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The Top 10 Benefits of Outsourcing IT through Managed Services

Managed IT Services, Websties, SEO, Computer, Laptop, PrintersImmediate benefits can be gained by outsourcing IT services through Managed Services.

1. Control IT Costs
Outsourcing converts fixed IT costs into variable costs and allows you budget effectively. In other words, only pay for what you use when you need it.

2. Reduce Labor Costs
Hiring and training an IT staff can be very expensive, and temporary employees don’t always live up to your expectations. Outsourcing lets you focus your human resources where you need them most.

3. Trained, Experienced, Qualified, Certified.
If you’re not IT trained, how do you assure an employee is qualified? Certifications like Microsoft Certified Systems Enginner (MCSE) are important, but so is experience.

4. Qualified doesn’t Equal Experienced
Few problems are new for leading IT service companies, which see related problems multiple times. An in-house IT employee leads an isolated existence no matter how much they train. We’d all rather an experienced doctor; the same is true for IT.

5. Increase Efficiency and Competitiveness
Organizations that try to do all IT Services in-house themselves can have much higher research, development, and implementation time, all of which increase costs and are ultimately passed on to customers.

6. Quickly Implement New Technology
A quality outsourced IT service organization will have the resources to start new projects right away. Handling the same project in-house might involve weeks or months to hire the right people, train them, and provide the support they need. For most implementations, quality IT companies will bring years of experience in the beginning saving time and money.

7. Stay Focused on Your Core Business
Businesses have limited resources, and every manager has limited time and attention. Outsourcing can help your business stay focused on your core business and not get distracted by complex IT decisions.

8. Reduce risk
Every business investment carries a certain amount of risk. Markets, competition, government regulations, financial conditions, and technologies all change very quickly. Outsourcing providers assume and manage much of this risk for you, with specific industry knowledge, especially security and compliance issues. They generally are much better at deciding how to avoid risk in their areas of expertise.

9. Level the Playing Field
Most small businesses can’t afford to match the in-house support services that larger companies maintain. Outsourcing can help small companies act “big” by giving them access to the similar technology, and expertise that large companies enjoy. An independent third party managed cost structure and economy of scale can give your company a competitive advantage.

10. Compliance and Security
Is your firewall up to date? Do you have a DMZ installed? Do you audit your Workstations and Servers? Has your company implemented PCI security standards and work to maintain those standards? For example, Businesses have more ways than ever to prosper by taking many forms of payments such as Credit and Debit Cards, Gift Certificates, E-Checks, Wire Transfers to name a few, but with these forms of transacting also comes the need for due diligence. By outsourcing a qualified Manages Services company who is familiar with PCI Compliance standards https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org, you can rest assured that your company is minimizing the risks associated with maintaining client data, credit card numbers, sensitive competitive information and more.

 

 

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PCI Compmpliance

PCI  Compmpliance
Any organization that accepts payment card transactions must be in compliance with the PCI (Payment Card Industry) Data Security Standard. Created in response to the increasing problem of security breaches in which thousands of customers have had credit card information stolen or compromised, the standard is the result of a collaboration between major card companies, including MasterCard and Visa, to create a common set of security requirements.
This standard was updated on 1 October 2008 with changes and clarifications on the types of malware organizations need to protect against and the operating systems that need to be covered.
The standard requires organizations to develop policies and implement measures to ensure the secure management of credit card data and controlled access to the networks over which customers’ card information is sent. If you fail to comply, you are liable to face significant fines and possible permanent expulsion from card acceptance programs. So if you accept credit or debit card payment, or collect,

1.  Build and maintain a secure network
PCI requirements 1 and 2
Controlling access to the network is key to keeping cardholder data safe. Both network and centrally managed personal firewalls should be configured to stop any inbound and outbound traffic that is not specifically required for business and which might compromise your security. In addition, network access control (NAC) solutions ensure that guest computers belonging to, for example, contractors can only access your network if they have a company-approved firewall installed and working.
As well as controlling network and internet connectivity, you need to look at securing the individual computers, adopting industry-accepted hardening standards to ensure that systems are locked after an appropriate period of inactivity and to enforce safer practice over password use. You should ensure that strong passwords are used and changed on a regular basis, and that previously used passwords will be rejected.
2 Protect cardholder data
PCI requirements 3 and 4
Only authorized people should have access to credit card data and, wherever feasible, the number should be truncated so that only part of the number is visible. As a minimum, information on the hard disk should be encrypted so that cardholder information is unreadable if the computer is lost or stolen. You should introduce policies for the safe transmission of credit card information and only encrypted data should be emailed across an open public network. You should ensure that your email gateway policy will result in emails being blocked if unencrypted cardholder data is detected within them.
The loss of sensitive data can also be prevented by locking down ports so that, for example, wireless connectivity is disabled, and by disallowing the use of USB or other mass memory devices.
3 Maintain a vulnerability management program
PCI requirements 5 and 6
You must install endpoint security software on all company-owned Windows and non-Windows computers and ensure it is kept up to date. By creating a robust, centrally managed policy for effective scheduled and on-access scanning, and for the management of security patches on all development, testing and production systems you can ensure you have full visibility and control of the network. Your policy should ensure that the Microsoft patch update service is enabled on all Windows machines. As with the use of personal firewalls, a NAC solution will ensure that guest computers can access your network only if they have company-approved anti-virus software installed, up to date, and running. Ideally, the solution should include a data feed identifying all critical and important patches and perform contextual assessment so that only patches relevant to a given computer are assessed. The web gateway must also be included in any vulnerability management program in order to stop web-borne malware being downloaded onto endpoint computers.

4 Implement strong access control measures
PCI requirements 7, 8 and 9
The use of peer-to-peer remote access software, should be blocked unless there is a clear business need as it creates unnecessary risk. If it is used, each computer must use a unique username and password, and encryption and other security features must be switched on. Choose a security vendor who is able to identify these potentially unwanted applications, and can block their use by unauthorized users.
You should use a NAC solution to prevent unauthorized users accessing any computers, including servers, on which cardholder data might be stored. Use an enforcement mechanism that either blocks access at the network switch using 802.1x or stops the user from getting a valid IP address using DHCP enforcement. Wireless access for guests or business partners should be restricted and any computer not complying with your network access control policy should be quarantined. Any equipment and media containing cardholder data must be physically protected against unauthorized access.
5 Regularly monitor and test networks
PCI requirements 10 and 11
Having installed anti-malware software and intrusion prevention systems to protect against zero-day threats across the network and on endpoint computers, it is essential that you monitor and test that these measures are working. As well as carrying out a continuous vulnerability assessment of all systems on the network, you should also track all attempts at access – successful and unsuccessful – and keep records for at least three months. Choosing an endpoint security solution vendor that integrates host intrusion prevention, and a network access control solution that ensures it is properly installed, working and up to date with the latest protection, will help you make your testing a routine maintenance check rather than the beginning of a long fixing process.
6 Maintain an information security policy
PCI requirement 12
Effective compliance with the PCI DSS requires you to create and maintain a full range of processes and security measures for employees and guests as part of a comprehensive information security policy. The security measures in this guide are a good starting point.
The PCI Data Securitritrity Standardrd
1 Install and maintain a firewall configuration to protect cardholder data
2 Do not use vendor-supplied defaults for system passwords and other security parameters
3 Protect stored cardholder data
4 Encrypt transmission of cardholder data across open, public networks
5 Use and regularly update anti-virus software
6 Develop and maintain secure systems and applications
7 Restrict access to cardholder data by business need-to-know
8 Assign a unique ID to each person with computer access
9 Restrict physical access to cardholder data
10 Track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data
11 Regularly test security systems and processes
12 Maintain a policy that addresses information security

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Tips For Securing Your Wireless Connection

With over 50% of people admitting to having used someone else’s wireless internet wwithout permission, how can you stop your neighbors from stealing your Wi-Fi connection? Securing your wireless network is just a matter of following a few simple tips:

       Use encryption

Wireless routers give you the option of encrypting your data, so bank details and passwords can’t be intercepted. Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA and WPA2) is a much stronger encryption system for securing your communications than WEP, which can be easily cracked by hackers.

  • Use a password
    Set up a password for your wireless internet connection. Choose a strong password for securing your network – don’t use the one that came with your Wi-Fi router or a dictionary word that is easy to guess or crack. (You may wish to read our article on sensible password use for help with this.)
  • Don’t broadcast the name of your wireless network
    The name of your wireless network, known as the SSID, should not be broadcast to passers by. In addition, choose an obscure hard-to-guess SSID name to make life harder for Wi-Fi hackers. SSIDs such as ‘home’, ‘wireless’ or ‘internet’ are not good choices.
  • Use MAC address filtering
    Wi-Fi routers and access points normally have the ability to prevent unknown wireless devices from connecting to the network. This works by comparing the MAC address of the device trying to connect to the Wi-Fi router with a list held by the router. Unfortunately, this feature is normally turned off when the router is shipped because it requires some effort to set up properly. By enabling this feature, and only telling the router the MAC address of wireless devices in your household, you’ll be securing your wireless network against neighbors stealing your internet connection.
    Securing your wireless network using MAC address filtering is not a total solution as it is possible for a determined hacker to clone MAC addresses and connect to your Wi-Fi network, but this measure should still be taken to reduce the risks.
  • Restrict internet access to certain hours
    Some wireless routers allow you to restrict internet access to certain times of the day. For instance, if you know you will not need to access the internet from home between 9-5, Monday to Friday, then schedule your router to disable access between those hours.
  • Make sure your computers are properly secured
    Check you have up-to-date anti-virus, security patches, and client firewall software, this will help to protect your wireless network by stopping malware-based connection to your
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Simple Steps to Network Security: Device Passwords and Key Locks

Allowing, family friend, and employees to use their personal mobile devices for work can provide a multitude of advantages: productivity, simpler connectivity, access to the resources they need from virtually anywhere. But along with the benefits, bring your own device (BYOD) opens the door to risks, including security vulnerabilities, data leakage, compliance and potential liability issues.The magnitude of the problem is big, considering millions of these devices are lost, stolen or misplaced every year (120 thousand phones were lost in Chicago taxi cabs alone last year…).

When presented with these challenges, most of the time IT groups automatically start thinking about Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions. And they are right. MDM products monitor, secure manage and support all those mobile devices across the enterprise and do it well. What IT managers sometimes fail to realize is that they may already have at hand tools and procedures that can be implemented very quickly and minimize or at least alleviate some of those problems.

One such simple thing is: lock the device with a PIN, password, pattern!

That’s always a good idea. Users may have secure tokens and password encrypted information on the phone, but keeping others from even getting that far is easy to do and increases the overall security by an order of magnitude. And there is nothing needed in terms of infrastructure for this to be implemented. Just defining the policy and communicating it to users will do. Different devices (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows) may require different steps, but in all cases, it just takes two or three minutes to apply a PIN and screen lock to any device. There is no reason not to do this.

Of course, a big improvement to this would be to enforce or to make that policy mandatory. The good news is that companies frequently run applications that include capabilities to “force” users to lock the device, and sometimes even a lot more. Many existing applications, such as MS Exchange ActiveSync, Google Apps Management and even some certificate management systems, for instance, may be sufficient for enforcing these policies.

Then, as we were discussing earlier, if you need more control over devices, secure specific applications, access to resources, plus the ability to have visibility on BYOD use, an MDM system may be the way to.

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Windows 8 tricks, tips and shortcuts: a power user must-read

Windows 8 Consumer Preview cracked 1 million downloads shortly after launching last Wednesday and I’m sure many of you have tried it already. Whether you went with a dual-boot, upgrade, clean install or virtual machine, if you’re coming from Windows 7 you’ll notice significant changes immediately, while others may not be as obvious.

Inevitably, with change comes good and bad — at least until you learn some tricks that get you back up to speed. I know I’ve been hitting my head against the wall when things don’t behave the way they used to. The Start menu’s absence is a perfect example of a radical change. Indeed, the duality of the OS may bring some trouble, but as skeptical as I was, I must admit Microsoft has done a pretty good job of easing many of my concerns.

Metro is undoubtedly very touch-oriented and perhaps a beginner’s dream come true. For experienced users, it seems like Windows 8 still holds some promise. The devil is in the details, they say, so besides experimenting with a clean install I tried the upgrade option to see how well it worked. Going from a year-old Windows 7 install to the Consumer Preview was as seamless as you could ask for.

File copy dialogs, the task manager and search look better and work faster, and that adds up for an improved experience. I’m not loving Metro on my desktop since there’s little I can currently do with the stock apps, but I wonder if that will be true once my most-used programs take full advantage of live tiles.

Without further ado, here’s a shortlist of Windows 8 shortcuts and useful quick tricks I’ve gathered thus far.

Hot corners

The Start menu is no longer there, but there’s a hot corner that makes up for it (unfortunately on multiple screens it’s somewhat of a pain to use).

  • Lower-left corner + Left click Goes to the Start screen (Metro).
  • Lower-left corner + Right click Power user shortcut menu (Device Manager, Control Panel, Command Prompt, Power Options, etc.).
  • Upper-left corner Shows open window thumbnails, click to switch between them.
  • Upper screen limit + Click & Drag on desktop Move to left or right to snap the current desktop or Metro app to one side of the screen.
  • Lower-right corner Windows 8 Charm menu or Windows Aero Peak.
  • Upper-right corner Shows Windows 8 charm menu.
Keyboard shortcuts

Windows 8 is very hotkey-heavy, here are some of the shortcuts I find most useful:

  • Windows key Shows the new Start screen (Metro).
  • Win + type keyword Instant application search (same as in Windows 7).
  • Win + D Standard Windows desktop. Also minimizes/restores all open windows in desktop mode.
  • Win + Q Shows all installed apps.
  • Win + W Instant search for settings.
  • Win + F Instant search for files.
  • Win + I Settings sidebar (control panel, network, volume, brightness, notifications, and more).
  • Win + P Shows multi-monitor options, also useful for connecting an external monitor or projector.
  • Win + X Power user shortcut menu (Device Manager, Control Panel, Command Prompt, Power Options, etc.).
  • Win + Z Shows App Bar in Metro applications.
  • Win + . (period) Snaps the current Metro app to the right side of the screen. Do it twice and it will snap to the left.
  • Win + . (period) + Shift Snaps the current Metro app to the left side of the screen.
  • Win + J Switches focus between snapped Metro apps.
  • Win + Page Up / Down Moves full-screen Metro app to secondary monitor.
  • Win + Left / Right arrow Moves and snaps desktop applications in that direction, or to a different monitor.
  • Win + Tab Switches between open applications. Similar to using the left-upper hot corner with a mouse.
  • Win + L Locks Windows.
  • Get the Start Menu back, orb and all!

    Some of you may want to completely get rid of Metro and get the Windows 7 orb back. If that’s the case I’d personally recommend you just stick to Windows 7, but if you already jumped ship there’s a trick to do so as discussed on AskVG.

    Updated: A second, improved alternative The clever folks at Stardock have released a piece of software called Start 8 that essentially adds a Start button to Windows 8’s desktop mode. When you click on it you get a Metro-esque Start menu from where you can search and access other settings.

    Remove that pesky wallpaper watermark

    As we’ve seen on older betas, Windows 8 CP shows a wallpaper watermark indicating it’s not a final build. The lock screen or Metro UI don’t have any similar nagging reminder, and spending a majority of my time in the desktop mode, the message is tacky to say the least. Here’s a  possible solution I found circulating on a few forums

    • Download this zip file and install the InstallTakeOwnership.reg registry file
    • Take Ownership from the shell32.dll.mui file located on C:WindowsSystem32en-US
    • Take Ownership from the basebrd.dll.mui file located on C:WindowsBrandingBasebrden-US
    • Copy and replace the shell32.dll.mui from the Edited Files to C:WindowsSystem32en-US
    • Copy and replace the basebrd.dll.mui from the Edited Files to C:WindowsBrandingBasebrden-US
    • Close the Windows Explorer window and open the Command Prompt with Administrator rights (remember that Win + X shortcut?)
    • Type mcbuilder, wait for it to finish and reboot.
    Other quick tips
    • Drivers Windows 8 won’t suffer the same fate Vista did with drivers. Most Windows 7 drivers will work just fine with the new OS. Nvidia advised GeForce owners to use the readily available 295.73 driver set, while AMD decided to release new Radeon drivers for the Consumer Preview.
    • Recalling storage space after setup Your mileage may vary with a Windows 7 upgrade. It worked great for me but remember this is still beta software. Anyway, if you upgraded you may want to restore files from the Windows.old directory which contains data from your older OS installation and other files used during the setup using the Disk Cleanup tool. Reminder #2: If you upgrade, you can’t revert back to Windows 7.
      • Upgrading to Windows 8 Windows 8 will offer a complete upgrade option from Windows 7, but the same won’t be possible if you are using Vista or XP (or the current Consumer Preview for that matter). System requirements for Windows 8 are essentially the same as Windows 7 (which were similar to Vista), so most semi-modern hardware will run it just fine.
      • Metro notifications, turning some of those off Windows 8 encourages you to use a Microsoft account so you can take advantage of neat features like SkyDrive or syncing your OS settings across multiple PCs. However, it will also activate other things like the Messaging Metro app, which looks good, but becomes a nag if you are using a different IM client like Trillian or Pidgin. Windows 8 uses notifications that resembles those of Growl on OS X. You can fully manage, and deactivate the Messenger app notifications from the Settings menu.
      • Native screenshots in Win 8 Although using a third-party tool like Droplr remains the easiest way to grab and share a screenshot, Windows 8 finally adds a screenshot shortcut that doesn’t require the snipping tool or another program where you can paste the taken image. Win + Prt Sc does the trick, saving a PNG image file on the Pictures folder.
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5 CRUCIAL UPGRADES

“Upgrade” —  Can strike fear in the hearts of humble computer users.Upgrading doesn’t have to be a dreaded deed, especially when the health and safety of your computers are on the line.

Don’t believe us? Take a look at the recent changes announced by Microsoft. Along with the retirement of its CEO, Steve Ballmer, in August  — and the heated search for his successor — the Pacific Northwest-based tech giant has stepped up its marketing efforts in relation to several major upgrades on the horizon. CMIT Solutions has compiled a list of the five most crucial ones, along with reasons why you should act now.

1)    The biggie: Windows XP. If you haven’t heard, Microsoft will discontinue all support for Windows XP on April 8th, 2014. Why? Per the company’s Support Lifecycle policy, all Microsoft products are entitled to 10 years of support — five at the mainstream level and five at the extended level

2)    The blue-collar hero: Office 2003. In tandem with Microsoft’s big push away from Microsoft XP comes a similar end-of-support breakclick here to read more from Office 2003. The good news for frightened upgraders? Moving to Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, or 2013 provides for a much more seamless transition than moving from, say, Windows XP to Windows 8…[ Click here to read more]. 

3)    The nerve center: Windows Server and Small Business Server 2003. While these business server solutions are intrinsically linked to Windows XP, Microsoft has mercifully extended both products’ support lifecycles through July 2015…[click here to read more].

4)    The efficiency keeper: Exchange 2003. Although Microsoft has no plans to discontinue support of this version of its business email, calendaring, and contact database software, the company’s general rule of thumb is that support stretches back two previous versions…[click here to read more].

5)    The sleeper: Windows Vista.  Anyone using Windows Vista is probably breathing a huge sigh of relief that they’re not part of the 37% of current PC users still using Windows XP. But even Charles Songhurst, former Microsoft Head of Corporate Strategy, once admitted that Vista is a “less good product.” With Windows XP on the chopping block, Windows 7 the new norm, and Windows 8 rolling out a top-to-bottom updated version next month, Vista will soon be the odd man out. Plus, as Computer World said back in 2009, “Windows 7 simply does everything Vista does, except better.”

Need help navigating the tricky upgrade paths listed above? RCS Technology Solutions has years of experience working within the Windows environment.  Call today, 978 606 5432, and let us put that relationship to work for you and your business.

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5 Password Management Tools and Why You Need to Use Them

Need a reminder of why strong passwords should be at the top of your technological priority list? Consider the story of Houston, TX, parents Marc and Lauren Gilbert, who on August 10th discovered a hacker had compromised their video baby monitor and was shouting lewd comments at their sleeping two-year-old daughter. 

 

How did it happen? According to the family’s Internet service provider, a weak or nonexistent password for their Wi-Fi connection was the main culprit. Other high-profile password breaches include the Syrian Electronic Army hacking into the Facebook and Twitter accounts of national news outlets like The New York Post and Washington Post, along with the recent proliferation of security researchers (or “ethical hackers”) pointing out the vulnerabilities of home automation systems.

 

What does this mean for you?  As RCS Technology Solutions  has pointed out before, creating strong and unique passwords at least eight characters long that mix upper- and lower-case numbers, letters, and symbols is a necessity for online security. But what do you do with all of those unique passwords once they’re created? Write them down on a “secure” piece of paper? Count on your browser to remember them all? Hope you can figure them out when you’re using a mobile device?

 

That’s where password management tools come in handy. Some are free, some charge a nominal fee, and some are capable of doing much more than just remembering that random string of characters you generated.


But remember,  passwords represent just one facet of robust technological health. If you’re concerned about the safety of cloud computing, the critical nature of data backup and disaster recovery, or the essential need for anti-spam software, call or email  RCS Technology Solutions today. We take your online security seriously!