The Importance of NIST Compliance for Businesses

 

Nowadays, security has become a major concern of all companies and organizations that conduct their businesses through the internet. Establishing an online presence has become mandatory for any company that wants to catch people’s attention and expand their reach in the digital world we live in.

The Center of Internet Security – What Are the Top 20 Critical Security Controls

The Center of Internet Security, or CIS for short, has recently released a new revision of their Top 20 Security Controls. This set of regulations represents the top security measures designed to detect security threats and prevent cyberattacks. While following the CIS Top 20 Security Controls is not in any way a requirement by law, it is recommended to both small and large business who aim to protect their data and clients from the threats of today’s cyber world.

Desktop Virtualization: Where is your desktop, really?

Wouldn’t it be nice if all the users who subscribe to a network are actually scattered far and wide geographically but they all have access to the same network and they are all connected to the same server or virtual machine through LAN or WAN or even the Internet? What if there could be a way to let each of these subscribers – no matter where they are – maintain their individualized desktops that house the applications and programs unique to each of these users while all of the computing prowess is contained not with the ‘client systems’ but with a central server?

It’s possible and it’s called Desktop Virtualization.

Network Monitoring: How Does a Peek Into Your Network Activity Look Like?

Have you been worrying endlessly about what your employees do during their workday? How does your network perform? Do you keep a tab on the cost of infrastructure costs? How do you ensure business continuity?

Network Monitoring is a way for you to monitor your internet networking infrastructure to sniff out problems even before they arise; keep a check on questionable user activity; prevent files from overloading your networks; intervene and check before server crashes; rectify choppy network connections, etc.

Thin Client Computing: Should You Consider It For Your Business Enterprise?

Wouldn’t your business breathe a heaving sigh of relief if all business data and applications remain in one central place for easy management? How would it be if your data back-up and data restore work remains centralized and almost a breeze?

Scott Alan Miller, an IT expert who writes for Datamation[1], claims that IT managers and administrations swear by the central computing model for exactly the same reasons mentioned above in an article titled “Thin Clients in The Dark and Distant Past”[2].

What on earth is Thin Client Computing?

A Thin Client (lean client or Slim Client) is basically a computer that is stripped bare of all the usual bells and whistles.

Why Business Must Go Green? – Part 1: It’s all About the Money

Data centres are ugly ogres when it comes to energy consumption. According to a report published by Rackable Systems[1], the year 2007 witnessed about 180 billion KWH on power requirements and cooling and a whopping $29 billion has been spent to feed this energy requirement alone.

Networking Basics: Understanding Switches and Routers

Networking isn’t that hard to understand once you master the basics – as is for any sort of conceptual mastery. One of the basic things you need to understand with respect to networking is the concept of switches and routers and how they pan out in the overall scheme of things with all things to do with setting up and running networks for your business.

5 Devastating Mistakes Companies Make Before Moving To the Cloud

Learning from mistakes is good and is often appreciated; trouble sprouts up only when any of these mistakes you do costs a bomb or can literally derail your company. Many companies find the need to move to a cloud by adopting a cloud-based service, take to cloud networking, or find a home for an application on the cloud.

4 Preventable Risks to Your Data That Could Devastate Your Business

Imagine what would happen if all the data your business has amassed over the years – think accounting & financial information, customer data, inventory and shipping data, information related to your research and development and much more – would just snap out of the grid and disappear? What would happen if you had to lose data in a system crash or a server crash? What, if you ever thought about it, would be the extent of damage for your business?

Here’s some perspective: over 170 million records of U.S residents have been exposed due to various levels of security breaches even since January 2005, according to the Privacy Rights Clearing House [1]– a not-for-profit consumer information and advocacy organization.