Did you know that managing security services can protect your organization?

One of the most common information technology attacks on organizations today is the “phishing” attack in which an email message entices an email user response by clicking on a link that redirects the user to a malicious web site that requires user name and password credentials, or click on a seemingly unharmful attachment, or simply respond to the message with information that they believe they are sending to a trusted contact within the company, such as an IT administrator, a vice president, or a senior manager.

Malicious attackers use phishing in its various forms to capture information and authentication credentials that they can use to gain unauthorized access to the company, and in some cases to install malware on employee workstations, enabling remote access for a hacker located somewhere on the Internet (or in the company parking lot if wireless is available).

Preventing this attack requires combined countermeasures such as

  • anti-spam systems
  • anti-virus software and systems
  • Internet content filters (so that personnel cannot be redirected to a malicious web site) and
  • personnel security training

By training company employees and contractors on how to recognize phishing attacks, and by teaching them the difference between legitimate and illegitimate email requests they may receive, personnel that receive a phishing scam message are more likely to report the email to an IT administrator than to click on a link or otherwise respond as suggested in the email, preventing another human factor attack vector from providing hackers with a way to access the company.

Contact us to find out how our managed security services reduce the risk of phishing attacks and secure your organization’s networks and systems.

In the next post, learn about hidden network infrastructure vulnerabilities that can enable cyber criminals to silently control your organization’s information systems.

What makes a good cloud strategy and why is it important for your business? As more and more businesses make the move from IT infrastructures to cloud services, it is important to formulate a strategy so that you can best know how to utilize your cloud for maximum efficiency. The following are some ways that we help you develop the best cloud strategy for your business.

We will help you understand the technology

With all the different cloud platforms available, it can be overwhelming as you try to understand it all. That is where we can help you seek to develop your cloud strategy. This will help you know how to best manage you cloud environment which will help you as you develop the best practices for it.

We will help you understand our key products and services

Part of creating a good cloud strategy is understanding the various key products and services available to you. We will help you understand such things as backups, security services, disaster recovery plan, and any of our other managed services so that you can be more efficient in the way you utilize our cloud services.

When it comes to developing the best cloud strategy, WHOA has you covered with help in understanding the different technologies, products and services involved with managing your cloud. If you have any questions about cloud strategy or if you would like to know about any of the other services we offer, please contact us today. We look forward to working with you.

Planning business continuity and disaster recovery has changed substantially with the Internet and the increasingly digital dependence of business processes and information.

Not long ago business continuity and disaster recovery planning focused primarily on the physical aspects of organizations, such as what to do when an earthquake or tornado hits, or how the company should respond to a large-scale fire or lengthy power outage. However, advances in information technology have change organizational operations substantially, now operating with employees disbursed throughout the globe, working via remote connections over the Internet from home offices, customer facing departments (such as sales and marketing) operating from a web site rather than a brick and mortar store front, and confidential business files stored throughout the company on workstations, laptops, mobile devices.

Virtual space and the Internet transformed business continuity and disaster recovery planning today into something much different from business continuity planning only 25 years ago.

True that file cabinets of company information, physical business artifacts (such as engineering prototypes), and physical assets such as computers, servers, and expensive network equipment must all be protected. However, the modern business continuity and disaster recovery plan must also account for potential disasters that do not impact physical assets, only virtual ones (such as company trade secrets and sensitive information stored on hard drives). Hence, today’s effective business continuity and disaster recovery plan places priority on  the availability and security of virtual/digital assets and the risks to those assets including malware attacks, denial of service attacks, unauthorized access, power outages and brown-outs that corrupt file system integrity, mishaps such as failed storage arrays, and even attacks from inside the company that compromise sensitive information through email via a “phishing” attack.

Contact us today for professional disaster recovery and business continuity planning and solutions that match the specific requirements for your organization’s virtual, digital and physical assets and business processes.

Partnering with a managed services provider, who will take your network’s security serious, is a smart investment. Your information technology assets should be protected against threats 24×7, so that you can focus on what’s important: Growing your business.

Managed security services act as a monitor for your network, and protect assets with a proactive approach, ensuring the integrity of your data and other network resources. Whether you are sending an email, or need to collaborate with a coworker on a document, we’ve got the technology that will enable you to work with agility and a sense of security.

Our team of support professionals will monitor your infrastructure for issues and resolve them with second to none expediency. We protect our clients with ISO 27001 certified security practices, to meet the highest standards for businesses and other organizations with IT related security compliance concerns.

Rest assured that your new partner in managed security services employs a multi-tier approach in protecting your data and assets. Our professional consultants will work with you to understand your needs and make recommendations that will mitigate risks and save you valuable resources.

Backup and disaster recovery, encryption, firewalls, hosted exchange, redundancy and secured tiered storage services; you name it, and we can build the solution that is right for you. The most important piece of any good relationship is trust, and we will work hard to become your trusted partner in IT support services. Simply contact us, talk with us about your needs, and let us build a solution that works for you.

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