A computer network is a telecommunications network that allows your computers to exchange data. This computer network is what provides your servers, workstations, applications, emails, printers and internet to be shared. As a business owner one cannot solely focus on their servers, the computer network infrastructure in place will either make your servers work faster, reliably and securely or not.PC Quest will help build a sound infrastructure to support your environment. The following are services we provide:
- Network cabling
- Firewall installations
- Router installations
- Layer 2 and 3 switches
- Point-to-Point VPN tunnels
- SPAM filters
- Wireless networks (including range expanders/long-range antennas)
PC Quest grades your Network Security. Is your network safe?
Mark Miller, president and senior network analyst with PC Quest Technologies, offers the following to assist you in grading your network security.
- Antivirus: Do you have a trusted antivirus program that can be managed from the server? This costs about $30-$40 per computer per year and has a single interface that will summarize the protection of all computers in your network. It will show you which computers are protected and which are not, which have had viruses, what the viruses were, if they were removed or are still there, and when this all occurred. A properly managed antivirus will save 20 percent or more in antivirus removals and in downtime.
- Firewall: Do you have a properly configured commercial- or enterprise-level firewall? If this was purchased off the shelf at a big box store, the chances of having adequate protection is slim. Depending on your network size and Internet bandwidth requirements, most small to mid-size businesses will invest between $400 and $1,800 on a good firewall. It is the most important piece of equipment in the network-security equation. You should strongly consider a UTM (unified threat management) device with firewall level antivirus, website blocking, intrusion detection and prevention, etc. Some can even be specifically configured to prevent viruses such as the Cryptolocker, which encrypts your files and cannot be undone without a decryption key.
- Computer-use policy: Do you have a company-wide “computer-use policy” in place? This should advise your staff what proper Internet use is and what the repercussions are for abusing it. When adhered to, these policies can save you 40 percent on unnecessary computer repairs.
- Passwords: Does your network require you to change passwords periodically? I know this is a real pain, but necessary. If you answered “no” to any of the above, your network is vulnerable and you should contact your IT vendor immediately to discuss corrective measures.
PC Quest specifically integrates network security appliances focusing on ensuring HIPAA compliance and credit card PCI compliance.