Sophos Firewalls Rank #1 With Organizations Across Las Vegas

Looking for a user-friendly and dependable way to defend against threats like ransomware? Consumers like you agree there’s no better choice than Sophos.

It feels like no more than a few days go by without another ransomware story in the news.

66% of businesses were hit by it just last year. That’s why finding the right protection is so important.

As with any security solution, there are a lot of options when it comes to firewalls. Do you know which one you should choose?

Why not go with the option selected by your peers…

Sophos Is Customers’ Choice for Network Firewalls

Don’t bother dealing with marketing and sales content when you can get advice from users just like yourself.

Sophos has been named a 2022 Customers Choice Gartner Peer Insights Voice of the Customer: Network Firewalls. With numerous customer reviews, Sophos’ firewall solutions rank first with those who make use of them every day.

Sophos firewalls offer an intuitive and convenient user experience, with benefits including:

Sophos Delivers Industry-Leading Firewalls

Simplicity is key to the way Sophos designs its cybersecurity solutions. Each element works in harmony with the next, providing layers of protection for your business:

Sophos’ XG Firewalls perform an in-depth inspection of state and active directories, virtual private networks, and packet filtering. They also come with additional features like active directory integration support, SSH, and SSL inspection, as well as malware reputation-based filtering.

This solution allows you to neutralize threats, and isolate infected systems as need be. Sophos’ line of firewalls checks each and every box we explored above.

The fact is that today’s cybercriminals have a vast arsenal of weapons to choose from when they target an organization like yours. You need a firewall that offers a multi-layered defense to keep you secure.

Whereas other options may be limited, or require you to invest in add-on services and products, Sophos’ offers every protection you need with one solution. The firewall you rely on is critically important today given the ever-present threat of ransomware…

What’s The Reality Of Ransomware in 2022?

According to Sophos’ annual State Of Ransomware Report, this popular weapon in use by cybercriminals around the world is only becoming more common. :

The Threat Of Ransomware Is Evolving

Just a few years ago, ransomware wasn’t as big of a concern.

While high-profile incidents like the WannaCry attack on the NHS were concerning, they were far and few between. If you had a recent backup of your data in place, you could rely on that to replace your data in the event it was encrypted by ransomware.

Since then, however, the way cybercriminals use ransomware has evolved. They have improved their tactics and capabilities, allowing them to do much more damage, and demand much more money. Characteristics of modern ransomware attacks include:

Expanded Timelines

Sophisticated attackers sneak ransomware into a breached network and then lay dormant for weeks or months, ensuring their method of entry isn’t discovered right away.

This gives them time to embed themselves, steal data, and more, all before they actually activate the ransomware and infect the systems.

Without undertaking extensive forensic processes, an infected business won’t know how far back they need to go to back up their systems. Or, even worse, it will be so far back that they’ve already expunged those backups to make room for more recent versions.

Improved Capabilities

Modern forms of ransomware can even target and infect backup hard drives and cloud-based data if the connections are left unsecured. That’s why cybersecurity professionals are now recommending digitally-air-gapped backups as well.

Given the effectiveness of modern ransomware attacks, defensive methods and best practices from just a few years ago are already losing feasibility. All of this is to say that you can’t assume you won’t be infected at some point.

No matter how strong your defensive capabilities are, ransomware may still get through. That’s why you need to plan out how to respond to an attack.

The Good News: Ransomware Defenses Are Becoming More Effective

Don’t worry, it’s not all bad news. Sophos notes that many businesses are becoming more adept at recovering from ransomware attacks.

99% of organizations hit by ransomware in 2021 recovered some encrypted data after the fact.

Between backups and ransom payments, 44% of the organizations considered in Sophis’ study employed a range of methods to restore their data.

However, don’t assume that paying the ransom will necessarily get you your data back—companies that paid received only 61% of their data on average.

Need Expert Assistance With Your Ransomware Defense?

When you’re not sure if you have the skills or knowledge to get the job done, what can you do? Consult with cybersecurity professionals like those on the Orbis Solutions team.

Our job is to manage your cybersecurity, simple as that. Instead of needing an employee or internal team to keep your tech and data secure, you let our team do it for you.

Orbis Solutions Will Manage Your Sophos Firewall For You

While you may understand that you need a next-generation firewall from Sophos, now you have to go about getting one. It’s a lot of work to handle it on your own—but you don’t have to.

Instead, you can choose to work with a trusted, expert IT services company like Orbis Solutions.

We have experience working with firewalls, cybersecurity technology, and organizations like yours—we can help you make the right choice, and handle the set-up for you from beginning to end.

Get in touch with our team to get started on your Sophos-based ransomware defense today.

Orbis Solutions Helps Las Vegas Manufacturing Firm Grow Their IT With Their Business

This Las Vegas manufacturing firm is an active and growing member of the agricultural sector. They manufacture and distribute a crop cuticle supplement, which is sprayed on trees to protect the fruit’s skin from environmental factors.

This Las Vegas manufacturing firm is currently expanding the types of crops and produce their product can be used for, and gaining more and more clients and growing their business.

As a result of their recent period of growth, this Las Vegas manufacturing firm’s leadership recognized the need for professional IT support—that’s why they partnered with Orbis Solutions.

Download our technology spotlight on how we helped this Las Vegas manufacturing company.

This Las Vegas Manufacturing Firm Needed Expert Guidance To Secure Their Growing Business

“The company has been growing quite rapidly, and we began identifying growing pains,” says a staff member at this manufacturing firm. “One of those areas were the various IT solutions we had in place.”

Taking stock of their rapidly expanding business, the leadership at this manufacturing firm knew they needed to address the limitations of their IT.

When they were a smaller business, they felt they could get away with an ad-hoc approach to IT; they knew that the larger they got, the more dangerous that would be.

In particular, they were concerned about the security of their organization. They didn’t trust Gmail to keep their communications secure, and knew they needed to find an email solution designed for business purposes.

“With that in mind, we looked at a number of IT companies, and Orbis was the one that won out,” says a staff member at this manufacturing firm. “They had their game together and they had a great track record. We were very impressed with how organized Orbis was, and what they had done.”

Orbis Solutions Helped This Las Vegas Manufacturing Firm Secure Their Remote Staff

Long before the pandemic began, this manufacturing firm already managed an active remote staff. With only seven employees working out of their headquarters in one part of the country, the remainder of this manufacturing firm’s staff works remotely elsewhere, and in Europe.

“For us, most of our employees are remote, so we were concerned that someone would get attacked and they would cause problems for the rest of the company,” says a staff member at this manufacturing firm. “Also, we had a lot of proprietary information going over email, and we wanted to make sure that was secure.”

In order to both shore up their cybersecurity standards, as well as consolidate and streamline their remote team’s ability to communicate and collaborate, Orbis Solutions equipped this manufacturing firm with Microsoft 365.

Over the past few years, productivity suites have become more and more popular with businesses of all sizes, in a wide and varied range of industries. It's the type of solution that has something to offer everyone.

Cloud-based technologies, in general, are changing the way businesses view the capabilities of their technology—especially Microsoft Office 365. This cloud workspace is available on any platform this manufacturing firm needs, whether it's a laptop, a phone, or their tablets.

Their staff members working inside and outside of the office can easily access and update data on their work and clients through their mobile devices, instead of calling in or coming back to the office.

Orbis Solutions Helped This Las Vegas Manufacturing Firm Harness The Power of Microsoft Teams

A premier meeting and workplace collaboration app, Microsoft Teams allows this manufacturing firm staff members to easily keep in touch with each other, share vital work files, and more.

“It’s definitely increased our communication capabilities, we’re super happy with the Teams environment,” says a staff member at this manufacturing firm. “We use all the components of it.”

Microsoft Teams is seamlessly integrated with Microsoft Office 365 many apps and functions, meaning that users can access all files and any Office programs such as PowerPoint, Excel, Word and OneNote.

“It felt very remote trying to have conversations with the CEO over the phone, but when you’re able to get the person in a video chat on Teams, it’s much more valuable,” says a staff member at this manufacturing firm.

Orbis Solutions Helps This Las Vegas Manufacturing Firm Improve What They Do

At the end of the day, that’s what this manufacturing firm’s team wants from their IT. They want to be confident it will work as expected, day in and day out. It needs to be responsive and secure—and with Orbis Solutions’ help, that’s what they get.

“Their help desk is efficient, we can get someone on the phone right away,” says a staff member at this manufacturing firm.

You think your phone will relieve your boredom, but science shows it's more likely to increase it.

Jessica Stillman, Contributor, Inc.com

When you're bored in the middle of some mind-numbing task (or, in the current situation, a few weeks of quarantine), what do you do? If you're like many modern business owners, the answer is a no brainer: you reach for your phone. Five minutes of Facebook or kitten pictures can seem like the perfect break to relieve your brain.

If that sounds familiar, a new as yet unpublished study has bad news for you. Reaching for your phone is likely to leave you feeling even more bored.

The little boredom machine in your pocket

The problem isn't the general idea of taking a break. Previous studies show that we get more done overall if we take regular, short breaks to rest and recharge. The problem is with your phone. New Dutch research shows most of us carry around a little boredom-boosting machine in our pockets all day long.

To figure out the relationship between phones and boredom the research team installed an app on the phones of 83 volunteers to track how often they used their devices. They also asked these volunteers to keep detailed diaries at work for three days, recording their level of fatigue and boredom every hour.

When they looked at the data, the researchers first discovery was no shocker. We're on our phones a lot. "Phone breaks were extremely frequent: in the 20 minutes following each questionnaire, participants picked up their phone 52 percent of the time, spending an average of around 90 seconds on it each time," reports a writeup of the findings on the British psychological Society Research Digest blog.

Equally unsurprising was the second finding: the more tired we are, the more likely we are to reach for our phones. The real kicker was the final finding. While we look to our phones to relieve our fatigue and boredom, screen time actually seemed to modestly increase feelings of boredom.

"Participants actually reported higher levels of boredom after having used their smartphones," notes BPS.

How to take a better break

The research team speculated two different reasons why this might be so. Switching from work to your phone and back again may end up being more mentally tiring than it is stimulating. In other words, that baby goat video was nice, but not worth the cost to your brain in effort and concentration. Alternately, picking up your phone might just serve as a reminder of all the fun and interesting things out there you could be doing if you didn't have to fill out paperwork or proofread that report.

This one small study can't definitively say if either of these explanations is right, but the basic takeaway is pretty clear. You think a quick glance at your phone is going to make you feel less bored, but chances are it's actually going to make your brain feel even more fried.

What should you do instead? Here are a few suggestions for your next break:

As a business owner, you are always looking for new ways to improve the performance of your business and staff. One of the ways to do this is to outsource your Information Technology needs to a Managed Service Provider. If you’re not sure what an MSP is or how it can help take your company to the next level, we’ll give you a quick overview of what they can do for you, coming up next.

A Managed Service Provider is a company that specializes in managing your business technology needs. Rather than wait for your networks and computers to have problems an MSP monitors and maintains your technology to improve company performance. Here are the three biggest benefits MSPs offer to the companies that use them:

Number 1 - Manage and Maintain Networks – Keeping your network running smoothly can be a daunting challenge even under the best of circumstances, let alone when you’ve got to roll out a new piece of software or change to the network structure. An MSP can coordinate and handle the details for you, allowing you to focus on the more important aspects of your company.

Number 2 - Improves Productivity and Efficiencies – By outsourcing the IT functions required to keep your company running smoothly, it frees up your staff to focus on more important, strategic issues, ultimately allowing every employee on your payroll to be more productive, effective and efficient.

Number 3 - Provides A Predictable IT Budget – Most small to medium-sized businesses struggle to effectively manage their infrastructure because of the high and unpredictable cost of hiring a dedicated IT team internally. Not only does an MSP avoid this issue by offering a cost-effective solution, but a contract with an MSP gives you an entirely predictable budget. Even better, you can scale the level of service you get from the company seamlessly as your business grows and expands.

The right MSP can help take your business to the next level, giving you a powerful strategic advantage over your competition. If you’ve been looking for a simple way to enhance the productivity of your firm and improve your bottom line, this could be the solution you’ve been looking for. If you’d like to know more about Managed Services, give our team a call.

When we first buy them, computers make life and business easier. The problem is sooner or later they start showing their age and we start to question why we got them in the first place. We’ll outline three unmistakable signs your equipment needs an upgrade, coming up next …

No matter how much you spend on your computer equipment, it’s not going to last you forever. The day’s coming, and probably much sooner than you’d like, when you’re going to have to start thinking in terms of upgrading. Here are three sure signs that it’s time:

#1 Apps Load Slowly – Since you use your system every day, you have a good feel for how long it should take for apps you use on a regular basis to load. Over time, the software you use changes. It may be a simple update to your favorite accounting software or maybe a switch to a different CRM, but one day you will notice programs load slower. As your computer ages software developers start writing their programs to take advantage of more modern components making a program that used to be snappy become so slow you can get a cup of coffee from Starbucks and drive back home before the software loads. This is a good sign it is time to upgrade.

#2 Your Operating System Becomes Outdated – Microsoft and Apple are constantly looking for ways to innovate, because of this a lot can change between operating system releases that cause compatibility issues with new versions of your favorite software. Not only do older Operating Systems have the problem of not being compatible with the latest versions of popular software, the Operating System developers reach a point where they stop providing critical security updates and patches. At that point, there’s no sense in fighting it, it’s time to modernize.

#3 A Growing Number of Crashes – No matter what OS you use, system crashes are inevitable, but any time you try to marry an older OS with modern software, incompatibilities are bound to begin creeping into the equation. As that happens, you’ll start seeing an increasing number of in-explainable crashes. When you do, it’s a sure sign your system has seen better days.

Don’t wait until your system’s problems are so bad that it’s virtually unusable. Slow systems cause frustration and a loss in productivity costing your business both time and money. If you want to get your IT systems back up to speed, call our team. We’d be glad to help

It’s no secret that technology can streamline the way your company operates and save you a ton of money. That’s a big win for you and for the customers you serve. We’ll show you three new technologies that can help your business grow. Coming up next…

The right technology can give your business a powerful strategic advantage over your competition, enhancing your bottom line as it makes your company more efficient and productive. Here are three technologies that can do amazing things for your company.

Let’s take a closer look:

#1 - VoIP

We know it's not entirely new but VoIP can bring big benefits. Business phone lines are expensive, and switching to a VoIP system could save you a lot of money, adding to your bottom line.

In the early days of VoIP, the call quality wasn’t great, but as Internet speeds have increased, those issues are a distant memory. Newer VoIP systems with Unified Communications make all your text messages, CRM, and phone systems work together, making the move to VoIP a real winner.

#2 - 5G Networks

In the business world, the faster your connections are, the more you’ll be able to get done.
Business owners were quick to make the switch to 4G networks due to the speed increases 4G promised. 5G offers even more impressive speed increases.

While 4G networks have an average speed of 20 megabits per second. 5G networks tout speeds up to 20 gigabits per second.

If your company employs smart technology or networks of any kind, the new 5G networks can be a huge improvement for your business.

#3 - Augmented Reality

If there’s one technology that truly stands to transform the way business gets done, it’s Augmented Reality. While Virtual Reality is an entirely computer-generated world, AR combines computer generated information and items with the physical world where customers and employees can interact with them.

A good example of Augmented Reality is a car windshield that overlays GPS data over the road in front of you.

Used as a marketing tool, you can create unique, highly personalized shopping experiences for your customers. Used in the back office, your team can reduce prototyping time and cost by working with virtual representations of products, or as a training tool to facilitate guided remote repairs.

Simply put, these new technologies can make your business more efficient and profitable. If you would like to find ways to use technologies like these to take your business to the next level, give our team a call.

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