January 21, 2019

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.

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.

Did You Know A Public Data Breach Will Cost Your Company Up To A Third Of Your Clients And Customers?

A public data breach can really hurt your company in both the short-term and the long-term. As a respected provider of network security options in Orange County with private cloud capabilities, Zephyr Networks knows that retailers, service-oriented business owners and healthcare providers need to be put on notice right away. If your company suffers a public data breach, you should expect to lose up to a third of your clients and customers. Such frightening findings have been revealed in a new study entitled “Avoidable Collateral Damage from Corporate Data Breaches,” conducted by Javelin Strategy & Research and sponsored by Identify Finder.

Reported on in an article on e-Security Planet, Javelin surveyed 5,634 U.S. adults on their views around data security and privacy. Three points in particular stood out as being downright unnerving for a business owner facing a potential public data breach.

Public Data Breach Downside

  1. 33 percent of consumers said they will shop elsewhere if their retailer of choice suffers a data breach.
  2. 30 percent of patients said they will find a new healthcare care provider if their hospital or doctor’s office is breached and their data is placed in a position of jeopardy.
  3. 24 percent of consumers said they will change banks or credit card providers if their financial institution suffers a data breach.

As Marc Winger of Zephyr Networks explained, “It is scary for a business owner to see how many affected clients and customers will vanish post-breach. In past experiences, we have seen that such a drop-off can be anywhere from a 20% to even a 50% loss once the news gets out. That’s a big loss in terms of reduced sales and shows exactly how a data breach hits the bottom line of a business incredibly hard. Given the lack of skilled IT security professionals capable of dealing with such data breaches and the scope of work required to identify the vulnerabilities, it really makes sense for business owners to safeguard their futures by having a ready-made solution in place.”

Public Data Breach Challenges

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Public Data Breach Dangers

A further problem is too many companies have imprecise data breach detection systems and second-rate cyber security that casts too big of a net. Neiman Marcus experienced 30,000 security alerts during the period of its three-month public data breach in 2013. Such a bombardment of security alerts aids cyber-criminals in masking their attacks. By having imprecise network security systems and protocol and failing to move to the safety of the private cloud, small to mid-sized business owners are placing their future in jeopardy.

Zephyr Networks can address such problems and truly help safeguard the future of your business and protect you from the dangers of a public data breach. To learn more about how Zephyr Networks can help you with a tailored package of network security, data breach protection and private cloud IT options, please call 800.884.7559 for a free consultation.

Since Recorded Data Breaches Doubled In 2012, Zephyr Networks Asks How Big Will The Increase Be In 2013

In the final months of 2013, Zephyr Networks wants to point out that the number of recorded data breaches more than doubled in 2012 to 2,644 incidents. It is important to realize that these are only the recorded incidents. Companies often cover-up data breaches to protect the estimated public integrity of their business. Still, even without the additional numbers due to unrecorded data breaches, this was still a 117% increase, according to a report by Open Security Foundation.

Recorded Date Breaches

 

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Data Breaches Are Like Open Books

A co-author of the report, Risk Based Security CEO Barry Kouns agrees with Zephyr Networks when it comes to the final estimation of data breaches during any calendar year. Kouns explained the need for discrimination when analyzing the given statistics: “We must exercise caution when analyzing the number of exposed records since on average, 26 percent of the incidents tracked do not report the number of exposed records.”  

If your company had an unrecorded data breach in 2012 or 2013 that you chose to keep under the covers, please do not remain in denial. The data breach did happen, and, without proper network security precautions, it most likely will happen again. Zephyr Networks is a top provider of network security options and services. In 2012, data breaches in the business sector accounted for 60% of total incidents, followed by government (17.9%), Education (12%) and Medical (9.5%).

External Data Breaches

Nearly 77% of reported incidents were carried out by external agents or activity outside the organization, and 68.2% of the data breach incidents were carried out through hacking. In fact, hacking was responsible for 22.8% of exposed records in 2012. Internal data breaches accounted for 19.5% of incidents as company employees crossed the line into criminality.  66.7% of the data breaches led directly to exposed records of confidential information and client data.

Overall, when compared to the rest of the world, the United States amazingly accounted for 40% of recorded data breaches. Considering the population size when compared to the billions of people across the globe, this figure is both impressive and scary. What will the increase in the number of recorded data breaches be in 2013?  If you need help preventing future data breaches, please call Zephyr Networks toll free at (800) 884-7559 or fill out our handy contact form.

 

 

October Is National Cyber Security Awareness Month With A Message Of Action & Intelligence: STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

October 1 marked the start of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) for 2013, a U.S. initiative aimed at making sure everyone has the resources they need to protect themselves online. Zephyr Networks completely supports the number one goal of NCSAM: “Each and every one of us needs to do our part to make sure that our online lives are kept safe and secure.” Although  National Cyber Security Awareness Month is focused on both individuals and businesses, Zephyr Networks has seen the threats to the cyber security of small to mid-sized businesses becoming more and more dangerous in the past year.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Zephyr Networks is proud to quote from the About page on the National Cyber Security Awareness Month website that illuminates the mission of the project:

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STOP. THINK. CONNECT.

Cybersecurity is the mechanism that maximizes our ability to grow commerce, communications, community and content in a connected world. / The Internet is a shared resource and securing it is Our Shared Responsibility… No individual, business, or government entity is solely responsible for securing the Internet. Everyone has a role in securing their part of cyberspace, including the devices and networks they use… If each of us does our part—implementing stronger security practices, raising community awareness, educating young people, training employees—together we will be a digital society safer and more resistant from attacks and more resilient if one occurs. 

When it comes to our clients, Zephyr Networks also would like to pass on the central message of National Cyber Security Awareness Month: STOP. THINK. CONNECT. What is key about this message is that it focuses on combining action with intelligence. STOP means take a breath and look at your cyber vulnerabilities and what needs to be done. This is what Zephyr Networks does with new clients when we first analyze their business model, their network security, their cyber security and computer systems.

THINK means diagnosis before treatment for us. Zephyr Networks does not offer a blanket program for every company that comes to us for help. Instead, we diagnose the specific problems each company faces, then we offer treatment that makes sense for that company. Our goal is to help your company, not spend your valuable capital on programs and technologies that will sit idle and do nothing to protect your cyber security.

Connect With Cyber Security Experts

For Zephyr Networks, CONNECT means work with cyber experts and network professionals who are on the cutting edge of the technology industry. Nothing changes faster in our society than technology and the Internet. By connecting with our clients, the tech experts at Zephyr Networks learn about their business challenges and their real needs. We protect your cyber security by first understanding your business, then providing a cyber solution that makes sense.

One of our main goals is the same as the mission of the NCSAM: “Take security and safety precautions, understand the consequences of your actions and behaviors online and enjoy the benefits of the Internet.” To learn more about how we can protect the cyber security of your company, call Zephyr toll free at (800) 884-7559 or fill out our handy contact form.

 

 

Zephyr Networks Celebrates On Labor Day How Our Proactive Solutions For IT Services Help People Do Their Jobs Well

On Labor Day, Zephyr Networks celebrates how our proactive solutions for IT services help people do their job well. In small to mid-sized businesses across Orange County, the IT services of Zephyr Network often have proven to be the difference in terms of helping a company effectively integrate new technologies and contingency planning into their business model. The goal os Zephyr Networks is to allow technology to be a bonus that helps your company as opposed to a distraction that damages your productivity.

IT Services & Labor Day

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The Zephyr IT Services Pyramid Of Success

A Zephyr Technology Officer is appointed to each of our client’s as an ongoing IT consultant to ensure the ongoing smooth and successful applications of new technologies and help with IT services. As a PTO (Professional Technological Organization), Zephyr Networks helps our clients with information technology challenges, cloud applications, network security and website problems. By focusing on our four-part tiered solution of stability, continuity, security and productivity, our IT services help allow for technology to be an essential element of your company’s future success.

Viable IT Services Solutions

At Zephyr Networks, the process of our initial consultations with a new client is based on learning your company’s business model. By understanding your company’s business model, we are able to figure the technological gaps causing your company problems and provide short cuts and viable IT services solutions. On Labor Day, we hope to consistently help make the work of our clients more effective and more efficient.

Wikipedia defines Labor Day as being “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.” For Zephyr Networks, the technological well-being of your company is important to us. If you want to learn more about our proactive solutions for IT services, please call us toll free at (800) 884-7559 or fill out our handy contact form.

 

 

 

British Report Reveals Data Breaches And Cyber Security Incidents Increasing As Cyber Criminals Attack Both Large And Small Businesses

Data Breaches and Cyber Security incidents are not only a problem in the United States. Zephyr Networks was not surprised when a detailed British study of the state of cyber security and data breaches by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) revealed extensive threats and vulnerabilities in the UK. The study – The 2013 Information Security Breaches Survey – reveals the threat of cyber attacks for both large and small businesses.

Like in the United States and specifically in Southern California, it does not matter whether you have a large, small or mid-sized company. Without taking the proper cyber defense precautions, your company is vulnerable. In the UK, attacks against small businesses increased by 10% in the past year, costing up to 6% of their turnover. Zephyr Networks knows from experience that these companies could have protected themselves for much less. Small businesses were advised by the British Government  to ensure that they are protected through managing risk, staff training and increased network security. Cyber security is not just an IT challenge, it is critical to the running of any business.

Some small to mid-sized businesses, whether in the UK or in Southern California, don’t have the resources to hire a full team of information security staff. To help these businesses to protect themselves, the British government has introduce Innovation Vouchers with a value of over $7500 to be used to improve their IT security with outside expertise. Zephyr Networks wishes that either the federal government of the state government of California would follow this smart path laid out by the British authorities. If you need affordable help in Southern California, please contact Zephyr Networks for cyber security solutions that will help ensure the safe future of your business and safeguard your company’s data. To prevent data breaches, call Zephyr Networks for a free consultation at (800) 884-7559.

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Cyber Security Incidents & Data Breaches Increasing All Over The World

This infographic by Via Resource highlights the growing trends in UK information security breaches.

 

Steps To Address The Network Security Challenges Highlighted By 2013 Report

This is Part 2 of a Two-Part Blog about a 2013 report on global network security challenges. This second part will address some of the basic ways that a company can rectify the network security problems presented in Part 1.

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2013 Network Security A Necessity

Since Network Security and Data Breaches abound, and employee carelessness is a major cause of such problems, small to mid-sized companies need basic help. Zephyr Networks has a proven track record of helping companies deal with such problems. By providing quality network security and data breach prevention strategies, we help our clients protect their companies and safeguard their businesses. Our goal is to help you remain profitable.

4 Steps To Address Network Security Problems In 2013:

1) Educate Employees:

Employees are the first line of defense against cyber attacks and malware invasions. Organizations should conduct network security and data breach training on a regular basis for all existing and new employees. Zephyr Networks help train your employees to be aware of cyber security and avoid careless mistakes.

2) Identify Users: 

Every user-initiated action should be tagged to a specific person, whether in a physical or digital environment. Every year, a significant number of data breaches occur as the result of an attacker obtaining access to a user’s account. If each action taken is related to a specific user, it is that much easier to track the source of the problem and fix the damage done.

3) Unify Activity Logs:

 Most businesses today treat physical and information security controls separately. Badge systems, HR records, and even loss prevention are not typically tied to the same team that monitors firewalls, intrusion detection and other security technology. Zephyr Networks help businesses to unify security information and connect the processing of these logs to bolster network security

4) Visualize Network Security Problems:

 The ultimate goal for organizations should be to develop an environment in which network security threats are discovered before they happen. Security event visualization allows businesses to identify patterns, emerging vulnerabilities and cyber attacks before they happen. By knowing what has happened to other companies in your field and with your business model, you can prevent such network security problems and data breaches from happening to your company.

If you are worried about the network security of your company, please contact Zephyr Networks today. There is no reason why these straight forward approaches cannot be instituted to help your company and protect your proprietary intellectual property from data breaches. In the 21st Century, Network Security is not an option, but a necessity. To learn more about how we can protect the network security of your company, call Zephyr Networks toll free at (800) 884-7559 or fill out our handy contact form.

 

Highlights From 2013 Network Security & Data Breach Report

This is Part 1 of a Two-Part Blog about global network security challenges in 2013. Part 2 will address ways that a company can rectify these problems.

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Spam & Network Security

Zephyr Networks is surprised at how slowly many small to mid-sized businesses are moving to address the new network security challenges and data breaches that have become all too common. A 2013 report about network security and data breaches by TrustWave focuses on the dominant problems facing companies and potential solutions. From spam to malware, phishing to data breaches, the problems faced by companies are growing as the use of technology grows. Zephyr Networks has a proven track record of helping companies deal with each of these challenges and more. By providing quality network security and data breach prevention strategies, we help our clients protect the essential data and intellectual property of their businesses.

 

4 Network Security and Data Breach Challenges:

1) Employees Unlocking The Cyber Door:

Employees leave the cyber door open to network security and data breach attacks. Whether due to lack of education or policy enforcement, employees pick weak passwords and continue to click on phishing links in spam and on websites. In addition, they share proprietary company information on social and public platforms.

2) The Vulnerability of Applications To Malware:

Applications emerged as the most popular attack vector, and the vulnerability of applications to malware is an ongoing issue. E-commerce sites were the number one targeted assets, and these sites often result in malware infecting applications used in conjunction with these sites.

3) Time Lag In Detection Of And Response To A Data Breach:

The majority of organizations attacked in 2012 took more than 90 days to detect an intrusion. What is even more frightening is that 5 percent discovered attacks that has taken place 3 or more years ago. The damage had already been done because the attack was never detected. This is where the services if a cyber security provider like Zephyr Networks becomes indispensable. .

4) Employees Still Clicking On Malicious Spam:

Spam volume represents over 75% percent of a typical organization’s inbound e-mail. Even if the majority is ignored, some gets through and the messages are examined and read by employees. What is disturbing is that roughly 10 percent of spam messages are malicious in nature, containing malware and other cyber threats. Still, employees continue to click on malicious spam, leading directly to breaches and network security  problems.

In Part 2 of this blog, Zephyr Networks will address some basic steps a company can take to address these issues.  If you are worried about the network security of your company, please contact Zephyr Networks today. To learn more about how we can protect your company, call Zephyr toll free at (800) 884-7559 or fill out our handy contact form.

If IT Professionals Doubt The Cyber Security Of Their Large Companies, How Can Your Small To Mid-Sized Business Protect Its Valuable Data?

The cyber defense and cyber security of their own companies are not respected by a majority of IT professionals. Zephyr Networks was not surprised when it was revealed that IT Security Professionals do not have faith in the cyber security of their own companies. A survey conducted recently revealed that more than 70% of IT security professionals would not be willing to bet $100 of their own money that their companies will not suffer a data breach in the next six months.

Carried out in February at RSA Conference 2013, the survey measured the attitudes of nearly 250 IT security professionals and the way their organizations manage cyber security. Nearly 50% of respondents work in organizations with more than 1,000 people. What was astounding is that the study revealed that a third of organizations do not have a policy making it compulsory to change default passwords when deploying new hardware, applications and network appliances to the corporate network.

Cyber Security Under Siege All Over

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Is Your Cyber Security Under Siege?

What bothers Zephyr Networks is if this is the cyber security perspective of IT security professionals at mostly large, well-funded companies with over 1,000 employees. If that is the case, what is the cyber security situation like for small to mid-sized businesses in America? While vendors of conventional security products like firewalls and anti-virus software are constantly updating their tools to reactively protect against the latest threats, hackers are looking for flaws. As this is being written, a hacker somewhere is engineering a new attack to exploit the latest updates.

The reality is that 100% protection is nearly impossible to achieve, particularly by professionals caught in the bureaucratic web of a company. Zephyr Networks knows, however, that best practices for securing access to critical systems and data are readily available if you work with an external network security provider. The key of working with a company like Zephyr Networks is providing your network security with the expertise and experience of an external eye.

Password Protection For Your Company

If you are worried about the cyber security and the cyber defense of your company, please contact Zephyr Networks today. When it comes to ensuring and maintaining your network security, we are your solution. To learn more about how we can protect your company, call Zephyr toll free at (800) 884-7559 or fill out our handy contact form.