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14 Ways an IT Consultant Can Protect Your Bottom Line

By Erik Briceno

14 Ways an IT Consultant Can Protect Your Bottom Line

Whether your organization is large or small, government or private, the threats remain the same. As technology progresses, so do the variety of those threats to your IT environment and sensitive information.They’re real, and they can have quite significant consequences for your bottom line.

There’s a lot to manage when it comes to IT. This includes:

  • Thwarting rogue hackers, corporate saboteurs, vandals, and nation-state threat actors.
  • Preventing viruses, spyware, and malware.
  • Complying with government regulations and corporate requirements.

This is where an IT security consultant comes in — to assess every element of your IT operations, including software, computer systems, and networks for vulnerabilities.

Once that evaluation is complete, they’ll design and implement the best security solutions for each organization’s needs. They draw on their expertise of databases, networks, hardware, firewalls, and encryption. They’ll also play the role of both the attacker and the victim, so they can locate and address your vulnerabilities.   Read more

2022 ITAR Update

By Erik Briceno

2022 ITAR Update

In 2020, V2 Systems became ITAR registered. Back then, we also posted an article about what that means for you as a valued V2 partner. Today we’re giving an updated 2022 refresher on ITAR. This is a brief overview on its primary components, along with an explanation of how your organization can become ITAR compliant.

And yes, you definitely need to be compliant. There are stiff penalties if you’re not.   Read more

CMMC 2.0 is here

By Erik Briceno

CMMC 2.0 is here

Last year, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) completed its internal review of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). Several significant changes have been made, and all DoD contractors need to be aware of them.

What’s the difference between CMMC and CMMC “2.0”? Let’s take a look.   Read more

A Refreshing Summer NIST

By Erik Briceno

A Refreshing Summer NIST

In the past few years, we’ve covered NIST guidelines at length. However, there have been quite a few changes since we last wrote about them. For that reason, we’re putting out a quick refresher on the subject for readers who are unfamiliar with NIST compliance, as well as sources for some of the more recent, important updates to NIST standards.   Read more

Password Security: More Than Simply Creating Better Passwords

By Erik Briceno

Password Security: More Than Simply Creating Better Passwords

Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a password that can’t be hacked. Phishing scams and malware infections are ongoing problems that get around passwords, and these serious cyberthreats are on the rise — quickly making traditional password security depreciated.

But the good news is, current efforts to phase out passwords are also giving rise to additional security methods that can (and should) be used in conjunction with standard account protection practices. Read on as we outline necessary steps to take in addition to simply coming up with a strong password.   Read more

The Importance of SIEM

By Erik Briceno

The Importance of SIEM

Security Information and Event Management, known as SIEM, is a security system that gathers data from a wide variety of sources to monitor, identify, record, and analyze security incidents within a real-time IT environment.

SIEM supplies the user with a comprehensive and centralized view of the security scenario of an IT infrastructure.

In other words, a SIEM paints the ultimate “big picture” of your cybersecurity situation — an early warning system that provides everything you need to troubleshoot and secure your IT environment. It’s a search-and-analyze tool that gives you the power to destroy threats.

A SIEM monitors logs and then reports suspicious events gathered from the extraordinary amount of data — far more than any human could analyze — generated by most businesses and organizations. It’s of key importance that as many of your log sources as possible are supported, because making your own connectors doesn’t scale well.   Read more

Phone App Security in 2022

By Erik Briceno

Phone App Security in 2022

Just because an application comes from an “official” store, doesn’t mean it’s safe. The Google Play Store has been in the news so many times now that their security policies have been called into question on multiple occasions.

Many of these apps are actually quite popular, and indeed even functional. They’re disguised as useful tools such as currency calculators and device cleaners and are further obfuscated by the fact that they actually work as advertised. They even have rather high review ratings. Lurking behind these applications however are many variants of malware.

So, if you can’t trust the stores and your device is pretty much useless without apps, how in the world do you discover and download apps safely? Here is some advice.   Read more

V2 Systems’ Managed Security Systems

By Erik Briceno

V2 Systems’ Managed Security Systems

We’ve posted plenty about the numerous benefits of IT managed services. From support services and data protection to network solutions, systems integration and more, an IT managed services provider takes a holistic approach to your technology needs. It’s essentially outsourced monitoring and management of all your cybersecurity systems and devices.

Today we’re giving readers a quick refresher on the specific types of managed security systems that V2 Systems has to offer.   Read more

Information Systems and You: Utilizing the Proper Business Tools to Get the Job Done

By Erik Briceno

Information Systems and You: Utilizing the Proper Business Tools to Get the Job Done

The best information system solutions begin with a design based on the data requirements of your company. You also must consider how downtime, poor system performance, and lost information will affect the output of a group. A system that brings value to an organization is one that gets the job done properly and doesn’t burden your users with trivial system management tasks.   Read more

Why Your Business Needs a Meraki Advanced Security License

By Erik Briceno

Why Your Business Needs a Meraki Advanced Security License

When it comes to protecting your business from security threats, a unified threat management (UTM) service provides a simplified method that integrates multiple security services and features.

This type of service lets your business combine critical security features – such as intrusion detection and prevention, VPN, firewalling, content filtering and anti-phishing/anti-malware filtering — into a single solution designed for small and medium-sized organizations.

By utilizing a UTM, you won’t need on-premises network security appliances, but you’ll still have centralized control for building in-depth network security defense. You’ll even have protection against combined security threats, including malware and attacks that simultaneously target separate parts of your network.

With a UTM operated by a managed security services provider (MSSP), your business can maintain a hardened and compliant security posture by monitoring and managing all aspects of your security systems. Your network and assets will be continuously protected 24x7x365 with feeds from intelligence on current and emerging threats.   Read more

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14 Ways an IT Consultant Can Protect Your Bottom Line
14 Ways an IT Consultant Can Protect Your Bottom Line
2022 ITAR Update
2022 ITAR Update
CMMC 2.0 is here
CMMC 2.0 is here
A Refreshing Summer NIST
A Refreshing Summer NIST
Password Security: More Than Simply Creating Better Passwords
Password Security: More Than Simply Creating Better Passwords
The Importance of SIEM
The Importance of SIEM
Phone App Security in 2022
Phone App Security in 2022
V2 Systems’ Managed Security Systems
V2 Systems’ Managed Security Systems
Information Systems and You: Utilizing the Proper Business Tools to Get the Job Done
Information Systems and You: Utilizing the Proper Business Tools to Get the Job Done
Why Your Business Needs a Meraki Advanced Security License
Why Your Business Needs a Meraki Advanced Security License