In this article, we will explore some of the challenges that restaurants, bars, and brewpubs face by extending their wireless/Wi-Fi networks to the great outdoors. It's a quick read and should give you some useful tips to help you manage this tricky IT challenge. While COVID-19 has changed how millions of companies operate, no industry has been more visibly affected by the pandemic than the restaurant/hospitality industry. In California, restaurants, bars, and brewpubs are prohibited from offering sit-down dining unless they can do so safely outdoors. With a similar set of restrictions in place across the country, restaurants are scrambling to [...]
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Press Release: For Immediate Release Foothill Ranch, CA — August 10, 2020 – Secured Retail Networks, Inc. (SRN) of Orange County, CA announced today the release of their network security monitoring portal, Focus™. Developed for businesses with distributed networks, Focus™ provides a real-time and historical view of a company’s network security status, unifying device information from hundreds of network security products from different manufacturers. This view includes information from firewalls, switches, wireless access points, and other devices from companies like Fortinet, HPE Aruba, Cradlepoint, and many more. SRN has traditionally been a leading provider of security and network solutions for the retail, restaurant, and hospitality industries. Over the years, the SRN has developed expertise in other distributed verticals such [...]
PRESS RELEASE: Secured Retail Networks (SRN) Opens Midwest Office Lake Forest, CA— August 4, 2020 – Secured Retail Networks (SRN) announced today that it has expanded operations and opened its first satellite office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. SRN, a leading provider of security and network solutions, has been headquartered in Orange County, CA since 2007. SRN’s new Milwaukee office is centrally located downtown, along the city’s Riverwalk. SRN has traditionally focused on clients in the retail, restaurant, and hospitality industries, but over the years has expanded nationally while developing expertise in other distributed verticals such as healthcare, education, and enterprise business. The new office will help [...]
On Monday, Fortinet announced the acquisition of OPAQ networks, a company well-regarded for its cloud security and SASE solutions. In its press release, Fortinet founder Ken Xie explained that the addition of OPAQ will enable Fortinet to "deliver the most complete SASE platform on the market." Even the most seasoned network engineers have trouble keeping the latest network security acronyms straight. If you are wondering precisely what SASE is, we've compiled a little primer for you. SASE stands for "Secure Access Service Edge" and is pronounced "sassy." Now, if you didn't know that, don't feel bad, the term SASE was first coined [...]
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed..." -Preamble to the United States Declaration of Independence This Saturday marks our nation's 244th Independence Day, but today, life in America feels different. As our staff disembarks for this holiday weekend, some will ponder what it means to be an American. We are living in unprecedented times—a [...]
Without a doubt, there is a worldwide shift happening. While workers across the globe head back to the office as COVID-19 restrictions ease, many of us are still working from our makeshift home offices. Even those headed back to the office are working more flexible schedules, opting to spend one or two days a week working from home. With a large portion of our workforce working remotely, hackers are targeting corporate networks via vulnerable populations of telecommuters. Even when the globe eventually recovers from the pandemic, there will be a sustained trend toward remote work options. Consider the following: At the [...]
As many of you have already noted, Secured Retail Networks recently updated our corporate branding and website. It's an exciting way to kick off another decade in business. Today, we make it official with a press release! ============ Foothill Ranch, CA — May 11, 2020 – Secured Retail Networks, Inc. (SRN) of Orange County, CA announced today that it has updated its corporate branding and launched a new website. SRN has long been a leading provider of security and network solutions for the retail, restaurant, and hospitality industry. This is the first time the company’s branding has been updated since the company’s [...]
Just last week, Fortinet opened up its entire catalog of self-paced network security training courses for free. Not only are expert level courses available for advanced security professionals, but also available are technical courses for IT professionals, as well as learning resources for teleworkers. These courses will remain free until the end of 2020 to help companies address the evolving needs of their organizations for advanced security for highly distributed, remote workforces. These resources are also great for students or those looking to add cybersecurity to their skillset. To learn more, follow this link: Fortinet's Free Cybersecurity Training.
At SRN, our focus is on helping companies deploy and maintain secure networking environments, a role that we take very seriously. Each day we perform the essential task of proactively monitoring and managing networks for some of the world's most recognizable companies. Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, companies are relying on remote workers more than ever to fulfill their business missions. As the crisis deepens, we are seeing urgent warnings from security firms and law enforcement about threats targeting both companies and their at-home workforce. While most companies already had remote access capabilities in place, the sheer number of employees [...]
It's been nearly a week since Gov. Gavin Newsom announced California's "stay at home" order, a move aimed at staving off the rapid advance of COVID-19 through our state. Since then, many more cities, states, and countries have implemented similar measures, leading to a sudden and massive shift to the way business is performed globally. We want to assure you that SRN is fully operational, working to protect your networking infrastructure and keep your operations secure. We are utilizing the same technology that we promote to make sure our team members can work remotely and securely. We understand that the current [...]