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IT Infrastructure Security Solutions

Security is an umbrella term for the protection of electronic data and networks from a unwanted intruders.  In the IT world, security comprises of authorization (who has access?), authentication (is this "really" the authorized user?), encryption (scrambling data for privacy), malware protection (avoiding destructive infiltration), as well as backup and disaster recovery (assurance against failure). After you have a system in place, assessment must be done to check for vulnerabilities, and with some networks there are certain compliance's that must be adhere to. A&O can provide all these aspects of security. Please contact us to find out more.

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Malware What is It?

Malware short for malicious software, is any software used to disrupt computer or mobile operations, gather sensitive information, gain access to private computer systems, or display unwanted advertising. Before the term malware was coined by Yisrael Radai in 1990, malicious software was referred to as computer viruses.  The first category of malware propagation concerns parasitic software fragments that attach themselves to some existing executable content. The fragment may be machine code that infects some existing application, utility, or system program, or even the code used to boot a computer system. Malware is defined by its malicious intent, acting against the requirements of the computer user, and does not include software that causes unintentional harm due to some deficiency. Please take a look at the video on the right to see some of top 30 malicious malware.

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Anti-Malware and Adware Protection

We provide many anti-malware products through our managed services. If managed service is not what your needs are, we can provide a personalized anti-malware system that will work for you. We used a multi-platform approach, which includes behavior- and definition-based protection. This allows us to provide a full range coverage of your system, we believe not just one anti-malware product will do it all.

One of our main Anti-malware product is Webroot.  This product is a behavior based Anti-malware which will protect you from Zero Day threats. A zero Day threats are attack that takes place immediately after a security vulnerability is announced. One million new threats are created each day and it is impossible for a definition based anti-malware program to protect your system without help. Please watch the video.

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Network Assessment

Our Network Assessment gives you a clear picture of your network infrastructure. This automated tool scans your IT Network Infrastructure and can output a number of easy to read reports, that highlights troubled areas within your network. This is the first step to understand the capabilities and shortcomings of your existing network. Contact us today to find our more or view the sample reports below.                                                 
 

NETWORK CLIENT RISK REPORT

This report presents a summary of the overall risk score based on a scan, along with simple charts to show the problem areas in Your IT infrastructure.

NETWORK MANAGEMENT PLAN REPORT

This report will help prioritize issues based on the issue's risk score. A listing of all affected computers, users, or sub-systems is provided along with recommended actions.



Network Security Assessment

Provides in-depth reports on security risks and regular checkups on your network, allowing you to more closely monitor your system security and reducing vulnerabilities.

NETWORK SECURITY RISK REPORT

This report includes a proprietary Security Risk Score and chart showing the relative health (on a scale of 1 to 10) of the network security, along with a summary of the number of computers with issues. Also reports on outbound protocols, System Control protocols, User Access Controls, as well as an external vulnerabilities summary list.

NETWORK DATA BREACH REPORT

Identifies specific and detailed instances of personal identifiable information (PII) and cardholder data throughout a computer network that could be the target of hackers and malicious insiders. It also calculates the potential monetary liability and exposure based upon industry published research.


Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

PCI DSS are security procedures from the PCI Security Standards Council for merchants that accept credit cards online.  It includes guidelines for user authentication, firewalls, antivirus, encryption, truncating account numbers, programming maintenance and vulnerability testing. These provide assessment, remediation and compliance services to meet the PCI Data Security Standards, performing internal vulnerability scans, a mandatory condition of PCI. Please review the two sample reports below.

                                                     PCI RISK ANALYSIS REPORT

PCI is a risk-based security framework and the production of a Risk Analysis is one of primary requirements for PCI compliance. In fact, a Risk Analysis is the foundation for the entire security program. It identifies the locations of electronic stores of, and/or the transmission of Cardholder Data and vulnerabilities to the security of the data, threats that might act on the vulnerabilities, and estimates both the likelihood and the impact of a threat acting on a vulnerability.

The Risk Analysis helps Card Processing Merchants and their 3rd party Service Providers to identify the components of the Cardholder Data Environment (CDE), how the data moves within, and in and out of the organization. It identifies what protections are in place and where there is a need for more. The Risk Analysis results in a list of items that must be remediated to ensure the security and confidentiality of Cardholder Data at rest and/or during its transmission. The Risk Analysis must be run or updated at least annually, more often if anything significant changes that could affect one or more system components in the CDE itself.

 

                                                    PCI MANAGEMENT PLAN REPORT

Based on the findings in the Risk Analysis, the organization must create a Risk Management Plan with tasks required to minimize, avoid, or respond to risks. Beyond gathering information, the PCI module provides a risk-scoring matrix that an organization can use to prioritize risks and appropriately allocate money and resources and ensure that issues identified are solved. The Risk Management plan defines the strategies and tactics the organization will use to address its risks.


Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA)

(Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996, Public Law 104-191)  Also known as the "Kennedy-Kassebaum Act," this U.S. law protects employees' health insurance coverage when they change or lose their jobs (Title I) and provides standards for patient health, administrative and financial data interchange (Title II).  The latter also governs the privacy and security of health information records and transactions.  HIPAA, developed by the Department of Health and Human Services, took effect in 2001 with compliance required in phases up to 2004.  For more information, visit www.hhs.gov/ocr/hipaa.  The HIPAA document is www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-104publ191/html/PLAW-104publ191.htm.  See privacy, HITECH and healthcare IT.  The reports below allow you to generate documents that comprise a comprehensive HIPAA IT assessment.

                                        
                                                 HIPPA RISK ANALYSIS REPORT

HIPAA is a risk-based security framework and the production of a Risk Analysis is one of primary requirements of the HIPAA Security Rule's Administrative Safeguards. In fact, a Risk Analysis is the foundation for the entire security program. It identifies the locations of electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) vulnerabilities to the security of the data, threats that might act on the vulnerabilities, and estimates both the likelihood and the impact of a threat acting on a vulnerability. The Risk Analysis helps HIPAA Covered Entities and Business Associates identify the locations of their protected data, how the data moves within, and in and out of, the organization. It identifies what protections are in place and where there is a need for more. The Risk Analysis results in a list of items that must be remediated to ensure the security and confidentiality of ePHI. The value of a Risk Analysis cannot be overstated. Every major data breach enforcement of HIPAA, some with penalties over $1 million, have cited the absence of, or an ineffective, Risk Analysis as the underlying cause of the data breach. The Risk Analysis must be run or updated at least annually, more often if anything significant changes that could affect ePHI.

                                             

                                              HIPPA MANAGEMENT PLAN REPORT

Based on the findings in the Risk Analysis, the organization must create a Risk Management Plan with tasks required to minimize, avoid, or respond to risks. Beyond gathering information, Network Detective provides a risk scoring matrix that an organization can use to prioritize risks and appropriately allocate money and resources and ensure that issues identified are issues solved. The Risk Management plan defines the strategies and tactics the organization will use to address its risks.

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"My company was in a bit of trouble as far as our IT department (or lack of) was concerned. We contacted Bill and he came out and took a look at things and since then things have been running smoothly. He corrected issues that we knew about and asked him to address and also fixed things we didn't even know were issues. I would highly recommend Bill and his services, he knows his stuff and I feel he genuinely cares about doing the job correctly and making sure you're happy."

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