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Identifying the Value of Managed IT: Proactive Service

Business owners know just how costly downtime can be. If your business suffers from technology problems, and your staff isn’t able to properly do their job, then you could be spending a whole lot of money with little or no reward. There is a solution to mitigate technology problems, and we will discuss every aspect of it in this five-part series. In part one, today, we will talk about how proactiveness is the proper approach to business technology. 

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How to Choose the Right Server for Your Business

Small businesses may not always need servers as much of their business computing can be done over the LAN with storage based on a home PC. When your business grows large enough to need its very first server, or is large enough for a server and hasn’t made a move, knowing what your options are can make all the difference. Today, we will take you through some things you should know when you are out shopping for a new server.

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Major Data Breaches of Q2

With data starting to be treated more like a commodity, companies are spending more time and money attempting to secure the data they have. Some organizations aren’t successful. In 2018, over 446.5 million records were exposed, even as data breaches dropped by 23 percent to 1,244. Back in early May we took a look at data breaches over the first four months of the year. Today, we update this list.

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Which IT Service Is Right for Your Business?

Managed Services provide endless benefits to any business, no matter the size. Having a “Fix it when it breaks” attitude is an unrealistic way to run your business in an era that is so heavily technology dependant. Today we dive into the many reasons a Managed Service Provider (MSP) can leverage your investment. 

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Six Mistakes Entrepreneurs Can’t Afford to Make

Entrepreneurship and business ownership are lofty goals to strive for. Unfortunately, there are a few pitfalls that could easily send an enterprising new owner tumbling down to earth like Icarus. Here, we’ll go over six of these errors so, if you happen to be starting a business, you know what you need to avoid.

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How to Make Your Workday Simpler

Look, we get it… work isn’t always the most fun thing in the world. In fact, it can often be downright stressful – especially when distractions get in the way. Fortunately for our sanity, there are plenty of ways to help reduce – or even eliminate – this stress. We’ll go over a few of those ways here.

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Benefits of a virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO)

Benefits of a virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO)

vCISO Vista Computing LLCA Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), is a vital component of an organization’s business strategy. These personnel help the enterprise formulate their cybersecurity strategies. A CISO ensures that all necessary measures have been taken, monitors cybersecurity awareness throughout the enterprise, and proactively creates defensive plans for when, or if an attack or an incident takes place.  If an attack or an incident has already taken place then the CISO would handle the necessary responsibilities in addressing the incident.

The role of the CISO in large organizations is usually occupied by a senior-level executive. These enterprises have large resources to accommodate these roles, however, many companies don’t have the kind of resources required to employ someone with enough expertise to fill the CISO role. This is as a result of the fact that any individual that will assume the role should have enough expertise in information security and also business operations, therefore, having such an individual at that senior position could be very expensive.  This is true for small and medium-sized businesses where they do not have the budget to employ a full-time cybersecurity leader.  Small and medium-sized businesses are the largest targets for hackers because the hackers know that these businesses do not have the necessary cybersecurity measure in place which makes it much easier to hack.

To solve the problem of not being able to employ a full-time CISO Vista Computing LLC has created a service offering to address the gap.  An alternative to having an internal full-time CISO is acquiring the services of a virtual Cybersecurity Information Security Officer (vCISO).  A virtual CISO (vCISO) performs the same function as an internal full-time CISO, however, they are not employed permanently by the organization but acquired as a service from an external cybersecurity team or organization such as Vista Computing LLC.

The following key areas are the benefits of having a vCISO as part of team within small and medium-sized businesses:

  • vCISO Provides Access to a Team of Experts

In the traditional method, where the Chief Information Security Officer is employed by the organization, a majority of the time this rests only on the knowledge and expertise of the internal CISO which is then applied in running the cybersecurity strategies.  This lends itself to limitations.  A vCISO on the other hand as part of a vCISO-as-a-service has access to a team of other virtual security experts that specialize in different aspects of information security. This ensures there is a wide knowledge base to draw from, which makes a vCISO a valuable and viable asset at handling the enterprise’s cybersecurity needs.

  • vCISO ensures the organization is “Up-to-Date” on Information Security Threats

In the Cybersecurity world, threats are constantly evolving.  According to various industry studies, there are over 100,000+ new threats that evolve everyday as attackers always try to find new ways to exploit system vulnerabilities.  With a vCISO where you have a team of information security experts, it is likely to find someone with the expertise that is required to identify and counter a specific type of zero-day threat.

  • vCISO offers Extensive Monitoring of the Organization’s Cybersecurity Needs

Virtual CISO services involves a team of expert. This means they can spend more time and resources monitoring the organization than an internal CISO could ever do.  Also, having more individuals with a wide range of expertise is invaluable as it they can easily spot information security incidents that would otherwise go undetected.

  • vCISO Costs Less compared to Hiring Internally

When an individual is hired as a full-time CISO internally, the organization has to pay a large salary, benefits, insurance, training, bonuses and so forth.  Let’s face it, small and medium-sized companies cannot afford an expensive full-time permanent CISO as part of the organization.  These costs are generally much higher when compared to the cost of acquiring the services of a vCISO.  Using the services of a vCISO, the small and medium-sized organizations only pay the cybersecurity service provider a set fee that covers the whole package. This keeps costs low while still benefiting from the services of a wider range of cybersecurity experts.

The vCISO service offerings at Vista Computing LLC is based on different blocks of hours purchased by an organization needing this valuable service.  We will consult with you to come up with a fair, sensible, and practical solution for your cybersecurity needs.

The Premier Cybersecurity Event in Southern California is the ISSA-LA Summit XI

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May 2019 will be an exciting time for IT and Information Security Professionals as they will be gathering at the Annenberg Community Beach House.  The ISSA-LA Summit XI will begin on Tuesday, May 14th and end on Friday, May 17th of 2019.

So who’s going to be there?  Attendees will be from all over the place and will be comprised of so many different IT and Information Security Practitioners, Executives, Leaders, Analysts, and Hobbyists.

Why should you attend?  This is a great opportunity to learn from the experts!  It is a great opportunity to meet and greet and exchange ideas and solutions with the community.

Annenberg ISSA LA Summit XI Beach View

What should I expect to see?  You will have the option to attend various informational talks.  You will have a chance to learn by attending workshops.  You will also have the chance to just walk around take in the sun and hang out at the beach with nice people discussing all types of topics.

So where is the ISSA-LA Summit XI being held?  It is being held at the Annenberg Community Beach House.  For more information about the ISSA-LA Summit XI, pricing information, logistics, and to register then please visit the ISSA-LA Summit XI Website.

Vista Computing LLC will be visiting the ISSA-LA Summit to meet up with friends and colleagues and to discuss some business strategies.

Thank you kindly and see all of of you there!

Regards,

The Team at Vista Computing LLC

Why (and How) SMBs Should Strategically Adopt Technology

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There is no question that a small business can benefit from technology, as has been proven time and time again. However, an issue can arise if a business bites off more than it can chew, so to speak, and ultimately creates a spike in costs. A responsible business owner will resist this temptation and prioritize the solutions they need over the ones they want – building profitability and generating capital needed to make other improvements.

In this blog, we’ll examine some of the implementations that can deliver a good return on investment to a small business.

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