Once connected to the Internet, the next thing you should be thinking about is SECURITY and protecting your valuable data. Hackers and malware writers have targeted small and medium sized businesses because such businesses rarely have onsite IT staff to deal directly with security problems. And, today’s malware is not out to simply erase your hard drive or display silly pictures…today’s infections want to steal your data and use your computer to infect other computers, to mine their data too. All of this activity creates huge potential liabilities for small businesses.
Infected computers are spewing SPAM out to the Internet, possibly using your resources and your name. Your valuable data – customer credit card information, passwords, bank account transactions – may be stolen without your knowledge. If you accept customer payments via credit card, you must have a firewall in place to meet the payment card industry (PCI) compliance standards or your business could be liable for any use of stolen credit card data. When considering your security, ask yourself:
How secure is my data?
Am I using tools that are constantly updated?
Am I monitoring key services to give me early warnings of problems?
Am I backed up regularly?
Why trust DakotaPro.biz?
DakotaPro.biz understands how valuable and indispensable data is to your business. We are also aware of the absurd amounts of malicious spam and viruses that attack networks and the Internet hourly. We have partnered with Checkpoint Technologies – the same company who protects 98% of Fortune 500 Companies and built a state-of-the-art data center to ensure security. DakotaPro.biz maintains and monitors a secure network for our own internal use and the services we provide our customers. We take security, whether it be intrusion prevention, malware, viruses, worms, port scanning or a Denial of Service (DOS) attacks very, very seriously.
DakotaPro.biz has been protecting client’s data since 1995. We keep abreast of new technologies and malware the bad guys are using. We thwart their attempts at hacking your data by employing all that is at our disposal. The net result is that you can sleep at night knowing your data is secure from outside attack.
Responding to security issues, whether it be cleaning a user’s computer due to a virus, or needing to improve the security of your network usually demands a significant amount of network administrator’s time. Let DakotaPro.biz help you secure your network and free up YOUR time to work on more productive tasks! An ounce of prevention is still worth a pound of cure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I have desktop anti-virus – is that enough?
A: NO! Desktop antivirus software is good for catching viruses spread via floppy disks or CD ROM’s. While this is very important, it is not adequate protection against malicious viruses spread via e-mail. Desktop antivirus software is also notoriously difficult to keep configured and up to date throughout your office. A desktop only antivirus solution leaves organizations vulnerable to virus infiltration. In order to provide complete virus protection it is necessary to have another layer of virus protection at the mail server. Server side or gateway anti-virus protection stops viruses at the point of entry and provides a centralized point for virus detection, quarantine and eradication.
Q: I am using a cable modem or DSL router running NAT to protect my network – am I safe?
A: Five years ago the answer would have been yes. Unfortunately, the security threats presented on the Internet today are well beyond the capabilities of residential-type firewalls and gateways to handle. The main reasons are the lack of intelligence of these devices and lack of firmware upgradeability. The most dangerous security threats today are often encountered in the form of “drive-by” downloads. Legitimate web sites are often compromised and embedded with malware that can turn a PC into a robot sending out spam and allow the malware writes to steal data from the host computer. Cable modem and DSL routers typically do not have the mechanisms or intelligence to block these kinds of attacks and their many variations.