CORE Networks Saves the Day Again

It was a pretty rough week with all the thunderstorms in our area.  We had multiple weather related emergency calls where businesses were struck by lightning.  In all cases we were able to get them back online but one case in particular was quite bad.

office lightning strike
Lightning destroys electronics!

This client’s Core network switch was struck by lightning and completely fried.  We were able to get their data network and servers online relatively quickly by using spare equipment and moving some equipment around.  Unfortunately, their in-house telephone system also wasn’t working after the lightning strike.  This gave our business phone solutions service, CORE Connex, an opportunity to shine.  We replaced a few of their primary phones with CORE Connex hosted phones and forwarded their telephone number to our cloud PBX so the business could function normally until parts arrived to bring their in house telephone system back online.

This client quickly realized how vulnerable having an in house telephone system can be and will most likely be switching to the CORE Connex hosted phones soon.

Is your telephone system redundant and disaster proof?  It can be with CORE Connex…  We host your system between 3 geographically redundant datacenters and always have a stock of phones available in the event of a local emergency.

Give us a call today for a free consultation! 985-273-5699

Protect your business from Cryptolocker and other related malware

It’s been estimated that the ransomware known as Cryptolocker extorted a whopping three million dollars from its victims over the 2013 – 2014 period. The malware takws infected machines hostage and demanded payments from their reinstatement.  It shut down by Operation Tovar, but not before causing major problems for computer users and businesses worldwide.

Unfortunately, Cryptolocker is just one of many Trojans posing a threat to computer users. Right now the world is ripe with ransomware, a type of malware which is designed to take systems and files hostage and demand payment for their return. However, by taking a proactive approach to battling malware and having IT experts on your side, you stand a good chance at keeping your system and its files safe and protected.

Benefits of working with an IT company

Whilst there is plenty of IT security software out there that can help you protect your system from malware, it’s often not as simple as that. In order for the software to work properly, it will need to be patched and updated on a regular basis. Not only that but you will also need to constantly monitor your systems and ensure employees are not endangering it any way.

As you can imagine, this takes a considerable amount of time and effort, which is why you will be better off outsourcing it to the experts. Below we’ve shared a few benefits of working with an IT company to battle malware.

Save time

Outsourcing your IT security to an experienced and reliable IT company will save you a considerable amount of time. Not having to worry about threats to your business’s IT system or monitoring users’ actions will give you more time to spend on other important business tasks.

Utilise their knowledge

Another benefit of working with IT experts is that you will be able to utilise their knowledge and experience. They will have dealt with numerous malware and ransomware attacks in the past and will therefore know exactly how to keep your systems safe.

By outsourcing your IT security to a third party company, you can also benefit from having access to a dedicated IT team, without the associated costs and responsibilities of being an employer.

Keep your IT network secure and free from ransomware with the help of an expert IT company.

Gain access to enterprise level software

The majority of IT companies have their own security suites, which they use to monitor your network and keep it free from malware. By using their services, you will also gain access to this enterprise level software, which your business may not otherwise have been able to afford.

24/7 network monitoring

Earlier in this article we spoke of the importance of taking a proactive approach to battling malware and with a dedicated IT support company, that’s exactly what you’ll do. Most IT companies offer 24/7 network monitoring as one of their services. This basically means that they will have an IT expert monitoring your business network at all times to ensure it remains uncompromised.

If for some reason your system does become infected with malware, they will be able to spot it at the earliest possible stage and remove it before it causes problems for your business.

Conclusion

Unfortunately the IT world is full of malware like Cryptolocker.  Rather than sitting there worrying about it, make your move. Take a proactive approach to battling malware by using enterprise security software and working with an experienced IT company. Trust us, it will go a long way in helping you to safeguard your data and keep your IT system healthy.

Find out how we can protect your computers with proactive updates & maintenance: http://corenets.com/complete-care

Server 2003 End of Life

Unfortunately we’re losing another great business operating system. Similar to the way Microsoft phased out Windows XP they’ll be soon doing the same to Windows Server 2003.  As of July 14th, 2015 the popular business server operating system will be no longer supported.

What does windows server 2003 end of life mean for your business?

When Windows Server 2003 end of support is activated on July 14th, 2015 Microsoft will no longer provide security patches & system updates. This will leave many systems vulnerable to attacks if they’re not phased out by the Microsoft imposed deadline. Without proper security patches and updates a system can become an immediate threat to the entire business network and important data. If you have one of these servers still in operation you need to seriously be considering a migration path. Our recommendation, cloud based network solutions via our Cloud Connect service.

Migration options for your network solutions

Typical server migration would normally take months of planning and testing. So, your choices are;

  1. Spend a bunch of money and start the painful process of migrating to server 2012
  2. Go with a Cloud OS and let us manage your IT in a secure datacenter. Never worry about buying another server or purchasing server licenses. We handle all that for you. Plus, migrating your IT to the cloud is quick & easy when you chose our Cloud Connect service.

Looking for a Windows Server 2003 replacement or server 2003 upgrade? Look no further, our experienced engineers can custom build your next server to ensure it’s ability to run your business IT functions.