Combat Phishing With Netshield.

Phishing attacks are becoming all too common and frequent. These attacks are used by fraudsters to get personal information, spread viruses or gain economic benefit for themselves.

Data Security

Email phishing is very common and it can be difficult to detect. This means that your business could be under threat from sophisticated online Email based fraudsters. These people are capable of posing as business directors and owners and asking for money to be transferred into an account as an emergency payment, they can also send viruses through attachments which can subsequently damage data on your PC and invade and collect personal information.

Here at Netshield we have a counter for this, our brilliant NetMail package. NetMail is a fantastic way to reduce the spam that enters your inbox as well as eliminate any phishing attacks.

We realise that the constant worry and panic of phishing is alive and well in today’s world of IT. That is why this fantastic package is set up to give peace of mind and reassurance that your data is safe and sound, and the scams will not be able to reach your inbox.

 

Netmail offers;

100% virus protection, ensuring that personal information and details are kept safe as is the well being of your PC.

99.92% spam detection, No bulk, sales, phishing or any other general junk Emails are able to reach your inbox.

Business Continuity,

90 archiving,

Data leak prevention,

AND SO MUCH MORE…

 

Why not set your mind at rest and get in touch with us to see what we can do for you? Our team of top quality professionals will be able to cater for your businesses needs.

Contact us via,

Phone – 0333 200 1636

Email – jack.finlan@netshield.net

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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Managed Services – Take the Stress out of IT

 

IT can be stressful. It can place a heavy use and strain on resource, human and equipment, as well as your business wallet!

Managed IT services help you get the most from your systems, without extra pressure on valuable resources and costs.

 

What Are Managed Services?

A Managed Service is where your IT networks are monitored by an external company, who can investigate and mitigate risks and issues before they occur, often before you have even realised there is a problem! Managed Services are pro-active, and employ preventative care. Issues and problems do not disrupt your business operations, with the trusted IT team ensuring they are dealt with beforehand.

 

How does my business, and me benefit?

  • Easy access to IT professionals
  • Save time, money and resource
  • Minimise costly downtime
  • Peace of mind – your network is managed by trusted IT experts
  • Bespoke management services to meet your requirements and business needs
  • Constant monitoring, ensuring issues are detected before they develop into larger problems

 

Great, what if I only want one part of my network Managed?

That’s fine! The service can be tailored to include as little, or as much of your network as you need. Options can range from desktop management, to full infrastructure management. Your choice can include:

  • Firewall Management. Protect your critical information and ensure the highest level of data privacy, access and availability. Ensure you are as protected as possible against malware and unwanted intrusions, with firmware updates and regular security audits occurring.
  • Network Management. We can ensure your network is being optimised and maintained, including both voice and data. Ongoing monitoring and consultancy across all aspects of your network is included.
  • Server and Desktop. We will plan, implement and manage your server and desktop environments. Through patch and update management, firmware upgrades and recommendations, our support and experience will help to reduce your operating costs, minimise downtime, enhance performance and improve service delivery.
  • Network Security. You can rest easy knowing your business network security is managed and maintained, with security patches, anti-virus and network data are all as secure as possible.

Service Level Agreements can also be customised, including 24×7 or 8×5 monitoring.

 

 

Consider your dependency on IT. Could you really afford to take the risk of prolonged downtime and unavailability? Give Netshield a call today to discuss your requirements.

The Advantages Of Offsite Backups.

Data is one thing which joins and links all businesses together, they all have and use it. It is part of the day to day running of a business. The data is precious and extremely important. What if a cyber-attack or a corrupt file was to threaten all of that data? As a company you had backed all information onto an onsite server and the server had failed? The data which was backed up is lost, non-recoverable and most of it non reproducible. This can be avoided simply by backing up all data to an offsite location.

The idea that your data can be stored away from your own premises may be a new and daunting one to imagine, so here are five important and factual advantages to storing data in offsite backups.

1. Recovery. In the event of a disaster the restoration of an entire network can be easily achieved saving the time and money needed to re build a network.

2. Business continuity is highly important and a huge advantage. All information assets are protected, meaning that in the event of a disaster, your business can resume working as quickly as possible.

3. The advantage of data loss avoidance is a huge one for businesses. This is because the loss of data may be completely detrimental and can occur during a hardware or network failure.

4. The outsourcing for the location of backups can also be more cost effective as there is little need for investing in expensive hardware that is needed.

5. For a business, knowing that the data and information you store is safe and secure is a huge advantage. Knowing that the stored data is safe and reliably backed up gives the business owner peace of mind that in the event of a disaster, your data and information is safe.

Here at Netshield we offer a NetRecover package where we are able to help with all of the offsite backing up of any data your business may have. Why not give us a call on 0333 200 1636 or please email jack.finlan@netshield.net to see what our fantastic team can do to help reassure your business that if the worst does happen, we can help.

How to encrypt your data for free!

Last month, the Talk Talk cyber-attack resulted in the theft of a substantial amount of sensitive customer data, in the region of:

28,000 credit card/debit card details

15,656 bank account details and sort codes

15,000 dates of birth

1.2 million Email addresses, names and phone numbers

This was Talk Talk’s third attack of this kind in the last 12 months, putting the company firmly on the ever-growing list of multinationals to have suffered a major cyber-attack. The question is, if large corporates such as, Sony, EBay, Carphone Warehouse and Talk Talk (with their expert IT departments and security specialists), can’t prevent hackers from infiltrating their networks, what chance do smaller companies and home users have?

Talk Talk’s CEO, Dido Harding couldn’t confirm whether the data of around 4 million customers had been encrypted or not and when asked why, she didn’t know and responded stating that it wasn’t a ‘legal’ requirement to do so. Ok, so it isn’t required by law but surely any company, regardless of size has a duty of care over their customers’ private data?

The fact is, encryption isn’t a hard thing to implement. It won’t guarantee total prevention of a data leak but together with other security tools, like firewalls, email filtering, intrusion prevention systems, patching and anti-virus, it adds another important layer of protection.

Together with our partner Kaspersky, we’ve outlined the top 5 benefits of encryption:

  1. Full protection of data – Securely encrypted data is completely protected, even if it is stolen. Why? If, for example, a file is encrypted with 256-bit AES, it would take a hacker more than a lifetime to crack the code using the brute-force method.
  2. Security across your devices – Many companies are currently struggling with the boom in smartphones and tablets. Whether administrators like it or not, data is pouring out of companies and being distributed among the most diverse of devices. Encryption removes the stress from this situation, as it ensures that data remains secure, regardless of the device on which it is stored.
  3. Safe transmission of data – Users sending files via email or distributing them via a cloud server can use encryption to ensure that no unauthorised user can view them.
  4. Retain data integrity – Targeted data theft is one thing, but another way to misuse data is through manipulation. Even though a hacker may have absolutely no interest in the information in question, he or she can manipulate specific data to disrupt corporate communications. If encrypted data is used, the recipient will definitely notice that it has been tampered with.
  5. Ensure compliance – IT departments often have to comply with legal or contractual regulations on data protection. These may involve archiving banking data or providing special protection for customer information. In many cases, encrypting the data involved is the easiest way to comply with these rules.

If you are a home user or a small company looking to encrypt your data, lifehacker.com recently published their poll to establish the most popular ways of using encryption for free, with these desktop tools:

  • Veracrypt (Windows/ OS X/Linux) – MOST POPULAR – 40% of the vote
  • 7- Zip (Windows/OS x/Linux) – RUNNER UP – 20 % of the vote

Netshield’s IT security specialists have a wealth of experience and can offer expert advice. If you are a company and not sure where to go next with your IT security, we can arrange a full security health check across your network starting at just £295 (+VAT). Your data is your business – let us help you keep it secure.

Call us on 0333 200 1636 or email info@netshield.net for more details.

Proactive IT Monitoring = Knowledge, Knowledge = Power

The term ‘managed services’ has been around in the IT industry for a fair few years now. The level of importance placed on managed services varies from business to business and is directly related to how a company prioritises the efficiency and performance of their IT network and infrastructure.

For many companies, the more traditional break-fix mantra of, ‘When it is broken, we will get the “IT guys” in to fix it,’ is the extent of their IT strategy. In recent years, the more forward thinking organisations recognise the importance of keeping their IT systems running efficiently, to minimise downtime. Unfortunately, relying purely on a break-fix approach can be risky.

The majority of the time, just reacting to problems that have already occurred is too late. Productivity has been diminished, data has been lost and downtime has had an impact. Consider these real life scenarios:

Scenario 1

Backups have failed and have for the last few weeks but without proper monitoring, nobody noticed. It is only when the HDD gives up the ghost that the company discovers the loss of invoices, product orders, communications and more.

Scenario 2

A spam bot attacks the exchange server because the firewall isn’t being monitored. This creates a spam relay causing the customer’s domain to be blacklisted. The ISP terminates service and the internet and email shut down.

Scenario 3

A virus has hit the network due to the server anti-virus expiring over a month ago. Due to the lack of monitoring and management, this has escalated into the users not being able to start their workstations up until everything has been cleaned.

The ability to strategically look forward, for many IT departments is a tricky task, mainly due to various operational and commercial pressures. However, in order to enhance and maintain technology performance, planned monitoring will ensure that corporate objectives are met and, more importantly, reduce the exposure to risk.

‘But it is too expensive!’ I hear you cry….IT purchases are often about justifying upfront costs for hardware and software. After those expensive purchases, it is rare that a company would monitor the performance of the costly kit and just rely on the vendor’s claims. This makes little sense after spending so much putting the kit in place.

In fact, for a modest monthly fee, monitoring will allow you to:

  • Analyse historical trends to enable data driven insights and decisions
  • Prevent outages rather than fight fires
  • Increase productivity and run at peak performance
  • Plan and budget for future upgrades
  • Minimise downtime and save money

Perhaps more importantly, a managed service provider, such as Netshield take on all the risk for you. When your systems are running at peak performance, you are happy and so are we!

Contact us to enquire about a health check or to find out more about our monthly NetManage rates.