5 Information Security Breaches You’ve Never Heard About…But Should Have

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In late August, there was a report that Dairy Queen was the latest victim of a security breach affecting credit and debit cards. Except nobody from Dairy Queen has actually confirmed the breach, saying because the stores are franchised and the franchises aren’t required to report security problems, there is no way of knowing for sure. The speculation comes, according to Krebs on Security, from financial institutions that are reporting signs of credit card fraud. This particular story goes to show that even when we think we know about a data breach, we don’t know the whole story. And there is a good chance that before it is ever confirmed, it will join a very long list of breaches that don … Read more

VMworld 2014: The Top 3 Topics (Besides Virtualization And The Cloud)

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If you’re in IT, you probably feel pressure every day to protect your corporate data, keep your systems online and available, and make sure the whole kit and caboodle is recoverable. But how do you keep abreast of all the challenges and opportunities in the constantly-changing tech world? Well, going to VMworld is a great place to start! The Sungard AS Team had their ears to the ground at this week’s VMworld conference in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, and they brought back some terrific insights to share with you. Clearly, everything is about the cloud, and virtualization is here to stay as companies seek not only to virtualize resources, but also network and storage. Here are the top … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 8-27-14

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Have you ever heard of a ‘life hack’? For those who are unfamiliar, a life hack is a strategy or technique adopted in order to manage one's time and daily activities in a more efficient way (as defined by Oxford Dictionaries). Trust me, there’s some creative ones out there, like using the sticky side of a post-it note to clean in between your computer keys (it works!). The point is, life hacks make our lives easier. But computer hacks have an opposite meaning. When a company is hacked, more obstacles arise than ever before. First it’s the cyber attack, then data is lost, and then companies must salvage what they can. Here’s a roundup of the recent hacker havoc and the ‘life hacks’ that can ke … Read more

Are Working Moms The “Mother” Of BC/DR?

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Working moms spend every waking minute striving to keep their family life and work responsibilities—sometimes simultaneously—up and running. They run their lives based on contingency-plans for the “what-if” scenarios and recovery plans from the inevitable everyday disasters, all with the goal of minimal impact to home and workplace operations. If you’re out there earning the title “working mom” every day like I am, adopting a business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) mindset might help you in your everyday quest to maintain seamless operations at the office and on the home front. Since my recent debut as a working mother when I returned from maternity leave, I haven’t been able to help … Read more

Is Your LinkedIn Profile Putting Your Company At Risk?

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I’m a penetration tester. My job is to try to breach my clients’ systems in order to help them identify vulnerabilities in their IT security. In a nutshell, I try to find security gaps before the criminals do, so that my clients can shore up their defenses against hacker attacks. Someone recently asked me, “If you were a criminal hacker looking to exploit a company - inflicting the irreparable harm of a data breach - what’s the first thing you would do?” My short and easy answer: scour LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a treasure trove of easily accessible personal information and company IT data. Unbeknownst to most of the employees who post their information on LinkedIn, any hacker looking to wreak … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 8-22-14

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It’s back to school week! I’ve just finished making the long drive back to campus, and I’m ready to tackle a busy school year. One piece of recent IT news particularly interests me as a college student: the Senate just passed legislation to restrict the use of students’ personal data for commercial purposes. It seems the government wants to slow down the reproduction of a student’s information without their parents’ consent and to keep student data secure in private companies. I guess that means no more random credit card offers in the mail for me! As I looked for the best IT industry blogs last week, a Forbes.com article about whether a formal degree is necessary for success in IT caught my … Read more

Resiliency and Recovery are a Matter of Survival: Play Our VMworld #vSurvivalist Scavenger Hunt

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Harsh terrain, wild predators, sudden storms and… oh yeah, human error! It’s a jungle out there… In an unpredictable world, the ability to provide proven results in data and application protection and recovery could mean the difference between business resiliency and volatility. In other words, in today’s business environment, resiliency and recovery are a matter of survival. Can your company survive? Don’t let your business sway toward the volatile. Find out what you need to be prepared, and join us for some fun along the way. While traversing the halls of VMworld, follow these four key steps to ensure data recovery in the most extreme scenarios…and be entered to win $1,000 American E … Read more

3 Reasons Why You Should Visit Sungard AS At VMworld 2014

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VMworld is back for 2014 and it’s taking place in the city by the bay, San Francisco! The annual conference, with its breakout sessions, lab trainings, and group discussions, gives attendees a chance to learn from thousands of IT innovators from different organizations about leveraging virtualization and the cloud. And, it gives companies like us a chance to reach curious folks like you and tell you more about what we do! What an incredible opportunity that is, one we couldn’t pass up. VMWorld is all about “bringing together thought leaders, subject matter experts, and IT professionals to immerse themselves in the latest in virtualization and cloud technology,” so come and immerse you … Read more