October 23, 2017

Protect Your Digital Business By Learning How Cybersecurity Has Evolved To Become A Top Priority In 2016

In the 21st century, Zephyr Networks has found that the complexities of digital business in an algorithmic economy have significantly increase the dangers faced by companies across the board. After all, what business is not a digital business with an online presence to at least a certain extent in 2016? As the hacker industry becomes an emergent reality, every digital business is vulnerable with size, geography and industry no longer being the main determinate risk factors. While most companies rely on perimeter defense and rule-based security, such an old-fashioned approach to cybersecurity is no longer adequate.

Digital Business = Cybersecurity Priority

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Digital Business Equals Cybersecurity Needed

Given the evolution into cloud-based services, your company needs the support that allows threats to be both detected and responded to in real time. Beyond blocking and other past measures to prevent attacks, you need to realize that cybersecurity includes an intrinsic approach to dealing with threats that overcome traditional barriers. The new adaptive security architecture offered by Zephyr Networks evolves and grows to meet emerging threats.

Today’s hackers are now using negative machine learning. Machine learning is a field of computer science that leverages pattern recognition algorithms. Negative machine learning is when this technology is employed for malicious purposes. In 2016, hackers will use negative machine learning more broadly. As a result, positive machine learning needs to be employed to keep up with and even pre-empt sophisticated cyber attacks. Although positive machine learning has been a part of all cybersecurity options for years, only now is it being adapted to respond to negative machine learning.

Machine Learning And Digital Business

As Hackers broaden their targeting and expand their range beyond the specific, cyber targets have significantly increased. No longer will your company be specifically targeted. Rather, the cyber vulnerabilities of your company will turn your business into a target, regardless of size, industry or geography. If there is an opening found, the hackers will take advantage of it.

As data becomes more contextually rich, it becomes more valuable to cybercriminals once it is shown to be vulnerable. Suddenly, the context is not as important as the opportunity. The growing risk of attack will require next-generation techniques for cybersecurity, including improvements in identity access management and now information management.

Even more importantly, public clouds need security system architectures that protect the private companies operating within this matrix. Acceptable risk levels and controls radically shift once a private company with context-rich intellectual property and proprietary information becomes part of a public cloud. Zephyr Networks has designed protocols and strategies to address such issues while also offering private cloud access.

Positive Machine Learning For Your Digital Business

Although positive machine learning algorithms have been used by security applications for years with varying success, big data analytics in the cloud is changing the potential effectiveness of these applications. Since Zephyr Networks runs our own data centers, managing a private cloud for our clients, we help ensure safety beyond the dangers of the public cloud. Our goal is to help make sure your company is protected from hackers. By working with Zephyr Networks, you can make cybersecurity a priority in 2016.

Four Steps To Protect Your Company From Small Business Data Breaches

Small business data breaches and the theft of proprietary information is becoming all too common in the 21st century. An ongoing goal of Zephyr Networks is to reduce data anxiety among small business owners by improving cyber security. In today’s modern world, data breaches and stolen intellectual property can sink a once successful company. By providing adequate resources to properly manage information security and emphasizing the safety of our data center services, Zephyr Networks can help.

Beware Small Business Data Breaches

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Protect Your Company From Small Business Data Breaches

The simple truth is that the threat of a data breach is an increasingly widespread problem for businesses of all sizes. In 2015, the Anthem data breach opened the door to 80 million patient and employee records, potentially exposing names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, email addresses, employment information and income data.

The 2015 Experian data breach led to information exposure for 15 million T-Mobile customers. Yet, despite these big company threats, small business data breaches remain the most prevalent. A Ponemon Institute survey found that 55 percent of small businesses have had at least one data breach and 53% of those companies had multiple small business data breaches.

Although many company owners are aware of the risks of small business data breaches, they believe that they do not have proper financial and human resources to effectively protect their company. Zephyr Networks want you to know that this is not the case. As Zephyr’s founder Marc Winger explains, “We have learned over time how to tailor our services to meet the needs of each specific client. By understanding a company’s resources and data security needs, in the vast majority of cases, we can design a package of valuable services that makes sense.”

Zephyr Networks Can Help Your Business

Below are four steps that a company can take to avoid small business data breaches and protect proprietary information. While working with Zephyr Networks can help make these initial steps operate more smoothly, guaranteeing long-term reliability, many also can be taken independently. Ultimately, the focus should be on spending a little today to avoid the huge costs and tremendous demands brought on by small business data breaches.

How To Protect Your Company From Small Business Data Breaches

1. Encrypt All Electronic Devices

With the increasingly mobile workplace, people can access the information they need remotely. Such remote access means company information may be exposed to greater security vulnerabilities. Encrypting all electronic devices is an important first step in securing information. All electronic devices used by employees should be encrypted to protect confidential company information regardless of whether employees use their own devices or devices provided through the company. In the event that electronic devices are lost, stolen or compromised, encryption will protect the information stored on the device and mitigate any compromising activity. Zephyr Networks can help your small business with the institution of this protocol.

2. Institute a Password-Protected and Clean-Desk Policy

Every employer device, whether desktop or mobile, should be password-protected. In addition, a clean-desk policy encourages employees to clear their desks and lock documents in a filing cabinet or storage unit when they step away from their workstation at the end of each work day or for an extended period during the day. Zephyr Networks believes the clean-desk policy also implies clean cyberspace where applications are closed, social networks logged off and documents protected. A combination of a password-protected and clean-desk policy ensures that all confidential data is secure, both in the office and in cyberspace.

3. Protect Printing Stations

Your small business needs to institute a best practices standard for the handling and printing of confidential information. Employees and staff should not leave documents unattended at a shared printing station. To strengthen security around printing stations, consider using passwords for printing jobs that identify each employee. Such password protection also can help detail the amount being spent by both employees and departments on printing, avoiding excessive outlays of resources.

4. Designate a Cyber Security Representative

40% of small business owners report having no employee directly responsible for managing data security and cyber security. When you work with Zephyr Networks, you can have a specific employee liaison with our company. In addition, your Zephyr account manager will know and understand the details of your work with our company. If you have a problem or a question, we are one phone call, one text message or one email away from a quick response. While senior management and leadership should play a vital role in mitigating data breaches, a Cyber Security Representative can handle the day-to-day management.

Ongoing Protection From Small Business Data Breaches

As small business owners, you need the freedom to focus on your business and not on data anxiety and help mitigate information security risks. In addition to these easy and cost-effective tips, businesses should consider planning and implementing a comprehensive information security approach for the long-term. This is where we can help. Please call (800) 884-7559 to learn more about how Zephyr Networks can help protect your company from small business data breaches.

High Performance Technology For Your Business Racecar With Zephyr Networks As Your Pit Crew In The Cloud

In the 21st century when technological excellence is the key to profitability, your business should have high performance technology like an online racecar with Zephyr Networks as your pit crew in the cloud. The consulting and managed IT services offered by Zephyr, including our Level 3 Data Centers in Tustin and Irvine, can help turn your old technological clunker into a NASCAR-winning high performance racer. After all, isn’t it time your business has both the speed and safety it needs to succeed in today’s world.

Your Company And High Performance Technology

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Your Company’s High Performance Technology

If you could be a NASCAR championship driver, wouldn’t you be? Everyone loves the idea of speed and success, but the reality is a bit scarier. Very few people are talented enough to drive high performance racecars. Heck, racing around a track at 200 mph sounds terrifying.

But shouldn’t your company operate like a high performance racecar online? Shouldn’t you have the highest processing speeds and Internet data capabilities to ensure the success of your business?

Of course, the answer is yes if such technological capabilities are affordable. At Zephyr Networks, we put together tailored packages for our clients to meet their high performance technology needs at a cost that makes sense. We work to find an affordable option for you.

High Performance Technology Means Safety & Maintenance

There is another reason why we don’t all go around driving racecars. It wouldn’t be safe, and that’s exactly why there are speed limits. At the same time, racecars demand a tremendous amount of maintenance. Although we can’t maintain your racecar, we can maintain the high performance technology of your business as well as anyone.

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Zephyr Networks Is Your Pit Crew In The Cloud

The information technology experts at Zephyr Networks understand that your business needs high performance technology with super fast Internet speed without taking risks. By offering the very best in computer and networking support, we can make this happen.

After all, providing network security, data security and cybersecurity has been our field of expertise for years. We believe that your high performance technology should never be a negative for your business. By providing quality managed services and ongoing maintenance, we make sure that your high performance technology is working for your company, providing optimum results.

Imagine Your Pit Crew In The Cloud

Zephyr Networks is your pit crew in the cloud, showing up at your company’s offices when onsite adjustments are needed. With our low latency data centers with Level 3 capabilities, you have the online processing speed used by Netflix and Amazon. By teaming up with Zephyr Networks as your company’s pit crew, you will finally be driving the business racecar of your dreams.

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Your Company’s Checkered Flag

As the owner of the company, you are the racecar driver and you deserve nothing less than the checkered flag. Forget those old Plymouth Dusters, Ford Edsels and the rest of the rusty clunkers in the world. Today is the day for your company to have the polished high performance technology that will bring you the best results.

Zephyr Networks Can Make It Happen

Whether mobile computing or data center speed, cloud protection or managed services, Zephyr Networks can make it happen. Isn’t it time to embrace the very best? Please call (800) 884-7559 today to find out how we can take your company to the next level of high performance technology, data center speed, and cloud-based excellence.

Why Should Microsoft Or Amazon Be Gatekeepers Of Your Company’s Private Data?

Recent conflicts between the government and giant tech companies like Microsoft and Amazon web services raise the question of who should be the gatekeepers of your company’s private data. When it comes to a company’s private data and customer information, why trust faceless tech behemoths with such a critical responsibility? Such trust seems foolish, particularly in light of the size of your small to mid-sized business in comparison to these corporate giants.

Why would they care about truly protecting what is the most precious resource of your business: Your intellectual property, your private data and your customer information?

Your Company’s Private Data

When Microsoft refused to comply with a warrant in December 2013 for emails from a business suspect in a court case, industry officials and civil liberties advocates raised a red flag. Why should Microsoft be making such a decision? Zephyr Networks believes such cases are a major reason to embrace the private cloud. After all, with a private cloud, you control your own information and access to that information. You should make such decisions, not Microsoft.

The White House, after months of study, has yet to articulate a public response to the argument that a victory in the Microsoft case would provide authoritarian governments, particularly those of China and Russia, with a way to get access into computer servers located in the United States. “Clearly, if the U.S. government wins, the door is open for other governments to reach into data centers in the U.S.,” Brad Smith, Microsoft’s general counsel, explained in an interview. Amazon web services and Microsoft are fighting efforts to give the federal government access to their communications. But will they fight for you?

Why Is A Company’s Private Data In The Mix?

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Your Company’s Private Data

The question that Zephyr Networks wants to raise is why should your company be part of this epic battle? Why are you entrusting Microsoft or Amazon web services with your company’s precious information? By embracing the private cloud, you put the power back into your own hands. This is why Zephyr Networks runs a data services center in Irvine for our clients, giving them access to a private cloud where they make the decisions and they are in control.

“People want to know what law will be applied to their data,” Brad Smith of Microsoft continued. “French want their rights under French law, and Brazilians under Brazilian law. What is the U.S. government going to do when other governments reach into the U.S. data centers, without notifying the U.S. government?”

Such international issues should not affect your company. Your company’s data should not be subject to a potential international tug-of-war.

Zephyr Networks Protects Your Company’s Private Data

By becoming a part of the Microsoft or Amazon web services behemoth, by allowing these corporate giants to control your company’s data, your are falling prey to their whims and fancies. By embracing the private cloud, you remain in control of your company’s information. It’s that simple. Rather than being a cog in a giant machine, learn about the independent freedom and reliable security of the private cloud by contacting Zephyr Networks today.

Windows 10 Privacy Problems Means Your Company’s Data Becomes Subject To The Lords Of Microsoft

The Windows 10 privacy concerns are serious. The new Windows 10 policies took effect on August 1, and they could undermine the privacy of your company and your company’s data. If your company is using Microsoft’s services and software, there are some unsettling realities to be faced. Since the Privacy Statement and Services Agreements clocks in at 45 pages in length, you’re probably not going to read it all. You probably won’t even read part. Microsoft claims it’s all straight forward. In truth, the violations of privacy contained within are one more argument to have an IT professional like Zephyr Networks make sure that Microsoft is not taking advantage of you.

Windows 10 Privacy

The straightforward truth is that the Windows 10 agreement is at the heart of the Windows 10 privacy problems. The agreement makes a leap straight into your company’s data. By default, Windows 10 gives itself the right to dump loads of your data onto Microsoft’s servers, use your bandwidth for Microsoft’s own purposes, and profile your Windows usage. In need of reform, the Windows privacy 10 issues are currently a nightmare for small to mid-sized companies.

If you haven’t yet installed Windows 10, but you plan on doing so, make sure you that you do a custom install so you’ll be able to pick and choose what is enabled at the onset. But, if you installed Windows 10 using Express settings, you can still disable some of the default privacy settings. Whatever you choose to do, you need the help and support of an IT professional and data protection services company like Zephyr Networks today.

The Broad Powers of Microsoft

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Windows 10 Privacy Issues

Do you realize, however, that Microsoft decided to give itself some very broad powers to collect your company’s data if your employees use its operating system? Sign into Windows 10 with your Microsoft account and the operating system immediately syncs settings and data to their servers. This process includes your browser history and favorites as well as saved app, website and mobile hotspot passwords, and Wi-Fi network names and passwords. Rather than being an opt-in option, this is all by default.

In addition to the other Windows 1o privacy problems, Windows 10 automatically assigns an advertising ID to each user on a device tied to the email address that’s on file. Using that ID, the company can tailor ads for web browsing and using certain applications. Microsoft’s Siri-imitating Cortana personal assistant and its new Edge browser are designed to take advantage of as much personal information as possible to customize user experience, take annotations, and learn all about you. Cortana is less of a trustworthy virtual assistant and more like a sexy virtual spy. The problem is the sexiness is forced while the spying is all too real.

Cortana & Windows 10 Privacy

If you use Cortana and have Windows 1o privacy concerns, did you know you are opting into a whole host of data sharing?

“To enable Cortana to provide personalized experiences and relevant suggestions, Microsoft collects and uses various types of data, such as your device location, data from your calendar, the apps you use, data from your emails and text messages, who you call, your contacts and how often you interact with them on your device.

Cortana also learns about you by collecting data about how you use your device and other Microsoft services, such as your music, alarm settings, whether the lock screen is on, what you view and purchase, your browse and Bing search history, and more.”

Whatever happens, Microsoft will know what your company is doing. By default, they will be collecting your company’s private data. Your encryption key is backed up to OneDrive. When device encryption is turned on, Windows 10 automatically encrypts the drive it’s installed on and generates a BitLocker recovery key. That’s backed up to your OneDrive account. As a result, Microsoft can do pretty much whatever it wants with your company’s data. This is what your company should be most concerned about: Microsoft’s new privacy policy is very loose when it comes to when it will or won’t access and disclose your personal data:

“We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to protect our customers or enforce the terms governing the use of the services.”

Windows 10 Privacy = Business Intrusion

Such terms can be applied to both individuals and companies, particularly those that lack the technical capability to protect themselves. Does Microsoft own your company? Did you hand over the keys to the front door when you bought the Windows operating system and their software? Are you a data vassal in the court of this corporate lord?

Of course, the answer to all of these questions is no. Zephyr Networks can help ensure that Microsoft does not violate the privacy and data security of your company. As a business, the integrity of your private data comes first. You should not be subject to a violation of that privacy just because you use the tools of a large corporation like Microsoft. After all, when you swung a hammer, did Black & Decker demand access to your address, phone number, and the shopping patterns of your wife? Computer tools should operate by the same standards unless a user opts-in and chooses otherwise.

Zephyr Networks & Windows 10 Privacy

If you need help with Windows 10 privacy concerns, please contact Zephyr Networks today. Whether you need help with a clean install or you need to disable some of the intrusive Windows 10 privacy settings after a faulty install, we can help. Call Zephyr Networks at (800) 885-7559 to help ensure the security and privacy of your company.

Are Cleaning Mishaps And Janitorial Negligence Threatening Your Company’s Onsite Servers?

Are your company’s onsite servers safe? A major reason why Zephyr Networks chose to take on the responsibility of managing our own Irvine Data Center was to provide our clients with a higher level of security. When it comes to protecting your company’s valuable data and information stored on servers, you need a guaranteed sense that safety is a number one priority. Do you realize how often cleaning mishaps and janitorial negligence can threaten and damage a company’s onsite servers?

Are Your Onsite Servers Really Safe?

It almost seems absurd that casual accidents actually could jeopardize your company’s servers and data when you are not in the office. What’s crazy is that Zephyr Networks has witnessed such damage to private onsite servers time and time again. A lack of security and proper safety protocols often leads to damage on account of cleaning mishaps and janitorial negligence.

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A wet floor can lead to disaster for onsite servers

When it comes to onsite servers, beyond the external security of the building and a locked door or two, there tends to be an utter lack of the security needed to prevent careless accidents. First, Janitorial staff and cleaning companies circumvent the first level of security because they are given access to the building. Second, when it comes time to do the weekly janitorial work or deeper cleanings by an outside agency, the cleaning staff tends to be given access to the whole building. Doesn’t your maintenance staff have a master set of keys and the freedom to enter all the rooms? Such universal access includes access to the supposedly secure spaces where a company’s onsite servers are housed.

Casual Cleaning Mistakes Innocent But Deadly

Zephyr Networks is not implying a nefarious conspiracy by janitorial staff and cleaning agencies to destroy company servers. When such mishaps happen, they are innocent in nature, but still deadly. There have been too many examples of office maids, carpet cleaning companies, and janitors accidentally bumping into servers while they execute their work. As a result, not only is the work executed, but the innocent servers are sacrificed as well. When cleaning, they spray chemicals and use cleaning products that can hurt the machines and the advanced technology of the servers. Can you imagine one of those huge office carpet-cleaning machines banging into one of your onsite servers?

Avoid Janitorial Negligence & Cleaning Mishaps

Zephyr Networks has seen first-hand the immediate result of such careless accidents; everything gets shut down. If the internal server security system interprets the bumps and thumps as a threat, they go into lockdown mode and need to be completely rebooted. Your business could be shut down on Monday morning because of something that happened on Saturday when you were at the beach with your kids. Does taking such a risk make any sense?

This is the advantage of working with Zephyr Networks and embracing our Irvine Data Center (Grupo SMS). We provide a smart answer to these external threats. Naturally, our Irvine Data Center is regulated to deal with natural disasters, flooding, electrical outages and the like. More importantly, our excellent security at both locations avoids human error, whether criminal or just downright negligence. We don’t allow outside cleaning vendors to go near our servers. Our number one goal is to protect your valuable company data from every external threat, including careless mishaps and ignorant mistakes.

Protect Your Company’s Servers

Don’t let your onsite servers become a liability for your company. To learn more about the advantages of the Zephyr Networks Irvine Data Center and our data center services, please contact us today by calling (800) 884-7559.

Orange County IT News – No More Microsoft Product Support For Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003 & More

If you are an Orange County business owner with older computer and networking systems, did you know that Microsoft product support ended in the beginning of April for several key 2003 products. If you have not updated your systems, the time to do it is now. Since your company is more than two generations behind given how past computer networking and software product lines evolve, it is a complex process to get up-to-date. But Zephyr Networks can help while improving your security, offering innovative new options and helping to train your staff.

Lifecycles of Microsoft Product Support

Here is an outline of what is happening with the older Microsoft products as their lifecycles come to an end:

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Zephyr Networks Provides Orange County IT Support

The Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, Outlook 2003, Windows XP, Exchange 2010 SP2 and Windows Server 2003 will no longer be  eligible for tech or updates support from Microsoft. All the lifecycles of these Microsoft products end in early April of 2015, except for Windows Server 2003 that ends in the middle of July 2015 .

  1. Outlook 2003 will transition out of extended support on 8th of April 2014
  2. Exchange Server 2003 will transition out of extended support on 8th of April 2014
  3. Windows XP will transition out of extended support on 8th of April 2014
  4. Exchange 2010 SP2 will transition out of support on 8th April 2014
  5. Windows Server 2003will transition out of extended support on 14th of July 2015

Microsoft Product Support Ends

Microsoft will stop sending security updates to System Center Endpoint Protection and Forefront Endpoint Protection for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. Windows Server 2003 will become an “unsupported” product on that date, according to Microsoft’s product lifecycle schedule. Once a product has passed their “extended support” period, the customer no longer receive product updates, including security patches, from Microsoft.

Microsoft doesn’t recommend using Windows Server 2003 past its product lifecycle end date. Even if Windows Server 2003 had good anti-malware support, such support may not be enough to keep it secure as hackers and cybercriminals continue to evolve their attacks. “We have found in our research that the effectiveness of anti-malware solutions on out-of-support operating systems is limited,” Microsoft warned.

The lack of security patches means a potential risk for organizations. Once the previous malware updates expire, your company will be vulnerable. By not keeping up-to-date with the latest networking and computer security threats, your company could be hit hard by cybercriminals looking to hijack your data or even just bored hackers out to cause a little trouble. To avoid such problems, please contact Zephyr Networks at (800) 884-7559 today.

Sony Hack Implications For The Cybersecurity Of Your Company

Without question, the biggest entertainment story, maybe even the biggest story period at the end of 2014 was the Sony hack by presumed North Korean agents in response to the release of The Interview. Beyond the leak of unreleased movies like Annie and Still Alice, the hackers behind the cyber-attack stole the personal, financial and medical data about thousands of past and present SPE employees and their dependents. By failing to properly secure such information, Sony Pictures Entertainment placed the future of the company in jeopardy by opening the door to countless civil lawsuits and class action suits.

The Sony Cyber-Attack & Your Company

Can you imagine such a cyber-attack against your company and the ugly consequences? Would you be able to survive class action lawsuits by employees and ex-employees if such information was stolen and used against them? Do you want the private emails between you and your employees to be revealed in public?

The goal of Zephyr Networks is to help you avoid such devastation by providing you with the latest in information technology protection in the form of cybersecurity, network security and computer security. If a multinational company as large as Sony Pictures Entertainment could be severely hurt and publicly humiliated by a cyber-attack, then your company is at risk as well.

 Confidential Employee Information Stolen

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The Sony Hack & Your Company’s Cybersecurity

Before going any further into what Zephyr Networks can do to help, here is a sample of what was stolen by the hackers. The damage goes well beyond the early release of a few minor movies and some scandalous emails between executives and producers. According to a notice letter to employees that was dated December 8, 2014, Sony Pictures Entertainment revealed that unauthorized individuals as a result of a “brazen cyber-attack” had obtained identifiable information about employees and their dependents. Sony Pictures Entertainment listed the following types of information that may have been obtained:

“(i) name, (ii) address, (iii) social security number, driver’s license number, passport number and/or other government identifier, (iv) bank account information, (v) credit card information for corporate travel and expense, (vi) username and passwords, (vii) compensation and (viii) other employment-related information. In addition, unauthorized individuals may have obtained (ix) HIPAA protected health information, such as name, social security number, claims appeals information you submitted to SPE (including diagnosis and disability code), date of birth, home address, and member ID number to the extent that you and/or your dependents participated in SPE health plans, and (x) health/medical information that you provided to use outside of SPE health plans.”

In a downright shocking account of the hack, C-SPAN reported that the hackers stole 47,000 unique Social Security numbers from the Sony Pictures Entertainment computer network. The hackers claim to have stolen over 100 terabytes of data from Sony. Can you imagine if such confidential information about your employees was stolen from your company? Rather than working on growing your business, you would be entrenched in legal fights as you struggled to survive the onslaught of lawsuits.

A Goal Of Zephyr Networks

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Zephyr Cybersecurity Protection

The goal of Zephyr Networks is to make sure that no such cyber-attack is ever allowed to hurt our client companies. Yes, we understand that your company most likely will not be targeted by North Korea or any such foreign entity. Given the power of hackers, however, one disgruntled employee or angry competitor easily could wreak illegal damage on your company. What bothers Zephyr Networks is how many companies remain unprotected and how at risk their confidential information is when it doesn’t have to be that way.

To learn more about how Zephyr Networks can help your company address the issue of cybersecurity and network security, please call (800) 884-7559 for a free consultation.

Simple Steps to a Secure Password

If you’ve had to reset any of your passwords, you’ve run into the stricter requirements that all websites are now enforcing.  These requirements may include using both lower and upper case letters; using numbers; or using a symbol.  By incorporating these, your making a secure password, and  you’re helping to ensure the privacy of your information.

But how can these simple and effect steps create a secure password?

The longer and more complex your password is, the better.

With the increasing amount of online purchases and transaction, safeguarding your information is more important than ever.

Here are 5 other easy ways to help you create a more secure password.

1. Use a password phrase

  • A quote for your favorite movie, book, poem, or song:  ‘You’re gonna need a bigger boat’[1]
  • A famous saying:  ‘My fellow Americans’

2. Substitute numbers and symbols in place of letters

  •  Leaves of Grass  —>  Le@v3 of Gr4$$[2]

3. Create an acronym

  • ‘Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore’[3] —>  TIGAFWNIKA

4. Misspell or write your password backwards

  • Broadway  —>  Braodway
  • Broadway  —>  yawdaorB

5. Create a pattern on your keyboard

  • Make a zigzag pattern by using letters and numbers that are above or below one another for example, FT6yhu8IK

 


[1] JAWS, 1975

[2] Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman

[3] Wizard of Oz, 1939

If Your Company Is A Racecar, A Business Continuity Plan Is Your Spare Tire

When Zephyr Networks asks potential client companies whether they have a business continuity plan in place, many senior executives shake their heads and say, “Why would we ever need such a thing? Everything has been going smoothly so far.” The key to this response is so far. The question is not how have things been going, but how will they go if your company faces a crisis without a business continuity plan in place.

Business Continuity Plan = Spare Tire

If your company is a racecar, what will happen if you blow a tire and you have forgotten to bring along a spare?

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Is Your Company’s Spare Tire In Place & Ready To Go?

As a crisis management resource, a business continuity plan is the spare tire needed to keep your company moving forward in the right direction. Nothing is worse than blowing a tire and being left stranded on the side of the road as cars shoot past you. Actually, that is not the truth. It is even worse when you blow a tire in the middle of a race and your clients are in the stands, watching your company’s racecar dead on the side of the track.

Do you think those clients will be calling you on Monday for help? Can you imagine the word-of-mouth generated by such a devastating incident? You simply never know when a crisis will hit like an earthquake or a bad storm, and this is why a business continuity plan is essential. In the modern age of information, no business can afford to be crippled on the side of the road for any extended period of time.

The heart of a business continuity plan is to get everything operating back to normal as quickly as possible. Naturally, there are some things you just cannot plan for, but Zephyr Networks has a proven history of providing our clients with business continuity plans that work in practice.

Keep Your Company On The Road Of Success

We do our best to examine the most likely potential problems that would hinder the normal operation of a business. We then develop workable contingencies in conjunction with our clients for such issues should they arise. After all, even if we are the information technology experts, we know you are the experts when it comes to the business of your business.

When putting together a business continuity plan, Zephyr Networks considers a range of actions a company will need to take in order to both detect and respond to a crisis. We have never had a business that works with us left stewing on the side of the road without a spare tire. With a business continuity plan, we can ensure that your business will overcome whatever difficulties arise and continue to move down the road of success. To learn more about how we can help protect your company, call Zephyr toll free at (800) 884-7559 or fill out our handy contact form.