Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)
- IDS protects against unauthorized access to the company system.
- Accountant Analogy: Intrusion detection systems are like vigilant security guards monitoring a company’s financial office, constantly watching for any suspicious activities or unauthorized access attempts, alerting the appropriate parties and taking necessary actions to protect the sensitive financial data within.
- Product: Wazuh $500/mo / $6,000/yr (Retail Cost)
Backup - Business Standard
- Backup – Keep copies of your files in a separate location in case something happens to the original, you can retrieve the copy. This is sometimes confused with products like Dropbox which is a cloud STORAGE (not BACKUP). Backup is where you go when the storage is missing / deleted / altered.
- Accountant Analogy: Similar to having a meticulous accountant who creates and maintains a detailed duplicate set of your company’s financial records, stored securely off-site, ensuring that critical information can be quickly retrieved and restored in case of unexpected data loss or damage.
RMM / Patch Management
- RMM: Hackers are constantly finding new vulnerabilities in the Windows/Mac operating system and they need to be plugged. Same goes for 3rd party apps like Chrome, Java, and Adobe.
- Accountant Analogy: RMM is basically bank recs for your computer. There will be constant changes and new transactions (vulnerabilities) that need to get patched (reconciled).
- Product: Syncro: $129/user/mo / $1,548/user/yr
- Managed Services are like outsourcing your company’s accounting needs. The MSP takes care of your technology infrastructure, ensuring it runs smoothly, securely, and in line with your business goals, while allowing you to focus on your core business operations.
- Accountant Analogy: Imagine a company’s IT infrastructure as a complex set of financial records that require constant attention and expertise to manage efficiently. In this analogy, the IT Managed Services Provider (MSP) is like an outsourced accountant or accounting firm.
- Industry Average: $125/user/month – $1,500/user/yr
Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) - AI Threat Monitoring
- Advanced AI Threat Monitoring delivers cutting-edge, real-time cybersecurity protection by leveraging artificial intelligence to proactively identify and neutralize emerging threats, ensuring your digital assets remain secure and resilient. Enterprise grade protection that cannot be purchased by consumers.
- Accountant Analogy: This is like a vigilant bookkeeper assigned to each department within a company, continuously monitoring and analyzing local financial activities to identify any irregularities, ensuring that potential issues are promptly reported and addressed before they can escalate.
- Product: Huntress: $49/user/mo – $588/user/year
- Drive Encryption at Rest provides robust, seamless protection for your sensitive data by encrypting it when stored on physical drives, safeguarding your information from unauthorized access and breaches
- Accountant Analogy: Encryption at rest is like storing your sensitive financial documents in a highly secure safe, where the contents are scrambled and can only be deciphered and accessed by someone with the correct key or combination, ensuring their confidentiality and protection from unauthorized access.
Business Grade Antivirus & Firewall
Our Antivirus solution offers comprehensive, round-the-clock defense against malware and viruses, shielding your digital ecosystem from harmful intrusions and ensuring uninterrupted productivity.
- Our advanced Firewall technology fortifies your network’s perimeter, meticulously filtering incoming and outgoing traffic to block unauthorized access and safeguard your digital assets.
- Accountant Analogy: Antivirus software is like a vigilant tax auditor, meticulously scanning your computer’s activities and files to identify and neutralize threats, ensuring its security and accuracy, just as an auditor would with a company’s financial records.
- Accountant Analogy: A firewall is like a strict gatekeeper for a company’s financial records, carefully monitoring incoming and outgoing data to ensure only authorized access, protecting sensitive information from unauthorized intrusions or tampering.
- Product: Webroot Business Endpoint Protection – $150/yr up to 5 users
Security Awareness Training
- Security Awareness Training: Keeping up to date on the latest threats and phishing attempts to keep you proactively in the know and protect your firm
- Accountant Analogy: Think of security awareness training like CPE or CE where you’re learning the latest information about compliance, tax, and trends in your market.
- Product: CyberHoot Security Awareness Training ($300/yr)
Virtual Private Network
- Virtual Private Network (VPN) service that provides encrypted, secure connections over Wi-Fi to safeguard your online activities by anonymizing your IP address and protecting your data from potential eavesdropping.
- Accountant Analogy: VPN is like a private, secure courier service for your financial documents, ensuring that your sensitive data is transported through a protected, encrypted tunnel, shielding it from potential eavesdroppers and maintaining confidentiality during its journey.
- Product: Avast Secureline VPN: $99.99/yr up to 10 users
Network Device Monitoring
- Network Device Monitoring: Our network device monitoring service delivers continuous, real-time oversight of your connected devices, ensuring optimal performance, swift issue resolution, and enhanced security across your IT infrastructure.
- Accountant Analogy: Network device monitoring is like continuously auditing your clients’ financial transactions, ensuring accuracy, compliance, and efficiency in their bookkeeping, while proactively identifying potential issues to maintain a healthy financial ecosystem
- Product: DataDog Network Monitoring: $7/device/mo – $84/device/yr
Upgrading Operating System
- Upgrade to the Pro version of Windows operating system for superior performance, enhanced security features, and a suite of advanced tools designed to streamline your workflow and elevate your user experience
- Accountant Analogy: This is similar to the different versions of your tax software, where each tier has more capabilities.
- Upgrade: $198.88 / device
2 Factor Authentication
- 2 Factor Authentication is the act of not only having a password, but a second level of authentication (usually through an app or text) to make sure that it is you.
- Accountant Analogy: 2FA is like in the movies where people need to put their fingerprint on a scanner and get their eyes scanned while having the master key in order to get into the safe. You are probably familiar with this on your tax software or QuickBooks.
Proactive Tech Support
- Applying security patches and fixing issues before the symptoms arise. Finding vulnerabilities in the operating system and making sure that everything is in working order as your day goes on. This is all done in the background without interrupting your day-to-day operations.
- Accountant Analogy: This is like doing tax planning in the beginning of the year and looking ahead, instead of fixing it after it’s too late.
More Uptime / Less Downtime
- As a result of the proactive measures we take to secure your system and keep everything up to date, you will not have nearly as many issues with your technology.
- Accountant Analogy: Think of the times a client is in your office, and you are trying to load a spreadsheet and the computer is very slow and it is embarrassing. What about the time you were late for a Zoom meeting because you needed to update your software? Everything will JUST WORK
Reactive Tech Support
- When an incident happens and a simple email or two minute phone call won’t do. You need a professional to get in the weeds with you and solve the technical issue promptly. We will remotely connect to the computer / diagnose / and resolve the issue at hand.
- Accountant Analogy: This would fall into billable hours. A client has a project or needs a clean up that falls outside of scope of what you are doing as part of the engagement letter.
FTC Requirements for the Safeguards Rule
FTC Requirement #1 : Qualified Vendor
- The FTC is requiring that the person / company doing your ISP has real-world knowhow. With over 25,000 clients in the past 9 years and being a Certified Safeguards Technology Provider, we have more than enough experience to handle your needs.
FTC Requirement #2: Risk Assessment
- We will look at the current environment and find the areas of cyber vulnerabilities and come up with a way to remediate the risk.
FTC Requirement #3: Implement Safeguards
- With a proven security strategy, we can effectively put the proper protection in place to make sure that you are not left vulnerable.
FTC Requirement #4: Regular Monitoring
- With continuous monitoring and patching, we make sure that everything in your firm is protected top to bottom and we get alerts if there are any new vulnerabilities.
FTC Requirement #5: Security Awareness Training
- Easy to implement email training for you and your employees. A good awareness is the first line of defense against a data breach and fines.
FTC Requirement #6: Service Provider Monitoring
- In the ever evolving cyber landscape, constant due diligence is more important than ever. We will keep up to date with service providers for your due diligence in maintaining or changing relationships as they need to happen.
FTC Requirement #7: Keeping ISP Current
- Cyber security isn’t a one & done. It is a constantly changing world with new threats coming up every single day. We make sure that the technology and compliance is set up correctly and that all threats known and unknown are being addressed and mitigated.
FTC Requirement #8: Written Response Plan
- The policy in place that dictates how you will do everything in the event of a data breach. Having a plan ahead of time helps reduce poor decisions made when panic sets in.
FTC Requirement #9: Annual Owner Reporting
- Learn about what has been done, what needs to be done, and how to get there.
We offer a comprehensive suite of IT and cybersecurity solutions to fortify your business. Our services include:
Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) that act as vigilant security guards for your digital assets, protecting against unauthorized access. We provide
Business Standard Backups to safeguard your files, keeping copies in a separate location for easy retrieval in case of data loss.
Our Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) continuously patches system vulnerabilities, similar to reconciling transactions in financial records.
Our Managed Services act as an outsourced IT department, taking care of your technology infrastructure so you can focus on your core operations.
With our Advanced AI Threat Monitoring, we offer real-time cybersecurity protection by proactively identifying and neutralizing threats.
We ensure your data remains secure with Drive Encryption, which encrypts data stored on physical drives.
Our Business Grade Antivirus and Firewall solutions offer comprehensive defense against malware and viruses, while meticulously filtering network traffic to block unauthorized access.
We also provide Security Awareness Training to keep you updated on the latest threats and phishing attempts, and offer a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service for secure, encrypted connections over Wi-Fi.
With our Network Device Monitoring service, we deliver real-time oversight of your connected devices for optimal performance and enhanced security.
Our proactive and reactive tech support helps to maintain system integrity, and we aim to maximize your uptime while minimizing downtime.
Our commitment to cybersecurity also includes ensuring compliance with the 9 main FTC requirements for the FTC Safeguards Rule. From conducting risk assessments and implementing safeguards to regular monitoring and security awareness training, we ensure your firm meets all necessary standards. We also offer written response plans and annual owner reporting for full transparency and preparedness.