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Breaking Down a Security Audit

By Jim Reams|April 27th,2018|IT,Security|No comments

There is a difference between a technical audit and an IT security audit. Performing an IT security audit on a regular basis is important to make sure your IT platforms and all your valuable data are safe from all the constantly evolving security threats that come along. A security audit by a third party will analyze the strength of your current security efforts and identify any security flaws that could set you up for a potential breach.

security guardSmall to mid-sized businesses are especially tempting targets for attackers because smaller businesses often don’t have the a full complement of security specialists on staff like large, multinational corporations do. Cyber criminals getting into the data or even the financials of a small to medium sized business can be particularly devastating. And criminals can really dig in for a while without being detected, while breaches at companies with a full security department will probably be detected quickly.

You probably have a set of security policies and procedures in place for your company, but the speed at which technology evolves can make those policies outdated and irrelevant in short order. A good security auditor will often use those policies as a starting point for their review. This is why you should invest in a complete third-party IT security audit on an annual basis.

To perform an IT security audit, specialists collect data from the systems your company is running and use audit tools to assess your security situation. After a thorough analysis of your IT system, you’ll receive a full report detailing the strengths and weaknesses of your system, with a list of action items you should take for maximum security improvement.

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3 Reasons To Outsource Your Network Services

By Jim Reams|March 22nd,2018|Client Services,IT,Managed Services,Security|No comments

Cost Savings

Having a dedicated network manager on staff means interviewing, vetting, hiring and training, and that is just the beginning. Then you have to factor in salary, benefits and what to do when your dedicated network manager goes on vacation, has a sick day or goes on parental leave. Also, take some time to think about why you would manage your own network in the first place. Sure your network may be vital for your business, it is for almost every business these days. But that doesn’t mean you should manage it.

Imagine you own a restaurant. You need people on staff to handle things like customer service, food preparation, and keeping things clean and sanitary in order to operate. The kitchen equipment is vital to your day-to-day operations, but you would never have someone on staff solely dedicated to monitoring and fixing the ovens and fryers when an issue arose. The same thing applies to network management for many businesses.

An Diverse Level of Expertise

Your in-house network person or team can become excellent at what they do, which is manage your network. But the people who work at network management companies with multiple clients are collectively experts at many different types of network installations and functions. They might spot a process of yours that is outdated and can recommend an updated and modernized version that could save you money. Someone who only specializes in your system likely won’t do that.

Keep Your Focus

If you are managing your own network and you need to scale up, it is going to cost a lot of time and money. If your network goes down for some reason that your manager is not familiar with, it could be down for hours or even days. Outsourcing your network management allows you to focus on what your customers, your sales, and your products without having to worry about keeping your network going.

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Nashville Cisco Engineer: A Day in the Life

By jjrosen|December 20th,2014|Atiba Behind the Scenes,Cisco,Client Services,Connectivity,IT,Security|No comments

As part of Atiba’s Day in the Life series each of our engineers has been keeping a journal of what they do on a typical work day.

Welcome to the behind the scenes of working as a Cisco consultant for Atiba out of our home office in Nashville:

7:00 am  – Heading out to a client’s office in Bowling Green, KY.   Starbucks in hand, going to setup a VPN

8:45 am – Quick meeting with the IT director, we went over plans for setting up their Cisco VPN,  reviewed Visio diagram I did yesterday

9:01 am – Backing up existing config

10:15 am –  Done!   Was actually a pretty easy one.  Client was using Sonicwall VPN before, was working fine but was ready for an upgrade so they decided to go with Cisco with their new routers and switches.   So with relatively clean install this one was easier

1:00 pm  – Back in Nashville, at desk at Atiba office.   Starting to put project plan together for a Cisco to Amazon EC2 VPN for one our clients we have been migrating to the Amazon cloud.  Have only done one of these before,  going to do a practice run this afternoon to make sure all will work before going onsite to client office.

1:30 pm – Test lab version working fine.   Ready to go!

3:30 pm – Cisco to Amazon EC2 VPN live.    Pulling in one of Atiba’s Microsoft guys to configure SQL Server over the VPN.   Goal is to connect internal application to SQL Server hosted on Ec2.

6 pm – taking a break!

8 pm – Some lite studying for Cisco certification updates…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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