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5 Reasons You Need a Security Operations Center (SOC)

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Jeff Wilkinson [fa icon="calendar'] May 15, 2018 [fa icon="tags'] Managed Services, Email Security, Data Security, Information Security

And 4 reasons you don’t want to do it yourself...

Almost every company today has at least some defensive cyber security equipment like a firewall, intrusion protection, URL filtering, email filtering and antivirus. These are the right basics to secure your employees against the Wild West that is the internet, but is this equipment enough to keep your company truly safe?

Yes…and no.

Defensive equipment keeps out the things you have it configured to keep out. But what about the things we don’t know about?

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How to Build a Secure Network of Internet of Things (IoT) Devices

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Priyank Ghedia [fa icon="calendar'] April 10, 2018 [fa icon="tags'] Cisco, Networking, Data Security, Information Security, IoT

The “Internet of Things”, or IoT for short, is a buzzword you’ve probably heard many times before, but what does it really mean? Simply put, an IoT product is just a sensor with the ability to call home and execute functions that it’s designed for.

It’s become a hot topic in the last decade, but IoT has actually been around much longer than that even. One of the first mainstream consumer-facing applications was implemented in 1982. It was a smart Coca-Cola vending machine that reported the status of the vending machine so a technician could be sent to refill the cans when it was running low. If we fast forward to 2020, researchers predict 30-50 BILLION devices will be connected. By comparison, that’s 4-7x the world’s population.

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5 Key Reasons to Upgrade Now to VMware vSphere 6.5

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Mike Garner [fa icon="calendar'] March 28, 2018 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, VMware, Managed Infrastructure & Helpdesk, Data Security, VMware vSphere, VMware vCenter, Information Security, VMware Horizon

How time flies! Old reliable – Vmware vSphere 5.5 – is set for retirement in September of this year, meaning it will no longer be supported as of September 19, 2018.

See the Entire VMware Lifecycle Matrix

It’s had a good run and due to its impressive stability and wide adoption, I still see it deployed within many of our clients’ environments.

So what now? Our recommendation is to upgrade your systems to vSphere 6.5. Not only do you get the essential extension of support, but some really great new features.

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Have you patched the ASA vulnerability in your Cisco networking software?

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Jeff Wilkinson [fa icon="calendar'] February 26, 2018 [fa icon="tags'] Email Security, Data Security, Information Security

Cisco has disclosed an Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) Remote Code Execution and Denial of Service vulnerability that could affect your Cisco ASA and Cisco Next-Generation Firewall platforms.

The vulnerability, CVE-2018-0101, will allow a malicious individual to send specially crafted XML to your device and have it reboot or stop processing VPN traffic. This attack is currently being used and is not limited to the lab environments.

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What is WannaMine Crypocurrency Mining Malware?

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Jeff Wilkinson [fa icon="calendar'] February 6, 2018 [fa icon="tags'] Microsoft Windows, Email Security, Managed Infrastructure & Helpdesk, Data Security, Information Security

Remember the WannaCry ransomware that made us all want to cry? Well bad news, the base vulnerability of it is still lurking out there waiting to take your company’s infrastructure down. Our security team is still finding it on company’s systems today. The base vulnerability is called EternalBlue. (More details on Cisco’s open source security coverage here.)

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How to Choose an Identity Management Provider

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] December 22, 2017 [fa icon="tags'] Email Security, Managed Infrastructure & Helpdesk, Data Security, Information Security

Guest post by Todd Moore, a Technical Architect at Lewan Technology.

We are living in a world where we are facing digital technology disruption in every organization and every industry.

Forbes reports that an average of 65 cloud applications are being used in enterprise size companies. With that comes the growing concern of how we can allow employees to quickly access information in a fast and secure manner. 

Enter Identity Management.

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The Cost of and How to Prevent a Data Security Breach

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Jeff Wilkinson [fa icon="calendar'] October 12, 2017 [fa icon="tags'] Data Storage, Data Backup & Recovery, Email Security, Data Security, Information Security

Data breaches have been a hot topic the last few weeks with the Equifax mess headlining the news. Today it seems like there is a new company losing its customers’ personal data every week.

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How to Select a Managed Security Service Provider

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Scott Pelletier [fa icon="calendar'] September 20, 2017 [fa icon="tags'] Managed Services, Email Security, Data Security, Information Security

We've been building our next generation security practice at Lewan for over a year now and I’ve learned more than I ever knew about the space before we started. Our new team of Security Analysts run our Security Operations Center (SOC) and provide over-watch for our Network Operations Center (NOC). These teams take security seriously for our clients who take security seriously.

With this have come a lot of best practices and insights. Here are two main points that I hope you’ll find helpful when looking for a managed security service provider.

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Cisco Live 2017 Recap, News & Product Updates

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] August 8, 2017 [fa icon="tags'] Virtualization, Cisco, Networking, Unified Communication & Collaboration, Email Security, Cloud Computing, Product Announcements, Data Security, Information Security, Meraki

Cisco Live is one of the most awaited events every year for networking enthusiasts. This year the conference returned to Las Vegas, June 25 – 29 with some impressive stats: 28,000 attendees , 3,000 speakers and 1,000 education sessions.

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Ransomware Case Study: How to Restore Affected Files without an Incremental Backup System

[fa icon="pencil'] Posted by Lewan Solutions [fa icon="calendar'] July 11, 2017 [fa icon="tags'] How To Guide, Email Security, Data Security, Information Security

Guest post by Corey Blackwell, a Technical Coordinator at Lewan. 

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