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Cyber Defense – The Meaning of…Technology

OR Not In Front of the Interns! Life is hard enough without constantly worrying about cybercrime.  Did you know cybercrime is now the world’s third largest economy?  These enemies are state-funded and numerous, looking to steal your data, money, and put you completely out of business.  You need Policy, Education, and Technology working together, driven […]

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Cyber Defense – Empirical Education

OR Bloody Do-Gooders! Your business has grown to an empire and the barbarians of cybercrime threaten it!  Did you know cybercrime is now the world’s third largest economy?  These enemies are state-funded and numerous, pillaging your data, money, and trying to erase you from the landscape.  You need Policy, Education, and Technology working together, driven […]

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Foundations – Business Continuity

OR Who You Callin’ A Psycho? What happens if?  Asking this question helps us keep a business (or household) going in the event of an “incident”.  What is an incident?  Oh, it could be anything that is outside the normal, day-to-day operations that disrupt life as we know it.  Doesn’t need to be natural disasters, […]

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Foundations – Access Control

OR Knock, Knock.  Who’s There? Access Controls are more than permissions.  Once you have completed a Risk Assessment and understand your Intellectual Property and its value, you must protect it.  Like everything in business, proper Access Control begins with the written policy that explains who, what, when, where, how, and why individuals, contractors, or devices […]

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Practical Power Protection Guide

OR You’ve Got The Power, AC and DC! Technology without electricity?  Our modern way of life would be impossible without it, especially with the level of comfort we have grown accustomed to.  Is it a stretch to say that power, its distribution, and protection, is the life blood of Western Civilization?  Well, maybe, but can […]

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Cybersecurity Foundations – Acceptable Use Policy

OR You Didn’t Say I Couldn’t Do It Cybersecurity, or security of any kind, is a vast and sometimes complicated orchestra of different technologies, departments, budgets, people, and policies.  To someone unfamiliar, it can be similar to standing at the base of Mount Everest with a secure environment at the summit.  How can you possibly […]

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Cybersecurity Foundations – Risk Assessment and BIA

OR Ignorance Is NOT Bliss We continue our climb up the mountain of Cybersecurity to discuss what is often the hardest meeting to schedule with all relevant parties, the Risk Assessment (RA).  The RA is part of a Business Impact Analysis (BIA) that directly feeds policy creation but has the primary effect of shedding light […]

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Cybersecurity Foundations – Frameworks and Policy

OR Did You Read the Instructions? Cybersecurity, or security of any kind, is a vast and sometimes complicated orchestra of different technologies, departments, budgets, people, and policies. To someone unfamiliar, it can be similar to standing at the base of Mount Everest with a secure environment at the summit. How can you possibly get there? This entry […]

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A One-Sided Cyberwar with Russia

OR That’s Not Yogi Nor Does He Want Your Pic-i-nic Baskets Am I the only one feeling early 80’s vibes? What has possessed the superpowers of the world into this standoff? Beijing won’t stand by idly if things get hot, but not likely before the Olympics end on February 20th. Sure, Communist USSR is gone, but […]

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Wrangling and Securing IT Vendors

OR Who Let the Intellectual Property Out? Who? Who? Who? Who? Who? No single vendor can provide for every Information Technology need. I have worked with individual entrepreneurs and Fortune 50 companies and none of them do it alone. Everyone needs outside vendors. The most basic needs require five vendors, and some companies have dozens! That means lots of […]

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