Microsoft PKI & Cisco Identity Services: Why You Need Both to Keep Your Data Secure

Microsoft PKI & Cisco Identity Services: Why You Need Both to Keep Your Data Secure

Target … DigiNotar … LinkedIn …

What do all of these high-profile data breaches have in common?

Authentication gone wrong.

Target and LinkedIn are still dealing with aftermath of their data breaches. Dutch public CA, DigiNotar, immediately ceased operations and a few months later filed for bankruptcy, in the wake of an intruder gaining control of its servers.

What happened to these businesses may sound like every IT professional’s worst nightmare, but in today’s era of bring-your-own device and unsecured wireless networks, it’s easy for your data to fall into the wrong hands.

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Softchoice’s Cloud Backup Story: 3 Lessons

Softchoice’s Cloud Backup Story: 3 Lessons

When it comes to business data security in our increasingly nomadic workforce, the benefits of utilizing SaaS technology to secure and backup data are quickly becoming apparent. In fact, we here at Softchoice recently experienced the process of vetting and implementing our own data protection and backup plan.

Three months ago, we undertook a project to update our backup and disaster recovery system. And as more and more of our clients are asking how to protect their data, we wanted to share three things we learned along the way.

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System Center 2012, ActiveSync, And The BYOD Revolution

Systems Center 2012, ActiveSync and BYOD

A great deal has changed since 2008 and the onset of the client computing “revolution”. The Consumerization of IT appears to be here to stay and the options and connectedness of our environment continue to increase exponentially. Back in 2008, Facebook (only) had 63 million uses – it’s projected they’ll hit 1 billion worldwide by August. In 2008, Twitter was only a year and a half old. In 2012 there are more than 140 million active users generating over 340 millions tweets daily. In four years, we’ve seen a veritable avalanche of changes and choices that have completely shifted the landscape of IT considerations and opportunities in the enterprise.

It was back in Q1 of 2008 when Apple announced it had licensed Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) from Microsoft for its iOS products (specifically the iPhone). Read this short post for a quick walk down memory lane. Since then, iOS has completely changed the view of what it means to have, manage, use, interact with, secure, provide, decline, buy, sell, and consume mobile information. Although iOS has led the charge, there is still more innovation going on by all major manufacturers, and Microsoft is doing their part to help their customers get ready for BYOD.

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Windows 7 SP1 is out: Highlights and FAQ

screen grab of Microsoft download centerMicrosoft has just announced the general availability of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) through Windows Update and the Download Center.

There are numerous stability, compatibility and performance improvements. Also, there’s more scalability and availability for DirectAcces, plus there are a couple of key features included in the SP1 release around enhanced virtualization features for Windows Server, RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory.

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FEATURE: Widespread Security Risks due to XP Support Retirement

A research note issued by Softchoice highlights widespread security implications as Microsoft ends support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2).

Windows is ending support for XP SP2Softchoice’s analysis of 278,498 corporate and public sector PCs reveals that almost half are still running Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2. Support for this service pack, including security updates, officially ends on July 13th 2010. It is estimated that nearly eight out of every 10 organizations have a high enough prevalence of SP2 in their environment to warrant immediate action to update their systems. Failing to do so could create unnecessary security risks as hackers continue to look for vulnerabilities knowing that software updates will no longer be forthcoming from Microsoft.

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