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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 Ways to Tune Your Network with a LAN Switch
permission from the Cisco Small Business Resource Center
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.
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:
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
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 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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