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Executives say IT security helps them sleep better

Before every IT Vital Systems Review, I always ask the executives what having the audit will mean to them. The majority of the responses say something like, “I will sleep better at night.” The one I received today says “security provides peace of mind.” That sounds like a good way to sum up things like […]

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When it comes to passwords, length is what matters

Ever heard the rumor that you need upper case letters, lower case letters, symbols, and numbers in your passwords? This is called “password complexity.” If you have to keep password complexity for compliance reasons, you have no choice, but otherwise—make your life easier—just switch to passwords that are 15 characters or longer—commonly referred to as […]

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So how is Windows 7 in business?

Windows 7 is out, about, and is working great! If you have not let your IT professionals set up a test machine on Windows 7 to see how compatible the new operating system is in your environment, now is a great time to let them start.

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When the economy is slow, stay secure!

Some organizations decide to cut IT security spending when the economy slows down. Unfortunately, when the economy slows down, more people are likely to turn to identity theft and other cybercrime. Think about it, look in the news at the latest breaches, and make sure to get secure ASAP!

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