When it comes to the security of your business data and how it can be accessed Active Directory Domain Services from Microsoft has been an industry standard in credential authentication and ensuring only those who should log in to your applications can.
Active Directory is a service developed for Windows domain networks that handles some of the most important aspects of network security to control server, device, and data access. You can think of your “Windows domain network” as a central registration for user accounts that can access your whole IT infrastructure (computers, printers, wireless connections, etc.).
Active Directory is important because it can:
- Authenticate and authorize all users and computers
- Assign and enforce security policies
- Control installing and updating of software
If you have a user attempting to log in to a customer database on your server, Active Directory is going to check that their name and password match the authorized user and grant them access based upon their preset permission level.
What’s been a challenge for small businesses wanting these types of security controls is that the separate server or cloud migration needed to deploy the MS solution can often be expensive and complex.
This has meant businesses that wanted to use this security may not have had the opportunity. That is… until now.
Uplevel Solutions Launches the first Hybrid Active Directory Compatible Solution for Small Businesses
Uplevel Systems, a company focused on providing small business IT solutions, just launched a new hybrid Active Directory compatible Domain Services solution that gives small businesses a more affordable and easier option to take advantage of the benefits of Active Directory.
What’s unique about this firewall addition that can help prevent unauthorized access into company networks is that it can be deployed without a server and without needing to do a cloud migration of your data.
It’s available through MSPs, like Connect2Geek, and allows more small businesses access to a high-end security features that may have been out of reach for them previously.
74% of data breaches employ credential abuse to get into a network.
Having firewall tools that can also handle credentials and user authentication are a big boost to your overall device and network security, along with the ability of enforcing security policies across several devices from a single control point.
This Active Directory compatible domain services solution from Uplevel Systems delivers the same types of security controls as the more expensive option in an on-site device that’s optimized for small businesses to be easy to deploy and use.
Those businesses with aging or soon to expire Windows Server 2008 systems could benefit by using this Active Directory tool on the gateway vs paying the multiple costs of new server hardware, Microsoft licensing, and other setup costs.
There are also no upfront costs using this product because Uplevel is subscription based monthly service, which makes it very affordable for small businesses.
Benefits of the new product include the following.
Helps Small Businesses with Compliance
Compliance with HIPAA and other data privacy regulations can cause a burden on small businesses when it comes to their IT security needs. Uplevel’s new hybrid Active Directory compatible solution makes it easier to meet compliance requirements without having to spend a lot of money on advanced authentication infrastructure.
Does Not Require Multiple Servers
Deploying the MS Active Directory option can mean the need to install it on multiple servers at different locations. This new option means savings of “thousands of dollars” in hardware and IT costs while being able to improve security.
No Need to Migrate to the Cloud
A full data migration to the cloud for Active Directory services isn’t always a great option for a small business. With the hybrid option, you don’t have to do a migration. The deployment of the Uplevel System’s solution is simple through one on-site device and allows small businesses the least amount of disruption, while still offering scalability.
Full Protection for Your Network
There are multiple entry points that a hacker tries to exploit when infiltrating a company’s network, so having a solution that protects all of them is important. The Active Directory compatible solution blankets your entire network, including:
- File Servers
- Computers/other devices
It also includes support for:
- Secure remote access via VPN
Always Stay Up to Date
Threats to your network are always evolving so it’s important that a firewall and authentication tool stay one step ahead of the bad guys.
Using the Uplevel System’s Active Directory compatible solution means that small businesses can stay technologically up to date and enjoy upgrades that are included with their subscription, so they never have to worry about their security solution lagging.
Managed for You
One of the best parts of this advanced security solution that makes Active Directory compatible services affordable is that your MSP handles all the monitoring, updates, and enhancements for you.
This includes common challenges like keeping reliable internet connectivity, secure remote access to your data, and firewall upgrades. So, you can sleep easy knowing your network is well-protected without any disruption to your business.
Find Out How to Get the New Hybrid Active Directory Alternative
Connect2Geek is all about helping small businesses get ahead and removing barriers to enterprise-class solutions. We can easily deploy this new tool in no time and help you get the protection your network needs to face today’s and tomorrow’s cybersecurity threats.
Schedule a free consultation to learn more by calling 208-468-4323 or contacting us online.