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Methods to Better Secure Your Environment

It seems like every day brings a new possible data threat. The news is filled with reports of breaches, new vulnerabilities, and the organizations making reparations to those affected.

In today’s threat-filled landscape, how can you protect your organization? Fortunately, there ARE steps you can take. To illustrate this point, I’ve outlined three methods we have used to better secure our customer’s environments.

End Point Security: Virtualization, thin clients, and policy implementation

The end point is arguably the most vulnerable area for a breach; laptops get lost, end users copy and pass data outside your environment, and PCs are left unattended for long periods of time. A combination of virtualization and the implementation of thin clients can greatly reduce the risk. Virtualization allows you to move your critical data from the insecure end point, back to the safety and security of the data center.

Whether you utilize your own private cloud implementation, are looking for a hosted public cloud environment, or something in between, Centrinet can provide the tailor-made solution that you’re looking for. We’re also able to help you find the perfect thin clients, which will allow your users to securely access your organization’s resources. Once in place, we ensure the continued success and security of your environment by helping implement the correct policies for your business.

Security Updates: Staying current is imperative

The most often overlooked (and simplest) way to reduce the risk of a data breach, is to ensure that all of your systems are up-to-date with their software and security patches. Far too often we see environments that have not been updated for years simply because “we haven’t had a problem”.

With each new threat that is announced, software vendors are producing patches to secure their systems. Many organizations have processes in place to handle updates for Microsoft products, but then neglect the hardware, Linux, and UNIX system updates. More and more attacks are being developed to take advantage of vulnerabilities in non-Microsoft systems.

It’s imperative to stay current on all updates – not just the Microsoft updates!

I should also mention that this is not just a PC and server issue. Every piece of infrastructure in your environment must be updated when patches are released. These days networking equipment, hardened appliances, and virtualization hypervisors are just as vulnerable to attack as your PCs and servers.

Assessments: Last, but definitely not least

Finally, one of the best ways to ensure the security of your environment is to get a third party assessment of your systems. You live and breathe your systems all day every day, and sometimes you need a second pair of eyes.

A comprehensive assessment allows you to take a step back and look objectively at your systems. This is a vital step towards ensuring the safety of your critical data. And who knows, you may even uncover some efficiency improvements for your end users!

 

Here at Centrinet we offer a full suite of services to ensure your security. Let us share our experience and knowledge to ensure your environment is up-to-date and running at optimal efficiency. For more information, please contact us today!

 

Big League Tech for Everyone

Many people may think that cloud services, virtual desktops, and other virtualization technologies are just for the big boys – large enterprises with huge amounts of IT resources. And while it’s true that Centrinet has its share of large enterprise customers, we also have customers operating with only a handful of desktops. The truth is, if your business requires at least one PC then utilizing the cloud could benefit you greatly.

Small business is the backbone of our economy, but can often get left behind when it comes to technology. Outdated PCs, little to no disaster recovery planning, and insecure infrastructure can greatly weaken today’s small business. No longer, because Centrinet is here to help you reap the benefits of the cloud in a budget that fits your organization.

Hardware is a hefty expense

One of the largest IT expenses is in the hardware. Most PCs last 3-5 years, but often need key components replaced during their lifespan (like hard drives and power supplies). Migrating your desktops to the cloud with Centrinet can drastically lower your IT expenses by utilizing thin clients, or expanding the lifespan of your PCs. By moving your desktop to the cloud an old slow PC, or low powered thin client, can still perform like a brand new machine right out of the box. With the cloud you are no longer tied to a single device that sits in your office, but instead can access your desktop from anywhere with an internet connection.

Now you can easily work from home on your laptop, from the local coffee shop on your tablet, or even from Aunt Susie’s house on her old Windows PC, and still have the same experience as if you were sitting in your office!

An unexpected disaster doesn’t have to sink your business

Have you fretted over the fact that most businesses that suffer an unexpected disaster go out of business? Well most of these statistics are due to the loss of critical business data when a tragedy hits. Just ask yourself, if lightening were to strike your office today and render your IT systems inoperable, would you have the data backups needed to fuller recover? Do you even have the necessary IT resources that understand how to recover your systems?

With Centrinet you can stop worrying over backups and disaster recovery. We’ll back you up and have the expertise to recovery it quickly should the need arise. We also ensure you are 100% protected by duplicating your critical business data in two different datacenters almost 2000 miles apart – now you’re really playing in the big leagues!

Make sure your sensitive data is secure

Do you have sensitive medical, financial, or legal files sitting on the PCs and servers in your office? Relying on Centrinet’s cloud means that there is no longer any sensitive data on premises, instead it’s safe and secure in our datacenters. Plus, we put every security measure in place to allow you, and only you, to securely access your data and applications from anywhere on the device of your choice. Now you can make sure you are compliant with all government regulations on data privacy without ever having to lift a finger.

The magic behind the cloud is a bit complicated and difficult to understand, but that doesn’t have to stop you from taking advantage. It’s time for you to reap the same benefits of the cloud that our larger enterprise clients enjoy. Make a move to the big leagues with Centrinet.

Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for your small business enterprise.