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What your team needs now – Security Awareness Training

What your team needs now – Security Awareness

In the midst of this tumultuous cybersecurity climate, Ancero is proud to unveil a new security awareness offering to help protect organizations against countless ransomware and malware scams.

52% of all security breaches are a result of human error

30% of all Phishing emails are opened

Now you can do something about it….

Introducing Ancero Managed Security Awareness (AMSA)

Data breaches in the U.S. are expected to rise. The criminals are after your critical data and they’re targeting your people to get it. Unfortunately end users are easy prey for cybercriminals. They are increasingly exposed to phishing schemes and ransomware attacks. People are the common denominator in most cyber intrusions but they can be trained to recognize threats which minimizes human error.

With the Ancero Managed Security Awareness program, employees become a front line of defense against threats to critical business data and systems. AMSA is a subscription based security awareness service, priced per seat, per year, that creates awareness and communications through ongoing training solutions embedded into employees’ daily activities. These proven methods work to minimize human error by keeping security at the forefront while staying compliant with industry regulations or state laws.

91% of cyberattacks start with a phishing email. The success of these cyber attacks relies on human error. A training and awareness program that encourages good cyber hygiene can make a big difference between becoming a victim or recognizing a phishing email when it comes in. The Managed Security Awareness program combines a 3 step approach:

  1. Training – Employee security training on a computer based training module
  2. Evaluation – Periodic testing through the use of simulated phishing that puts their training to the test
  3. Insight – In depth quarterly reporting reveals campaign statistics, vulnerabilities and employee activity

If organizations aren’t monitoring internal emails, they risk potential downtime, data & financial loss. Combat attacks by utilizing education with cutting-edge training methods to reduce human error. With Ancero’s Managed Security Awareness program you can choose the level that fits your security needs and your budget. Download the free AMSA brochure to learn more about each offering, the features included and pricing. If the AMSA program can benefit your business call us to arrange a consultation 856.210.5800.

Datto Success Story Highlights Ancero’s Top-Notch BCDR Solutions

Datto Success Story Highlights Ancero’s Top-Notch BCDR Solutions

It isn’t easy to keep a client’s business running no matter what. Especially when that client is located in a flood-prone area with unreliable power. Luckily, Ancero, a managed service provider (MSP) operating out of Mount Laurel, NJ, is there to help. In addition to serving as an MSP, Ancero provides clients with cloud-based communication solutions, private cloud storage and various other services. Ancero does whatever it takes to keep their clients in business, as is the case for a pharmaceutical company. According to Mitch Borochaner, Manager of Pre-Sales Engineering at Ancero, some of the pharmaceutical company’s major pain points included the constant need for generators to account for their faulty power utilities at the office and the threat of flooding. During Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey was hit with $30 billion in damages, so flood-related costs can be a major threat. Eventually, they decided enough was enough and the pharmaceutical company relocated to a new office with a more reliable power source, solving a large chunk of their downtime threat. However, Ancero still has their hands full.

“If there’s a disaster, their primary data such as marketing files, design work and sensitive customer information is not easily replaceable without additional labor and huge costs. Therefore, we have to keep all data secure and readily available via restore,” said Borochaner.

Prior to leveraging Datto, the client was relying on on-site backup only. According to Borochaner, the solution was unreliable and insufficient for the problems they were encountering on a regular basis. Luckily, there was a quick solution – to swap out the old, unreliable backup for a tried-and-true Datto solution.

“Datto provides a solution that combines local BCDR with a cloud component. It gives us and our clients a true BCDR solution offering security and peace of mind when it comes to protecting sensitive data. It also provides easy access and faster file recovery through innovative, patented technology like Datto’s Screenshot Verification, which takes backup a step further by frequently and automatically validating backup integrity immediately after completion,” said Borochaner.

According to Borochaner, Ancero has successfully simulated disaster recovery tests twice with the client. Without Datto, he estimates it would take weeks or even months for their client to fully recover if hit with a major disaster. “Since implementing Datto, we’ve seen an increase in efficiency, security and cost savings.

We’ve also drastically reduced any pending downtime for our client. The use of a consistent BCDR solution across our client base allows us to be more efficient with service delivery while effectively protecting critical data and minimizing the threat of downtime,” said Borochaner.

Layer Your Approach to Security for a Total Defense

Layer Your Approach to Security for a Total Defense

Does news of the latest Ransomware or CryptoLocker virus have you on edge?

What about one of the other 49 million new strains of malware?

Any one of them could take down your system. According to a 2015 Kaspersky Lab study that evaluated over 5500 companies in 26 countries worldwide, the average direct costs of a security breach for a small business is a whopping $38,000! Can your business afford downtime for hours/days or suffer the loss of sensitive data all because of a vicious virus or merciless malware?

Stories of organizations being hacked occur daily in the news. With cyber attacks and threats appearing more and more common worldwide, data security has become an important area of concern for business owners. When we consider how much data we store virtually, including financial records and client information, it’s easy to see how one breach can cause serious damage to a business.

Anti-virus software, email security and consistent backups are valuable, but they are no longer enough. With CryptoLocker, for example, it’s often not detected until the virus has already started to encrypt your files.

What’s needed is a layered approach to security that will mitigate risk and reduce the chance of downtime even when a virus strikes.

An Intelligent Business Continuity solution can verify backups, deliver instant cloud virtualization, has the ability to see into your files and know when the virus took hold, and perform a restore that takes minutes versus hours or days.

People are the common denominator in most cyber intrusions, and the best part about people is that they can be trained. Education and training helps you team to recognize threats and minimize human error.

Your Firewall should extend beyond blocking network threats to protect, manage and control application traffic. A next-generation firewall’s high performance platform covers all the bases: deep packet inspection, intrusion prevention, application intelligence and control to deliver a comprehensive security solution with superior protection.

Ancero partners with industry leading providers Datto, Layer 8 Security and Dell to meet this growing need with robust, cost effective, security solutions for the SMB client.

The impact of a breach can have a profound impact your company’s finances and reputation. Complete IT security requires a layered approach with a tactical focus that involves people, process and technology. This approach with multiple points of security reduces vulnerabilities in the key areas that hackers exploit.

The right consultant applies risk management across many dimensions to ensure better protection for assets, staff and critical information. That’s why Ancero’s comprehensive approach to security is what organizations truly need to protect themselves against threats. Remember, the cost of a security breach is always higher than the cost of protection. It is important that you take a proactive approach to protecting your business from a cyberattack.

Beyond Backup – Complete Data Protection Solutions for Every Business

Beyond Backup – Complete Data Protection Solutions for Every Business

Ancero has expanded its line of Backup & Recovery solutions powered by Datto to ensure all businesses have a solution to protect their data. Proactively minimizing downtime with proper planning can make recovery less costly if a disaster does happen. Backup that encompasses Intelligent Business Continuity (IBC) ensures that data can be recovered as quickly as possible in the event of a disaster, and that businesses can even continue normal operations while a disaster is happening. “70% of businesses that suffer a serious data loss are out of business in two years,” Datto, Inc. Yet nearly 75 percent of SMBs possess no disaster recovery plan, and only 25 percent are “extremely confident” that they can restore data in the case of an event that destroys their data. With our expanded line of solutions we have you covered!

Ancero LBR utilizes Datto Alto solutions to provide the most robust, scalable, and cost-effective way for small to medium-size businesses to ensure against costly downtime.

  •  Dramatically Reduce Downtime
  •  Eliminate Broken Backup Chains
  •  Stop Guessing About Backup Integrity
  •  Compare Backup Points
  •  Protect Your Entire Organization
  •  Enterprise Grade, but Priced for Small Business

Ancero Backupify for Office 365 delivers simple, automated, and secure backup of your cloud data. With the Backupify for Office 365 solution, Customers will be able to protect their organization from data loss caused by user errors, meet legal and compliance needs, and manage the employee lifecycle effectively. Ensure your Office 365 data isn’t lost to end-user deletions, viruses, malicious activity or departing employees. With Backupify you can find, restore, and manage your O365 data with the Total Data Protection Platform.

Automatically back up data – Rest easy with Backupify’s automatic 3x/day backup for Office 365’s email and calendar apps. Admins can also initiate a backup at any time.

Securely manage data – Protect your data with powerful security controls, including compliance with SOC 2 Type II, HIPAA, and Safe Harbor. Data is secured with 256-bit encryption and admins have access to enterprise-grade controls and monitoring.

Quickly search for backups – Zero in on users, items, and metadata to quickly find what you’re looking for from the dashboard

Easily restore and export backups – Restore individual files or groups of files back into a user’s account or download them directly to your machine.

Ancero is proud to offers various solutions from the Datto family of products to fit every business need and ensure total data protection. Keeping your business running no matter what happens!

Making Email Safer for Business

Making Email Safer for Business

Ancero is proud to offer Mimecast Email Security, Continuity and Archiving Services. Email is the largest gateway for viruses and attacks on a business network. As the cyber threat becomes more potent, email attacks will become more common and more damaging. It’s essential that executives, owners and administrators realize the importance of email security planning and preparation that could ward off a costly, damaging attack to their network. With Mimecast email solutions, you can select the level that fits your needs from basic security to the full package, with solutions starting as low as $2 a month. Protect your organization and stop threats before they reach your network.

Email Security – $2.00 per month

  •  Security and system performance with the ability to stop known and advanced email threats before they reach your network.
  •  A single cloud platform with threat intelligence that updates instantly and extends easily to control sensitive data.
  •  Ultimate administrator visibility and control to rapidly and consistently apply policies across the organization.

Email Security & Continuity – $3.00 per month

  •  Protects the organization from spam and malware with 99% anti-spam and 0.0001% false positives
  •  Allows employees to send and receive email even during outages with Outlook for Windows, desktop, Mac and mobile apps for better employee productivity
  •  Reduces complexity and cost with a unified console and removing the need to establish and maintain expensive redundant disaster recovery infrastructure
  •  Scales easily to handle business growth without the need for expensive planning and investment

Email Security, Continuity & Archiving – $6.00 per month

  •  Protects the organization from spam and malware with 99% anti-spam and 0.0001% false positives
  •  Provides always-on access to real-time and archived email via Outlook for Windows, desktop and mobile apps for better employee productivity – with industry-leading 7 second search SLA
  •  Allows employees to send and receive email even during outages with Outlook for Windows, desktop, Mac and mobile apps for better employee productivity
  •  Automates mailbox archiving and retention management to support comprehensive e-discovery capabilities and better policy administration
  •  Removes complexity and cost by reducing the need to establish and maintain expensive disaster recovery and security solutions
  •  Scales easily to handle business growth without the need for expensive planning and resource investment

You can also add on Email Historical Archiving and Email Encryption for added data protection and security. In the recently published Mimecast Business Email Threat Report 2016 a survey of 600 IT security professionals shows that while 64 percent see email as a major cyber-security threat to their business, 65 percent also feel ill-equipped or too out-of-date to reasonably defend against email-based attacks. With Ancero and Mimecast, you can confidently implement an email security solution to prepare and prevent against threats. Ancero will be happy to discuss your needs and select the right solution for your organization, just call 856.210.5800 to speak with our Sales team.

Avoid Downtime From Unpredictable Winter Weather

Avoid Downtime From Unpredictable Winter Weather

Will your infrastructure allow your employees to work from home during unpredictable winter weather?

Here in the Northeast corner of the US, bad winter weather is inevitable. But there’s no reason your business has to grind to a halt during a storm. There are several technologies that enable work from home for you and your team, keeping you up and running when disaster strikes.

Stay productive

VPN (Virtual Private Network) remote access allows employees to use company data, apps and resources as if they were in the office. It’s a scalable, cost-effective solution that enables work from home functionality when needed. When utilizing a VPN remote access, security is paramount. Ancero configures VPN solutions to include security at all levels, physical to logical, to help safeguard your network and sensitive data. A key component of proper VPN security is ensuring end users adhere to the security measures put in place.

Stay connected

  • Keep communications going with the cloud based Utility VoIP phone system. Modern features allow the flexibility to work from home without skipping a beat!
  • VoIP provides fault tolerance for your business class phone system by putting your PBX in the Cloud, eliminating downtime if a disaster strikes.
  • Modern features ensure communications stay open if an unplanned event keeps you from the office. Route calls to mobile devices, branch locations or take the phones home with you to keep your business running. Fax to Email, Voicemail to Email and Instant Messaging allow you to stay on top of daily business.
  • Web-based portal allows supervisors and users to adjust and manage their system online and from home. Making any necessary changes to adjust for the inclement weather.
  • Ancero offers 24/7/365 support for all VoIP needs during a storm or unplanned event.

Stay protected

In the case of extreme weather, you need to go one step further to protect data with a thorough Disaster Recovery plan. It’s one thing to provide work from home opportunities but if a blizzard, ice storm or other disaster takes down critical infrastructure there is the potential to loose sensitive business data that could cripple your organization. With a disaster recovery plan businesses are assured of automated backup verification, reduced downtime, continuous protection, secured storage, fast recovery, and more. Ancero’s Disaster Planning not only assesses your physical IT needs, but begins with a high-level design phase that assists in determining your continuity objectives. We use these goals to implement solutions that meet your needs and your budget.

Our team of skilled engineers can ensure you have an adequate infrastructure to keep your business running & maintain employee productivity even when bad weather strikes.

Close Encounter with Joaquin Reminds Us Why Data Loss is a Serious Threat

Close Encounter with Joaquin Reminds Us Why Data Loss is a Serious Threat

At the beginning of October 2015 the Eastern Coast of the US was on high alert watching and waiting to see if Hurricane Joaquin would make landfall as predicted. Fortunately the hurricane veered out to sea. But the experience is a good reminder of why data loss is such a serious threat and why it’s important for SMBs to be prepared.

Most business owners’ first thoughts as the storm strengthened were probably these: How would it impact the business? Will I have to close? What steps should I take to protect my facility? The episode left a keen awareness for most owners about the importance of preparation. The wayward storm has provided a golden opportunity to establish a BC/DR, Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery plan before the next natural disaster hits.

How much downtime can your business afford? Making sure your business can continue operating in case of a disaster is just as essential to SMBs as it is to the largest enterprises. Small businesses lose approximately $8,581 per hour and medium companies $215,638 per hour, according to the Aberdeen Group. Analyzing the impact of a disaster or disruption and its potential effect on the organization is a key component in determining recovery point objective and recovery time objective. Use this helpful Recovery Time & Downtime Cost calculator to evaluate your recovery time and recovery point objectives. Proactively minimizing downtime can make recovery less costly if a natural disaster does strike.

Are you backing up everything you need to recover? 70% of businesses that suffer a serious data loss are out of business in two years, Datto, Inc. Yet nearly 75 percent of SMBs possess no disaster recovery plan, and only 25 percent are “extremely confident” that they can restore data in the case of an event that destroys their data. Traditional backup methods such as tape and disk are insufficient at protecting businesses from the crippling and costly effects of downtime. The solution requires more than just data backup so it’s important to think in terms of business continuity.  A true business continuity solution ensures that data can be recovered as quickly as possible in the event of a disaster, and that businesses can even continue normal operations while a disaster is happening.

With a BC/DR plan businesses are assured of automated backup verification, reduced downtime, continuous protection, secured storage, fast recovery, and more. With the importance of computers and technology in day-to-day business, it is critical that every organization has a plan in place to deal with the threat of data loss and continuity of operations.  Call to schedule a consultation with Ancero. We can skillfully guide the process and ensure a comprehensive BC/DR plan that will protect your business.

11 Ways Your Firewall Should be Working for You

11 Ways Your Firewall Should be Working for You

Your Firewall should extend beyond blocking network threats to protect, manage and control application traffic. Traditional firewalls are blind to the vulnerabilities of web based applications and are unable to recognize the difference between secure versus potentially un-secure traffic. SonicWALL™ Next-Generation firewalls provide insight into the applications themselves which allows you to identify and control all of the applications being used on your network. This additional control enhances compliance and data leakage prevention by identifying applications based on their unique signatures rather than ports or protocols. The firewall recognizes usage patterns and creates granular policies for applications, users or even groups of users, as well as time of day and other variables, for flexible control that can fit any network requirement. This data can be used to fine tune application usage and allocate bandwidth for mission-critical or latency-sensitive applications so productivity isn’t hampered.

  1.  Control the applications allowed on the network – Application visualization lets you determine what browsers are being used before you create a policy to block or control certain application usage.
  2. Manage the bandwidth for critical applications – Ensure mission-critical applications have priority over unproductive Web surfing to improve business productivity.
  3. Block peer-to-peer applications – Now you can simply create one policy to block all P2P apps preventing the download of unlicensed versions of copyrighted media which can quickly consume bandwidth or transmit malware.
  4. Block unproductive components of applications – While it might be counterproductive to block all social networking applications, you can control how they can be used in your workplace.
  5. Visualize your application traffic – Visualization provides administrators with instant feedback on network traffic flows; what’s happening on my network? Who’s wasting my bandwidth? Why is my network so slow?
  6. Manage bandwidth for a group of users –  Instead of strict controls, many companies have found that employees are happier if you let them have full access to the web, even if they have reduced bandwidth for unproductive sites or create a policy to exclude the executive team from streaming video bandwidth
    management if they really need.
  7. Block viruses from entering your network – Security is the reason you have a firewall! Next-Generation firewalls, are capable of blocking millions of threats from entering the network, before they become a danger to your users. The ability to prevent malware such as viruses, spyware, keyloggers, Trojans and intrusion attempts from entering the network at the gateway relieves the organization from great risk and spares potentially wasted resources.
  8. Identify connections by country – Is a connection to a foreign country benign from somebody browsing on the Web, or is it botnet activity? Create filters to restrict traffic to countries specified by you, with exclusion lists.
  9. Prevent data leaks over email – In some companies, outbound email does not pass through their Email Security system. Don’t let “company confidential” attachments leave the organization. Since outbound network traffic goes through your firewall, you can detect and block this “data-in-motion.”
  10. Prevent data leaks over web mail – Your existing anti-spam protection might detect and block a normal outbound email that contains “company confidential” information. But can it do the same if an employee uses a Web Mail service, such as Yahoo® or Gmail®, to send out “Company Confidential” information?
  11. Bandwidth management of streaming audio and video – Access to streaming video from sites such as YouTube.com is sometimes useful, but is often abused. Create a policy to limit streaming audio and streaming video by predefined signature list.

SonicWALL Next-Generation firewall’s high performance platform covers all the bases: deep packet inspection, intrusion prevention, application intelligence and control to deliver a comprehensive security solution with superior protection. If your firewall isn’t delivering this level of performance, protection and application control, it’s time to upgrade to a SonicWALL firewall. Ancero experts properly configure, run, and mange your firewall, and you have the ability to upgrade/exchange your firewall as your needs change, and as technology changes.

You Have a Plan, But Will it Work During a Disaster?

You Have a Plan, But Will it Work During a Disaster?

We all know that every organization should have a business continuity plan so that in the event of a disaster downtime is minimized, data is not lost and your organization can continue to function as normal as possible. But how many organizations actually test their plans?
Testing your business continuity plan isn’t just about compliance; it’s also a very important best practice. According to a recent study by Databarracks, less than a third of respondents to a survey (29%) claimed they had tested their plan in the last twelve months. Testing most often reveals the limitations and weaknesses in your business continuity plan. These revelations help to fine tune your plan so that when a real disaster happens you are truly prepared! It is also a great benefit to your employees.  If your team is well versed in the process and procedures things will run more smoothly.

What is cost if your plan doesn’t work?

  • 70% of small businesses that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year (Pricewaterhouse-Cooper)
  • 35% of SMBs lost as much as $500,000 over the past three years due to downtime. (Independent Oracle User Group)
  • 25% of PCs will fail this year (Gartner Group)
  • 24% of companies said they experienced a full data disaster (Forrester Research Study)

Why Testing is Important

  • Helps validate plan content and ensure that the identified strategies are capable of providing response and recovery results within the timeframes (or capabilities) approved by management;
  • Highlights weaknesses and areas for improvement, or where capabilities fail to align to business continuity and IT disaster recovery requirements; and
  • Provides critical hands-on training to the personnel responsible for the response and recovery activities (which ensures an appropriate level of performance and develops confidence).

It’s better to fail the test than fail during a real life disaster – so sharpen your pencils and get testing! To get you started, read the 10 steps to great business continuity exercises by James Stevenson, MBCI

Testing your plan should also be conducted with a professional business continuity expert or consultant to maintain the integrity of your system and planning.  Talk to Ancero today.  We can help to create an IT business continuity plan tailored to your specific needs.  A targeted plan offers you peace of mind, reduces risk, increases customer satisfaction and assures less downtime. Learn how a partnership with Ancero will keep your organization running, even when disaster strikes.

Protecting Your Data Is Protecting Your Business

Protecting Your Data IS Protecting Your Business

Small to medium sized businesses in general don’t have the same IT budgets and staff as larger enterprises. Yet just like larger organizations they need to protect their data—and make sure they can get back to business rapidly after a disaster or other event that compromises their data and systems. Making sure your business can continue operating in case of a disaster is just as essential to SMBs as it is to the largest enterprises. Consider all the servers, desktops, and laptops that the typical small business must manage. It all adds up to a lot of valuable, irreplaceable data that should be protected. Yet nearly 75 percent of SMBs possess no disaster recovery plan, and only 25 percent are “extremely confident” that they can restore data in the case of an event that destroys their data.

Is it worth the risk to be unprepared?

  • 70% of small businesses that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year (Pricewaterhouse-Cooper)
  • 35% of SMBs lost as much as $500,000 over the past three years due to downtime. (Independent Oracle User Group)
  • 25% of PCs will fail this year (Gartner Group)
  • 24% of companies said they experienced a full data disaster (Forrester Research Study)

What causes downtime? As it turns out, businesses should be more wary of their own employees than of natural disasters. So if you’ve been putting protecting your data off because you consider yourself in a safe zone, you need to understand that it’s far more likely that a server will malfunction, malware will be downloaded or that someone will hit the delete key on an important document than anything Mother Nature could throw at you. No business anywhere can afford to be complacent. You’ve bought business insurance for your building and your employees but why not for your business data? Odds are you’ll use your backup and disaster recovery solution before you’ll use your insurance.

What are SMBs doing to protect themselves? Sixty-one percent still ship tapes off to a storage facility or another office – a technology that is now four decades old! But surprisingly only nineteen percent are already utilizing some sort of cloud based data backup. Clearly the solution requires more than just data backup so it’s important to think in terms of business continuity. Cloud-based solutions are increasingly popular, but they provide only a partial answer. On-site solutions also have their weaknesses. But combine the best of both and you have the hybrid cloud. The Hybrid cloud solution delivers Intelligent Business Continuity (IBC) ensuring that data can be recovered as quickly as possible in the event of a disaster and that businesses can even continue normal operations while a disaster is happening. With IBC businesses are assured of automated backup verification, continuous protection, secured storage, fast recovery and more.  An IT service provider can manage the entire process ensuring peace of mind.

The hybrid cloud solution provides the best of both the public and private cloud and is the only solution that guarantees uptime. How it works: your data is first copied and stored on a local device. That way, if something happens, you can do a fast and easy restore from that device. Data is also replicated in the cloud so if an extreme event destroys the on-site device, there are off-site cloud copies of your data available immediately.

Ancero is here to help businesses protect their data AND their business investment with Ancero BDR solutions powered by Datto, our simple, secure solution that’s perfect for basic needs of small businesses, law firms, schools, just about anyone who wants flexible storage for documents and media.

Cloud Confusion? Turn to an MSP

Cloud Confusion? Turn to an MSP

Cloud Confusion? Turn to an MSPYou are facing the challenge of increased storage demands. You understand the importance of a disaster recovery plan. You need data backup. You are concerned about security and compliance. How do you implement cloud-based services for your business? Where do you start?

Current cloud options are immensely varied, complicated and tricky to navigate. Not to mention overwhelming and confusing. A Managed Service Provider (MSP) understands the complexity of cloud options, and has the expertise necessary to incorporate the capabilities of diverse and emerging technologies to deliver strategic solutions; solutions that closely align IT with your business goals.

With cloud services you have to focus on the vital details regarding application performance, real time recovery, data rate of change, and scalable bandwidth, just to name a few. It is critical to select the right services for your cloud needs so that the technology works for your business. Hiring a managed service firm helps to guide you thru the cloud confusion, with a responsive and consultative approach that customizes the cloud for your unique needs.

For SMBs that are cost conscious, using an MSP is a surprising way to save money. The skilled MSP can use its expertise and efficiencies to perform tasks faster and at a lower cost. By utilizing its own computing platform to perform a service, capital expenses are also reduced. Many MSPs also have their own ‘private cloud’ in a data center, offering secure Managed Hosting services. The benefits of buying space and service through the MSP’s private cloud get better and more efficient with greater capacity. In addition, when internal resources that used to manage IT are able to focus on other projects, productivity increases. Even when a business has a dedicated IT staff, outsourcing some IT projects, like deploying new storage, virtualizing or implementing a continuity solution relieves pressure, increases efficiency, and protects data.

Free your team to build your business with innovation and collaboration, not IT management. Don’t waste time struggling to manage your cloud or risk your data security with the wrong move. Outsourcing your cloud needs to a managed service provider assures your needs will be met with accuracy, cost savings and security. Managed Service Providers become a trusted advisor, guiding technology decisions, managing infrastructure, solving network problems and assuring that your technology investment is working for you.

Ancero is the tri-state area’s premier Managed Service Provider, with 20 years of industry experience. Ancero was selected by South Jersey Biz Magazine as 2014 Best of Biz for Cloud Computing and has been included in the “MSP Mentor 100″ as one of the top 100 Managed Service Providers globally. Why trust your move to the cloud with any other MSP, call Ancero today.

Plan for Business Continuity before you need Disaster Recovery

Plan for Business Continuity before you need Disaster Recovery

Here at Ancero we emphasize planning ahead with a business continuity solution that takes backup and data recovery to the next level. Backup that encompasses Intelligent Business Continuity (IBC) ensures that data can be recovered as quickly as possible in the event of a disaster, and that businesses can even continue normal operations while a disaster is happening. With IBC businesses are assured of automated backup verification, continuous protection, secured storage, fast recovery, and more. With the importance of computers and technology in day-to-day business, it is critical that every organization has a complete solution to deal with the threat of data loss and continuity of operations. Traditional backup methods such as tape and disk are insufficient at protecting businesses from the crippling and costly effects of downtime. Our Ancero Backup and Data Recovery or Ancero BDR, is a comprehensive solution that incorporates every important aspect of IBC.

70% of businesses that suffer a serious data loss are out of business in two years. –Datto, Inc.

In the past, companies have backed up their data using magnetic tapes which were then typically stored off-site. While a suitable method for incrementally backing up data off-site, this process is tedious and time-consuming. For small businesses without a dedicated IT staff, maintaining an up-to- date tape library can be easily overlooked and can result in permanent data loss.

Small to medium businesses can suffer severe repercussions if their critical data is not securely backed up at an off-site location. A natural disaster, fire, power surge, hardware failure, or even basic operator error can wipe out years of data. According to IDC (a leading market research firm), less than 40% of all small to medium-sized businesses properly and regularly backup their data. These businesses cannot afford to lose time attempting to rebuild their lost, vital information.

To quickly recover from hardware failures, viruses, or accidental deletion, it is important to have an on-site backup in addition to the off-site copy. This backup allows businesses to quickly recover from data loss due to common causes. When creating a business continuity plan, it’s important to take both on-site and off-site backup into consideration.

The Ancero BDR solution powered by Datto SIRIS is one of the only backup and disaster recovery solutions to offer real time on-site and off-site virtualization, screenshot verification of backups, and Intelligent Business Continuity (IBC); All from one simple management interface. The Ancero BDR appliance provides businesses with an advanced insurance policy against data loss and costly downtime by utilizing a revolutionary technology that dramatically simplifies the backup and recovery process. Combined with Ancero’s 24/7/365 support from our in house Network Operations Center, it’s the most comprehensive continuity solution to keep you protected.

Ancero BDR also offers it’s customers offsite virtualization testing. Testing is a vital piece to making sure your BDR is functioning properly, establishing true Business Continuity. The test is scheduled for a time that will avoid an interruption in your business productivity and will have no impact on your network. Ancero will analyze the results to ensure your BDR is being effectively optimized and that the correct data is being backed up, as well as being sufficiently recovered. Virtual tests react and respond very realistically, just as an actual production environment would, and they provide numerous benefits:

The test can be used without real consequences. A virtual test provides the only reliable environment for predicting the impact of change and is an excellent way to test patches or perform upgrades.

Taking advantage of instant local virtualization saves time and money. By using the virtual test, users will be able to identify and troubleshoot problems before an actual event occurs.

Virtual test environments are great for internal training to produce maximum productivity in product testing and disaster recovery preparedness.

The benefits of an Intelligent Business Continuity solution are invaluable if a natural disaster or unplanned event occur. Ancero BDR ensures your vital information is always safe and secure, making the once painful chore of on and off-site data backup easy and reliable. Invest in data protection with Ancero BDR.