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Should Your Company Utilize VPNs?

A virtual private network (VPN) is a network overlay that enables individual users, groups or remote offices secure access to their organization’s network over an insecure, shared, publically accessible infrastructure such as the public Internet. In other words, a VPN extends a private network over a public network, like the Internet. The systems that allow users to create and use VPNs makes use of encryption and other security mechanisms to ensure that the network is only accessible to authorized devices and that the data is protected from any interception by third parties such as hackers or competitors. There are two broad categories of VPNs: Site-to-Site VPNs and Remote Access VPNs. Site-To-Site VPNs Site-to-Site VPNs are most commonly used to connect offices with branches in different locations without the use of a private point-to-point circuit. A...
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An Introduction to IPv4 and IPv6

The Internet Protocol specifies the technical format of packets and the addressing scheme for workstations to communicate over a data network. The Internet Protocol is designed for use in interconnected systems of packet-switched computer communication networks (see RFC:791 ). IP usually works in combination with the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), which establishes a virtual connection between a source and a destination or with UDP.  As an analogy, UDP can be thought of as sending a postcard via the postal system. It permits a user to address a packet and drop it in the system/network whereby the user does not have direct contact with the receiver of the message packet. TCP/IP, on the other hand, is more like a bidirectional phone call, where a connection is established the connection between the two hosts so that the two hosts can communicate between...
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10 Security Risks To Fear And Prepare For

The security threat landscape changes constantly as new threats and other hacking methods are developed daily, putting all businesses at risk of having their information leaked, exposed and compromised. It is critical that enterprises are aware of emerging, relevant security threats that are becoming more and more present and some innovate ways to combat them. Here are 10 currently evolving network security risks that may threaten your business and solutions to help mitigate that risk: 1.     Insider Attacks Verizon’s 2008 Data Breach Investigations Report stated that about 18% of breaches in 500 intrusions in the last four years were from disgruntled or corrupt insiders. Even worse, about a half of that 18% comes from the IT staff itself. How to Mitigate the Risk In order to help eliminate the risk of insider attacks, the...
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In The News: The Future of USA-Based Data Centers

Anyone who has been to a data center conference or conference where data centers are discussed will be no stranger to countless talks and discussions on the conditions of data centers within the United States. The vast majority of data centers in the USA today are running on 20+ year-old infrastructure technologies, which have caused many companies to experience network downtime among other issues. Unfortunately, network downtime usually means a financial loss as companies lose their ability to be productive. One of the biggest challenges that data centers within the US are being faced with is being able to keep up with the demands of their customers. In the “Age of the Cloud,” end users now require greater network agility and performance , which the outdated data centers are struggling to accommodate. While network requirements are constantly changing to accommodate...
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Does My Small Business Need A Backup Circuit?

If you’re considering purchasing a backup circuit to the Internet then you’ve probably already come to the realization that your business relies on or can’t function as productively without Internet connectivity . Regardless of the size of your business, we’re all susceptible to the chaos that can result from an IT or natural disaster so having a backup circuit is a good way to help ensure that you stay connected. Loss vs. Cost of a Backup Circuit For a Small Business If you work for a small business, chances are you wear many hats. You don’t just have one job function and you’re probably doing a myriad of things that you never thought you’d be doing. Small businesses typically have fewer workers doing more jobs, which means that for each worker unable to work without Internet, your business is losing even more productivity per person. You need to consider...
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