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My IP.io and efw.io team up for automation

As part of a continuous and strategic process, My IP.io, the VPN platform of choice for professionals, and Elastic Firewall, the next generation firewall management tool team up for automation. Heading towards a holistic security approach of Unified threat management (UTM) or unified security management (USM), My IP.io welcomes Elastic Firewall as a network security solution.

The perks of automation

The ability to perform tasks at superhuman levels are typically between “three and ten times the cost.” to quote the “classics” at McKinsey on the fundamentals of workplace automation( you can read here the whole white paper)

The above statement couldn’t be more similar to our own experience with the Elastic Firewall tool.
So, long story short we tested Elastic Firewall, the linux iptables firewall automation tool, that you can find on efw.io and here are the features that got us most excited:

  • simple, smooth integration process, designed on three different levels: Free, the most blunt of all versions available, followed by the Basic and the Enterprise, the more advanced counterparts in terms of integration, interface and capabilities;
  • control over Linux Iptables on multiple machines;
  • costs: using the Elastic Firewall tool we managed to gain full control over a series of repetitive and tiring actions, reducing a lot of the traction off the backs of your IT specialists or completely relieving our IT from the tiring tasks of firewall management;
  • a single deck interface appending rules in the chain through master deck interface enabled us to manage huge workloads of linux iptables firewalls in just a few clicks. Seeing is believing;
  • multivendor supportElastic Firewall lets you automate and manage network security policies for all leading vendors and platforms;
  • keeping application in perfect alignment: through cross-departmental management, security and network teams combined;
  • reduce errors: appending rules in the command line manually leaves a lot of room for errors which may lead to disruptions. Do not fret, this tool is the way to increased accuracy of changes, reducing mistakes, and speeding up the overall workflow of changes.

Having tested the service, we think Elastic Firewall tool is the way towards single racked mountable network appliance and definitely the way towards saving one of the most valuable resource of the known universe: time.

Freedom of tiring, repetitive workloads is finally attainable.

 

6 ways to secure your data while travelling

The prospect of having internet access just about anywhere can be a “glittering lure”, to quote Don Draper on his Canon technology sales pitch. Beyond the immediate allurement, a more in depth acknowledgement of the potential liabilities that lie ahead once exposed to unsecured networks such as public WiFis or hotspots while travelling, is a risk to be reckoned with. Take aerial tech, the next big thing, bringing the Internet to everyone, everywhere, through drones, sats or high altitude balloons and you can easily paint the picture of what connectivity will come to mean, in terms of penetration and prevalence. Though we’re not there yet, one thing is for sure: it will happen.

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Taking the path of data security is a no brainer in the ever evolving mobile connectivity environment of today and while your data may be well protected inside the enterprise gates, what happens when you travel and need to rely on unencrypted channels? More importantly, what happens with both your corporate and personal data as you use a range of personal devices that may or may not come with hardware encryption?

Banning corporate data access from personal smartphones or blocking enterprise email orVPN access on unknown devices its already a thing of the past, since IT is being challenged to enable safe access to employees remotely by providing mobileVPN, secure email, encrypted containers and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). Living outside the data security paradigm is simply not smart anymore, whether we’re talking about corporate or personal data, it makes no difference really.

Particularly when travelling, the threat of a potential attack is real. Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones, who never experienced this kind of security issues but don’t rest on luck, there’s always a first time. Our friendly advice is: better yet, take all precautions then resume to “it will never happen to me” losing attitude. Here’s our top 6 tips for keeping your data secure, while travelling:

  1. Update Software: almost all software update releases patch a serie of security vulnerabilities so keeping your software up to date is a good idea
  2. Turn off cookies and autofill: a little inconvenience can go a long way toward data security
  3. Chose your apps wisely: do some due diligence before downloading apps.
  4. Be sure that all of your mobile devices have a remote wipe or autowipe feature. For Apple’s iPhone and iPad, there’s Apple’s MobileMe service. If one of your devices gets stolen, you can quickly and remotely perform a factory reset from any computer connected to the Internet, wiping out all of the device’s data and even locking it indefinitely.
  5. Make sure you use a VPN connection in public wireless networks
  6. Change passwords regularly: use strong passwords and change them every 6 months.

To HAVE or to HAVE MORE? this is the VPN question.

Pave your way to big business connectivity

Defending the kingdom.

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Business environments are redefined as information becomes one of the most important commodity for any given company, from SMEs to large enterprises.  As Dan Levin puts it, COO of online file-sharing and cloud-based content-management service Box, work is evolving from being a place to being a mind set, “going from something that for many people was about physicality to smth that for many people is about information, creation and utilisation.”

 

Geographically dispersed workforce is no longer a thing of particularity, gradually becoming the norm as highly data oriented companies outsource or expand internationally.  The need to access corporate or commercial information is a core component of connectivity inside the enterprise and managing these intangible assets over a plain internet connection is simply not for business use.

VPNs are often the communication platform of choice for virtually any business that takes itself seriously, as they enable site-to-site connection with a service provider managing the end-to-end network. A VPN enables a computer that is located outside the corporate network to connect to that network as if it were inside the building, allowing access to internal resources such as file shares, applications, and printers. Beyond connectivity a VPN implicitly means that a secure bridge has been created between any given device using that connection and your business server, which can be on your premises or in the cloud.

Appliances or servers will give you great control, but cloud-based, hosted or outsourced VPN services are the real deal breaker, with an unrivaled cost-to-features and security ratio, spearing you of the typical technical hurdles of on premise deployment and use.

A hosted business VPN solution will overcome the following thorny issues:

  • on premise deployment:
    having a dedicated VPN in place will reduce the complexity of deployment and use to a minimum of only having to run a single interface software;
  • data security:
    internal data, sites, git repositories and all information will be coated in multiple layers of encryption;
  • remote connectivity:
    you will enable access across a geographically disperse workforce;

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With our business VPN suite comes strengthened security, as the service is not limited to encryption.  We also support all the latest security protocols including SSTP, PPTP, IPSec, L2TP, SSTP, and OpenVPN.

The level of sophistication depends on the number of accounts and/ devices: our business VPN solution can consolidate all your team’s accounts into one master account, a convenient scenario in terms of having control, management and payment. We can allocate a whole subnet, so that you won’t be constrained as to having to whitelist multiple IPs or we can engineer a custom solution for your, in which we install a LDAP server. You will be given a password manager and VPN server and you’re free to run your own network to your preference. The business VPN solution allows multiple people to be logged in and proxying through a single IP address at one time, simultaneous connection for all on multiple devices, editing and monitor access, from a single, easy-to-use central admin area.

My IP.io Business VPN Benefits:

Multiple VPN Accounts

Dedicated Suppot

One Master Account

Discounts

To get started in full big business connectivity way, just connect with My IP.io and we’ll assign an account manager that will guide you through the whole installation process and assist you each step of the way for the whole period of your subscription. Once the number of accounts and connections are defined, we can set things in motion for you and your team.