2010 Refresh

March 11, 2010

2009 got busy with this-and-that, so this blog became stale.  It’s a new year, and though we have not yet finalized our departmental or individual goals, there’s a lot going on this year at work.

In 2010, at work, plans include:

  • Server refresh (hopefully with a lot of virtualization)
    • New Citrix environment / upgrade
    • Re-vamp intranet/website test server configuration
    • Symantec upgrade
  • SharePoint 2007 or 2010 deployment
  • Altiris Management Suite deployment / configuration
  • Disaster recovery project
  • Information security project
  • User training project
  • SOX compliance process review

Those are the main things, composed of many many little things.

I hope to have more to post soon.

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Laptop Security Tips

June 8, 2009

I’m working on our information security awareness training program, which will include Laptop Security for our road warriors.  This is a brief collection of laptop security tips I’ve gathered for this purpose… let me know if you have any to add.

  • Lock down your laptop with a security cable
  • Use a laptop safe / locked briefcase to travel or store
  • Use laptop motion sensors and alarm softeare
  • Keep the laptop out of site, locked or in its bag
  • Keep the laptop close at hand
  • Keep an eye on the laptop
  • Choose an inconspicious laptop bag – a school bag, backpack, padded briefcase or suitcase
  • Protect your password, and choose your password wisely
  • Store a minimal amount of data on the laptop
  • Encrypt your data
  • Use a screen guard / privacy screen

Is your Blackberry as secure as Obama’s?

June 4, 2009

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I’m working on some training curriculum, which includes Blackberry security for our numerous blackberry users, and I found an excellent list of security considerations: 

While your VIP’s might not need that high a level of security, many of the tips still apply to casual and executive users.