Monthly Archives: March 2016

Why Small & Medium Businesses Need VoIP Services

A strong communication system builds the base to large establishments. The Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology emerges as the most reliable and easiest sources of ensuring voice connections for the heavy use of businesses. No matter your services are unmatched, but if you are not communicating well, it doesn’t hold any worth.

VoIP enables a cost-effective way of communicating as it uses broadband internet connections & hosted VoIP providers to transfer voice message at the users’ convenience. The internet telephony (as it is denoted nowadays) converts voice data to compressed digital signals that further translate to IP packets. These packets then get transmitted to regular telephone signals.

Small businesses are the ones who must be imperatively using VoIP phone services for their business. Here are reasons to convince you:

Increased mobility & flexibility –

Apart from saving heavily on costs, VoIP phone services offer convenience to the user as he can access other applications including the internet while speaking on the phone. Individuals can discuss things even when they are away from their desks.

Easy Installation, configuration & maintenance –

Since there is no phone system, onsite installation is a breeze. All you need is IP phones, POE switch and configurations are done from a convenient web portal. Hosted VoIP service providers make it easy to add new users & portal allows moving, adding, or changing the system’s configuration.

Convenient scaling up or down –

With the costs involved in fixed line phones, you have to be accurate about the number of devices you would need. VoIP services allow you to add or remove new phone lines, which is a good news for small businesses as employee stability is the major issue with them.

Add-on functions included –

In addition to the functions of traditional phone systems, VoIP gives you access to find me/follow me call routing, voicemail to email transcription, music on hold, call screening, auto attendant, conferencing & do not disturb features. So, you don’t have to compromise on your favorite features.

About Net Activity, Inc.:

We have helped many businesses to save huge with our IP based solutions. It’s your turn now… If you are still not convinced about the ease of use and reliability on VoIP services, visit http://www.netactivity.us/voip-business-phone-services.html and gather more information or call us at 888 545 5346 to discuss further.

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Security Issues: Public vs. Private vs. Hybrid Cloud Computing. How to Overcome?

Cloud storage has become immensely popular among the businesses (small, mid-sized or big) and has been positively being adopted across the globe. Depending upon the features and approved budget, organizations choose a cloud computing service that serves their purpose in the best possible manner.

Here is a quick list of characteristics summarized by cloud computing storage providers to help you decide the best one for you:

Characteristic

Public cloud storage Private cloud storage Hybrid cloud storage
Security Good. Depends on the security measures of the service provider Most secure as all storage is on-premises Very secure. Integration options add an additional layer of security
Performance Low to medium Very good Good, as active content is cached on-premises
Scalability Very high Limited Very high
Reliability Medium. Depends on Internet connectivity and service provider
availability
High, as all equipment is on-premises Medium to high, as cached content is kept on-premises. Also depends on connectivity and service provider availability

Although the cloud computing solutions have witnessed a remarkable growth in the past few decades, many organizations are skeptical about accepting it due to the security issues associated with it. Sharing your valuable private data with some other company’s storage systems is undoubtedly daunting and leads to an open invitation to data breaches.

What are the security challenges you must be aware of before moving to the cloud?

  1. Loss of Governance: Ideally, you have very less control over your data when you delegate the authority to a private cloud computing solutions provider. So, it is better to be knowledgeable about the level of security training their personnel receive, their security infrastructure and policies, their patch management, logging policies and vulnerability assessment and intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS).
  2. Loss of Data: Despite of the security measures taken by the cloud service providers, there have been cases in the past to make you feel insecure about the attack of hackers and data loss. Examples include a group of hackers that could obtain e-mail addresses and SIM card numbers for over 100,000 iPad users from the AT&T website.
  3. Threat from a shared infrastructure: The cloud offers a multitenant storage system which makes it difficult to locate who you are sharing the infrastructure with. They may possibly be hackers! & you might be risking your critical data to them.Vulnerability in your neighbor’s web application could mean the loss of your sensitive data, if all customers share the same backend database.

How to overcome security challenges of the cloud storage?

Regardless of the above risks, a critical and thoughtful proactive approach can lead you to a smooth functioning of the cloud computing solutions. Here are three steps to help you overcome cloud security challenges:

  1. Establish criteria to evaluate public cloud vendors:
  • Perform pre-employment checks
  • Change control and remote access policies, backup procedures, patch management, log retention and review policies, isolation technologies &application security
  • Business Continuity Management: recovery and failover procedures, customer communication processes
  • Define strict escalation procedures, security monitoring infrastructure, documentation, metrics
  1. Develop your internal infrastructure into a private cloud: Building a private cloud is similar to building a virtual network. This would save you time as well as monetary resources. But be careful to maintain security & make sure you see the blind spots.
  2. Sequence your migration to the cloud: Your management might be encouraging you to establish a cloud storage network to increase agility and reduce costs. Starting with low risk applications, you can demonstrate to management the inherent risks of cloud computing while not sacrificing your critical data, reputation, and potentially incurring legal or financial risk.

Net Activity, Inc. a certified Microsoft Cloud Provider, we can provide you Cloud, On premise or Hybrid solutions. Contact us on (216) 503-5150 ext 206 or write to us at http://www.netactivity.us/contact.html. For more about our Cloud Offerings please refer to http://www.netactivity.us/cloud-computing-services.html

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Key Role of Firewalls In Network Security : How It Works?

Firewalls & network security services are known to all those who use the internet and stands important as a protective shield to your network. Today, internet is a basic necessity of computer (or any digital media) users. However, it also invites invader’s attack on the network security which can lead to build up a malicious traffic on your system by encouraging unauthorized access to and from a network.

How does a firewall network security plan works:

A firewall is responsible for bringing in only safe and relevant traffic to your private network or computer system. It keeps a check on any unauthorized access to your computer and automatically refuses and decrypt’s unwanted information through the network.

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It uses one or a combination of the following three methods to monitor traffic flowing in and out of the network.

Packet Filtering

This is the earliest and very basic type of firewall protection that inspects packets of information and flags inappropriate content or suspicious files. It uses a pre-defined set of rules to detect the packet’s source and destination address, protocol, and destination port number.Although the transport layer is used to obtain the source and destination port numbers, the packet filter firewalls mainly work on the first three layers of the OSI reference model.

Stateful Inspection

Introduced in 1994, the Stateful Packet Inspection provided additional information about the origin of a packet – whether it is a part of an existing connection or not. This eventually led to speeding up of packet processing. Stateful firewalls, without further analysis, allow packets that are part of an existing connection and evaluate others according to the rules set for new connections.

Application Filtering

With the increasing web server attacks, application-layer firewalls emerged in 1999 to protect servers as well as the applications. This enabled the firewalls to filter packets on any OSI layer up to the application layer. The advantage of application layer filtering is that it lets you block specific content like malware or certain websites and recognize when certain protocols such as HTTP, FTP & DNS are being misused.

Proxy Service

It acts as an intermediary between systems. The proxy firewall prevents establishing direct connections between both the sides; they are forced to conduct a session through the proxy, which can block or allow traffic according to the pre-defined set of rules.

Firewalls are an inseparable part of the packages provided by managed IT support services providers (MSSPs). Net Activity, Inc. a leading provider of internet security services, Cleveland includes firewall security as a service with management of threats from the network operational center.

Contact us on (216) 503-5150 ext 206 or write to us at http://www.netactivity.us/contact.html.

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