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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.

NIST Updates Password Security Guidelines: $t0P d0!Ng Th!$

To those who think Th!$ i$ Th3 b3$t w4y t0 wr!t3 a P@$$w0rd, think again. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recently published new guidelines on password security, revising the old rules and deeming them counterproductive to personal security purposes. Paul Grassi, NIST Senior Standards and Technology Adviser, said in an interview

By | August 18th, 2017|Categories: Cyber Security|Tags: |

The Breakdown: Collaboration and Technology in the Enterprise

Collaboration is one of the biggest concepts that have been brought to life by the advent of cloud migration and enterprise modernization. Whether it’s file sharing, simultaneous document editing, communication, or all three functions rolled into one, collaborative technology has increasingly become a necessity for organizations to carry out their processes. But apart from enhancing

By | August 17th, 2017|Categories: Enterprise IT|Tags: , |

Report on Department of Defense IoT Devices Reveals Security Gaps

A report published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reveals that much improvement is required to strengthen security measures for IoT (Internet of Things) devices within the Department of Defense (DoD). The report, titled Internet of Things: Enhanced Assessments and Guidance Are Needed to Address Security Risks in DOD, outlines the existence of DoD policies

By | August 8th, 2017|Categories: Cyber Security|Tags: , |

Why U.S. Cyber Command is Reportedly Splitting From NSA

News that the United States Cyber Command is breaking off from the National Security Agency recently surfaced, with U.S. officials claiming the move as an effort to strengthen the country’s ability to conduct defensive and offensive cyber operations. According to various news sources, the goal of the reported separation is to make Cyber Command independent

By | July 27th, 2017|Categories: Cyber Operations and Training, Cyber Security|Tags: |

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: , |