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We work hard behind the scenes to eliminate IT issues before they cause expensive downtime.

Our mission is to provide enterprise-level IT practices and solutions to the small and medium-sized business sector, with small business prices. Our dedicated staff love seeing our clients succeed. Your success is our success, and as you grow, we grow.

We offer the best IT Professional Services such as Managed IT Services, Outsourced Computer Support, Business Continuity Services, and Technology Consulting.

Managed IT Services

Intelligent remote monitoring, proactive maintenance, and behind-the-scenes remote support.

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Network Security

Protect your business from threats like malware, viruses, phishing attacks, hackers and other threads.

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Backup & Disaster Recovery

Ensure peace-of-mind in any situation with the most complete data backup solution available.

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Cloud Hosting Solutions

Reduce infrastructure costs, collaborate, and get more done with our unique cloud solutions.

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When you just want your IT to work!

There are a lot of IT Companies that you can contact to fix an issue or install a piece of equipment. They might be able to save you from a crisis mode, but they don’t take time to see the big picture.

At Symmetric Engineering Group, we understand what business is all about. We are specialized consultants who provide solutions to everyday challenges. We just happen to fix computers as well, but our specialty is preventing issues before they become a hole in your pocket.  

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      Symmetric Engineering Group understands that making a decision means putting your trust in us. We encourage you to find out more about our IT Company and read testimonials from our many satisfied customers!

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      Shhh, don't tell anyone we told you!

      WARNING: We are about to let you in on a secret about how most IT Support companies really make their money! We will cover the three main types of Managed IT companies and what you can expect out of them.

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      We are not your typical business, We are your business partners

      We live by the idea that your business needs come first, so much so that our CEO George Lakiotis has written a letter for you to read showing just how dedicated our Full Service IT team is to not only solving problems but your success!

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      What Our Clients Say

      • Great Business Partner!
        " A National Coding Recruiter"
        I would like to recommend Symmetric Group as a great business partner.  Our Company started April 1st, 2013 and since the launch of our new business we have grown to new heights.  Symmetric Group has been there every step of the way.  Symmetric Group has not only helped us with ordering all the equipment, computers, software, and setup of everything in a office setting  from A to Z but they also have the best IT support team as well with Jemar and Joey.  We appreciate everything you do for us at our company and we recommend them to anyone starting up a company or a company that is established that is looking for IT solutions.  Thank you again for all your support. - Andrew 
      • Five Stars!
        "A National Commercial Cleaning Co."

        We have enjoyed our relationship with Symmetric Group.  Each person we interact with is responsive and knowledgeable.  Simple straight forward answers to our questions are given which is a great help to a "non techie" group!   We thank you again for your service.  Five Stars! - Gail 

      • Very Proactive!
        " A Local Dermatology Practice"

        Symmetric has been providing us IT support for many years.  They successfully manage all of our fast paced medical offices.  Symmetric’s response time for any issues that arise is always quick and issues are resolved in a timely manner and can usually be done remotely which is convenient for all of us.  Symmetric is very proactive in identifying inefficiencies and recommending and implementing changes that improve our systems performance, resiliency and efficiency.  We have no hesitation in warmly recommending them to any business, large or small! – Jenni

      • I Highly Recommend!
        "A Global Lighting Manufacture"

        Four years ago, we had seven domestic offices and warehouses located in five states that were running on independent computer networks, that is, they were without any domain structure.  Thanks to the network engineers at Symmetric Engineering, we are running a secure computer network on a true domain architecture.  We are so pleased with their services that this summer we contracted with Symmetric to host our accounting servers and SQL data servers.  I highly recommend the services of Symmetric Engineering. – Jim 

      • "Extreme Professional"
        "A Local Pain Practice"

        We are so pleased with our business relationship with Symmetric Group. Their company’s customer service is exceptional.  Our service calls and/or emails are answered quickly and to our satisfaction. George is an extreme professional and is shows in his staff. Thank you for your support – Karen 

      • Thanks Symmetric!
        "A Regional Optometry Firm"

        We have partnered with Symmetric for over 5 years in our corporate office as well as our 25 locations throughout Florida and Georgia.   Symmetric has been there from the beginning when we went through the daunting task of inputting our EMR software in all of our stores, as well as doing the complete IT setup at our new locations.   They have been fantastic.  They respond quickly and go above and beyond to help us in any way they can.   They have allowed us to focus on the important work of growing our business and not wasting time on the technical aspect of it.   We highly recommend Symmetric, you will be in good hands…Thanks Symmetric! – Marci

      • They Meet the challenges!
        " A Large Civil & Utility Construction Co."

        Symmetric Group has been able to meet the challenges of our Company's fast growth over the past several years.  They make technology recommendations and manage the all of Company’s IT services seamlessly. I would highly recommend working with them. – Penny 

      Latest Blogs

      Tip of the Week: Keyboard Shortcuts for Slack

      Navigating Slack

      Open direct messages menu - Ctrl +Shift + K
      Browse all channels - Ctrl + Shift + L
      Previous (unread) channel or direct message - Alt (+ Shift) + Up Arrow
      Next (unread) channel or direct message - Alt (+ Shift) + Down Arrow
      Access the Quick Switcher - Ctrl + K
      Switch to previous workspace -  Ctrl + Shift + Tab
      Switch to the next workspace - Ctrl + Tab
      Return to the previous channel - Alt + Left Arrow

      Marking Up Your Messages

      Mark all messages in current channel or direct message as read - Esc
      Mark all messages as read - Shift + Esc
      Mark a message as unread - Alt + Click

      Creating Messages

      Edit your last message - Up Arrow in empty message field (this shortcut changes to Ctrl + Up Arrow if Use up and down arrows to cycle through your typed history is enabled)
      Bold selected text - Ctrl + B
      Italicize selected text - Ctrl + I
      Strikethrough selected text - Ctrl + Shift + X
      Quote selected text - Ctrl + Shift + >
      Convert selected text into a numbered list - Ctrl + Shift + 7
      Convert selected text into a bulleted list - Ctrl + Shift + 8

      Viewing All Keyboard Shortcuts in Slack

      For a complete list of shortcuts in Slack, press Ctrl + /.

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      SQL Server 2008 R2 Has Reached the End of the Line

      Outdated software is a routine problem in the business sector, especially for organizations that don’t routinely update their software and reassess their IT infrastructure. Of course, the fact that a lot of organizations don’t invest in the updates and patches is also telling, as not all businesses have the staff and support needed to implement these solutions when they are needed. We’ll dig into what exactly End of Support means, what else is reaching its End of Support date soon, and what you must do about it.

      What Does “End of Life” Mean?

      End of Life, also known as End of Support, is a term used to identify software solutions that will not receive any patches or security updates after a certain period of time has passed. For select Microsoft products, there is what’s called the Extended Security Update, but it’s only for a maximum of three years. It’s honestly more efficient and cost-effective to upgrade away from your old systems, not just because the new ones are likely more dynamic, but because the old ones will wind up costing your business a fortune in the long run.

      What You Should Do ASAP

      Think about the potential ramifications of your business failing to implement security patches and updates. You could be paying for the fallout from a major security breach, and after you’ll be forced to upgrade anyway, knowing that the breach could well have been prevented if you had just taken more preventative measures. That being said, it’s never too early to start thinking about the future of your infrastructure, as well as the multitude of responsibilities that come with managing, maintaining, and upgrading your business’ technology.

      What we recommend doing right now is simple: consult this list of upcoming End of Support dates and take the necessary steps toward upgrading away from them… before it’s too late. As for the latter, we can be of assistance.

      We Can Help!

      Your business has enough on its plate without worrying about upgrading its technology infrastructure. Working with a managed service provider can make it more affordable and accessible, leaving your organization with much more time to accomplish its duties without sacrificing security. Symmetric Engineering Group can help keep track of your business’ technology, including any potential upcoming End of Support events. To learn more, reach out to us at (813) 749-0895.

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      Cybercrime’s Evolution and the Potential Blockchain Shield

      Developments in blockchain technology have begun to be stretched past keeping records and cryptocurrency. Today there are a couple companies using blockchain to create innovative cybersecurity solutions that aim to drastically reduce a company's exposure to cybercrime. No matter what vertical you work in, blockchain-integrated solutions have begun to pop up. Building new solutions with blockchain is incredibly popular nowadays, but is it just a buzzword used for its role in marketing, or is it making a discernible difference in these solutions?

      Often thought to be “unhackable”, security professionals developing a blockchain-based cyber security platform isn’t all that noteworthy, until you realize how they are going about it. Developers have begun to create blockchain-based platforms that uses the distributed nature of the solution to power content delivery networks (CDN) and DDoS attack mitigation services. It does this by allowing users to rent out their spare bandwidth to use as security computing.

      This will potentially reduce the ability for hackers to execute attacks, lower the cost for businesses to mitigate the effects of these attacks, and capitalize on their extra bandwidth. Other developers are using smart contract adoption to secure their interoperability and file security.

      Is Blockchain Vulnerable?

      Being a human invention, there have been some kinks in blockchain technology. For those of you who do not know how the blockchain works, here is a very stripped-down definition: Every transaction made through the blockchain, financial or contractual, is given a permanent, designated “block” in the chain. In order for it to be added to the ledger, the rest of the network (every other node) needs to approve this new block’s validity. Once it is added, it cannot be altered and provides an unchangeable record of the transaction. If a block needs to be changed, a new block would have to be entered. It is only then that the transaction is completed.

      While this method may seem extraordinarily secure, this “unhackable” technology has its flaws. In 2018 alone just under one billion dollars' worth of cryptocurrency was stolen. Of the $927 million taken, $532.6 million of it was hacked from the Tokyo-based cryptocurrency company Coincheck where 500 million XEM coins up and vanished from the exchange.

      Other Blockchain Vulnerabilities

      To my surprise, one investigation found that some blockchain and cryptocurrency constructs has over 40 different vulnerabilities. Here are a couple:

      51% Vulnerabilities

      Many of blockchain’s vulnerabilities have more to do with the nature of the platform as well. One such vulnerability is known as a 51% vulnerability and is associated with mining cryptocurrencies. Let’s assume you are a cryptocurrency miner and you accumulate hashing power that exceeds more than half of what the blockchain contains, you could leverage a 51% attack to manipulate the blockchain to your own advantage.

      Obviously popular blockchains, typically associated with renowned cryptocurrencies, have too big of a price tag to be practical targets for such a hack. Less expensive coins, however, are, and can be lucrative targets for hackers. In 2018, 51% attacks were leveraged against new cryptocurrencies, netting the attackers the equivalent to approximately $20 million.

      Security of Private Keys

      Using a blockchain requires a user to have a private key to unlock the naturally encrypted platform. Naturally, if this key were to be stolen, the thief would be able to access the user’s blockchain. What’s worse, because the blockchain is decentralized, these kinds of actions are difficult to track and, as designed, harder to undo.

      It’s hard to forget in this world that is completely integrated with technology that some tech is just in its infancy. Blockchain, especially outside of the cryptocurrency sphere is only emerging and the tech built with it should be looked at through skeptical eyes. Stay up to date with the latest technology concerns and information, subscribe to Symmetric Engineering Group blogs.

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      SEG Awarded Small Business of the Year Award!

      Symmetric Engineering Group was awarded the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber Small Business of the Year Award for their understanding technical service and support throughout the Tampa Bay area

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