Entries by Gavin Livingstone

Cybercrime targets smaller organizations

A recent Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR) from Verizon notes that 98% of data breaches stemmed from external sources using hacking techniques (81%) and malware (69%).  About 79% of the data breaches were directed at “targets of opportunity”, typically smaller organizations that are vulnerable through an “exploitable weakness”; most attacks were performed using relatively unsophisticated […]

Migrating Postini users to Google Apps for Business; also, an alternative

As mentioned in our August 2012 Bryley Tips and Information, Google has moved Google Message Security (GMS)/Postini into Google Apps for Business and will migrate all GMS/Postini customers to Google Apps for Business by the end of 2013.   Google will migrate GMS/Postini users gradually, focusing initially on its large, direct-billed customers and eventually tackling those […]

Windows Server options

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 will be released September 4th.  Microsoft streamlined server-edition options to four and discontinued Home Server, Small Business Server, and Enterprise Edition.   Windows Server 2012 editions: Foundation – Up to 15 users; OEM-only, so purchased with hardware Essentials – Up to 25 users with cloud-enablement features Standard – Unlimited users; includes two […]

Protect your mobile device – Part 3: Enforcement, Tools, and First Steps

We have explored the importance of setting policies and training users on mobile device security and management; now, we wrap-up with how to enforce these policies, recommended tools, and first steps to mobile device security.   Enforcement   Enforcement is usually assisted through a Mobile Device Management (MDM) tool; typically a software-based application that requires […]

Google moves Postini spam-filtering into Google Apps

Google purchased Postini in 2007 to provide spam-filtering and related security and compliance services to Google enterprise-services clients; they initially branded Postini under Google Messaging, but have now integrated Postini into Google Apps for Business.  They will retire the Postini brand name in 2013.   Users of Google Message Security (spam filtering) will be transitioned […]

Microsoft Streamlines Windows Server Options, Kills Versions for Home and Small Business

Microsoft has revealed that the Windows Server 2012 options will be drastically streamlined from the myriad choices of its predecessor. In the paring down, though, Microsoft is killing off Windows Small Business Server, and Windows Home Server–the two most popular versions for small and medium businesses (SMBs). On the one hand, the news is quite welcome. Variety […]

Protect your mobile device – Part 2: Training

Training is an important, early step in any process; informing end-users of the need to secure their mobile devices is critical. Recommended training topics: ● Why we need to authenticate and encrypt ● How to reduce the risk of loss or theft ● How to safely deploy new applications ● How to securely backup your data   Authenticate and encrypt […]

DNS-changing malware in the news this week

A well-publicized, DNS-changing malware was detected and temporarily thwarted by the FBI late last year.  The FBI will remove its temporary fix at midnight on Monday, July 9th, which could cause any remaining infected machines to lose their Internet connection.   Windows-based PCs managed by Bryley Systems under our Comprehensive Support Program are not at risk.  The […]