Posts Categorized: Security

Network Security — A First Line of Defense that Might Surprise You

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OTELCO Director of Network Operations, Jason Gay manages all of OTELCO’s internal IT and external network operations. In a recent company-wide monthly security brief, Gay emphasized the fact that: “Employee Security Awareness is a very important part of the overall Security Policy and Information Technology Compliance program of any business.” Although there are numerous network security options that substantially reduce network threats, he contends that the first line of defense to most cyber-attacks is the end-user. Network Security… Read more »

Managed Service Options That Can Streamline Your Business Operations

Managed Service Options like network, application, system, and e-management services are among the offerings of a Managed Service Provider. These MSPs deliver services across a network to multiple enterprises with “pay-as-you-go” pricing.  Many Managed Service Providers focus on management services as their primary offering. However, many include third-party services such as application service providers, Web hosting companies, and network service providers. Managed Service Options There are many elements to Managed Services. Here are some of… Read more »

Managed Services, what does it mean, and does my company need it?

Managed Services can be powerful tools for small to mid-sized businesses to supplement the capabilities of their IT resources. In many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), the ‘IT Person’ is the employee who knows the most about computers.  He or she does their regular job and are the go-to person for all things tech. Small and medium-sized firms who are lucky enough to have a real ‘IT Person’ probably count on that person for everything… Read more »

IoT Security: Who’s Really Responsible

With literally billions of applications and devices communicating, security on the Internet of Things is a huge issue, and identity theft is only the beginning.  Imagine someone hacking into your baby monitor and spying on your toddler  (it has happened) or someone taking control of your home automation system (yup that’s happened too). In both of these stories, the issue was with a defect in application, the home automation company didn’t password protect access and… Read more »

Is Your Network Safe – Including DDoS Protection?

You Need to protect yourself from viruses, DDoS attacks, Ransomware, and all the other cyber-crimes outthere.

It’s a jungle out there — in cyberspace that is.  Since the Internet has become integral to just about every facet of life, it is also more appealing to hackers who get their kicks from causing service interruptions.  Viruses, identity theft, DDoS attacks, the list goes on.  Thankfully, there are steps we can take to protect our computers and our data both at home and in business. Installing firewalls, using anti-virus software, keeping your operating… Read more »