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Meet compliance standards for regulated industries with Secure VDI

August 22, 2016

A previous post, Secure VDI – What it does and why you need it, explains that virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the practice of hosting a desktop operating system within a virtual machine running on a centralized server and that it allows for secure remote computing with the accessibility and ease of use, as if your personal laptop was tucked away safely in a data center.

Picking up where that post left off, another advantage of Secure VDI is that it meets the managed access compliances for regulated or sensitive data industries, such as healthcare and financial organizations.

Secure VDI provides the ability to audit and measure user permissions and functions by utilizing the Active Directory services. User’s logon/logoff times and session duration are still captured by their Active Directory user object, allowing for full audit capability for all user access, dates, and times. These Secure VDI users and groups can be joined to the existing AD environment, or created as new. Both are supported.

This is the key element that is enforced by leveraging unique credentials for each remote user and placing those user objects into specific security groups. This is the same process for providing access to the Secure VDI environment, and the file or folder structure permissions.  Active Directory Group Policies enforce unique logins and access not only by the username and password, but also by multi-factor authentication.

The combination of secure Active directory user groups and multi-factor authentication mitigates the chance of non-authorized access, and/or username and password sharing.  This also speaks to  fraud protection, so the users are able to alert their administrators if there are unauthorized attempts, or if enough logon failures occur the administrator and user are alerted.

Each of the Secure VDI machines are 100% virtual, including the user file and directory structure. Information that is stored during active sessions is 100% deleted upon logging out.  This is enforced by local security policies applied at the server and Active Directory level. This process ensures that any and all data, either gathered as cookies, browser data, or temp files while creating and/or editing documents, are 100% deleted when the user ends their session.  By creating these security rules, you are ensuring that no user will be able to log on to a session and be able to view or edit another user’s content.

We’ll get into how Secure VDI allows for a dedicated desktop profile on a Terminal Server in an upcoming blog post. In the meantime, visit fpweb.net/cyber-security/vdi for more information and to try out a free demo. Fill out this form, or contact the Fpweb.net cyber security specialists at sales@fpweb.net or 866-780-4678 to get Secure VDI set up for your organization.

 

Adding Absolute Support® to your team

August 15, 2016

Pretty much everything we do at Fpweb.net revolves around our Absolute Support®. But what exactly is that?

Basically you’re outsourcing the administrative support necessary to move your business forward. We take headaches off your plate and unburden your team so they can focus on your core business. Absolute Support® is expert, five-star customer-rated, USA-based support on-premises, or in any cloud, with a six-minute ticket response, 24/7/365. You pick your apps, pick your users, and pick your level of support. We don’t care where you put your data, because we’ll take care of it wherever it lives.

  • 24/7 access to Microsoft experts
  • 68% multi-role cost savings
  • Frees up your team to innovate
  • 20 years Microsoft experience
  • Microsoft Gold Certified Partner
  • 1.8 billion logins managed
  • LightSpeed™ Network
  • Bring your license or rent
  • Personal account advisor

How does it work?

In the IT world, most companies have tiered support levels. The different levels can be explained in a number of different ways, but we’ve arranged ours by the full-time employees you would need to provide the same support as our team.

Admin:

  • 24/7 Help Desk
  • Emergency Break-Fix
  • Training, Tutorials
  • Migration, Upgrades
  • Controlled Patching
  • Backup, Restore
  • Consulting, Projects

Database includes everything in Admin, plus:

  • Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle
  • NoSQL, MongoDB
  • PostgreSQL, MySQL
  • DBA Performance Tuning
  • DB Upgrades, Migrations, High-availability

Development includes everything in Database, plus:

  • SQL, Java, JS, C#, Python, HTML
  • Software/App Source Code
  • Analysis, Algorithms, Debugging, Maintenance
  • Secure Code Review
  • Team Foundation Server (TFS)

Security includes everything in Development, plus:

  • Cyber Security, Secure Cloud, Encryption
  • Advanced Malware Protection
  • Secure Hybrid AWS, Azure, Google
  • 24/7 Incident Response Team (IRT)
  • DDoS, Firewall, VPN, WAF, IPS/IDS, DLP

The budget-friendly subscription plans have a flat rate monthly billing cycle. If you need support, you just submit a ticket and we’ll have a real, live, American respond in six minutes.

We have your Microsoft apps covered

On

  • AWS
  • Azure
  • Google
  • IBM
  • VMware
  • Oracle
  • On-premises
  • Private cloud hosting provider

The more we cover, the more you save
According to salary.com, the average salary for a Systems Administrator II in the U.S. is $74,273 ($6,189/month). The Fpweb.net Absolute Support® Admin plan is only $3,495/month, saving you $2,694/month.

The average salary for a Database Administrator II in the U.S. is $88,333 ($7,361/month). Combine that with the average salary of a Systems Administrator II and your payroll is $8,555/month more than the $4,995/month Fpweb.net Absolute Support® Database plan.

Combine those two salaries with the $99,376 ($8,281/month) average salary for a Software Developer III, and your payroll for those three positions is $21,831/month – $14,336/month more than the $7,495/month Fpweb.net Absolute Support® Development plan.

The average salary for a Data Security Analyst IV is $116,082 ($9,674/month). Add that with the average salaries of a Software Developer III, Database Administrator II, and Systems Administrator II, and your payroll for those four positions is $31,505/month – $21,510/month more than the $9,995/month Fpweb.net Absolute Support® Security plan that covers all four job responsibilities, 24/7/365. That’s a 68% cost savings! Factor in the cost of benefits (according to salary.com) for those four positions, and your savings increase to 77%!

Put our talent on your team and use the Fpweb.net experts to unburden your team. Complete this form, send us an email, or call us at 866-780-4678, to get started.

Please Note: All pricing above is current as of the date this blog was posted. Pricing is subject to change.

 

Absolute Support®

August 10, 2016

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Secure VDI – what it does and why you need it

August 8, 2016

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the practice of hosting a desktop operating system within a virtual machine (VM) running on a centralized server. VDI is a variation on the client/server computing model, sometimes referred to as server-based computing.

This process allows for secure remote computing with the accessibility and ease of use, as if your personal laptop was tucked away safely in a data center. Secure VDI significantly mitigates security risks by being 100% contained within your protected network. By placing virtual desktop machines within your protected network, this allows for a controlled and managed workforce, whether they reside under the same roof, or they are spread out remotely around the world.

Secure access is accomplished by a clientless encrypted connection (a tunnel). This encryption allows a remote user to be on public Wi-Fi and still maintain a secure, encrypted end-to-end connection.

Secure access can also be created for enterprise applications, ERP systems, and basically any traditional client/server application. This is accomplished by creating the virtual machines within the same secure environment where the supporting application servers reside. This not only provides a 100% secure access environment, it also speaks to performance and much improved access speeds. Essentially the desktop instance being used is on the same LAN segment, like the server, treating this connection more like a LAN environment versus a WAN environment.

Secure VDI works with all form factors, Mac, PC, Android and IOS devices, allowing for diversity in a remote workforce. This architecture also secures all communication between the end device and the Virtual Desktop Instance.

Bring your own device (BYOD) can be any personal device such as a phone, tablet, laptop, etc. This can be a device provided by the company or a user-owned device. The benefit of Secure VDI working on any device is that it greatly increases the ease of deployment and management of security.

By design there is no data or files that are stored or transferred onto the end user device, meaning if using a laptop or tablet, there is no concern of sensitive data or files being transferred to a the user’s personal device. This is a great strength of the product, since it relates directly to regulatory stances such as HIPAA, PCI, and PHI. This service is simple and effective.  It aligns directly with regulated or sensitive data industries such as healthcare, and financial organizations, by adhering to managed access compliance standards.

We drill down into how Secure VDI can truly manage access to meet the compliance standards for those industries in this next blog post. Visit fpweb.net/vdi for more information and to try out a free demo. Fill out this form, or contact the Fpweb.net cyber security specialists at sales@fpweb.net or 866-780-4678 to get Secure VDI set up at your organization.

 

Comparing environments: Hosted vs. On-Premises

August 1, 2016

The cost of SharePoint servers, data security and technical talent can be painful in times when expenses run wild and budget cuts loom. Some IT teams spend as much as 51% of their day fixing and managing servers, monopolizing valuable resources your business needs to innovate. Fpweb.net SharePoint hosting plans help you get off the server-spending treadmill and save significant money compared to on-premises SharePoint deployments.

 Fpweb.net Hosting SharePoint ServerOn-Premises SharePoint DeploymentPublic Cloud SharePoint Environment
CostPredictable Costs
We take care of hardware, repairs, replacements and upgrades to save you thousands.
Unexpected Expenses
Unpredictable large capital outlays and out-of-pocket expenses that strain your business.
Consumption Based
Only get charged for what you use. Not ideal for production environments that need to be highly available. Better for testing/development. Insufficient security & performance.
TimeDeploy in Days
Our rapid deployment ensures that your SharePoint solution will be up and running in a matter of days.
Delayed for Months
Be prepared for a complex installation process and a time-consuming deployment process.
Deploy in Hours
Many pre-defined server images to fit your needs. Can be deployed and ready in hours or less. Lack of customization to fit your needs.
TalentSharePoint Experts 24x7x365
With the most SharePoint expertise in the hosting industry, our staff of experts free up your resources.
High Staffing Costs
Your in-house IT may not have the experience to manage SharePoint.
Support Not Included
Infrastructure only. Must manage with in-house IT or find third-party support.
EaseTurnkey SharePoint
Everything needed for the best SharePoint experience: Worry-free support and carefree maintenance.
Complex Configurations
Continuously adding to the IT environment can become complex, time consuming, and confusing.
Self-Service
On-demand deployment, scalability, and availability.
SecurityMost
Custom-fit, secure, compliant infrastructure to safeguard your brand and business.
More
Most organizations lack the budget and staff to prevent cyber attacks. Without state-of-the-art security & expertise, your data will be compromised.
Less
Unsure exactly where your data lives. Most public cloud environments are shared and use Software Defined Networking (SDN) rather than hardware defined.
ValueSweet Spot
People:No need to hire
Expertise:No need to train
Infrastructure:No need to buy
OpEx vs. CapEx:Operational expense
You Own It
People:Hire
Expertise:Train
Infrastructure:Buy
OpEx vs. CapEx:Capital expense
Cheap & Easy
People:Hire
Expertise:Outsource
Infrastructure:None
OpEx vs. CapEx:Operational expense