The need to easily share data, controlling security, and easily manage all the devices on a network are all common among every one of today’s modern business. The best way to meet all of these needs is a server. What is the purpose of a server, you might ask. “Servers perform functions ranging from file storage and managing printers to offering database services. Large companies often maintain individual servers dedicated to one task, such as email,” – Houston Chronicle. A server is a system that runs software designed to accomplish all of these tasks, and more. Sometimes a server will run programs that all the workstations on a network will log into and access. Simply stated, a server is the hub in a business’ day-to-day operations.
In our last article, The Ping: How Does a Network Work?, we explained that a network “….allows all your devices to communicate and share data/resources with each other, either wirelessly or wired in a secure environment.” A Switch is the core of this environment. Switches allow the computers on your network to talk directly to one another. What if you want your computer to get to the internet or another network? You need a router for this. A router “routes” data from within your network to and from outside networks like the internet. If you’ve never heard of a router you’re not alone. Most small to medium sized businesses do not use plain old routers any more. Instead they use the routers more sophisticated cousin, the Firewall, to do the same job.
From outside the IT field, most people would define a network as a combination of all computer devices. That answer is more of a high-level overview. So, what is a network? Simply stated, a network is an infrastructure or an environment which allows all your devices to communicate and share data/resources with each other, either wirelessly or wired in a secure environment.
With kids back to school there are a lot of things to worry about. Getting them to class in time, making sure they have something to eat, and their homework is in their backpack. Unlike in our youth, kids have technology at their fingertips and are quick to explore the cyber world on their phones, but are they staying safe?
As school starts for kindergarten to college, the amount of the cars on the roads every morning starts to nearly double. Your morning commute increases exponentially, and you must spend a large chunk of your morning in stop-and-go traffic. Imagine your longest morning commute is the one from your bedroom to your kitchen to get your morning cup o’joe.
So your company is growing and you need to increase your workforce, but what is the best way to do this smoothly and efficiently? The first thing to do is put together a checklist to ensure your new employee has the best onboarding experience possible. This promotes not only a good impression on the employee, it establishes an impression of organization and investment in the employee’s future.
Last week we addressed the importance of implementing a Disaster Recovery plan under your own Business Continuity program. And as we mentioned previously, this is a necessity under most, if not all, compliance requirements. The next question is, do you know what it means to maintain compliance?
Last week we talked about the importance of keeping your machines upgraded on scheduled intervals. This not only helps your company save time and money, but also keeps your employees happy with efficiently running machines. While this does help keep your company functioning smoothly, what would happen if a disaster were to strike and take down all business–critical devices or software? Could you say at this very moment that you are prepared for a disaster?
By now you should have trained your employees on what an attack might look like. Now what? Training an employee is half the battle. Not only do they need to know what NOT to do, they need to know what TO DO when a challenge presents itself. Next, employees need to be aware of internal changes that could directly impact them or their environment, and what to do in case your company does fall victim to an attack. One might call this a Security Plan…
Last week in The Ping: State of Cybersecurity, we spoke about the rise of cybercrime. Cyber criminals are continuing to find ways to access both personal and organizational networks. The good news is that there are a few things you can do to help prevent this from happening to you and your company.