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Cybersecurity and Ransomware is on track for a worldwide cost of $8T in 2023.   Every organization faces a degree of risk from cyber crime.   Cyber criminals are opportunists, and given a chance they will gladly attack most any business large or small.

Security needs for an organization now more frequently require a company to show why they are secure, not just "say it."   Stakeholders in your business, such as: large company clients, cyber insurance companies, and others are increasingly asking "more questions" or requiring a level of compliance with any cyber security standard such as NIST 800-171, HIPAA, CMMC or other.  Please check out our cybersecurity standard executive summary pdf.

Bayside Networks uses tools such as GRC systems to help our clients achieve compliance with the cybersecurity standard that is most relevant to your organization.   You may significantly benefit from a GRC if you have a specific need to comply with a cyber security standard.   A well chosen (one size does not fit all) GRC will meet the following goals:

  • Affordable, most are cloud based and require an annual subscription

  • Provides technology policy memos and documentation to help expedite your compliance journey.  For example: data backup policy, disaster recovery policy, cyber compromise policy etc.

  • Offers automated probes, that check details on your setup in your internal systems and cloud workspace platform (generally Office365 or Google Workspace) to report compliance needs.

Whether your cybersecurity needs are simple or complex, we have you covered.   We take care to align all our techmnical solutions and client services with the NIST 800-171 standard, which is the parent standard upon which most all other standards are based.


Here are a few tips to maintain a cost effective and productive networking system:


Use high quality equipment: Maintain a bias toward purchasing high quality networking products from as few different companies (manufacturers) as possible. A few examples of high quality networking equipment manufacturers include: Cisco (including their Meraki line), Fortigate, Sonicwall, Juniper and others. Networking equipment is definitely an area where “Cheaper” is often not better, especially when your entire office can depend on a single piece of equipment.


Use current equipment: Bias toward keeping all of your networking equipment relatively current. If your networking equipment is more than 5 years old, chances are good your office is experiences a loss of performance or productivity that far surpasses the cost of updating your networking hardware systems.


Maintain your support agreements: An active manufacturer support agreement should be in place especially for firewalls, routers and smart switches. An active support agreement is usually required in order to obtain access to updates and support information for any high quality networking equipment.

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