Lightstream recognized as a top provider in MSSP Alert’s Annual Top 250 MSSPs List

Lightstream, a fully-integrated cloud, security, and network connectivity services provider, has been named a top managed security services provider by MSSP Alert for 2022.

Salt Lake City-based Lightstream makes MSSP Alert’s annual Top 250 list as a recognized top managed security services provider.

(Salt Lake City, UT. September 23, 2022) – Lightstream, a fully-integrated cloud, security, and network connectivity services provider, has been named a top managed security services provider by MSSP Alert for 2022. Known for their fanatical customer service and superior expertise in the cloud, security and network space, Lightstream ranked among other top providers on the annual Top 250 MSSPs list that tracks quality managed security services providers.

“Our customers at Lightstream partner with us knowing our world-class expertise and team of trained professionals will put their needs first, always ensuring they’re in good hands, and always focused on outcome-based solutions” said Jim Cassell, co-CEO of Lightstream. 

“Our obsessive focus on security when building, monitoring, and managing our customers’ cloud environments and networks gives them the peace of mind they need to focus on other areas of the business. Ranking as a top managed security service provider recognizes our approach to our customers and their security.” said Rod Stout, co-CEO of Lightstream. 

MSSP Alert is a CyberRisk Alliance resource that acts as the voice for managed security service providers. It provides the resources MSSPs, security-minded MSPs, and MDR providers need to build their way to managed security success.

The Top 250 MSSPs list is based on annual recurring revenues, profitability, business growth rate, cyber professional headcount, and managed security services offered. Those recognized on the list continue to grow faster than the overall managed security market.

To view the complete list, visit www.msspalert.com. To contact Lightstream, visit our contact page.

About Lightstream

Lightstream is a fully-integrated cloud, security, and network connectivity services business, specializing in building and managing secure cloud environments and network solutions. The organization helps control operating expenses, mitigate security risks, and reduce system complexity to increase operational effectiveness so company’s can focus on business growth and innovation.

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT, Lightstream partners with leading enterprise and SMB organizations across the US and the globe to provide network, security and cloud solutions. They are passionate about solving complex technology challenges and delivering fanatical customer service.

Media Contact

Dan Davenport / dan.davenport@lightstream.tech

 

Cut Data Transfer Costs With CloudFront & Lightstream

Cut Data Transfer Costs With CloudFront & Lightstream

With a global pandemic, record-high inflation, and the Great Resignation all contributing to economic uncertainty, many businesses have put hiring freezes in place, laid off hundreds of staff, and delayed projects indefinitely. Everyone is trying to manage costs and cut where possible.  One solution is to cut data transfer costs with CloudFront & Lightstream.

And while many organizations are already using a Content Delivery Network (CDN) to manage data transfer costs and provide customers with a seamless experience. But did you know you could save up to 85 percent more each month by working with an AWS partner?

Why Lightstream?

As an AWS partner, we’re not only knowledgeable about all things AWS, but we also keep up-to-date on best practices and are well-versed in optimizing AWS services for our clients. We help them find solutions that save money, provide the most security, and allow them to innovate faster than ever before. We also pass significant savings onto our clients–up to 85 percent, to be exact–with volume purchasing.

So, before you lay off members of your IT team or bring projects to a halt, consider working with Lightstream and potentially save tens of thousands every month.

Why AWS CloudFront? 

Consumers expect lightning-fast websites, quick downloads, and seamless video streaming–they won’t wait for your site to load or for the buffering screen to go away. Delivering a great user experience quickly is paramount. Most organizations already use a global CDN like CloudFront to deliver this experience. Using a network of over 200 Points of Presence (PoP) that cache and deliver content to its users, CloudFront is a common solution for businesses looking to balance a great user experience with data cost savings.

CloudFront leverages Amazon’s resilient, fully redundant, global backbone network for superior performance and availability–all of which give the user a great experience. And by moving the content physically closer to the user, companies can save significantly on data transfer costs.

Another way businesses have become more cost-efficient is by keeping everything in-house. AWS doesn’t charge transfer fees for origin fetches from an AWS server, which helps organizations realize even more savings. Some businesses are even taking advantage of the CloudFront Security Savings Bundle, which offers up to 30 percent savings if they commit to a monthly spend commitment.

Security is another reason businesses are choosing CloudFront. Security has always been at the forefront of the cloud, so it’s not surprising that CloudFront adds an extra layer of protection. The CDN adds security features at the edge location, using application- and network-level security assets to protect data against network and transport layer DDoS attacks. By integrating CloudFront with other AWS services like Web Application Firewall (WAF), you can protect against even more complex attacks.

Calculate Your Savings

Want to see how much you could save by partnering with Lightstream for your CloudFront services? Use our cost savings calculator and then get in touch to explore a partnership to cut data transfer costs with CloudFront & Lightstream.

Cut Data Transfer Costs With CloudFront and Lightstream

4 Reasons you need an Azure Virtual Desktop

Safe and secure virtual desktops for the hybrid and remote workforce.

Whether you’re an enterprise or SMB looking to provide secure desktops to your remote employees, seasonal workers, or consultants, Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) is an excellent option. All you have to do is deploy the cloud-run work environments on any device.  Click the image to view 4 reasons you need an Azure Virtual Desktop.

Power Your Hybrid and Fully Remote Workforce

Safe and Secure

Enable your remote employees to work from anywhere without sacrificing security. Protect your data and your business with the included security controls.

Productive from Anywhere

Grant employees access to the information and applications they need on any device so they can work efficiently from anywhere.

A Consistent Work Environment

No matter where your employees work, they can enjoy the same virtual work environment and Windows or Linux experience they’d get on a local device.

All-Around Simplicity

A Simple Way to Manage Security

AVD makes it easy to ensure your business’ security by controlling access to your data and applications. This is especially important if you’re working with contractors, seasonal workers, or part-time employees who need temporary access to information.

Quick and Easy Deployment

Using Azure Portal, you can effortlessly deploy and manage your virtual desktops. Assign users, manage security controls, and access diagnostics—all in one place.

A More Cost-Effective Option

Only Pay When Virtual Desktops are On

AVD allows you to be more cost- effective by only paying for virtual machines (VM), networking consumed when virtual desktops are on and storage.

Limit Laptop Purchases

AVD makes it easy to customize and manage virtual desktops. You can use existing devices instead of purchasing individual laptops and spending the time and money to customize each one.

Use Existing Licenses

If you have existing licenses with Windows, you can access AVD. You don’t need to license additional software, lowering your total cost of ownership.

Flexibility that Meets Your Business Needs

Customize What You Share

Do your full-time employees need
the complete virtual desktop experience but want to limit what your contractors can access? AVD lets you choose what level of access you grant to your teams.

Automatically Scale Up or Down

AutoScale your virtual desktops
based on your demand. With AVD, you can adjust the number of virtual desktops as your workforce changes, scaling up for demand or reducing the number based on an exiting seasonal workforce.

Ready to Deploy? After reviewing 4 reasons you need an Azure Virtual Desktop, contact Lighstream.

If you’re ready to power your remote-first workforce with the best and most cost-effective virtual desktop service, Lightstream can help. We have helped dozens of customers across industries reap the benefits of Azure Virtual Desktop. We help them stay compliant with data regulations and configure environments securely to prevent data loss. Get in touch to get started with AVD.

How Do I Survive a Ransomware Attack?

Who Does Ransomware Target?

Ransomware attacks are no longer affecting enterprises only. They’re spreading to organizations of all sizes, maturities, and even across industries. Why? It’s profitable.

Many mid-market businesses have a false sense of security that ransomware attacks only happen to big corporations with millions to pay in ransom. But both enterprise and mid-market companies have valuable data attackers can hold for ransom.

How Do I Protect My Business?

(LINK) Protect your business using the 5 Ps of Preparedness approach:

  1. Program. Work with IT to align your cybersecurity program with your ransomware strategy to minimize the operational and financial impact of a ransomware incident.
  2. Policy. Work with leadership and the board to create a policy that explains how you will approach ransomware, including if your business will attempt to make a payment.
  3. Plan. Your plan should be concise, comprehensive, and simple. Who will provide external support, who will you empower to make decisions, and who will execute your plan?
  4. People. Identify strategic partners within your organization and external parties and clearly define their roles, inform them of their responsibility, and document their contact information.
  5. Practice. Consistently test your ransomware strategy to understand your ability to organize, execute, and improve response capabilities. This will ensure your preparedness.

What is the Ransomware Lifecycle?

Understand the ransomware lifecycle to prepare for and resolve it as quickly as possible. 

  1. Infection. Ransomware finds its way into corporate assets through phishing emails, a misconfigured cloud asset, and the exploitation of your open vulnerabilities.
  2. Communication. Ransomware communicates back to its control network, where attackers determine how they’ll attack your network.
  3. Discovery. Built-in mechanisms discover specific types of sensitive information for ransom, identify defensive measures, and help attackers maximize their impact.
  4. Data exfiltration and backup destruction. Ransomware components silently corrupt and disable backups and steal sensitive information.
  5. Encryption. Attackers silently and selectively encrypt your data, making your systems and data useless without decryption.
  6. Ransom demand. Ransomware attackers make ransom demands (typically in Bitcoin) to get your data back.
  7. Negotiation. Some ransomware attackers will negotiate.
  8. Decryption. You can pay the ransom to get the decryption keys, but there’s no guarantee attackers won’t leak or re-encrypt your data.

Top 3 Initial Infection Vectors

  • Phishing emails
  • Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) exploitation
  • Software vulnerabilities exploitation

How Can Technology Help?

Apply a zero-trust security strategy to empower your security teams and leadership to move faster and more securely. At its core, zero trust believes we should not inherently trust any interaction, at any level. It focuses on setting up systems and applications that protect themselves from every other system, allowing them to defend against attacks by minimizing the impact of any single compromise or attack. 

NIST CSF

Five areas of the NIST CSF to include if your cybersecurity and ransomware strategy:

  1. Identify. Operationalized identification, detection, and classification of critical and sensitive data
  2. Protect. Data and individual asset protection that prevent known threats and attack patterns
  3. Detect. Operationalized cyber attack and malicious software detection
  4. Respond. Integrated technology platforms that detect ransomware rapidly to contain it
  5. Recover. Recovery strategy that can scale

Conclusion

Are you prepared to defend against ransomware attacks? At Lightstream, we have helped customers build effective strategies to empower them to fight against ransomware attacks, and we can do the same for you.

We’ll assess your current strategies, build upon them, and help you mitigate as much risk as possible by preparing for and setting up the proper technologies to fight ransomware attacks.



How Do I Migrate to AWS?

Why you should move to the AWS cloud?

Modernize your infrastructure and drive business transformation, respond quickly to ever changing demands from employees and customers, boost innovation…

Modern operational practices improve results :

  • 20% average infrastructure cost savings
  • 69% reduction in unplanned downtime
  • 43% fewer security incidents per year

Migration & Transfer on AWS – Migrate to AWS and see business results faster

Clearly, migrating to AWS is good for business. But successful migrations take planning and expertise, as well as an understanding of the challenges you’re likely to face as part of the process. By understanding those challenges, the pitfalls that can result when they aren’t fully addressed, and the possible solutions to smooth your way forward, you’ve taken the first step on your cloud migration journey.

How do I migrate to the cloud?

What is the AWS MAP process?

Use the MAP (Migration Acceleration Program) to assess, mobilize, migrate and modernize (How do I migrate?):

AWS wants you to have a great experience, so we provide assessment tools that help determine if you’re ready to migrate to the cloud (cloud readiness)

Conclusion:

Ready to migrate to AWS? We’re here to help you migrate to the cloud
Lightstream is an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner → our AWS-certified engineers and architects have years of experience assisting and driving migrations of all sizes.

We’ll assess how ready you are to migrate to AWS and plan a course of action.

Tepco Glass Migrates to Azure, Increasing Reliability and Setting the Stage for Future IT Modernization

Faced with aging on-premises servers and an unsupported operating system, Tepco Glass moves all applications to Microsoft Azure with help from Lightstream.

Business Challenge

Tepco Glass is one of the top glass and glazing contractors in the United States. Founded in 1982, the Dallas-based company specializes in commercial glazing and architectural design, as well as the installation of curtain walls, window walls, storefronts, entrances, motor operable windows, glass railings, and other façade enclosures.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the construction industry stalled. Many projects were postponed, delayed, or canceled. And the global slowdown cascaded to suppliers and contractors, including Tepco, negatively affecting revenues and cash flow.

Although business was slow and cash flow was tight, Tepco’s business did not stop. The company continued to operate, serving its customers and addressing operational challenges. One challenge they faced involved the company’s IT infrastructure.

Tepco’s core business applications ran on Windows Server 2008 R2 servers located in the company’s small data center in Dallas. The hardware was over five years old, and Tepco’s IT manager was concerned that the aging hardware could lead to equipment failures. In addition, Windows Server 2008 R2 had reached end of life, and the company was no longer receiving support from Microsoft.

Solution

Company executives knew they needed to address the issues. But given the economic realities during the pandemic—business slowdown, a global microchip shortage, and supply chain constraints—they did not want to incur a large capital outlay to purchase new hardware and upgrade to a supported operating system.

They decided to explore the cloud. Moving to the cloud would eliminate the need to refresh hardware. And Microsoft offered an added incentive: if they migrated their Windows Server 2008 R2 environments to Microsoft Azure, the company would receive an additional 36 months of extended security updates for free.

The solution seemed viable, but the company wanted to ensure that it would work. Tepco’s IT manager knew one of Lightstream’s account executives from a previous working relationship, and reached out for help.

The first step was to assess the plan. Lightstream linked Tepco’s VMware environment to Azure Migration to evaluate the feasibility of moving it to Azure. This showed that the migration was viable and that Tepco could save money over the long term. Tepco’s executives were pleased with the findings and approved the project.

Over a period of 12 weeks, Lightstream experts worked with Tepco to plan, configure, and test their Azure environment. Finally, when all testing had been completed and issues resolved, Lightstream moved all of Tepco’s core applications from on-premise servers into the new environment. For ongoing support and optimization of their Azure environment, Tepco will use Lightstream Cloud Managed Services (CMS).

Business Outcomes

Increased Reliability and Availability

Tepco Glass has four locations—two in Dallas, one in Carrollton, Texas, and one in Oklahoma City—as well as other remote users who need access to applications. The Dallas headquarters is located in a section of the Dallas area that doesn’t have the most reliable power or internet service. Consequently, when the headquarters site suffered a power or internet outage, no one could connect from any locations, and their business was disrupted.

By moving all applications to Azure, Tepco no longer has this problem. Even if the Dallas location experiences an outage, users from the other sites are not affected. They can continue working without interruption.

Shift to a Consumption-based Operating Model

Tepco no longer maintains on-premise server hardware. By moving to Azure, they eliminated the need for large capital outlays in the future to address product upgrades and hardware refreshes. And they now have a more predictable operating expense model for IT.

Better Positioned for Future IT Modernization

Tepco is no longer limited by their data center environment. With all server infrastructure now in Azure, they have more flexibility, making it simpler for them to pursue future modernization efforts like virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and others. For example, with all workload in Azure, they don’t need to buy high-end gaming computers for people to do product designs anymore—the heavy processing can now be done in the cloud.

Ongoing Infrastructure Management and Cloud Optimization

By moving to Azure, Tepco no longer has to worry about infrastructure management. Lightstream Cloud Managed Services supports the company’s infrastructure, ensuring servers are patched and maintained, and oversees the company’s Azure environment to make sure it is optimized both for cost and performance.

Lightstream Names Joe Vadakkan as Global Executive Vice President for Sales and Engineering

Cloud security veteran and key strategist joins emerging service provider to drive growth

Salt Lake City, UT, January 19, 2022– Lightstream, a leader in cloud security, digital transformation and managed services, today announced the hiring of Joe Vadakkan as the company’s new executive vice president for global sales and engineering. As an IT, cloud and security thought leader, Joe will lead Lightstream’s global cloud security engineering and sales organization to drive execution of customers’ cloud security strategies and elevate their innovation at scale.

“Joe is a prominent industry veteran with extensive leadership experience in cloud security sales and innovation, having driven many of the industry’s successful, secure digital transformations,” said Lightstream Co-CEO, Jim Cassell. “I’m excited to welcome him to Lightstream’s executive team, and I look forward to working with him on our mission to enable our global customers to progressively innovate and grow effectively with Lightstream’s cloud security solutions.”

“We are very excited to have Joe join the Lightstream team,” stated Rod Stout, Co-CEO of Lightstream. “His unique ability to help customers realize value and achieve desired business outcomes is unparalleled. With his in-depth knowledge in partner distribution strategies and his success in building and growing world class organizations, Joe will help Lightstream bring continuous value to its customers and achieve our growth objectives.”

Joe has over 20 years of technical and business leadership experience in the areas of global infrastructure and security, most recently having served in a strategic services leadership role at Optiv, a pure play cybersecurity firm. Prior to that, he was responsible for building and running Optiv’s cloud security organization. He has also held leadership roles and provided strategic guidance for startups, venture capital and private equity firms and Fortune 2000 companies.

“I am very excited to join the Lightstream team and look forward to taking the company’s technology and services innovation to the next level to fuel future growth,” said Joe. “Lightstream has a great business model and a talented team that are fast movers on solving customer needs. I believe it is uniquely positioned to accelerate secure client innovation through its Lightstream Connect platform for Microsoft Azure, AWS and Google and integration with a security partner ecosystem that enables it to compete in today’s global market.”

About Lightstream

Lightstream provides full-service cloud, connectivity, and security solutions to enterprises worldwide with a focus on managed services for all three, as well as cloud infrastructure implementation, security, and support.

Lightstream has been named multiple times as a Palo Alto Networks Public Cloud Partner of the Year, and is an AWS Security Competency Partner, an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, and a Microsoft Cloud Platform Gold Partner with Security Competency. Visit us at http://www.lightstream.tech or LinkedIn.

Media Contact

Cynthia Lawton / cynthia.lawton@lightstream.tech / 843-300-8445

 

Take the Complexity out of Securing your Public Cloud Environments

There’s no doubt that migrating assets to the cloud brings a multitude of benefits. The promise of improved availability, and increased agility, scalability and IT flexibility are just a few. But what about the risks? When security is architected and designed into the cloud platform – the risk can be significantly less than that of traditional infrastructure. Unfortunately, when cybersecurity is not a design-time consideration the results can be catastrophic.

The agility that allows IT organizations to rapidly build and scale environments is a phenomenal asset to business, but it can be one of its greatest vulnerabilities if not managed. Attackers go where the value is – so as business puts more and more sensitive data into the public cloud, it makes sense that attackers make public cloud their primary target. Configuration errors – in both known and unknown cloud assets – are a primary source of cyber security and compliance failures. Configuration errors give attackers a potential way in, and can lead to intellectual property theft, or breach of confidential information, or even a full environment compromise. Rather than having to develop exploits and probe organizations for weaknesses, configuration errors often provide exposed administrative capabilities, open access to sensitive data, or allow systems to attack each other without monitoring or protection.

The problem is that configuration errors in the public cloud are made at cloud scale and speed. This means that potentially hundreds of data stores, privileged accounts or services can be exposed in seconds. The challenge for security professionals is to address the growing complexity and security challenges without adding complexity further into the equation. The good news for security professionals is that there is a wealth of tools out that can help.

Prisma® Cloud from market leader Palo Alto Networks is a best-of-breed cloud security solution that many of the world’s top enterprises rely on to secure their highly complex, multi-cloud environments. The popularity of Prisma Cloud is driven by the low-complexity dashboard providing a complete set of features such as multi-cloud analysis, automated remediation, and contextual understanding of systems, applications and users. It provides complete visibility and control over public-cloud based risks within Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and Alibaba Cloud infrastructures.

The fact that 74% of Fortune 100 companies rely on the proven capabilities of Prisma Cloud means it will be able to support your environment as well. But even with such cutting-edge technology available to secure their cloud environments, IT and cybersecurity professionals are still faced with the arduous task of managing the workload the platform produces. Managing identified vulnerabilities, analyzing detected anomalies, ensuring compliance with appropriate frameworks and configuring runtime defense in heterogeneous environments on a day-to-day basis requires expertise and staffing – something companies big and small struggle with. A significant number of exhausted security leaders are turning to companies like Lightstream to operationalize, manage and optimize their Prisma Cloud platforms in their public cloud environments for this very reason.

Build Resiliency and Lower Cloud Risk

As a Palo Alto Networks Global Cloud Partner, Lightstream has the world-class expertise you need in a managed security provider. Together, Palo Alto Networks and Lightstream can help you accelerate your move to the cloud by delivering consistent, automated protections across multi-cloud deployments that prevent data loss and defend against business disruption.
Lightstream’s Cloud Defense built on Prisma Cloud provides customers like you with continuous monitoring, detection and incident response for their public cloud environments. Our team of security experts begins by working to baseline your cloud environment, creating recommendations, and remediating urgent issues then monitoring your environment against the new guard-rails. When security issues arise, we’re there to help with critical incident response services from security professionals and cloud architects and engineers. While other providers call that good-enough, we don’t stop there. Lightstream is different in that we staff industry-certified cloud security architects to continuously advise and improve the security of your public cloud throughout the lifecycle.
And with our Quickstart program, this isn’t a long, drawn-out process. Lightstream can help take you from initial assessment of your existing cloud environment to the design of a customized managed services plan to a fully optimized and managed cloud environment within 30 days. From there, you’ll have all the benefits of 24/7/365 monitoring and management via a single point of contact at Lightstream.
It’s time to mitigate your business’s cloud security risks and de-complicate the management of its infrastructure. Contact Lightstream today to find out how Palo Alto Networks’ Global Cloud Partner of the Year for two consecutive years can help take the burden and complexity out of protecting and optimizing the security of your organization’s public cloud environments.