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Network Security Consulting: Defining a Hacker

17 June 2013 | Comments Off | tncllcadmin

In the business of network security consulting whether or not to hire a so called “hacker” is a major question at hand for many companies.

Defining a Hacker

The true definition of a “hacker” is actually someone who is fascinated with programming and networking and finds ways to adjust the systems in a beneficial manner or even to find the loopholes in order to fix them before someone else discovers them. With that being said the term “hacker” is not used in reference to that definition in this day and time. When referring to a hacker most likely the person being described is someone who does the opposite of the true definition. Hackers as they are now called obsess over programming and networks in order to find ways to illegally break into company files and destroy data. The original definition is now called a white hat hacker and the later definition is called a black hat hacker.

Benefits of Hiring a once Black Hat Hacker

  • Firsthand experience; the first and most obvious benefit to network security consulting companies when hiring a hacker is understanding of what a hacker does.
  • Different mindset; a book trained network security consultant only knows how to be on the defense against hackers whereas members of network security consulting that were once black hat hackers themselves are constantly on the offense. Thinking like a black hat hacker and predicting future problems for the company.
  • Lesser pay; typically a network security consulting company can pay a once black hat hacker less salary due to prior convictions.
  • The risk; it is impossible to know whether or not a hacker has completely changed over to a straightforward consultant.
  • Trust; not being able to determine the credibility of the hackers reformation may instill a lack of trust that cannot work out in the long run. In order to have someone working for you successfully, especially in relation to confidential information trust has to be established.
  • Plus, depending on where the company is located legal issues may also be needed to take care of.

Downsides to Hiring a Once Black Hat Hacker

  • The risk; it is impossible to know whether or not a hacker has completely changed over to a straightforward consultant.
  • Trust; not being able to determine the credibility of the hackers reformation may instill a lack of trust that cannot work out in the long run. In order to have someone working for you successfully, especially in relation to confidential information trust has to be established.
  • Plus, depending on where the company is located legal issues may also be needed to take care of.

All About Computer Security Consulting

13 June 2013 | Comments Off | tncllcadmin

According to CNNMoney in 2009, computer security consulting was ranked #8 of the top 50 best jobs in America. This reason alone is enough to know more about it.

What Computer Security Consultants do

Within computer security consulting, consultants are responsible for building networks that protect computer systems from hackers, viruses and other forms of malware. Computer security consulting insures the safety of companies’ private information by having the consultants set up firewall and other security passwords. It is important that not only do other people not get into the networks but also private information such as financial reports do not get out.

Pros of the Job:

  • The fact that technology is forever improving and that hackers are developing new ways to break into computer systems every day the job of computer security consulting is always challenging.
  • Quite often computer security consultants are allowed to work from the comfort of home.
  • Since a hacker breaking into a company’s security system could cost the company lots of money and damage, top professional security consultant experts are paid very well.

 

Cons of the Job:

  • One major down side to computer security consulting is the stress and nature of the job. One mistake could cause you to lose your job.

Education

Although there is no formal degree for computer security consulting, most companies would prefer someone with at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science and also some experience. Having a degree not only shows that the future consultant is knowledgeable with computers and computer languages but is also dedicated to the job.

4 Reasons to Connect with Total Network Consulting on Social Media Channels

27 May 2013 | Comments Off | tncllcadmin

Thanks for checking out our channel for discussing new and interesting topics in the field, our  total network services and also answer your questions about what’s going on in your total network. With a presence on the following social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube. Why are we on so many? Because customer service is the greatest technology and we want to be at the fingertips of our clients to generate conversation and assist them. Here are four reasons why you should connect with us.

  • We put the “communication” in “telecommunications.”

We know not everyone is interested in hearing about the complicated technical workings of a company, network infrastructure and cabling. We want to get personal and have some real conversations with you. We want to know your thoughts on a topic. For example, did you know that we are philanthropic? Let’s get to know each other on another level.

  • We supply convenient customer service.

Have you ever had a problem with your product and needed to call a customer service line? You’re usually speaking with a recording and pressing numbers to get to an actual person. Now you can skip that step and find us online. You are probably already on Facebook, so just like the Total Network Consulting Facebook Page and we’re right there if you need anything. While you’re at it, connect with us on Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.

  • We’re connected to some amazing friends.

We have alliances with some industry-leading manufacturers and we want you to join our network. HP, Cisco, Microsoft, Avaya, Ortronics, and Corning are just a few of our fostered long-term relationships that you can be a part of too.

  • We are thought leaders.

If you’re looking for credible information, you have come to the right place. There is a reason why many fortune 1000, 500, 100 and small businesses alike, have chosen us as their trusted partner. We have customized our services because each client has a unique objective and goal. We take pride in providing true value in our work, and we want to transcend that to our social channels.

We hope you enjoyed our honest reasons of why we can benefit from connecting with each other. Keep in mind that this is the first blog post of many and we encourage you to check back for some invaluable information on the industry, the happenings in our corporation and much more.

If you have additional reasons that we forgot to mention, feel free to contact us and let us know what we missed.

Mobile Devices and Their Return on Investment with Employees

14 May 2013 | Comments Off | tncllcadmin

We’re sure you already know that many companies offer their employees work phones and mobile devices.  Whether they’re BlackBerries, iPhones or Androids, the real question is what is their return on investment? Is it really benefiting the company to offer such devices to employees who most likely already own similar personal devices?

Opinions vary with IT leaders and mobile device experts.  According to an article from Computer World, IT leaders are enthusiastic about their bring-your-own-device policies, and while they can’t produce hard ROI numbers, they do say that BYOD saves money and increases productivity. Industry watchers aren’t so sure, citing costs related to service plans, support and compliance as often-overlooked concerns.

Computer World goes on to explain, while people are entitled to their own opinions about the qualitative benefits of BYOD, it should be possible to determine some kind of ROI based on the numbers. However this doesn’t come easy as there are many different ways IT leaders approach a BYOD program. For example, some companies let employees use their personal devices but also offer some technical support and there are others who do not offer such services, requiring employees to use their own and there are some who reimburse employees.

There are a wide variety of mixed emotions from various leaders from major companies such as Cisco and ADP, find out their opinions here.

According to Cisco, Mobile Devices Will Soon Outnumber People on Earth

11 May 2013 | Comments Off | tncllcadmin

mobile devicesBelieve it or not, Cisco recently came out with a study claiming that the number of mobile devices will soon surpass the number of humans this year.  According to this study, an average person owns five mobile devices between home and work. An average business person maintains at least three Internet connected devices.

Interesting enough, Forbes has used statistics from this study and found out that about 40 percent of people surveyed said that they prefer doing business on an Apple Inc. device. In addition, Forbes claims, “the study revealed that women are more likely to share their personal phone number than men. About 58 percent of respondents said that they text at least once a month for business purposes. But 66 percent of the respondents don’t like listening to voicemail from business contacts.”

The survey shows that security is a huge factor in how consumers would change their usage.  For example, in case of a security of breach, the study shows that, 78 percent of the respondents will stop using important services like online banking, 57 percent will stop texting, and over 50 percent said they would stop viewing work-related information.

This comes as a worry for business who find their employees consistently being distracted by their devices.  Business executives are most likely to own an iPad, laptop, iPod and you can’t forget about the good old Blackberry.  Juggling so many devices can often cause confusion and information overload, especially for the executive who needs to stay on par.

Mobile Devices: Reducing iPhone and iPad Personal Hotspot Data Usage

9 May 2013 | Comments Off | tncllcadmin

integrated mobile devicesIn this day in age, we are on our smartphones 24/7, the amount of data usage we acquire is astronomical.  The word overage charges makes us cringe, but often can’t help the amount we use, after all our phones and the internet is an essential part of our lives.  We’ve decided to take away some of that stress by doing some research and compiling a few tricks of the trade to help reduce personal hotspot data usage on our integrated mobile devices.

1) Monitor Data Usage on iPhone or iPad

2) Monitor Data & Network Usage on a Mac

3) Quit or Disable Desktop Apps with Push Notifications

4) Turn Off iCloud and Dropbox Syncing

5) Disable Mac OS X Software Update Automatic Downloads

6) Disable Chrome and Firefox Automatic Updates

7) Listen to Music from Local iTunes Library Rather than Pandora, Spotify, or Streaming Services

8 ) Watch Non-HD Video and Movies

9) Hold Off on Downloads & Streaming

10) Use a Data Compression and Monitoring App

 

Surfing the web, Instagramming, listening to music, steaming videos and running apps all consume data whether you realize it or not.  If available use Wi-Fi and temporarily shut off cellular data.  No one likes a large phone bill at the end of the month! For a more detailed look on how to reduce data usage read the full article here.

Why Your Small Business Needs Website Services

8 May 2013 | Comments Off | tncllcadmin

website servicesHaving a website, better yet an online presence is important especially in a technologically savvy era.  However many small business run on a traditional mindset, gaining word of mouth offline.  Pursing offline strategies is often considered to be risky as more and more consumers are spending a majority of their time online.  There are simple steps to take to help start your website services and online visibility.

  • Accessibility

Having an online presence creates a greater sense of accessibility for your customers.  People are online any day of the week, during all hours of the day, even once your business is closed for the day.  Having that accessibility even after hours creates a greater sense of interaction with customers. Keep in mind, having a professional, easy to navigate website, encourages consumers use your site for longer, rather than leaving for a competitor’s.

  • Focus on Relevant Channels

Although your website is your main online presence platform, it is important to remember that in an era of social media, it is important to invest in areas where consumers are levitating and utilizing the most.  Social media has changed the way people consume information.  Not only can a business utilize social media for marketing purposes, but for customer service. More brands are using the medium, especially Twitter, as a customer service forum.  In fact, many prefer to tweet a company versus waiting on hold for customer service. Before you go ahead and start a Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Tumblr, understand your key demographics, type of business, in order better focus efforts and understand where your customers are spending their time online.

With smartphone usage at an all time high, it is clear that the Internet is a major necessity of a consumer’s routine.  It is important to note that utilizing a website for your small business does take time and effort, however the benefits highly outweigh the cons as your business will reap in benefits from expanding.