April 21, 2019

Why we want Windows 10

Let’s face it.  Not all of us enjoyed Windows 8.  A lot of consumers were scared off by the drastic changes of the touch-friendly, tile-based system.

But with the soon to come Windows 10, Microsoft has blended the familiar features pc users loved for twenty years while moving forward with their new OS for PCs, tablets and smartphones.

Users can look forward to seeing the familiar Start button; the traditional Desktop view returns; Continuum Mode allows for ease of use with hybrid laptop/tablet computers; and Task View for multi-tasking via multiple desktops.

Although the projected ship date is 2015, Windows 10 is well on its way to righting the wrongs of its predecessor.

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.

Is Your Company Protected By A Business Continuity And Data Recovery Plan That Makes Sense?

Is your business continuity and data recovery plan working? As a respected provider of information technology solutions and computer networking support, Zephyr Networks knows from experience that for business continuity and data recovery plans to succeed, data protection must become an integral part of a company. Rather than adding a second-rate business continuity and data recovery plan without any real implementation, Zephyr Networks helps our client companies make data protection and network security an extension of their overall company culture. After all, the way a company handles its information technology challenges, including systems, support and strategy, is already a key part of its culture.

Business Continuity and Data Recovery Plan

When auditing the technology plans and strategies of our client companies, Zephyr Networks often finds business continuity and data recovery plans that have atrophied. Why is this so often the case? When it comes to backup strategies and disaster recovery plans, they simply are not at the forefront of an everyday, weekly or even monthly awareness of most businesses. If your company is focused on the business of today and maintaining productivity levels, this outlook makes sense to Zephyr Networks. In fact, this outlook is exactly why so many Orange County companies choose to partner with us as a provider of their IT Solutions.

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Is Your Company Ready For The Storm To Hit?

What is essential to understand is nothing can be more damaging to your company’s productivity and profitability than a lack of a workable business continuity and data recovery plan when a disaster hits. Whether it was Tropical Storm Sandy in New York or mud slides in Malibu or earthquakes in California, too many small to mid-sized businesses have been caught off guard by unexpected disasters. By working with Zephyr Networks, such unexpected happenings don’t have to become disasters for your company if the proper business continuity and data recovery plan is in place.

Disaster Recovery Questions To Ask

When Zephyr Networks works with a new client, we ask a lot of questions and access a lot of information to do the job right and the way a company owner wants it to be done. Among the questions we ask about business continuity and data recovery are the following:

  1.   What is needed to update the business continuity and data recovery plan accordingly?
  2.   Should we start replicating that virtual machine to preserve the data?
  3.   How often should that server’s data be protected?
  4.   Are virtual capabilities being used properly?
  5.   Are all essential employees aware of the plan and their roles?

By asking these questions and more, Zephyr Networks helps your company develop and install a business continuity and data recovery plan that makes sense. If you need help with your company’s business continuity and data recovery plan, please call Zephyr Networks toll free at (800) 884-7559 or fill out our handy contact form.

 

 

Showing The Prominence Of Cyber Defense, Cisco To Buy Cybersecurity Company SourceFire For $2.7 Billion

At the end of July 2013, Cisco Systems agreed to buy Sourcefire, a key provider of cybersecurity services, for about $2.7 billion in cash. Reported in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, the acquisition reflects the growing fervor for cyber defense and the rising value of companies that can help guard against computer-based attacks. As a major Orange County provider of IT solutions and cybersecurity, Zephyr Networks  believes the efforts of major players in the technological industry to provide cybersecurity is only just beginning. Unlike the corporate giants, however, Zephyr Networks is able to deliver IT solutions and cybersecurity to small to mid-sized Orange County businesses with a desire to connect with the human face of their cyber defense.

Cybersecurity Equals Big Business

Under the terms of the mega deal, Cisco will pay $76 a share in cash, nearly 30 percent higher than Sourcefire’s closing price on Monday. The offer includes retention-based incentives for Sourcefire’s executives. Founded in 2001, Sourcefire has grown into a major cybersecurity provider. In 2012, the company reported $5 million in profit on revenue $223.1 million. Shares in Sourcefire climbed about 29 percent in premarket trading, to $76.40, over the deal price, in a potential sign that investors might be expecting a bidding war. After all, quality cybersecurity providers on the level of Sourcefire are few and far between, and there might be other bidders coming to the table.

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Sourcefire & The Importance of Cybersecurity

In a statement, Cisco said that adding Sourcefire would take it’s portfolio of security offerings to the next-generation of excellence. “Buy has always been a key part of our build-buy-partner innovation strategy,” said Hilton Romanski, a Cisco vice president for corporate development. “Sourcefire aligns well with Cisco’s future vision for security and supports the key pillars of our security strategy.” Without question, the acquisition of Sourcefire is symbolic of the primary role that Cyber Defense has ascended to in the arena of business, technology and security.

Zephyr Networks & Affordable Cybersecurity

The focus of the work of Zephyr Networks  the IT stability and cybersecurity of our client company. If you want to find out how our IT solutions can help your company and ensure your cybersecurity , please contact Zephyr Networks today. To learn more about cybersecurity strategies that are affordable and actually work, call Zephyr toll free at (800) 884-7559 or fill out our handy contact form.