5 things to consider when choosing the right Firewall for your SMB

By Matt Stephenson on Oct 3, 2017 9:09:00 AM

It's an understatement to say that network and data security is now an essential part of every business. Not a day goes by without news of another data hack our cybersecurity breach. Even small to medium-sized organizations are at significant risk and are oftentimes without adequate defense. For some, it starts with choosing the right firewall and one of the most important decisions is determining the right sized device. Istonish can help! The following considerations are critical to choosing a firewall that will work for your business:

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5 Cybersecurity Recommendations for Government Entities and State Municipalities

By James Mathis on Sep 28, 2017 9:23:00 AM

A recent article by SecurityWeek confirms reports that the U.S. state and federal government's cybersecurity standing is ranked 16th out of 18 industry sectors. Commenting on the report, Sam Kassoumeh, COO and co-founder at SecurityScorecard, said, "On an almost daily basis, the institutions that underpin the nation's election system, military, finances, emergency response, transportation, and many more, are under constant attack from nation-states, criminal organizations, and hacktivists. Government agencies provide mission-critical services that, until they are compromised, most people take for granted." It is very concerning that these critical public sector organizations are some of the most vulnerable to cybersecurity attack.

Istonish is proud to work with the Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) to provide Managed IT Services and Security Assessments to Government Entities and State Municipalities. Based on 21 NIST industry standards (grading for impact and urgency), Istonish has created an assessment that not only yields a “point in time” appraisal of the current security profile of the organization, but also a detailed and prioritized list of remediation recommendations. 

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Public Safety IT Support (Emergency Response)

By Aaron Snell on Sep 26, 2017 9:29:00 AM

If you’re like majority of people, when you watch the Oscars, you place your attention on the winners in the acting categories and pay little attention to the awards given to set and costume designers, writers, animators, and other “behind the scenes” talent that create just as much magic as the actors and actresses who grace the screens. This too is the case with public safety and emergency response services in our communities. Most people are aware of the 911 dispatcher and the first responders who help people in need, but we often overlook the integral people working behind the scenes.

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Safe Browsing 101:  How to Protect Employees

By James Mathis on Sep 21, 2017 11:01:00 AM

On the ever-changing cyberthreat landscape, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for businesses to fight cybercrime when the enemies are so diverse—from nation-states to rogue hackers to organized criminal networks. 

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Job Seeker Advice from a Veteran Technical Recruiter

By Roxane Brock on Sep 19, 2017 9:39:56 AM

Resume tips, interview advice and more from our Senior Technical Recruiter, Roxane Brock. Roxane was Istonish’s first official employee in 1991. She has been recruiting in the technology space for 25+ years and currently leads our IT Staffing Services.

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What hurricanes and other natural disasters can teach us about the importance of having a structured data backup plan.

By Al Roesner on Sep 13, 2017 2:49:56 PM

Thankfully, though Hurricane Irma caused major devastation, it was not quite as destructive as it could have been had the weather predictions played out as forecasted.  However, the road to recovery for the entire region is still going to be a long one.  Not only will homes, schools, and physical infrastructure need to be rebuilt, people will also need to return to their jobs as soon as possible to begin to slowly move back to normalcy.  And the ability for companies and organizations to return to “business as usual” (or to return at all) will depend upon their ability to get their IT infrastructure up and running.  Provided they have functioning IT infrastructure, they will most likely need to depend on data that must be restored from recent, reliable data backups to pick up where they left off in the least amount of time.

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7 Email Best Practices to Keep Employees Safe from Phishing

By James Mathis on Sep 12, 2017 11:15:00 AM

Phishing scams continue to be a growing threat to enterprise security because hackers target the weakest link in any organization—its employees. More than 90 percent of breaches can be attributed to phishing attacks.

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5 Best-Kept Secrets of Managed Security Services

By James Mathis on Sep 5, 2017 3:31:00 PM

A well-kept business secret is a competitive advantage just waiting to be shared. Here’s one you might have missed; managed security service providers (MSSPs) can help you achieve cybersecuritycompliance with less risk, cost and IT impact. Here are the five secrets behind the growing appeal of MSSPs:

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#WeAreNMSDC

By Annette Quintana on Aug 31, 2017 10:02:26 AM

Istonish is an established woman-owned, minority business enterprise with a Native American and Hispanic business ownership profile.

Istonish is proud to be a part of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), which has provided an incredible network and countless resources as we have grown and changed over the last 20+ years. The NMSDC has provided great introductions and excellent networking opportunities and, as a result, in addition to our other clients, we are pleased to have a mix of extraordinary corporate NMSDC members as Istonish customers. The advocates in the Mountain Plains (Denver), Dallas and North Central (Minneapolis) offices are conscientious, supportive and informative. We are excited to celebrate the NMSDCs 45th anniversary, the accomplishments of the NMSDC network, and showcase the economic impact of minority businesses, by participating in the #WeAreNMSDC campaign. For any diverse business looking to grow, the NMSDC is THE organization to belong to.

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What are the Benefits of Desktop as a Service?

By Ariel Johnson on Aug 29, 2017 9:28:00 AM

Have you ever wondered what the benefits of desktop as a service (DaaS) are? Similar to other managed services, DaaS makes it easier for companies to take advantage of the benefits of virtual desktops without the labor of building and maintaining your own solution. DaaS goes beyond simply making your solution less of a lift for your team, it also offers more security and flexibility.

Learn more from our VDI partners, Dizzion, by checking out the  education and evaluation resources on their blog !
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