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Penetration Testing vs. Vulnerability Testing Your Business Network

 

 

Hearing “all of your confidential information is extremely vulnerable, we know this because…” is bad news, but whatever follows the ellipses determines just how bad. Consider two scenarios.

  1. “All of your confidential information is extremely vulnerable… we know this because a hacker took all of your customers’ credit card info and locked all of your files behind ransomware.”

  2. “All of your confidential information is extremely vulnerable…we know this because we did a vulnerability scan of your network, and have some suggestions on how you can improve.” 61% percent of small businesses are victimized by cyber attacks each year, and one in five victims do not survive. It is financially worthwhile to make sure that you end up being the person hearing the latter sentence.
Scenario 2 describes the statement after you have had a vulnerability test conducted. A vulnerability test is a comprehensive audit of security flaws that a hacker could exploit, and the possible consequences. This is the equivalent of a doctor giving a physical examination. This information will allow you to know what your risks are and plan your security policies accordingly.
 
Vulnerability tests should be conducted quarterly, and can be done by in-house IT or outside consultants.They should be done quarterly, or whenever you are incorporating new equipment into your IT network.
 
What is a pen-test: A pen-test is a simulated attack on a network to test the strength of its security. Usually, the pen-tester will have a specific objective (e.g. “compromise this piece of data…) A vulnerability scan tells you “what are my weaknesses?” and pen­test tells you “how bad a specific weakness is.”
 
How often should you pen-test: Different Industries will have different government mandated requirements for pen­testing. One of the more broad reaching regulations, the PCI DSS, for example, requires pen-testing on an annual basis. However, it is prudent to go beyond the legalminimum. You should also conduct a pen-test every time you have
  • Added new network infrastructure or applications,
  • Made significant upgrades or
  • Modifications to infrastructure or applications,
  • Established new office locations,
  • Applied a security patch
  • Modified end user policies.

Remote Monitoring and Management

 
Remote Monitoring and Management
 
Remote monitoring and management of numerous devices operating on your IT network is a time saving and effective way to control the devices that help run your business. 24/7 Remote monitoring helps to reduce potential catastrophes due to malware or employee error. With remote monitoring and management, your business IT infrastructure will be safer and easier to manage from anywhere.

Service Desk

 
Service Desk
 
Certified technicians, expert problem solving, and the latest tools in IT is the WowLinx way of solving business IT problems. Our certified support specialists will have your IT infrastructure back up and running in no time. We know how important technology is to any successful business. Let us take care of all your IT needs! 

WowLinx Vault

 
WowLinx Vault
 
Company data is perhaps the most vital tool to any business. Data protection is essential in our world today. All too often, we see cases where data wasn’t backed up properly or outdated technology fails to properly protect company data. The WowLinx solution is a comprehensive enterprise class data protection suite that includes remote monitoring and management, 24/7 support, and the ability to restore data in a matter of minutes, not days.

WowLinx Managed Services

 
WowLinx Managed Services
 
WhenIT fails, valuable productivity time is lost, and your business ultimatelyloses money. Traditional IT services can be costly as many charge by hourlyrate on top of service charges. WowLinx takes a different approach to managedIT services. Instead of charging by occurrence of IT issues, WowLinx charges aflat monthly rate that includes things like remote support, phone support, andon-site visits. Our approach to IT managed services saves you money, addsflexibility to your IT infrastructure and gives you the peace of mind youdeserve.

Mobile Device Management

 
Mobile Device Management
 
Mobile device management can be a daunting task for businesses who rely on the portability and practicality of mobile devices. Fortunately, there is a solution powered by MaaS360 from Fiberlink. Our approach to mobile device management allows companies to detect and restrict devices, control app installations, enforce encryption and password policies, remotely locate or lock a device, and restrict access to corporate resources when a threat is detected. This approach also makes it easy to enroll devices and configure things like email, calendars, and contacts. 

Move IT to the Cloud

 
Move IT to the Cloud
 
Thecloud has transformed almost every aspect of our digital lives, except ourworkspace. For work, we rely on clunky IT systems that are outdated, complex,and vulnerable to attacks. Why shouldn’t we work in the cloud too? Movingbusiness apps, desktops, and even your entire IT infrastructure is acost-effective way boost productivity and flexibility within your business.Stop pumping money into outdated IT systems and move your company to the cloudand into the future!

 
Considering the Cloud
 
Youmay have heard “The Cloud” being used as a buzzword, or you may be considering moving your business to the cloud, but which cloud solution is right for you?  There are so many solutions that can be provided in the cloud such as hosting your telephone service, SPAM filtering, Office 365, Google Apps, backing up your company data, and so much more.  The cloud can be quite complicated, but what should you know before moving to the cloud? WowLinx can help your business make sense of the cloud and the benefits that it can offer, and navigate through the many pitfalls of these same offerings.  WowLinx can provide you a Free Cloud Assessment, and help you determine how the cloud can benefit your business.

 
Backup and Disaster Recovery
 
More than 80% of businesses that lose important data never recover and they go out of business. A business without a Backup and Disaster Recovery plan is just asking to be a statistic. Would you be able to continue operating if you lost everything?  Your network is threatened by more than viruses or hackers, a disgruntled employee or a dropped hard drive; it could be affected by natural disasters such as power outages, tornadoes, or fires that could wipe out your entire building.  Keeping a current backup of your data is an insurance plan against loss. It gives you peace of mind that your data is safe even if the computer or systems are damaged beyond repair. Without a plan you won’t be able to recover from data loss, you need a solution for managing the risk, and ensuring that your systems are available QUICKLY even after the worst disaster strikes. A well planned Disaster Recovery plan will keep your business operating and making money in the middle of a disaster. To learn how WowLinx will protect your data, and your business continuity even after a disaster, call us for a Free Consultation.

 
Cloud Computing
 
The cloud is a very popular buzz word, but most small business do not understand what is available in the cloud or what it means to their business. These same small businesses with the help of WowLinx begin to realize the vast amount of resources available to them. The cloud helps businesses today realize growth potentials in their business, by increasing efficiencies, while not investing in new equipment every three to five years, or the time required to install it.  Making new technology available to your business right now and in turn means you can start seeing immediate cash in your pocket. Cloud computing also allows you to upgrade your existing infrastructure, with no lengthy delays in setup, scale up or down, reduce the risk during a disaster, and keeps your cost variable to your business needs. This means that your business no longer needs invest in new equipment every three to five years, instead your equipment is always running on new equipment, this also eliminates the cost for techs to upgrade your computers on a regular basis. WowLinx helps our clients transition their business systems to the cloud, and help them realize that productivity can be achieved anywhere, anytime, and on any device. WowLinx can help you learn about the power of the cloud and how your business can leverage it, all by requesting a Free Cloud Strategy consultation.

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