Network Security and Data Protection Solutions

Do not let your company’s most valuable asset, your data, become compromised or lost

STORCOM'S NETWORKING AND SECURITY OFFERINGS


Storcom knows that data is as valuable a currency to a business as gold. Data protection should be at the forefront of an IT department’s strategy, and not an afterthought. Protecting networks, systems, and data should be an integral and ongoing process within your company.

Storcom aids our clients with a multitude of different services ranging from strategic to implementation and oversight.

Storcom’s IT Security Consulting Services Include:

  • IT Strategy Design, Implementation, and Management
  • Storcom’s Ransomware Prevention and Recovery Roadmap™
  • Security Program & Strategy Services
  • Identity & Access Management
  • Data Security & Privacy Management
  • Vulnerability & Penetration Testing
  • Incident Response & Forensics
  • Security Operations & Implementation Services
  • Wireless Security and Coverage Heatmap Assessments

Why Choose Storcom for Your IT Security?

We Offer the Best Technologies

Leverage Storcom’s networking team to build secure and reliable network infrastructure based on essential components.


You’re Protected

We can also provide traffic monitoring, threat detection, Ransomware mitigation, and DDoS mitigation with a number of technology options to help keep your business safe and secure.


Best-in-Class Support

Storcom offers 24x7x365 support that is unparalleled. Our clients will always reach a dedicated Storcom employee when assistance is needed.

STORCOM KNOWS DATA

We understand that it is as precious to your organization as gold is to currency. Don’t let your most valuable resources become compromised. Storcom offers a host of different solutions and services to ensure that our clients’ data is protected.

We offer solutions in network security, endpoint security, cloud security, data security, and security management to name a few. We are subject matter experts in firewalls, load balancers, switches, encryption technology, authentication software, and wireless networking.

Notable Information on Storcom’s Security Offerings

Firewalls

Storcom will secure your network with firewalls from a number of vendors that provide security devices dedicated to your environment and monitored round-the-clock by our certified engineers.

Load Balancers

We’ll help ensure the speed, high availability, and security of your applications with dedicated load balancers from our solution partners.

Custom Switches

Storcom provides a higher performance 10GbE network. In addition, we can provide dedicated switches from our technology partners when you want the greatest level of security and control.

Encryption Technologies

Storcom partners with a number of industry-leading technologies that provide end-to-end data encryption that will safeguard your data whether its at rest or in transit. We also can provide key management services as well as SSL certificates.

Authentication Technologies

Storcom partners with best-in-class technology vendors who provide single, two-factor, and multi-factor authentication. Storcom also provides identity-based authentication to ensure the safety and security of our clients’ systems, applications, and critical data.

Wireless Networks

Storcom will analyze your wireless coverage, performance, accuracy, and security to ensure you have the highest quality and fastest wireless internet access for your employees and customers.

How to Protect Against Being Hacked

  • Slow down. Spammers want you to act first and think later. If the message conveys a sense of urgency or uses high-pressure sales tactics be skeptical, then never let their urgency override your best judgement.
  • Research the sender. Always be suspicious of any unsolicited messages. If the email looks like it is from a company you use, then do your research just to be sure. Use a search engine to go to the company’s website, or a look in a phone directory in order to find the company’s phone number.
  • Don’t let a link be in control of where you land. Stay in control by finding the website yourself using a search engine to be sure you end up where you intended to be. Hovering over links in email will show the actual URL at the bottom, but a good fake URL can still steer you in the entirely wrong direction.
  • Even when a sender of an email appears to be someone you know, if you aren’t expecting an email with a link or attachment, then check with your friend before opening any links or downloading anything.
  • Beware of any download. If you don’t know the sender personally and are expecting a file from them, then downloading anything is a mistake.
  • Foreign offers are ways to scam you. If you receive an email from a foreign lottery or sweepstakes, money from a relative you have never heard of, or requests to transfer funds from a foreign country for a share of the money, then it is definitely a scam.
  • The elderly are extremely vulnerable to hacking. Be sure to educate the older members in your family or circle of friends to protect them from being a victim of a scam.

How to Protect Against Hackers Who Use Social Engineering

  • Increasing employee awareness and holding consistent security training classes are great defenses against social engineering.
  • Train users how to spot attacks, and also how to respond effectively.
  • Security tools are a good if they monitor for these types of emails, and security for web browsing at the host-level, network perimeter, and in the Cloud is advised.
  • It might also be beneficial to take the staff directory off your website or at least remove sensitive staff members’ personal information.
  • Delete any request for financial information or passwords. If you get asked to reply to a message with personal information, then it is a scam.
  • Reject any requests for help or offers of help. Legitimate companies and organizations do not contact you to provide help. If you did not specifically request assistance from the message sender, consider any offer to “help” restore credit scores, refinance your home, etc. then it may very well be a scam. If you receive a request for help from a charity or organization that you do not have a relationship with or if they do not seem legitimate, then delete it immediately.
  • Change your spam filter settings to high. Every email platform has spam filters. In order to find yours, look at your settings options and set them to high. Also, remember to check your spam folder periodically to see if a legitimate email has been accidentally pushed there.
  • Secure your all of your computing devices. Install anti-virus software, firewalls, email filters, and keep them up-to-date. Set your operating system to automatically update, and if your smartphone does not update automatically, then manually update it whenever you receive a notification. You may also use an anti-phishing tool offered from your web browser or a third party to alert you to risks.
  • Require a password for your devices upon login. In order to prevent against weak authentication, a password on your device can help decrease your chances of identity theft and other ramifications of hacking.
  • It is also important to change your passwords to something complex and random, and not reuse them for multiple websites.

How to Protect Against Weak Authentication

The defense against weak authentication is to ensure that your operating systems require a password in order to boot. Older operating systems are easily bypassed, so it is recommended to update Windows, Linux, or Mac OSes in order to eliminate vulnerability.

Implement a password policy. A password policy outlines the rules that are necessary to enforce password strength, changes to a password, and reusing passwords. A strong password policy helps organizations prevent unwanted access with detrimental ramifications to an organization. Each of these will help increase the strength of authentication:

  • “Password expiration” means that periodically changing a password will help decrease the likelihood that a password will be compromised or that a compromised password will be used.
  • Enforce rules for password strength. Implementing rules for minimum strength will help guarantee compliance. The longer the set of combined characters used to create a password ensures that a password is stronger and harder to guess.
  • Prohibit reuse of passwords for multiple websites. This should also include similar variations of a password that is being changed.
  • Require the use of “secret questions,” a form of knowledge-based authentication that relies on only a user would know, in order to further validate identity.
  • Prohibit popular passwords and dictionary words that are easy to password crack.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Company from Brute Force Attacks

  • Educate your company’s users about creating secure passwords that aren’t associated with commonly-known knowledge about them. A random set of numbers and letters works better than a well-known phrase
  • Change your passwords once a year
  • Do not reuse your password for multiple websites
  • Have a strong security policy and update users with ongoing security training to reiterate the need for strong and secure password creation and best practices to avoid getting hacked

How to Protect Against Shoulder Surfing

  • Encourage your employees to be aware of their surrounds so that they do not enter sensitive passwords when they believe someone is looking over their shoulder.
  • You can also advise your employees to lean into the shoulder surfer’s line of sight so that they are unable to see what is being typed on the computer.
  • If someone feels uncomfortable, or senses that they are being watched, then they should not put in their password until the person has left the area.
  • You can also instruct your employees to always ask people in their vacinities to look away when they are inputting their passwords. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

Does Your Organization Need Stronger Authentication

Consider a possession-based authentication approach. This relies on the assumption that the genuine user would be in possession of the item that is needed to authenticate. If the artifact is kept secure, then its possession vouches for the user. Codes sent to a mobile device, key fobs that generate codes, and physical keys are examples of possession-based authentication methods. Storcom partners with best-in-class solution providers to ensure that your data is protected with possession-based authentication.

Single, two-factor, and multi-factor authentication are used to provide evidence in order to be authenticated. Single-factor authentication requires a single item of evidence such as a password for software systems. Two-factor authentication requires two forms of authentication that are possession and knowledge-based. Multi-factor authentication combines three or more methods of identifying a user in order to provide heightened protection. The more hurdles for a hacker, the less likely a system is to be breached. Two-factor and multi-factor authentication are used for protecting highly sensitive assets. Storcom’s security partners offer a variety of different single, two-factor, and multi-factor authentication.

An identity-based authentication approach may also be considered for high security protocols. This identifies users by their uniqueness and cannot be counterfeited. In this day and age, this typically means a biometric reading like a fingerprint, eye scan, voice command, etc. that is compared to a base for reference. Storcom’s partners offer state-of-the-art identity-based authentication in order to protect your most sensitive and critical systems.

Network Security and Data Protection Solutions FAQS

Learn more about network security and data protection solutions with Storcom’s comprehensive library of definitions and Frequently Asked Questions.

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How Can I Protect My Company Against Rogue Access Points?

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It is important to check your Wi-Fi network frequently to see if any unapproved access points have been added to the system.  Companies should keep a list of approved access points in a managed access point list, and should check if they are connected to the secure network. If necessary, Storcom can help add wireless intrusion prevention systems from one of our vendors like Cisco or Aruba Networks in order to monitor the network’s radio spectrum and root out unauthorized/rogue access points.

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What are Popular Passwords and Why Shouldn’t I Use Them?

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Passwords are typically chosen by employees, and there is a lot of room for error in this since humans believe that passwords must be easily remembered. People tend to choose passwords based on information about themselves or their lives, and such passwords are more popular because they’re easier to remember than a string of nonsensical numbers, characters, and letters. These are known as “popular passwords.” The use of popular passwords poses a risk to employers and the security of an enterprise’s networks, applications, and systems since they are easily guessed by intruders and an organization’s data is put at greater risk.

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Why is a Rogue Access Point On My Company’s Wi-Fi Network?

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In this day and age, network security should be of the utmost importance. This is why rogue access points should be identified and dealt with accordingly. A rogue access point is a wireless access point that has been added and installed on a secure network without the network administrator’s explicit consent. A well-meaning employee very well could have added an access point to your network thinking that they were being helpful; however, there are many bad actors out there who may wish to cause your company harm with use of a rogue access point so it is important to try to find its source.

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What is Social Engineering?

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Although it sounds somewhat ridiculous, hackers are extremely adept at exploiting the good and trusting nature of other human beings in order to con someone into giving them their passwords. This technique is defined by the term “social engineering.”

The most common way of utilizing this technique is when a hacker simply asks for a person’s password. A victim can be told an entirely believable story that would con them into giving up this critical security protection. A common way that facilitates social engineering for attackers is having staff directories with staff members’ names, phone numbers, email addresses, and other personal information.

By far, social media sites are the easiest places for social engineers to find information to use against their victims. Bad guys can learn personal information about you and concoct stories that seem entirely possible, but they are just using information that you post about yourself and information that others share about you to their advantage in order to scam you.

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What is Authentication Bypass?

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Authentication bypass is when someone is able to access a system or application without being authenticated. Since the whole foundation of authentication is based upon making sure that authorized users are the only ones accessing an application or a system, it is paramount that the system or app has authentication status of a user.  If a user is able to gain access to any feature without having to be authenticated first, then this is a weak authentication vulnerability.

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What is Weak Authentication?

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Authentication is the process of having to prove your identity to an application or system in order to demonstrate that you are who you say you are. Weak Authentication describes when in the strength of the authentication mechanism is relatively weak in comparison to the value of the assets that are being protected. It also describes situations in which an authentication mechanism is flawed or vulnerable. Weak authentication is a way that attackers and malicious insiders can take advantage of unsecured and older operating systems that do not require a password upon login. This applies to phones, tablets, and computers.

Intruders are also able to bypass authentication in operating systems that are configured to bypass the login screen. Once they are able to gain access to the OS, the bad guys are able to find passwords that are already stored on the computer. This method a stepping stone for network-based password attacks as well.

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What are Brute Force Attacks?

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Brute Force is the act of simply guessing a password using information that you already know about the user. This includes information like birthdays, phone numbers, pet’s name, and the names of your loved ones. Although it might seem far fetched, hackers often figure out their victim’s password simply by guessing it.

This method is just a matter of trial and error. A hacker will only need a few minutes to find your social media presence and look at your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram account to find relevant information about you that might crack your password.

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What are the Techniques of Shoulder Surfing?

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In order to be successful, the hacker needs to be in close proximity to their victims and not look like they are obviously looking at you. This method is very low risk for hackers, since all they have to do is look at your keyboard or screen when you are typing your password into your device. An attacker will also pay attention to whether or not the victim is glancing around for physical cues around their desk that might tip them off as to what the password is. The most prevalent places that attackers try to find victims are in public places like coffee shops, public transportation, busy restaurants, airports, and other heavily populated places where people are in close proximity to each other.

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What is Shoulder Surfing?

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“Shoulder surfing” is the act of a hacker looking over your shoulder in order to see what another person is typing. This is a free, low-tech and effective way for hackers to gain access to your password.

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