Mike Foster's IT Security & Best Practices Blog

Latest Posts

Disaster Recovery Planning – Important New Threat

Most executives know the importance of having, and testing, what they refer to as a disaster recovery plan. If you are serious about protecting your organization from a disaster, and you may owe it to yourself, your family, and your team members, know that PBS released a NOVA video that highlights a real danger we […]

Continue reading Disaster Recovery Planning – Important New Threat


Should you block your employees from accessing social media?

In the past, I’ve been known to instruct companies to block all employees from social media. Times are changing.

Continue reading Should you block your employees from accessing social media?


Everyone is getting connected

Undoubtedly, you’ve noticed that if you’re not online, you’re nobody. Even as an executive or owner of your business, chances are if you’re not utilizing the Internet your competitors are going to pass you in sales and success.

Continue reading Everyone is getting connected


It is time to have a faster Internet connection

For both individuals and organizations, the speed and pricing for Internet connection gets better all of the time.

Continue reading It is time to have a faster Internet connection


Do you use video on your website?

In case you haven’t noticed video clips are becoming very important on websites. If your website does not have videos and your competition does you could be missing out.

Continue reading Do you use video on your website?


Designing a new web site? Keep PCI DSS in mind

If you have, or ever plan to have, your own web site with a shopping cart that accepts credit and/or debit cards, it is important to consider the PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) requirements. If you plan carefully, you can greatly reduce your PCI DSS requirements.

Continue reading Designing a new web site? Keep PCI DSS in mind


Pros and cons of “In the cloud” computing

A client wrote me recently asking about a plain English explanation of what the term “in the cloud” is all about and the pros and cons.  They are probably using some services “in the cloud” already and don’t realize it.

Continue reading Pros and cons of “In the cloud” computing


Have you looked at thin client computing lately?

Whether you use Microsoft’s Terminal Server, Citrix Xen, or solutions from VMware, thin client computing can save a lot of money for many organizations. Even if you initially invest a little more, the technology often pays you back fast.

Continue reading Have you looked at thin client computing lately?


A simple way to learn to increase your personal internet safety

When I speak, the audience is always very interested in “How can I make my home computer safer?” Find free short videos in plain English about being safe online at www.LearnToBeSafeOnline.com. Please go check out the site and give me feedback about making it better. I need your help – the goal is for us […]

Continue reading A simple way to learn to increase your personal internet safety


How do CEO’s feel about employees using Twitter?

Here is a short video about how most CEO’s feel about employees using twitter: http://www.articulate.com/community/blogdemo/Werner-Twitter/player.html

Continue reading How do CEO’s feel about employees using Twitter?