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March 2013

Avoid data leaks by keeping your data under control

March 19th, 2013

Chances are, your business has data that you'd like to keep private. It might be financial information, a customer database, or maybe something as simple as a vendor list. Leaks of that data could cause your business big problems, opening you up to lawsuits or a damaged reputation.

So how can you avoid data leaks and keep your data under control?

A recent LinkedIn survey asked business leaders what their biggest concern was in regards to keeping their data private.

Data privacy is a top priority for us as well and the results of LinkedIn's poll match what we've heard from our customers. We address those concerns by using the Datapeers application suite.

Data everywhere

Whenever there's a data leak in the news, it's common to find out after the fact that the leaked data was from a copy of database on a file server or an employee's computer. While the production database might have effective safeguards in place to prevent a breach, copies of that same database might be lying in the open.

There are many valid reasons to make a copy of a database: to populate test and development environments, to setup user training, or to provide data to third-parties like law enforcement or auditors.

It's difficult to keep track of that data though. And all too often, these copies contain sensitive information, whether it's needed or not. This is where using Datapeers really helps keep copies of data under control.

When making copies of databases, Datapeers can not only filter out just the data subset needed for the particular project, but can also de-identify sensitive data so that testing and other activities aren't impacted, but a leak of the copied database wouldn't contain proprietary or confidential information like customer names or financial account numbers. So if you need to provide a copy of a database to an external developer to troubleshoot an application bug, you can do so without having to worry about handing your critical data over.

On top of providing more secure database copies, Datapeers keeps detailed audit information about the copies you make with it. So you'l know who made each copy and what data was included in that copy, allowing you to keep better track of your sensitive data. This, in turn, helps prevent leaks by both internal and external data breaches, while simultaneously addressing compliancy requirements like PCI-DSS.

Paired with good policies and procedures, Datapeers can be a valuable component in building a well-rounded data security plan. The secure, documented copies it creates help take out a lot of the stress and worry that surround data privacy.

Poll data: LinkedIn

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Is malware costing your business money?

March 5th, 2013

If you've used technology in your business for any length of time, you've likely felt the pain of computer viruses and malware. You know that a virus on just one PC in your office can wreak all sorts of havoc. The cost of removal is compounded by a loss of productivity for the worker who uses that PC and there's always potential for a virus to infect other computers on the network.

LSG’s managed services can help.

Most of the time, when we come across infected computers, we find that the antivirus software and operating system are out of date. In many cases, the last updates were months or even years in the past.

Even when a business has a dedicated IT staff, it's hard to keep on top of updates and stay ahead of viruses and malware without spending significant time and money.

This is where managed services can really help a business stay more secure and productive.

Security as a service

As part of LSG Solutions' managed services we install virus and malware protection on each PC you sign up with us. A software agent allows us to remotely manage and monitor your PCs' health to make sure the security software and operating system stay up to date.

If a virus or other malware does get on a PC, our helpdesk team is automatically notified and will begin work on solving the problem. In most cases, we'll know about the problem before the employee using the computer does.

Instead of paying for expensive software licenses and per-incident virus removal, you pay a low monthly rate for each PC. Here's a comparison that shows how managed services can save your business money:

 Traditional ModelManaged Services
Anti-virus software$35 *Included
Anti-malware software$25 *Included
Virus/Malware removal$125 (Average cost)Included
Total Cost per Year$185$108 ($9 per month)

* Pricing for Vipre Antivirus and Malwarebytes (Amazon.com – Feb 2013)

Even without adding in the support cost of someone having to maintain all the security software on a PC under the traditional model, it's easy to see that managed services provides a lot of value at a very reasonable cost.

Managing PC security is just one of many benefits of using managed services. If you'd like to learn more, call our office at 405-285-2500 or send us an e-mail at sales@lsgsolutions.com.

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