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Cybersecurity Frameworks Are Essential to your Enterprise

By Erik Briceno

Cybersecurity Frameworks Are Essential to your Enterprise

Businesses are embracing digital transformation to drive agility and ensure their success in a digital-first economy. This includes adapting to digital technologies like the cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) as part of their transformation strategies.

But as these abilities open companies to more interactions and business growth, they also force them to address risk challenges that are continually multiplying. These vulnerabilities came into light during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic when businesses were forced to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives and increase reliance on third-party vendors. This led to sharing important data beyond the regular network, thus increasing financial, reputational and regulatory risks.

This is where digital transformation frameworks can help create a foundation for robust digital security programs that enable you to keep up with the rapid changes faced while transforming the business.   Read more

By Erik Briceno

Sticking with remote work? Make these 7 steps part of your new normal.

It comes as no surprise that remote working has seen a sharp rise in recent years, something that was taking place even before the pandemic. However, with so many employees working remotely, every business needs a plan for providing those workers with the IT support they need to do their jobs. Security concerns should be at the top of that planning list for your remote workforce.

As mobile technology and network infrastructure continue to progress, so do the variety of threats to IT environments and sensitive information. That’s a particular concern whenever employees work outside the office — whether they’re teleworking or traveling.

While working from home or other remote locations provides numerous benefits for both the employees and the company, it also comes with increased data security risks. To reduce these potential problems, companies should focus on securing data access rather than the hardware itself — particularly when employees use their own devices.

In order to properly provide the IT support your remote workforce needs, follow these best practices:   Read more

The Benefits of Cloud Technology Far Outweigh the Risks — Especially When You Have Help.

By Erik Briceno

The Benefits of Cloud Technology Far Outweigh the Risks — Especially When You Have Help.

Cloud computing has been the most transformative technology trend of the past decade, and it’s become a must-have business technology. No clearer has this been made since the emergence of COVID-19 and the rapid shift to work-from-home policies.

There are numerous advantages to using a cloud service provider to design, implement and manage your technology — which allows you to concentrate on your core vision and pursue your business objectives. Companies of all sizes, industries and locations use the cloud. It’s become critical to business success and is now a mainstream enterprise core technology.   Read more

Should Cisco Umbrella and Meraki MR Still Be Used in 2021?

By Erik Briceno

Should Cisco Umbrella and Meraki MR Still Be Used in 2021?

In an article we wrote as far back as 2019, we mentioned that one of the strongest tools in our arsenal was one that we ourselves at V2 Systems make use of: Cisco Umbrella. We then outlined in detail why we thought it was such a useful utility. But now that we’ve arrived in 2021, do products such as Umbrella and Meraki MR still pair up well with each other?

The short answer is yes — they absolutely do. Because Meraki MR is also technically a Cisco product these days (Meraki was actually acquired by Cisco in 2012.), it integrates seamlessly with Umbrella. They were essentially made for each other. Here’s what Meraki MR is and how Umbrella works within a Meraki network.   Read more

By Erik Briceno

If 2020 Has Shown Us Anything, It’s the Need for Cloud Transition.

For a long time, many were using the cloud already — on iPhones, Androids and smart devices of all types — but not in business environments. Largely thanks to mandatory work-from-home policies, this has changed. But even before the pandemic, forward-thinking businesses realized that cloud computing offers the opportunity for increased productivity combined with managed costs. The best cloud providers deliver software over the internet, which eliminates the need to install and run these applications on local devices, simplifying maintenance and support.

Users are connecting to applications that run on a set of shared or pooled servers, rather than running on a single dedicated server. So, they are essentially outsourcing by having these computer services provided by someone else, which allows them to focus on what they need to get done.   Read more

Office 365 Is Now Microsoft 365. Is It a Better Option?

By Erik Briceno

Office 365 Is Now Microsoft 365. Is It a Better Option?

Big changes have come to Office 365 very recently. The most noticeable difference right away is that as of April 21, 2020, Microsoft has officially changed the name of its productivity suite from Office 365 to Microsoft 365. During that transition, there has been a plethora of updates implemented, and there is a lot more on the table. Is now finally the right time for your organization to make the switch to Microsoft’s all-in-one cloud solution? Today we’re taking a closer look at some of the latest features to help you make that determination.   Read more

Want to Weather the Storm? Focus on Agility Instead of Efficiency.

By Erik Briceno

Want to Weather the Storm? Focus on Agility Instead of Efficiency

For those of you who receive our newsletter and have been following us on Facebook, you’ve probably heard about this latest Forrester report sounding the alarm that all businesses need to commit to some very important changes if they want to survive the next 10 years. If nothing else, the coronavirus pandemic has shown us that this is precisely true. According to the report, organizations need to make both a technology and culture shift — from “efficiency” to “agility.” But what does such a shift look like, exactly?   Read more

The Expected Evolution of Cybersecurity Threats

By Erik Briceno

The Expected Evolution of Cybersecurity Threats

Cybersecurity threats are evolving to a point many of us thought we wouldn’t see within our lifetime. Have you heard of Moore’s Law? In simple terms, it states that the processing power of computers will double every two years. This law came out in the 1970s and since then, you can see how far technology has come. However, malicious users can also make use of this technology, which means that threats can grow exponentially in a very literal sense. Here’s a brief overview of what we are already starting to see the early stages of, and how they’re expected to get worse over time.   Read more

Office 365 Security Is Surprisingly Powerful — IF You Know It’s There.

By Erik Briceno

Office 365 Security Is Surprisingly Powerful — IF You Know It’s There.

Is your organization searching for a cloud-based software that offers strong security? Microsoft’s Office 365 might be your best solution. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the security side of things — specifically, how Microsoft handles their “security as a service” approach and how their understanding of an organization’s security needs in today’s technology-based business world is integrated into the Office 365 platform for both government and commercial entities. We’ll also highlight a few essential features and steps to take, per their own recommendations.   Read more

Meraki MR and Cisco Umbrella: A Match Made in the Cloud

By Erik Briceno

Meraki MR and Cisco Umbrella: A Match Made in the Cloud

In a previous article, we mentioned that one of the strongest tools in our arsenal that we at V2 Systems use ourselves is Cisco Umbrella, and we outlined why exactly we think it is such a useful utility. While it’s not our intention to sound like a commercial and try to sell you a product, today we’ll be covering Meraki MR for many of the same reasons: It’s simply that good.

And one of the best things of all? Because Meraki MR is also technically a Cisco product these days (Meraki was actually acquired by Cisco in 2012), it integrates seamlessly with Umbrella. They were practically made for each other. Here’s what Meraki MR is and how Umbrella works within a Meraki network.   Read more

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Cybersecurity Frameworks Are Essential to your Enterprise
Cybersecurity Frameworks Are Essential to your Enterprise
Sticking with remote work? Make these 7 steps part of your new normal.
The Benefits of Cloud Technology Far Outweigh the Risks — Especially When You Have Help.
The Benefits of Cloud Technology Far Outweigh the Risks — Especially When You Have Help.
Should Cisco Umbrella and Meraki MR Still Be Used in 2021?
Should Cisco Umbrella and Meraki MR Still Be Used in 2021?
If 2020 Has Shown Us Anything, It’s the Need for Cloud Transition.
Office 365 Is Now Microsoft 365. Is It a Better Option?
Office 365 Is Now Microsoft 365. Is It a Better Option?
Want to Weather the Storm? Focus on Agility Instead of Efficiency.
Want to Weather the Storm? Focus on Agility Instead of Efficiency
The Expected Evolution of Cybersecurity Threats
The Expected Evolution of Cybersecurity Threats
Office 365 Security Is Surprisingly Powerful — IF You Know It’s There.
Office 365 Security Is Surprisingly Powerful — IF You Know It’s There.
Meraki MR and Cisco Umbrella: A Match Made in the Cloud
Meraki MR and Cisco Umbrella: A Match Made in the Cloud