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Updated: Forward these 7 Minimum Security Requirements for Your Small Service Providers

Many organizations outsource to service providers that are not cyber-secure. It is common for companies to experience a significant security breach that originated at a third party. Just ask Target. Forward this request to your small outsourced providers asking them to do these seven things. Continue reading ‘Updated: Forward these 7 Minimum Security Requirements for Your Small Service Providers’

Do the Basics. Do not Believe that Threat Protection Software Will Save You.

This week, someone told me about a group of CEOs who came to the conclusion that their IT security was handled since they installed an artificial intelligence (AI) based threat protection tool. They didn’t know it, but they were wrong.  Continue reading ‘Do the Basics. Do not Believe that Threat Protection Software Will Save You.’

Your Software, such as CCleaner, May Have Backdoors

Can you trust programs you download? Millions of users, including outsourced computer firms, use a program called CCleaner on their own and on customers’ computers. CCleaner just announced that some of its software was compromised and has been stealing data from users’ computers. Continue reading ‘Your Software, such as CCleaner, May Have Backdoors’

Straw, Sticks, or Brick: How to Tell Which Your Network Is, and How to Improve It

Just yesterday, someone told me they think they are secure because they have anti-virus, strong passwords and a firewall.

Last weekend, I asked my daughter to tell me a fairy tale. She chose The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. As she told the story, it became so clear that organizations use straw, sticks, or brick to build their cyber-security protection. See which you are, and how to improve: Continue reading ‘Straw, Sticks, or Brick: How to Tell Which Your Network Is, and How to Improve It’

Attackers Are Using Mobile Devices as a Bridge into Your Network

A newly discovered virus, called Milky Door, permits attackers to connect to your organization’s network through apps on mobile devices. The users have no idea their mobile device is being used in this way. Continue reading ‘Attackers Are Using Mobile Devices as a Bridge into Your Network’

Alert Your IT Team – Urgent Patch for Network Servers

Many organizations use VMware to host their servers. VMware has released an urgent update they label as Continue reading ‘Alert Your IT Team – Urgent Patch for Network Servers’

Alert IT to Graphics Component Patches

Security patches are so important to security, but they are difficult to manage and you always stand the risk of a patch interrupting productivity. And there are some new patches your IT team needs to know about… Continue reading ‘Alert IT to Graphics Component Patches’

How My Daughter Almost Died This Weekend & a Resolution Recommendation for You

My 7-year-old daughter has been very ill since Thanksgiving. She has been under the careful care of her pediatricians at the medical system to which we belong. They have more than 10 million health plan members across the US, so they can be trusted, right? Continue reading ‘How My Daughter Almost Died This Weekend & a Resolution Recommendation for You’

Smooth and Slippery for IT Security

When talking about security, a good example is the large polished stainless steel sculpture commonly known as The Bean. If someone wanted to climb the bean, they would quickly find that the smooth surface provides no place to get a foothold. Make your computers like The Bean. Every single program installed on your computers provides a potential toe-hold that an attacker can use to access your systems. The key Continue reading ‘Smooth and Slippery for IT Security’

Send your IT Professionals to The 2016 SuperTech Best Practices Workshop

Send your IT Professionals to The 2016 SuperTech Best Practices Workshop
Monday 8/8/16 thru Wednesday 8/10/16
Executives are welcome too

Professional Development Workshop for IT Pros:
IT Pros must overcome ever-increasing challenges. Together, you can help yourself and your organization grow and thrive more than ever.
At the SuperTech workshop, IT Professionals receive what they really need in order to be truly successful in their careers… an arsenal of “best practices” that foster an environment where everyone in the company wins! SuperTech can be a positive life-changing experience for participants from everywhere.

Attention Executive Management:
These are just a few of the benefits you will enjoy when you send your IT techs to this one-of-a-kind ‘best practices’ IT workshop:
• Improved performance of your IT team and outsourced vendors.
• Increased productivity from IT teams that feel more appreciated.
• Improved IT Interaction with the rest of your organization’s team.
• Re-energized IT Pros who feel happier (and more loyal) about their jobs.
• Confident IT staff you can trust to professionally represent you to clients.
Imagine your IT department running like a well-oiled machine, with security precautions in place, projects completed on time, lines of communication wide open, and misunderstandings a thing of the past.

What The Workshop Covers:
This two and a half day workshop was created specifically for IT Professionals. Here are just a few of the proven practices that you’ll learn in this workshop that will help transform you into a true “Super-Tech:”
• Master communicating your technical knowledge to others.
• Make sure you are getting the most from your outsourced IT consultants.
• Discover the perfect strategies for providing feedback to management.
• Get the people you supervise to follow your instructions.
• Love your job and enjoy your projects.
• Handle multiple priorities with ease.
• Basics of superior communication.

Prior SuperTech events held in Napa and in New York City have been two days of 9a to 5p. Starting in 2015, the workshop expanded to two and a half days. It moved from a boring conference room and the new workshop meets at a different location each day. Expect a total of 12 hours of traditional training combined with 12 hours of other important activities:
• Monday August 8: In a Redwood Forest amongst trees more than 200 feet tall
• Tuesday August 9: At the Exploratorium and Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco
• Wednesday August 10: On the USS Hornet Aircraft Carrier

Mark, a valuable IT Manager and past participant at SuperTech says, in addition to benefitting from the content, he values the resulting friendships with fellow IT Pros: “I am only 1 out of 70 people in my company. When there is an unusual IT problem at work, having other IT Pros to call is awesome!” He is a past participant and, because he received so much value, is coming again this year too. He knows that IT Professionals can achieve so much more as a unified force. Empower your IT Pro to become part of that force.

Jered says, “I thought it would be good but the content in the first two hours and Mike’s hospitality and attitude blew me away. (There are) so many things I can’t wait to go back and apply.”

Jamie says that the workshop, “Gave me a different perspective to see how other IT Professionals face similar challenges. This was an awesome conference.”

Lester says that the workshop exceeded his expectations because, “I thought this would be a dry boring conference room seminar. It wasn’t. I had a great time with a great group I hope to remain friends with.”

Investment: $1495 total for all two and a half days
Yes, this does include entry fees and tickets at venues.
Does not include travel or meals.
Please call if you want help finding a good price hotel, sharing a car, etc.
Your family is more than welcome. Alternate activities are provided for them, and the schedule is arranged such that you will have plenty of time for you all to be together as well.

Please call if you have questions – including help with travel arrangements
Register today! or Mike Foster direct: 805-637-7039