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Helping clients manage their technology for over 30 years.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Replication Services now available.

Sacramento, CA: June 2, 2006 — Quest, a Sacramento headquartered technology management firm, has just announced the availability of Replication Services for business. The effects of recent natural disasters in our country and concerns about hackers and other data threats have business owners questioning their existing IT Disaster Recovery plan which was the impetus for the introduction of this service. In fact on 2 May 2006, the SANS Institute, an IT security research organization, released the spring 2006 list of leading Internet security vulnerabilities (www.sans.org). The list, comprised of dozens of items included these top seven:

  • A rapidly growing number of critical vulnerabilities in Apple Computer's Mac OS/X
  • A significant decline in critical vulnerabilities in Microsoft Windows Services (offset by flaws in Microsoft's client-side software, including Internet Explorer vulnerabilities)
  • Strong growth in critical Firefox and Mozilla vulnerabilities
  • A sharp increase in "commodity" (financially motivated) zero-day attacks
  • Rapid growth in critical vulnerabilities that allow direct access to databases, data warehouses and backup data.
  • A continuing increase in file-based attacks, especially using media/image files and Microsoft Excel files
  • Fast-spreading and successful "spear-phishing" attacks (e-mail spoofing schemes targeting specific entities), especially targeting defense and nuclear-energy installations

Mike Dillon, Chief Technology Officer at Quest, makes the analogy of computer security to an insurance policy, saying "while no business will knowingly underinsure, there is a tendency to pay lip service to computer security, then to spend less and get less. Often companies will want to ‘go cheap’ but they are playing with their assets."

According to a prediction for 2006 by Gartner, small and midsize businesses (SMBs) will need to support several new initiatives, including mobile computing, desktop security, regulatory compliance, and improvements in business processes. "To support these new initiatives and maintain the required service levels of their established infrastructures, SMBs must consider using more managed services to compliment their scarce resources." (Small and Midsize Businesses Are Faced With Important IT Investment Decisions, Nov. 9, 2005)

Replication Services and Business Continuity can protect companies.

Replication, not just tape storage, is the key. Systems can be online in minutes and companies can run applications as if nothing has happened — spreadsheets, databases, CRM and more — even multiple locations are able to communicate and conduct business effortlessly.

Business Continuity.

Services ensure that communications and day-to-day activities are not interrupted so that you can carry on in the face of disaster.

Security and Storage.

Replicate your systems in their entirety – including compliance safeguards for HIPAA, GLBA and Sarbannes-Oxley.

About the SANS Institute

SANS is the most trusted and the largest source for information security training and certification in the world. Its 55,000 alumni, of whom 11,000 have passed challenging certification examinations, lead security teams and efforts in more than 80 countries around the world. SANS recently won unanimous approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to grant Master of Science degrees in Information Security Engineering and Information Security Management.

SANS develops, maintains, and makes available at no cost, the largest collection of research documents about various aspects of information security, and it operates the Internet's early warning system — the Internet Storm Center. SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. Its programs now reach more than 235,000 security professionals, auditors, system administrators, network administrators, chief information security officers, and CIOs who share the lessons they are learning and jointly find solutions to the challenges they face. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners in government agencies, corporations, and universities around the world who invest hundreds of hours each year in research and teaching to help the entire information security community.

About Quest®

Quest is a technology management company that has been serving Fortune 50-5000 and small and medium-sized corporations and state and local government since 1982. The company offers clients a portfolio of professional services, managed services, maintenance contract management, infrastructure services, data/voice circuits, and technical staffing, all backed by the most advanced technologies available.

Quest and QuestFlex are registered trademarks of Quest Media & Supplies, Inc.

Contact Information

Barbara Klide
Quest
800.326.4220
Barbara_Klide@questsys.com