May 2014
In this issue
7 security habits of highly effective PC users
The Internet of Everything: Four Technologies We'll Actually Use within Three Years
Heartbleed May Cause You Some Heartache
Business Continuity Tip
Cartoon and Quote
Continuity Tip

Social Media & Disaster Recovery

There's no doubt about it - social media is changing the way we communicate. These online tools, once thought to be for personal use only, have asserted their dominance in times of emergency as go-to sources for news and updates.

Here are two great resources to help bring sense to this subject. Check out this on-demand webinar "Social Media & Disaster Recovery" and this blog post, "The Link between Crisis Management and Social Media."

Quote for Today

The Internet is the most important single development in the history of human communication since the invention of call waiting.

Dave Barry

Just for Laughs

7 security habits of highly effective PC users
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

You might not think about it when you’re browsing the web, shopping online and interacting on social media, but you are the first line of defense against cyber security risks. The power to be safe is in your hands and at your fingertips. Developing and maintaining good habits can make online activity much safer and more enjoyable for you and your colleagues.

The following 7 good habits take only minutes to learn and are easy enough to incorporate into your daily work life.

1. Create strong passwords
Passwords are usually the first, and sometimes only, protection against unauthorized access. They are the keys to your online kingdom, so keep these guidelines in mind.

Many websites will let you know whether your password is safe when you’re in the process of creating it. Pay attention to that, and if the site indicates that your password is weak or not secure, create a better one.

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The Internet of Everything: Four Technologies We'll Actually Use within Three Years
Used with the permission of
by Kristi Essick

There is so much talk about the Internet of Everything, but how much of it is a futuristic pipe dream? After all, for nearly two decades, companies have tried to sell consumers Internet-connected fridges and microwaves, automated home lighting and heating systems, and smart entertainment devices, yet these devices have never caught on in a big way.

Clearly, the IoE is colossal, and growing. According to a January 2014 research report from Raymond James & Associates, there were 12.5 billion devices connected to the Internet in 2011, including nearly every computer in the world and over a billion smartphones. By 2020, that number will grow to 50 billion. To put this into perspective, today 80 "things" – including consumer electronics, machine tools, industrial equipment, cars, and appliances – connect to the Internet for the first time every second. By 2020 this will expand to 250 new devices every second.

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Heartbleed May Cause You Some Heartache
used with permission from FTC Business Center Blog
By Nicole Vincent Fleming

If you’re thinking “Heartbleed” sounds serious, you’re right. But it’s not a health condition. It’s a critical flaw in OpenSSL, a popular software program that’s used to secure websites and other services (like VPN and email). If your company relies on OpenSSL to encrypt data, take steps to fix the problem and limit the damage. Otherwise, your sensitive business documents and your customers’ personal information could be at risk.

About two-thirds of all web servers use OpenSSL, so it's safe to say the small coding error recently discovered by researchers has big implications. The error, which has been in place for over two years, makes it possible for a hacker to grab information that's supposed to be protected. Vulnerable web servers can be tricked into revealing random bits of data over and over, until the hacker gets something juicy, like the server's encryption key.

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