VR, AR, And Cyborgs

IT support PhiladelphiaIT support in Philadelphia already plays a major role in many corporate and government functions.  IT support is also becoming a component of personal computing in residential atmospheres. But as trends shift, this too will change. Every 10 to 15 years characterizes a computational technology "era." Punch-cards gave way to PCs, which dominated the market until about 1995. From there, the Internet took over until around 2007, when smartphones became an integral component of daily life. Now cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) are rearranging the way people think and interact digitally. On the horizon are Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and even cybernetic applications wrought through nano-machine technology.

Examining trends of tech development reveals additional trends of tech deployment. Basically, as new trends become mainstream, developers find themselves in a sort of digital arms race. They're rushing to get their product to market so it can be a trend-defining agent. As such, they don't properly go about securing products against hacking beforehand. The final result is many vulnerabilities which cybercriminals are only too happy to exploit.

Trending Tech That Is Vulnerable

Right now, cloud computing and IoT applications are in dangerous digital waters. Certainly, security solutions have been developed, and are being developed, but many businesses large and small don't properly deploy protections and leave themselves wide open to threats. Hackers love to exploit such vulnerabilities, proof positive being Mirai.

Mirai is a pernicious malware which basically recruits vulnerable IoT devices (anything that has access to the Internet in a remote sense) and turns them into a confederacy of digital "bots" used for DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, like the one which knocked out a large portion of the east coast in 2016--- and which, as you may have expected, was due in large part to Mirai's influence.

How MSPs Protect Against Cybercrime

IT support in Philadelphia can be instrumental in protecting your business against cybercrime. A few ways to avoid DDoS attacks include securing IoT devices against Mirai-like bot-recruitment, refraining from downloading third-party software (unless it has been extensively vetted), and employing a method of continuous network monitoring. You want proactive security, because it can:

  • Detect areas of vulnerability and fortify them preemptively
  • Catch activity that's out of the ordinary, identifying cybercriminals
  • Provide expedited BDR protection in the event of an emergency

Sometimes there are built-in vulnerabilities that only an MSP could appraise. In March 2016, it was leaked that the NSA commissioned a kind of back-door access into Microsoft machines for the sake of surveillance. This allowed hackers to engineer WannaCry, which was a pernicious and invasive ransomware that entered networks via SMB ports (Server Message Block ports), undermining best practices in security. The fix was a patch, which was supplied to companies that had proper MSP support. Those who had the patch forded the WannaCry flood. Only a few who didn't manage to get away relatively unscathed.

Securing Protection

IT support in Philadelphia through Partners Plus, Inc. has been designed with your security in mind. Whether new or old trends are defining your operations, we can provide protection, monitoring, and consultation for your business. Contact us to proactively safeguard your operations.