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!)
Professional IT Services that Andromeda Provides for Morris, IL Businesses:
What A Few Of Our Clients Have To Say
Andromeda IT Service Offerings
Here is just a quick list demonstrating the breadth of IT services you can expect from Andromeda:
AndroPedia Tech Library
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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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Sometimes it sounds like the news and cyber experts are on loop or a broken record. Every day there is a new report about cyber security, threats and the like. But while these stories and warnings may start to seem like white noise in the background, the threats are still here and they are very real.
The upside of all of this coverage and conversation is that business owners are wising up and with the topic of cyber security taking center stage, users and business owners alike are being more proactive when it comes to protecting and educating themselves.
In the spirit of education we’d like to dive a little deeper into 5 features/protocols you can set up at your office to beef up your IT Security.
Top 5 Cyber Security Features/Protocols
Multi Factor Authentication
This feature is nothing new but it is becoming more and more common across all kinds of accounts. Financial services, email, social media and other applications/accounts are making use of multi or dual factor authentication. Essentially you have a password and second form of identification to prove your identity. Sometimes this is a randomly generated code – think Facebook’s code generator.
Another type of multi or dual factor authentication uses biometric data for identity verification. Things like a fingerprint or a retina scan are examples of this type of security measure. In fact, last month we took a look at biometrics, integrated security and banking applications – read more about that.
An Employee Training Program
Statistically over 80% of all breaches and intrusions occur after an employee error. Clicking a link in an email, downloading a malicious file, visiting an infected website . . . there are so many ways this can happen and most of the time it isn’t intentional either. The best way to prevent this from happening is an ongoing security program for yourself and employees. A good program will have a varied focus: compliance standards for personal and customer info (commonly known as pii or personally identifiable information), strategies for recognizing and avoiding email scams, proper security protocols for best practices at the office and more. In 2017 Andromeda recognized this need and released our PII Protection/Cyber Security Training Program. See full details here.
Business Grade Firewall
A good firewall is your first defense against intrusion. With proper intrusion detection and intrusion prevention settings you arm yourself against cyber criminals and hackers. On top of that, a business grade firewall solution is an important piece of hardware when you want to set up public and private networks. You definitely don’t want guests at your building or passersby accessing company documents or networks because of low cyber security protocols.
Regularly Scheduled Updates/Patching
New viruses and threats hit the market every day. On top of that, hackers and criminals discover new vulnerabilities almost as fast as developers can protect against them. This is why keeping up to date and on top of patching and updates is so important. For instance, the WannaCry virus everyone heard so much about this year took advantage of a vulnerability that had already been addressed by a Windows patch. If companies had proactively updated and maintained their updates/patches, they wouldn’t have been as vulnerable to an attack.
This ties into both firewall protocols and employee training but of course, the fewer random emails that make it into your employee inboxes, the fewer links and files you need to worry about employee’s (or even yourself) clicking on. A professional spam tool can be configured to your liking and can do a whole lot to prevent content from making it to those that might accidentally infect your network. See the photos below for a few examples of emails we protect customers from on a daily basis.
As always, Andromeda is here to help you protect yourself and your business from these ongoing threats. Take the first step today and sign up for a cyber security audit with our team of experts.
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Luxottica is the latest company to fall victim to relentless hackers.
Even if you're not familiar with the name, if you wear glasses or contacts, you might have dealings with the company even without realizing it.
As the world's largest eyewear company, they produce all the best-known brands, including:
- Oliver Peoples
- Michael Kors
- And many others
In addition to that, they work closely with all the biggest names in eye care, including EyeMed, LensCrafters, Target Optical and others.
Unfortunately, if you've gotten your eyes examined at any of the places just mentioned, or if you own a pair of glasses bearing one of the brand names mentioned above, you may have reason to be concerned. The recent hack exposed personal and protected health information for patients utilizing the care centers we mentioned above.
According to the notification the company sent out last week, hackers were able to breach the company's defenses by way of their appointment scheduling app.
Once in the system, Luxottica determined that personal, protected customer information may have been compromised. The data potentially included the full name of the patient, any contact information saved in the system, appointment date and time, the patient's health insurance policy number, and any notes your doctor may have entered into the system relating to prescriptions, health conditions or recommended procedures.
In addition to that, if you had saved your payment card information or social security number in the system, those items are also at risk. At this point, the company has provided no specific information about the scope and scale of the breach, so there's no way of knowing exactly how many patient records were compromised. Out of an abundance of caution, if you get your glasses from any of the companies mentioned above and you scheduled your eye appointment online, the safest course would be to assume that your data has been compromised and proceed accordingly.
It's unfortunate, but this will certainly not be the last high profile attack we read about this year. Stay vigilant out there, and stay safe.