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Mobile Security

Have you ever thought about mobile security for your business? Well you should? Mobile security is going to be a huge concern for companies in the next few years because of the masses of new smartphones and tablets coming to the market.

According to a Q4 2010 report done by McAfee, cybercriminals have a “window of opportunity” to attack multiple mobile platforms. The biggest of the threats is Nokia’s Symbian OS. The report also included the fact that there is a direct correlation between device popularity and criminal activity.

The new mobile devices are hitting the market months before security software even exists for them. The sheer amount of mobile devices without security could lead hackers to target these devices for botnet infections. According to McAfee there has been a 46 percent increase in the amount of threats than in 2009.

What can you do? Well at BVA, we believe that your network is first priority whether it be your server, workstations, or mobile devices. We suggest that you thoroughly evaluate the devices that you are allowing on your network. Don’t be afraid to do a little research and look into possible security holes that may be found, or if anyone has found issues with the devices. It is not a bad thing to standardize the devices that are allowed on your network, especially when there are so many that it is hard to keep up with them all. It is always a good idea to ask your IT vendor if devices are safe.

Also, establishing a company wide mobile security policy is another great feature. When using ActiveSync, you have the option of setting certain security features on your mobile devices, such as allowing or denying the use of removable storage, cameras, Wi-Fi, internet sharing and more. You can also allow or deny the use of unprovisional devices and enforce password policies. In today’s small to medium sized businesses, these policies are often overlooked and can potentially put your network and data at risk.

New Blackberry Flip Phone- More Stable (Model 9670) – Sprint

Blackberry’s old flip phone was simply not a good product and many of our clients had this unit and it always broke in one way or another.  The OS side of the unit worked fairly well with little problems, it was more on the hardware side.  The button construction, as well as the flip hinge always seemed to break in one form or another. BVA would also get a lot of feedback that the signal was poor on the phone when other Blackberry’s got full signal. I had the opportunity to play with one last week which was a pleasant surprise and I am sold on it.

Interestingly enough it still was a popular phone for many executives due to the flip feature and the small physical footprint that it has. It does have a 5 Mexa-pixel camera which is pretty slick and has good resolution.  The BlackBerry 9670 Flip Phone (Blackberry Style) is for Sprint, the second smartphone from RIM running the new Blackberry 6 OS.  It is the first BlackBerry flip phone with a full, four-row QWERTY keyboard.  This makes typing on the phone so much easier and the keys are the same size as a regular Blackberry keypad.  The clamshell flip phone design is sturdy and polished, an attractive form factor seemingly fitting for a BlackBerry. Unfortunately, the Style does not support Sprint’s 4G WiMax network, instead offering 3G EVDO Rev A and 802.11n for connectivity.  The Style comes with two low resolution screens—an external screen showing the clock, waiting message indicators, callerID information or media information when the Style is closed—and an internal screen for normal operation when open.

BVA Recommends Blackberry Server Enterprise Express Edition!

Recently, BVA began recommending the Blackberry Server Enterprise Express edition to many of our small to medium sized clients due to the fact that it is now FREE. This seems to be a move by RIM due to the fact that there are so many Active-Sync phones (iPhone, Droid, HTC-EVO, etc…) that are flooding the market and can accomplish the same tasks as a blackberry (sync contacts, calendar, and email) with no expensive server.  It is extremely cost effective and very functional, and allows all of your mobile devices to be managed from a central location.

What is the price?

It’s free! Yep that is correct it now costs you nothing! You simply download the application and install it in your existing exchange environment (We recommend you have a professional do the install).

What do I need?

You need to have existing infrastructure with a Microsoft Exchange server or Small Business Server. It will support up to 75 users when installed on top of the Exchange server. If you require more users, it is recommended that you install it on a separate server.

What features does it have?

Although it is now free, there are still many features available. Blackberry Server Enterprise Express edition has an easy to use web based management console that can be accessed from any PC, making it very easy for consulting companies and administrators to create and manage users.

It also offers multiple IT policies to help govern your workforce. You can also push out applications, create groups, and even push device software updates seamlessly to the users.

GET IT NOW!

If you feel that your organization could benefit from this great FREE piece of software, let BVA help. We have installed the Blackberry Server Enterprise Express edition in a wide variety of environments and configurations. From a single small business server to companies with many servers, we can help you accomplish the task.

For more information on Blackberry Enterprise Express Edition, please see the video below.

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Core Exchange Online Features – Comprehensive Messaging Solution From Microsoft – What Features Does Microsoft Core Exchange Include | BVA IT Consulting Blog

Microsoft offers a comprehensive messaging solution with a simple per-user monthly fee. Major features include:

  • Standard 5-gigabyte (GB) mailbox and optional 25-GB mailbox to fit your organization profile.
  • Deskless Worker seat with 500-megabyte (MB) mailbox for workers who require fewer messaging features.
  • Built-in premium service continuity management capabilities.
  • Multilevel message hygiene capability, including antispam and antivirus features.
  • Directory trust with your Active Directory, which provides single sign-on capability.
  • Secure access to mail from within your corporate network or from the Internet, anywhere in the world, through a variety of devices and software.
  • Mailbox management tools that enable your support personnel to handle common tasks.
  • Exchange Online service center, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for escalations.
  • Sarbanes-Oxley and SAS 70 Type II self-assessment and audit support.
  • Latest Exchange Server features available now to your company.
  • Archiving service: Support to help satisfy regulatory retention requirements and personal mail management.
  • BlackBerry service: BlackBerry Enterprise Server hosting available to synchronize e-mail, calendar, contacts, and tasks with BlackBerry devices.
  • Data migration service: Automated transfer of your existing mail data to the Exchange Online environment.