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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

V2 Systems Is Now ITAR Registered. What does this mean for you?

By Erik Briceno

Your organization needs to be ITAR compliant. We can help.

Last year in 2020, V2 Systems became ITAR registered, and we posted an article about what that means for you as a valued V2 partner. Today we’ll cover ITAR a bit more, give you a brief overview over its primary components and explain 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

An Offensive Approach to Malware Prevention

By V2 Systems

An Offensive Approach to Malware Prevention

When it comes to preventing malware, there’s one key component that has more impact than any other when it comes to keeping your computer, or any device, safe: you. You don’t need expert knowledge or special training. You just need vigilance to avoid downloading and installing anything you do not understand or trust, no matter how tempting.

To avoid malware, the best defense is a good offense. In today’s blog, we’re providing a refresher on how to take a more offensive approach to malware.   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

A Refresher on NIST 800-171

By Erik Briceno

A Refresher on NIST 800-171

In a recent article, we wrote about the new DFARS rule and the new NIST “scorecard” system that the rule includes. In order to reach a perfect “score” of 110, companies vying for a government contract need to meet every requirement outlined in NIST 800-171.

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

IT Managed Services: The Key to Growing Your Business

By Erik Briceno

IT Managed Services: The Key to Growing Your Business

When you’re running a business, the key to success is remaining focused on your vision and committed to fulfilling it. That’s why it’s essential to keep distractions to a minimum — including the technology your business requires. You shouldn’t have to think about it — you just need it to work.

That’s where an IT managed services provider comes in. Outsourcing your IT tech support can improve your performance measures in terms of cost, quality, service and speed. Look for a provider who will work to understand your company and analyze your needs, then translate those objectives and processes into solutions that span the lifecycle of your entire IT infrastructure.   Read more

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By Erik Briceno

Your DoD Cyberscore and You

If you’re a government contractor, you’re probably at least partially familiar with NIST 800-171. Even if you don’t have every detail completely memorized, the vast majority of your cyber hygiene policies should be coming directly from NIST guidelines.

To assist in maintaining compliance with what’s outlined in NIST 800-171, we’ve been guiding several of our contractors with the intricacies of the NIST 800-171 “scorecard.” Supplier Performance Risk System, or SPRS, is essentially a score that reflects the contractor’s accomplishment of the NIST cybersecurity requirements. Here are the basics of how it works.   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

It’s 2021. Isn’t it about time to start outsourcing your IT?

By Erik Briceno

It’s 2021. Isn’t it about time to start outsourcing your IT?

2020 was a chaotic time, but it’s a brand new year. It’s still chaotic in many ways, but change is inevitable no matter how consistent things may seem. The way a company handles that change can mean the difference between success and failure.

One of the biggest changes you can make is deciding to outsource your IT support. As far as changes go, it’s definitely one of the better ones. It can improve performance measures in terms of cost, quality, service and speed. To ensure the change is made smoothly, you need to look for a managed service provider who will work to understand your company and analyze your needs, and then translate those objectives and processes into solutions that span the lifecycle of your entire IT infrastructure.   Read more

Want to reduce overhead costs and increase employee productivity? Partner with an IT managed services provider.

By Erik Briceno

Want to reduce overhead costs and increase employee productivity? Partner with an IT managed services provider.

A partnership between your organization and your managed services provider ultimately frees your staff to remain focused on your vision and allows you to stay committed to fulfilling it. By partnering with an IT managed services provider, the end result is a successful two-pronged strategy: a large reduction of overhead costs, as well as an increase in employee productivity. Here’s a brief look at how that is.   Read more

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Sticking with remote work? Make these 7 steps part of your new normal.
V2 Systems Is Now ITAR Registered. What does this mean for you?
Your organization needs to be ITAR compliant. We can help.
An Offensive Approach to Malware Prevention
An Offensive Approach to Malware Prevention
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.
A Refresher on NIST 800-171
A Refresher on NIST 800-171
IT Managed Services: The Key to Growing Your Business
IT Managed Services: The Key to Growing Your Business
target board with darts
Your DoD Cyberscore and You
Should Cisco Umbrella and Meraki MR Still Be Used in 2021?
Should Cisco Umbrella and Meraki MR Still Be Used in 2021?
It’s 2021. Isn’t it about time to start outsourcing your IT?
It’s 2021. Isn’t it about time to start outsourcing your IT?
Want to reduce overhead costs and increase employee productivity? Partner with an IT managed services provider.
Want to reduce overhead costs and increase employee productivity? Partner with an IT managed services provider.