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Is the Cloud Raining Your Data?

There is a leak in the bucket of Amazon data storage. This is not Amazon's doing, but lack of security from businesses. The latest exposure was from Groupize who sell tools to manage group meetings and hotel room-block reservations. They stored their data on Amazon storage 'buckets'. However, Groupize administrators left them publicly accessible. Contracts,…
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Is Your IT Budget a Roller Coaster?

When meeting firms, one question I always ask is what their budget is for technology. Many answers are a set number, or shrugs at not actually knowing how much a business spends. There are companies that show me a chart of the amount spent that rivals most theme park rides. Certain months it is zero,…
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“We’ll Worry About Disaster Recovery When There is a Disaster”

This was said today to one of my system administrators. The company's Database person was put in charge of making sure this company could function if there was a disaster. We come to find out there are issues with recovery. Instead of confronting the problems, this person wants to worry after a disaster happens and…
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Are you Physical With Your Security?

  Through the years of consulting, I have seen almost every kind of IT setup imaginable. I've seen machines in locked closets. There are servers in racks in nicely air conditioned rooms. Some servers I have witnessed were literally in a men's restroom. When it comes to security, many clients are locked down. They are…
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