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Get Ready for HIMSS17

Posted by John Callahan on Jan 12, 2017 4:31:29 PM

Make Plans to Visit Booth #5644

The year's largest Health IT conference is just a few weeks away, and many people in the healthcare and IT security ecosystem are making travel plans to be in Orlando to learn about new products and solutions and to hear about the latest trends as highlighted in the many breakout sessions and keynote speeches.

HIMSS17 is scheduled for February 19-23 at the Orange County Convention Center in Florida and brings together more than 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and vendors. Learning and the exposure to cutting-edge health IT technology is what this annual conference is all about.

Please join NCS Technologies at Booth #5644. 


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Topics: VDI, Financial Sector

New Year's Resolution: End Point Virtualization

Posted by John Callahan on Dec 30, 2016 2:59:05 PM

Security Where It's Needed Most

We are approaching the weekend when most people make at least a few resolutions for the months ahead. Why not resolve for the New Year to implement VDI for more efficient end point security?

Simply put: having a "thin client" strategy is not good enough.  A thin client, a PC with a very small capacity hard drive and minimal local memory, is a halfway measure. A thin client retains some kind of OS, such as Windows Embedded™ or a customized Linux OS. Administrators hope that thin clients will be easier to administer and be lower in cost than traditional PCs. The reality is that by retaining a small OS, however, thin clients may remain more vulnerable to security exploitation and actually add to administrative complexity.

That's why many IT administrators now implement zero clients, which offer the most secure and easy-to-administer VDI option available. Zero clients are the next generation of desktop VDI.

A zero client has no local OS. The operating system resides in the data center. Therefore, there is no persistent user data, no patches, updates or antivirus software needed. 

NCS Technologies is the industry authority on zero clients. Key advantages of zero clients from NCS are:

  •          Mobile, portable (WiFi enabled) or desktop choices
  •          NSA Suite B security
  •          AES-256 encryption
  •          No hard drive
  •          No OS
  •          No local storage
  •          No persistent user data
  •          No antivirus needed

 

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Topics: VDI, virtualization, security, zeroclients, government, manageability

Networking on the Go

Posted by Katie Callahan on Dec 21, 2016 11:16:17 AM

The Christmas holidays encompass some of the busiest travel periods of the year - probably second only to Thanksgiving in the U.S. As many people are "on the go" this week to be home for the holidays, it is appropriate to briefly consider an NCS IT solution which may be thought of as "networking on the go".

NCS has been in business for 20 years and many of our best, most regular customers during this period are those associated with the military, the intelligence community, the diplomatic service, first responders and other service providers in government and industry. These vital workers need computer and information technology even when the "office" is away from traditional office locations and often in harsh environments. The challenge is to cost-effectively and effortlessly deploy IT infrastructure - even when operating a great distance from a traditional data center. This can be especially vexing when using virtualization technologies.

NCS Technologies has created a portfolio of solutions that makes possible the rapid deployment of this infrastructure - without the weight and footprint of traditional solutions. NCS solutions are intelligently integrated into rugged transit cases - for "on the go" situations. These cases are capable of supporting large numbers of clients in the field while delivering superior manageability and cost effectiveness. This approach also simplifies the IT aspects of the reset process that must occur upon returning from deployments.

Our three solutions are: 

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Topics: VDI

HIMSS17 and Data Protection

Posted by John Callahan on Dec 19, 2016 11:43:53 AM

Data Protection Is Essential Part of Healthcare IT

The 2017 HIMSS annual conference and expo is coming up fast, right after the holidays.

The global event is scheduled for February 19-23 in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center and brings together more than 40,000 health IT professionals, clinicians, executives and ecosystem vendors. Education and the exposure to cutting-edge health IT technology and solutions are hallmarks of this annual conference.

Please join NCS Technologies at Booth #5644 at HIMSS17! Cybersecurity is a big focus on this event. Key focus areas for HIMSS17 include: helping improve an organization's security posture; what the current challenging and dynamic cyber threat landscape looks like today; what are the cutting-edge technologies addressing cybersecurity; and how best to prepare a healthcare organization to defend against cyber threats.

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Topics: VDI, Financial Sector

Resolve to Simplify Computing With SecureView

Posted by John Callahan on Dec 12, 2016 3:04:02 PM

 The New Year Is a Great Time to Become More Efficient

As we rapidly close the books on the calendar year 2016, we find many government analysts and knowledge workers still doing intelligence and DoD work using operating multiple PCs around their desktops.  That is because they must communicate each day using private IP networks at various classified levels and use each PC for a dedicated communications task.

This archaic concept can be rapidly eliminated by implementing government-approved SecureView.

SecureView, the multi-level virtual platform, allows a user to run multiple securely isolated environments on one PC or workstation, with hardware-enforced security. Designed for high-performance, power users, SecureView is the result of extensive development work by the Air Force Research Laborator (AFRL), the open source community, Assured Information Security and NCS.

SecureView is a low-cost, multiple-independent-levels of security (MILS) workstation-based-COTS technology which is based on Type 1 or bare metal client hypervisor. It allows single computer-to-host multiple-guest VMs running at different classification levels.

Many Government Agencies Have Made the Change

Government analysts looking for superior, hardware-enforced computer security are increasingly turning to SecureView. These analysts are tired of running multiple PCs at their desk, having to navigate via a clunky KVM switch.

SecureView provides local application execution and concurrent access to multiple security domains. This supports mission requirements, giving analysts the needed performance to run advanced applications, assess threats and share findings across agencies. At last count some 17 Department of Defense-affiliated agencies have deployed the SecureView platform on computers supplied by NCS, HP and Dell. The NCS systems approved for use include the Stratus MT and Stratus DT desktops and the Vortex MT and Vortex MDT workstations.

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Topics: SecureView, virtualization

Protect Healthcare Data With VDI End Points

Posted by John Callahan on Nov 29, 2016 2:07:03 PM

Protect Healthcare Data

Most of us as individuals or those close to us regularly see doctors and occasionally need hospitalization. With privacy protections from regulations like HIPAA, it may seem a given that our health care records will be protected. But sadly this is not the case. All it takes is the theft of a PC to reveal thousands or even millions of personal records - all of it highly private. As an example, just in one month this year - June - more than 11 million patient records were exposed. In October, St. Joseph Health in Irvine, CA reported it will pay more than $2 million to settle allegations that its network exposed the records of more than 30,000 patients. For the latest data, see breach reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Topics: VDI, Financial Sector

Deploying VDI to the Field

Posted by Katie Callahan on Nov 28, 2016 11:21:17 AM

The field is often the office for war fighters and first responders and other service providers in government and industry. Workers need computer and information technology even when the office is outside and often in harsh environments. The challenge is to cost-effectively and effortlessly deploy the IT infrastructure - even when operating a great distance from the traditional data center. This can be especially vexing when using virtualization technologies.

NCS Technologies has created a portfolio of solutions that makes possible the rapid deployment of this infrastructure - without the weight and footprint of traditional solutions. NCS solutions are intelligently integrated into rugged transit cases. These cases are capable of supporting large numbers of clients in the field while delivering superior manageability and cost effectiveness. This approach also simplifies the IT aspects of the reset process that must occur upon returning from deployments.

Our three solutions are: 

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Topics: VDI

SecureView Solves Multi Domain Access Complexity

Posted by John Callahan on Nov 22, 2016 2:53:40 PM

 

SecureView Created to Address Key Challenges

SecureView is a multi-level virtual platform that allows a user to effortlessly run multiple securely isolated environments on one PC or workstation, with hardware-enforced security. The high-performance virtual platform is made possible by extensive development work by the Air Force Research Laborator (AFRL), the open source community, Assured Information Security and NCS.

SecureView:

  • Is a low-cost, multiple-independent levels of security (MILS) workstation-based COTS technology
  • Is based on Type 1 or bare metal client hypervisor
  • Allows single computer to host multiple guest VMs running at different classification levels
  • Addresses a wide variety of use cases

DoD Agencies Are Running SecureView

Government analysts looking for superior, hardware-enforced computer security are increasingly turning to SecureView. These analysts are tired of running multiple PCs at their desk, having to navigate via a clunky KVM switch.

SecureView provides local application execution and concurrent access to multiple security domains. This supports mission requirements, giving analysts the needed performance to run advanced applications, assess threats and share findings across agencies. At last count some 17 Department of Defense-affiliated agencies have deployed the SecureView platform on computers supplied by NCS, HP and Dell. The NCS systems approved for use include the Stratus MT and Stratus DT desktops and the Vortex MT and Vortex MDT workstations.

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Topics: SecureView, virtualization

End Point Virtualization Delivers Superior Security

Posted by John Callahan on Nov 21, 2016 2:53:43 PM

Fully Featured Zero Clients For Every Business Need

With Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaching, everyone is hardwired by the "Black Friday" advertising mentality to be thinking about choices: what are the right products at the best price usable in the most efficient way?

In the area of PC virtualization, the same critcal thinking is useful. For many IT administrators, virtualizing a desktop or laptop seems fairly straightforward: the "right product" has traditionally been a thin client, a PC with a very small capacity hard drive and minimal local memory. A thin client retains some kind of OS, such as Windows Embedded™ or a customized Linus OS. Administrators hope that thin clients will be easier to administer and be lower in cost than traditional PCs. The reality is that by retaining a small OS, however, thin clients may remain more vulnerable to security exploitation and actually add to complexity of IT adminstration.

That's why many now believe that zero clients offer the most secure and easy-to-administer virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) option available. Zero clients are the next generation of desktop VDI.

A zero client has no local OS. The operating system resides in the data center. Therefore, there is no persistent user data, no patches, updates or antivirus software needed. 

NCS Technologies is the industry authority on zero clients. Key advantages of zero clients from NCS are:

  •          Mobile, portable or desktop choices
  •          NSA Suite B security
  •          AES-256 encryption
  •          No hard drive
  •          No OS
  •          No local storage
  •          No persistent user data
  •          No antivirus needed

 

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Topics: VDI, virtualization, security, zeroclients, government, manageability

Google Promotes NCS VDI Solution

Posted by Katie Callahan on Oct 31, 2016 10:28:12 AM

We are publishing a new marketing campaign for end-to-end VDI. When searching key words or phrases such as VDI solution or zero client in Google, you may be directed to a broad index of historical NCS VDI content found on the web, and in addition you may see a prominent Google ad headline that reads: " Low cost end-to-end VDI - Simple and Scalable". 

Our message is simple. We can reduce the time required to implement a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution by using a NCS purpose built and optimized end-to-end solution that delivers simplicity, scalability and savings. NCS turn-key VDI appliances are designed using Intel's latest generation, Broadwell-EP processor-based servers running Microsoft Windows in a VMware hypervisor environment - the perfect solution for desktop virtualization. NCS turnkey VDI appliance solutions are comprehensive and include all three elements (storage, compute & network), software and services, and endpoints, to make it easy and convenient to implement. With a suite of hardware and software complemented by quality services, our customers can quickly migrate their user base to virtual desktop environment with a minimum of disruption.

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Topics: VDI, PCoIP