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The McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce annual gala is always an event I look forward too. The theme was Bootleggers Ball and I was excited to dress to the theme and spend the night laughing with great people and business owners.

Thank you again for having me as your photographer! Enjoy some photos from last nights event!
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Join Chamber members Eder Casella Technology and StratusComm - Managed It Services for their event going on Thursday! Find out more here or visit their pages with questions and how to receive a zoom link!

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Fantastic ribbon cutting this morning at StratusComm - Managed I.T. Services!
Join us next Wednesday for a ribbon cutting at StratusComm - Managed I.T. Services!
Here's Lisa, our Director of Membership Development, with this week's Chamber Update alongside StratusComm - Managed I.T. Services!
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Great networking meeting with Karen Richardson Rooney Crowded Mind Graphic Design... Thank you LeeJay Stewart Stratus Communications, Inc. - StratusComm
Did you attend the virtual scramble hosted by McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce? 💻

Yesterday morning, businesses owners like myself, gathered in zoom to network! It was a great event that broke into roundtables filled with businesses you know and others you’re just meeting and learning about. Im glad I was able to attend, as the first one I did a year ago, was extremely successful. I made some great contacts and businesses connections and I hope this time around to gain more and be able to work with other amazing McHenry County businesses, providing my photography services!
Keller Williams Success Realty, Edward Jones - Financial Advisor: Bill Collingbourne, Cris Bimbi - State Farm Insurance Agent, Your Children's Bookshelf, The Bremer Team, Keller Williams North Shore West, Church Insurance Agency, Restoration 1, YourLife Wellbeing, Double E Workplace Solutions LLC, Our World Energy Illinois, Hands to Home Crafted, Discover Integrated Medical Center, Gale Force Health, LLC, Northern Light Care, Alternative Utility Services, Greener Still, Hosticka Assurance Group, jh Events and Flowers, SenText, Pioneer Center for Human Services, Becky Kirchner RE/MAX Plaza, Gold Medal Ideas, Working World Staffing Services, Mary Laatz Independent Tastefully Simple Consultant, Restorative Acupuncture & Wellness, Assured Home Inspections LLC, Kite Digital Solutions, McHenry Market Pulse, Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski, Northwestern Medicine, PJN Tax Solutions Group Inc., KC Printing Services, Inc, Parrish Coaching & Consulting, ExitAdvisor, Shepherd Premier Senior Living, Beacon Wealth Advisors, LLC, Tim Santos - HealthMarkets Insurance, Alarm Detection Systems, Inc, Schooley Mitchell, Operation Wild Horse - Veterans R&R, Sharp Auto Body, Home State Bank / N.A., Stratus Communications, Inc. - StratusComm, 400ft and Below Photography, Discover Integrated Medical Center, Above The Barre Dance Academy
A few interesting thoughts from Chamber member Stratus Communications, Inc. - StratusComm & LeeJay Stewart
Have you read, "The Internet Is Down, Now What?!" by McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce member LeeJay Stewart of Stratus Communications, Inc. - StratusComm? No? Well, then... Here you go...

We focus on IT so you can focus on your business! Our core services are Managed IT Services, Cyber S


We are hiring! We are seeking a part-time/full-time IT Support Technician to join our growing team and provide support both remote and on-site to all StratusComm clients in McHenry County. If you are interested, please send your resume to [email protected]

Effective security training programs are vital to creating a cyber-aware workforce 07/24/2023

Do you know how to identify a ? 's Rob Rashotte explains that by establishing and maintaining a comprehensive training program, employees acquire the necessary knowledge to identify potential attacks: via

Effective security training programs are vital to creating a cyber-aware workforce Creating and maintaining a comprehensive training program increases the likelihood that employees have the necessary insight to identify potential attacks.

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Our team had a great time with our MC3 Referral Group at McHenry’s 75th Annual Fiesta Days, hosted by the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce! We're proud to be part of this amazing chamber and give back, support and connect with the community that serves and supports us too.


Don’t just take it from us, take it from our clients. StratusComm provides end-to-end IT Managed Services for ALL of your business technology and communications. Thank you for the review, Brian! Think Big Go Local Inc.


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Last week, our Telecommunications Specialist Mike Hillegonds received a Presidential Award of Excellence at the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce 2023 Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony.

The Presidential Awards of Excellence are presented by the Chamber to Chamber members that have gone above and beyond to help at Chamber events/programs and the Chamber staff.

We are extremely proud of all your dedication to our business community throughout the years, Mike, and our company is lucky to have you on our team! Congratulations!


We are hiring! We are seeking a Lead, Managed IT Services / System Administrator to join our team! The leadership role will be responsible for working with clients, mentoring technicians, and providing hands-on support for all StratusComm clients. If you are interested, please send your CV to [email protected]


Join our team! We are looking for a part-time Assistant / Vendor Channel Associate to provide support for administrative activity and help with vendor relationships. If you are interested, please send your resume to [email protected]

Fortinet Survey Reveals a Disconnect Between Ransomware Preparedness and Prevention | Fortinet Blog 05/15/2023

With ransomware attacks on the rise, recently surveyed cybersecurity leaders around the globe and found that while 78% of organizations feel prepared, 50% still fell victim to an attack last year. Learn more in our 2023 Global Ransomware Report:

Fortinet Survey Reveals a Disconnect Between Ransomware Preparedness and Prevention | Fortinet Blog Key findings from the Fortinet 2023 Global Ransomware Report, group think about countermeasures and insight about ransomware campaigns.…

3 Technologies CPA Firms Must Leverage in 2023 05/15/2023

Our CEO and Managing Director LeeJay Stewart has been featured at the Illinois CPA Society (ICPAS) Insight Magazine Spring 2023. LeeJay was interviewed on technologies available to help firms meet client demands and succeed in their roles as trusted business advisors.

The Insight Magazine supports the Illinois CPA Society's mission of enhancing the CPA profession and covers content aimed at helping professionals at all stages of their careers engage in navigating the trends and challenges impacting the CPA profession and business communities they serve.

Check out the article here:

3 Technologies CPA Firms Must Leverage in 2023 Now more than ever, technology is essential to CPA firm growth and business development. Whether it’s automating mundane, time-consuming tasks or enabling access to more data and insights, the new technologies available today can help CPA firms elevate their roles as trusted business advisors and ...

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Last night, our team got together to Dine For a Cause at Jexal's Wing-Zeria McHenry and support the McHenry's New Riverwalk Shoppes project! We are proud to be part of this wonderful community and excited to partner on the growth and development of the McHenry area. Want to get involved as well? Learn more at or contact the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce.

iMessage and more finally comes to Windows with global rollout of Phone Link for iOS 05/01/2023

Microsoft announces iMessage and more finally coming to all Windows 11 customers, learn more at

iMessage and more finally comes to Windows with global rollout of Phone Link for iOS Microsoft says Phone Link for iOS on Windows 11 will begin rolling out to its global customer base in 39 languages across 85 markets.

Security Surveillance Systems empowered by AI / Contact us at or (847) 444-8701 03/23/2023

Here are a few benefits of implementing Neuroo into your Security Surveillance System: ✔︎ Improve people safety and security; ✔︎ Detect imminent hazards in real-time; ✔︎ Increase likelihood of crime prevention; ✔︎ Monitor vehicle and pedestrian traffic; ✔︎ Help operators to act quicker and better; ✔︎ Transform video into actionable insights

Use the power of artificial intelligence to empower safety and security. Contact us at [email protected] or (815) 444-8701 to start a conversation!

Security Surveillance Systems empowered by AI / Contact us at [email protected] or (847) 444-8701 We are proud to announce that StratusComm has become the first US distributor for Neuroo – an innovative software that uses the analytical power of AI to acc...

Passwords: 6 Methods Hackers Employ to Steal Them 03/17/2023

We often hear about breached passwords but are you familiar with the most utilized methods hackers employ to steal them? Check out our newest blog at

Passwords: 6 Methods Hackers Employ to Steal Them Hackers are trying to devise more ways to steal your passwords and invade your privacy. Here are some of the most utilized methods they employ.


We are proud to announce that StratusComm has become the first US distributor for Neuroo - – an innovative software that uses the analytical power of AI to accelerate and optimize your Security Surveillance System.

When dealing with critical situations, such as identifying hazards or suspicious activities in a security system, the importance of an effective CCTV is clear. However, the most motivated, attentive, and observant CCTV operator cannot, and do not, see everything. That's when artificial intelligence can be leveraged to cover potential gaps.

Neuroo processes in real-time the overall video streams and provide to CCTV operators the right information in the right time. The software integrates with existing security surveillance systems to collect and analyze in real-time every single video stream. When a potential hazard is detected, an alert is instantly reported to the appropriate security staff, enabling real-time responses.

Are you ready to transform your data into power decision-making tools for your operation? Contact us today to start a conversation! Learn more at


We have internet again!!

We will start processing yesterday‘s and today’s card transactions. Thank you all for your understanding and patience!!

Big shout out of thanks to my team who were quick to put into place our backup plan and to Ryan at StratusComm - Managed It Services for supporting us the whole time!! 

I so appreciate all of you!! 🥰


Our virtual Lunch & Learn hosted by the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce was all about Passwords! Managed IT Supervisor Ryan Malmstedt shared key points on:

- Passwords protect your electronic accounts and devices from unauthorized access, keeping your sensitive personal information safe.

- Maintaining strong passwords calls for using longer, more complex ones – at least 12 characters consisting of both upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

- Password managers are apps that enable you to safely store and access dozens of passwords. ​A few options are Bitwarden, 1Password, NordPass, LastPass and Keeper Security, Inc.

- Two-factor authentication (2FA) and Multi-factor authentication (MFA) provide an added layer of security by requiring additional factors to identify a user.

- Frequent password changes are highly recommended, ideally every 90 days.

If you missed the session, the recording will soon be available on the chamber's website Thank you for all who attended it!


Is your password the same from 10 years ago? Is it the same for every site you sign up for? Then, you might want to join in next week Lunch & Learn!

Register on the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce website to receive the Zoom link. This even is free and open to Members and Non-Members and anyone who might find value in knowing if your passwords are secure!


This review is music to our ears. We couldn't be happier that we are able to help in a such an impactful way. Let us know how we can bring your company together digitally with a complete managed IT service plan. Book your free IT assessment today at


Multi-factor authentication fatigue attacks? Anyone who has been trying to complete their work in a timely manner knows the irritation of constantly having to confirm identity before accessing company data. According to this article from Deputy CISO, Renee Tarun,, attackers are taking advantage of this and using it as a basis for gaining entry to the chosen target.

"As employees try to access work applications, they are often prompted to verify their identity in some way established by the IT security team. This typically involves notifications to their smartphones. Attackers are now spamming employees with compromised credentials with MFA authorization requests – sometimes dozens of times in an hour – until they get so irritated that they approve the request using their authentication apps."

Educating employees about MFA fatigue attacks and setting up appropriate guardrails to reduce the likelihood of these attacks succeeding are essential steps to prevent unauthorized access from cyber criminals. StratusComm is a proud partner of and can help your business implement all the security tools available to protect and strengthen your security posture. Contact us today!


We are starting off the year strong! 💪 In our team meeting this month, we took time to reconnect and review the business goals for 2023. Last year was a successful year of growth and the new year comes with exciting updates, initiatives and projects.

A special congrats to Ryan Malmstedt for being promoted to Managed IT Supervisor 🎉 , to Ben Miller for accepting a full time position as an IT Support Technician 🎉 and to Marina Heidorn for completing her Bachelor's in Cybersecurity! We can't wait to see what this talented team will continue to accomplish!


New Year, fresh start? Use the power of new to set your IT environment up for success in 2023. Maybe this means dropping the “do-it-yourself” approach and transitioning to managed IT. Maybe it means reconsidering how your IT objectives fit your business vision. Or maybe it's time to ease the burden on your IT internal staff and hire supplemental IT resources.

No matter your scenario, StratusComm is here to support you. We have worked with businesses of all types and sizes and we understand the IT struggles and challenges businesses encounter. Developing an effective technology plan is not a journey you need to take alone. Contact us today and schedule your free IT assessment!



From everyone at StratusComm, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and thanks for all your support throughout the year. All the best for 2023!

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What a wonderful time this past week at our annual Holiday Party! LeeJay surprised us by hiring personal Chef Yu from Fyusion Dining, who specially prepared a NINE-course customized meal designed with an Asian and Latin feel! A dining experience that transcended the norm, for sure!

We are grateful and proud of our entire team. Each one brings something unique to the table and it was special to get together and celebrate everything we accomplished as a company in 2022. Happy holidays!


Introducing new technology in the workplace can be a complicated and often frustrating process. Join us on Dec 6th at 12-1pm (in person or virtual!) for the Business Builders event hosted by the Crystal Lake Chamber of Commerce.

Our Managing Director LeeJay Stewart will discuss how to effectively implement IT change into your business culture and help people move along the adoption curve as smoothly as possible. Lunch provided by Georgio's Pizza!

Register at


Cybercriminals cast wide nets with tactics, hoping to drag in victims. They may offer a financial reward, threaten you if you don’t engage, or claim that someone is in need of help. Stop, take a moment, and think before you click.


All those update alerts from your software are important to install! Not only do they fix things that might be buggy, they also patch up any security holes. by turning on auto-updates.


Adding Multi-factor Authentication to an account greatly increases your security. It may include:
- A code emailed to an account or texted
- A biometric identifier like a fingerprint
- A unique number yes or no prompt generated by an authenticator app
Enable Multi-factor Authentication to ensure that the only person who has access to your account is you.


Cybersecurity Awareness Month, every October, is a collaboration between government and private industry to raise awareness about digital security and empower everyone to protect their personal data from digital forms of crime. This year, the chosen theme is See Yourself In Cyber.

We've joined the global effort to promote education and awareness for online safety by becoming Champions for ! with us and learn proactive ways to stay safe online at


Is your current IT company WOWing you? If you are not getting the WOW factor from your IT provider, it may be time to find a new IT partner. At StratusComm, we are committed to taking your business to the next level with strategic, secure and reliable IT services. Give our team a call today at (815) 444-8701.

Ransomware is still on the rise. Here's what you need to do to stay safe from hackers | ZDNET 09/07/2022

Ransomware is still on the rise. Here's what you need to do to stay safe from hackers | ZDNET Cybersecurity researchers warn that there are more ransomware variants out there as cyber criminals attempt to cash in - but you don't need to become a victim.


At StratusComm, our goal is to provide your business with exceptional IT Services, and this wouldn't be possible without the hard work and dedication of our incredible techs! Our team deeply cares about our customers and ensures they always get the personalized IT support they need to succeed!

If your business is dealing with slow response times, inconsistent service levels and high turnover, we can help! You can count on us to keep your entire IT environment in perfect working order at all times. Contact us today at or (815) 482-0031!


Do you know about the benefits of implementing Microsoft 365 in your business?

- Financially-backed 99.9% uptime, geo-redundancy, disaster recovery, and powerful security
- Premium productivity tools
- Standardized tools to reduce multiple login requirements and learning curve for training
- Enhanced security framework to protect data across logins and remove the hassle and liabilities associated with employee devices
- All platform components work seamlessly together and receive structured updates that are compatible with the entire stack.
- Simple to manage and support with Secure Cloud

StratusComm - Managed IT Services proudly offers this solution to our clients through Microsoft's first North American reseller AppRiver. We can help you select and implement exactly the right package and guide your digital transformation. Contact us today to learn more about this solution.


Last week we had our monthly meeting! We celebrated our growth and learned more about what everyone is working on! We're also excited to welcome our latest new hire Ben Miller, who recently joined our growing team as an IT professional. Come for the job… stay for the challenge 🤩

Selecting the Right MSP for Your Business It's About Much More Than Cybersecurity - StratusComm - Managed IT Services 07/08/2022

Yes, cybersecurity is important! But there are other considerations to keep in mind when selecting a Managed IT Services Provider (MSP). We’ve compiled 8 things aside from cybersecurity that you should carefully consider when evaluating an MSP for your IT environment. Check out the article at

Selecting the Right MSP for Your Business It's About Much More Than Cybersecurity - StratusComm - Managed IT Services Yes, cyber-security is important! If you own a small or medium-sized business, you probably field a lot of calls from Managed IT Services Providers, or MSPs. And it’s almost a sure bet that the one thing each one emphasizes is the need for cybersecurity...


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Top 5 Findings from the Global 2022 Cybersecurity Skills Gap Report | Fortinet Blog 06/03/2022

Learn how the skills gap is creating risk for your customers and see more insights from the Skills Gap Global Research Report

Top 5 Findings from the Global 2022 Cybersecurity Skills Gap Report | Fortinet Blog Fortinet released the 2022 Cybersecurity Skills Gap Global Research Report that uncovers the impact the skills gap is having on organizations around the world. Read to find out the top 5 themes tha…

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Tech for Teens is a free computer course introducing teens to the world of IT & career opportunities for the future, promoted by CityLife - Our managing director LeeJay Stewart had the privilege to volunteer as a speaker and address classes on Cloud/Server Administration & Networking last week. We're excited as a company to support initiatives like this and share our knowledge and passion for technology with our community.


Are you drowning in paper? Digitizing your workplace can improve productivity, efficiency, and help your team collaborate more effectively. StratusComm takes the time to understand your business processes and pinpoint where automation and document management can help you digitally transform.

Let's discuss solutions to digitize your workplace and better your business now. Call (815) 444-8701 or visit

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