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Save Time with Industry-Designed Agreements at FIBERTOWN

Contracts, renewals, lease agreements and the RFP process.

Ask your tech department how they feel about these four items — and you’ll likely hear a groan or get an eye roll.

They just take so much time. And effort. Time that could be spent on project work — moving your company’s bottom line in the right direction.

What is your time worth?

Government entities utilize data centers for consistency

If you’re a local government agency based in Texas, whether at the local or state level, you might want to avoid the RFP process for where you locate your IT infrastructure.

Consider a colocation license agreement or lease agreement to enable a longer-term contract without requiring an RFP.

FIBERTOWN has a number of government entities in our data centers, and one of the reasons they give for choosing us as their colocation partner is to not have to go through that process every year.

It gives you back the time you’ve spent on contract negotiations and the endless meetings about the document language.

It puts you back in the job you want to be doing — your day-to-day business efforts.

Why a Texas-based entity would do business with FIBERTOWN

If you’re thinking about making the jump to a data center, you won’t be the first. Here are a few of the reasons others have switched to FIBERTOWN facilities in Bryan and Houston.

  • FIBERTOWN is government-friendly. This isn’t our first rodeo. We have a range of government clients. And we work with you, to make it easier for you to house your equipment with us.
  • Longer-term agreements. We can talk about what is the best fit for you. This definitely helps save you the time that you spend every year on the RFP process.
  • We are not cookie cutter. We work with you to make the contract fit your business needs, not the other way around.
  • Flexibility in contracts. From healthcare systems to emergency services, we’ve been flexible with what our customers need. We will keep your business objectives at the forefront.
  • Texas owned and operated. You’ll be working with a team that knows your state — which is key. Plus, supporting local businesses makes great economic sense for everyone.
  • Provide colocation and disaster recovery. We all know weather is the one thing that’s never predictable in Texas. Whether it’s epic winter storms or summer hurricanes, knowing your IT infrastructure is safe gives you peace of mind when you need it most.
  • Concerns around ransomware. As more and more hackers resort to ransomware to make their money, you can depend on the safety of FIBERTOWN’s security practices. We partner with industry experts to ensure we use secure cyber policies.
  • Emergency office space operations. If a storm knocks out power to your facility, or if roadways are inaccessible, use FIBERTOWN as an emergency office space. We’re ready with office furniture, computers chairs, and uninterrupted power and network connectivity set up for your team.

FIBERTOWN data centers make life easier

It’s an easy switch to move your IT infrastructure to FIBERTOWN. If you’re looking for a way to reduce paperwork and save time on contracts, contact a FIBERTOWN expert today for more information about relocating.

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Relying on Best Practices for Security

Proper security practices are a vital part of company infrastructure.

As we know, ransomware has quickly emerged as one of the fastest-growing cyber threats to both businesses and government agencies alike.

The May 7, 2021 cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline shuttered the computerized equipment managing the gasoline and jet fuel delivery pipeline. The resulting shutdown spread fear across the southeastern U.S., as consumers rushed the pumps and drove up prices.

Hackers demanded almost $4.4 million in Bitcoin for ransom, which the company quickly paid while working closely with the FBI. Most of the money was later recovered.

After reviews by industry security experts, a simple multi-factor authentication (MFA) would have been enough to stop hackers from accessing Colonial Pipeline credentials.

Is a review of your company’s security practices on the annual calendar?

Reducing the risk of ransomware attacks

If you’re concerned about the level of security in your own firm, including physical and cybersecurity, VPN, and off-site access to critical systems, you might want to consider choosing a data center for your storage.

In order to keep your data safe, FIBERTOWN uses layers of security controls and system checks built into the structure of our data centers.

From the building to the software systems and personnel, we use a multi-pronged approach to physical and digital security.

Important measures we take include: construction materials that ensure hurricane resistance, our 24/7 network operations staff and on-site security, and a 100% uptime service level agreement to provide redundant power and cooling.

It’s important to find a data center that knows the risks of ransomware and has the highest levels of security in place to mitigate possible breaches.

FIBERTOWN partners with many cybersecurity companies who offer excellent products and services. For more education, we engage FBI cybersecurity experts to speak at FIBERTOWN-hosted events to give advice on the latest real-life examples they have seen. If you would like a recommendation, or to sign up for our next cybersecurity event, please ask.

Assistance with backup and disaster recovery

At FIBERTOWN, we want to help make digital security less of an issue for customers.

Energy companies depend on FIBERTOWN for their colocation and backup needs.

Take Petrobras America Inc. for example.

Petrobras America Inc. is a subsidiary of Petrobras, an energy company comprising upstream and downstream operations in Brazil and a North America trading group.

Their data center was located in an office building not set up for the special considerations an enterprise-level data center requires like generator power, cooling, and multiple carriers.

The building would lose power multiple times per month, and enduring the outages was taxing and stressful for the IT team.

Realizing data center operations were not core to their business, the IT team concluded that hosting data at a remote colocation center would provide better return on investment.

Fibertown offered a certified data center with redundancy, multiple carriers, and disaster recovery features (like being first in line for diesel for backup generators) that inspired confidence in the Petrobras America Inc. team.

Prepared for hurricane season

The very best disaster recovery and business continuity plan is the one you never have to use.

The worst? Not having one at all.

What disaster recovery or business continuity means to your business depends on many complex or unpredictable factors.

At FIBERTOWN, we help companies address two key factors: maintaining the availability of your critical technical systems and work area recovery space.

Our customers look to FIBERTOWN and our team of disaster recovery experts to maintain 100% up-time.

Call us today, and gain peace of mind knowing you can handle any disaster that comes your way.

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Protect Yourself Against the Rise of Ransomware

Ransomware has quickly emerged as one of the fastest-growing cyber threats to both businesses and government agencies alike.

By locking files and demanding payment for access to the data, hackers can ultimately grind business as usual to a standstill until the files are recovered.

For many businesses, the crippling effects of having their systems locked down scares them into paying the ransom to get the files back.

In order to help clients truly prepare, FIBERTOWN partner Horne Cyber has created a product called Threat Runner that simulates and tests against real ransomware and new variants.

Horne states, “Ransomware, especially in times of public concern, continues to play a detrimental role in the privacy, integrity, and availability of organizations’ data.”

FIBERTOWN’S 3-prong approach to ransomware

In order to keep your business up and running 100% of the time, we recommend a 3-prong approach to dealing with ransomware. It’s all about being prepared — then you don’t have to respond in the heat of the moment if your company is hacked.

Our 3 prongs include: insurance, cybersecurity and physical security.

Insurance
A cyber liability insurance policy can help you to cover the expenses associated with a cyber hack. Additionally, some commercial cyber liability policies cover loss of business while your systems are compromised or unavailable.

Contact Horne Cyber today to discuss their packages for insurance, including proactive resilience services and best practices with cyber insurance.

For an added perk, mention FIBERTOWN in Horne Cyber’s contact form and they will schedule a free advisory call for best practice cyber tips.

Cybersecurity
Most business owners understand that cybersecurity is vitally important to running a business. Along with the typical protocols for protecting online activity and data, you may want to consider hiring a cybersecurity firm for an added layer.

HORNE Cyber’s unique combination of audit and security expertise provides clients with unrivaled insights related to successful cybersecurity programs, processes, and practices.

Physical security
In order to keep your data safe, FIBERTOWN uses layers of security controls and system checks built into the structure of our data centers. From the building to the software systems and personnel, we use a multi-pronged approach to physical and digital security.

Important measures we take include: construction materials that ensure hurricane resistance, our 24/7 network operations staff and on-site security, and a 100% uptime service level agreement to provide redundant power and cooling.

Successfully implementing these tips is a good start to stacking layers of cyber resiliency. Finding a data center that offers critical physical security is paramount as well.

Audit for business security

One consideration your business might want to consider is performing a business security audit. How prepared are you for an attack?

In their CISA Insights – Ransomware Outbreak document, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recommends that you:

  1. Backup your data, system images, and configurations and keep the backups offline
  2. Update and patch systems
  3. Make sure your security solutions are up to date
  4. Review and exercise your incident response plan
  5. Pay attention to ransomware events and apply lessons learned

Here are 5 more of the CISA recommendations to help you avoid being an easy target for ransomware hackers:

  1. Practice good cyber hygiene; backup, update, whitelist apps, limit privilege, and use multifactor authentication
  2. Segment your networks; make it hard for the bad guy to move around and infect multiple systems
  3. Develop containment strategies; if bad guys get in, make it hard for them to get stuff out
  4. Know your system’s baseline for recovery
  5. Review disaster recovery procedures and validate goals with executives

If you’re ready to make sure your data is protected, contact FIBERTOWN today to discuss what our data centers can do for your business.