Benefits of having Managed Antivirus.

Today is the third day of highlighting Managed Antivirus which is a integral part of our managed services software. Everyone knows that they need antivirus, but most people do not realize how beneficial it can really be. Today we will be telling you 3 reasons how having managed antivirus can benefit your company!

 

  1. Management is easier. Hiring a tech to come out and manually install all of the updates that come out for your computer, it could take hours. Our Managed Antivirus allows us to deploy the protection to all computers on your network remotely. This saves you time and money.

 

  1. All computers are protected the same. You do not have to worry about people disabling the scanner, ignoring updates or removing the software.

 

  1. Cost is lower. Managed Antivirus is one part of our managed services software that is billed monthly; having bundled managed services software can patch the holes in your security, lowering the chance of having to spend thousands in the event of getting hit by a virus.

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As you can see, there are many advantages to a managed antivirus solution. Contact us today to find out how our Managed Antivirus software will work with your business. Look for tomorrows post on some managed antivirus case studies!

 

The Benefits of having Real Time Updates!

Today is the second day we are talking about our managed antivirus and how it can help your business. The managed antivirus software we use gives us real time updates on your computers and servers. Real time updates allow us to monitor and protect those systems without costing you hundreds a month on having someone come in and monitor them daily. nov 29.png

Managing software takes a lot of resources. Renewing, updating, and maintaining antivirus licenses are essential for security, but easy to neglect. One infected machine can mean lost productivity and costly repairs. Protect yourself, your workers, and free up valuable IT time with our Managed Antivirus solution. Our continuous monitoring minimizes threats to your workstations and servers. If virus activity is detected, immediate action can be taken automatically. Daily reports are emailed to us notifying us about the health status of your network. Managed Antivirus takes the worry out of antivirus protection and maintenance.

Update and infection monitoring ensures your antivirus software is current and working properly. Monthly billing means you can add or remove licenses as your business changes; no money is wasted on unneeded software! With real time updates our managed antivirus keeps antivirus/antispyware software up-to-date, protects you against new threats and is very affordable.

If this is something you would like to learn more about please contact us today and we can discuss more about how this can benefit your business! Tomorrow we are going to talk about how this can benefit your company!!

Managed Antivirus- How it Works!

Managed Antivirus marks the 5th week of our 7 week service showcase. Last week we went in depth about security and how vital it is to your business, this week we are going to talk about managed antivirus. Security and managed antivirus go hand in hand and many businesses are required to have both.nov 28.png

Most people are familiar with the term ‘antivirus’. They know that the majority of solutions are a monthly or yearly subscription that they pay for. Many common ones are Norton, McAfee, and Trend; by subscribing, the company that created the program will update virus databases, allowing scanners to identify viruses during a computer scan. This type of antivirus software is often referred to as unmanaged, largely because the end-user has the ability to deny updates, turn off the scanner, or uninstall it.

A Managed Antivirus solution is provided by IT companies like us. Techs take care of installing the software on computers and other devices, and the software takes care of the rest. We receive live updates that tell us if there is a virus threat, notifications when antivirus has not updated its database files, we also receive scan reports. Our software ensures that scanners are up-to-date and scans are scheduled for a convenient time, thus protecting computers. The best way to think of these solutions is that they are specifically managed by a company to look after your computers and protect them from viruses and malware.

If you would like to know more about our Managed Antivirus solution, please contact us today! Tomorrow we will be telling you about real time updates we get with our Managed Antivirus and how helpful it can be to your business.

How Layering your Security can Benefit Your Company.

This week we have focused on online and email threats. When it comes to security in the workplace many people think that having Norton’s Antivirus is good enough when that is untrue. It is important to have layered security to keep the risk of something detrimental happening down. We offer a Managed Services Software that allows us to implement multiple types of security precautions to keep your business as safe as possible.nov 25.jpg

1: Managed Anti-Virus; This is professional Anti-Malware and Anti-Virus solution. This comes HIGHLY recommended because of how well it protects your systems. With our Managed Anti-Virus software we can remotely monitor your computer; we also receive live updates on your computer if there is a threat or virus.

2: Patch Management; The purpose of a patch is to update defects in software. There are two main types of patches Microsoft and 3rd party software updates (Adobe, Flash, Java, etc.). Microsoft’s patch updates come out on Tuesday nights; as for 3rd party updates can come out hourly/daily/ weekly.

3: Common Sense Browsing Tools; With our Managed Services Software we can apply time-based browsing rules and web content filtering policies across a wide range of website categories, helping to reduce non-work related browsing such as social networking, auctions, games and more.

4: Backup; There are two types of backup to consider the first is online backup. Online backup is the MOST IMPORTANT one to have; it backs up files and folders from your server/computer continually so in the event of a pipe break you can just download those back onto a new computer. The second we recommend is called Shadow Protect. Shadow Protect is licensed software that is installed to your server or workstation.  The software takes a snapshot of your entire server/workstation, compresses the snapshot into a backup file and saves it to a local USB hard drive or NAS (network attached storage).

5: IT Policy and Browsing Procedures; Having policies and procedures in place for your employees can help keep them focused and keep your systems running with fewer problems. A popular thing that employers do is make their employees sign an agreement on web browsing policies. This keeps them accountable and on track for any browsing that they might do on their work computer.

If you are interested in implementing these security precautions, please contact us today! Next week we are going to tell you why having Managed Anti-Virus is the best option for your company, so stay tuned!

The Effect Security has on Small Businesses.

Today is day 3 of our security showcase. As a small business, we know how important it is to protect it. Small businesses are just at risk for being breached as larger businesses, but due to budgeting constraints, they usually don’t have the same high degree of protections that larger companies have.

According to the National Small Business Association’s in 2013, the top three IT challenges facing small-business owners were listed as: the cost of needed upgrades, security issues, and the time it takes to fix problems. 94% of small-business owners said they were concerned about cyber security, while nearly half of small businesses reported having been the victim of a cyber-attack. These attacks result in service interruptions and loss of staff time, and typically cost small businesses thousands of dollars.nov 23.png.jpg

Being relaxed in any one area of security leaves your network open to threats. According to the survey, 83 percent of small businesses manage their bank accounts online. While that makes life easy, if proper precautions are not in place, it could add up to a big loss for a small business. For example, did you know that while individual bank accounts are protected from loss that occurs from hackers, business accounts are not. That means if attackers access your company’s banking username and password they can accesses your bank, and deplete it. It’s easy for a hacker to do that once your computer has been infected with malware such as the Trojan virus. Losing money from your bank is only part of the loss that could happen from failed security. If a hacker were to take your website offline you could lose potential business, as well as hours of staff time. If you have any patents or business files you’re trying to keep private, an attacker could access that information and exploit it. And if you have employees who work remotely, you need to be sure you have proper controls in place that only allow them into your network and keep others out.

As an IT company that works with small businesses day in and day out, we can help you see where risk lies, and can recommend options to remedy them. We can take a look at your network to see where it makes sense for you to implement security controls. We can also work with you to identify various types of threats and help you subdue them.

A small business will never have all the security controls that a large business has, but if you implement proper measures, your security controls can be just as tight. We hope you enjoyed this and found it helpful; look for Friday’s post on How Layering your Security can Benefit your Company.

Online and Email Threats.

Today is day 2 of our security week and we are going to focus on Online and Email Threats; this is the fourth week of our seven week campaign, highlighting our services. Next week we will be looking at Managed Antivirus; which is a vital piece of our Managed Services Software.

The most popular places that threats come from are online and via email. If you receive an email from USPS stating that they have your tracking number attached it is human to think “did I order something?” and click on the attachment to see what it was and the next thing you know you have downloaded the Cryptowall virus and your entire computer is locked down. With employees browsing the internet and sending and receiving personal emails from their work emails the risk of your network being hacked is increased greatly. With our Managed Services Software we can apply time-based browsing rules and web content filtering policies across a wide range of website categories, helping to reduce non-work related browsing such as social networking, auctions, games and more. Your employees will stay productive with common-sense web browsing policies designed for the workplace. There are settings in place to protect the business from legal liability and reduce the risk of a security breach through proactive internet access controls. With these restrictions in place during the work day it allows you as the boss to have peace of mind about your employees going to a website they are not supposed to be on during working hours.nov 22.jpg

If you have had issues with online or email threats please let us know and we can put the proper precautions in place to keep your business safe and your employees on track. Look for tomorrows post on the Effect Security has on Small Businesses.

Security- How it Works!

Last week we focused on Shadow Protect, what is was and how it worked; this week we will be week 4 of our 7 week services showcase and we are going to look at security and why it is so vital to your company. Today we will be letting you know how it works!nov 21.jpgThe definition of IT security is “the protection of information systems from theft or damage to the hardware, the software, and to the information on them, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.” Businesses need to have preventative care much like flossing your teeth or going to the doctor for an annual checkup; the same applies to your IT Security. If you have a free security service downloaded from the internet it is guaranteed to be less effective than having a IT professional come in and install their security measures. IT Security ranges from having antivirus in place, installing a firewall allowing certain sites through but not others, putting in web filters to keep employees from venturing to sites that are known to have threats on them to making sure your patches are up to date. Think of your IT Security as a big ticking clock, if one small part is neglected, the whole thing can stop.

Here at Kitsap Networking Services we have a Managed Services Software that allows us to put in place precautions and security settings that will keep your business safe. We are working to protect your company, plain and simple. We hope you found this useful, please contact us if you want to know what types of security we can implement in your office. Look for tomorrows post about Online and Email Threats!

Recovery Steps

Today is the last day of this week’s Shadow Protect informational showcase; we will be talking about the recovery steps inside of Shadow Protect. Next week we will be focusing on Security.

In the event of a system failure whether that is due to a hacker or hardware failure we can take the most recent “picture” of your server with all of the data and software and reload it onto another server. This can be as fast as 45 minutes in certain instances. If you have hardware failure we can simply reload it onto another device or in the event of a hacker we can wipe the server and reload it onto the same server. There are two options with Shadow Protect when it comes to recovery data; first, there is an image backup which captures all of your data files as well as the programs (Microsoft, Quickbooks ect.) with their respective information and will reload those to their original state, and second file level recovery. File level recovery only captures your files and images NOT the programs themselves. Nov 18.jpg

By using Shadow protect, you are ensuring that your data will never be lost, your client’s information is always secure, and that you will never have to go through the nightmare of trying to start again from scratch. Shadow protect is the responsible choice for businesses who are storing any files or information that is unique or irreplaceable. 

This concludes our Shadow Protect Showcase. Please check in on Monday to find out more about Security and what we would recommend for your company. If you are interested in finding out more on how Shadow Protect can help your company in the event of an emergency please contact our office today!

How Shadow Protect can Benefit you.

This week we are focusing on Shadow Protect which is one of our solutions to backup. Yesterday we talked about how much downtime can cost you; today we will be going over how Shadow Protect can benefit your company. Downtime in any business can be detrimental and losing data can be the end of any business. Small businesses usually do not have expansive budgets like larger businesses do so any loss of time affects them on a much larger scale. Small Law Offices, Medical Office and Accounting Firms are most affected by downtime and data loss, especially during the busy seasons. If businesses like these are unable to operate for even a few hours, thousands of dollars are at stake. This is why a strong IT structure is crucial to preventing disruptive and damaging downtime.nov 17.jpg

Here are a few of the top causes of downtime in the workplace that can affect your business and a few ways to correct them:

Hardware Issues: Servers are a crucial piece of hardware for doing basic day-to-day operations. When a server crashes or becomes unavailable, the business no longer has access to data and programs the server houses. This can cause large amounts of downtime for a business. It is crucial to keep your servers and all other hardware properly working and maintained to prevent this type of hardware induced downtime.

How to Correct Hardware Downtime: If you are experiencing a lot of hardware-related downtime, your servers and other hardware are not being monitored properly. An IT company helps prevent hardware-related downtime through active monitoring. Close network surveillance lets your IT Company know the current state of hardware. When your company experiences hardware failure, a good IT company is instantly aware of it. The proper hardware repairs are then made to further prevent any more downtime.

Software Issues: Software updates are the main cause of software downtime. Though updates are made to improve software, it doesn’t always work as planned. Updates occasionally cause additional bugs to form in programs, making it hard or impossible to use the software correctly.

How to Correct Software Downtime: If you keep experiencing software-related downtime, your software updates are not being properly monitored. Just like hardware monitoring, a good IT Company also monitors a business’ software usage. The IT Company monitors the software’s updates to ensure there are no bugs or any other issues that cause downtime.

Human Caused Errors: Even with all the right hardware and software in place, sometimes honest mistakes cause downtime. Virus and malware infections are the main culprits to human-caused downtime. Employees receive emails with malicious links from anonymous senders, or senders posing as legitimate sources, and after a few clicks, a company’s entire system is infected.

How to Correct Human-Error- Caused- Downtime: IT Company’s should set up businesses with the right security systems to prevent downtime. Businesses often purchase security software to prevent any infections. With our Managed Service Software the threat of viruses infecting your system is greatly diminished.

Having proper backup and security settings can save you BIG TIME in your business, set up an appointment with us today to see what Kitsap Networking Services can do for your business! Look for tomorrow’s post on the recovery steps for Shadow Protect!

How much it can save you in downtime!

Have you been faced with data loss before? How much did it cost you? Many businesses do not realize the hefty price tag attached to their server going down. Today we will be talking about how much Shadow Protect can save you in downtime.

Cost is the biggest factor in deciding a budget for your company each year and often the IT side of your budget is often cut short, many people have the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality  when it comes to IT. What you don’t realize is that you are putting your entire business at risk if you aren’t preventative with your business network. According to a survey by CA Technologies, small enterprises lost, on average, more than $55,000 in revenue due to IT failures each year, while midsize companies lost more than $91,000 and large companies lost more than $1,000,000. Now whether this is due to a hacker taking over your system or a hard drive on your server failing, with Shadow Protect you can count on your data being backed up and have the ability to be up and running in minimal time in the event of data loss. nov 16.jpg

Many times employees don’t know the last time that their backups occurred. Having to rely on your employees to switch out the backups or press the backup button leaves a huge responsibility on them; We are all human, we forget or get too busy and are just focused on getting out the door as soon as the clock turns 5:00. With Shadow Protect you do not have to worry about any human errors, with Shadow Protect you have peace of mind.

Is $50.00 a month too much to spend on piece of mind for your business? If you would like us to set up a time to install this in your business please call us today! Look for tomorrows post on more case studies and just how much it can benefit our company!