Posts Tagged ‘RMM’

Microsoft Security Essentials Fails

Posted on: December 7th, 2012 by billp | No Comments

Colden Company used to recommend Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) to our smaller customers. It was a good product, was free for smaller business use, and was effective in protecting Windows PCs from viruses and other malware. Unfortunately, this former favorite doesn’t seem to be as effective as it once was.

According to AV-TEST GmbH, a German security firm that specializes in evaluating endpoint security software, MSE is no longer effective and has lost AV-TEST’s seal of approval. As reported by, “Security Essentials was only able to spot 64 percent of zero-day malware attacks during September and October. This is down from the previous testing period in which Microsoft’s antivirus was able to spot 69 percent of zero-day threats. Still, this is well below the industry average detection  rate of 89 percent. As for vulnerabilities that have been out in the open for a few months, Security Essentials did a bit better — it was able to halt 90 percent of known attacks. Still, this is below the industry-average 97 percent.” Read the full report for more information.

Why risk your business data and security to sub-par software? Colden Company offers Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) with Managed Anti-Virus (MAV) for Windows PCs. Not only will your business be protected by award-winning security technology, your business PCs will be monitored for any of a number of hardware and software problems, will be automatically maintained, and your business be backed by Colden’s team of customer service-minded engineers who are ready to deal with any problems before they can cause damage or risk. Contact us for more information today, and start protecting your business today.

BYOD Invading Like a Mobile Monster!

Posted on: December 7th, 2012 by billp | No Comments

You’ve probably heard about businesses adopting “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) policies that allow employees to bring their own mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.) to the workplace for use with business systems. Businesses benefit by saving money on purchasing devices and employees benefit by not being required to carry multiple devices. Of course, there are always risks. We even wrote about the importance of developing a mobile security policy earlier this year.

Rapid7 has created an infographic that shows how businesses need to learn to contol the “monster” that is BYOD. Here are just some of the risks:

  • 71% of businesses surveyed said mobile devices caused an increase in security incidents
  • 71% of devices contain high severity operating system and application vulnerabilities
  • 51% of organizations experienced data loss from employee use of unsecured mobile devices
  • 26% of authenticated devices inactive for >30 days, possibly lost or stolen

You need to control the mobile monster in your business! Mobile device management (MDM) is a very real and complex problem for businesses of all sizes. In 2013, Colden Company will offer MDM to customers of our Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) solution. Why wait? RMM provides many benefits today, and MDM will just add to its top-tier feature set. Contact us for more information today.