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VSS Troubleshooting

The Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), part of Microsoft Windows, provides a mechanism to create consistent point-in-time copies of hard-drives and is used by backup applications such as GFI Backup. Further information on how VSS works can be found at the following link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc785914.aspx VSS is quite fragile and many times the service just stops […]

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Security policies: making them work for you – Part 2

In the first of this two part article, the discussion centered around the creation of IT security policies and why there often is strong resistance to their existence and implementation. Successfully implementing IT security polices goes beyond the technology and encompasses an understanding of organizational structures and workplace psychology. In the second part, I will […]

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Awaiting Windows 7 RTM: A MS Windows History memory jog

For a large number of hardcore Windows enthusiasts around the world, today is a big day. Today we are all waiting for the signal from Microsoft that the latest Windows 7 build is signed off and Released to Manufacturing (RTM). The announcement is widely expected to be made at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 by […]

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Security policies: making them work for you – Part 1

Every organization has its own rule book or set of procedures that management or HR expects employees to follow religiously. These ‘rules’ stipulate when employees are to start and finish work; when they can take their lunch break or how many days of leave they are entitled to, and so on. Bar the usual exceptions, […]

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Selling security in a contracting economy

Up to a few years ago, vendors were united in a single battle cry: your business is at risk… unless…! Scaremongering worked to an extent but it soon became obvious to many organizations that vendors were crying ‘wolf’ far too often. The result has been a growing level of suspicion among SMBs and a tougher […]

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The Benefits of Integrated Network Faxing

Faxing is sometimes seen as an outdated procedure in today’s world of email; however, there are still many companies that rely on their fax machine and correspond with their clients via fax. If one of your suppliers is one of these people, then you’re aware of their dependency on fax, but are you going to […]

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Security awareness: taking the first steps

In a previous post, I talked about the importance of security education and awareness programs for employees. If you are an IT administrator or a business owner reading this blog you may feel that in theory this is great and makes sense, but in real life, resources and time are precious commodities that could be used on […]

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Podcast – Educating Employees about Security Awareness

David Kelleher, communications and research analyst at GFI Software is back this week discussing the need for companies to educate their employees on basic security principles. In last week’s podcast, David touched upon what GFI are doing to help SMBs stay secure. Employees need to be educated about security because they are the people who […]

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GFI Donates!

As part of GFI’s scheme to aid the community through various means, a blood donation drive was organized in June with around 30 GFI employees from the Malta office volunteering to roll up their sleeves (literally!) and donate blood. The blood donation mobile unit, sporting the slogan ‘give blood it is the gift of life’, […]

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Security education: ineffective or the wrong approach?

Employees don’t give two hoots about security or security policies. They share passwords with colleagues; they share work devices with others without supervision; they transfer files from their laptop to home computer; they use their corporate email address to subscribe to non-work related newsletters / sites; and if their boss says they can’t do something, […]

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