When it comes to cybersecurity, the best offense is a good defense.

Every 40 seconds a company is hit with ransomware, and the WannaCry outbreak is a perfect example. WannaCry demonstrates how ransomware attacks can quickly spread across and cripple environments by exploiting critical vulnerabilities in Windows computers – at least in those not updated with the patch Microsoft issued in March of this year (MS17-010) or the emergency update issued for XP on May 13, 2017.

Of course, running out-of-support operating systems such as XP is risky. But, XP by itself is not the biggest problem. The larger issue is complacency around security updates, operating system updates, and OS upgrades across the infrastructure. Continue reading

The engineered system that’s simple, optimized, and affordable

Oracle Database Appliance

Whether you’re running a small-to-medium sized business or operating a remote or branch location, field office, or clinic, Oracle now has a better way to manage your database: Oracle Database Appliance (ODA).

ODA is a highly-configured, easy-to-deploy, all-in-one package of software, servers, storage, and networking in a single box. It’s optimized to help you run your Oracle Database and applications, with all hardware and software components engineered and supported by Oracle. That means maximum reliability, efficiency, and security. Continue reading

The future of print technology is here

HP PageWide is reinventing office printing in more ways than one

It used to be a given in the print industry that if you wanted speed, you sacrificed quality – and vice versa. But HP stepped in and decided to disrupt conventional thinking and implement forward-looking investments in print technology.

It all began with the introduction of HP Scalable Print Technology (SPT), which included research and development in printhead technologies, advanced inks, materials, design rules, and precision production methodology.

And from there, SPT evolved into HP PageWide Technology; the latest HP printing innovation that outpaces the competition in numerous ways, and on practically every level. Continue reading

Cybersecurity trends underway in 2017

The past year has seen seismic changes in the cybersecurity landscape.

They’re forcing IT professionals to rethink and re-strategize their organization’s security. They’re being tasked with ways to better control access to their network, gain a deeper understanding of how vulnerable their network is to threats, and develop a faster, decisive response plan when a threat occurs.

If any of the above resonates with you, you’re not alone. The cybersecurity market is expected to swell to $100 billion dollars by 2019. And now that we’re a quarter of the way through 2017, there’s good reason to be forward-looking and take proactive steps to ensure that security is in your company’s DNA.

Gone are the days when traditional security management approaches of multiple point products, manual change processes, extensive policies and data silos, did the trick. Given the growing complexities of networks and rapid delivery of services and applications, a deep, up-to-date rebooting of how you approach your network security is not only crucial – it’s necessary. Continue reading

Are you ready for Windows 10?

Ready or not, here’s Windows 10.

Whether Microsoft’s latest operating system is proliferating in the corporate space due to consumer adoption, or through sheer force in partnership with OEMs, we know that businesses are adopting Windows 10 twice as fast as Windows 7. Intel Kaby Lake (7th generation) processors will only support Windows 10. Devices with Windows 7 or 8.1 running on Intel Skylake (6th generation) chips will lose support in July of this year.

IT departments are pressed for time and have limited options. Either upgrade all devices to Windows 10 Enterprise via volume licensing, or manage two operating systems as devices are refreshed. Choosing the former option allows your organization to fully take advantage of Windows 10 Enterprise edition, in particular. Continue reading

A better way to secure the cloud

CASB – The smart solution for cloud security

12-5-16_Core-Security_Blog-image_600pxThe most common concern around the cloud is data security. Companies need to be continuously aware of how and where their data is stored in the cloud, all while ensuring they’re compliant with any regulations which apply to them.

Enterprises are struggling to understand the data security and compliance impact of organizational, departmental, and especially rogue or “shadow” adoption of cloud applications. This is where a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) comes into play.

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Transforming the network from security liability to security asset

security engineer photoTurn your network into security sensor

For years, IT leaders have been doing everything possible to guard the network from security threats. And with good reason. Once infiltrated, the network can be used to propagate threats across everything connected to it.

The industry’s response – in the form of endpoint protection, firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and intrusion prevention systems – banked on the idea that preventing infiltration would keep the network secure.

While protective and preventive measures remain important first lines of defense, the increasing number and variety of zero-day and social engineering threats mean that even the best protection at the edge risks being rendered temporarily ineffective by a skilled intruder, putting the network at risk. Continue reading

Comprehensive workplace mobility solutions empower workers and protect organizations

Mobility-Hero-Master-742x388Keeping people productive – wherever they work – is key to succeeding in today’s business climate.

A decade ago, road warriors were well equipped with a laptop and a BlackBerry. Their counterparts today expect worldwide connectivity to the Internet for their personal inventories of notebooks, tablets, and smartphones. Even at the office, workers expect seamless transitions between wired and wireless networks as they move about the office with their devices.

The good news is that it’s getting easier to meet those expectations. The bad news is that easy solutions are not always the best solutions. Continue reading

More endpoints = more access = more risk

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Security in the age of IoT

Just two weeks ago, Delta Faucet Company broke a massive social media campaign for Delta™ Leak Detection, Designed with iDevices™. You’ve probably seen a post or two for the technology that is a combination of connected sensors and software that detects leaks and pushes alerts to owners to minimize loss.

The sudden ubiquity of Internet of Things technology – at home, in the car, in buildings, and on the factory floor – proves its value. Never before has so much information moved so swiftly between so many devices, networks, data centers, and people than is occurring right now.

Now, we’re not suggesting that leak detection is the best and highest use of IoT technology, but we are suggesting that it is big and getting bigger than anyone thought possible a decade ago.

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Who Killed BYOD?

Once seen as a fast and inexpensive way to enable enterprise mobility, BYOD presents too great a risk for most organizations.

WKB ImageIn a perfect world, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives would simply relieve your organization of the cost of equipping employees with smartphones, tablets, or laptops without any downside risk. Alas, we do not live in a perfect world, leading to the increasingly common view that BYOD’s future in the organization is limited.

It’s true that BYOD looks easy. It’s inexpensive and it lets workers use their preferred devices, which should boost productivity. But the reality is more complex. For most security-conscious organizations – and certainly for those in the highly regulated financial and healthcare industries – BYOD simply isn’t worth the risk.

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