Author: David Shelley

The Importance of Web Filtering| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

It is in the interests of businesses to keep their employees connected, but maintaining security and productivity is essential. To help, a web filtering system inspects and filters traffic moving to and from the internet.

Sophos, Websense, and Barracuda all offer a choice of hardware and software-based web filtering solutions. As standard, these solutions scan incoming traffic and web pages for malicious code to avoid a security breach. In addition, they can be used to enforce your usage policies, from disabling social media use to blocking bandwidth-intensive video websites.

With the right web filter, you can take control of how your users work with the internet.

The Importance of Email Encryption| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Today, email is everywhere. Businesses choose to communicate via email for its speed, its ease of use, and its auditable nature. But while email offers unparalleled speed, it does not provide security as standard.

For businesses that send confidential names, customer details, or private conversations via email and attachments, this poses a significant risk. If email data is intercepted in transit, it is instantly exposed without the need for decryption.

Fortunately, email encryption is fairly easy to implement. Systems like PGP or a more convenient commercial alternative allow you to encrypt every email, making it indecipherable to anyone other than your intended recipient.

The Dangers of BYOD|BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) gives employees new ways to work, encouraging flexibility that helps to keep people productive. Unfortunately, managing and monitoring a BYOD model can be complex.

When users can use any device and any application to work, it becomes impossible to implement consistent security. While BYOD opens up new possibilities, it also opens new attack vectors to be exploited. In addition, unexpected devices can add significant strain to network resources.

Without total control over hardware, businesses need to focus their attention on software. Device operating systems and custom applications can be used to maintain governance over every device, no matter where it comes from.

Defending Your Business Against Spyware and Adware | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Most businesses take steps to protect against network penetration. They monitor and manage traffic at the network perimeter, carefully controlling what is permitted into the infrastructure. However, two of the biggest threats to your security are spyware and adware hidden in seemingly legitimate applications.

One solution is Malwarebytes, a powerful anti-malware package that scans your entire network and can remediate the issues it discovers. Under its business licensing model, you can choose everything from manual on-demand detection to automated endpoint security.

So whatever your budget, and whatever the scale of your network, you can stay protected against this rapidly growing threat.

Is Adobe Creative Cloud Right for You? | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

adobe-creative-cloudHaving ended perpetual licensing for Creative Suite products, Adobe now provides a subscription-based way to access its market-leading solutions. But is this new approach the right one for you?

Ultimately, Adobe Creative Cloud is the most effective way to unlock the entire suite of Adobe products, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro. With a single recurring subscription fee, you can use these packages in their conventional desktop format or on your mobile device. This is ideal for enterprises looking to minimize capital expenditure and maintain cost flexibility.

Additionally, your settings and configurations will all be available wherever you go, so you’re always ready to get creative.

VDI Thin Clients: How to Choose the Best Thin Clients | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

As Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) continues to evolve, more organizations are turning to thin clients to reduce costs and streamline management. With functionality limited to serving desktops retrieved from a virtual machine, these low-cost units help VDI deliver value.

Dell Wyse offers thin clients with extensive customization, so you can add the capabilities you need (including graphics cards) without bloating your solution. Many companies including HP now offer a zero client with no stored configuration at all.

As you compare thin clients, it is essential to balance the need to reduce cost with the requirements of your users and the applications they use.

Windows 10: Three Things You Should Know | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

windows 10 logoAs Microsoft continues to prepare for the release of Windows 10 in 2015, there are a few things that you should know as soon as possible.

First, don’t spend your time searching for Windows 9. Microsoft made the decision to skip a version number, claiming that the number nine was simply not big enough to do the new version justice.

Second, Windows 10 will see the implementation of a new, persistent Start menu, which can be resized and filled with Live Tiles depending on user preference.

Third, be assured that compatibility issues will be minimal. Microsoft is conducting extensive testing with more than a million users having tested the OS already.

The Best Home Wi-Fi Unit on the Market? | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Consumer routers tend to operate a great distance behind their enterprise counterparts. After all, most home Wi-Fi units are not expected to perform at fast speeds across large distances. However, Linksys’ new router gives you enterprise-grade features at home.

The Linksys WRT1900AC offers a familiar-looking blue and black box, but the features beneath the surface are far from traditional. Using a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, four removable antennas, and 802.11ac support, the WRT1900AC gives you unparalleled performance and range.

In addition, remote access and a brand new Network Map feature allow you to administrate your home Wi-Fi from anywhere with an internet connection.

Powerful Web Filtering with Sophos | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

sophos web filteringWhenever data comes into or out of your network infrastructure, it is exposed to considerable risk. Unfortunately, this threat is hard to mitigate when your users access data both within and outside of your network.

Sophos offers a robust web filtering solution that goes wherever your users do. With the Sophos Secure Web Gateway, all web traffic is inspected in real time, with up-to-date intelligence gathered from SophosLabs. In addition, Secure Web Gateway provides granular customization, allowing you to apply the appropriate policies depending on your business and local restrictions.

Perhaps best of all, Secure Web Gateway integrates fully with Sophos’ Endpoint Protection, keeping your users protected wherever they go.

Cisco AC Wi-Fi is the Future | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

cisco ac routerAs the global internet infrastructure continues to improve, the demands placed on Wi-Fi access points are higher than ever. Gigabit Wi-Fi, known as 802.11ac, takes performance of wireless internet signals to the next level.

Cisco offers new routers with 802.11ac support. As a result, users can take advantage of higher transfer speeds thanks to more intelligent channel bonding and denser signal modulation. In addition, wireless hotspot and service providers can support a higher number of simultaneous clients, using multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) support.

As Cisco describes in its recent white paper, 802.11ac is the next-generation of Wi-Fi, making wireless internet more accessible and faster than ever before.