Security is a specialty
Here’s the thing. Cloud-based suites such as Google Apps and Office 365 can be excellent tools for productivity and scalability, but not for security. These suites grant access to email, documents and calendars from any location with Internet access. Inbound email is partially handled for potential viruses, spam and some phishing attacks, but what about your outbound messages, especially those containing sensitive documents?
Security is a specialty that requires relentless dedication to stay on top of the many emerging threats and vulnerabilities. As the world’s largest dedicated security vendor, there is no question that McAfee’s primary focus is on security, and their comprehensive email security solutions go far beyond just defending against spam, malware and phishing to securing outbound messages with an integrated suite of encryption, compliance templates, attachment scanning and data loss prevention technologies.
It’s very simple: layer up.
Email is a highly insecure communications platform, and anything you want to keep confidential needs to be protected. A good email security solution will filter out malware and noise, encrypt sensitive email and automatically stop the outbound loss of sensitive data.
Layering up in the cloud simply means embedding a complete set of security measures onto Google Apps or Office 365 which ensures you are not leaving your data out in the open.
For email, you need to filter inbound traffic for viruses, spam, phishing and other malware. Outbound email traffic needs to be filtered for sensitive data, allow action as desired, and even provide the capability for push/pull encryption.
McAfee makes all of this easy with SaaS Email Protection and Continuity, a cloud-based service which has reduced the time and complexity of layering comprehensive security onto leading hosted email providers. There is no hardware or software to buy, no backups to run and no maintenance to perform.
What say you, Postini users? Give us a call at DocuTech and we can quickly set you up with world class McAfee email protection and answer any questions you may have.
Call our Philadelphia area office at 215.672.7060, or the Baltimore area office at 410.793.0301, or send an email to email@example.com.
Protect Your Network's Lifeline to the Cloud
By Steven Allard
Every few years Bill Gates used to write a long memo to Microsoft employees about some inflection point affecting the industry and what action Microsoft would need to take in order to adapt. Most famous was probably the nine-page memo in 1995: “The Internet Tidal Wave.” In this memo, Gates wrote about dramatic changes the Internet would bring and how Microsoft would need to respond.
All companies, large and small, are experiencing one of those inflection points today.
The rise of cloud computing is fundamentally changing how we access data. Mission critical data still may be kept onsite, but most information is securely hosted off-site and accessed through singular or redundant network access points.
When IT services are provided in the cloud, suddenly, all users rely on the Internet simply to get any work done. That means the networking equipment that supplies that Internet connection must be protected and available, as do all the switches, routers and wireless access points that connect users throughout a building.
If your network connection goes down, employees can’t access the resources they need to do their jobs. Productivity takes a nosedive and it costs your business real money.
Network Connection Becomes the Lifeline
As companies put more and more IT resources in the cloud, the network connection becomes the lifeline to those resources. Simply put, the network has to always be available. Even a brief glitch in power can cause a router or switch to reset and disconnect employees.
Smart-UPS devices, offer protection against such events, supplying around 45 minutes of run-time or more when used solely to back up network equipment. Intelligent and efficient network power protection bridges the gap to keep your business connected.
Small- and medium-sized businesses, and even large enterprises with lots of remote or branch offices, often have a hard time managing their networks. Many don’t have full-time IT staff, or have very limited staff. They simply don’t have time to spend managing devices such as UPSes.
DocuTech’s all-encompassing Connected Care platform allows for proactive monitoring, with real-time status reports, as well as remote control of all APC equipment. For example, a DocuTech technician can reboot a hung device that is attached to a Smart-UPS unit and easily can check on the health of the UPS itself.
As I mentioned earlier, I believe we’re at an inflection point, one that presents a threat to business productivity. Fortunately, through our partnership with DocuTech, network connectivity can not only be protected, but also proactively managed via Connected Care.
Steven Allard is Partner Development Manager, APC by Schneider Electric.
Use 'Click and Type' for Faster Word Formatting
“Click and Type” is a handy Microsoft Word feature that allows you to move your cursor to any open part of a page and double-click to type anywhere.
Use it to quickly enter a title, a subhead or utilize your document as a whiteboard. It works with images, too. If you want to add a photo or logo to the lower right corner of your page, for example, double-click and insert your image.
The “Click and Type” shortcut works in Print Layout or Web Layout view. If you move your cursor around on a page and a few lines appear next to the I-beam, Click and Type is activated. The lines indicate whether text will be left-aligned, left-aligned with right indent, centered or right-aligned.
To enable or disable this feature, go to Tools > Options (Windows) or Word Preferences > Edit (Mac).