Hacks Don’t Just Happen at Large Companies


Network security has been all over the news lately with several high-profile data breaches.

Hackers hit Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) recently, and the company has been trying hard to recover from both the hack and the embarrassment of having to publicly acknowledge that the hackers may have accessed the personal information of more than 100 million account holders.  As if that wasn’t enough, the website Sony set up to help PSN accountholders to reset their passwords was taken offline as well. Sony says it was because it had discovered an exploit in the site that would have allowed others to reset their passwords again, allowing them access to potentially continue to do all kinds of damage.

The attack has led some, predictably, to wonder anew about how safe cloud computing is, and whether it provides a secure platform for companies that store their information or run their infrastructures in it.

The answer is, “yes,” but you have to be constantly vigilant. At Windstream, we place a top priority on network and information security across all of our services, including our cloud computing initiative. We offer managed firewall, anti-virus and managed IDS services, and constantly monitor the health of our customers’ networks through our secure Network Operations Centers (NOCs).

You don’t even have to be a big company to take advantage of managed network security services; keep in mind that the hackers are not only going after them.  The hackers are also targeting the “low-hanging fruit:” companies that may not have a fully-deployed strategy to fend off cyberattacks. In a recent webinar we conducted with Fortinet, we cited figures that indicate 23 percent of all small businesses have suffered a data breach; many don’t even know it. Of those who do report they’ve been the victims of denial of service (DDoS) attacks, or viruses; one-fifth even said their systems had been infected by malware that turned their computers into bots. 

Effective managed network security goes beyond protecting desktop PCs.  It  defends the entire office computing environment, including application servers, wireless LANs and networked printers, against the latest (and constantly changing) generation of Internet-based threats. 

There’s a visible value to managed security:  it tends to provide a more complete and robust service than what you can do yourself.  And it helps you when it comes time to validate that you’ve complied with the full range of state and Federal compliance regulations; examiners tends to appreciate the work of independent experts, whose full-time focus is on protecting networks.

Our Managed Network Security services focus on preventing these kinds of intrusions and more, so that you don’t end up as the victim of a massive breach like Sony, even if you’re a smaller firm.