Cybersecurity
Why You Need Technology Specialists

Far too often, IT companies are stuck in the generalist hiring loop with no formal strategy to develop their technical staff beyond being break-fix technicians.

Technology
The First Cornerstone to Safe Network Design: Technology Stack

By cementing your Technology Stack from the onset, you dodge disruptions such as frequently recycling technology solutions and upending operational processes.

Cybersecurity
How We Developed Our Approach to Security

Our cybersecurity culture is deeply informed by our vision for Universal Safe Networks and our commitment to help businesses fortify their security.

Cybersecurity
Top 7 Questions to Ask a Cybersecurity Provider

Are you in the market for a new MSSP? Here are the top screening questions you need to ask when shopping for your next cybersecurity partner.

Cybersecurity
How to Protect Your Business While on Vacation

You've worked hard and deserve your vacation time. However, cyber crime is on the rise and bad actors don't take breaks. Here's how to stay secure while OOO.

Cybersecurity
How An MSP Helps You Prep for HIPAA Audits

Net Friends is a SOC 2 Type II certified IT partner with a long history of expertise in HIPAA compliance and Information Technology Risk Management (ITRM).

Cybersecurity
What Does An MSSP Do For Your Business?

A mature MSSP is your preferred strategic partner for implementing a robust cybersecurity program that aligns with your business operations.

Business
Top 5 Solvable Remote Work Challenges

While many industries appear to have adjusted to the work-from-anywhere model, we should consider several challenges that may arise with this mass shift.

Technology
Why You Don't Need Another On-Prem Server

Cloud providers are constantly upgrading their services to adhere to the latest industry standards and regulatory requirements to offer unprecedented security.

Technology
How to Check Your Trusted Platform Module (TPM)

The Trusted Platform Module (TPM) is central to Microsoft’s plans to boost the security of 1.3 billion workstations running Windows 10.

News
Castra Taps NetForce to Fill IT Positions as Demand Surges

Net Friends announces that Castra, an award-winning leader in MDR, has signed the largest NetForce IT staffing agreement to date.

Cybersecurity
Net Friends' Response to the Kaseya Breach

A message from Net Friends CEO John Snyder on the Kaseya Breach

Cybersecurity
How Do We Get to Universally Safe Networks?

It starts with a professional standardized certification for those who practice safe network design and operation.

Cybersecurity
Zero Cost Security Improvements to Protect Your Business

Nearly 1 out of 4 small businesses suffered at least one cyber attack last year. Discover cost free protections you can implement now to improve your security.

Cybersecurity
How to Eliminate RDP Vulnerabilities

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) vulnerabilities are often easy targets for cyber criminals and they are too expensive to appropriately secure and monitor.

Business
Are You Ready for Anywhere Operations?

While "Work from Anywhere" is a common term, let's explore the future of "Anywhere Operations" and its implications for SMBs.

Cybersecurity
How We Sustained Our Security Culture

At Net Friends, we have a long history of improving our cybersecurity posture and applying it to our services to promote secure environments for our customers.

Technology
Creating a Media Disposal Policy for Remote Workers

Treatment of end-of-life devices requires policies for thorough data sanitization before e-waste recycling and disposal, especially with a remote workforce.

Cybersecurity
MDR Case Study: REvil Ransomware

The security vendor Cybereason describes REvil (aka Sodinokibi) as “the Crown Prince of Ransomware.”

Business
Top 8 Things to Include in Your IT Budget in 2021

Does your company have an IT budget? What are your tech spending categories? Keep reading for great insights on what should be included.

Managed IT Services
Why You Need An Annual Infrastructure Assessment

Without an annual assessment, most businesses have no visibility over their assets, resource constraints, or other critical insights about their environment.

Business
How Your IT Partner Contributes to Your Operational Maturity

What does the primary focus of your IT company say about the operational maturity of your IT environment?

Cybersecurity
MDR Case Study: Ryuk Ransomware

Ryuk is a sophisticated strand of ransomware that not only encrypts network drives, but it also deletes shadow copies on the endpoint. Here's how to prevent it!

Cybersecurity
How We Became HIPAA Experts

The story of how we went from a scrappy group of six technicians at Duke to a radically innovative IT partner that brought HIPAA expertise to the table.

Cybersecurity
MDR Case Study: Maze Ransomware

Maze is a sophisticated strand of ransomware that steals data and exfiltrates it to servers controlled by hackers.

Cybersecurity
Leakware: The New Ransomware Targeting Hospitals, Law Firms, and... You?

The primary lever of extortion in leakware is to threaten to release a target’s confidential data. Here's how you can protect yourself against these attacks.

Cybersecurity
The Best Detection & Response Tools Against Internet Attacks

Net Friends selected a potent combination of tools that allows us to offer our small business customers enterprise-grade security without enterprise pricing.

Technology
How Our Passion for Cortex XDR Paid Off

When we discovered Cortex XDR as the best detection & response tool on the market, we knew we'd do everything we could to create access to it for our customers.

Managed IT Services
Palo Alto Networks Leads in Gartner's 2020 Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls

In November 2020, Gartner released its Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls with Palo Alto Networks securing the top position yet again in the Leader quadrant.

Cybersecurity
My First Cybersecurity Incident

You never forget your first cybersecurity incident. It was the summer of 2001, & I was working as a field tech, supporting several medical research departments.

Cybersecurity
Identifying Point-in-Time Risks with Kirkpatrick Price

The top three reasons why we selected Kirkpatrick Price as our SOC 2 Type II auditor and how that led us to a powerful risk assessment tool.

Cybersecurity
Discovering a Next-Generation Risk Assessment Tool with Axio

How the Axio360 tool helped us quantify risks and give key stakeholders the power to make informed decisions in response to potential risk events.

Cybersecurity
Quantifying Risk Scenarios with Axio360

How the Axio360's quant tool helps us explore various risk scenarios and directly quantify the costs for those events should they occur.

Cybersecurity
Net Friends' Risk Assessment Video Series

After our SOC 2 Type II audit, we started engaging with new risk categories that led us on a journey towards discovering a powerful risk assessment tool.

Managed IT Services
Introducing NetVisor Cloud Account Security

Have you heard that over 90% of data breaches begin with an attacker sending email? This statistic is unfortunately about four years out of date.

Managed IT Services
How We Built Our Technology Stack: A Palo Alto Networks Case Study

Establishing our Palo Alto Networks partner status allowed us to differentiate ourselves as an MSP and MSSP in the local and regional market.

Life At Net Friends
How Our Joint Venture with Castra Began

I first met Grant Leonard back in 2002. We hired him at Net Friends as a contractor to help with all sorts of IT security projects and initiatives.

Cybersecurity
Net Friends on Managed Pentesting in PenTest Magazine

Ransomware simulation and mitigation is likely to be the element of MPT that even companies with limited security awareness find most compelling.

Cybersecurity
Top 5 Takeaways for NIST 800-53 Rev 5

Just in time for Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released an update to Special Publication 800-53.

Managed IT Services
Microsoft Office 2010 Reaches End of Support in October 2020

Microsoft Office 2010 will reach “end of support” status on October 13, 2020. If you still have users working with Office 2010, we recommend you upgrade now.

News
Net Friends Recognized by Palo Alto Networks as a NextWave MSSP Partner

Net Friends is introducing NetCore Elements, a monthly subscription service featuring Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall and security protections.

Managed IT Services
Top 4 Technology Stack Questions to Ask Your MSP

Your MSP must be willing to make difficult commitments in order for their Technology Stack to help customers produce returns on the investment.

Managed IT Services
The Next Big Thing: Technology Stacks

Net Friends is the first managed service provider (MSP) in the Research Triangle region to deploy a complete Technology Stack for local businesses.

News
Net Friends Joins Axio360 Partnership Program

Net Friends announced as first strategic partner in Axio360 Partnership Program featuring Axio's industry-leading platform for assessing cyber risk exposure.

Technology
Top 3 Reasons Why Palo Alto Firewalls Are The Best

Net Friends is partnering with Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, to deliver true next generation firewall security.

Business
Office 365 Collaboration Tools: A Telecommuting Response

Net Friends is ready to help you get the most out of your existing Office 365 plan or upgrade to one that meets your new telecommuting needs.

Business
Securing Email & Cloud Data: A Telecommuting Response

Over 90% of all cyberattacks begin via email. Within minutes, Net Friends can implement a full suite of security controls that can protect you against exploits.

Business
Securing Identifications: A Telecommuting Response

Protecting your credentials is a challenge in the best of times. There are so many clever tactics malicious attackers use to get your staff’s passwords.

Business
Telecommuting Essentials

We’ve been hearing for years that telecommuting is the future of work. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, the future is here – whether we like it or not.

Business
Our Telecommuting Response Packages

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we are announcing special packages designed to help you transition to working remotely with minimal loss of productivity.

Business
Dust Off Your Business Continuity Plan for Your Telecommuting Response

As Rahm Emanuel once said, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.”

Business
The Remote Drills That Prepared Us For A Pandemic

Our managers designed a practice drill that put each staff member in their preferred remote environment to verify they could perform their duties.

Business
Are You Prepared to Work Remotely?

Many businesses are encouraging/requiring employees who can work remotely to do so because of the current pandemic. Here are some questions you should consider.

News
Net Friends Receives SOC 2 Type II Attestation

Net Friends, a North-Carolina based IT service and solutions provider, today announced that it has completed its voluntary SOC 2 Type II audit.

Business
Why Strategic Partners Are Key to Your SOC 2 Type II Audit

Any business interested in becoming SOC 2 Type II compliant will need top-notch partners in their corner to bring the expertise and focus necessary. 

Cybersecurity
MFA = Multi-Factor Awesome

Passwords have repeatedly proven to be insufficient on their own to prevent targeted hacking attacks or misuse of our password-protected information.

Cybersecurity
Developing a Physical Access Policy for the SOC 2 Type II Audit

October is Cybersecurity Month, and we’ll be blogging about the preparations we made for our SOC 2 Type II audit this past September.

Cybersecurity
Top 5 Cybersecurity Steps to Take in 2019

From your Net Friends IT Security Experts: The Top 5 Cybersecurity Steps you can take to improve your IT security for 2019.

News
Announcing A Significant Leap Forward In Our Security Services

Strategic partnership with Castra Consulting and Bandura results in a major boost to Net Friends’ perimeter security and managed security services.

Cybersecurity
Equifax Breach: One Year Later

One year after the Equifax breach, the GAO filed an extensive 40 page report on the details of the Equifax breach and the government’s response to it.

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