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If The Grass Grew too High

 

8/30/15 

Gratiot County, Michigan is beautiful. To borrow a phrase, it is “Pure Michigan”. But imagine what would happen if it wasn’t kept up? If the grass grew too high, weeds suffocated the flower beds and the streets were so cracked that you’d think you were driving on the moon. Well, these things may happen other places, but not in Gratiot County. The residents care and so do the good folks who run the County.

The message here is taking care of what you have, but understanding that sometimes we need improvements to keep things running smoothly. After all, time doesn’t stand still.

Gratiot County officials recognized the need for improvement with their Technology Infrastructure. The hardware was difficult to manage, often required extensive downtime and a lot of labor to make things work. Business, as usual, was becoming slow and inefficient. Beyond that, there was not a lot of features that would streamline work and a very limited way to combat cyber threats.

Gratiot County decided to reinvest in their infrastructure and contacted NetSource One. Because they have worked with us for years, they understood the value that would be delivered. We employ a highly-trained technical staff that delivers enterprise-class solutions to any size organization. In short, we give our clients the peace of mind that we will find the right solution and they can go about their work.

The solution, in this case, involved the Dell PowerEdge VRTX which is a converged infrastructure. In laymen’s terms; this tidy single unit replaces the need for many units. It allows for shared storage and cluster setup without the need for expensive SANs and layer 3 switches. This solution creates over 30% of savings over those solutions. It can be expanded to 4 blades and 24 drives which are great for future expanded needs. Additional benefits are a redundant management console, controllers, power supplies and drives. This allows for an extremely efficient setup, management from a web browser and uses very little power.

NetSource One hit all of the marks with this solution. Better efficiency, room for growth, less costly than a typical solution, web access as a control option, smaller footprint and saves energy.

Think about your organization’s needs for a moment. Does any of the Gratiot County need resonate? Will the VRTX work for every application, no. Will you be able to count on NetSource One for the best solution that includes value, efficiency, scalability and efficient energy usage? Yes, you will. So why not reach out to us and see if there is a custom solution for you? Remember, time doesn’t stand still.

As we return to the opening thoughts about Gratiot County. They are now beautiful inside and out. Please take some time to visit Gratiot County and enjoy it for yourself. They are Pure Michigan.

Security News

Locky Email Virus Spreading Like Wildfire

Stop Threats Before They Hit the Network

As some of you may know there is a devastating email virus spreading like wildfire. The Malware is called “Locky”. It is disguising itself as an email attachment and has been using various file types (Word Doc, Excel, ZIP, PDF and etc.). Once you open the attachment Locky Malware can encrypt 164 different file types. Locky encrypts files on all fixed drives, removable drives and also on RAM disk drives. The hackers are after your money, they are trying to get users to pay them to remove the virus, do not follow payment instructions or give your personal information!!!

How to reduce risk of being infected:

  • Use an advanced email firewall service such as Barracuda
  • As always, don’t open suspicious attachments (e.g. .doc, .xls, and .zip files)
  • Keep recent backup copies of important data in a secure place either online or offline
  • Ensure that your system and applications are fully updated and patched
  • Disable Microsoft Office macros by default and never enable macros in strange/unknown attachments that you receive via email

We have been seeing a large increase of the message types on our Barracuda Anti-Spam filter over the last 72 hours. Our Barracuda Anti-Spam filter is currently catching the emails and attachments for all of our Anti-Spam customers, but everyone is still at risk until the threat is fully detectable. For those who are unaware the Barracuda Email Security Gateway is integrated with a cloud-based service that pre-filters email before delivery to the onsite Barracuda Email Security Gateway. The Cloud Protection Layer is continuously updated with definitions in real time from Barracuda Central. In addition, Barracuda’s global cloud infrastructure provides the flexibility to handle email surges during specific periods of the day and during Denial of Service attacks. For our clients who do not use Barracuda or other spam firewall please contact us with any questions or concerns.

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