IT Security Consulting

Securing IT assets is a challenge that grows larger and more complex every year. The tools of the criminal hacking (“cracking”) trade are becoming easier to use and more accessible to entry-level malcontents (known in the trade as Script Kiddies). Compromised systems have been monetized – once taken over, your computer’s ability to crack passwords, send spam, host phishing web sites, or act as a relay for other attacks are for sale to the highest bidder. This in turn has brought Eastern European and Asian organized crime families into the picture and officially transformed cracking into an illegal big business, by some estimates already surpassing the worldwide illegal drug trade. Praecelsus Consulting, Inc. can help your organization define and deploy a reasonable level of security, and help you stay secure through our Proactive Maintenance and System Monitoring services. We are strong believers in a “layered defense” – ensuring that a potential intruder must pass multiple hurdles before being able to access your information or use your systems for illicit purposes. Some of the tools we employ include:

  • Firewalls
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems (IDS / IPS)
  • Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) / Secure Remote Access
  • Network partitioning
  • Private VLAN edge
  • Server hardening
  • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
  • Anti-virus / anti-spyware systems
  • Periodic root-kit checks
  • System utilization trend analysis
  • Periodic system vulnerability scans

While it is possible to integrate security into an existing system, it is always better and less expensive to build security into the initial design and implementation. Praecelsus Consulting, Inc. always considers security during every phase of every project we are involved with.

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