Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Protect Your Hosted Servers with Juniper’s Perimeter Antivirus by Kaspersky Labs

Antivirus protection prevents, detects, and removes malicious software, also called malware. Malware includes threats such as viruses, worms, Trojan horses, adware, and spyware. Antivirus protection can be installed anywhere in the network, but is most efficient when implemented at both the perimeter firewall and the endpoints, such as desktop and laptop computers.

Security at the Firewall

Having antivirus protection at the perimeter firewall, rather than just on servers or endpoints using software-based solutions, is good for both saving costs and maintaining security. You can rely on perimeter antivirus on the firewall to protect your network and save money by keeping your bandwidth use down.

Integrated Security from Computer Protection Experts

A firewall performs many necessary security functions: intrusion detection, stateful packet inspection, network address translation, policy enforcement, and VPN tunneling. Though independent of antivirus protection, these jobs are consistent with the security you need from antivirus protection. Firewall manufacturers work with the best antivirus companies to bring you integrated, seamless security against viruses, worms, and other malware. This suite of protection—firewall and antivirus together—is referred to as Unified Threat Management.

Efficient Security Increases Network Performance

Perimeter antivirus stands as a central signature and heuristics engine that allows hourly updates, as well as streamlined installation and update management. It also gives IT a tool for creating and enforcing policies at the most basic level, making antivirus effective, yet invisible to end users. This takes the load off your servers by providing bandwidth-saving, centralized updating and variable scanning. All this is controlled by experts in security who understand how to balance risk against system performance. The hourly updates also provide an added security bonus—faster updates reduce the window of vulnerability to emerging threats.

What is the Best Way to Implement Antivirus Protection?

Antivirus software protects using two different basic methods: signature-based detection and heuristic detection.

Signature-based detection identifies viruses and other malware by comparing the contents of a file to a list of signatures. Good signature detection searches inside files to look at embedded files. This method can only be used on known threats, and requires frequent updates to remain viable.

Heuristic detection can be used to identify unknown viruses, sometimes called zero-day threats. File emulation is an approach that executes a suspected program in a virtual environment and logs what actions the program performs.

The only way to properly implement antivirus protection is to protect both the entry point to your network, the firewall, and your endpoints, such as servers, computers, and laptops with protection that defends you by deeply searching all inbound traffic via a firewall-based antivirus solution, and maintaining a complimentary (but not identical) solution locally. This is especially important when using laptops and other computers that travel outside your protected network.

How Infinitely Virtual, Juniper Networks, and Kaspersky Labs Protect Your Business

Infinitely Virtual chose Juniper Networks and its firewall-based antivirus solution from Kaspersky Labs to provide the best protection without sacrificing virtual server performance. Your virtual servers are protected from intrusion, viruses, and malware from the outside. This includes that carried over email and web traffic, the most common malware attack vectors, all without slowing down or crowding out the traffic you need to do business on your virtual servers.

Infinitely Virtual’s Perimeter Antivirus Will Work for Your Business

Perimeter antivirus works for your business, providing cost effective security without sacrificing preformance. To find out more about perimeter antivirus, IV's firewall implementation, and how you can protect your company from threats when using a virtual server, call Infinitely Virtual at (866) 257-8455 or request more information at www.InfinitelyVirtual.com.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Build a Better Business with SharePoint 2010

Microsoft released SharePoint 2010 in May. The software provides better integration with products such as Microsoft Office and supplies flexible deployment and centralized administration, giving you the efficient and secure working environment you need.

SharePoint 2007 offered site production and management, document sharing, and basic collaboration through alerts and document protection. In addition to many improvements in these applications, the new version expands SharePoint significantly in two categories: Community, which provides an array of social networking tools, and Insights, which allows you access to information in databases, reports, and business applications for business intelligence and analysis.

Staying Connected

When members of a team work in different offices, cities, or even countries, keeping in touch with co-workers and employees is critical. SharePoint 2010 supports that with profiles that show what users are working on, particular competencies, and who they work with, blogs and wikis to share and exchange information and experience, and SharePoint 2010 Communities where information of interest is the focus. Content tagging and personal sites offer even more ways of sharing information, and integration with Outlook enables users to see when this information is updated from one always-on application.

Managing Websites

Whether your company uses SharePoint only for document sharing, for running your entire intranet, or even for your public website, the improved Web CMS features in SharePoint 2010 Sites will help you do it better and easier. Microsoft's goal is to make SharePoint more like other Office applications, and to that end, they have updated the user interface to function more like Word and Excel, including adding the Ribbon and the new Backstage View. Other updates include cross-browser support, improved search capabilities, and the addition of web analytics.

Generating Custom Applications

With SharePoint 2010 Composites, you can work with data from external systems and databases as if it was in SharePoint, creating custom sites and no-programming application solutions. You can even centralize Access databases and Excel workbooks and deploy safe sandboxes where new ideas can be tested without risk to the platform.

Offering Business Intelligence

Analysis, web-based reports, and dashboards are available for the SharePoint 2010 Insights user. These tools produce graphical reports and heads-up displays that employees and managers can use to stay up to date on key performance indicators and make good business decisions.

Managing Content

In SharePoint 2010 Content, Microsoft offers the ability to designate a stored item as a record. This freezes the information for compliance or regulatory purposes, preventing any change. Document management also directly integrates with MS Office, allowing you to work on your documents in a familiar environment, improving document access control mechanisms and categorizing them for easier searches.

Increasing Operational Insight

SharePoint 2010 gives you deeper insight into operations with an easy-to-use central administration web site, PowerShell support, and extensible architecture to add third-party services. SharePoint Health Analyzer allows you to locate potential problems and automatically fix common configuration and performance problems automatically. Plus, Visual Upgrade enables you to upgrade to SharePoint 2010 but keep the SharePoint 2007 interface until you’re ready to change.

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and the Technology to Support It

Learn more about upgrading to SharePoint 2010 and all the new Microsoft applications by calling Infinitely Virtual at (866) 257-8455 or requesting more information at www.InfinitelyVirtual.com.