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The State of Cybersecurity in 2015 [Infographic]

What’s as commonplace as your mobile habit and bankrupts businesses every day of the week? Cyber threats. Once confined to sci-fi movie plots, cyber crime is now an everyday occurrence, crippling businesses of every size and industry. How big is the problem? HUGE. In fact, the percentage of global security incidents now more than doubles …

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Sloppy Policies Create Security Threats

When business leaders think about information technology security, they often focus on protecting themselves from hackers and viruses. But sometimes, the greatest threat to IT security is internal. Lax security policies may allow workers unrestricted access to sensitive information. And without proper security controls, employees may retain access to systems and accounts, even after they …

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Is it Time? 3 Sure Signs That You May Need a Data Center Upgrade

At times, the signs are obvious that you need to address the challenges facing your company’s data center. Aging equipment, excessive downtime and business expansion typically point to an immediate need to analyze alternative solutions. However, with data center downtime averaging about $8,000 a minute in costs, it makes sense to plan ahead … before …

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How to Choose the Right Place for Your Data

For IT leadership, choosing a colocation data center may create anxiety similar to what parents feel when deciding where their children will go to school. In either situation, you’re entrusting a third party with a big responsibility. And even though an organization may present itself well online or in brochures, you need to do some …

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Layered Security Features Offer Best Defense

In 1996, Tom Cruise’s character in “Mission: Impossible” pulled off a vault heist, bypassing complex security features, including a retinal scan, a voice-recognition safeguard and a motion sensor. That fictional scene illustrates how a group of clever, motivated people can crack top-notch defenses. But in real life, a stunt like that would be … well, …

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Breaches, Hackers and Audits: Part 1 of a 2-Part Post on Cybersecurity

At around lunchtime on July 8, 2015, trading at the New York Stock Exchange came to a halt when NYSE decision-makers recognized a “technical issue” associated with a software release. Reports since then have been vague regarding what the issue was and how it was remedied, but it seems symptomatic of problems that affect businesses …

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Dual-Fiber Connectivity: Laying the Groundwork for Business Growth

Indiana is a state known for basketball, motorsports and vast expanses of farmland. But increasingly, it’s becoming a hot spot for tech startups. According to Forbes magazine, between 2001 and 2013, the Indianapolis-Carmel area ranked ninth of all cities in the United States for tech sector growth, with a 50.4 percent increase in overall tech …

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Can Your IT Staff Handle a Major Security Breach?

In 2014, businesses learned about a security vulnerability that could jeopardize their internal documents and their customers’ personal and financial information. The Heartbleed bug was unique, in that it wasn’t a virus that inflicted a single, obvious attack that could be easily identified. Instead, it leaked security keys, passwords, content, historical data – all kinds …

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Room for Improvement: What Your Server Needs

In small offices, server rooms are often forgotten. They may become dusty, seldom-visited recesses, where components are stacked on top of each other, connected by a tangle of wires. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is the idiom that best describes some small-business feelings about server rooms. But even if your current server is …

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Indianapolis IT Expert Says NYSE Computer Outage Time Could Have Been Reduced and Might Have Been Hacked

The NYSE, along with United and WSJ.com, outages were cause for concern last week, raising a variety of questions in the midst of reports of “technical issues”. The official statement reads as follows: “It was determined that the NYSE and NYSE MKT customer gateways were not loaded with the proper configuration compatible with the new …

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