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Top 10 Modern Business Information Security Risks

You have firewalls and anti-malware system, video surveillance and monitoring systems for network traffic to and from the Internet. But look at eWeek’s semi-smart list of the top ten infosec risks workers pose to your business today, and you may need to rethink your plans.

I call this a “semi-smart” list because it’s practical and real-world, and doesn’t assume the “standards” out there cover all the bases. But, at the same time it doesn’t offer much in the way of solutions, which always frustrates me (and it misses some key points, especially related to intentional worker behavior, as opposed to neglect, and how it can substantially enhance the potential associated with these risks).

Point is, each of the items pointed out is very much worth considering and reviewing in your business security program. Just don’t forget to look at them in the big-picture perspective of the business.

And now for the list:

  • USB Flash Drives
  • Laptops
  • P2P
  • Web Mail
  • Wi-Fi
  • Smart Phones
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Social Networks
  • Unauthorized Software Updates
  • Virtual Worlds

Pretty much every modern technical productivity enhancer. Before anyone starts screaming the alarmist song, think about not only how these things can be used for good, but also about how they could be used to to Very Bad Things.

How many of those technologies are specifically and can be proven effectively covered under your infosec policies? How many have you tested in the real world to see what your compliance profile really looks like? Could you meaningfully test for these threats, even if they were on your plan?

You can check out the eWeek article here.

The New Drobo, Now Twice As Fast!

DroboToday, Data Robotics released the new Drobo which now support not just USB 2.0, but FireWire 400 and 800.  Its now about twice as fast as the previous model.  The fan has also been upgraded to now be even more quiet than before.  I never had any issues with sound on the first generation Drobo.  They announced all these improvements and kept the price at the same level as the first generation model.  For more information about this new version, follow this link at Data Robotics.

How To Hang Pictures Without Ruining Your Walls

Hanging picture frames can be a royal pain, especially frames that require multiple wall hooks.

Before the existence of fancy laser levels or cool tools, like the ones I’m about to show you, my grandfather taught me how to use scotch tape and string to make it a little neater than marking pencil lines directly on the wall. You’d first decide how high you’d want your photos and take the string to one end of the wall. Then with a level you’d level the line and tape the other end of the string on the opposite end of the wall. But often the string would move or fall off and it was never perfectly level.

Black & Decker's 36 The Black & Decker’s 36″ Gecko Grip Level with Accu Mark is a new spin on a traditional level. It’s most useful feature is the Gecko Grip friction pads that help keep the level steady and prevent it from slipping with little pressure.

It also has 2 adjustable targets that slide back and forth on the level and are used to easily transfer the spacing between your picture hooks to the wall. You simply slide them to line up with the mounts on back of your pictures and then move the level to the wall and note the spots with a pencil.

Black & Decker Bullseye Auto-Leveling Laser With AnglePro
To make things even easier you could also use a laser level such as Black & Decker Bullseye Auto-Leveling Laser With AnglePro which sticks to your wall and projects an autoleveling laser beam along the wall’s surface.

It can even project the laster vertically and on angles to make lining up your pictures in stair wells. At under $30.00 it’s a steal and even the batteries are included.

If you purchase both the Black & Decker’s 36″ Gecko Grip Level with Accu Mark and Black & Decker Bullseye Auto-Leveling Laser With AnglePro your order should be eligible for free super saver shipping.

Pricing, rebates, free super saver shipping, and other promotions maybe subject to availability and restrictions.

Ubuntu Linux To Be Sold At Best Buy For $19.95

Ubuntu Linux [Canonical]  has decided to offer a boxed retail version for folks who can not or do not wish to download the freebie version. In a statement from Canonical it mentions that the boxed version will come with a manual and also 60 days of support. The announcement also states:

The aim is to provide Ubuntu to users who want the software and support conveniently presented in a boxed set. Making it available through Best Buy is an opportunity to reach users who are unaware of Ubuntu or who are bandwidth restricted and don’t want to download Ubuntu themselves

The Valusoft and Canonical teams have worked hard on the packaging to show how Ubuntu has a program for the common activities that users need such as “Web Browsing”, “Productivity Suite” and “Email”. This makes it much easier for a consumer to work out if Ubuntu is right for them. I think the teams have done a great job presenting Ubuntu simply and concisely.

Bringing Linux and free software to new categories  of users is fundamental to our mission at Canonical. Valusoft. By adding a 60 day support service, ValuSoft are making it easier for consumers to install and get started with Ubuntu. Installing an operating system of any kind is still a scary task for many people so offering a ‘helping hand’ is a great reassurance for the new user and will help tremendously with the success of the product in this category.

We’ve very happy to be working with ValuSoft to make Ubuntu available to a wider range of users. And if you’ve been thinking about  a great  way to introduce someone new to Ubuntu then you could always hop to your local Best Buy for a brand new Ubuntu in a box!

Hmm………..the timing is interesting. Just when Xandros buys Linspire, both of which were paid Liunx versions, it seems strange that Canonical would take this approach. Or is it that Linux as a freebie can no longer survive? I always wondered what motivated people to provide a free operating system. Both Microsoft and Apple make a tidy sum with paid versions of operating systems. Why not Linux?

Is this the start to the end of the free Linux effort? Why haven’t people flocked to Linux?  If it is free why do people continue to  pay for operating systems from Microsoft and Apple?

Comments welcome.


Unreal Tournament 3 for the Xbox 360 Now At Retail

Midway Games Ltd., a subsidiary of Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY), a leading interactive entertainment publisher and developer, and world-renowned developer Epic Games, today announced “Unreal Tournament 3“, for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, is now available in North America, with several new features including split screen, five exclusive maps and two all-new characters, as well as all previously released downloadable content. Rated Mature by ESRB, Unreal Tournament 3 is available for a suggested retail price of $59.99. Unreal Tournament 3, the award-winning first-person-shooter, has already shipped more than 1 million units for Windows PC and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system.

Xbox 360 owners will get an exclusive video preview of Gears of War 2, the eagerly anticipated sequel to the 4.7 million unit-selling blockbuster third-person action game, included on the Unreal Tournament 3 disc. The exclusive video content will include never-before-seen footage of the game’s multiplayer modes featuring new maps, new modes, new weapons and new gameplay elements. The video is narrated by Epic Games’ design director, Cliff Bleszinski, and Gears of War senior producer, Rod Fergusson.

We are extremely excited to put the fast-paced, frenetic gameplay of Unreal Tournament 3 in the hands of Xbox 360 owners,” said Leonie Manshanden, European Marketing Director, Midway Games Ltd. “The exclusive maps, new characters, two-player split screen support and exclusive Gears of War 2 multiplayer video make Unreal Tournament 3 the must-have video game for Xbox 360 this summer.

Searing-hot first-person shooter action comes to Xbox 360 this summer with Unreal Tournament 3,” said Mark Rein, vice president of Epic Games. “With a bevy of new and exclusive content, Xbox 360 owners can now get their frag on by choosing to play online with friends over Xbox LIVE or against our amazing AI ‘bots.’

Zone Alarm Free Edition Conflicts With New Microsoft Update

According to my buddy Steve Bass, over at PCWorld.Com, the latest MS update to correct the DNS vulnerability keeps folks using ZA Free Edition from accessing the Internet after reboot.

If you have any friends using Zone Alarm’s free firewall along with Windows Auto Update, it might be nice to give them a call (they won’t be receiving your emails for a while).  You can read about it on Steve’s blog.

And yes, all you Mac and Linux people, we know you don’t have the problem.  Keep it to yourself.  You’re so predictable (and soooo boring).

Corporate Restructuring Memo


July 8, 2008

To all employees,

Here at New Revolution Ventures, we pride ourselves on our new Special High Intensity

Training (S.H.I.T) program. In fact, we pride ourselves on the amount of S.H.I.T we provide to

all our employees. Our philosophy is that if we give our employees more S.H.I.T than any other

firm, we will soon be the leader in our industry. We also believe that the S.H.I.T we give our

employees will then carry over to our clients, in the hopes that our employees will give more

S.H.I.T to our clients, thereby, hoping for a happier, more satisfied client. We are also calculating

that our clients will value the S.H.I.T we give them on a daily basis.

We are so confident in our S.H.I.T program, that for our outstanding employees, a new bonus has

been implimented. This will go to the employees who proactively go out of their way to give

more S.H.I.T to other employees than any other person.

If, at any point, you feel you have not received enough S.H.I.T for the month, please contact a

staff member and they will ensure you are given more S.H.I.T.

We are also initiating a new work place relaxation policy known as Superior Constant Relaxing

& Energizing Work Environment De-stress (S.C.R.E.W.E.D). Here at New Revolution Ventures,

we want our employees to feel as S.C.R.E.W.E.D as possible, we believe that a S.C.R.E.W.E.D

employee is a happy employee. To this end, we will make sure all our employees feel

S.C.R.E.W.E.D at all times.

If you are not feeling particularly S.C.R.E.W.E.D at any point, please make sure you attend the

S.H.I.T meeting so we can make sure you are feeling S.C.R.E.W.E.D at all times.

We have a new billing and accounting procedure in place, its now known as Restored Account

Priority Escalation (R.A.P.E). This is to provide a speedier resolution to all of our clients billing


We are now required to R.A.P.E each of our clients bank accounts. By performing a R.A.P.E of

each of our clients bank accounts every time they call with billing issues this will actually help us

become a more profitable company.

We are presently restructuring our management titles and duties. Your supervisor is now much

more than just a supervisor, they will now be known as Business Account Supervisors Tasked

At Relaying Data (B.A.S.T.A.R.D). All personel and job related issues will now be brought to

the B.A.S.T.A.R.D on duty.

If you feel you are not feeling S.C.R.E.W.E.D at work, please consult the B.A.S.T.A.R.D on

duty. The B.A.S.T.A.R.D will make sure you receive more S.H.I.T to ensure you are feeling

S.C.R.E.W.E.D at all times while working for New Revolution Ventures.

We are excited to impliment these new changes, and we hope you will find your employment

here highly rewarding.


Daniel Muhlestein

Head B.A.S.T.A.R.D

Internet Explorer 7 Consumes RAM

This is a personal observation of Internet Explorer 7 on both a desktop and laptop. Both these machines have ample RAM. IE 7 is problematic on resources on both these machines.

The decline in memory resources begins at approximately the ten minute mark. This is with only a couple of tabs opened. Even closing all tabs except one does not release the RAM. It requires closing IE7 completely and beginning a completely new session. Beyond the two hour mark, so much of the machines resources are claimed by the browser that the speed of the machine is decreased significantly.

These observations are not a one time impression. Data were collected over ten days. Once IE7 was closed, the computer resumed its usual speed. I will add that I have used IE7 as downloaded, without any additional tweaks. Modifications should not be necessary. Just this RAM issue along is enough for me to steer clear of IE7.

Catherine Forsythe

The New Era

It isn’t exactly pretty — and certainly isn’t tidy — but peace really does appear to be breaking out in the Middle East.


Turiaf Offer: Lakers on the Clock

The Golden State Warriors are forcing the Los Angeles Lakers into a decision about next season’s roster. Golden State has made restricted free agent Ronny Turiaf a generous four year contract offer of seventeen million dollar:

“…Turiaf is a restricted free agent. The Lakers have seven days to match the Warriors’ offer.”

link: Turiaf agrees with Warriors

The Lakers decision will be whether to match the contract offer or let Ronny Turiaf go to Golden State. Ronny Turiaf is certainly one of the favorite players of the Lakers fans. He plays with enthusiasm and effort. Along with many other Lakers, Ronny Turiaf had an unremarkable championship series against the Boston Celtics. Ronny Turiaf has had the playoff experience now. Do the Lakers keep that investment or look for another player who can contribute?

If the Lakers decide to let Ronny Turiaf go, they will need to replace substitute who comes into the game for rebounding and altering shots. The price for Ronny Turiaf may be too high with the return of Andrew Bynum. The front line of the Lakers will have Andrew Bynum’s size along with Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. For Ronny Turiaf, no matter which team contract he signs next, he is guaranteed a sizable pay increase and financial security. Some NBA team will ‘show him the money’.

Catherine Forsythe