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7 Must-Know Information Technology Acronyms
Tech acronyms are everywhere these days, but unless you’re an IT expert, you may not have a full understanding of these acronyms and what they’re trying to tell us. Some days, it’s hard not to run into a new tech acronym you’ve never heard before.
At Thrive, we are always happy to spend our time developing targeted solutions for clients and providing necessary services. At times, however, all those acronyms can start to add up, which is why we are taking some time to explain what it means, for example, that your MSP is going to provide DR services to protect your organization and end users. (That’s a Managed Service Provider providing Disaster Recovery services, for those of you keeping track at home.)
Let’s take a closer look at some of the acronyms we use on a near-daily basis, what they mean, and what it means for your organization.
SIEM (pronounced “sim”): Security Incident and Event Management
This is a software solution that can collect data from across the IT environment within your organization, helping pick up on trends and detect threats. Thrive’s managed SIEMaaS (that’s Security Incident and Event Management as a Service) is a modern solution designed to monitor IT infrastructure and SaaS based applications without complicated hardware or a large, specialized security team required.
SOC (pronounced “sock”): Security Operations Center
At a Security Operations Center, security professionals monitor network activity, tracking potential threats from around the globe. SIEM and SOC complement one another – the SOC team of analysts tracks any alerts coming from the SIEM, and take further action to remediate issues when required. Our 24×7 SOCs monitor infrastructure and threats for businesses.
vCISO (pronounced “vee see-so”): Virtual Chief Information Security Officer
For organizations not looking to hire a full-time CISO, a vCISO can fill operational and business gaps. This emerging role can be a good fit for start-ups and small- to medium-sized organizations. Our vCISO experts assist with developing and implementing a customized Information Security Program, ensuring you meet all regulatory, audit, and compliance regulations.
EDR: Endpoint Detection and Response
Endpoint Detection and Response brings together real-time monitoring and the collection of tangible endpoint data, with the ability to respond against threats and stop malicious activity. Traditional antivirus and malware technologies don’t go far enough, and don’t offer high levels of protection against suspicious activity. Thrive’s Endpoint Detection and Response offers the necessary round the clock real-time threat detection organizations need.
SD-WAN: Software-Defined Wide-Area Network
SD-WAN overlays on an existing network, helping provide better application engagement and simplifying operations at the WAN edge. Software-driven WAN provides better connectivity among varying network environments. Thrive offers Managed Secure SD-WAN Service capable of enabling application-based path selection from remote branch offices to the applications that drive your business, whether they reside in your data center or in the cloud.
DRaaS: Disaster Recovery as a Service
Should a natural or man-made disaster occur, Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) utilizes the Cloud to protect important applications and data. We partner with IT teams to create a comprehensive business continuity plan, with a DRaaS plan activated if needed. DRaaS ensures businesses limit downtime and return to regular business operations as soon as possible.
MDM: Mobile Device Management
IT admins can securely monitor and manage mobile devices that have access to business data and applications. With mobile device management solutions, organizations can choose which apps can be active on a device, locate devices, and secure lost or stolen devices. Thrive offers a Mobile Device Management solution capable of bringing existing and new users onto the platform, while establishing settings designed to line up with company security policies.
Now that you are up to date on your acronyms and our solutions, we invite you to contact our experienced team to assist with your NextGen managed service needs!