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Cyber Security | Managed Security Services

10 Questions to Ask When You’re Choosing a Cyber Security Assessment Provider

By: Courtney Casey
May 12th, 2022

When you need a cyber security assessment, the company that you choose to do the work matters. It matters because you don’t just want a provider who’s going to deploy some tools that will create a report. You need to choose a company that has expertise in interpreting the results so that your next step can be planning a course of action to close the gaps that are uncovered.

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Cyber Security | Managed Security Services

Can I Outsource Cyber Security and Keep Our Internal IT Team?

By: Courtney Casey
April 7th, 2022

A question that surfaces when business leaders are aware that they need to pump up their cyber security posture is – Can we augment our internal IT team with outsourced cyber security?  The answer is “yes,” and it can be the solution to not only improve security but to enable everyone in the IT department to be more successful, as well as secure.

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Do IT Right: It's Not About The Computers

Optimize your business's IT function, understand proper - and cost effective - IT staffing, and learn from the mistakes others have made.

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Cyber Security | Managed Security Services

vCISO: The New Leadership Role Your Small Business Needs

By: Courtney Casey
April 5th, 2022

Add another chair to your conference room table because there’s someone who needs a spot at your leadership meetings. It’s your virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO). While they may not literally sit in on your meetings, their input is vital for executive decisions that pertain to managing cyber risk because they provide guidance and oversight for your cybersecurity strategy.

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Managed IT Services | Managed Security Services

Managed Services Provider (MSP) vs Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP): What’s the Difference?

By: Courtney Casey
February 3rd, 2021

Not a day goes by where we don't hear stories of businesses falling victim to cyber attacks. The big ones make headlines, but there are thousands more happening worldwide each day. They're so common in fact, that some business leaders think it's normal to be hacked. 

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Cyber Security | Managed Security Services

What is a Managed Firewall and How Much Does a Managed Firewall Cost?

By: Shantae' Hansen
September 15th, 2020

Imagine that you had a bouncer at the door of your network inspecting all the traffic that wanted to enter. That's what your firewall does. You may not think about your firewall every day, but it's a key layer of your cyber defenses that you need to keep your people, data, and network safe. There are numerous manufacturers and models of firewalls that you can choose from, but if you have the option to lease one from your IT services provider, having a managed firewall might be a better option.

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Managed Security Services

The Best Reason to Upgrade Your WatchGuard XTM Firewall: Get More Built-In Security Tools

By: Courtney Casey
August 24th, 2020

If you have any of the XTM series of firewalls manufactured by WatchGuard, plan to replace them as all XTM models are in the process of being phased out. End of life for this hardware means that soon there won’t be any support or replacement parts from the manufacturer, and software updates will stop. Using old technology isn’t a great idea for many reasons. When equipment goes out of support, the manufacturer won’t be able to help or provide spare parts if something breaks.

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