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4 Reasons to Consider Managed Security

by Chase Moritz, HTS

As the first line of defense in your business network security, a secure firewall is one of the most important pieces of your network's infrastructure. Without it, any hacker or intruder could easily access your critical and confidential information.

With more and more sophisticated threats developing every day, it can be difficult to stay ahead of the curve in keeping your business protected. It takes more than just purchasing a piece of hardware, plugging it in, and calling it good.

Whether you have a dedicated IT person within your company or not, there are numerous benefits to having a professionally managed security solution. Here are a few of them:

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Four Steps to Virtualization: How to Start a Server Project

used with permission from Cisco

Virtualization technology is awesome (that's not hyperbole). Like virtual reality, it overcomes physical limitations.

And virtualization - which abstracts the computing functionality of a device from its physical hardware - strengthens a business financially, by reducing expenses.

Is Server Virtualization Right for Your Business?

Server virtualization consolidates multiple operating systems (OS) on a single server. Consider it if you need to do any of the following:

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Network Security Checklist

used with permission from Cisco

Many small and medium-sized businesses do not have adequate network security. Here's how to make sure you do.

Now more than ever, you depend on your network for your most important business operations, such as communication, inventory, billing, sales, and trading with partners. Yet up to now, you might have held off on protecting your network, for several reasons:

  • Network security is complex and tackling it can seem like it requires more resources than you have available. But you can take a step-by-step approach as described in the checklist below, and then get an outside consultant to help you complete your security plan.
  • You might think network security is an expense that won't help your business grow. Instead of thinking about network security as a technical concern, consider it a business continuity issue. Networks have become a basic part of doing business today, making security planning as important as sales and marketing.
  • You may believe that smaller companies are less likely to be a target of attacks. But as large companies beef up their network security, hackers are increasingly focusing on small and medium-sized businesses.

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10 tips to help improve your wireless network

used with permission from Microsoft
by Tony Northrup

If the Windows operating system ever notifies you about a weak Wi-Fi signal, it probably means that your connection isn't as fast or as reliable as it could be. Worse, you might lose your connection entirely in some parts of your office. If you want to boost the signal for your wireless network (WLAN), try some of these tips for extending your wireless range and improving your wireless network speed and performance.

1. Position your wireless router, modem router, or access point in a central location

When possible, place your wireless router, wireless modem router (a DSL or cable modem with a built-in wireless router), or wireless access point (WAP) in a central location in your office. If your wireless router, modem router, or access point is against an outside wall, the signal will be weak on the other side of your office. If your router is servicing a two-story office, place the router high on a shelf on the first floor if possible. Don't worry if you can't move your wireless router, because there are many other ways to improve your connection.

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May 2013

              In this issue:

Reasons to Consider a Managed Firewall

Four Steps to Virtualization

Network Security Checklist

Help Improve Your Wireless Network

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