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September 12th, 2014

DataWhen: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM — 12:00 PM
Where: Near The MIS Home Office

If you are the CEO or Executive of a company who wants to introduce mobile or cloud computing to make it easier to work while out of the office and wants to see a world class data center, this is a must attend event. Spacing is limited to 10 people AND due to the security of the facility, you must register NO LATER than October 30th. To register:

Call Jennifer at 678-730-2703
OR
Email jennifer@mis-solutions.com

September 12th, 2014

PorCloud Computing is not some new technology instead it is a way to purchase technology for your firm. Here is a short list of advantages to consider. If you are facing a network upgrade, large capital expenditure or simply want to evaluate if a cloud option is right for your business, consider these points:

  • Compliance — Unless you spend a boatload of cash, compliance for HIPAA is not realistic for most firms with an on premise server or set of servers.
  • Cloud changes your tech spend from a capital expense to an operational expense.
  • You no longer need to buy expensive servers.
  • You are no longer required to buy or upgrade Microsoft Office products.
  • Cloud offers an “always on” compute experience for your team.
  • Reliability is key. Cloud solutions come with redundant power, Internet and hardware options not found with SMB on-premise servers.
  • Security is higher. A data center and the equipment used to deliver cloud services is much more secure than most business offices.

If you want the technology experience of driving a Porsche with the payment structure of a Honda, then cloud computing may be right for you. For a customized evaluation, contact Jennifer at 678-730-2703</strong> or email jennifer@mis-solutions.com.

September 12th, 2014

RHBack in August, groups of Russian Hackers assembled the biggest list of compromised login credentials ever seen: 1.2 billion accounts. Now, domain registrar Namecheap reports the hackers have begun using the list to try to access accounts. The hackers are trying brute-force attempts to gain control of the accounts, which involves repeatedly trying different usernames and passwords until the right combination grants access. As a precaution, Namecheap is blocking IP addresses that appear to be logged in with stolen data.

Data breaches at websites are a source for usernames and passwords, and hackers will often use them to collect login credentials. So what can you do to protect yourself?

  • Use different complex passwords across the different web sites you access.
  • Change your passwords frequently.
  • If you use Namecheap in any capacity, we recommend changing your password as another precaution.

If you have any questions or need more information, please give us a call at 678-730-2703.

September 12th, 2014

Do you have Microsoft Windows Server 2003 powering your operations? Be aware, product support for this product is ending next year. Just like the end of life date for XP, Microsoft is phasing out support for Server 2003 products too. This could mean major risks for your company.

Microsoft is ending support on July 14, 2015. This date proposed for the end of support applies to standard, enterprise and datacenter versions of Windows Server 2003. While it may seem like a ways off, upgrading a server isn’t as quick and easy as updating a tower or laptop computer. What does this mean for businesses?

Your server could be dismantled by a 5th grader. Ok, so it isn’t that bad, but it’s really no laughing matter that the end of extended support means no more patches or updates to keep your company safe. So, watch out! Threats against your server could skyrocket and new threats will undoubtedly be on the rise as malicious bullies position for attack when support disappears.

Your company may be out of compliance. Outdated software means your business is out of PCI compliance too. If your company is held to HIPAA or PCI requirements in order to operate, you can’t afford to wait. Businesses in the healthcare or financial industry should not operate without ongoing patches, security updates and software support. Penalties for PCI violations are steep, estimations are reported at around $5,000 or more.

Why should you upgrade your server OS if it isn’t broke? Answer this one question, “Are you comfortable running your company with the risks of an unsupported OS?” If your answer is “No?”, upgrade. Leaving your server unprotected means there will be holes for hackers to exploit. All your company data may be exposed.

Spread the word about Microsoft Server 2003. Don’t let your company, clients, or friends run on an outdated system. This end-of-life date means all servers running Server 2003 will be vulnerable leaving everyone using this old operating system open to viruses and invasions.

July 2015 is coming. While it may seem like you have plenty of time, the truth is it takes roughly 2 to 4 weeks for manufacturers like Dell and Lenovo to build a new server. It can also take up to four weeks for configuration and installation when you purchase a new server. Even upgrades can be a little tricky for businesses with specialty software programs or large amounts of data.

Don’t hesitate. If you need help, give us a call today at 678-730-2703 for a FREE Server 2003 Assessment for your organization.

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September 12th, 2014

In less than 2 minutes, you can receive a FREE gift card for ice cream at Brusters. We are participating in the Best of Gwinnett Voting Contest sponsored by Gwinnett Magazine. If you believe Team MIS is the best IT support company in Gwinnett, go online, vote and then email me that you voted.

How To Claim Your Free Ice Cream:

  • Step 1: Go to http://bestofgwinnett.com/best-of-gwinnett-vote-2014/
  • Step 2: Vote for your favorites.
  • Step 3: IMPORTANT – email jennifer@mis-solutions.com with a quick message of “I voted – send my ice cream, please” OR call Kate at 770-945-5487. NOTE – you have to let us know you voted so we can send your Brusters gift card. We are not affiliated with Gwinnett Magazine in any way so the ONLY way we will know you played is if you email, call or fax us at 770-573-6811. For the first 20 people that let us know they voted before 9/30/14, we will send you a FREE Brusters gift card.
August 11th, 2014

Cloud Security

Cyber criminals, hackers, and viruses… oh my!
Follow these tips to ensure your business is protected
[byLliam Holmes]

THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF COMPANIES:

those that have been hacked, those that will be hacked and those that have been hacked but don’t yet know it. News of Heartbleed and the variants of Cryptolocker have highlighted once again that cyber crime is on the rise and a very real threat for small business owners.

To make matters worse, hackers don’t have rules, regulations and compliance concerns like HIPAA, HITECH, PCI, or Sarbanes-Oxley, which means that small business owners must take an offensive position to security. Unfortunately, many business owners don’t seem to focus on network and system security until after they’ve experienced a compromise, been adversely affected, or lost data.

To truly protect yoru business from the increasing number of cyber threats, consider taking an offensive, layered approach to security and be diligent at all levels, Security starts at the front door and needs to be well designed through technology but ultimately it must be monitored and audited, regularly. Gone are the days when it was easy to say”we trust everyone” or “I don’t have anything anyone would want”. Even if these statements were true, your systems could be used to attack other companies or steal personal identification data which could created great liabilities for you and your company.

Key Security

What con you do to protect yourself from some of the threats out there today?

  1. Be deliberate about passwords and access. Make sure your staff changes passwords on a regular basis and require complex passwords. Deactivate user accounts for ex-employees. Change the default passwords for network devices such as routers, switches and Wireless Access Points. Limit remote access to critical servers and systems. Don’t use the same complex password across multiple accounts iternally or on the web. Ensure that users don’t have administrator access to their workstations or laptops. Remember, viruses and spyware have access to the same data on the network that the current ser does.
  2. Employ a layered security approach between your network and the Internet. This could include: a Unified Threat Management based firewall, URL filtering, third party spam filtering, encrypted email, an IPS (Intrusion Protection System> and a WAF(Web Application Filter).
  3. Have a seperate computer or system for online banking and discuss banking security services includingaccount controls with your commercial banker.
  4. Insist on routine vulnerability testing of your network and remediation as necessary. Make sure your company is using an advanced firewall. Be sure to keep your subscriptions and patching up-to-date.
  5. Make sure you educate users on what software they can use as well and what they should avoid clicking on. Batter yet, implement advanced filters and anti-spam services to prevent your users from ever getting malware infected emails.
  6. Keep your computer operating systems and main business line applications running on the most current and supported versions. Update your SSL certificates and application programming interface (API) keys. Replace any machines that are running WindowsXP because Microsoft stopped providing security patches for this operating system in April 2014.
  7. Ensure you have reliable, well-tested data backup and recovery system so that if you must restore, you can do so quickly and efficiently.

Suggestion: Talk with your security officer or IT Provider to ensure you are addressing these areas. The key to protecting your business is awareness, planning, protection and ongoing auditing before the cyber criminals knock on your business’ door.

July 24th, 2014

Find Quality Managed IT Services in Atlanta

Many companies in a wide variety of industries rely on managed IT services as an affordable solution to employing their own team of on-site IT professionals. Whether you own a small business or a large corporation, managing the IT needs of your business is something that is best left to the professionals.

A professional company offering managed IT services will be able to handle a wide range of IT issues. From fully hosted and managed apps on a cloud desktop to no on-site servers, leaving the management of your IT needs to experienced professionals will allow you to concentrate on the needs of your business.

One of the benefits of a company that offers cloud IT services is that you can have one password for your website and all applications. Additionally, when you need mobility, managed IT service allows you to be able to access your apps and files from any device. Whether you access with your phone, tablet or laptop, you have the flexibility to be able to work from anywhere in the world where you have internet access, providing optimum productivity.

A managed IT service will be able to provide a number of different packages or options designed to meet your specific business needs. Of course, quality customer support is also an important part of getting the most professional service in the industry.

July 20th, 2014

IT Services in Atlanta

Running a website, blog or a company today requires more than the ability to share an appealing product or service. Understanding the importance of providing online support, responsive web design and intuitive platforms for users and potential customers is essential when you want to manage a success business in just about any industry. When you are living in Atlanta and looking to take your company online or to the next level of success, consider professional IT services in Atlanta to help throughout the process.

What are IT Services?

IT services range from managing computer networks in an entire office to implementing software updates and upgrades for all of your employees. Keeping data safe, secure and protected from potential hackers and online thieves is also possible with professional IT services who help companies and brands grow online.

Using IT services in Atlanta not only ensures you are on the right track of managing your business and moving forward in the right direction, but it is another way to keep all of your company’s information and data safe, secure and protected at all times. Understanding the benefits of IT services from professionals in Atlanta is a way for you to choose the right professionals for any company or brand you are looking to grow.

June 30th, 2014

PerformanceJust visit any website, and your browser might detect that there is a problem with its security. The hard reality of things is that most people will buy things online or even pay their bills through the Internet, but they do not have an antivirus software installed onto their computers.

Without an antivirus software, you will notice that you are putting your security and information at risk if someone were to hack into your account. Viruses on the computer come in many different forms and types, but many of them are geared towards obtaining your personal and financial information as a form of identity theft.

What an antivirus can do for you online is simply to keep you safe. The antivirus software is first going to make sure that every website you are visiting is not going to infect your computer and destroy it over time. The software is also going to keep your information safe when you’re shopping online or simply paying your bills.

Many people who do not have an antivirus software installed onto their computer are finding that it is very difficult to feel safe while shopping or buying things online. Not only is your financial information unsafe without this type of program, but a computer virus can literally destroy everything on your computer within a matter of minutes or hours, which makes it difficult if you rely on your computer daily.

If you have computers in your Atlanta company without up to date anti-virus software, give MIS Solutions a call today!

June 29th, 2014

Changing your Password and Why It’s Important

Changing your password isn’t an option any more; the security of your account is at stake. If you do not change your account password regularly, it may lead to some kind of compromise to your Atlanta company.

When an intruder acquires your password, he gains access to the account that was protected by your password. If someone gains access to your PC using your computer account password, he can then use your computer for attacking other systems and machines, and if the authorities find out, they will come looking for you.

Can I use a variant of my old password?

It is your habits that lead to compromises in life. With a little bit of effort, you will come up with a strong password for your account, so there’s no point in using a variant of the old password. Make it a lifelong habit to keep strong passwords to avoid the possibility of being compromised.

Create a Strong Password

It is important to choose a strong password for your account. Use a combination of alphabets, numerals and symbols. Make sure you use a combination of lower and upper cases for structuring the password. A strong password makes it difficult, if not impossible, for an intruder to breach.

Change Your Password Regularly

Change your account password regularly. For instance, you can maintain a monthly or quarterly schedule for password change.