5 Tips for Office Security

May 16th, 2024 by TCC No comments »

Best password managers 2024: Reviews of the top products – PCWorld

March 21st, 2024 by TCC No comments »

If you’re still using your dog’s name to log in to your bank, you’re courting disaster.

By Michael Ansaldo
Freelance contributor, PCWorld 

We thought you would enjoy this article from PCWorld.

Humans are terrible at passwords. Simply put, we suck at creating them, we can never remember them, and we share them way too freely. Indeed, the very thing that can ensure our online security has become our biggest obstacle to it. And if you think you have good reasons not to use a password manager, here is why you’re wrong.

The best password managers relieve you of the burden of two of these problems—having to create and then memorize unique, complex logins on your own. Sharing your passwords is on you. Plus, these applications protect your passwords by encrypting your login info in a virtual vault—either locally or in the cloud—only allowing access with a single master password. So, if you’re looking to step up your security game, a password manager is one of the best ways to do it. And sure, web browsers are starting to offer password management features, but they’re not yet good enough. 

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Stay Ahead of Cyber Threats with Penetration Testing!

February 23rd, 2024 by TCC No comments »

Cybersecurity is a critical concern for businesses of all sizes in today’s digital age. With the increasing sophistication of cyber threats, it’s essential for organizations to stay ahead of attackers by identifying and addressing vulnerabilities before they can be exploited. Penetration testing, also known as pen testing, is a proactive approach to cybersecurity that can help organizations strengthen their systems and protect valuable data.

What is Penetration Testing?

Penetration testing is an attempted breach against a business’ systems to disclose application, web server, or network vulnerabilities. It involves employing techniques similar to those used by criminal hackers, but in an ethical manner. The process is carefully thought out and executed to make an organization’s systems stronger.

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How Does Pen Testing Work?

The pen testing process typically involves several key steps:

1. Define the scope of the project: This includes identifying the systems and networks to be tested and the goals of the testing.

2. Reconnaissance: Gather all the necessary information needed: This involves gathering information about the target systems, such as IP addresses, domain names, and network configurations.

3. Scanning: Use all the information to assess vulnerabilities: This step involves using specialized tools to scan the target systems for known vulnerabilities.

4. Attempt: Utilize results from the scan to exploit the weaknesses and vulnerabilities: This step involves attempting to exploit the vulnerabilities identified in the scanning phase.

5. Exploitation: Controlled attacks are meant to act on the vulnerabilities: This step involves carrying out controlled attacks to exploit the vulnerabilities and gain access to the target systems.

6. Analysis: A compiled report detailing the vulnerabilities identified in the testing phase: This step involves compiling a report that details the vulnerabilities identified during the testing phase.

7. Remediation: The process of eliminating vulnerabilities by applying the right solutions and processes, and training staff members where necessary: This step involves addressing the vulnerabilities identified in the testing phase and implementing measures to prevent them from being exploited.

What are the benefits?

Penetration testing by the Computer Company is a critical component of a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy. By identifying and addressing vulnerabilities before they can be exploited, organizations can protect their valuable data and stay ahead of attackers. With the right approach and expertise, penetration testing can help organizations strengthen their systems and protect against cyber threats.

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What is CMMC Compliance, and Why Does It Matter to You?

January 19th, 2024 by TCC No comments »

CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) is a system of compliance levels that helps the government, specifically the Department of Defense, determine whether an organization has the security necessary to work with controlled or otherwise vulnerable data.

Companies that are interested in working with the DoD will need to be CMMC rated and follow specific CMMC regulations. Generally, this is done by building and following a CMMC framework and using CMMC best practices.

The CMMC is designed to assess the maturity of an organization’s current cybersecurity initiatives. This includes whether the organization is capable of not only maintaining its security but also of improving its efficiency and optimization. It also includes whether an organization manages its security proactively or reactively, as well as how involved its security measures are.

Compliance with CMMC is important for all organizations. Let’s glance at what in-house advisors should know about compliance.

HOW Do we Get CMMC?

This can be a lengthy process; many organizations require the assistance of an expert partner to determine where they stand on the CMMC level system and whether there are discrepancies in their system or improvements that can be made.Creating the Best Logo by eManagerSite
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WHO NEEDS CMMC CERTIFICATION?

Organizations working with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and organizations that work with any level of classified DoD information need to be CMMC certified. If the company is handling high-value information, then it will likely need a Level 4 or higher clearance. However, clearances are set by individual projects.

HOW DO YOU GET CMMC CERTIFICATION?

Companies cannot certify themselves for the CMMC. Going through a third-party certification process is what those who work with government entities, as well as government contractors, will need to do. CMMC certification is overseen by the DoD and will have to be performed by a CMMC-certified company. The company performing the CMMC will need to verify that the company has all of their policies, procedures, and security processes in place. CMMC certification is one of the most popular types of security certification for a company to pursue.

With CMMC certification, the company will be able to pursue government contracts and deal with privileged information.

WHAT IF YOU DON’T WORK WITH THE GOVERNMENT?

If you’re interested in working with the government, your organization may find that CMMC compliance improves your chances. The contracts that require higher CMMC certification levels typically offer more benefits.

But that doesn’t mean you don’t need CMMC compliance if you aren’t working with government or DoD contracts. The fundamental ideas behind CMMC compliance revolve around consistent and proactive security best practices. Every organization should be able to achieve CMMC compliance, if only for their own peace of mind and security.

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How to Secure Your Business Continuity: TCC’s Robust Strategy

November 30th, 2023 by TCC No comments »

In the fast-paced world of business, disruptions can come from various sources – natural disasters, human errors, or cyber threats. TCC, with its one year of dedicated service, stands as a reliable partner in safeguarding organizations of all sizes through its comprehensive Business Continuity Planning services.

Uninterrupted Protection with TCC’s State-of-the-Art Data Center

At TCC, we understand that a proper data backup and disaster recovery solution (BDR) is not just a priority; it’s the foundation of resilience. Our SSAE16 Type II certified facility, equipped with a gigabit backbone and secured fiber Internet connections, ensures uninterrupted service. In simple terms, our state-of-the-art Data Center guarantees the protection and availability of all critical business files and information precisely when needed.

High Availability for Critical Applications

Critical applications are the lifeblood of many businesses, impacting revenue, customer satisfaction, and market share. TCC’s top-of-the-line Data Center is designed around high availability, providing customers with hosting reliability, flexibility, and responsiveness. Our industry experts work tirelessly to offer leaders peace of mind and the stability their business requires 24x7x365.

Business Continuity Planning Services in Hartford, CT

Comprehensive Data Backup & Recovery

In an era where threats loom daily, TCC provides the necessary resources to minimize downtime and swiftly restore systems in the face of any challenge. Our comprehensive data backup and recovery services in Hartford, CT ensure that businesses have a reliable solution to protect their critical information. With the constant threat of cyberattacks, natural disasters, or technical failures, TCC understands the importance of having a robust plan in place. Our team of experts utilizes state-of-the-art technology and industry best practices to create customized backup strategies tailored to each business’s unique needs. We offer both onsite and offsite backups, providing an extra layer of security against potential data loss.

In the event of an unforeseen incident, our rapid response team is ready to spring into action. We prioritize minimizing downtime by swiftly restoring systems and getting businesses back up and running as soon as possible. Our advanced recovery solutions ensure that even in the face of a severe disruption, companies can quickly resume operations without significant disruptions.

TCC’s Business Continuity Planning Services go beyond simple data backup and recovery. We work closely with leaders to develop comprehensive contingency plans that outline step-by-step procedures for various scenarios.

Automated Backups

By leveraging a remote facility, we ensure that all critical files and information are safeguarded, ready for immediate recovery in the event of a complete outage or catastrophe.

Replication

Move beyond traditional offsite tape storage. Our replicated solution connects in-house physical servers to a hosted recovery platform, ensuring continuous operation.

Cold & Hot Sites

From hosting real-time copies for immediate restoration (hot site) to acting as a staging area for manual restoration (cold site), we provide the infrastructure needed for both scenarios.

Colocation Services for Enhanced Protection

Outsourcing data center operations has become a strategic move in today’s competitive business environment. TCC’s colocation services not only save organizations thousands of dollars annually but also liberate leaders to focus on core business matters.

Our facilities offer a reliable, secure, and controlled atmosphere, continuously monitored by a team of experienced engineers and technicians. TCC’s colocation solutions evolve to meet an organization’s ever-changing needs, serving clients from coast to coast with the highest quality equipment and Internet bandwidth available.

Complete Business Continuity Planning with TCC

Data loss is a prevalent fear in today’s digital landscape. TCC’s mission is to turn potential crises into manageable inconveniences through proactive measures:

  • Automatic & Regular Backups
  • Cost-Effective Replication & Monitoring
  • Off-Site Storage
  • Remote Office Space
  • Quick Response Times

In conclusion, a comprehensive approach to business continuity planning is essential for safeguarding against potential disruptions and ensuring the ongoing success of any organization. At TCC, our recovery consulting solutions are designed not only to respond effectively to challenges as they arise but also to proactively prevent them from occurring. With our dedicated partnership, we aim to minimize the impact of disruptions and restore business systems to full capabilities swiftly and efficiently. We remain steadfast in our dedication to ensuring business resilience in an ever-evolving landscape. Contact us today to learn more about how TCC can help your organization establish a robust business continuity plan that stands the test of time.

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Top Ten Reasons Why businesses are moving to the Cloud.

November 1st, 2023 by TCC No comments »

Why are businesses moving to the cloud?

Top ten reasons. 

1. Work from any where, any time, any device

With cloud computing, if you’ve got an internet connection, you can be at workImproves communications, work efficiency and effectiveness. Allows you to fill blank spots in your workday, become more responsive, builds more controlled “think time”  and/or “your time” when you want it!

2. Security

Because your files are stored in the cloud, you will have comfort in the knowledge that your business’s computing-server hardware, software and stored electronic data is protected in a 21st century “state of the art” fortified environment  with certified personnel oversight 24 hours a day, every day, year round!

3. Cut Hardware Cost

Cloud computing cuts out the high cost of hardware. Eliminates any or all “mainframe” computing costs, regardless of growth and fluctuations in business or data!  Provides for multi-year cost containment regarding computing and storage. You simply pay for what you need. All the management and setup is done by us.

4. Low Per User Core Pricing

Our controlled and focused growth ambitions together with private ownership allow for a favorable pricing environment which we are pleased to share with you.

5. Extraordinary Back Up Protection and Disaster Recovery

Our self imposed demand for unmatched backup is key to your protection and our success. (Ask us for details when you’re ready to buy.) The Computer Company’s Cloud Service provides an easy and definitive pathway for data recovery solutions.

6. Support Expediency

Our goal is to have you utilize our services when needed and when you cannot or wish not to provide them yourselves.

We are currently developing an ” IT ASSOCIATE Program for back up within your business. IT Associates will be trained by us to help you internally directly or indirectly for IT support.  

7. Customer Growth and Retention

SAFETY SELLS! Your customers and prospects hear and may experience loss caused by lax security anywhere. The safer their information is with you, the better they will feel about you.

Whether the security is tied to weather, storms, electrical power or to cyberspace intrusion, hacking or internet fraud, safety sells.

8. Automatic software updates

We do the server and security back ups for you. Leaving you free to focus on the things that matter more, like growing your business.

9. Vantage Position

The Computer Company’s Cloud Service has an OUTSTANDING LEGACY AS A  DATA CENTER AND IT PROVIDER.

The Computer Company Inc. has been an active IT provider since the mid 1990’s and a pioneer in the Cloud since the early 2000’s. We are in the unique position of not only hosting you in TCC Cloud but also in Amazon, Microsoft and other clouds. Conversely, we can provide full IT services and work with your choice of community IT provider. Transitions to and from your own private Cloud is a specialty along with transition planning based on your timing. We are positioned to meet your needs.

10. Rewards

We can help you reduce or even eliminate your TCC cloud costs!  How?
You help us by finding new customers, and we credit your account.

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Steps to Avoid Losing Business Data

October 12th, 2023 by TCC No comments »

Data loss is a huge business problem that can be avoided by just following a few simple steps.

The data stored on your computer holds immense value, making it imperative to adopt a proactive approach in safeguarding against potential mishaps that may result in financial losses and downtime. We’ve discovered a valuable guideline from werecoverdata.com that we believe can greatly benefit you. Save yourself the trouble by implementing the following tips to fortify your data protection strategy!

Safety tips to avoid data loss

  • Always back up your data, especially when upgrading your system. Make sure that copies of your most important data are being kept off-site
  • Always turn your computer off using the operating system shut down process
  • Always use up-to-date hardware and software utilities for data security, such as virus protections and firewalls
  • Laptops should be operated on a hard and flat surface to allow proper ventilation and to avoid over heating
  • Servers should have fans, ventilation or portable air conditioning systems as close as possible to avoid operating in high temperatures.
  • Allow enough space around the external drive’s cooling fans and remove any items that may block air flow
  • Do not turn off peripheral devices while computer is on, or when disc is active
  • Drives should be stable and stationary when operating. If you have to move your computer – turn it off first
  • When touching or handling the media, make sure to avoid static electricity
  • If you hear unusual sounds coming from your computer, turn it off immediately to avoid further damage.

If Your System Fails, Could You Recover?

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Disasters do happen.

The question is, when something fails, will it be a temporary inconvenience or a business-shaking crisis?  When a hard drive crashes, can you be back in business in hours? If a natural disaster shuts your network down, can you recover every business-critical application that day?

The Computer Company prevents natural and man-made disasters from becoming computer and business disasters.

  • Replication
  • Off-site Back ups
  • Data Center
  • Business Continuity
  • Remote Office Space

We offer a full range of disaster recovery consulting services, practices, and solutions for your business to prevent many events, minimize any damage, and return your system to its full capabilities as soon as possible.  We do disaster recovery right.

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A Cloud Service may cut your energy costs 75%!

June 8th, 2023 by TCC No comments »

Cloud computing is becoming common and is transforming the way many businesses deliver and receive their IT services.

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Providers of cloud computing connects many businesses, small and large, to shared servers containing shared programs. This allows cloud customers to reduce their costs because they no longer need to purchase the infrastructure, let alone manage and maintain it. Cloud users have the ability to pay for the resources only as they need them.

They are no longer hindered by predicting server traffic; customers on the cloud are given the freedom to promote and grow their business online as strongly and as often as they want.

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  • However, not only does cloud computing save the customer money, providers of cloud computing are actually administering a green, sustainable way to run a business.
  • A study conducted by Microsoft found that organizations, ranging from 100 to 1000 employees, can reduce up to 90 percent of their emissions by moving their business from on-premise business applications to those within a shared cloud.
  • While Microsoft conducted the test on only their products, it is safe to say the findings apply to other cloud computing solutions.
  • IT administrators should take advantage of the opportunity to reduce their environmental impact and achieve sustainability goals.

Why does this matter to you?

If you run a small business, your server infrastructure can be highly expensive to operate and may run at low utilization or even be idle for a good portion of the day. On-premise applications tend to run at a lower average utilization rate. Instead of taking on expense and maintenance hassles for on-site technology, invest in cloud computing. As the number of users in a cloud increases, the user-to-server ratio increases, and demand fluctuations decrease. This means demand can be predicted and allocated appropriately without deploying “just-in-case” infrastructure. Servers can function at a stable rate, with a lower energy cost.

Join the thousands of businesses who have decreased their energy costs and reduced their carbon footprint by sharing “cloud” services with other users. The Computer Company, Inc. is ready to support both the growth and sustainability goals of your business with cloud computing options.

The Computer Company (TCC) offers full managed IT services and break-fix outsourcing to Hartford organizations of all sizes.

Our professional IT management  engineers help businesses take advantage of their technology. In turn, this enables them to increase efficiencies, improve effectiveness, and reach new goals. We provide the analysis, expertise, tools, and monitoring to help solve all tough business challenges through advanced solutions. So, if you have been on the hunt for a service provider you can depend on, the search stops here!

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Protecting Your Business in the Age of Cyber Threats: Why EDR and MDR Solutions are Essential

May 5th, 2023 by TCC No comments »

In today’s world, cyber threats are becoming more frequent and sophisticated, and businesses of all sizes are at risk. To protect their digital assets, companies are investing in cybersecurity solutions such as Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) and Managed Detection and Response (MDR).

 

EDR provides continuous monitoring and real-time visibility into endpoint devices such as desktops, laptops, and servers. It uses various techniques to detect security threats and responds by containing and remediating the threat. On the other hand, MDR is a service that provides continuous monitoring, detection, and response to security incidents across an organization’s entire IT environment. It can detect advanced threats that traditional security tools may miss and helps businesses meet compliance requirements.

Businesses need EDR and MDR solutions because they provide continuous monitoring, advanced threat detection, incident response capabilities, and help meet compliance requirements. By having these solutions in place, businesses can detect and respond to threats in real-time, reducing the risk of a cyber-attack, and minimize the impact of a cyber-attack.

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Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR):

EDR is a security solution that provides continuous monitoring and real-time visibility into endpoint devices such as desktops, laptops, and servers. EDR tools are designed to detect and respond to security threats on the endpoints. These solutions rely on endpoint agents that are installed on each device to collect and analyze security data. The agents continuously monitor endpoint activity, network traffic, system logs, and other relevant data sources to detect security threats.

EDR tools use various techniques to detect threats. For example, they use behavioral analysis to identify anomalous behavior such as the execution of suspicious processes, attempts to bypass security controls, or changes to system configurations. They can also detect known malware and use threat intelligence feeds to identify indicators of compromise (IoCs).

When a security threat is detected, EDR tools respond by containing and remediating the threat. For example, they can isolate an infected device from the network, terminate malicious processes, and delete malicious files. Many EDR solutions also provide advanced capabilities such as forensic analysis, threat hunting, and incident response.

Managed Detection and Response (MDR):

MDR is a service that provides continuous monitoring, detection, and response to security incidents across an organization’s entire IT environment, including endpoints, networks, and cloud infrastructure. MDR services are provided by third-party vendors who specialize in detecting and responding to advanced threats that traditional security tools may miss. MDR services typically use a combination of human expertise and advanced technologies like machine learning to detect and respond to threats.

MDR services provide a higher level of protection compared to traditional endpoint security solutions. They can detect threats that may go unnoticed by other security tools. MDR providers typically use a Security Operations Center (SOC) that is staffed with security experts who are responsible for monitoring and responding to threats. The SOC uses advanced technologies like threat intelligence feeds, behavioral analysis, and machine learning to detect and respond to threats in real-time.

MDR services can also help organizations meet compliance requirements. For example, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requires companies to monitor their networks and systems for security incidents continuously. MDR services can help organizations meet these requirements by providing continuous monitoring, threat detection, and incident response capabilities.

Why does your businesses need EDR and MDR?

The need for EDR and MDR solutions has never been greater. Cyber threats are becoming more sophisticated and frequent, and businesses of all sizes are at risk. Businesses need EDR and MDR solutions because they provide continuous monitoring, advanced threat detection, incident response capabilities, and help meet compliance requirements. By having these solutions in place, businesses can detect and respond to threats in real-time, reducing the risk of a cyber-attack, and minimize the impact of a cyber-attack.

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Securing Your Office: Best Practices for Access Control, Cybersecurity, and Physical Security

April 13th, 2023 by TCC No comments »

In today’s increasingly digital world, security is of paramount importance, and this extends to the office environment.

Companies need to ensure office security in today’s digital world because it’s crucial to protect their employees, business assets, and customers’ information.

Cybersecurity threats such as hacking, phishing, and ransomware attacks are prevalent, and physical security measures such as access control, surveillance, and security personnel are also necessary to deter theft, vandalism, or other crimes. In addition, providing a safe and secure working environment can enhance employee morale, reduce turnover, and improve overall productivity. Therefore, investing in office security measures is a crucial aspect of running a successful and sustainable business.


Access Control

One of the most important aspects of office security is access control. You need to ensure that only authorized personnel can enter the office or specific areas within the office. This can be achieved through a range of security measures, including physical access controls such as key cards, biometric scanners, or security personnel.

It’s also essential to have a system in place to ensure that visitors are authorized to be in the office. This can be achieved through visitor management systems that require visitors to sign in and out and receive a visitor badge.

Cybersecurity

In today’s digital age, cybersecurity is an essential component of office security. With the rise of cyberattacks, it’s essential to take steps to protect your office from data breaches and other types of cybercrime.

This can include implementing strong passwords and two-factor authentication for all employees, encrypting sensitive data, and using firewalls and antivirus software to protect against malware and other types of cyber threats.

It’s also crucial to educate your employees on how to recognize and avoid phishing attacks and other types of cyber scams that can put your office’s data and security at risk.

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Physical Security

Physical security is also an essential component of office security. This can include securing windows and doors, installing security cameras, and ensuring that all employees are aware of emergency procedures in case of a security breach.

It’s also essential to ensure that all valuable equipment, such as computers, printers, and other electronic devices, are secured and that any sensitive documents or materials are locked away when not in use.

Employee Training

Perhaps the most crucial element of office security is employee training. All employees need to be aware of the office’s security policies and procedures, including access control measures, cybersecurity protocols, and emergency procedures.

Regular training and updates can help ensure that employees are aware of any changes to office security and can help them recognize potential security threats.

It’s also essential to have a clear reporting process in place so that employees can report any security incidents or concerns promptly.

Regular Audits and Reviews

Regular audits and reviews are an essential component of office security. These can help identify potential security weaknesses and vulnerabilities and allow you to take steps to address them proactively.

It’s also essential to conduct regular tests of your security systems, including access control measures and cybersecurity protocols, to ensure that they are working correctly and effectively.

 

In conclusion

Office security is an essential aspect of running a successful and safe business. By implementing access control measures, cybersecurity protocols, physical security measures, employee training, and regular audits and reviews, you can help ensure that your office is safe and secure for your employees, customers, and business.

 


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