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September 29, 2014

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Insider Threats Are a Growing Problem

One of the biggest threats to your computer systems could be sitting in your next staff meeting. That uncomfortable and unfortunate fact was noted by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a public service announcement released September 23.


The agency reported that security breaches by disgruntled employees are on the rise, and pose a significant threat to U.S. businesses. The FBI has investigated a growing number of cases in which current or former employees exploited their ability to access business networks and servers in order to destroy data, steal proprietary software, make unauthorized purchases, and obtain customer information and other resources for use in a new job. There were also multiple incidents in which disgruntled employees disabled access to key systems or conducted distributed denial of service attacks as part of an extortion scheme against their employers.


The DHS and the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) define an insider threat as “a current or former employee, contractor or other business partner who has or had authorized access to an organization’s network, system or data and intentionally misused that access to negatively affect the confidentiality, integrity or availability of the organization’s information or information systems.” According to FBI data, insider threat incidents cost victim businesses anywhere from $5,000 to $3 million to resolve.

September 11, 2014

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The Business Case for Remote Desktops

In our previous post, we discussed how remote desktops, specifically Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS), provide users with anytime, anywhere access to their desktop environment on virtually any mobile device or desktop computer. RDS is widely viewed as a simpler, more cost-effective alternative to virtual desktop infrastructure, the most common approach to desktop virtualization.


Although RDS has been available for more than a decade, recent improvements in functionality, performance and scalability have sparked a renewed interest in the solution. Organizations can deploy Microsoft RDS in-house or access RDS through a hosted solution.

September 4, 2014

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How to Access Your Desktop from Anywhere


In a traditional office environment, each employee has their own computer with its own operating system and applications. Any type of desktop maintenance, from software updates to technical support issues, would require a visit from the IT department that forced the employee to stop working until the issue was resolved.


In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven business world, this approach doesn’t work. It’s expensive, slow, complex and labor-intensive. Also, with the emergence of mobility and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, employees can’t be tied to their desks. They need to be able to access their desktop and all of its functionality from anywhere at any time.