IT Security

Viruses used to be annoying nuisances, but with the advent of a new category of viruses called ransomware in late 2013, the game changed.  IT security in 2016 requires a multi-layered approach.

“Every minute, we are seeing about half a million attack attempts that are happening in cyber space.”

Derek Manky, Fortinet global security strategist

Here’s a brief overview of our “7 Layer Burrito” approach to protecting your network and data:

We can't emphasize this enough. When all else fails, you must have the option of last resort available, which is to restore impacted data (encrypted, destroyed, lost due to failure, stolen, etc.) from backup.
Required at the desktop and server levels. All too often we see systems with outdated or disabled anti-virus, rendering them ineffective. You must have a managed anti-virus solution so you'll know if there's an issue before there's an issue.
Many times if a virus makes it through to a computer on your network, it's already too late. By adding anti-virus at the firewall/router level, viruses can be blocked before entering your network.
By implementing these policies on your network, known launch patterns for viruses can be blocked from executing, but still allow the use of legitimate software.
By utilizing a secure DNS service, known bad websites can be blocked from opening even if someone on the network makes an inadvertent attempt to access.
Even with all of the above, viruses can sometimes still manage to make it through. We can implement a monitoring system so that the moment a file on your network is encrypted, we are notified so it can be stopped quickly. In addition to a notification that an attack is underway, it identifies the origin of the infection, which is more than half the battle.
It's important for your team to be educated on safe computing practices. We offer training sessions for our customers to help identify what to look out for in order to avoid infection.

One of the most common questions we’re asked is “Why do people do this?”.  The answer is unfortunately quite simple – it’s very profitable.

Cybercrime is the modern version of organized crime.  Let us help make sure you’re protected today.