Next Step Solutions

Network Security Services

Network Security Audit

A Security Audit offers you the opportunity to examine your systems for compliance to security standards and best practices. Our Security experts will identify areas where your systems are out of compliance, and provide you with a detailed solution to rectify any issues found.

Security Auditing will identify the following potential problems:

  • Check service pack levels
  • Check for missing security patches
  • Check for security alerts/vulnerabilities
  • Detect unnecessary shares
  • Detect unnecessary open ports
  • Detect new security holes using scan comparisons
  • Check for unused user accounts
  • Check password policy and strength
  • Detect potential Trojans on servers and workstations
  • Determine if  the OS  is disclosing too much information

Company Wide Security Threat Assessment and Reduction

A network must be designed with the goal of reducing or eliminating the risk of a security breach. A Security Threat Assessment will allow you to understand where your organization may be vulnerable to a security breach. Using specialized vulnerability management software tools and a series of interviews, our security consultants can help you identify critical areas of vulnerability. These assessments will be performed both internally and externally.

Threat Assessment Process:

  • Identify and assess your most critical infrastructures and processes
  • Intrusion detection and analysis via data mining and port scanning
  • Recommend methods to detect future cyber attacks
  • Recommend data integrity and protection
  • Prepare Assessment Report

Secure Infrastructure Design

Your network is the backbone of you business. While many networks are "flat" without out subnetworks and multiple routers, a skilled specialist can diagram a new network structure that can greatly enhance your security level. For example, an office can be on a separate firewall then the warehouse; a wireless network, exchange server or web server should be on a separate network with separate routing/DHCP. Comprehensive network design and access strategies include firewalls, intrusion detection systems and VPN networks. An on-site Infrastructure assessment and proposed network diagram. Written estimate for parts and labor to infrastructure "upgrade"

Firewall Selection and Implementation

A reliable firewall is a critical aspect of any security initiative. We maintain partnerships with the industry's premier firewall manufacturers, including SonicWall, Check Point, and Cisco. Our consultants will assist you in selecting and implementing the firewall that makes the most sense for your organization. Basically, a firewall examines each network packet to determine whether or not to forward it toward its destination. A firewall also includes or works with a proxy server that makes network requests on behalf of workstation users.

There are a number of firewall screening methods. A simple one is to screen requests to make sure they come from acceptable (previously identified) domain name and Internet Protocol addresses. The most effective firewall implementation is Stateful Packet Inspection. For mobile users, firewalls allow remote access into the private network by the use of secure logon procedures and authentication certificates (VPN).

Network Monitoring and Security Management Services

Keeping up with hackers is a full-time job, and one that most organizations do not have the time do. We proactively monitor hacker activity as they attempt to penetrate your network boundary and receive notifications of a security breach. You'll receive real-time intrusion detection monitoring, as well as log file analysis and comprehensive Internet usage and traffic reports.

Our security management software proactively ensures system availability by establishing security configuration baselines, continuously auditing for security vulnerabilities and helping to correct exposures before they result in security breaches or costly downtime.

Our group of monitoring programs will:

  • Check systems for Spy-Ware software.
  • Review security policies and ensure that they are current, implemented and enforced.
  • Ensure current service-level and security patches have been installed, including antivirus updates.
  • Review and monitor critical system logs for suspect activity.
  • Revisit your firewall configurations and rules to ensure that unnecessary ports and services are turned off and that access control is tightly managed.
  • Revisit access control lists to ensure that access to critical functions and resources is limited.


Next Step Solutions

Please take a minute to:

© Next Step Solutions 2018, all rights reserved.
Formally Next Step Computers
Next Step Solutions provides modern businesses with solutions for their technology needs.
Preferred Yuba City, California Website Designer at Preferred firm in the Custom Website Design category at