Benefits of Managed Services: Updates

With managed services you can reduce the risk, hassle and expense of patching vulnerabilities. Our software patching management provides detection and remediation of Windows and third-party software updates. With consistent updates and hardware management we strive to ensure that your system is running at optimum performance for reliability to your users.

As major breaches are found to be regular subject of news, governmental regulation and compliance are implemented to safeguard personal data. Important legislation, such as HIPAA or DFARS, define strict terms for information technology to protect data. With compliance being essential to how businesses run, a managed service can make following these regulations easy. With scheduled updates and on-going monitoring, an MSP (Managed Services Provider) can deliver cutting edge technology and security to ensure compliance measures.

Benefits of Updating with a Managed Services Provider include:

  • Compliance – Patching updates assure that compliance practices are followed and reduces risk.
  • Security – Computers receive automatic updates which are an essential component for security.
  • Competition – Windows and third-party software are updated to the latest version giving you latest software features and capabilities.
  • Productivity – Computers are most productive when they receive the latest software fixes and improvements.

Kitsap Networking offers managed services including security patches and software updates to ensure your time is focused on your core business that provides value to your members.

Our Approach

  • Discovery – Initially, we perform a discovery that locates information about the device and gather details for the implementation process.
  • Implementation – Next, we define the software update and patching policies. This includes scheduling computer roles or user groups that fits your needs.
  • Remote Monitoring and Management – Finally, we analyze and evaluate patches and update computers and software based on predefined patching policies and schedules. We manage updates to minimize business impact and maximize productivity.

For more information on our MSP services please contact Kitsap Networking Services at (360)-516-6741.

Outsource IT Support

Why Outsource your IT? Our networks play a huge role in the performance of an organization. Communication, accessing software, and consumer relations often are reliant upon the network performance. A company with poor network performance could easily take a loss if they frequently experience outages. Among these reasons is why outsourcing IT has become very common.

Downtime Costs Businesses
While downtime can not be prevented, a good plan of action can easily reduce the amount of downtime that occurs. Planning includes settings up backups, power backups, and determining update schedules. Outsourcing providers assume and manage the risk for you, specifically with understanding of industry standards and compliance. Outsourcing your IT you are able to improve your network stability and greatly reduce outages or slow performance.

Reduce Costs
Outsourcing your IT allows you to convert fixed IT costs into variable costs, allowing for a more effective IT budget. Simply put, you only pay for what you use. Training and hiring an in house IT can be expensive yet with outsourcing you are able to get an experienced IT professionals. Instead of having just one person managing your IT needs you have the benefit of a collective team.

Focus on What Matters Most
Outsourcing your IT allows you to focus on what matters most. Your business! You will have the peace of mind knowing your IT needs are in dependable hands.

Contact Kitsap Networking Services at (360)-516-6741 for more information on outsourcing your IT needs for your organization.

How much am I spending on IT?

Businesses often overlook IT costs and do not factor these expenses into their operation cost. As a result, it ends up being a surprise when they end up spending more than what they expected. By detailing your IT expenses on a yearly basis it can provide you with expectation of your IT budget.

Some important tips for planning your IT budget include:

  • Defining the scope of your budget.
  • Calculate hard,ware, software and current costs.
  • Considering upgrades, and routine maintenance.
  • Plan for business growth.
  • Extend your budget for support costs.
  • Invest into IT training
  • Examining your spending in previous years.

Need help planning your IT budget? Let Kitsap Networking assist you in developing an IT budget that fits your companies goals. Contact us at (360)-516-6741.

Making the Move to Office 365? We can help!

Office 365 acts as a robust email solution that can be significantly beneficial to your organization. In which case, migrating your current email can require some planning.

Determine how many mailboxes will need to be moved over. This will give us an idea of which devices need to have office 365 setup and how much time it will take. While Exchange migrations can be simple, a POP/IMAP migration may require manually uploading through Outlook to the new accounts.

The next step is logging into the DNS host to make the make the necessary changes. After this is complete the email should be routed to Office 365 instead of the old email. The transfer from your old mail system to Office 365 can take time to complete. It is usually estimated within a few hours or days to make the transition.

Once the email migration is complete it is also important to setup features and settings appropriately. This includes setting up signatures, auto-complete history in Outlook and adjusting settings. Finally, other devices, such as phones can be setup and automatically configured to sync with Office 365 settings.

Are you looking to migrate to Office 365? Kitsap Networking Services offers Office 365 Migration solutions for businesses. Please give us a call at (360)-516-6741 for your information technology needs.

Running Low on Hard Drive Space — What Can I Do?

 

If you received a warning in Windows about getting low disk space there are a couple of things you can do to free storage.

The first method is to remove unneeded files from your computer. Do you have downloads or installation files that are no longer being used? Programs that are never used? Deleting those files can help regain the lost storage.

If you have tried the first method and did not find any unneeded files that you can delete then you can also access the Windows Temporary folder and delete unneeded .cab files. The TEMP folder is located within the Windows OS folder. Files located in the TEMP folder can be removed manually or by using the Disk Cleanup Tool. Be aware, removing .cab files can corrupt your operating system. It is advisable to consult with your IT department before removing these files.

Finally, if you have tried these steps and have no found any files that can be removed you can run a disk usage statistics viewer. WinDirStat is a free tool that displays data usage in a graphical interface.

For technical services concerning hard drives please contact Kitsap Networking Services at (360)-516-6741.

HIPAA Compliance? No problem!

HIPAA, otherwise known as Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, is the standard to which patient data is kept protected. If you are an organization that deals with protected health data then it may require for physical, network and process security measures to be established.

Covered entities and business associates, which consist of health plans, health care clearinghouses and health care providers who transmit health data, require to ensure all data is kept confidential. Protected health information that includes names, addresses, phone numbers, medical records should follow HIPAA compliance.

In order to be HIPAA Compliant an organization must address the following components: Self-Audits, Security Risk Assessments, Remediation Plans, Policies, Procedures, Employee Training, Documententation, Technical Safeguards, Physical Safeguards, and Adminstrative Safeguards.

Is your organization HIPAA Compliant? At Kitsap Networking Services we offer HIPAA compliance services that are suitable to your organizations needs. Contact us at (360)-516-6741 for detailed information on how you can setup your organization to be HIPAA Compliant.

Password Storage? Keep your Credentials Safe!

Are you someone who places sticky notes as a reminder of your login information? Doing so can be a huge security breach. In this guide we will explore the different options to password storage and how you can effectively manage your device’s private information.

Write down your passwords and store in a private location: The simplest method is to write down your password in a notebook and store it in a confidential location that cannot be accessed by the public. Safe storage for passwords can include a safe, and lockable file cabinets.

Use a password manager: A password manager offers the flexibility to store your credentials across a wide variety of devices with ease. With so many passwords to remember, a password manager offers the simplicity of storing multiple passwords in a single location.

Leave it with your IT department: Passwords are integral to your IT department. Most IT departments use software to store private or important password information. Such software use encryption to ensure that the data stored is secured and out of reach from hackers. Leaving your password with your IT department is a great way to ensure your password is in safe hands.

Contact Kitsap Networking Services at (360)-516-6741 for more information on our password storage services and how we can integrate password storage to your organization.

Traveling for Work? Setup a VPN for Remote-Access!

Are you working from home but need access to your company files located on a network? A remote-access VPN connection allows a user to connect with a remote computer network. This allows a user to securely access the network from a separate computer without having to be at the location. The VPN, otherwise known as a virtual private server, extends the private network across a public network and enables a user to transfer data throughout the network as if they were directory connected to that network. Worried about security? A VPN tunnel ensures that the transfer of data is encrypted. Therefore any applications running in the VPN network are properly secured within a private network.

Some examples of uses for a VPN include:
Accessing a business/home network while traveling: A VPN allows a user to access a network from a public network onto a private network. In the case you are traveling and need access to important data located on your office computer, a remote-access VPN can allow you to log in to your office network and access your device.

Hiding your activity from your local network or ISP: A VPN acts as a proxy that can cover your internet footsteps. The way it does this is by redirecting your internet traffic, hiding your computer when it is making contact with a webstie.

Transfering files onto a network: On the road and need to transfer files from your laptop onto a network? A VPN connection allows you to connect to your office network to access files or transfer data.

Interested in setting up a VPN at your home or business? Contact Kitsap Networking at (360)-516-6741 for more information.

Fraudulent emails? Beware of Phishing Attacks!

Have you received an email that has a questionable origin? Suspicious emails that are fraudulent use phishing techniques in order to gain access to confidential information or install malicious software.

How do you prevent a phishing attack from infecting your computer? An email from a friend or colleague may come from a hacked account. If you recieve a questionable email it is best to contact the sender directly in order to ensure the validity of the email. It is best practice to never send sensitive information through email. It is also important to not respond directly to a suspicious email until it has been confirmed that it is from a valid source.

If you have recieved a fradulent email from a hacked account or suspicious contact it is best practice to contact your IT company.

At Kitsap Networking we offer email services that can assist with preventing phishing attacks from infecting your devices. Contact Kitsap Networking Services at (360)-516-6741 in order to get more information.

Ransomware Attack Prevention: Backup Your Data!

 

What is your companies backup plan in case of a disaster? In recent events, reports have emerged that a type of malware, otherwise known as Ransomware, limits users from accessing their system or personal files. Ransomware typically spreads through phishing emails and spreads onto the network affecting multiple computers. Such a disaster can render a companies device useless and data unrecoverable. With a backup plan in place your company can ensure that your data is secured and easily recoverable.

Cloud backups are a great method to ensure your data is secured. A benefit to having a cloud backup is keeping your data off of your network and stored in a secure location. Hardware failure isn’t a problem in having a cloud backup and only requires internet connectivity in order to upload data from a network onto the cloud backup. In the case your companies data is compromised it can be readily recoverable through the cloud backup.

How about keeping a backup onsite? While a cloud backup may not always be a viable option you can always backup your data onsite using an external hard drive. An onsite method of protecting your data against ransomware is creating a backup plan with hard drive swaps. This means swapping the external backup hard drive on a weekly basis. Doing so can prevent the hard drive from being infected with malware, possible data loss and prevent backup data from being compromised. In which case, it also enables a higher level of data integrity and enforces an additional layer of protection.

 

Is your company data safe from Ransomware? Contact Kitsap Networking for a backup evaluation at (360)-516-6741.