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Q&A Monday: What is CVSS?

Q&A Monday: What is CVSS?

Question: I am a recent graduate, who just got a job working in IT at a company. During a meeting today, someone mentioned a CVSS score on a system that needed to be patched. I was afraid to ask during the meeting, but what is CVSS? Kenneth M. PonceWashington DC Answer: Before I get to the answer to your question, if this is your [...]

Rise of the BISO and what it says about IT Security

Rise of the BISO and what it says about IT Security

I have to admit, until very recently, I have never heard of a BISO (Business Information Security Officer), and the first time I came across this title, I was a little confused. I at first thought that it had something to do with physical security or maybe keeping business' financially secure...and I was wrong. If (like me), you weren't aware of [...]

Q&A Monday: To Anti-Virus or Not to Anti-Virus, that is the question!

Q&A Monday: To Anti-Virus or Not to Anti-Virus, that is the question!

Question: I will be in the process of renewing my AntiVirus software at the end of this month, I'm currently using Norton, should I stay with them or should I go to another software company for my AntiVirus?Marcela NowickiCanyonville, OR Answer: I love this question, for the fact that no matter how I answer it, in some people's eyes I'll [...]

Auditing Standard: A Starting Line not a Finish Line

Auditing Standard: A Starting Line not a Finish Line

In one of the many groups I belong to, someone had asked how much do standards really help a company. My answer, as much as I wanted to be, wasn't straight-forward. I uttered a, "It depends..." I went on to explain the same thing I will here, the nuances of my thoughts. For a small company or a business that is growing these standards (NIST, [...]

Q&A Monday: LZMA File

Q&A Monday:  LZMA File

Question: I received a file from a coworker that has a LZMA file type with a large sum of data, and I don't know how to open it.  Please help! Kevin Knight South Dakota  Answer: LZMA is a compressed file, something like the ZIP compression that most of us are generally familiar with. It's used as a way to group files together and [...]

5 Signs IT isn’t the career for you

5 Signs IT isn’t the career for you

We've all met the IT guy who we are pretty sure isn't cut out for the job.  I know people have asked me, if they are right for IT and it is something people need to think about prior to spending the money and time to get into the field.  Lucky for you, I wanted to make a list of 5 things you need to consider before you hop into the IT field. [...]

Apple Releases Safari 5.0 and 4.1

Apple Releases Safari 5.0 and 4.1

Now this may seem confusing there are two different versions of this update?  Well if you are someone who currently uses the Safari browser often but let me break this down for you as best I can…Safari 5.0 and Safari 4.1 address the same set of security issues, so if you don’t know which version you need just update your browser and your [...]

Q&A Monday: Disable Taskbar Preview

Q&A Monday: Disable Taskbar Preview

Question: Hi Jim, I am a big fan of you blog, and found your site a while back while looking for blue screen problems I was having on my XP machine.  I just bought another computer with Windows 7 on it, and I hate the task bar preview, is there a way to get rid of it? Patricia Mackey Minneapolis, MN Answer: As many people have [...]

5 Blackberry Apps for Small Businesses

5 Blackberry Apps for Small Businesses

    The blackberry you may have in your hand does more that just e-mail, and it can be used to help you run your small business.  We’ve all heard that the android and apple phone’s had apps, and hear very little about the Blackberry Apps.  So I wanted to give the small business owners some apps for their blackberry that could help them.  [...]

Microsoft Security Updates: May 25th 2010

Microsoft Security Updates: May 25th 2010

On Tuesday May 25th Microsoft released a round of minor updates for the Windows Operating System.  Here’s what they are and what they do: SECURITY UPDATES: Update: KB982632-Windows 7/KB981793-XP Type: Recommended Affected Systems: 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, 7, NT What it does: Install this update to resolve issues caused by revised daylight [...]

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