Sunday, September 19, 2021

George Spafford

How Users Can Play an Active Role in Security

During World War II, the United States was worried about German spies obtaining details about shipping routes and schedules to Europe. That's when they came up with...

Keeping Road Warriors’ Data Safe

A notebook is the crucial companion of every business traveler. What would we do without them? Or more specifically... what would we do without the information on...

The Importance of Audit Logs

When I visit organizations, I'm often asked what should be logged, how long the data should be retained, and how it should be reviewed. These are interesting...

Segregate Duties to Lessen Security Risks

The basic intent of segregation of duties (SOD) controls are that no one person should have excessive control over one or more critical processes. When dealing with access...

Effectively Using Problem Review Boards

We all know that no matter what (or how) things are built in the IT world, bugs will quickly emerge to inhibit service levels, while countless...

Regulatory Compliance and Security

There have been a number of reports stating concerns that IT's focus on regulatory compliance may harm its security posture. While there may be many groups concerned...

Focus on Business Goals for Real IT Productivity

In our connected world, people are attached to their work more than ever. Rarely can people leave work at the office as it follows them home, tracking...

Is Your Recovery Plan Good Enough to Save You?

The events of the past few months have brought disasters back to the front of corporate agendas. Unfortunately, not all organizations realize the critical need to internalize planning...

Cool Tools for the Road Warriors

I recently traveled to Australia and New Zealand to teach classes on regulatory compliance, risk management, and the use of controls. The flight from LAX to Brisbane was...

Why Configuration Management Matters

People sometimes ask if configuration management and change management are the same functional set of tasks. Both in principle and practice, they are two very different subject areas...

The Hotel Internet Access Nightmare

Three. That's the number of times in the past five months that I've been stuck in hotels with failed high-speed Internet connections. While I received polite apologies...

Dude, I Got an Axim

You know, I feel like a poster child for Dell most of the time. I have a Dell notebook, Dell printer, and Dell Axim Pocket PC. To me,...

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