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How To Avoid Data Loss

MOM! Means, Opportunity and Motive. When thinking about the risk of theft, be it a household article, towels from a hospital, books from the library, the perfect culprit is the person who has the means to perpetuate the act, the opportunity to do such and a motive or reason. Amazingly, most scenarios discussed in the world of information security are paralleled in our everyday lives. How many times have we suspected an insider job? A homeowner can often detect or control an outsider’s attempt to enter and remove any asset without authorization. Chances are he or she would immediately see physical signs of a forced entry. Broken window, kicked in door etc. Of course it will not be as apparent if controls were not in place. As a home owner we try our best to activate our deterrent, detection, prevention mechanisms when they are needed. The game changes if one has no policies as to who visits our home, what they can do in our home, how our valuables are managed in our home and how much access that visitor has.

A visitor to your home automatically becomes authorized. They are given permission to be there. They are inside. Now let’s assume you have valuables scattered all over. How difficult would it be to tell if that visitor walked away with your jewelry? Now let us for a minute transfer this understanding to a network that has employees (authorized), assets (financial data, personally identifiable information, intellectual property), and last but not least, reputation to protect. The scope becomes way bigger but the concept remains the same. The insider is the most dangerous to your home or network environment if not properly managed.

Gartner estimates that 70 percent of security incidents that actually cause loss to enterprises – rather than mere annoyance – involve insiders. This finding should surprise no one.

Again let’s go back to the homeowner. There are things we do to protect our assets and mitigate the probability that they will be lost or compromised.

1. The family members are made aware of the assets we have, their value, the impact to the family if they’re lost. Children, for example are trained how to use, activate and deactivate controls.

2. There are rules, written and unwritten, about who can be brought to the house.

3. There are policies concerning acceptable behavior and repercussions for bad behavior.

4. Certain information is not available to certain people- need to know.

5. None of the above is news to anybody who has ever owned something.

Today, with the rapid rise of computer breaches, we are finally addressing the most basic and obvious problem in the enterprise, The Unintentional Insider Threat. Finally we are seeing an acceptance of the fact that we cannot relegate cybersecurity to so called “smart devices” if our approach to data security is not smart. It is apparent that for a long time we focused on the attacker outside while completely back seating, the one within.

How pleasant it is to finally see products being released that place emphasis on the insider. Recently I started looking seriously at a few products from Forcepoint (formerly Websense) and concluded that somebody over there got it. I speak of Stonesoft NGFW, Sureview Analytics and the Triton Risk Vision. I am a huge fan of the Next Generation Firewall. This solution amazingly combines intrusion prevention, evasion prevention and application control. It presents a very use friendly interface and a wealth our information tied to a logical layout. Attacks have become more sophisticated so a tool that has proven capability to identify advanced techniques is a no brainer for any organization.

Being a musician, the name Triton immediately caught my eye. The flagship product is the Triton. Just love it!

My favorite from Forcepoint is the Sureview Insider Threat. So much can be said about this tool. Here’s a short list of what it does.

*Tracks endpoint user and system activity

*Baselines “normal” activity across the organization

*Exposes and quantifies risk through user behavior analytics

*Enables investigation of anomalies with integrated, chronicled data sources

*Provides incident replay, including full-event endpoint video recording

*Detects policy violations hidden by encryption, whether in Web traffic, email or attachments.

Another well thought out offering is the Triton Risk Vision. This is as close to Artificial Intelligence as one can get. Integrated file sandboxing, behavioral analysis, threat intelligence and a wealth of cutting edge technology. All in all, I think that the solution from Forcepoint is the ideal tool for the cybersecurity student. I vote to have this implemented in school/classroom security training.

 

Cisco Certifications Can Change IT World

In the old relations between industry and academia, it was the academia that held the laurel wreath and the commanding position. And you made your transition from universities to the corporations and applied sciences. But starting with Microsoft and then Cisco completely changed the game, now the relations have reversed to some extent.

Just to give you an example of the size of this change. Can you imagine some big pharmaceutical company giving you a certification that guarantees you a job that allows you to make medicine that would be consumed by millions of people and put a fat pay cheque in your pocket along with it? Nope. It would be the other way round. Some big university would hand you a degree that would allow you to work with a company that makes medicines that millions consume.

So, what changed? The computer revolution happened. Smart graduates from universities realized how much freedom in innovation and technology creation computer science could bring them and how they could achieve that without the machine works of mainstream university education. They began to revolutionize information technology to such an extent that the same universities they had to be certified by, were now forced to teach the basics of the technologies that their companies had developed.

One of these leading innovators was Cisco. Chances are that if you work in any corporation or organization that uses computers on a large-scale, you are probably using some form of technology developed by Cisco. Whether you are doing voice or video conferencing in a business meeting or sharing files on your office server, Cisco is most likely the technical support you are relying upon.

Now that Cisco’s technological innovations and services had become indispensable to a swiftly digitizing and e-commerce driven world, they decided to step into educating young professionals and imparting the technical skills necessary for operating, maintaining and developing their technological solutions and networking systems.

Now here is how this new culture of Cisco’s technical and company driven certification differs from the old school university computer science degrees.

1. Continuous Evolution

In order to keep your certification, whether it is a basic CCNA or the highly coveted CCIE, you need to keep upgrading your technical know how and pass theory and hands-on exams every two years or so, otherwise your certification is suspended and you can no longer avail employment through it.

2. Optimized Technical Specialization

Each Cisco certification trains you sharply in a particular field without making you spend your time mastering theory and courses that might never come to your use in applied industry and your job market. You learn exactly what you need to.

3. Complete Standardization

All Cisco certifications are standardized to the utmost level, whether you pass your exam in New Dehli or Tokyo or Los Angeles. Compare this with the wide diversity of quality and individual differences in faculty, campuses and syllabi of university degrees.

4. Pioneers and Innovators

Only the best of the brains in information technology and computing get to the significant tiers and ranks of Cisco certified professionals. Just to give you an idea, in a world where there are over 300,000 notable computer science graduates, only 25,000 have been able to pass the CCIE certification by Cisco. So passing the advanced level Cisco certifications basically puts you among the elite of the IT world.

5. Significant Pay Scales

Last but not least, the difference between the payscales of those who are Cisco certified and those who are not is substantial. The average salary for mid-to-high level Cisco certified professional ranges from $80,000 – $110,000 ( according to payscale.com)

 

Tricks To Protecting Your IT Assests

Having a dedicated staff to analyze and maintain IT investments is becoming increasingly necessary among businesses of all sizes. Unfortunately, the cost of having dedicated IT staff on the payroll can be extremely prohibitive for small and medium-sized businesses. Often the tasks of trying to maintain, troubleshoot and correct IT or computer system problems falls to the owner or an employee with only rudimentary computer skills. This leads to distractions and major time drains that take them away from their core business responsibilities.

Fortunately, managed IT service providers are now available to help these same businesses in an affordable fashion. Finding a managed IT provider is a big task. With the wrong one, you will end up right back where you started. However with the right managed IT provider, productivity and workflow can flourish.

For the best possible results, ask these questions when choosing a managed IT provider:

Are you familiar with my industry? This is a simple question that often gets overlooked in the name of convenience. Remember that a managed IT provider will make your life simpler, but the process of finding the right one takes careful planning. Be sure this potential provider is familiar with your workflow style.

How will my information, as well as my customers’ information, remain safe? A managed IT provider will specialize in ensuring the security of information – your own confidential information as well as that of your clients. Be as inquisitive as possible when it comes to details like these.

What do you bring to the table? Beyond the abilities of a managed IT provider are their connections. What are they authorized to distribute and use? Furthermore, establish whether their toolbox is sufficient for the specific needs of your company.

Where will you start? Oftentimes, a managed IT provider must correctly assess your company’s current situation before moving onto optimization. For example, how will a managed IT provider incorporate your current physical systems?

How big is my up-front investment? You’re running a business, which means that you must always consider the bottom line. The right managed IT provider will be sure to construct a plan that works for your needs and minimizes your in-house expenses.

Managed IT service providers have a range of IT services available to help clients optimize their computer systems. Many offer free, no-obligation assessments to help understand the current state of your computer systems and business requirements. They’ll then work with you develop a plan that minimizes threats, safeguards your system, avoids costly downtime and maximizes the productivity from your systems.

 

Why You Need Cybersecurity Certificate

Cybersecurity training with the end result in earning a certificate gives you several paths to consider. Several universities and schools have cybersecurity programs, as well as other industry associations and institutions, have classes which culminate in a cybersecurity certificate.

Thought needs to be given to the primary focus of the cybersecurity certificate program. Some programs cater more towards the “managerial” side of cybersecurity, whereas some other programs, like the certificate track at Stanford University, have a focal point on the technical side of cybersecurity and need you to have a base knowledge in programming or development.

Also, the ways or methods for earning a certificate vary. You can earn one either online or in-person. Some schools and learning avenues only offer one or the other, though programs exist which let you make the choice of online or classroom based training.

A degree in cybersecurity can be the end-goal, through using certain certificate courses if that is what you desire. A degree in cybersecurity will most certainly require that additional courses be taken. Additionally, thought will need to be given with respect to the funds required for those additional courses and the resulting degree.

Give thought to what you want to get out of your training as well, in addition to just the certificate. You probably want a thorough understanding of the generally accepted best practices associated with the field of cybersecurity. Think along the lines of “what does the industry as a whole see as the requirements for a thorough understanding of cybersecurity”? As well, what do you want to get out of your cybersecurity training, in addition to the certificate you will earn?

Also, what style of learning suits you best? Do you learn better in-person with guidance from a teacher? Someone you can ask questions and get customized responses from? Or are you more of a self-starter who can seek out the answers you need online? Can you motivate yourself, or do you need some external push to get you to learn?

While getting the certificate is a goal in and of itself, don’t make that the only focus of your education here. There is more to be gained through training to earn your cybersecurity certificate. The real learning about the subject of cybersecurity should be the number one thrust behind earning your certificate. Because without that subject matter knowledge, having the certificate itself won’t mean all that much. Make sure you consider how you will best learn more about cybersecurity in general.

 

The Reason Why You Need SAP Ceritificate

Many positions are available when you look for SAP jobs, but it requires some skills to meet the job requirement. Applicants need to ensure that they are armed with necessary skills to land a job. One of the major skills is that of acquiring SAP certification. Let us understand all about it.

Laying the Foundation

The firs thing that you need to understand is that SAP experience is mandatory for most of the companies. It can be in terms of graphic artists or similar profiles where you will need to begin working. It is imperative to say that when you already have some experience you will be better suited to appear for a SAP interview in any organization.

For a fresher the best advice is that of working in their own field to gain experience. Begin working in banking, manufacturing, supply change management, IT or local government to gain some experience in SAP. After gaining some experience it would be easy for you to enter the field.

Next thing is that of acquiring SAP certification that is an essential qualification. The certification is an exam that is conducted by the SAP AG, it is a leading provider of ERP or the Enterprise Resources Planning.

Let us now understand why the certification is important in securing jobs.

Why SAP Certification is Important?

SAP certification is like other IT skills. If you want to pursue your career in the field as a SAP consultant then you will need to obtain the certification. You need to be updated with the latest news and technology. Your knowledge and your skills will ensure that you are able to build relevant tech services that are required by the company. This will help you secure a better position and better job in a company. However, before you go for certification, you need to know how to prepare for it and what all it entails.

Preparing for SAP Certification

Broadly speaking, there are two things to focus upon. The Functional side and the Technical side.

The technical side is focused upon the programming and module customization. If you want to work with technical and functional aspects of the program then you will be able to find opportunities such as project management with SAP modules, business analysis, planning work-flow and utilize industry solutions. If you want to go for technical courses then you need to have a background of computer science, be a developer or have experience with programming.

The functional side is about SAP modules used for business role. You will need to learn all about using the SAP for different roles. The business roles are categorized according to categories and modules. The modules include the following:

  • HR
  • Finance
  • Administration
  • Planning
  • Sales & distribution
  • Quality management
  • Fixed assets management
  • Finance, accounting, fixed assets management
  • Materials Management
  • Plant Maintenance
  • Compliance/Risk/ Governance

Quick tips to gain certification

  • First choose the field of focus upon out of functional or technical. If you are choosing functional then it depends on your work experience and your educational qualification.
  • Look for SAP certification courses online or in your region.
  • Preparing for the exam well in advance require studying with relevant universities or colleges that offer courses for it.

 

Behind CCIE Certification

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert is a certification offered by Cisco Systems. In this certification, a set of skills and knowledge are required before you can have this Certification. Acquiring the certificate is not easy. However, having this certificate will ensure a promising future because of the future job demands in the industry.

Before you take the exam for the certification, you need to undergo the necessary trainings. This is to ensure that you have the enough knowledge needed to pass the exam and be a certified expert. Here are some of the reasons why you must get this Certification:

• In the IT industry, Cisco is a trusted name. Cisco is considered as one of the leading providers on network and IT solutions. With their reputation in the industry, having a Cisco certificate will give you a great opportunity not just in your local area but also internationally. Once you have the certificate, you can stay ahead in the industry.

• Having the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert certificate is a good start for a new career. The certification covers different areas. Thus, you can choose on which area to focus and pursue a career. When you finally decide on which area to focus, you can acquire the different certifications for that certain area and acquire the higher level of certifications in a long run.

CCIE Certification is ideal as preparation for higher certifications. If you are planning to pursue and acquire higher certifications that are very useful in the IT industry, then CCIE Certification is a good preparation. You can always start with the basic and later on, you can upgrade it for better career and wider opportunities.

• Greater opportunity. Since the IT industry is moving too fast, having a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Certification gives you the advantage compared to those people who do not have the certificate. Thus, if you have the certificate, greater opportunities will surely come along the way.

If these reasons are enough to encourage and motivate you, do not waste your time and start acquiring the certification. It is also not too late to take another career path and have a career shift. You’ll never know what the industry can offer to you. However, before you take the certification, make sure that you have undergone the necessary training. There are many companies that are offering Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert trainings and thus, you need to find the best provider to ensure that you can get the certificate.

 

Benefit of Microsoft Certification

If you’re someone looking for the best Microsoft Office certification courses around, then you may have some interest in this article as we will be discussing about the best options. Aside from describing some helpful techniques that you can implement into your search in order to find the right business or company that offers these particular courses, we shall also have some insight as to what are some of the more well-known benefits with these types of certifications. See below for more information.

First off, regardless of which industry you are working in, it would be very helpful to know how to use some of these applications, specifically: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access and Microsoft PowerPoint. Microsoft Outlook is another important application however it’s mainly geared for email purposes. Once you have familiarized yourself with some of these applications, you will notice that there’s a large increase in terms of facilitation and streamlining.

This is true especially when it comes to Microsoft Excel which is a spreadsheet oriented application designed to utilize formulas and functions in order to increase transparency and efficiency – along with keeping records of data. It’s a very important application in the financial field. And, as a matter of fact, it is known that entry level applicants stand to earn a higher salary if they have the Microsoft Office Specialist certification underneath their belts. Those individuals that do hold a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification can actually earn about $15-$16,000 higher than those individuals who do not own such certifications.

Here is another important question with regards to the Microsoft Office certification courses: will these types of training classes, exams and so forth actually qualify for College credits? Indeed it is a time consuming course and there is a great deal of practice, effort, and studying that goes into completing the course. With that said, one would like to think that this type of training can earn you credits. The answer to this question however, is yes and no. In other words, you can earn college credits however you would have to choose the degree programs which are offered at certain institutions. So my advice would be that prior to choosing just any program, be sure that you are not taking the training course for nothing, and that the credits will indeed be applied.

In order to find the best Microsoft Office certification courses available, it would be wise to conduct a little research on the business. See how reputable they are and if they are affiliated with any professional institutes. Also, check out how long they have been around for. Last but not least, perhaps you might want to read over some of the posts, blogs and feedback which has been left by former and current students. Ultimately, you want to have some idea of what and where you are investing your precious time and effort into.

 

Hadoop Training For Your Career

IT is an expanding field where technology keeps changing and data keeps mounting. Data soon becomes Big Data and it gets more and more complex to not just store, but manage this voluminous chink of piling data.

What is Big Data Hadoop?

Big data is synonymous with Hadoop these days. Hadoop is an open source tool that is used to manage huge amounts of data and analyze it so that the knowledge gained can be applied to take wise and calculated business decisions. Hadoop presents an easy and convenient way to manage disparate data and make sense of it so that managers can gain useful insights for better productivity & business growth. The best way to garner huge benefits from this technology is to get a Hadoop Certification and maximize the benefits of Hadoop in your organization.

Job Opportunities after Hadoop Training

A Hadoop Course from a reputed and authorized training partner is essential to get started in this domain. Once you get Hadoop training and subsequently a Hadoop Certification, you can go for the position of a Hadoop administrator, Hadoop Developer, Hadoop Architect or Hadoop analyst – depending upon the Hadoop Certification taken by the individual and his/her skill set in their respective field.

1. Hadoop administrators are system administrators who should have knowledge of database management, Java and Linux in order to learn in-depth about MapReduce – the innovative programming algorithm for data processing.

2. Hadoop developers should have knowledge about SQL and Core Java to get started in creating Big Data Hadoop solutions.

3. Hadoop Architects eventually become expert in Java, MapReduce, Hbase, Pig, and Hive.

4. Hadoop Analysts must possess understanding of data analysis software solutions such as R, SAS, SPSS etc.

Industrial Applications of Hadoop

1. Retail industry: Needs Hadoop for connecting to customers in a better way, forecasting their buying patterns and preferences.

2. Banking & Finance: Implements Hadoop to find solutions to ease out workloads and improve efficiency.

3. Manufacturing: Needs to manage data using an efficient tool that can store data from various sources and streamline different processes from supply to equipment control processes.

4. Healthcare: Involves huge amount of data pertaining to patient records, clinical and financial data, and medical history to name a few.

5. Sports: Sports Industry utilizes Big Data for game analysis, player auctions, broadcasting past trends, and health and fitness management of players.

 

All about Large Email

Are you struggling hard to know about how to email large files? Well, if you are, many ways can help you sending heavy files to as many recipients as you want. Moreover, you can do this without any inconvenience or delay. Whether you are at home or office, these alternatives can help in sending and receiving heavy documents, be it any graphic, audio or large picture album.

‘The file is too large to send’, is the error message we come across when trying to send a heavy files. Thanks to the valuable options, it is now possible not to face this message ever again. It is interesting to know that very simple steps are required to be followed. Without installing any special software or tool and covering a lot of space in the disk, you can send and receive files to and from anyone.

Various ways to email heavy files

1. Google drive

In order to send file through Google drive, you need to follow the below given steps:

· Login to your Gmail account.

· Create a new message. Now, click the drive icon on the compose window.

· Select the file or files to be shared.

· After the file is uploaded, an inline attachment appears.

· Click the send button.

2. DropBox

DropBox is another cool way used by many users. This is also a very useful way and used by many users. To send files this way, follow the below given steps:

· Sign into your dropbox account.

· Select the file or files to be shared.

· Click the share button.

· Enter the e-mail address of the recipients.

· Click the send button.

· Another way to go for is, copying the link and pasting it into the chat or e-mail.

3. OneDrive

Microsoft offers this option. With the password-protected online file storage, it is possible to access, save and share files with anyone you want, be it colleagues or friends.

Besides these options, other very helpful way is breaking the large file into small files. In this method, the heavy file is broken into several small files and is then send to the recipients.

Depending on your convenience and comfort, you can take the help of any of these alternatives and send the large files. However, it is important to be careful about the privacy factor. Don’t trust wrong sources or software and ensure confirming the protection level. Now, share files with anyone, anytime without giving yourself any stress or worry.

 

Why You Need IT Equipment Recycling

As per the United States Environmental Protection Agency, in 2013 roughly 40% of hardware were reused. This number has gradually expanded during that time the same number of organizations are hoping to receive feasible waste methodologies, for example, IT hardware reusing. Be that as it may, the rate of e-waste being reused is still genuinely little, and the measure of electronic waste arranged in landfills is to a great degree destructive to our surroundings.

It is critical that organizations arrange their IT gear in an eco-accommodating way. There are huge amounts of recyclable gear found in landfills that can be utilized to cut the expense of assembling new innovation. By bringing down the expense of creation, purchasing IT gear can eventually be less expensive later on also. Likewise, by restricting the measure of waste put into these landfills, we can improve our surroundings!

In any case, a few organizations are reluctant to reuse or are unconscious this is a choice. We would like to change along these lines of intuition and give you as much data conceivable on the point of IT gear reusing. Today we are letting you know the advantages to utilizing a reasonable waste technique.

Reusing Benefits Everyone

There are ecological, business, and information assurance advantages of utilizing IT gear reusing. At the point when materials are reused, it spares a great deal of vitality to deliver new innovation. Will this spare vitality as well as it will facilitate lower future assembling costs. With a lower producing costs comes less expensive retail costs for hardware.

Additionally, evacuating IT gear with a trusted organization implies the classified data is discarded safely. Most PCs, printers, scanners, and other IT hardware contain private data. In the event that a business does not arrange the information accurately, then the association can bring about noteworthy fines and may lose business due when a client discovers you are not mindfully taking care of their data.

What Can Be Recycled?

A large portion of the IT framework can be reused. You can reuse:

• Monitors

• PCs

• Servers

• Mobile Phones

• Printers

• Scanners

Most hardware is made of various material. Not every last bit of it is recyclable.

Reusing Process

There are distinctive procedures to reuse or restore IT hardware, which incorporate resource transfer, resource reuse, and resource security. In every procedure, the gear must be taken care of with extraordinary consideration.

We generally support organizations of all sizes to not utilize landfills or incinerators in light of the fact that these are not earth-accommodating choices. It is ideal to pick a practical waste methodology that is additionally economical. Clients and customers additionally acknowledge organizations that work economically.