Are you numb yet?

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Security’s important — you all get that — but after a while all of the shouting about passwords, hacks, murky intrigue, money lost, identity theft, Internet outages, and you just stop listening. You’re numb and you do nothing. Unfortunately, the bad guys are continuing their efforts to make money from you inaction. So at the very least, get a handle on your exposure.

But quite frankly, the sky is not falling.

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Work Life Balance: In Defense of Work

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Come  see us at our luncheon next Wednesday July 19th to learn more about Work Life Balance!

We have all heard the phrase “work life balance” and we all know what it refers to – how to keep from being burned out by our careers or our desire to make money. What I don’t like about the phrase “Life Work Balance” is that it draws up the image of work on one side of the fulcrum and life on the other — as though work and life were at opposite ends of the spectrum, that to work was to have no life and a life at its best means never working. I don’t agree.

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The Sky is Falling!

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I’ve been talking with some clients during the past several days that seem to think Wanna Cry is worse than anything Chicken Little could imagine.  It isn’t. There really isn’t anything earth shattering or drastically special about Wanna Cry. Let’s take a quick look at Wanna Cry and think a bit about how you may be exposed.

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Next Generation Firewalls Are For You!

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While firewalls are universally known to stop a lot of uninvited traffic from entering your network, many business owners I talk with do not understand that firewalls can not only stop the outgoing flow of data but that some firewalls can discern between friendly connections and hostile connections and allow or stop traffic accordingly.

These newer or “next generation” firewalls are usually a bit more expensive than those you would pickup at the local office supply store or even the local computer store.  In order to be useful, they come with a subscription fee which allows a periodic (hourly to monthly) upload to your firewall so that the firewall knows what the latest attacks look like or where they are coming from and can block them.

The power of the next generation firewalls comes from their ability to look not only at where the traffic is coming from and where your network is attempting to send information, but from their ability to look at the content of the traffic and discern whether or not the data is malicious.

These next generation firewalls (often referred to as “NG firewalls”) offer a smorgasbord of bells and whistles so it may take a technical person to help you choose the one for your company.  If you are a typical small business it is likely that a basic NG firewall will suffice. Regardless of your choice, it will certainly be better than the firewall you currently have.

Will these new generation firewalls insure complete protection against intrusion?  No, of course not.  There is no magic wand. But the question not if they are the answer to a worry free network, the question is “Does their benefit exceed their cost?” And to that question  the answer is a resounding “Yes!”