The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 11-26-14

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Ah, Thanksgiving. A time for turkey and gravy, some long-overdue rest, and a time to celebrate all that you’re thankful for. As for most of us, I’m incredibly thankful for my friends and family, but I’m also thankful to attend my university (and for the break from my studies)! What are you thankful for? In this day of economic uncertainty, most people would say that they’re very thankful for their jobs. And for all you hard workers in IT, the last thing you want is to be dismissed from your company. For this reason, be sure to read Roger Grimes’s piece on the ten security mistakes that WILL get you fired. He covers some critical errors you’ll want to avoid, like cutting off the CEO’s access t … Read more

A Guide To Safeguard Your Business’ Crown Jewel (SAP Enterprise) Application

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Is your business one of the 253,500 organizations that runs on SAP ? If so, you understand full well why this industry-leading, all-encompassing client/server platform is considered a “crown jewel” application: First, you’ve made a significant investment to deploy, maintain and extend your SAP application platform. And, second, you can’t live without it. While that may sound a bit extreme, many businesses literally could not function if their SAP ERP system went down. In the event of a disaster or outage affecting an SAP platform, everything that goes into running the business could come screeching to a halt. How could any business—including yours—possibly prepare itself for such a scenario? … Read more

How To Select The Right Location For Your Disaster Recovery Data Center

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Remember the business aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy? In each case, companies far and wide scrambled to put business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) plans in place if they didn’t already have them – whether or not they had felt so much as a raindrop from the super-storms. But human memory is short-lived. As incredible as it may seem, some people have already forgotten the devastation and destruction caused by disasters such as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina. The problem, of course, is that the risk of disasters hasn’t gone down, even if our alertness to them has. All you need to do is take a look at data such as Sperling’s natural disaster map to see that the next disaster cou … Read more

The Simple Way To Explain Business Continuity And Disaster Recovery To A 7-Year-Old

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I was chatting with my boss the other day, and he said, “My daughter asked me last night, ‘What do you do, Daddy?’ You know, it stumped me for a minute. After all, if you’re an architect or a librarian or a teacher or a writer, it’s easy to explain it to a kid. But how do you explain that you work for a BC/DR firm specializing in organizational resiliency? Children don’t know what business continuity or disaster recovery are, or why a company would need either one.” Having a few peers and relatives who do not understand what BC/DR is, I was curious. “What did you tell her?” I asked. “I gave her a very simple analogy,” he replied. “I told her I’m like a doctor. But instead of treating pe … Read more

The 10 Hardest Things To Change In Information Technology (IT) Are People-Driven

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Information technology (IT) would be easy – if our co-workers didn’t get in the way. And that doesn’t just mean non-tekkie end users who don’t know any better … it also includes my fellow IT folk who darn well ought to know better. (As a 34-year veteran of IT, I think I’ve earned the right to make this statement.) For those of you who are also in IT, here’s a list of the 10 hardest things to change that I’ve come across. Let’s share in a chuckle and shake our heads at how technology changes all the time … but people never do. 1. BYOD or bust! People like their smartphones, tablets, and gadgets. If they’re not in management, they’re going to sneak them in and use them, just like bad child … Read more

How To Conduct An Information Security Gap Analysis

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As an information security consultant, one of the most important jobs I do is to conduct an information security gap analysis. This analysis provides a comparison of your security program versus overall best security practices. By comparing these best practices to actual practices, we can shed light on areas where vulnerabilities and risks are lurking. However, it’s not only important that a gap analysis be conducted; it’s also important that it be done correctly. Here are 4 steps that are critical for every information security gap analysis. Step 1: Select an industry standard security framework One of the most common frameworks is the ISO/EIC – 27002 standard. ISO/IEC 27002:2013 provi … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 11-12-14

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When it comes to college, there’s a lot of uncertainty. “Will my child make friends? Will they like their school and their studies?” These are some of the questions we ask ourselves. But one we don’t often think about is this: “Will someone steal my son or daughter’s information?” It’s more common than you think. Don’t let a breach on college campuses take advantage of your child’s information – make sure you and your child are aware of the issues at hand. For that reason, Sue Poremba is detailing five cyber threats that YOU should know before your child goes off to college. These include awareness of malware, password problems, and BYOD, among others. And while we’re on the topic of warni … Read more

The Best IT Blogs Of The Week: 11-7-14

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Our kids are everything to us, but sometimes it can be difficult to give your son or daughter “the talk.” Your child can become confused easily if words are not easy to understand. Of course, we’re referring to the dreaded business continuity disaster recovery talk. How do you explain to a child what a BC/DR firm does? Divya Rathi took a few pointers from her boss, and it sums up to one important analogy: BC/DR specialists are like doctors for companies. They perform check ups to make sure companies are functioning and healthy, they provide wellness plans tailored to companies to avoid disease and illness, and when an emergency arises, they help companies survive and get back on track! One e … Read more