You can't secure what you don't acknowledge.SM

Friday, December 12, 2008

Goodbye to a number of long-time friends/colleagues

One of my best and most long-term customers, TechTarget, announced layoffs yesterday that affected a number of really good business relationships I've had over the years. I interacted with a dozen or so TechTarget employees on a weekly - sometimes daily - basis and I'm very sad to see them go.

I wish the very best to the people who were laid off and also the best to TechTarget. There are indeed blue skies behind these gray clouds.

P.S. If you know of anyone looking for some very good editors and overall great people - send them my way and I'll put you in touch with these friends of mine who are looking for work.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Finally a fix for the "digital divide"

Well, our people in Washington are up to it again. This time a plan for "free" broadband for Americans finally bridge the so-called gap between the Internet haves and have-nots. I thought we already had free Internet access in our local libraries but I guess that's not enough in our couch potato society. Oh, and censorship is already built into the plan - I can't fathom where it'll only go from there with the Feds in control.

Imagine each and every Joe/Josephine American with access to the Internet...Good for telecommuters. Good for hackers. Likely more job security for all of us in the information security field. I'm sure the malware vendors will be thrilled. The big ISPs...not so much.

Let this be a reminder to keep your online passwords in check

While you're shopping on, eBay, and elsewhere this fine holiday season, let Mike Rothman's dilemma be a reminder that we all need to take our online passwords seriously. So, keep them strong, keep them unique from one another, keep them to yourself, and (most importantly) keep them in mind. It's that long lost account that can get you.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Interesting new technology from Maxell

Maxell has a new technology that can analyze tape cartridges to determine if they're in good enough condition to use (and rely on) for backups. Pretty neat.

Maybe this can help fill the "lack of backup testing" gap pervasive across most businesses. That is if anyone's even paying attention to their backups out there. Apparently they're not.

But I thought everyone had their backups under control?

Apparently there are lots of SMBs losing lots of important data...all due to lax backup policies and processes. Just look at the crazy stats in this recent post on Backups are about as basic as it gets. Talk about stupid security.

It's funny - ask any network admin for his backup policy/procedure documentation and he'll have it to you in a minute flat. Apparently there's still a big disconnect somewhere.

Management...where are you? Do you even care?