Every business owner wonders when, not if, a network failure will occur. Many purchase a basic firewall and anti-virus software, and hope that everything works. These days that is not enough. Some of our clients have carefully considered and chosen to utilize the following at our recommendation.
Centrally-Managed Anti-Virus Software:
Viruses are more sophisticated and a greater threat to your business than ever before. They enter your network through web browsers, e-mail, and attachments. Some viruses require no user intervention whatsoever. Anti-virus software intended for home computers is not sufficient to protect your network. To be effective, every computer on the network must be examined at least weekly to check for infection and that virus definitions are updated.
For most of our customers, having a centrally-managed server based virus solution saves time and consolidates effort. This means that there is only one computer to check, regardless of the size of the network. The job gets done and warning messages are sent to the administrator.
A firewall is like a door locks. They require frequent checking. Our firewall systems provide more than just packet filtering and web filtering to block spyware, Trojans and non-work related websites. One prospective client suspected a key employee was spending company time searching on the Internet for jobs and ways that he could sue the owner. After hours spent to recreate the employee’s Internet activities, the evidence was limited to the recent three week period. We installed a more advanced firewall system that tracks, logs and reports all web traffic by individual user almost indefinitely. Problem solved.
Other product features we offer block all websites from installing software on protected computers and VPN (virtual private network) access that allows secure server connections by remote users. PDS Managed Services update all client firewalls real time, so your firewall is up-to-date and reliably secure.
Another key feature to our firewall system is firewall clustering. Firewall clustering allows a primary and secondary firewall to work in tandem. The secondary firewall is constantly monitoring the primary firewall, when the primary firewall fails to respond the secondary will assume the role of primary. Every time you update the primary firewall the secondary receives a copy of the configuration so they are always in sync.
Many potential clients have neither the time nor expertise to complete and update a disaster plan. A recent Forbes study estimates that between 70 and 90 percent f businesses close their doors within two years of suffering a major disaster. We have been assisting clients for over 23 years design and maintain their networks. Those that have taken our advice have suffered catastrophic server failures and storage loss, yet maintained normal business operations as if nothing had happened. They had the tools and resources already in place so that the problems they encountered were non-issues.
We will evaluate your network and provide guidance on these and other valuable services at an initial meeting without cost or obligation to you. All you need to do is call today and get the ball rolling. Ask for either me or Mark Lee, our Sales Manager. We are ready and able to assist you.
Christopher J. Tarricone
Director of Technical Services