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About Racine Anne Castro

At MetroStar Systems, Racine writes about technology and innovation. Outside work, she writes about sci-fi shows, 80s punk bands, pro wrestling and Harry Potter fan fiction.

The Breakdown: Protecting Yourself from Ransomware

Imagine this: you come home from work, turn the key and slowly walk into your house. As you step in, your jaw drops as you see the horrifying emptiness of your home. No furniture, no things, no trace of anything you once had. Your chest tightens. Your heart races. Your head spins into a whirlwind

By | July 20th, 2017|Categories: Cyber Operations and Training, Cyber Security|Tags: , , |

The Breakdown: Personalized Data and the Power of Value

Big Data is a powerful roadmap. Big Data can help stakeholders and analysts make informed decisions using comprehensive data visualization tools to clearly identify patterns of user behavior, conversations, and trends for their digital product or organization. But while Big Data paints the big picture, it can only go so deep to tell the real story:

By | July 11th, 2017|Categories: Analytics, Business Intelligence|Tags: , , |

The Breakdown: How the Internet of Things Impacts Your Mobile Strategy

Today's mobile technology is no longer just about portability. It's about integration. The Internet of Things (IoT) has resulted in users' expectations of interconnectivity among all their devices–their mobile phone must communicate with their home devices, their vehicles, and even the things they wear. Everything is mobile; everything is connected. But with this connectedness comes

MetroStar Systems Ranks in Computerworld 2017 Best Places to Work in IT

Reston-based MetroStar Systems adds another laurel to its growing portfolio of recognition as the IT services company has been included in IDG’s Computerworld 2017 Best Places to Work in IT. “We’ve always understood that human capital is our most crucial asset,” says MetroStar CEO and Co-founder Ali Reza Manouchehri. “It’s the people in our organization

By | June 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

MetroStar Systems Named One of Inc. Magazine’s 2017 Best Workplaces

MetroStar Systems has been named one of the Best Workplaces in Inc. Magazine’s June 2017 issue, demonstrating the company’s relentless effort to power operational and cultural excellence. MetroStar Systems CEO and Co-founder, Ali Reza Manouchehri notes, “Any company can accomplish great things, but to create an environment that inspires the team—to make your workforce feel

By | June 1st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

MGT Act Passes House: Achieving Government IT Modernization

As the "Modernizing Government Technology Act of 2017" (MGT Act) recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives, the government takes a major step towards moving at the speed of IT innovation. The bipartisan IT modernization bill, introduced to Congress for the second time by Texas Rep. Will Hurd on April 28, is designed to provide

By | May 23rd, 2017|Categories: Enterprise IT|Tags: , |

Ransomware: The Culprit of the WannaCry Global Cybersecurity Storm

In an era where technology is integral to the way we interact with the world, to be locked out of one's data and digital devices has become one of mankind's greatest fears. Last Friday, May 12, we witnessed an immense wave of panic spread across the USA, Asia, and Europe, brought about by a global

By | May 17th, 2017|Categories: Cyber Security|Tags: , , |

Five Different Approaches for Enterprise IT Modernization

Enterprise IT modernization solutions are everywhere. Organizations have access to commercial solutions that are not only easily implemented and customized, but also cost-efficient. These off-the-shelf enterprise systems, make it easier for IT practitioners to develop and apply modernization solutions across several legacy systems. Think: a cookie-cutter production line. In theory, cookie-cutter seems like a good approach. However,

By | May 10th, 2017|Categories: Enterprise IT|Tags: , |

Air Force ‘Bug Bounty’ Calls For Hackers to Expose Cybersecurity Holes

The U.S. Air Force has announced that it is launching a "bug bounty" challenge from May 30 to June 23, allowing hackers to scan for cybersecurity vulnerabilities on its public-facing websites in exchange for cash rewards. The challenge, billed as "Hack the Air Force," is open to cybersecurity specialists and "white hat" hackers from the

AWS Launches Amazon Lex: Alexa’s Voice Tech Opens to Developers

One of the major announcements in the midst of the AWS Summit in San Francisco is that the voice-control technology powering Alexa is now available to all software developers. AWS unveiled "Amazon Lex," a platform that enables developers to build conversational applications. With Lex, Amazon provides developers with tools to create voice and text AI

By | April 21st, 2017|Categories: Digital, Mobile Application Development|Tags: , , |