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question about corporate IT security

I keep reading these reports of hacker breakins at large companies (i.e, Sony, Target, etc).

Why do these keep happening ? Is it a money issue ? Is it truly impossible, no matter how much resources you throw at it, to prevent unauthorized entry into corporate systems ? I know there are some excellent criminal hackers out there.

Should they go completely offline as much as humanly possible ? I'd hate to be a corporate CIO, especially with inadequate resources.

Thanks in advance, sincere question as always.


African-American group: I was so proud of President Obama last night....

*************This is the African-American group************************

He really put it to the Republicans at times, and was eminently reasonable throughout. I loved the ad lib "I won both times".

The man is a CREDIT to our nation, and will be fondly remembered forever. He is the Jackie Robinson of presidential politics, always a class act and gets the job done as well as he can, with the racism and Republicans to fight every step of the way.

There is no way any human being with a functioning brain can say the man is not a good President. He has done his best under very difficult circumstances.

OK OK, I'll stop singing his praises now. The next two years will be brutal. We need to support him as well as we can.

MAINFRAMES are SO NOT DEAD: IBM's launched a new one



At least twenty years after pundits first pronounced the death of the mainframe, IBM has released a new one.

Of course, the proof of the pudding will be in the market, but IBM will be hoping that the billion dollars it's poured into developing the new z13 mainframe will get the big end of town as excited as Big Blue itself is.

Ensuring that it won't be welcome in the UK after the next election, the z13 has enough grunt to handle “real time encryption of all mobile transactions at any scale” – all the way up to its claimed 2.5 billion transactions a day capacity, presumably.

The theory is that every e-commerce transaction touches off dozens of other system interactions, and that generic Intel-based systems won't scale up to handle them especially as mobility drives up the number of transactions.

Amazing Attire That Protects Your Privacy & Security When You’re Out


Personal digital privacy and security get more complex all the time—it used to be that you had to choose a strong password for your email account. Now you need a wide variety of strong passwords, a way to manage them, a passcode for your phone and your tablet, virus protection, and a range of other things. But now there’s a new way to protect yourself: with your clothes.

Most of these clothes protect you from having the radio frequency identification (RFID) information from your bank cards and passwords stolen. This is becoming a more popular way of attacking unsuspecting people, so it’s something worth thinking about.

Fortunately, if the protection is built into your clothes, you won’t have to give it much thought at all!

RFID-Blocking Jeans and Blazer

Betabrand, a clothing company that makes things like dress-pant sweatpants, Cordarounds (horizontal corduroy pants), reversible smoking jackets, and insured socks, is crowd-funding RFID-blocking jeans ($150) and a women’s blazer ($150). Betabrand has worked with Norton to ensure that two pockets in the jeans and one in the blazer are immune to RFID hacking. Keep your credit cards in those pockets, and they’ll be safe.

The garments are still in the crowd-funding phase, but the jeans are well past their goal, so you can expect to see a wider release soon (unfortunately, the blazer isn’t faring quite so well).

Above normal temps for Florida so far this winter....

70 F at 840 AM......that's usually near the HIGH temp for the day.


Chick-fil-A Investigating Possible Credit Card Breach


LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) – Atlanta-based fast food chain Chick-fil-A announced Wednesday it is investigating a possible credit card breach involving several of its restaurants in Maryland and other states.

The corporation released this statement:

“Chick-fil-A recently received reports of potential unusual activity involving payment cards used at a few of our restaurants. We take our obligation to protect customer information seriously, and we are working with leading IT security firms, law enforcement and our payment industry contacts to determine all of the facts. We want to assure our customers we are working hard to investigate these events and will share additional facts as we are able to do so. If the investigation reveals that a breach has occurred, customers will not be liable for any fraudulent charges to their accounts — any fraudulent charges will be the responsibility of either Chick-fil-A or the bank that issued the card. If our customers are impacted, we will arrange for free identity protection services, including credit monitoring.”

The company has not yet released which locations are affected.

Alaska sure seems warm this year: 40 F at Anchorage, AK


Is it warm in AK this year, Alaska DU'ers ?

Happy New Year!

President Obama and kids in photos: PBS (dialup warning)

An Oval Office face-plant, Obama in a tiara, and other moments caught by White House photographers in 2014


78 F in Fort Lauderdale FL! Too warm for late December...

I'm confident, however, that Fort Lauderdaleans are NOT complaining.


fwiw, Network Security for Dummies free right now from MakeUseOf


Hopefully that link will work so you can download it for free.

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It seems ok for use at home, but not for a working professional.
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