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To Honor Access Systems' Veterans: Sharing their stories

Today is a day we honor the men and women who are currently or whom have served in the US military. ...
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Are You Prepared for a Social Engineering Attack?

Being ready for any cyber attack is a big undertaking, but social engineering attempts are harder ...
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Should I Get a Refurbished Copier Machine?

Getting a new copier is a huge undertaking. Everyone in your business uses the copier daily to ...
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4 Ways to Use a Document Management System

A document management system is a powerful tool which supports your business. With so many bells ...
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The Top 10 Social Engineering Tactics You Need to Know

Any cybersecurity expert will tell you: it doesn’t matter how many locks you have on the door, if ...
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Are My Copiers & Printers HIPAA Compliant?

Everyone who works with healthcare knows HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability ...
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3 Words to Describe My Career Journey – Upward, Learning, Evolving

At Access, we take pride in our award-winning work environment and people-first culture. Each of ...
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I've Been Hacked. What Now?

Someone is being “hacked” every 39 seconds. The point is — if you have ever been hacked or had one ...
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Break/Fix IT vs. Managed Services: Which Is the Best IT Solution for Your Business?

Every business has an IT strategy. Most strategies can be broken down into two categories: ...
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4 Essentials to Build a Print Strategy

Did you know print is typically the third largest expense for a business after payroll and rent? ...
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4 Steps to Find the Right Workplace Culture for You

“Culture” is THE buzzword of this era. Chances are you have heard about culture at networking ...
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Why Is It Important to Upgrade Your Windows 7 Operating System?

The clock is ticking. Is your business still using Windows 7? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Many ...
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Document Imaging vs. Document Management: What’s the Difference?

When it comes to your paper (or digital) trail, there are a lot of words being thrown around: ...
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Should I Sign a Managed Print Services Contract without a Print Assessment?

Are you ready to partner with a new managed print services provider? Of course, you have talked to ...
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4 Ways Young Professionals Inspire the Workplace

Take a quick look at your office. How many young professionals do you work with every day? More and ...
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5 Ways Document Imaging Can Improve Your File Security

Transitioning from a paper file system to a digital atmosphere can be intimidating, but it doesn’t ...
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The Dos & Don'ts of the Out of Office Reply

Summer is upon us and so are vacations— big and small. You’re finishing up last minute details in ...
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3 Reasons to Trust Our On-Site Copier Repair Technicians

If your copier is jammed or needs a drum replaced, there’s no reason to worry! After placing a ...
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A Managed Print Service Provider is More than Cost Per Page

When it comes to the world of printing, there’s a lot of lingo and terminology thrown around. But ...
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Ransomware: What It Is & How to Protect Your Business

For several years, ransomware has been a prevalent cybersecurity threat to both businesses and ...
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When to Hang Up: Tips for Avoiding Business Phone Scams, AKA Voice Phishing

It’s just another day at the office— that is, until your phone rings.
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What to Do When Nothing is Wrong with Your IT

As a service technician at Access Systems, I am one of the people that gets called when something ...
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[Case Study] The Right Document Management Software Can Provide Cost Savings

  Have you received an unexpected print overages bill? You are not alone. One public school ...
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SharePoint vs. OneDrive vs. Google Drive: Which is Best for File Storage & Backups?

Businesses of various industries and sizes have files that require collaboration and safekeeping.
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A Reflection on my Internship With Access Systems

 When I applied for the marketing internship with Access Systems, I was looking for a company that ...
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5 Benefits of an IT Assessment

Has your business grown in the last few years and are facing new IT challenges? Every day the news ...
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6 Ways the Right Document Management Software Can Benefit Your Business

Do you know just how much you spend on office printing? Even if you’re unsure, it’s always a win to ...
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Get a Handle on Your Office Printing with These Eye-Opening Questions

 If you’re paying month after month for expensive ink and toner, you’re not alone. Data has ...
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Access Systems Awarded 2018 GreatAmerica Platinum Partner

Access Systems is honored to have been awarded with the 2018 GreatAmerica Platinum Partner Award. ...
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Cloud Communications vs. Traditional Phones: Why Make the Switch

In today’s rapidly changing business climate, the need for immediate and convenient information is ...
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4 Hidden Costs of Purchasing a Copier

Should you lease or purchase your copier? There’s a lot to consider when making such an important ...
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5 Reasons It Might Be Time to Outsource Your IT with a Managed Service Provider

Is your business struggling to troubleshoot computer or technical problems without a formal IT ...
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Why VPNs Are Essential for Businesses

Your business houses sensitive, private information on its servers. It is important to protect the ...
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Remote Copier Repair: Quick & Easy Service

Did you know some managed print services providers offer remote copier repair? Unlike an on-site ...
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5 Reasons It’s Okay to Say Goodbye to Windows 7 & Upgrade to Windows 10

When Microsoft announced that support for Windows 7 was scheduled to officially end during the ...
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Leasing vs. Purchasing a Copier

There’s a good reason shopping for a copier is often compared to shopping for a car: both can be ...
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Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Preparation

With severe storms impacting more urban and rural areas last year, businesses should evaluate what ...
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The Value of Printing in Color at Your Business

Does your business currently print in color? While this varies greatly depending on your ...
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7 Questions to Evaluate Your Managed Print Services Provider

A managed print services provider can do wonders for your business, especially when they have taken ...
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How To Ensure a Managed Print Service Provider Has the Right Security

Many managed print service providers (MPSP) lead with one big sell: “we can save your company ...
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Making Your Copier Eco-Friendly

Copiers may appear to be producing more waste than they use, but many companies are taking the ...
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Spear Phishing and Whaling: What You Need to Know about These Phishing Emails

Email scams are becoming a more and more common way to attack your business. But phishing emails ...
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Assessing Your Network & Servers

Is your network experiencing performance issues, data loss or downtime?
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How Unified Communications Can Transform Your Business's Current Phone System

Does your company rely heavily on a phone system to keep operations running smoothly? You’re not ...
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Inkjet vs Laser Printers: Which is Right for Your Business?

Determining which printer or copier is right for you and your business takes time and research. ...
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5 Ways Law Firms are Targeted in Cyber Attacks

In today’s elite world of ever-evolving cyber attackers, law firms need to be armed and ready. ...
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4 Types of Malware: The Difference Between Viruses, Trojans, Spyware & Ransomware

You’ve heard of malware, but what it is? Malware is short for malicious software, a term which ...
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The End of Windows 7: How Your Business Can Prepare

Over one third of Window users in the United States use Windows 7. Are you one of them? Microsoft ...
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How a Managed Print Services Can Actually Save your Company Money

A managed print services provider? Does our business really need a company to supervise printing?
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The Most Common Phishing Email Scams & How to Avoid Them

We’ve all heard of email scams where an attacker impersonates a trusted source— such as a CFO or ...
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7 Cloud Communication Features That Boost Productivity

Phones can do so much more than call people hundreds of miles away. Think of your cell phone— you ...
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Access, 2018 Elite Dealer

For the fourth year in a row, Access Systems has been named an Elite Dealer by ENX Magazine. The ...
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5 Dangerous Misconceptions about Data Breaches

No matter the size of your business, you handle confidential or personal information in one form or ...
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Assessing Your Company’s Cybersecurity: A Checklist for Optimal Protection

Your company’s computers and networks contain a collection of personal, sensitive information, ...
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Safeguarding Your Business from Toner Pirate Scams

 Toner pirates may sound funny, but they are no joke. According to the Federal Trade Commission, ...
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Penetration Testing vs Vulnerability Scanning: Which One is Right for You?

  Companies are frequently approached with offers to run cybersecurity checks such as penetration ...
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7 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Telecommunications Provider

For many businesses, your phone systems are something your team uses every single day. This isn’t ...
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The Instant Benefits of Trusting a Managed Print Services Provider

Nearly every business has a printer. For larger companies, they are forced to maintain sometimes ...
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How to Place a Service Ticket

When your office technology doesn’t work like it’s supposed to, it can slow down your business. ...
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Your Data is a Hacker's Paycheck

Seventy-six percent of breaches are financially motivated, according to the 2018 Verizon Data ...
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Printer & Copier Security: Why You Need to Protect these Often Neglected Hard Drives

You’ve heard of cyber criminals hacking important corporate hard drives and stealing private data, ...
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3 Reasons a Cyber Attack Could Mean Disaster for Your Small Business

We all fear cyber attacks, but sometimes the reality of the threat doesn’t sink in until your ...
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Your First Line of Cybersecurity Defense

Your employees are your greatest asset, and it isn’t limited to your work environment or ...
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GDPR Breakdown

Have you been noticing more and more ‘policy changes’ emails popping up in your inbox lately? Don’t ...
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Access Systems Completes SOC 2 Security Examination

Access Systems has successfully completed its Systems and Organization Controls (“SOC”) 2 ...
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Happy National Volunteer Week

Access Systems is dedicated to giving back to the communities we are involved in, especially since ...
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Message from the President

I purchased Access Systems on April 6th 2005. Today represents my 13th year that I have been the ...
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Access Cares & Habitat for Humanity

At Access Systems, we see business as much more than profit, but a way to make positive impacts on ...
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Meltdown and Spectre - What are They?

New year, new cybersecurity threats.
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The Importance of Patch Management

Let’s be honest. We’ve all had it happen. You’re working away on your computer and in the lower ...
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Document Imaging: Peace of Mind, Not Pieces of Paper

We live in transition between paper and digital. Paper is being consumed at a higher rate today ...
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Access Systems Becomes Data Privacy Day 2018 Champion

January 9, 2018 – Access Systems announces its commitment to Data Privacy Day ‒ an international ...
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Vulnerability Testing - A Proactive Step to Secure Your Business from Cyber Risk

As more business is conducted online, the digital world of e-commerce has become a hacker’s ...
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Access Systems Named an Elite Dealer for the Third Year in a Row

The results are in and for the third year in a row, Access Systems has been named an Elite Dealer ...
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Cyber Monday Tips for Hacker-Proof Holiday Shopping

What could be more convenient than shopping online from your computer or smartphone on Cyber ...
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2FA: Doubling Up On Security Beyond Passwords

PSA: Traditional single-factor password-based account security is outdated.
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Why Have a Career in Cybersecurity?

From cyber attacks like WannaCry to data leaks like Yahoo, in the past few years, cybersecurity has ...
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6 Steps to Developing Cybersecurity Policies

Stop a minute and think about your business
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Access Systems Named Triple Crown Winner

A new Triple Crown champion has been named.
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Simple Steps to Online Safety - Password Best Practices

Let’s face it: A majority of us are bad at creating (or simply remembering) strong passwords, but ...
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Why You Need To Update Your Software

Updating your software isn’t exciting No one gets butterflies in their stomach or an adrenaline ...
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Password Strength Can Equal Peace of Mind

More devices and technology are at our fingertips, which means securing data is far more ...
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Why Access Systems?

When it comes to office technology, you have plenty of providers to choose from. Here are just a ...
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Access Systems Expands to Decorah

DECORAH, IA – August 8, 2017 – Access Systems is pleased to announce the expansion of its branch ...
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Access Systems Recognized for Fast Growth

Access Systems has once again been recognized by the IT industry, this time for their rapid growth ...
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Introducing TrueCloud: Access’s Safety Net for your Organization

Cloud computing has single-handedly changed how technology works. A cloud configures servers in a ...
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Access Systems Ranked Among Top 501 Managed Service Providers in World

Access Systems ranks among the world’s most progressive 501 Managed Service Providers (MSPs), ...
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Access Systems Named a Top Solution Provider by CRN

Add another feather in the cap of Access Systems, as on Monday the team was named as one of the top ...
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Is Your Business PCI Compliant?

It seems that it’s only retailers and big-name entertainment companies that make the headlines ...
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7 Tips to Reducing Your Ransomware Risk

Ransomware and the importance of cybersecurity were brought back to the attention of the technology ...
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6 Reasons Why You Need an MSP

Bring peace of mind to your information technology In the technology realm, you probably have heard ...
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Access Systems Named a Tech Elite Solution Provider by CRN

Access Systems has once again garnered another industry accolade by being named a Tech Elite ...
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The Importance of Offsite Backup Systems

Over the past few years, malware and ransomware were two terms that have now become commonplace to ...
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Why having a wellness program can aid in hiring Millennials

Being the largest generation, Millennials currently hold 36% of the U.S. workforce, by 2020, 46% of ...
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Top 5 Cold Calling Tips From Access Systems

Cold calling is essential for targeting prospective clients, getting your company name recognition ...
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Why I chose to work in a stable (but not-so-sexy) industry

May 15, 2016, was a beautiful, sunny day in Des Moines, IA. Not only was it the third Sunday of the ...
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GreatAmerica names Access Systems a Prestige Dealer

GreatAmerica Financial Services of Cedar Rapids, IA has named Access Systems a Prestige Dealer for ...
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Access Systems Named a 2016 Elite Dealer by ENX Magazine

Access Systems has once again been recognized by the copier industry, when they were chosen as one ...
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Cybersecurity - it takes a village

Technology surrounds our lives. On a daily basis, we create documents, images, and posts that are ...
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