WatchGuard Firewall Implementations2021-05-05T21:32:24+00:00
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Point North Networks, Inc. is your local Twin Cities WatchGuard ONE MSSP Partner. Experts in Firewall, AuthPoint MFA, Remote Access & VPN Configurations.

Your Business, Our Managed Security

The number of cyber attacks are at an all-time high with no signs of slowing down. To make matters worse, cyber criminals are focusing on small- to midsize businesses, as they see you as easy targets compared to large organizations with dedicated IT security teams.

Don’t fall victim to these cyber criminals, and don’t stress about adding dedicated headcount to stay ahead of these advanced attacks. Focus on what you do best, and let us take care of all your security needs without disrupting day-to-day business operations.

Point North Networks, Inc. offers a full suite of managed security solutions that prevent, detect and respond to the most sophisticated types of threats, while providing everything from initial design, deployment and configuration, to ongoing management, monitoring, and reporting for continuous, up-to-the-minute protection.

  • We work with you to understand your needs, and then design, deploy, and configure the perfect security solution for your business, whether it’s the network, Wi-Fi, or endpoints – for both physical and virtual environments.
  • We build and enforce security policies to protect your data with intelligent prevention, detection, and response services that provide total security against the most advanced threats, including ransomware and evolving malware.
  • We offer reporting services to demonstrate increased value in your IT investments, regulatory and compliance adherence, and a clear understanding of your business environment, including customer analytics through Wi-Fi engagement.

Minimize operational complexity, maximize your IT investments, and experience a significant and measurable reduction in risk by partnering with a Twin Cities Managed Service Provider that specializes in security. You are committed to being the expert at your core business. We are committed to being the expert in security.

Call us today – Point North Networks is your trusted provider for Managed Firewall Security Services in Minneapolis & St. Paul!

Three Best Practice Tips to Preventing Ransomware Attacks

The number of ransomware attacks has exploded over the past few years, infecting millions of computers and costing companies millions of dollars. We recommend three best practices that every organization, regardless of size, should employ.

1. EDUCATION AND AWARENESS
We hate to say it, but your largest attack vector is also your weakest. Many of your employees have never heard of phishing or a man-in-the-middle attack, and hackers know that. It’s critical that you educate your employees about the most common attack methods and how to avoid them, such as:

  • Never click on links provided in an email. Type or copy the address into the browser to prevent unknowingly opening a masked link to a malicious website.
  • Be cautious when opening email attachments. This is a common method of attack for ransomware.
  • When visiting a website, pay attention to the URL. Common malicious sites include URLs with IP addresses at the beginning or a supposedly secure site that doesn’t use HTTPS.
  • Spoofed email addresses are another method to acquire sensitive information. Never send personal information over email. We recommend biting the bullet and just making a phone call.
  • Never, ever share your password with someone over email. Legitimate companies never request credentials over email.

2. BACKUP. BACKUP. BACKUP.
While preventing threats and attacks is always your ideal method of defense, you should always have a Plan B. In the case that an advanced malware attack, specifically ransomware, takes hold of your system, regularly performing data backups can provide peace of mind that your data is retrievable. Here are few tips for backing up your information:

  • Offline backups are key. Modern ransomware can find and encrypt your network storage.
  • Simplify your backups as much as possible. Create a global share that can store all of your most important information, and leverage data partitions when possible.
  • Automate your backups when possible. Don’t let a human error make you miss a back-up.

3.DEFENSE IN DEPTH
Ransomware attacks look to leverage every attack vector possible. The more layers of security that you have in place, the greater chance you have of stopping an attack that another layer could miss. These types of attacks are able to morph into something unique, evading traditional signature-based detection methods. Here are just a few critical security layers your organization should have in place:

Protect your network. Ransomware uses the network to not only connect to a malicious server and gain the encryption key, but also leverages the network to spread the attack throughout an organization.

  • Leverage network sandboxing to detonate zero-day threats. Network sandboxing is a great tool for detonating unknown malware without risking the security of your devices.
  • Gain visibility into endpoint devices. Ransomware attacks often start on endpoint devices. Having visibility into the event activity of these devices makes it possible to detect and remediate the threats before the damage is done.
  • Connect the dots between the network and endpoint. Correlating event data from the network and endpoint provides a comprehensive evaluation of your overall threat landscape.

TALK TO A PROFESSIONAL

For more information about WatchGuard Firewall Consulting Services, call the IT professionals at Point North Networks, Inc. today.

CALL: 651-234-0895

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