Category Archives: IT Consulting

5 Ways Managed Services Can Grow Your Business

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) help businesses take a proactive approach to managing their technology without the expensive step of hiring an in-house team. Your MSP is essentially a collection of niche technology experts working behind the scenes to keep your data safe, generate solutions to IT problems and keep your software updated. Even larger businesses who already have an IT person will often call in an MSP when daily support becomes overwhelming or a specific certification is required.

Let’s explore 5 specific business breakthroughs an MSP can give you:

1. It’s extremely cost-effective:  There’s only so much in the budget for IT and responding to events on a break/fix basis will quickly exhaust your accounts.

An MSP works by getting ahead of problems before...

Security for your Network

Network security is a very important component of any business, small or large. In this article I would like to discuss a piece of technology called "Unified Threat Management" and how it can help you stay secure.     What is Unified Threat Management? Unified Threat Management (UTM) systems come in the following forms:
  • Network Hardware Appliance
  • Cloud Service
  • Virtual Appliance
A UTM typically combines a variety of security services such as a firewall, intrusion prevention/detection, anti-malware and web content/spam filtering. The anti-malware software installed on your computer helps provide protection for that individual device while a UTM installed at the edge of your network helps provide protection for the entire network. Deploying both of these counter-measures is a strategy known as "Defense in Depth" and is a industry best practice. Here are the definitions of some of the network security...