Regulatory items covered in number (1), above, are a
combination of server-related and operating-system-related. For the most
part, Microsoft has this covered with their newer offerings (e.g.,
Vista, Windows 7). We can help you determine if your server meets the
requirements, or, if you are not using a server, how the version's of
the operating systems you are now running stack up. After a short
evaluation, we can provide you with specific feedback and
recommendations to meet the minimum levels of security.
Regulatory items covered in number (2), above, are
also server-related. Here, again, we need to determine if you are not
using a server and/or find out what versions of operating systems you
currently are running, and what levels of security those meet.
Regulatory items covered in number (3), above, are
typically handled by vendors, such as Cisco. As one viable
example, their SSL VPN communications helps you to insure that what you
send outside is properly encrypted. This particular product is roughly
$1,000, plus subscription fee of approximately $100 per year or so. We
recognize that, for some clients, this may be overkill or outside their
budget. For these clients we can offer less expensive alternative
Regulatory items covered in number (4), above, are
handled by a new feature that ProNet will soon be offering to its
clients. In short, we will soon offer a monitoring system that
proactively guards against virtually all avoidable system failures. This
not only helps our clients meet the stated requirements of number 4,
above, it will increase uptime and reduce the likelihood of catastrophic
failure as well. A description of this product will be in the next
newsletter, but feel free to call us about this at any time.
Regulatory items covered in number (5), above, are
similarly handled as the standalone systems described in (3), above,
within the newer Microsoft operating systems, e.g., Vista and Windows 7.
The encryption features within these newer versions also cover the hard
drives on laptops. We just need to help you insure that you are
taking full advantage of these protection features.
Regulatory items covered in number (6), above, are
handled by such products as an ASA Firewall. For firms with several
computers, our system of choice for this is Cisco. However, for smaller
clients this may be overkill or beyond their budget. For our smaller
clients we have a number of less expensive alternatives.
Regulatory items covered in number (7), above, are
typically handled by Anti Virus (hardware or software) solutions. As one
example, Computer Associates has a product that handles both viruses and
malware. When it is used in conjunction with a product from MX Logic,
mail security, mail management, spam tracking, etc. will also be
covered. Again, these are high-quality, robust solutions, but for some
clients this may be overkill or beyond their budget. For these clients
we can offer several less expensive alternatives.
Regulatory items covered in number (8), above are
handled by ProNet’s dedicated staff. In short, this is what we do. In
conjunction with our system monitoring we can also help monitor your
level of compliance.