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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!

 

Work Smarter with Centrinet

There are a couple of mantras that ring true in every industry, especially in the IT environment. “Do more with less” and “work smarter, not harder” are staples in IT shops across the country. And while these ideals are great in theory, there’s no attached roadmap to get you there. Instead, you are left with the following questions:

  • How can an IT shop actually accomplish the mounting projects with fewer personnel than ever before?
  • What smarter decisions can be made to keep you from working harder?

One option that more and more IT shops are implementing is managed services. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions and negative connotations surrounding this area. Many engineers see managed services as outsourcing, and the first step towards unemployment. But in the case of Centrinet managed services, this idea couldn’t be further from the truth.

Centrinet’s Datacenter Management

With Centrinet’s managed services we take on the day-to-day monitoring and management of your IT environment in order to free up your organization’s highly skilled and knowledgeable engineers. This way they are able to focus on new projects and initiatives in your company’s IT portfolio.

In essence, Centrinet becomes an extension of your IT workforce. We will work in concert with your IT department, following your policies and procedures. While your IT department retains control, Centrinet partners with your team to ensure stability and consistency across the environment.

No one knows your IT environment like the people that live and breathe it every day. Centrinet’s managed services frees up your IT staff and allows them to focus on the high priority and profile projects—maintaining the same IT staffing levels.

Instead of over burdening your IT department, make the smart choice and implement Centrinet managed services for your organization. With Centrinet as your trusted virtualization partner, you can now work smarter and do more with less.

For more information, and to contact us about datacenter management options, please visit our Datacenter Management page.

We’d love to discuss how we can partner with your IT department today.

Conflicting Applications in a Secure Healthcare Environment

It’s an all too familiar situation for healthcare IT departments. Two primary applications have to be loaded on all PCs in the environment, but they require different versions of the same prerequisite software. Often times Java and Internet Explorer are the culprits but there are many others. How can two conflicting application environments be setup to coexist on the same PC? Application Virtualization. Read more