Better Than What My Parents Had

I’ve seen a lot of amazing wedding invites, but none can compare to the ones that my wife and I purchased from an online store. I think they’re even better than the ones that my parents used when they got married. Of course, my mother and father disagree, but I think that has to do with the favoritism they have towards their own because it’s linked to one of the happiest moments in their lives. They would probably say the same thing about me, but other people have told me how great the invites looked, so I know I’m not the only one who thinks this way.

Initially my wife and I were going to go with the invites that a local store had, but one of our friends told us that we would probably enjoy the ones from the online store a lot more.… Read More

Continue reading

The Value of Local IT Support Outsourcing

Having a great IT department is essential for any business that is utilizing the online market. It is the difference between having customers at your online store or website every day all day long. Many of us do not understand the intricacies of IT and do not have the training to effectively manage our websites or merchant services. Outsourcing IT departments is a great way to have somebody on call whenever you need them. But outsourcing an IT specialist isn’t enough. There are thousands of companies online that will charge your company to oversee all of the IT you need. Going with a local company is one of the best ways to ensure that your business is going to have all of the IT support it needs.

Online IT support can cost a business thousands of dollars a month or more. When you go with a local company, you will enjoy a cheaper service that can offer more personalized repair. Going with a local company can give your business a technician that becomes familiar with your individual needs. Getting to know your technician can be an invaluable resource when it comes to IT support.

When IT issues come about, having a local team that can respond immediately is key to getting your business up and running again. Dealing with a tech company that is only open during certain times can be extremely frustrating. Going with a local company will eliminate all of the hassles with time zones. Coming into the office and realizing that your email or server is down can create problems for the next couple of hours. Having a company that can respond within an hour to get your website or online store back up before the day is over is essential to keeping your customer base.

Choosing an IT specialist to oversee all of the technical aspects of your company is a big part of your business. Going with a company that is local has far more advantages than going with a company that is located halfway around the country. A localized IT support team will be able to get familiar with your system and offer a face to face relationship that email and phone support cannot provide.… Read More

Continue reading

What the US Navy Needs for the Future

Overall, I see the US Naval Research well suited for priming the pipeline of future technology, and yet, just because they are presently, well it is not time to rest on our laurels because there are other potential enemies afoot developing their own weapons systems. Weapons which may challenge us in the coming decade or two, and once you get behind in the technology race it takes years to catch up. In my humble opinion and without ego, I believe that the US Navy should have the strongest force in all the oceans in this solar system, and I am not exaggerating when I say that either.

Okay so, not long ago, I was challenged on specifics of exactly what I mean by that statement so let me give you 8 new technologies we will need to maintain our naval superiority moving forward in the twenty-first century. For the US Navy, well, yes, I have some fears I’d like to see shored up to protect our Nation, Assets, Foreign Interests, Allies, and protect shipping world-wide while maintaining the ability to strike immediately or respond to Natural Disasters.

I’d like to see our Naval Researchers look into some of these Great Projects and concepts. Below I have listed some of my ideas, but realize this was a 10-minute exercise, so there are many more bundled in my head, to add to this list:

1.) Ability to Swarm combat UAVs (carrier based)

2.) Ability to defend fleet against swarm anti-ship missiles with Aegis,  Lasers, Metal Storm

3.) Off-shore underwater early warning via UUV, AUV (powered off of ocean  wave, volcanic vent, wind energy re-charge) forming a net-centric net

4.) Track all foreign subs, ships, attack boats, robotic assets – friend or  foe (pollution signatures, advanced sonar, satellite, AUVs in fish school  cloak, etc.)

5.) Control of Choke Points for shipping with stealth surveillance and  pirate elimination through decoy Yacths, Cargo Ships, Tankers.

6.) Better Intelligence with coastal nation-state militaries and police  forces through collaboration, information inflow need-to-know and  information collection robust

7.) Absolute computer security, cloaking fake networks to watch the incoming  attacks, see where they go, fee misdirection, cause enemies to needless  spend against bogus threats.

8.) Ten-fold increase advanced weapon system innovation, hard-core push  towards the seemingly impossible, expect success to win.

Of course, implementation of such must be streamlined to initiate fast and put into the fleet. Excellent and effective training is also essential, perhaps using futuristic, off the shelf high-tech training, VR immersion. You see, we will have to defend many hot spots in the world and choke points such as the Straits of Hormuz, Suez Canal, Arabian Sea, Black Sea, Caspian, I have many other ideas as well, but please consider all this.… Read More

Continue reading

What’s the Big Deal About Windows 7?

Users who have been faithful to Microsoft for a long time will remember how poorly Windows XP was received on its initial release. Those transitioning from Windows 98 found that a lot of their software and hardware was not 100% compatible with the new operating system. It ran much more slowly and used much more memory; users had absolutely no reason to migrate. However, with the release of Service Pack 2, XP finally became a much more secure and reliable operating system. Much in the same way, Vista was initially unable to exceed users’ expectations for increased performance. Just like its predecessor, it ran slowly and took up a vast amount of system resources during simple background processes.

What's the Big Deal About Windows 7?

Though it was considered a general disappointment at the time in comparison with XP, Vista made critical changes in operating system structure essential to supporting modern hardware standards. It introduced new driver architecture designed to move core functionality from the kernel (where any instability could bring down the whole system) to user space; a necessary development. Microsoft’s introduction of a standard 64-bit operating system was more than just a display of competition against Apple; it paved the way for new file allocation tables and lessened restrictions on available memory. Once vendors fixed their driver flaws and Microsoft squashed some underlying bugs, Vista morphed into an entirely workable operating system.

Windows 7 iso, its successor, is finally capable of taking advantage of the progress made by hardware and software vendors who supported Vista over the years. In many past cases where users once went out of their way to downgrade their computer’s operating system from Vista to XP, there is now newfound excitement in installing Windows 7. Most notably on netbooks and with a clean installation, the speed of this new operating system is surprising. Additionally, you can also upgrade your existing Windows installation; however, there is less reason to do so as performance gains are not as noticeable in this configuration.

Although it is possible to upgrade any Windows operating system to 7, the only ‘true’ upgrade is performed on Vista; in this scenario, all the users’ applications and files are kept in place with no extra work or application reinstallation required. However, when upgrading Windows XP, all files stored on disk are moved to a separate folder, so although applications will need reinstallation, personal data will still be accessible. Windows 7 has been incredibly well received and is generally thought of as being the operating system that Vista should have been. It has several new visual features that make us shocked we’ve ever lived without. It introduces several media libraries and exclusive Homegroup networking, so organizing and sharing music/pictures/video across family computers just got more accessible than ever.

There has never been a better time to make the switch to Windows 7. For one, speed is a major selling point on the new operating system. It’s faster than both Windows XP and Vista, and it’s a lot more stable. It … Read More

Continue reading

Tools For Helping Your Manage Your Organisation’s GDPR Compliance And Security Measures

Tools For Helping Your Manage Your Organisation's GDPR Compliance And Security MeasuresIt has become even more important to be able to prevent data breaches since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect.

Of course, you should have been concerned already about the privacy and freedom of your customers, being susceptible to regulatory action, and being able to protect your reputation in case a security incident were to occur, however, they have taken on increased significance now.

More than ever the public is increasingly aware of what their rights are when it comes to their personal information, and organisations have long been warned about data breach threats. Regulators have responded by increasing maximum penalties when legal requirements are not met.

So whether you are still working on your GDPR compliance, or are confident in the measures you have in place, you will always need to look for ways that your compliance processes can be streamlined. That helps with managing problems in a more efficient manner and also helps you keep current on the threat landscape which is continuously and rapidly changing.

The following are six tools that you can use to help with achieving GDPR compliance and managing your information security processes.

GDPR Data Breach Support Service

For all organisations, it is challenging to report a data breach within the 72-hour notification deadline set by the GDPR, and as the threat of breaches continues to grow, it is something you may need to deal with in the very near future.

However, your job is made a bit easier by the GDPR Breach Support Service. A management team made up of cybersecurity and information experts, barristers, lawyers and data protection officers (DPOs) at GRCI Law, our sister company, will help you to respond quickly to security incidents and in compliance with the requirements of the GDPR.

Data Flow Mapping Tool

The Cloud-based tool allows you to achieve full visibility over the personal data flow through your organisation, which helps to streamline all of your process along with mitigating the risk of your data being exposed erroneously in locations that are not secure.

The tool can be used to generate consistent visual representations of data flow throughout all of your business processes without needing to resort to methods that are more time-consuming, like vector graphics or pen and paper.

Cyber Security and Information Security Staff Awareness E-Learning Class

Interactive e-learning classes are a cost-e and time-effective way of educating staff on important organisation matters in a structured way. A Cyber Security and Information Security Staff Awareness E-learning class will teach your staff the basics of how to deal with various threats, cybersecurity risks, information security, and data security.

The content of the course isn’t technical since it has been designed not only for information security experts but for all staff who process information.

Penetration testing

Essentially penetration testing is a controlled type of hacking where a professional tester, who is working for an organisation, searches for vulnerabilities the way that a criminal hacker would. This is critical for rooting problems out … Read More

Continue reading