Managing the Mobile Workforce

Today’s workforce has been mobilized – literally. More and more users are accessing the company network through smart phones, tablets and laptops, and in many cases those devices have completely replaced the traditional desktop PC. Whether personally owned (BYOD), stipend-funded or company-issued, all those devices are constantly moving around to different physical locations and logging […]

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The Big Data Dilemma

Big data – what’s it all about? When you really dig into the concept, you find that it’s both more and less than the hype surrounding it. The meaning seems obvious; we’re talking about massive amounts of digital information.  In a world where knowledge is power and storage space is cheap, organizations are amassing data […]

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October Patch Tuesday Roundup

It’s that time again, and many network admins are probably approaching it with a little more anxiety than usual, considering the myriad problems that followed in the wakes of the August and September Patch Tuesdays. This Patch Tuesday is a special one, as it marks the 10th anniversary of the program that began in October […]

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Advance Notification: October Brings 8 Microsoft® Security Updates

Microsoft released their advance notification statement today for the fixes that will be included in next week’s Patch Tuesday release, and it looks to be a moderate month for patching. We can expect eight updates, half of them rated critical and the other half rated important. Affected software includes Windows (ranging from Windows XP to […]

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Third Party Patch and Vulnerability Roundup: September 2013

Welcome to the first of many monthly third party patch roundups. Earlier in the month, we provided an overview of the security updates released by Microsoft™ on Patch Tuesday, and a few days ago, we discussed the Apple® product vulnerabilities listed by CERT-US for September. Here’s a summary of some of the other important vulnerability […]

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Security in a Surveillance Society

Over the past weeks, the news has been full of reports claiming that various government agencies, such as the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and U.K. GCHQ have cracked the security protocols that (we thought) have been protecting the confidentiality of our data. Other headlines proclaim that some large tech companies have built backdoors into […]

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Apple Joins the Patch Party

Apple is known for doing things up big. True to form, the company has recently joined the Patch Party in a big way. Not so long ago, users of Apple products boasted that their operating systems weren’t vulnerable to exploit like Windows. Even though some security experts noted that the relative safety was in large […]

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The Evolution of the IT Pro

In a previous post, I discussed the possibility – some would say the inevitability – that in the not-so-distant future, IT pros may be subject to government licensing like physicians, lawyers and engineers. Whether or not that happens, the profession is changing and those who can’t or won’t adapt to the new paradigm are likely […]

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Apple®’s iOS 7 Already Needs Patching for Security Flaws and Bugs

Microsoft™ isn’t the only software vendor that’s getting some bad PR lately.  Apple’s latest and greatest iteration of its iPhone operating system, which is featured on the new iPhone 5s and 5c models, was released just last week, but it was almost immediately plagued with rumors of security flaws and other bugs. This didn’t deter […]

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Play It Again, Microsoft®: Yet another Patch Problem Rears Its Head

Microsoft just can’t seem to catch a break lately in regard to its Patch Tuesday updates. This month, the company released a slew of patches for the various Office programs, but there have been ongoing problems even after one of those patches was pulled.

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