What Is An Andromeda C‑CAT?A C‑CAT (Client-Centric Action Team) is a dedicated team that includes one or more two Remote Service Techs, and one or more IT Field Techs whose activities are curated by a Account Coordinator(AC)—each specifically appointed to service your organization. With cat-like reflexes and precision, your Andromeda C-CAT will pounce on any IT issue, upgrade, or project. It's really the cat's meow for your IT needs!)
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What is the Co-Managed IT Services model? Your Top 3 Questions Answered Oct 02, 2020
Co-managed IT service (CoMITS) is a rather new idea that creates a partnership between an internal IT department and an external service company like Andromeda. Co-Managed IT Services are essentially meant to help you get more done by augmenting specific elements of your IT Service and infrastructure with a professional outsourced IT team. The best part about it is the CoMITS relationship is fully customizable so you get what you need without paying for what you don’t.
Who is it for?
The co-managed IT service structure is built to be a partnership between an internal IT person/team and an MSP. It takes cooperation between the two to give an organization the best service, security, and maintenance possible.
Co-Managed IT is a great fit for:
- Your IT department that may be overwhelmed with tasks and may need some support.
- Your internal IT support that may be lacking in one or more specific skillsets. CoMIT services will fill in that gap. Andromeda provides the specialists in all fields and lends them to your organization.
How does It Work?
As stated above, the co-managed IT partnership is fully customizable, so it can mean different things to different organizations but here are a few solutions to think about:
- Internal IT handles everything with workstations & users with Andromeda handling your servers & infrastructure.
- Basically, the opposite of #1. Andromeda handles workstations & users, while you handle servers & infrastructure.
- Andromeda handles emergencies. We offer tools and best practices for your internal IT and may also do the monitoring of systems. When anything outside your internal IT departments scope of expertise comes up, we are here to support them and handle any issues. Basically, Andromeda becomes familiar with your systems, then waits on the sidelines until you need us. We have the familiarity to handle the situation quickly and painlessly.
- We are your specialists. This will seem similar to #3, but it really isn’t. When you are making hardware purchases, we can offer our advice, do the purchasing for you and also installation. Any time the internal person/team has a question, our specialist are available for consult. This includes training, monitoring, best practices and procedures, access to tools, support, management, back-up and recovery, among many other services.
- Some subset of services that is customized to fit your needs.
Is Co-managed IT For You And Your Organization?
If you have an IT person or team, then the answer is yes! Because this solution is completely customizable for your organization, there is no scenario where we can’t partner for the best results. We would both be looking out for the ultimate success of your business.
Because of the customization of the partnership, we are flexible to integrate our services with your needs. We don’t force our way on your team. We don’t step in and take over. We do work together and share responsibilities and knowledge.
Our ultimate goal is to support your organization. Our main focus and expertise as an MSP becomes a tool to use for the success of your business. This collaboration gives your team whatever they need to do the best job possible.
If you have any questions about CoMITS, then our team is here to answer them. Let’s start a conversation.
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When you think of data encryption, you might imagine top-secret files and espionage. Historically, militaries and governments protected messages and sensitive information using encryption. These days encryption has many more uses. With hackers and cyber criminals constantly after your data, it is important that you make use of this security measure.
Encryption is defined as scrambling data or text to make it unreadable. This protects stored data and personal information from displaying to those without a proper clearance or key to decode that information. There are all kinds of pieces of information you have on file that a disgruntled employee or criminal could make use of:
- Home addresses
- Email Addresses
- Drivers Licenses
- Credit Card information
- Social Security Numbers
- Date of birth
- Medical history or records
- Financial information – routing numbers, account numbers etc.
Depending on your industry, this information may be subject to state and federal regulation, hefty fines and, in cases of negligence, even jail time (we’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars). Businesses close their doors over this stuff.
While employee training and proper cyber protocols are great at protecting you and your business from user error and data breach – encryption is an added layer of security every business benefits from.
3 Ways Data Encryption Can Save You From Unnecessary Stress, Spending & Headaches
- Encryption Saves Your Reputation – More and more employees are working on the go. With employees working from home, sales staff in the field and the hustle and bustle of every day, you don’t want to hold your employees back or decrease productivity by preventing devices from leaving the office.But imagine your employee runs into the neighborhood Starbucks and leaves their company laptop in their front seat. While they are ordering their venti latte, a criminal breaks into their car and steals their belongings – your laptop included. Now you’re out the hardware but more importantly, you have a criminal at large with sensitive data. If this data has any sensitive personally identifiable information (PII) on it, you are required to report the incident.Do you want your customers losing valuable trust in your company? In fact, this fear of reputation damage is the reason that three out of every four victims to ransomware, data breach or cyber-attack do not report the incident.Think back to 2013 when 41 million people found out Target compromised their sensitive data. You’d probably think twice about shopping there again if you were one of them. If the stolen laptop had been encrypted, you wouldn’t have to report an incident. The criminal would have no way of deciphering any data on the equipment.
- Encryption Keeps Designated Information Private – Let’s bring this example back into your office for a moment. Even if you don’t keep sensitive customer information on file or process credit cards. You have personal information for employees on file: Performance reviews, social security numbers, salary information and more. You don’t need a hacker or even a disgruntled employee gaining access to these records.With encryption you can ensure that even if an employee accidentally or intentionally stumbles into an area they shouldn’t be, they can’t make sense of any of that information.
- Encryption Can Save You From The Unexpected – Whether a device goes missing from the office, you can’t risk having sensitive information at large. Your reputation aside, as mentioned earlier, these types of breaches can result in very large fines, prosecution and years in prison. Nobody needs that on their mind every night. With encryption, you can rest easy that even in the wrong hands your data can’t be manipulated or exposed.To take this a step further, certain encryption management tools have the ability to remotely disable and even wipe devices. This comes in handy in all of the examples we have described. Then, not only is the information on your device useless, but after your IT company takes necessary steps, the device shows nothing but the “blue screen of death”.
Encryption is a powerful tool. It is an incredibly useful piece of your cyber security and data protection plan. It is important that you protect sensitive information. Even if you don’t want to believe it, there are criminals out there that would wreak havoc with the data if given the chance.
For more information on our encryption software and other cyber security training, protocols and plans, give us a call at (815) 836-0030.
And be sure to explore our Security Training Program. Over 80% of data breaches are a result of human error and the first step to prevention is education.
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Hackers are always looking for a new angle, and recently, they've found a particularly good one.
Image recognition software is becoming increasingly sophisticated. So if hackers are interested in building a fake landing and login page designed to spoof some other company, they have to get it exactly right, including the background image, or most AV software will see through the ruse.
To get around that, some clever hackers have taken to building two different landing pages; one for the AV software and one for the user.
The page designed for the software uses the proper background image, but with the colors inverted. Image recognition software looks primarily for shapes and not for colors, so this easily fools most AV software. If a site visitor were to see that page, however, they would instantly see the flaw and become suspicious, so they're directed to a different version of the page with a proper image.
Recently, a research team attached to WMC Global had this to say about the new technique:
"Our team reviewed other campaigns deployed by this threat actor, discovering that the individual was using the same inversion technique on the newer Office 365 background."
If you're an Office 365 user, it pays to play close attention to the URL of the page you're navigating to, so you can improve your odds of avoiding inadvertently giving your login credentials to a group of hackers.
Naturally, Office 365 isn't unique in this regard. You can bet that hackers around the world are employing this trick to gain login credentials all across the internet, so vigilance is absolutely called for.
Kudos to the team at WMC Global for spotting the new trend, and make sure your IT staff is aware of the possibility so they can be on high alert and work to protect your users.