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What you may have missed

1. The FTC can now sue companies with loose security controls that result in a data breach if the company claims that consumer data is secure. No way! Yes way.  The U.S. District Court for the District Court of New Jersey upheld the FTC’s authority to regulate data security under the unfair or deceptive provisions of the…

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More on Chargebacks: Easing Towards Usage-based Storage Costs

Chargebacks have always been a contentious part of corporate life. It’s not that managers aren’t accustomed to working within budgets and approving invoices for outside vendors. But paying for an internal service?  A typical line of business manager’s reaction is that chargebacks amount to a ‘bunch of bean counting’ that serves no useful purpose. But…

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Active Directory Domain Naming Best Practices

When you’re naming domains, it should be planned as carefully as you would in naming your first child – of course I’m exaggerating – but it’s worth planning carefully.  For those of you who fail to heed this advice, we’ll be writing a tutorial on how to rename a domain shortly. Before we discuss current…

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Chargebacks: IT Gets Some Respect

According to a certain point of view, IT departments, along with other shared services—legal, HR, marketing, customer support and any other group that doesn’t have sales in its name—are cost centers. And these shared services are funded by the profit centers that generate money for the business. Of course, the profit centers can’t operate without…

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What you may have missed

What You May Have Missed

1. There were many articles on #Heartbleed this week, and if you only have time to read one very interesting article about it,  this is the one.  Bruce Schneier, this blog’s favorite security expert, calls Heartbleed “catastrophic”, and thankfully he provides a link to an app that can check a site’s vulnerability to this deadly…

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Varonis and Heartbleed

Here is a quick update for Varonis customers about Heartbleed: Heartbleed is a critical vulnerability in the OpenSSL implementation of SSL, which affects multiple sites across the Internet, and could be exploited to leak sensitive information. Varonis does not use OpenSSL anywhere in its product suite.  Varonis uses other SSL technologies, which are not affected by this…

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For a passing grade, EdTech needs a privacy solution

Last week, New York state lawmakers passed legislation to prevent identifiable student data from being uploaded to a centralized national database. The database belongs to a non-profit in the growing education technology or EdTech sector. Their goal was to collect PII, student scores, attendance, and other information and then disseminate it to teachers and administrators…

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Tips From the Pros: Sharing 250 Million Folders With 100,000 Users

Q: How many users and how much data are you managing?

We have in excess of 100,000 actual people, 1.5 million accounts in AD, and 250,000,000 data folders.

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Secrets of Active Directory Lockouts: How to Find Apps with Stale Credentials

No one needs to tell IT admins what’s on their short list of headaches: users forgetting their passwords usually ranks number one. For those who demand documented proof, there are survey results here to validate this point. Closely related, and just behind in terms of frequency and irritation level, are account lockouts. In an earlier…

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Tips From the Pros: 30TB, 1300 Users, and 400 SMB Shares

Q: How many users do you have and how much data are you managing?

A: We have about 1300 users and about 30TB of human generated data on file shares and SharePoint.

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