It’s no secret that doing away with the need for salaried, in-house IT staff will cut down on a company’s expenses, freeing up more money for improved operations. Outsourcing IT services is a less costly alternative that allows businesses to direct their money into functions that increase revenues in a direct manner.

Cutting Edge

By outsourcing IT support and services, businesses have the ability to stay ahead of the competition. With access to state-of-the-art technology and external IT experts, companies can take advantage of advanced resources without having to invest the money to purchase them on their own.

Stay Focused

Without the worry of dealing with IT services, managers and staff alike can spend more time on their core functions and continue working towards reaching workplace goals. Keep employees focused on doing the work that they perform best by allowing out-of-house IT specialists to handle technical issues.

DHA has a wide-range of IT services available to elevate your organization to a higher operational level – let us help improve the way you do business.

If you have any questions regarding Outsourced IT Support, please contact DHA by visiting DHA-Inc.com today! You can also follow DHA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Sources:

Benefits Vs. Risks of Outsourcing IT Services