N E T W O R K I N G
With the proliferation of Wi-Fi and low-cost hardware — and in the space of less than two decades —, networking has gone from a metaphorical black art to an under-appreciated fact-of-life. The truth is, it's probably still the most important and least understood aspect of business infrastructure: For all but the simplest of cases, you can't just simply unbox a home router and expect to see the performance you want from your business systems.
To maximize transmission speeds and minimize collisions, many moving parts must be configured correctly and working together efficiently. DNS lookups, NAS, QOS (Quality of Service or "traffic prioritization"), signal strength/interference, node-placement, subnets, port-forwarding, encryption — if any one of these aspects (along with many others) isn't set up properly or otherwise isn't working reliably, traffic can grind to a crawl or even halt entirely.
Add to this the notoriously-finicky nature of VPNs — which have grown into business assets of incalculable value — and it's easy to see why a little expert help can improve the performance of almost any network.
S E C U R I T Y
Of course, you can't talk networks without also discussing security. At one time, all we had to worry about was the occasional virus. Today, identity theft is the fastest-growing crime in America, and its continued rise a certainty. We're all familiar with the revolving door of news stories detailing the high-profile, large-scale theft of website member data, passwords, credit card information, and compromising photographs. Ransomware, rootkits, and trojans abound. Social engineering — though perhaps not quite as prevalent as in years past — has leapt in sophistication.
Tremendous volumes of e-mail have been stolen and exposed, victimizing everyone from Hollywood executives to the Democratic National Committee. Even the FBI, CIA, Pentagon, and NSA — the very agency responsible for our nation's cyber-security — have been victims of hacking and stolen information. Corporate espionage is now a given. Security breaches can cost businesses small fortunes and inestimable customer-goodwill, inflicting both headache and heartache.
Those that neglect cyber-security certainly risk much. While no measure can guarantee protection (again, the NSA!), Blade Technologies can perform a comprehensive sweep of your entire infrastructure, including stand-alone, network, and mobile systems and both hardware and software. We report all identified risks and threats; upgrade firmware; and recommend, install, and configure additional security technologies, such as traffic analyzers and encryption programs. We know how to make the data belonging to your business and your customers as safe as reasonably possible.