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Security risks of monitoring services: Why to always use a read-only solution

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In the mid of December, SolarWinds disclosed that the company experienced a highly sophisticated, manual supply chain attack on versions of the Orion network monitoring product released in March – June 2020. The company shared that the attack was most likely conducted by foreign hackers and intended to be narrow, remarkably targeted, and manually executed attack. A FireEye blog post states that hackers managed to gain access to a huge number of public and private organizations through trojanized updates to SolarWinds’ Orion software. And during the next weeks, it was revealed that among the victims are highly reputable companies and institutions like Microsoft, the US Treasury Department, and the US Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications. Even Google was suspected to be among the victims, which, to this day is still denied by the industry leader. 

Olga BurnaevaSecurity risks of monitoring services: Why to always use a read-only solution
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Why do you need to monitor VPNs?

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A VPN connection comes in handy to establish a link between private servers and remote users. As a protected data path, the presence of the VPN tunnel paves the way for improved data security. Therefore, data transmissions between the network and device have the additional security of data encryption. 

But at the same time many inappropriate IPs can access your VPN, putting data security at stake. So, how do you deal with such situations? You definitely can’t stop using VPNs right. This is why VPN monitoring is an essential component of network security nowadays. 

Olga BurnaevaWhy do you need to monitor VPNs?
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VirtualMetric stepped into a partnership with OCS Distribution, the leading broadline technology distributor in Russia

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VirtualMetric, an all-in-one monitoring solution, announces a partnership with OCS Distribution, the leading broadline* technology distributor in Russia. This partnership will provide over 7000 resellers throughout Russia with access to the VirtualMetric monitoring suite.

Olga BurnaevaVirtualMetric stepped into a partnership with OCS Distribution, the leading broadline technology distributor in Russia
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Monitoring Tools for MSP: Things to Consider

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Monitoring is a major part of a Managed Service Provider or MSP. After all, it emerged as remote management and monitoring (RMM) of servers. However, today MSP’s scope is well-defined and distinguished from standard RMMs. Nevertheless, monitoring is still a key service that these companies provide to their clients. 

Managed service providers take care of all the IT infrastructure of their clients. So naturally, it’s their job to ensure that the infrastructure is running optimally and delivering on the performance goals set by the business. This requires consistent monitoring with an analysis of key metrics and also ensuring the security of the whole infrastructure. That’s no easy task, to say the least. 

What to Look For in Monitoring Tools for MSP?

As an MSP, you need to opt for reliable monitoring tools that check the health of servers, networks, and overall infrastructure. While MSPs can use their in-house tools or a monitoring tool from a vendor for a specific part of the infrastructure, such as virtualization. However, you’d be juggling with too many tools. What you need is a powerful solution that caters to all the monitoring needs of your client’s IT ecosystem. 

Olga BurnaevaMonitoring Tools for MSP: Things to Consider
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Future of Monitoring: Experts Predictions for 2021 and Beyond

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Making predictions is a tricky business at the best of times, but especially after a year that turned the world upside down. Even so, we have decided to talk to the IT leaders and discover what we should get ready for in 2021. 

With technology development, COVID-19 impact, and the new cybersecurity issues happening in the world, the IT engineers responsible for the IT infrastructure monitoring should be always ready to adapt to the new challenges. Let’s see what industry experts have to say about the 2021 monitoring trends and beyond.

Olga BurnaevaFuture of Monitoring: Experts Predictions for 2021 and Beyond
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