Monthly Archives: January 2010

January 7, 2010

Symantec Falls Victim to Y2K10 Bug

By |January 7th, 2010|

A potential headache has emerged for managed security service providers and end users alike:  Symantec has revealed the existence of a seriously embarrassing bug in their Endpoint Security products: any definition file dated later than 11:59 PM on 12/31/2009 is regarded as out of date. Symantec has a workaround, but weren’t we supposed to have learned our lesson ten years ago?

This bug, which only affects Symantec Endpoint Security products and not any of their other offerings, isn’t leaving most customers vulnerable. Symantec is simply dating all new definition files 12/31/2009 and giving them new version numbers so users stay up to date. They claim to be working on a more permanent solution.

As unbelievable as it may sound, other trusted companies are suddenly finding Y2K10 bugs in their software. Both SpamAssassin and Windows Mobile cell phones are having issues with messages being suddenly marked as from the future — and I’m sure they’re not the only ones. If a dedicated hacker could get a 20-year-old Apple Newton PDA compliant with the new year, why can’t these huge companies?

No doubt, Symantec has taken its lumps over the years with endpoint security. The company’s initial endpoint protection offerings were considered bloated and slow, though a so-called Maintenance Release 3 addressed those issues.

To combat endpoint security issues, AndersonPC recently released managed endpoint security.  This is cloud based antivirus, spyware and malware protection, as well as desktop firewall protection and can be installed on all Windows Operating Systems.

It costs less than $3/per user per month rather than annual subscription fees this is month-to-month.

Contact our office for more details at 702-735-7101 x8000 or Option 2.

5 Reasons to Implement a Managed IT Services Solution

By |January 6th, 2010|

Information Technology services are essential to the success of every organization, large or small. With increasingly competitive business environments, CEOs and small business owners are under great pressure to maintain a highly qualified staff and to make sure their technology is obtaining a better ROI than their competitors’.

These goals are not easily achieved, particularly for young or small businesses with less financial resources and time available.  Having your own successful information technology department can eat up too much of the company’s budget and time resources, and eventually cause a loss of its competitive edge.  These disadvantages of maintaining an in-house IT department are why companies of all sizes have turned to using managed service providers to either assist their existing IT department or become their virtual IT department, handling all of the technology involved in keeping their businesses running at optimal levels.

The benefits of using a managed services solution are numerous, but the top 5 benefits of managed services for business include:

  1. Benefit from the expertise of a specialist, without having to spend time and financial resources training your staff to become experts.
  2. Decrease your technology risks. Your company doesn’t have to worry about losing and trying to replace trained staff members, or about repairing, implementing or replacing complex technology solutions.
  3. Enjoy access to the most up-to-date, sophisticated technology solutions without having to invest in expensive equipment.
  4. Experience ultimate control over your business technology without having to manage an information technology department.  This gives you the time you need to focus on what you do best: your business functions.
  5. Reduce stress and improve efficiency of your staff. When you make good use of managed […]
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