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Cyber Security Month – 5 Tips for Better Cyber Security

October is Cyber Security Month, a notion that Hostirian holds very near to our hearts. Cyber Security is at the crux of what we believe in, and sentiments for stronger security are ones we strongly align with. Of course, there are many ways for one to go about ensuring they are secure, and it’s highly recommended that one takes the time to review just how safe they are and how safe they can be – in the meantime, we’ll start with 5 important tips for making sure you are on the right track to being safe and secure online:

  1. USE STRONG PASSWORDS
    I’m sure we’ve all read this one time and time again – told it even more times, yet it can’t be said enough. Password security is pivotal for cyber security, and by far the easiest to manage, but often times the most vulnerable. Remember, your passwords aren’t just meant to be bits of memorabilia for fond memories or a relative’s birthday, they are your protection from letting random people access your data. Make sure you are using a relatively complex password, and if need be are storing it in a secure location in case it has slipped your mind (albeit, having a hint rather than the password outright is far more advisable).
  2. KEEP YOUR SOFTWARE UPDATED
    This one is as simple as it comes, and should be the easiest to keep track of. Often times, the software companies and teams are finding the vulnerable spots in their apps, and are constantly providing updates when they do to ensure they are putting out a safe product. Don’t overlook these updates!
  3. USE ANTI-MALWARE/ANTI-VIRUS PROTECTION
    Another common bit of advice, but just because it’s common doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Being safe and cautious won’t do you as much good if you aren’t also making sure you have those slips and cracks covered, and that’s where your anti-malware and anti-virus software come in handy, but which ones should you be using? It’s not as straightforward of an answer as some might make it seem, as some software offer different versions that cover more or different malware than another, so really it comes down to what your needs are. I’ve found that this write-up offers a great breakdown on what each company offers and what their software scans for, and be the perfect starting point for you if you are shopping for anti-malware/anti-virus products.
    To make sure you are fully protected, even when using anti-malware/anti-virus software, we also heavily advise having two security software. Have one to run in the background, and another to have ready for any on-the-spot moments to make sure nothing might have been overlooked or managed to slip its way through. Just remember to disable the one you have running in the background, lest you risk them interfering with one-another.
    Footnote: Make sure you are also using a Firewall and keeping it updated as well. You can never be too safe.
  4. BE WEARY OF ATTACHMENTS AND DOWNLOADS
    This one is going to mostly be related to your email usage, but it is by no means less important. Attachments and downloads are what most people recognize malware as, and they aren’t wrong for doing so. People are getting more creative in the malware they put-out, but email has still remained an effective means for them to do so. When you go to open an attachment, make sure you are aware of the source, the purpose of the attachment, and that you are expecting it. One of the biggest trends of late is spoofing – where someone will send an email under what appears to be another’s email address. This allows them to cover themselves up as, say, someone from your own contacts list, in order to gain your trust in what they are sending you. If you receive a suspicious email from someone you know, check with them to make sure they really did send it before opening.
  5. KEEP ALL IMPORTANT DATA BACKED UP 
    Last, but certainly not least, back. up. your. stuff. Humans are infallible, and sometimes mistakes happen. Maybe it was on your end, maybe it was on the company behind your anti-malware, maybe it was neither…either way you should always be prepared and be ready to get all of your data back up (pun absolutely intended) in case something does end up happening. I’ve said it once here, I’ll say it again: you cannot be too safe. Even if it only happens once, even if it never happens, the investment in making sure all your data is secure for you is definitely greater than the risk of losing it all.

-Trevor Newman

MARDI GRAS INC., AND HOSTIRIAN PARTNERSHIP

MARDI GRAS INC., AND HOSTIRIAN PARTNER TO BRING EVENT INFORMATION TO MILLIONS OF PARADE REVELERS DURING MARDI GRAS SEASON!

St. Louis, MO, February 18, 2017 — Hostirian, L.L.C., a leading provider of business-class IT services announces its continued partnership with STLMARDIGRAS. ORG; the official site of Mardi Gras Inc., the non-profit organization responsible for producing Soulard Mardi Gras in St. Louis.

The Soulard Mardi Gras in St. Louis is the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the world and attracts over 500,000 visitors to downtown St. Louis during the 2 month long celebration that dates back to 1699 in North America.

“Due to the massive popularity and logistics of our event, Mardi Gras Inc. needs a cloud partner that provides a quickly scalable platform that is highly reliable and secure, to ensure the hundreds of thousands of event goers have access to accurate event schedules, parking directions, volunteer applications and general information about the celebration, and Hostirian provides that platform perfectly for us.”, says Tim Lorson, Director for Mardi Gras Inc.

“Local businesses working together is vital for the growth and success of our region, and we are proud to partner with Mardi Gras Inc. on this impressive event!”, from Ken Cox, President at Hostirian.

During the Mardi Gras season, millions of people access stlmardigras.org looking for current and specific information, as well as historical pictures and sponsor information.

About Hostirian:
HOSTIRIAN, a division of River City Internet Group (www.rcig.net) was founded to meet the needs of regional businesses seeking a local cloud partner capable of providing state-of-the-art and cost-effective hosting facilities, superb customer service and assistance in marketing and managing their business’s web presence. Hostirian offers shared and managed web hosting services to businesses operating mission critical, multi-functional websites. In addition, Hostirian offers web hosting services to a rapidly growing number of application service providers, enabling them to more efficiently deliver application services to their customers over the Internet. Hostirian also offers value-added services, such as firewall management, cloud backup and colocation, including capacity and migration planning. Hostirian’s core focus is to offer our customers comprehensive outsourced cloud and application hosting solutions.

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314-216-7100
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Key Considerations for Outsourcing Technical Support

Companies of all sizes outsource aspects of their business to save time and money. The benefits seem obvious: from marketing and human resources to tech services, outsourcing is one way to streamline business processes effectively. And outsourcing is on the rise, with technical support being one of the areas experiencing the most growth. In fact, the technical support outsourcing market is expected to grow 6 percent by the year 2020. This includes both call center and helpdesk support. But how can you know whether your company stands to benefit from outsourcing technical support processes? First, it is helpful to understand just what it entails.

According to Udemy, outsourcing is the practice of delegating work to another person or organization, usually a third party that isn’t associated with your business. It requires you to entrust a portion of your business processes to an external resource. The same Udemy article points out that most organizations adopt outsourcing for the following reasons:

  • Unavailability of in-house expertise
  • Cutting costs in the short or long term
  • Better management of in-house workflow

To put it simply, many companies stand to benefit from outsourcing technical support because staffing an in-house team requires more capital investment and infrastructure, along with increased human resources costs. The following is a more in-depth look at why companies like yours should consider transitioning to an outsourced technical support model.

  • It’s cost effective. When companies outsource, they eliminate the costs associated with hiring employees. This can include training resources, health insurance, management oversight and more. It can also free up capital funds. Because you are outsourcing processes that aren’t essential to your business, you can better allocate resources on items that are more central. And you’ll have less overhead.
  • Better customer service is available. Outsourcing your technical support team means that services are available around the clock, at a fraction of the cost of hiring full-time employees. In addition, you will have access to services and solutions you may not have considered before. Your support team will be able to monitor your systems 24/7, identifying problems and addressing them before they affect other areas of your business.
  • It improves business focus. When you outsource technical support, your employees can focus on their core responsibilities rather than trying to cover multiple areas at once. Outsourcing vendors are trained in IT specifically, so they are better equipped to deal with challenges as they arise. Trying to keep up with the tech aspects of your business can be expensive and time consuming, and mistakes are common. Specialized outsourcing partners reduce your risk of making the wrong decision. You’ll increase staff productivity and enable your company to become more flexible, agile and dynamic.
  • You can increase the talent pool. When you choose to outsource technical support, you have the ability to access skilled tech professionals and the collective experience of a dedicated IT team. You can be sure they have the right training and certifications to do the job. This gives you a competitive advantage as well. While you may not know what to look for when hiring for technical positions, outsourcing vendors do. You can also access the right talent without worrying about geographic location.

If you decide to outsource your technical support, it is important to hire the right team and develop a good working relationship with them. The following are some aspects to keep in mind as you begin the process of hiring an outsourcing vendor. To complete the process effectively:

  • Be able to communicate the goals and objectives of your project.
  • Have a strategic plan for your relationship with the outsourcing partner.
  • Consider asking for references and do your research to determine reputation.
  • Outline all expectations involved, including finances.
  • Ensure that lines of communication are open.
  • Get buy-in from stakeholders and other decision-makers.

Follow this LINK to learn more about the Helpdesk services that Hostirian has to offer your business.

 

Article by: Gloetouch

Hostirian will provide the EPIX production crew with advanced facilities

St. Louis, MO, December 06, 2016 — Hostirian, L.L.C., a leading provider of business-class IT services announces its participation in the production of EPIX Presents Road To the NHL Outdoor Classics four-episode series.  Hostirian will provide the EPIX production crew with advanced facilities to process, download and transmit massive amounts of locally-recorded footage, on a daily basis, to their production facility in New York.  Hostirian’s state-of-the-art facilities are designed to provide the flexible solutions.

In November, premium TV network EPIX® and the NHL®, partnering for a third season, announced that EPIX Presents Road To the NHL Outdoor Classics will make its U.S. Television Premiere on Friday, Dec. 16, at 9 PM CT on EPIX with four weekly episodes.

This season, the series tells the stories of athletes and coaches from four teams and their journey to two games played on outdoor rinks. In commemoration of the League’s Centennial Celebration, the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs will compete in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic™ on New Year’s Day in Toronto, Canada. The Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues meet in the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on January 2, in St. Louis. In addition to its airing on EPIX, U.S. hockey fans will be able to stream each episode of EPIX Presents Road To the NHL Outdoor Classics™ as a simulcast on EPIX.com, NHL.com and the websites for the four teams participating in the 2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic™ and the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®.

About EPIX Presents Road To the NHL Outdoor Classics:

EPIX Presents Road To the NHL Outdoor Classics is an EPIX Original series and presented in partnership with NHL Original Productions. Ross Greenburg is the executive producer; Steve Stern is the coordinating producer; Mike Greenburg, Peter Rogaris, Jonathan Fierro, and Eric Paulen are the producers; Aaron Cohen is the writer; Steve Lamme is the directory of photography; John Sands and Wayne Sharpe are the composers. Bill Camp is the narrator. Mark Greenberg, Jocelyn Diaz and Ross Bernard are the executive producers for EPIX, Jill Burkhart and Valerie Bishop Pearson are the producers for EPIX.

 

About Hostirian:
HOSTIRIAN, a division of River City Internet Group (www.rcig.net) was founded to meet the needs of regional businesses seeking a managed IT services partner capable of providing state-of-the-art and cost-effective hosting facilities, superb customer service and assistance in building and managing their business’s web infrastructure. Hostirian offers colocation, shared and managed web hosting services to businesses operating mission critical, multi-functional websites. In addition, Hostirian offers web hosting services to a rapidly growing number of application service providers, enabling them to more efficiently deliver application services to their customers over the Internet. Hostirian also offers value-added services, such as firewall management, 24×7 helpdesk and consulting services, including capacity and migration planning. Our services give the customer the option to use their own hardware and software or we can provide the hardware, software, network technology and systems management necessary. Hostirian’s core focus is to offer our customers comprehensive outsourced website and application hosting solutions.
Learn more about Hostirian’s solutions and offerings at www.hostirian.com or call us at (800) 615-9349.

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Dave Naeger
314-216-7136
dave.naeger@rcig.net