Take Control from the Cloud

Way back in 2007, Microsoft invited me, along with several other writers from the IT community, to attend an “IT pro townhall meeting” in Redmond. I remember sitting in a room on campus, listening to Mark Minasi and George Ou talk about how the cloud was going to completely change the IT world – except […]

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Email Archiving Doesn’t Have to be a DIY Project

The “do it yourself” craze is big, and there’s a good reason for that. You can learn a lot, save money, and ensure that things get done your way. But there’s a down side, as well.  The success (or not) of DIY depends on both the nature of the project itself and on the person(s) […]

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Networks without Borders: The New Security Paradigm

In ancient times, cities were often walled fortresses, with heavily guarded perimeters, and strangers were closely scrutinized before being allowed to pass through the gates. Likewise, in the “old days” of computer networking, there were strict lines of demarcation between the internal network and everything outside. Firewalls sat on the network edge like sentinels protecting […]

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TMI/NEK: Too Much Information, Not Enough Knowledge

“Knowledge is power” – scientia potential est in Latin – is an aphorism commonly attributed to Sir Francis Bacon. It’s true, but what we sometimes forget is that information (much less raw data) does not equal knowledge. Data consists of disorganized facts; when you sort and organize those facts, you have information. It’s only when […]

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Fax 3.0: This is Not Your Father’s Facsimile Machine

Some of my younger friends may not have ever encountered an old-fashioned fax machine, but I remember them well. There was a time when it seemed nothing short of a miracle to feed a document into it and have someone hundreds of miles away instantly receive it – or at least, a reasonable facsimile of […]

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Taming a Web Gone Wild

When Tim Berners-Lee first conceived of a system of interlinked documents that could be accessed over a world-wide network, nobody could have foreseen what a tangled Web we would weave. Today’s web is an amazing source of information and entertainment. It can be an invaluable resource for workers, helping them to ferret out facts, get […]

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Removable Storage: A Convenient Truth

Removable storage devices offer a big convenience for easy transfer of data from one computer to another – but they also bring with them a big security risk. The ability to copy gigabytes of company information to a tiny card or drive also makes it easy for employees (or anyone else who can gain physical […]

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Is Your Email a Ticking Legal Timebomb?

A couple of months ago, I postulated here that, far from being dead, email is alive and kicking in business organizations around the world. We talked about how to secure those messages from attackers, but that’s only part of the problem inherent in managing an email system. There’s another type of outsider to whom you […]

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Patch Mismanagement: Recipe for Disaster

You know how important it is to keep all the systems on your network updated – you’ve certainly been told often enough. And if you operate in a regulated industry, it’s not just a good idea – it’s a requirement. Part of the compliance process includes being able to show that systems have all necessary security updates […]

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The Cloud Is not a “Get out of Jail Free” Card

Slowly but surely, many IT professionals have gotten past the initial fear and anger (which was based on the idea that the Cloud would drastically change or even eliminate their jobs). They are not only accepting the move to the cloud, but looking at it as a way to offload some of their responsibilities, especially […]

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