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Your business is BYOD. Now what?

used with permission from HP Technology at Work

After serious consideration, you've allowed workers to BYOD (bring-your-own-device). They can now use their own laptops, notebooks, smartphones and tablets in the office and to conduct business after hours. Now it's time to quickly swing into action and choose the right supporting technology and IT strategy for maximizing your productivity and network security.

The BYOD express is running at full speed

In a December 2012 survey, Gartner noted that 33 percent of businesses have BYOD policies relating to the use of personal mobile devices to access enterprise applications. That number is expected to balloon to 70 percent by the end of 2013 [1].

Good news and bad news--smartphones and tablets enhance productivity and responsiveness by enabling workers to use their own favorite technology, effectively extending gadget-addicted employee workdays into personal time. Adopting a BYOD strategy can also lower your initial capital expenditures.

The flip side is where smart choices come into play. To manage and secure a wide array of personally owned and hard-to-track devices, your IT team needs to implement clear policies, procedures and safeguards to protect applications and sensitive business data against malware, device loss and failure. Failure to do so can not only dramatically increase your operating expenses; it can damage the reputation and integrity of your business.

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Firewalls: Don't skimp on your business's security


In this installment of our "Is Consumer Grade enough for your business?" series, we'll take a look at firewalls and the differences in the protection they provide your business.

Security is quite possibly the most important concern for any business. You need to know that your critical data - both internal data and customer information - is secure. If that information is hacked or accessed by the wrong person, you may be opened up to a world of legal and financial trouble.

Security

On the most basic level, Consumer Grade firewalls or routers have no intelligent scanning of incoming data. That means that they are only looking for very specific threats as they attack your network: they aren't scanning everything as it comes through - which is standard on even entry-level Business Grade firewalls. If viruses or malware are disguised to any degree, they will be able to penetrate a Consumer Grade router/firewall into your network and begin to cause harm.

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Windows XP. . . it was nice knowing you


One of the most popular and longest lived Microsoft operating systems that we all know and love, Windows XP, has almost run its course. Microsoft has announced that they will end support for XP on April 8, 2014.

What does this mean if you have a Windows XP machine?

You will no longer be able to receive tech support from Microsoft if your computer has an issue and most retail outlets (Best Buy for example) will likely discontinue support for XP as well.

Winxnet will continue to provide support on a very basic level, with no guarantees that we'll be able to resolve issues. Without being able to reach out to Microsoft for assistance, we may not be able to solve more complex problems.

What are your options?

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Need Speed? 5 Ways to Tune Your Network with a LAN Switch

reprinted with permission from the Cisco Small Business Resource Center

When the traffic load grows on your network, how do you steer around congestion and reduce collisions? By switching.
 

Effective switching is essential to handle the growing network traffic coming from video and other bandwidth-intensive applications, more user devices, and more packets headed to servers and storage in the cloud. Some organizations see a 50% increase in Internet traffic when they begin using a cloud service, so it's important to plan ahead to ensure network infrastructure is ready.

Any small or midsized business can use LAN switching to sustain the speeds and availability that users need. "Understanding and documenting network bandwidth utilization is a critical first step in ensuring that you have the right switching for your business requirements," said Chris Claudio, CEO of Winxnet, a Cisco© Certified Partner. Once organizations have a picture of bandwidth consumption, the following are five ways they can optimize their network, as recommended by Cisco© Certified Partners that do it every day.

1. Segment Your Network Logically, Using VLANs

A traditional flat network (which places all traffic in a single broadcast domain) can easily overload switch links. Instead, apply your switch's VLAN features to send traffic only where it needs to go, at the speed it needs to go.

You can use a variety of Layer 2 and Layer 3 VLAN types to segment traffic. Many Cisco switches for small and midsized businesses offer all of the following types of VLANs:

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March 2013

              In this issue:

Your Business is BYOD. Now what?

Firewalls: Don't Skimp on Security

Windows XP ... it was nice knowing you

Need Speed?

New Hires

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New Hires:

Scott Marino
Scott Marino joins Winxnet as their lead technical architect in Southern New England. He is a badged Microsoft Virtual Technology Solutions Professional (VTSP) and brings to Winxnet over 18 years of experience in technology consulting and services, as well as 10 years of direct experience with Microsoft System Center Solutions. He has a wide breadth of experience in the sales, planning, and implementation of Microsoft's management platforms and their integration with organizations' Cloud strategies. Based out of the Winxnet Boston office, he brings substantial expertise that will benefit the company as it grows throughout Southern New England.

Jaimie Rowe
Jaimie Rowe joins Winxnet as Operations Manager. Mr. Rowe brings to Winxnet more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of operations management. For the past 12 years he worked at Hussey Seating Company where he held the position of Director of IT and Order Management, and most recently Director of Demand and Supply. Mr. Rowe's professional background and proficiency in leveraging technology to make continuous improvements to business processes and his focus on delivering value to the customers will benefit Winxnet as it continues its impressive growth trajectory.

Jerry Lawson
Jerry Lawson joins Winxnet as a Senior SharePoint Consultant. Mr. Lawson has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of Enterprise Information Technology management. For the past 15 years he has worked with Federal Government Agencies and Public Sector Contractors where he has held leadership positions in Project Management, Application Development and Knowledge Management. Mr. Lawson's professional experience and proficiency in SharePoint, other enterprise applications, and government contracting will benefit Winxnet as it grows in the Washington DC area.

 


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you tend to see every problem as a nail." 
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About Winxnet
Providing innovative IT solutions since 1999, Winxnet is a leader in IT outsourcing and consulting, software development, and strategic technical advisory services to the private and public sectors. With multiple offices in New England and the southeast, Winxnet provides a broad reach with local expertise.

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