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The Importance of Security in Switches

Smart and managed switches can help secure your network from the inside out

Managing who can hop on to your network from the inside has become more important than ever, now that almost everyone who enters your building is carrying a laptop with an Ethernet port, a Wi-Fi-enabled smartphone, or a tablet computer configured to locate the nearest wireless network. Likewise, you may want to give visiting partners or other guests an Internet connection without giving them access to all your network resources. Bottom line: you need to secure your network on the inside. A switch with built-in security features adds another layer of defense for your network, protecting the devices on your LAN from internal threats.

Switches are the foundation of your network, connecting computers, servers, printers, and other peripheral devices. There are three types of switches—unmanaged, smart, and managed. Smart and managed switches both include security features, but managed switches give you the most control over network traffic with more advanced security and features.

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Mythbusters: Can you rely on VoIP for Your Business?

When it comes to making technology decisions for your small business, there’s a lot of information to sift through. Sometimes, determining whether that information is accurate can be difficult. To help you separate fact from fiction, we’re launching a new monthly series called Mythbusters, in which we’ll tackle a common technology misconception.

In this first Mythbusters, we set the record straight about voice over IP, or VoIP, and whether it’s reliable for your business. Once upon a time, no business that wanted reliable phone service would have considered switching from a traditional analog phone system, or private branch exchange (PBX), to an IP-based solution. The call quality was inconsistent, including jitters (clicks and other undesired audio effects), delays, and drop outs.

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How Does a VoIP Phone Call a Non-VoIP phone?

One of the most common questions for small businesses when considering upgrading to an IP-based solution is: How does a voice-over-IP (VoIP) phone can call a non-VoIP phone? The answer: There’s a gateway unit that makes the connection back to the public switched telephone network (PSTN). It’s not as complicated as it may sound.

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How to Create Secure and Meaningful Passwords

Shore up your organization’s password security by following these easy guidelines

Dozens of times every day, your employees perform a simple, yet crucial, task: They enter their passwords to log in to their computers, your local network, and the Internet. Just a few brief keystrokes stand between your company’s network and cybercriminals, identity thieves, and disgruntled employees. Unless employees’ passwords are complex, they’re easily guessed by experienced attackers or by their password-breaking computers. Creating meaningful and secure passwords isn’t as difficult as many people think, and it’s critical to the security of your small business network.

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Medical Manufacturer Delivers 24/7 Customer Service

BBC Biochemical, which manufactures materials for diagnostic and medical research lab testing, shares a facility and communications system with sister company Medical Diagnostics Lab (MDL). Together, they serve customers around the clock and around the world. However, the archaic phone system used by the two companies was hindering their ability to answer urgent calls from doctors and customers. A Cisco unified communications solution helped BBC and MDL improve both customer service and operational efficiency.

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