Our very own Michael Tarabokija recently wrote, as a guest columnist, an article that appeared in Southwest Florida Business Today.

Michael has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from FGCU, is certified A+, and possesses the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) designation. He manages the software, and seeks improved methodologies, for the firm and clientele. Services include project consultation, hourly technical assistance, remote support, and more.

First Level of Defense for Internet Threats

Michael Tarabokija, A+, MCP, IT Director/Consultant with Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A.

With technology today, hackers are constantly evolving to find new ways to access your personal and business information. It is very important that you work to stay one step ahead on security software and technology to ensure the protection of your personal data, as well as the data of your business, clients, or customers.

There are many programs and platforms out there that can help secure your system, and one of the recent ones we have implemented is called Cisco Umbrella. This platform is able to use the internet’s own infrastructure to block malicious connections, providing that peace of mind even with the use of today’s cloud based technology.

This program uses the Domain Name System (DNS) and direct-to-IP connections to detect harmful software before it gains access to your personal or business systems. This software sends potential internet requests you may receive to off-site domains, which gives it a deeper inspection before allowing the connection to the users’ system.

The Cisco Umbrella identifies these threats based on previous internet activity. It seeks out and captures the information on relationships between malware, domains, IPs, and networks all across the internet to be aware of potential risks based on prior data. Once a potential malware has been detected, the system uses that information to create a block for future attacks on the system it is protecting.

Aside from the security benefits, the Cisco Umbrella can be setup in minutes. Users do not need to install hardware or constantly update software. Because this is a browser-based interface, the updates are done behind the scenes without impacting the day-to-day services of you or your business.

In the world today, technology is both a blessing and a challenge. Technology is a necessary tool to function in business and personal interactions, since even smart phones are now serving as mini-computers. It is always evolving, and users have to adapt and update to those changes quickly. This is why it is good to work with software and digital security companies who you trust to provide the best software. Our firm, Markham Norton Mosteller Wright & Co., P.A., offers IT Consulting services so we are constantly reviewing the most recent changes in the technology landscape. With our recent research, we have found the Cisco Umbrella platform to be very useful and reliable.

Security of your personal data information; and that of your business, clients, or customers; is crucial. There are many reputable companies that can provide security services to your server and computer systems. Make sure to research them, and seek out testimonials, so you are sure that you are locating the best fit for your needs. In the technology driven world today, it is imperative that you stay ahead of the hackers.

Source: https: Cisco

To read the article on Southwest Florida Business Today, Vol. 11 No. 9/ JULY 2018, click here.

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