Posts Tagged ‘network’

 

Does Customer Service Include Over-Certification?

What happens if you don’t store, process, or transmit credit or debit cardholder data—yet one of your vendors or customers demand that you be PCI Compliant?
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What? CEO’s, executives and business owners are protecting their network with a cheap home based firewall?

Any successful business professional can become the target of people wishing to do them harm. Why would a business professional trust their family’s safety to a $30 home level router when they can get a much better firewall for less than $100? And a great one for less than $300?  How much is your family’s security worth to you?  Executives and owners always ask which is the best one to get at home.

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Do you connect to other networks besides your own? At someone else’s office, a hot spot, coffee shop, airport, or hotel?

When you connect to someone else’s network, you are possibly opening yourself up to attack from other computers on that network.  The other computer owner’s may have no idea that their computer is even infected or that it will attempt to attack your machine. You also open yourself up to liability issues if your computer is suspected of infecting the other network to which you are attaching.  The easiest solution is:

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Are employees or guests connecting unauthorized computers to your network?

An IT professional discovered an unauthorized computer on the network!  “I know all our computer names and I knew this one did not belong.  I immediately called our consultants thinking we were being compromised. They said the computer was in our office.  I searched through the office and found that one of the (employees) brought in a (outside representative) into the office and set her up in one of our offices. She was allowed to plug her laptop in to our network and proceeded to access the internet.”   I frequently come across offices that freely offer for visitors to “plug in to the network” to check e-mail or access the Internet. Same with offering visitors wireless access.  The people offering access to complete strangers obviously have no idea of the danger.

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