26 04, 2018

Does Your Company’s Security Policy Address These Seven Points?

2021-02-19T17:00:27-06:00April 26th, 2018|Tags: , , , |

Data breaches and ransomware attacks have become more prevalent than ever, with almost 7 billion records breached in the past two years. Many cybersecurity issues still involve basic, fundamental security missteps, which directly or indirectly lead to these incidents. These attacks can be reduced by establishing clear security guidelines and providing training for your employees. Implementing these key components in your security and disaster recovery plans will help your organization’s network combat attacks. Here are some points to address as part of your company security policy: Emphasize the Importance of Security It’s important to instill that security is everyone's responsibility. Employees should be told why cybersecurity is important and the potential risks should be explained in detail. If data is lost or stolen it most likely will negatively affect the individuals involved, as well as severely jeopardize the company. If the company systems are infected with malware, this could hamper the efficiency of the organization. Ask employees to take an active role in security by reporting suspicious activity to their IT administrator. If employees become aware of an error, even after it has happened, reporting it to IT means something can still be done to minimize the damage. Cybersecurity is a matter that concerns everyone in the organization, and each employee needs to take an active role in contributing to the company’s security. Secure Computers and Devices When employees leave their desks, they should lock their screens or log out to prevent any unauthorized access. Laptops and cellphones should also be physically locked when not [...]

23 03, 2018

9 Benefits of Virtualization

2019-07-09T19:28:29-05:00March 23rd, 2018|Tags: , , , , |

Virtualization helps businesses improve operations and decrease spending. Learn about the benefits of a virtual environment and decide if this technology is right for your business. What is virtualization? Virtualization is the process of creating a simulated virtual version of something such as a server, storage device, network, or operating system. This is done by partitioning a single physical machine into several virtual machines which can then interact independently and run different operating systems and applications. Virtualization makes the relationship between computer hardware and software far more flexible and presents capabilities that would never be possible within a physical infrastructure. Virtualization is more than just a buzzword; this technology is the most effective way to reduce IT expenses while increasing efficiency and agility. Businesses of all sizes are reaping the benefits of virtualization and we are seeing more and more companies requesting assistance in creating a virtual environment. Check out these nine ways your business can benefit from a virtual infrastructure: reduced spending Companies spend a significant portion of their IT budget on hardware every year, with the majority spend allocated to multiple servers. Virtualization reduces the number of servers needed as well as extending the lifespan of existing hardware. Many servers are grossly underutilized, using only an estimated 5-15% of their actual capacity. This is because many applications require their own server, which without virtualization means many more physical machines. A single physical server can run approximately 16 virtual servers, allowing companies to considerably reduce hardware and software costs. In addition to reducing [...]

5 02, 2018

Meltdown and Spectre Security Flaws Explained

2019-07-16T20:02:28-05:00February 5th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Serious hardware bugs have recently been discovered to exist in almost all modern technology devices. Here’s what you need to know about Meltdown and Spectre. In early 2018, research revealed that there are fundamental security flaws in nearly every computer chip manufactured in the last 20 years. The variations of these flaws have been named Spectre and Meltdown. These vulnerabilities, if exploited, could allow attackers to gain access to data that was previously considered protected. So far there is no evidence of security breaches due to these flaws; however, such exploits would be difficult to detect. Spectre and Meltdown are so widespread and affect such fundamental components that they are being called catastrophic by security researchers. what are spectre and meltdown? Spectre and Meltdown are vulnerabilities that arose due to features that were built in to computer chips to help them run faster. Each works differently and effects different processors. Spectre utilizes what’s called speculative execution, a function that allows computer chips to process data faster by beginning to work with the data before it is actually told to do so. Imagine a calculator that can give you either a decimal or a percent of the answer to a given calculation, which before you have requested the output format you want has already calculated them both in order to answer faster. Spectre is exploited by sending a program bad data that the program begins to process before it has passed a security check, therefore tricking the program into sending private data. Spectre is hard [...]

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