You’ve got IT security in place, but how do you know if it works?

14pc of SMEs have tested their cyber-attack response plans. Stress testing generally refers to the search for weak points in your IT setup, whether it’s the level of traffic that servers can withstand or trialling your backups to ensure that you can actually recover data following an attack.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connect/small-business/cyber-security/it-security-how-to-know-if-it-works/

 

The danger of cloud to your IT infrastructure

Today, many organisations are finding it increasingly difficult to track and control which cloud services are being used within their business. In sectors such as finance and banking, especially, where highly sensitive data is handled on a daily basis, the potential risks can be extremely detrimental.

http://www.information-age.com/security-vs-cloud-creep-menace-comes-within-123467873/

 

The Man Who Wrote Those Password Rules Has a New Tip: N3v$r M1^d! – WSJ

Unfortunately, you need to subscribe to The Wall Street Journal, but basically;

Bill Burr had advised users to change their password every 90 days and to muddle up words by adding capital letters, numbers and symbols – so, for example, “protected” might become “pr0t3cT3d4!”.

The problem, he believes, is that the theory came unstuck in practice.

Mr Burr now acknowledges that his 2003 manual was “barking up the wrong tree”.

Source: The Man Who Wrote Those Password Rules Has a New Tip: N3v$r M1^d! – WSJ

Do Your Customers Actually Want a “Smart” Version of Your Product?

Roughly two years after that decision to make connected technology standard, I can say with confidence that just because you can make something with IoT technology doesn’t mean people will want it. Judging from our customers’ response, the public simply isn’t yet clamoring for connectivity. Many of our customers just don’t use the technology available to them.

Source: Do Your Customers Actually Want a “Smart” Version of Your Product?

Why you should patch your systems

WannaCry ransomware has hit computers all over the world. This is my opinion about it.

I must admit that patching your computers especially if you have a lot of them and older internally developed tools can be time consuming and complicated.

There are tools to help you manage updates across the network but sometimes you miss how a change can impact something that your users depend on and you have a bad day.

However not patching and keeping your systems on the latest version will catch you out. I really wouldn’t like to be the person who has to explain to the CEO why much of his business critical data is now encrypted because I didn’t go through all the effort and pain of doing my job. Yes running computer systems and dealing with users who just want to keep everything the same is hard, but convincing people about the right way of doing things is part of our job. Whether you agree with upgrading and patching or not, the reality is that this is one of the best ways to protect against many attack vectors.

Click the link for more information about WannaCry ransomware used in widespread attacks all over the world – Securelist

Does Microsoft Slow Down Onedrive Performance on Linux?

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http://www.techradar.com/news/microsofts-onedrive-performance-on-linux-is-causing-quite-a-storm

The interesting point here is that when using a Windows PC on the exact same connection with the OneDrive app, everything runs smooth and fast.

And the plot gets thicker, as these Linux users have observed that changing the browser’s user-agent string (the text a browser sends to a site to identify itself) to either Microsoft’s Edge or IE speeds the OneDrive web experience up to a fluid level on a Linux (or Chrome OS) system.