Backups

  • Seminars on online security

    Online securityFor the first three months of 2018 and again in 2020, Integrated Media Strategies has been working with SCORE Raleigh to help small businesses improve their online security. In an increasingly-connected world, small businesses are vulnerable to a range of malicious attacks. And because of this connectedness, an intrusion in one area can translate into a much broader problem. A successful malicious attack can be terminal to a small business.

    Many small business owners are focused on doing what they need to do to keep their business running and may not have online security expertise.  They may not know, for example, that a hack of the business router exposes the entire network to the intruder and can result in snooping, gathering of bank account passwords and the injection of ransomware.They may also think that because they are a small business, it isn't worth trying to hack them. They won't necessarily know that bots do most of the work and crawl the web looking for vulnerabilities.  If they have these vulnerabilities, they could make the hacker that bought the code some money.

  • Single point of failure connectivity for the small business

    b2ap3 large networkdownThe storms that blew through yesterday with lightning that fried our company's modem and the data line from the road to our building reminded me of the old tech variant of the joke that 'real men don't do backups'.  My many years as a skydiver has taught me the value of a reserve parachute and developing a plan B.  What this means is examining processes for a single point of failure and then determining the cost/benefit that a failure at that point is likely to have for survival.  Clearly, in skydiving, it's a really good idea.

     

 

 

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