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Richard Stephens

Richard Stephens
Richard has been serving in some capacity since 1999. His colorful past began as a combat photographer and multimedia specialist for the United States Marine Corps where he served for eight years. That service introduced him to the world of information technology as well as plumbing, electrical wiring, carpentry, cooking, administration…the list goes on. After being discharged from the service and graduating with a degree in computer science, Richard became a data center engineer. Working for organizations like Cigna and the United States Coast Guard, he helped build and manage premier data centers. He enjoys being creative, traveling, and will likely attend any live concert. Richard now serves as Vice President of Gray Leaf Technology Consultants with a goal to continue building a company of which he and others can be proud. A company that delivers on the promises of transparency and “radical honesty.” A company that shares knowledge of information technology that can enable any organization to deliver the best to its customers. “Let’s get it done.”
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If NASA Staff Can Operate the Mars Rover from Home, Your Team Should Have No Problems Working Remotely!

Posted by Richard Stephens on Apr 28, 2020 5:47:00 PM

The coronavirus has us all living life a little differently now. It has changed how we travel and shop. How we communicate and spend time with others. It has also changed how organizations are conducting business. They have had to adapt to shutdowns and stay-at-home orders. With the many kinds of businesses out there, they certainly are finding different ways to adapt to continue operations. Primarily working remotely.

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Why Your Business Needs a Disaster Recovery Plan

Posted by Richard Stephens on Jul 25, 2019 8:34:07 AM


Imagine for a moment that your startup has grown large enough to move into an office. You’ve closed many more clients than you had projected, and your billables have increased 2200%. You just landed a prime piece of real-estate on the corner of a main intersection a few months ago. The perfect opportunity for more people to notice you. You’re making moves and business is great. However, after a wonderful weekend riding on cloud nine from a business high, you didn’t expect to pull into your parking lot on Monday morning seeing a semi parked next to your custom made fish tank – in your office. Before parking in your office, the truck decided to take out a few power line poles that services your office. You have no power, no office, and all your equipment now has tread marks on them.  

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Ransomware is BIG Business

Posted by Richard Stephens on Jun 26, 2019 11:25:07 AM

If you think that is an overstatement, ask the city of Riviera Beach, Florida.

The city council of Riviera Beach, Florida, unanimously voted to pay $600,000 in Bitcoin to a group of hackers who took control of their computer systems. Additionally, the council voted to spend nearly $1 million on new computer equipment because of this attack.

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Why Every Business Should Have an Information Technology Security Program

Posted by Richard Stephens on May 22, 2019 3:38:49 PM

I had a best friend once who was very close with his grandfather, AlexanderHe was the most down to earth guy I knew at the time - always up for company, always telling jokes, and just a genuinely nice guy to be around. My friend and I would throw pool parties at Alexander’s house throughout the summer and both he and his wife were happy to accommodate. My friend and I were always stopping by day and night, and looking back, one thing I remember was  Alexander never locked his doors! No matter what time we’d roll in, we never had to unlock a door. I can’t say why he never locked his doors. Maybe it was just a different time. Whatever the reason, it is not a risk most people would want to take today. 

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