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.


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


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.