April 27, 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.

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.

Modern Cyber Criminals Are A Real Threat To Your Company’s Onsite Servers

Cyber criminals are a real threat to your company Zephyr Networks wants to be sure that small to mid-sized business owners across Orange California in particular and Southern California as a whole are aware of the criminal dangers that can threaten their company’s servers. Beyond the remote cyber security threats, onsite hacking due to a lack of security in your office server rooms is a danger as well. Still, remote cyber security threats and hacking dangers to your servers remain the number one danger.

The Threat of Cyber Criminals

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The Real Threat of Cyber Criminals

Recent revelations about the hacking forum Darkode proved to be truly frightening. Upon being taken down by the Justice Department, it was discovered that the hackers were making malware to create networks of malware-infected “zombie” computers to perform automated criminal tasks online without the user’s knowledge. The zombie computers could be used to do just about anything within a hacker’s realm of power. Nobody is immune to such 21st century threats. Such dangers exist for your company as well.

A zombie is a computer connected to the Internet that has been compromised by a hacker. Such a computer can be used to perform malicious tasks of one sort or another under remote direction. Potential threats of cyber criminals could greatly undermine your business by compromising your servers are real.

Cyber Criminals – Onsite Threats To Servers

Criminal threats to your company’s servers exist because security in office server rooms is often nonexistent. Beyond remote hacking with zombie computers, if thieves that are hackers with computer capabilities break into your offices in the night or during a holiday, they literally can steal everything. More and more of these cyber criminals exist, particularly within local organized crime gangs and syndicates that see private business information, intellectual property, and computers as the new criminal frontier.

Once experienced cyber criminals are actually in your office and in front of the server hardware, it is so much easier for them to access what they want to steal. By tackling servers head-on, cyber criminals can capture all of your company’s data and information. Imagine a kidnapping of everything on your company’s servers and the compromising of all of your databases. Once the kidnappers are gone, there will be no ransom demands; the data is taken for good.

Advanced Security Of The Irvine Data Center

At the Irvine data center of Zephyr Networks, our security team’s monitoring tools function 24-7. If something happens that is not copasetic, our security team is immediately alerted. The Irvine Data Center has security designed to address HIPAA, SOX, and other compliance challenges where client and company information must be protected. We make sure both cyber criminals and onsite thieves are unable to steal your company’s data and intellectual property.

Zephyr Networks offers local safety for the modern remote world. Our data center team helps your business avoid problems that could undermine your profitability and productivity. You can set-up a free informational tour of the Irvine data center site with Zephyr Networks so you can see our capabilities for yourself. To learn more about the advantages of the Zephyr Networks Irvine Data Center, 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.

Your Company’s Cybersecurity Options Must Be Kept Up-To-Date In A Dangerous World Of Hackers And Cybercrime

Are you cybersecurity options up-to-date? Even with the best of intentions, business people forget to update software, install antivirus programs and make sure that their cybersecurity options are kept up-to-date. If your company is failing to maintain a necessary focus on the ever-evolving threat of cybercrime and the resulting vulnerabilities, you could be placing more than yourself at risk. Zephyr Networks believes it is essential for small to mid-sized business owners to understand the risks involved. Once such risks are understood, very few ever choose to go it alone.

Danger Of Out-Of-Date Cybersecurity Options

By weakening your own defenses, you do a lot more than just make yourself more vulnerable to future attack from cybercriminals and hackers. You also increase the vulnerability of your customers, your vendors and other people in your online community by making the information on your servers accessible to hacking.  Furthermore, if a hacker surreptitiously takes over a device on your network, it can be used to attack other computers.

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Cybersecurity Options Needed

Even a company as large as Target that spends a literal fortune each year on cyber-security ended up being attacked and hacked via a heating and air-conditioning supplier. The Target breach was nothing less than significant and a perfect example of the vulnerability we are describing. Since their vendor had second-rate cybersecurity, Target became vulnerable as well.

As you probably know, thousand of innocent consumers paid the price. That price is exponentially increased when you consider the long-term cost to Target’s reputation as being a safe place to shop, both in person and online. Do I trust a company a second time that rolled the dice with my confidential information once?

Small to Mid-Sized Cybersecurity Problems

What proves to be even more problematic is that small to mid-sized companies are often reluctant to admit that they have been hacked. Small to mid-sized companies think such a disclosure could lay them open to litigation while draining a large percentage of their customer base. Did such a network breach happen in the Target case to the air conditioning company in the past, but ultimately went unnoticed or was covered up by nervous executives?

Possible widespread solutions being suggested or tried include increasing transparency about data losses; helping consumers and firms to make more informed decisions about cybersecurity; and shedding more light on how internet-service providers (ISPs) deal with malware infections they spot on customers’ computers. In addition, almost all American states now have data-breach laws that require firms to reveal any loss of sensitive customer information.

Widespread Solutions + Cybersecurity Options

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Necessity of Cybersecurity Options

Widespread solutions are a good idea, and Zephyr Networks supports the institutions of laws that promote transparency and improve cybersecurity measures across the board. Nevertheless, such approaches will not necessarily help your company if you fail to keep your cybersecurity options up-to-date. In addition, if a client or vendor in your cyber circle fails to keep their cybersecurity options up-to-date, you could be the victim of their network being hijacked. By the time the damage is done, it could be too late for everyone involved.

At Zephyr Networks, we can do trainings at your business site, fostering a friendly atmosphere that allows your employees to understand the possible dangers and potential threats.  By keeping your company more cognizant of threats and providing ways to keep your data safe, Zephyr Networks goes beyond the cyber by focusing on the essential element of fostering security.

Zephyr Networks Cybersecurity Options

As a direct result of such obvious threats, Zephyr Networks of Orange County offers cybersecurity options to our clients that take the burden of the cutting edge off of their shoulders. As IT professionals with the experience and expertise needed, the tech team at Zephyr Networks have been updating the cybersecurity options of our clients for years. In addition, we offer them the latest cutting edge cybersecurity tools like access to a private cloud and virtual desktops. To learn more about what Zephyr Networks can do for your small to mid-sized company, please call (800) 884-7559 for a free consultation.

 

Antivirus Solutions

We’ve all heard it on the news.  There’s another virus or malware effecting millions of computers users around the world.  We’ve been advised to install or upgrade existing antivirus software; and scan our computers.

Exactly what is a virus or malware program?  And what damage can it cause?

A computer virus is much like a flu virus.  It starts in the host computer and then replicates itself to other computers.  This can be through email; shared files; or a local area network.

A malware program tries to appear as if it’s a normal program; you may see a new icon on your desktop; a new program listed in the Programs that are installed on your computer; or you may see a pop-up prompting you to take action.  In reality, this malware is running code in the background causing a variety of issues.

Both a virus or malware can cause slowness on your computer and local network; annoying pop-ups displayed on your desktop; loss of data; and countless hours in loss of productivity.  What starts with one computer can have a ripple effect and cause an entire office to stop functioning.

How can you protect and defend against these threats?  There are many software manufactures of antivirus and malware programs.  But how do you know which one is best?

Whether you have one computer or fifty, Zephyr Networks can assist you determine an antivirus solution that is best for you and your company.

What Is A Private Cloud And Why It Makes The Most Sense For Your Business

A private cloud offers a distinct and secure cloud-based environment in which only the specified client can operate, thus avoiding the dangers of the public cloud while offering the benefits of virtualization. As with other cloud models, private clouds deliver computing power to your company as a service within a virtualized environment that has an underlying pool of physical computing resources. With a secure data services center based in Orange County, Zephyr Networks offers the best in private cloud options and solutions.

Private Cloud Model at Zephyr Networks

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Security of the Private Cloud

The difference between the private cloud model offered by Zephyr Networks and the public cloud offered by Google and other Internet giants is simple to illustrate. Like the picture at the right, your company needs the security of a classic white picket fence. You need to know your data and information is safe. Although the most important aspects of your computing requirements remain virtualized, the private cloud offers an advanced level of security and privacy. Such security has become a necessity for many businesses in this day and age.

When a data breach could mean the end of your business and possible lawsuits, a private cloud is the answer that your business needs. When compliance regulations are growing from both a state and federal perspective in terms of client information, a private cloud offers the protection needed to stay in compliance. From HIPAA to complex financial regulations, the private cloud avoids the problems that data breaches of the public cloud have made so common.

No Maintenance + Reliable Power Backups

A key advantage of a private cloud like at the Zephyr Data Services Center is you no longer have to worry about ongoing maintenance. You don’t have to worry about cooling your server rooms or any other technical issues because we do everything for you. More importantly, all maintenance questions are covered, turned into reliable answers.

In the modern world of 24/7 business, can you afford a time out period for your business because of power issues? With the recent heat wave and the resulting rolling blackouts, many companies were temporarily crippled. Imagine the business lost and the opportunities tossed out the door. By relying on the Zephyr Data Services Center, you have the power back-ups and cooling reliability that your business needs to guarantee success.

Public Cloud Dangers vs. Private Cloud Security

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The Zephyr Data Services Center

A public cloud has multiple clients accessing virtualized services and resources from the same pool of servers across public networks. In contrast, the private cloud draws on a distinct pool of protected physical servers and computers. Hosted externally at the Zephyr Data Services Center, these resources and services are accessed across private leased lines or secure encrypted connections via public networks. The benefits of such managed services are multiple with protection and reliability being high on the list.

The additional security offered by the ring fenced cloud model is ideal for any organization that needs to process private data or carry out sensitive tasks. For example, a financial company that is required by regulation to store sensitive data internally should utilize a private cloud service. At the same time, such a company wants to benefit the advantages of cloud computing within their business infrastructure, such as on demand resource allocation.

Learn More About The Zephyr Private Cloud

By accessing a private cloud, the security and the flexibility go hand-in-hand or server-to server with a tailored array of services offered. The private cloud model is closer to the more traditional model of individual local access networks (LANs) used in the past, but with the added advantages of virtualization. If you want to know more about the private cloud opportunities offered by Zephyr Networks, please contact us today for a free consultation.