Thursday, December 28, 2017

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

How Managed Security Services Can Help Protect Your Business

As cyber attacks continue to rise worldwide and become more brazen in their scope, there are few industries left that can claim to not have been subject to some sort of security breach. Many companies continue to put their faith in security software suites that have continuously shown to be compromised or ineffective in preventing cyber attacks, leading to travesties such as what was recently seen in the Equifax breach. If your company is in this same boat and you are worried about the security of your data, you may want to consider a Managed Security Service as a method of protecting your network.

What are Managed Security Services (MSS) 

Managed security services (MSS) is an approach to security that creates a security system tailored to the individual needs of the company, as different organizations can have drastically different security requirements. While this is sometimes done in-house with employees that the organization has hired, it is more common to outsource this function to companies that are dedicated to MSS. In either case, his security element oversees all security functions including constant monitoring and diagnostics of intrusion detection systems and firewalls.

What Does an MSS Do For Its Client Company?

Perhaps the most important function of MSS is ensuring that all software on all systems is fully updated and patched, as this failure to update is what directly lead to the Equifax breach. Security professionals working for the MSS are responsible for the integrity of the network and in addition to upgrading software and equipment to the highest standards they also perform security audits and respond to any emergencies or anomalies that are detected on the network. This gives users of the network and the network administrators the considerable freedom to focus on their individual jobs rather than worrying about network security.

Managed Security Services Layered Security Model

An MSS as a dedicated security element has the ability to bring a much more complex security methodology to a company's security posture. This is often called the layered security model and does not rely on any one method of security to be impenetrable. In fact, the best quality of managed security services is their realization that statistically speaking some sort of security breach is virtually inevitable and that multiple systems need to be in place as contingencies for when this failure in security is realized. The four layers of security are:

Each security layer buttresses the others as a cycle to prevent any potential intruders into the network with a hard target that may not be worth their time or the danger of discovery.

Is a Managed Security Service Right For You?

The consequences of a data breach can go far beyond the immediate consequences of an initial breach to erode client and employee confidence in you and lead to a permanently compromised relationship with the people who your company depends on the most. If you handle any sort of sensitive data, ranging from the personal information of employees or proprietary data that is subject to theft, considering a managed security service may be the right move for your company.

Robert Blake
Bit by Bit Computer Consultants
721 N Fielder Rd. #B
Arlington, Texas 76012 
Direct 817.505.1257
Mobile 972.365.7010

Monday, November 20, 2017

Natural disasters are scary. Losing your business may be scarier. #prepare
Oops you just deleted your #GoogleApps what? #saas #backup

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Nature and technology don't always get along, but one we can control, the other we can't. Be #prepared
How to lose #cloud data, tip 1: accidentally delete your files, it happens all the time!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Earthquakes, landslides, and avalanches can directly and indirectly affect business #prepare
Ask the 32% of companies who lost data from SaaS applications according to a recent survey if they #backup #SaaS

Friday, November 17, 2017

Tornados leave a trail of devastation. Protect your family, friends, and business #prepare
How to lose #cloud data, tip 3: make an employee angry...really really angry

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Flooding comes with little notice. Don't let your business drown in #downtime be #prepared
How to lose #cloud data, tip 2: over-write data in #GoogleApps or #Office365, it's not uncommon

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Are you in a hurricane or coastal storm area? Make sure your business is #prepared
Would you rather retain your #GoogleApps and #Office365 data forever, or for a few months?

How Can a Managed IT Network Provider Benefit My Business?

As your business grows you may find that you are having difficulty keeping in step with that growth in the area of networking and communications. Whether you are currently a small business or a more well-established company you may find yourself feeling the pinch and constantly investing to build your network assets. A managed IT network provider is the logical next step for businesses that have outgrown the capabilities of their in-house IT department.

What is a Network Maintenance Plan?

A network maintenance plan is a contract that outlines the services that the provider assumes responsibility for. By signing a managed services contract, you get the services that you need without the HR headaches that you can do without. Instead, the managed IT network provider provides all services for a monthly fee, which often is much less than you would have to pay to maintain and staff your own network.  

What does it mean to set up Network Support Services?

The main aim of signing in with a managed network is to improve the overall functionality of your business and free up resources that you had been investing in your own network. Ideally, this should not only be a seamless transition but also improve your overall network performance by allowing the managed network to worry about the engineering and maintenance of the network to include troubleshooting problems, debugging, and upgrading the network when new software and hardware solutions become available.

How would a Managed Network Provider benefit my business? 

Managed network providers aren't just for tech companies, but can benefit a wide variety of businesses including manufacturing, retail, and financial services. Any business that relies on computers, networks, or data can benefit from managed services.

You may need a managed IT network provider if:
   You are in 24/7 operation and always need to provide service to customers
   Your principal personnel are focused on critical functions that IT distracts from
   Your business depends on remote workers or outsourced services
Is the Initial Network Installation part of the ongoing Network Maintenance plan?

The first step toward having a managed network is setting up a network maintenance plan with the provider. This plan will clearly outline what services and equipment the company will provide and what the monthly cost will be. This may include costs for initial installation of the network (routers, switches, terminals, and cabling) as well as consultation and long-term maintenance services. Often the installation fees are either waives or included as a part of the initial quote.

What services does a Managed Network Provider offer?

Once a network management plan is in place the client will not only receive services similar to what you could expect from an in-house provider but will also have those services optimized for the workload that your company expects. The Managed Network includes routers, switches, and firewalls that meet the complexity requirements of your network capacity.

Will Network Management improve the functionality of my business? 

As you begin your contract, you will begin to realize some of the benefits of outsourcing your IT network solutions. There will be less stress on your personnel and a single point of contact whenever anything goes wrong. The burden of responding to emergencies will be shifted to the provider, who has the resources to quickly and efficiently respond. You will have flexibility in determining the scalability of your network and have dedicated personnel to upgrade or downgrade the network as appropriate. The extent to which network management can improve processes within your business is in direct proportion to the challenges that you are currently facing in the IT department. 

Robert Blake
Bit by Bit Computer Consultants
721 N Fielder Rd. #B
Arlington, Texas 76012 
Direct 817.505.1257
Mobile 972.365.7010