Entries by David Hollingsworth

Enemies within your network?

By David Hollingsworth, Managing Member at Avid Communications Most network security articles cover topics about keeping “bad actors” out of your network. But what if the problem is inside your network (ie., an employee or vendor working in your office?) Insiders pose a significant risk because they generally know where/what the vulnerabilities are in your […]

Network Security – A time bomb most businesses are watching without taking action.

Network Security is often talked about in the news, but for the most part, small and medium businesses are not taking serious steps to reduce the risk. Based on working with businesses for years, there are several reasons companies aren’t dealing with this potentially catastrophic problem: Network Security is a complex. Cyber criminals have become […]

Next Generation Firewall 101

By David Hollingsworth, Managing Member at Avid Communications A basic understanding of how malware attacks occur (e.g., Ransomware, spyware, Trojan horses, viruses) helps justify a Next Generation Firewall (NGFW). Malware can get on your computer in a variety of ways, but the most common is through email. According to the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Report, 66% […]

St. Michael the Archangel Security Cameras

By David Hollingsworth, Managing Member at Avid Communications Security and safety is a high priority at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish in Leawood. Providing complete surveillance is not an easy task. Mostly because it’s a very, very busy place almost every day. Preschool through 8th grade students attend the school daily, the gym is […]

Accession Communicator: Mobile, softphones and collaboration.

By David Hollingsworth, Managing Member at Avid Communications, talking about mobile devices, Accession Communicator softphones and collaboration. The cost of smartphones, tablets and laptops continues to go down while functionality goes up. These devices become mobile extensions of the office infrastructure for the “always on” work force. Accession Communicator Accession Communicator, Avid’s application for mobile […]

Is Your Wi-Fi secure? Beware KRACK Attacks!

By David Hollingsworth, Managing Partner at Avid Communications, talking about a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability that’s recently been discovered. Last month, it was announced that a serious weakness exists in a protocol that secures all modern protected Wi-Fi networks. This protocal is known as WPA/WPA2 or Wi-Fi Protected Access. This weakness allows an attacker within range […]

Is a Next Generation Firewall the Right Choice for Your Business?

By David Hollingsworth, Managing Member with Avid Communications, answering the question, “Is a Next Generation Firewall the Right Choice for Your Business? When thinking about Enhanced Firewall Services offered by the new Next Generation Firewall, it’s very important to evaluate your organization’s priorities with regards to securing business assets and intellectual property. Discuss the following […]

Helping Sherwood Autism Center with VoIP Business Phones and Managed Firewalls

The Sherwood Autism Center recently requested bids for new business phones. They also needed managed firewalls for improved network security. Prior to meeting with Avid, they assumed the solution was going to cost tens of thousands of dollars for just their main location (they have 3 locations.) Also, they were concerned about expensive upgrades as […]