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A Warning from DHS and Other Government Agencies Regarding Remote Working

By Erik Briceno

A Warning from DHS and Other Government Agencies Regarding Remote Working

In light of the growing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, in our previous blog, we highlighted some of the numerous remote working solutions that are available to those who are forced to work from home during this worrying time. However, even now at the time of writing, we are hearing warnings and reports from several government agencies on how malicious actors are taking advantage of the crisis to push malware, ransomware, and phishing campaigns into even higher gear. Those who are working from home are especially at risk for a variety of reasons. Today we’re going to outline some of these vulnerabilities that DHS, NIST and other agencies are cautioning on, and what each person can do to secure themselves as much as possible on their end in their own home.   Read more

Worried Remote Working Will Impact Your Business? We’ve Got You Covered.

By Erik Briceno

Worried Remote Working Will Impact Your Business? We’ve Got You Covered

In recent years, there has been a growing trend among companies (as seen in one of our previous articles) of utilizing a remote workforce, along with the need for technology and IT services that can cope with this trend.

In today’s society, working from home is an especially hot button issue right now, thanks to the current Coronavirus health issue. At V2 Systems, we want to make sure your business has everything it needs for everyone to remain productive – and healthy – while taking advantage of the many remote working solutions that are available to businesses and organizations.

Here are some of the essential tools a company needs to make available to its employees in order to successfully employ remote working.   Read more

Managed Security Service Providers Are More Important Now Than Ever

By Erik Briceno

Managed Security Service Providers Are More Important Now Than Ever

According to Market Watch, there has been a continuous growth in the Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) market in the last five years. This growth trend is expected to continue further into the future, projected at least as far as 2023. There is absolutely no reason to assume this trend will not be maintained indefinitely, much further into the future.

There are a few important reasons why you should consider using an MSSP, and why V2 Systems will continue to be your most valuable partner in all things related to technology.   Read more

You Need More Than NIST. You Also Need CMMC Compliance.

By Erik Briceno

You Need More Than NIST. You Also Need CMMC Compliance.

In previous blogs, we’ve outlined NIST 800-171 standards and why it’s important to follow them. The next evolution of NIST for 2020 is the CMMC — Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification — and there’s a deadline to adopt it that’s coming up fast. What exactly is it and how can you comply with these additional standards? Let’s take a look.   Read more

We’re Worried About Healthcare Cybersecurity. You Should Be, Too.

By Erik Briceno

We’re Worried About Healthcare Cybersecurity. You Should Be, Too.

Technology has come a long way. Mostly, it’s improved our lives tremendously. With each new innovation, however, comes danger. And if anything, 2020 has already made this increasingly apparent even though we’re only in February (at the time of posting this article).

Today, we’re going to discuss something very important that affects all of us. There’s an industry that is becoming increasingly vulnerable to the point where it’s actually putting lives in danger. While this may sound alarmist, the problem — and the stakes — are all too real.

To put it bluntly, our healthcare system’s cybersecurity is currently a disaster — and not one that’s “waiting” to happen, either.   Read more

Password Security in 2020 - Part 2

By Erik Briceno

Password Security in 2020 – Part 2

In our last blog, we covered some generalized password advice that everyone should know. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a password that can’t be hacked. Phishing scams and malware infections are ongoing problems, and now that we’re in 2020, these serious cyberthreats are on the rise and 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. In today’s article, we’re outlining some very necessary steps to take in addition to simply coming up with a strong password.   Read more

Password Security in 2020 - Part 1

By Erik Briceno

Password Security in 2020 – Part 1

Major players like Microsoft are trying to phase out the use of passwords completely in favor of stronger and more user-convenient security measures. While it’s true that passwords are disappearing, it will still be quite a while before they’re gone completely. Many platforms are certain to use them for years to come. So, until that happens, strong password habits will continue to be your first line of defense against falling prey to brute force hacking, phishing, data breaches and more. In part one of our segment on password health, we’ll share the best password practices for 2020.   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

It’s Not Just Windows 7. Windows Server Is Going Away, Too.

By Erik Briceno

It’s Not Just Windows 7. Windows Server Is Going Away, Too.

Much like Windows 7, support for Windows Server 2008 is quickly drawing to a close. End of life for both Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will be officially landing on Jan. 14, 2020. What does this mean for your business? Is there another option? How can you prepare for the transition to a new service? There’s very little time left, but we’re here to help.   Read more

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A Warning from DHS and Other Government Agencies Regarding Remote Working
A Warning from DHS and Other Government Agencies Regarding Remote Working
Worried Remote Working Will Impact Your Business? We’ve Got You Covered.
Worried Remote Working Will Impact Your Business? We’ve Got You Covered
Managed Security Service Providers Are More Important Now Than Ever
Managed Security Service Providers Are More Important Now Than Ever
You Need More Than NIST. You Also Need CMMC Compliance.
You Need More Than NIST. You Also Need CMMC Compliance.
We’re Worried About Healthcare Cybersecurity. You Should Be, Too.
We’re Worried About Healthcare Cybersecurity. You Should Be, Too.
Password Security in 2020 - Part 2
Password Security in 2020 – Part 2
Password Security in 2020 - Part 1
Password Security in 2020 – Part 1
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
It’s Not Just Windows 7. Windows Server Is Going Away, Too.
It’s Not Just Windows 7. Windows Server Is Going Away, Too.