Archive for December, 2014

Time to Stop Fighting the Cloud

Posted on: December 11th, 2014 by webadmin No Comments

I use the cloud.  Do you?  I check online banking for balances and even pay bills with it.  I could use a checkbook and statement, but I don’t

I run payroll through the cloud.

I also use Office 365.  The email exchange between myself and my marketing director was all done through Office 365.

I did it on two different devices that were never configured to know of the other’s existence.

Forrester research is predicting 2015 is the year when “The Days of Fighting the Cloud are Over.”

Researchers site several reasons for this prediction, including their estimation that Microsoft’s cloud revenue will surpass on-premise revenue.  The financials seem to be bearing that out. In the last quarter, commercial cloud revenue was up 128

Commercial cloud revenue grew 128% in the quarter for Microsoft.

The promises of the cloud are great for businesses, too.

  • Greater flexibility
  • Reduced Cost
  • Simpler Scalability

One of the greatest advantages of a hybrid cloud is that you can manage resources quickly on demand when you need to, and take advantage of external resources when it makes more sense for your business.

Microsoft’s hybrid cloud includes Microsoft Azure, Windows Server, and Microsoft System Center.  In the hybrid model, you have Microsoft’s enterprise-grade technology in your company’s datacenter and in Microsoft’s global datacenters.

Microsoft Azure runs on Microsoft-managed datacenters spread across 13 regions.  You get the same enterprise-tested platform that powers Skype, Office 365 and more. Plus, Azure offers a 99.95% availability SLA, 24x7 tech support, service health monitoring.

The Network Team’s engineers are highly skilled in working with the Microsoft Cloud.  We can help guide you through the transition to the cloud, determining what route is best for you. Call us at 980-263-2850.

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Top Network Security Threat Targets of 2015

Posted on: December 4th, 2014 by webadmin No Comments

According to leading Network Security providers and analysts, two of the top network security threat targets of 2015 are the Internet of Things and Financial Institutions.

Internet of Things

Currently there are 10 billion wirelessly connected devices worldwide. Some estimates have that number going up to more than 30 billion by 2020.  You can already see the increase with more smart watches and wearable fitness devices. With more and more devices attached to networks, Fortinet predicts more IoT attacks.

Businesses and individuals have already seen an uptick in server side vulnerability exploitations with the Heartbleed and Shellshock attacks of 2014.  Fortinet produces on the consumer side that cyber criminals will target home automation and security systems and webcams.

According to Symantec, for Enterprises, one of the biggest threats with the IoT comes from new devices employees may bring in that could inadvertently provide access to the network and corporate systems.

Financial Targets

Kapersky Lab asserts that criminals will continue to focus on financial institutions in 2015.  Many of those attacks will come in the form of advanced persistent threats.  That is when a remote attack enters a network to gather data, as well as install software allowing it to access more of the network.  These threats often remain undetected.

Automated teller machines and ticketing machines are particularly vulnerable, and therefore attractive to criminals.  They target these devices in part because many still use Windows XP as an operating system.  Microsoft ended support for Windows XP in April of 2014.

As these threats grow, it becomes increasingly imperative for Enterprises to have the most effective and agile network security system.  The Network Team’s Engineers are constantly learning about new threats, and new protections for your company’s network.  Call us at 980-263-2850 for a free network assessment to find out how vulnerable your network is, and what can be done to secure it.

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