How to Thwart Targeted Phishing Attacks

Modern businesses rely on email as a central part of their communications infrastructure, but this comes with its own set of threats and issues that can derail operations. Spam in particular is troublesome for organizations to deal with, as it wastes time and exposes your users to danger. While spam can be blocked, more dangerous types of messages can make their way past your defenses. These types of threats are known as phishing scams, and they present a considerable threat to your organization.

Phishing attacks are targeted attempts by hackers and scammers to steal information from your users, whether they know it or not. These messages are personalized to look like legitimate requests for information in a way that makes them difficult to see as threats. Spam can be sent in large quantities to hit as many targets as possible, but phishing attacks are designed to penetrate defenses in a decisive way that spam can only hope to achieve. Keeping this in mind, it should come as no surprise that many cyberattacks start off as simple phishing scams. According to DarkReading, the results of a survey showcased that 91% of cyberattacks start off as a phishing email.

These results come from PhishMe, which identified the reasons why phishing attacks work as well as they do:

  • Curiosity: 13.7%
  • Fear: 13.4%
  • Urgency: 13.2%

These numbers make quite a lot of sense, considering how much stress the average employee is placed under just by going about their day-to-day duties. Some might think their performance isn’t up to snuff, or they might feel pressured to click on attachments depending on who the message is from. This puts your organization in a precarious position, as they might not think twice before downloading a suspicious attachment because it doesn’t actually look suspicious to them at that particular moment. Therefore, you need to take measures to make sure your employees know how to identify phishing scams.

Ways to Mitigate Phishing Scams

If you can’t convince your employees that identifying phishing scams is important, consider the following tips:

  • Undergo regular phishing scam training:Training your employees to identify phishing scams might help them avoid these types of attacks in the future.
  • Double-check any suspicious messages:You should always report suspicious messages to your IT department, even if you think it might not be worth looking into.
  • Never respond to urgent requests before following up:If you receive a message that demands your immediate attention, or requests a wire transfer of funds, check in with whoever supposedly sent the message before doing so.
  • Review best practices and workflows:If you think something about an email is out of place, follow best practices as dictated by your industry.

To learn more about how your organization can stay safe from phishing scams, reach out to us at 214-343-3550.

Is Antivirus Software Important?

Modern organizations have a lot of threats that they need to secure themselves from. This is not something that you can ignore, as the slightest fault in your network security could usher in much more dangerous threats. If you haven’t implemented some of the most basic security solutions out there, you’re needlessly putting your business’ future on the line. We’re here to help make sure you don’t do that.

If your organization is a bit on the smaller side, you might see enterprise-level security as something your business simply doesn’t need. After all, you’re a small business, and hackers aren’t going to look twice in your direction… or will they? This rhetoric isn’t the most solid way to approach network security, as the only thing keeping your organization secure from threats in this case is the whim of a hacker. If anything, hackers are more likely to target small businesses for this reason alone–they’re more likely to actually get results from their attacks. Remember, there is always value to be gained from antivirus software and taking preventative measures.

It’s difficult to argue against the strategy of taking preventative measures, as from a business standpoint the failure of your network security is, by an extension, the failure of your business. You have nothing to lose by implementing a network security system, including a firewall, spam protection, and content filter, but antivirus in particular can be troublesome to consider. Implementing antivirus accepts the reality that your organization could be infected, and it’s something that no business wants to think about. Antivirus actually helps businesses meet their expected technology ROI, even if it’s not immediately apparent.

An antivirus solution helps your business achieve a return on investment, but to truly understand what this means, you have to assess just how much your organization can lose in the event of a data breach. Imagine everything that could go wrong. If a threat makes it past your defenses and latches on to your network, it could spread and cause even more damage. It could spread itself across multiple devices and be incredibly difficult to get rid of. The time spent clearing your network of threats, as well as the downtime caused by your employees not being able to work as intended, can build up and cause considerable damage to both your budget and your reputation. After all… nobody wants to work with a business that doesn’t take its network security seriously.

It’s critical that your organization has a way to deal with threats after the fact–capturing and quarantining them before they have a chance to cause too much damage. This is what antivirus is for. It limits the damage that can be done in the event of a data breach. Even something as simple as paying for the solution to exist is worth it, especially when you consider the total costs associated with data loss.

VentureNet can help your business defend itself from all manner of cyber threats. To learn more, reach out to us at 214-343-3550.

Managed IT Service Works for the Modern Business

Managing your business’ technology can be challenging, especially if you’re a small business with a limited budget. Either you have the money to pay a small in-house IT department to manage your organization’s assets, or you don’t. Depending on the way your organization is structured, you might even have your employees manage their own technology, which isn’t the right way to go. As strange as it is to read, managed IT services are capable of providing an effective way to manage IT.

Managed IT services are outsourced services that your organization can take advantage of when it doesn’t have the assets available on-hand to hire new staff. Managed IT can be something as simple as managing an email server or hosting a cloud solution, or it can be as advanced as the management and maintenance of an entire IT infrastructure in an off-site environment. Either way, managed IT is meant to help your business take advantage of services that your organization can’t take advantage of normally.

Now, we know what you might be thinking. How can people who don’t work for your organization know how to properly manage your IT?

What a lot of businesses need to know about managed IT services is that it’s like having an extension of your own business dedicated to properly managing and maintaining your organization’s IT assets. It’s like having your own IT department, but without having to worry about fitting salaries into the budget, as well as any benefits that you might provide. You ultimately save money by working with a managed IT provider, making the service much more affordable in the long run.

Furthermore, the quality of IT management goes from “uncertain” to “guaranteed” when you work with an IT provider like VentureNet. Trained technicians do a much better job of managing technology solutions than those who are untrained, and this can save your business precious capital by minimizing the chances of a project implementation going wrong. Failing to implement a project right the first time can be expensive, as you’re wasting both time and assets that could be better allocated elsewhere. It’s much more efficient to let professionals who know what they’re doing do the heavy lifting.

Simply put, managed IT services make managing IT easier for small businesses, even if they do have an IT department. There is always work to be done, whether it’s helping employees with small issues or implementing a large-scale project. To learn more about how your business can take advantage of managed IT services, reach out to us at 214-343-3550.

Your Employees Are Your Biggest Cybersecurity Risk

If we asked you to identify the biggest risk to your business’ network security, what would you think it would be? Some might think that the countless threats on the Internet are the biggest issues your organization will have to deal with, while others might think natural  disasters represent the biggest problem for your business. Many others, however, see the end user as the biggest threat to their business, and they are right… to an extent.

That’s right. The same employees who are dedicated to keeping your business functioning as intended are also its biggest achilles heel. The reason for this is simple, even though it may not be clear right off the bat. They are using your technology solutions and working directly with clients, meaning that they are usually the first point of contact people would have in the dissemination of your business’ responsibility for your business’ operations, whatever they happen to be. An attack against them is an attack against the lifeblood of your business.

Of course, employees generally don’t know when they are the source of your business’ security problems, and most of the time they certainly don’t mean to sink a ship they’ve boarded, so to speak. Hackers tend to take advantage of whomever they can, which is why they target your end users. They have the least to lose, and typically have a fair amount of work to do, so they are more distracted than someone who is diligent about going through their incoming messages. Here are three issues your IT administrator may run into.

User Error

Everyone makes mistakes, and your employees are no exception. Employees could click on a link that exposes them to threats or downloads malicious files, or they could download dangerous attachments from emails. All it takes is one weak link in the fence to break it down, and the same rhetoric can be applied to your network.

Phishing Attacks

While some low-level spam can be blocked by your email server, more advanced, targeted threats can make it past these defenses. This is because they are highly customized to attack specific individuals or organizations, making them more difficult to identify by spam blocking solutions. In these cases, it’s best to train your employees to identify the warning signs and be suspicious about any out-of-place messages.

Mobile Device Usage

If you allow your employees to use their own personal devices for work, you open up an entire pathway for hackers to take advantage of to get to your business. Employees could be careless with how they use your business’ data, and when they can walk out the door with it, this becomes a problem. Furthermore, employees will bring their mobile devices to the office, whether you like it or not, increasing the urgency to address these issues with your workforce.

If you want to keep your employees from creating problems for your business, we recommend taking the following actions. First, you implement a comprehensive employee security training strategy for your organization that’s required by each and every worker you have. This helps to make them aware of the threats your organization faces every day. Once this has been handled, you can implement secondary security solutions to limit their exposure to threats in the first place, like spam blocking, content filtering, and so on. These measures make it so that your employees can both identify potential threats and dodge them altogether–a potent combination–that can surely keep your organization more secure than it’s ever been.

To get started with preventative security measures and training ideas, reach out to VentureNet at 214-343-3550.

How Much Should You Be Spending on IT?

It’s no secret that technology is a big part of today’s business, but how much money should your organization really expect to spend on your IT? Of course you need to stay competitive, but can you justify dropping huge chunks of capital on solutions that may or may not come with a visible ROI, or that’s total cost of ownership (TCO) is going to affect your ability to spend elsewhere? Today, we’ll talk about what technology your organization definitely needs, and go into the corresponding cost of that technology.

For the modern business, having a centralized network is par for the course. On this network you’ll find at the very least email, some sort of file database support, a security solution, and a backup system. You would also have some endpoints, whether they are workstations, laptops, or mobile devices. That’s about as bare bones as any business could get. As the company grows, more has to be added. Some organizations have moved significant parts of their computing infrastructure offsite, either to the cloud or to a colocation center where they still have a good deal of control over the management of the infrastructure.

Besides servers and end points, there are plenty of pieces of technology the average business uses. There is the modem, and the routers, switches, printers, and more. Then there are other options that businesses often take advantage of such as security systems, digital signage, and other solutions that require additional hardware. All of which comes with an assigned cost.

The scaling of all this hardware doesn’t necessarily happen as the company grows. While some organizations may need a hosted VoIP system, for others it simply doesn’t make any sense. This goes for CRM or ERP solutions, security systems, productivity software, cloud storage, and other software-based solutions. Since many cloud-based platforms are beginning to see higher-degrees of utilization, a lot of companies are avoiding huge upfront costs associated with purchasing hardware by relying on these cloud systems, which are more attractive, but, whose TCO may actually be higher. By transferring the type of expense to a more recurring, operational expense, today’s businesses are able to accomplish more with less.

Additionally, most businesses today are beginning to utilize online marketing platforms, whether they be through a dedicated website, social media platforms, or other means. The cost of these strategies tend to be variable even though most organizations will adhere to a very fixed percentage of total revenue for a marketing budget.

How Small Business IT Deployment Stacks Up

As you might expect, the average small business spends a higher percentage of their revenue on IT than larger organizations. According to Gartner, most small businesses, which make up over 99 percent of surveyed companies, and nearly 83 percent of total IT dollars, will spend upward of six percent of their revenue on IT, while larger organizations typically spend around three percent of theirs. This means that smaller businesses are paying more of their available money to get the IT that larger organizations get. This can present problems if a core part of a small business’ IT infrastructure fails, or if there is a project that is mismanaged or fails to meet the expected return; a cost that many larger organizations can manage.

However, the market for IT seems very strong with one survey concluding that technology spending across small business has grown a whopping 4.8 percent over the past six years; and is expected to grow another five percent in 2018. The total small business IT investment in 2017 wrapped up at a cool $690 billion, with a lion share of that spent on hardware, software, and virtualized hardware and software environments.

Larger businesses don’t pay quite as much per worker, but they are cognizant of technology innovation, especially with new solutions available that can reduce downtime, manage mounds of company data, and reduce management costs at the same time. Most larger businesses have already implemented a lot of the technological systems that smaller businesses struggle to implement, so they look to emerging technologies to help them gain an advantage. Technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain are in their infancy, but have been utilized to build security and analytics software that these large organizations are starting to incorporate. Time will tell if that emerging technology is as effective in practice as it is in theory.

Small Business Must-Haves

There are emerging technologies and then there are the technologies that every business has to have, and many still don’t. Here are three technologies every business needs to think about implementing immediately.

  • Security Suite: There are so many threats out there, and you saw the figures above, 99.7 percent of all businesses are small businesses. That means there is literally no business that is too small to be targeted by hackers. If you find yourself on the wrong end of some malware or a direct hack, you could not only be looking at some lost data, you could be looking at lost consumer confidence–the one thing that keeps you in business. By having at the very least an antivirus and a firewall on your business’ network, you can manage to keep a majority of threats out. To really ensure you aren’t in danger, we suggest an automated monitoring and management solution so that you can keep tabs on your network and your infrastructure. By keeping threats out, and downtime to a minimum, you should be able to focus on your business.
  • Backup and Recovery: So you may not have to meet a half dozen regulatory compliances, but one thing is for sure, your data is important. If you were to suffer a major data loss, there is a very good chance that your business would close in the next 12-to-18 months. That’s a fact. By having a dedicated plan to back up your organization’s data, and another to restore it if it is somehow lost or corrupted, you are potentially saving your business.
  • Cloud Storage: Again, your data is important, and sometimes you need access to it right now. With a secure cloud storage solution, you can have the data you need when you need it on any Internet-connected device. There are literally dozens of choices to make, and some of them are free and come with productivity software so that when you need to draft a letter or balance your budget, you’ll have the software you need to do it.

No matter how small your business is, technology can work to solve many of your operational and logistical problems. The IT professionals at VentureNet can assess your business and find you the solutions you need to get the most out of your resources, while protecting your digital assets. For more information, call us today at 214-343-3550.

Efficient Distributors Stare Down Rising Gas Prices

Rising fuel prices have an effect on everybody. From the commuter who drives 20 miles into the office, to the manufacturer that needs to keep their supply chain moving, to the distributor that depends on that fuel as a core component of a business. For the small distributor, gas price fluctuation can either be a godsend or a travesty depending on which way the needle points. When gas prices rise significantly, it becomes inevitable that some of the cost is going to be transferred to the consumer. This can wreak havoc with their business as it depends on a fleet of trucks to distribute their goods to other businesses. We’ll look at how smaller organizations can use information technology to keep their costs down when the costs at the pump rise.

Most distributors are either tied to a larger organization or contracted by one. For the smaller manufacturer that relies on efficient distribution of their product, regrettably the ability to keep shipping costs down is a major factor on the price of certain products. In 2018, with fuel supply outpacing demand for the first time since gas prices spiked in 2014, prices are again up and thus far it hasn’t made much of a difference for consumers.

This is because the distributor (or the manufacturer that has a distribution arm) looks at the increased cost as the cost of doing business, but as gas prices start to rise (they’ve gone up nearly 30% since May 2017), the more cost is transferred to them, the less they are apt to be as generous. This goes for delivery services and any other company that has a fleet of vehicles. With gas prices affecting so much of the economy, it’s a solid business strategy for the business that relies on petrol to look for solutions to mitigate the increased cost that depends on rising fuel prices. Information technology can provide such a solution.

Fleet and Asset Tracking

Tracking solutions can drive down the price of distribution by ensuring that each vehicle in your organization’s fleet is taking preferred and efficient routes. By finding the right routes, a company can not only cut down on fuel costs, it can cut down on the amount of maintenance that their fleet vehicles need, requiring less operational capital. Additionally, by deploying a fleet tracking solution, insurance for your fleet is reduced, saving your organization more money. Here’s how it works:

Each vehicle in the fleet is outfitted with GPS devices that can be tracked by Internet-connected endpoints outfitted with the tracking software. Using GPS technology, the software calculates the most fuel-efficient route. Other qualifiers can be entered to avoid things like construction, bottlenecks in traffic, and other cost-inducing situations. This allows an organization to reduce downtime, optimize their resources, maximize vehicle utilization, and provide prompt and dependable service.

The same technology can also track other assets and help manage your organization’s supply chain. By fully understanding what your shipping costs, both in procurement and in distribution, you can take steps you need to try to find unnecessary redundancy. If cutting your shipping costs by five or ten percent is as simple as finding gas-efficient routes and ordering from vendors who are closer, wouldn’t you do it?

If you would like to know more about fleet and asset tracking software, and how to leverage today’s newest technologies into a more efficient and lucrative business, call the IT professionals at VentureNet today at 214-343-3550.

Backup and Disaster Recovery Gives Businesses Another Chance

Data backup is a hot topic for businesses, particularly because the stakes are never higher for small businesses and enterprises. You either protect your future by implementing a data backup system, or you don’t and put it in jeopardy. What some businesses might not know is that even certain backup strategies are outdated in a modern workplace.

Some types of data backup might seem like cheap and ideal alternatives to a legitimate cloud-based backup system, but they are far from the greatest or most efficient solution out there. Unfortunately, the price point might seem just right for organizations that have limited budgets, making them attractive alternatives to investing in an enterprise-level solution. Regardless, the current options for data backup and disaster recovery that don’t involve cloud-based BDR are subpar at best compared to the real deal. We’ll go over some of the current options and why cloud-based BDR is a better alternative.

Common Data Backup Technology

Some of the most common methods for data backup and disaster recovery have nothing to do with the cloud. For example, some businesses still use tape backup that stores data on magnetic tape reels. The issue with this type of backup solution is that it relies on a user actually setting and initiating the backup, meaning that there is some room for error–something that you don’t want to deal with ever, especially if your organization’s future is on the line. Tapes can also be destroyed if they are on-site, so a big threat like an office fire or flood could end any chances at coming back from a disaster.

Another way that businesses might back up their data is with an external hard drive or flash drive, both of which present many issues that come with tape backups and other types of physical storage, including the risk of physical harm to them. One point stands out though, and it’s that thieves could potentially steal these devices if they are taken from the office. You can’t risk your data being stolen just for the sake of convenience and price. At that point, it’s not even saving you money (and could potentially be costing you much more than you actually save).

The Ideal Solution

Cloud-based data backup and disaster recovery can be a critical component in business continuity for both small and large businesses. In fact, it’s largely considered the best product out there for this purpose, as you basically eliminate many of the issues present if you were to use tape-based or hardware-based backup solutions. For one, you eliminate the hassle of relying on users to initiate the process, making sure that user error can’t be the reason why your business is doomed in the event of a data loss incident.

The other reason to leverage cloud-based backup is that it essentially cuts out all potential downtime that results from a disaster. Since you’re downloading the data from the cloud, you’ll have instantaneous access to the data, as long as you have hardware that can act as a server. Even if you don’t, BDR devices are capable of functioning as a temporary server so you have time to find an adequate replacement. It’s just one way that cloud-based data backup saves your business money.

Does your organization need cloud-based data backup? We know that it’s certainly a viable option, and one which we hope you will take advantage of. To get started, just give us a call at 214-343-3550.

A.I. is Beginning to Run Business Functions

How much does your business rely on its data in order to make decisions regarding its future? Organizations are making strides in how they collect and interpret data, but one of the biggest contributors to this is the idea of using artificial intelligence to perform data analysis. With the implementation of A.I., businesses are able to collect more data, analyze data for trends, and take action based on those trends.

That being said, there are still some concerns about A.I. that need to be addressed–at least, from a theoretical standpoint–before implementing it for your organization. We’ll try to address some of the major thoughts concerning A.I. in the workplace so you can make the best decision regarding your organization.

The Fear of AI Stealing Jobs

Many people are concerned that A.I. is taking jobs away from hard-working employees for the sake of convenience. While it’s true that previous innovations in business have made employees more productive with their time, none of them have taken employees out of the equation quite like artificial intelligence and automation have. However, we feel that this isn’t the right way to approach the discussion about A.I. If anything, it should be about augmenting your business’ workforce with options that save time and resources for better, more lucrative pursuits.

Whether we like it or not, the fact remains that computers are much better at processing data and sifting through results to find trends. It’s just easier and more efficient overall for organizations to have a computer program do the work of several employees than it is to pay them for it.

How A.I. Helps Businesses

There are several business applications out there that are designed to make changes to the way they function based on what kinds of knowledge they accumulate as time goes on. These applications tend to help businesses better manage and maintain data with the intention of finding actionable insights. By this, we mean finding any information that can be used to take action and make educated decisions about the future of your organization. It stands to reason that the data collected by organizations should be leveraged in some way to improve operations, and A.I. implementation is just an extension of this thought process.

Thanks to A.I.’s ability to remember and record information, it’s able to far exceed anything that a human being is capable of. There are many applications out there that utilize A.I. for this specific reason, as accuracy is one of the most critical parts of running a business. A.I. is so beneficial for organizations that run CRM software that developers have begun to equip solutions with machine learning capabilities and A.I., with the next logical step being toward integration right out of the box.

A.I. is also an invaluable solution for the purposes of customer service. Any small organization knows full well the pains of hiring multiple workers for the purpose of helping customers with their products, and automated solutions make this process much easier. Thanks to automated systems, customers can spend less time on the phone for support and more time using the solution they’ve purchased.

2018 has been a significant year for A.I. in the business world–particularly in regard to the practical use of algorithms. Small businesses that want to start thinking about implementing artificial intelligence solutions should start by thinking about the following:

  • Data consolidation: The most effective way to take advantage of A.I. solutions requires that your data be located in a centralized location. This gives your artificial intelligence program the best opportunities for identifying data patterns and trends.
  • Research proper solutions:If you want A.I. to be the best product it can be for your organization, you should expect a period of lengthy testing before investing in a solution. You want to make sure that you do your research to ensure that you get the best return on your investment. Consider how other organizations like yours currently use the solution and whether or not it’s a good fit for your business.

How can your organization better take advantage of its data? To find out, reach out to VentureNet at 214-343-3550.

Managed Services Can Provide a Lot of Value

How does your business manage its technology solutions? If you’re like most small businesses, you likely have limited technology maintenance, and not necessarily due to any fault on your part. Small businesses have limited budgets and resources available to them, making technology maintenance less accessible. Thankfully, managed services are here to make sure that you never settle for less than what your organization needs.

In terms of managed services for technology maintenance and management, you might be surprised by how diverse and wide the breadth of services offered actually is. There are IT services for just about any resource that your business would want to take advantage of. We’ll walk you through some of the best and most valuable that any organization can leverage.

Server Management

Servers require intensive care, as does the rest of your business’ computing infrastructure. If you’re not a trained technology expert, you probably shouldn’t be handling servers, as the slightest issue could set off a chain reaction that leads to unprecedented downtime and data access issues. Unfortunately, hiring individual trained IT professionals can be expensive, and you could be limited by your geographical region as well. Managed server hosting can eliminate the need to host servers on your infrastructure. A managed service provider can host them off-site in a secure location where all of your data can be accessed remotely and maintained by on-site staff.

Security Management

Network security is one of those tricky parts of managing a business that requires a lot of industry-specific knowledge. Because of this, network security is something that a lot of businesses fall short on, as they either don’t have professional staff on-hand who know how to secure specific kinds of data, or they simply don’t perceive themselves as vulnerable. This is very far from the truth. If you don’t take steps toward keeping your business secure now, you could regret it in the future. This is why we urge you to consider implementing security best practices now, while you still can. Outsourcing this responsibility to a managed service provider is an excellent way to make sure that patches and other security augments are managed and maintained properly.

Help Desk Management

Even if you have an in-house team, they likely don’t have time to get to every little bit of technology maintenance and management, let alone help all of your organization’s employees work with their own devices. In cases like this, it’s helpful to have an outsourced organization that you can rely on to pick up the pieces that your in-house team can’t get to. This includes helping others within your business with any issues that they might be having with their devices. Think about how much time your employees could save if they had a single number to call for anything related to their technology troubles.

Overall, the biggest value point that you can get from managed services is the cost vs. value. You actually wind up saving money in the long run by working with a managed service provider, as the value received from working with an outsourced provider ultimately winds up paying for itself compared to investing in adding new salaries to your budget. VentureNet can help your business with just about any managed services you’ll need. To learn more, reach out to us at 214-343-3550.

Seamless Access and Its Role in Your Business’ Productivity

Productivity is crucial to every workplace. If your employees are not properly leveraging their opportunities to be productive, then they are ultimately costing your business a considerable amount. Thanks to technology solutions, you can help your employees stay productive in numerous ways–chief among them being access to crucial data and applications.

The first technology that might make you think of productivity is access to the cloud. Thanks to the cloud, many businesses are taking advantage of services that might not otherwise be accessible without using a desktop or similar device. We’ll walk you through some of the ways that your business can take advantage of the cloud and other access technology to improve productivity.

Cloud-Based Productivity Suites

Most businesses need access to certain applications in order to be productive, often including a word processor, slideshow creator, and spreadsheet software. If you store them on your internal network, it might be difficult to access them if you haven’t already taken measures to enable such access. One of the ways you can do this is by storing any critical applications and data in a cloud-based environment. Any allowed devices will be able to access data in the cloud, as well as open any applications that are stored on your infrastructure–all by simply accessing them through a web-based dashboard. This allows employees to work hard, even when they aren’t in the office, as well as being able to do so on devices which they are most familiar with. This allows them to get even more done in the same amount of time.

Seamless Access Has Its Toll

While it’s especially important that your business employees have anytime-anywhere access to assets, the question of security will always remain an issue for your business. With more devices than ever before accessing your business’ data, it’s critical that you take measures to secure it. One of the best ways to do so is by implementing a virtual private network for remote data transmission. A VPN provides your employees with a great way to access data in a secure fashion. Essentially, any information sent to or received by your mobile devices through a VPN has to travel through an encrypted tunnel, where it must be decrypted before being viewed. This means that even if it’s intercepted along the way, it’s unlikely that any unauthorized eyes will be able to tell what the data is. We recommend that any organization using mobile devices for more productivity implement a VPN.

Does your organization want more seamless access to its data? VentureNet can help. To learn more, reach out to us at 214-343-3550.