November 2011 Patch Tuesday Overview

November 2011 Patch Tuesday Overview

Microsoft has released four new security bulletins for this edition of Patch Tuesday. These four security bulletins address four vulnerabilities. The first bulletin administrators should address is MS11-083. This bulletin addresses one vulnerability in Windows TCP/IP. If an attacker sends a stream of malicious User Datagram Protocol (UDP) network packets to an unpatched machine, the [...]

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Sorting Out the Alphabet Soup of VPN Solutions

Sorting Out the Alphabet Soup of VPN Solutions

A practical approach to assessing WAN technologies that support your distributed organization’s diverse needs. Distributed organizations are facing the challenge of finding VPN WAN solutions that support the proliferation of branch offices and mobile workers along with the successful deployment of demanding, critical and converged applications like video, VoIP, payment processing, storage, CRM and ERP. [...]

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How Does ICT Relate to Energy?

How Does ICT Relate to Energy?

I started blogging with a keyword, data center energy efficiency, a few years ago, and over time I expanded the covered areas by adding several keywords, although the main theme remained the intersection of IT and energy. Those keywords include: Green IT Data center energy efficiency Energy efficiency Cloud computing Mobile computing Monitoring Sensors Big [...]

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Hack Group Anonymous Takes On Cartel; U.S. Drug Enforcement Deals

Hack Group Anonymous Takes On Cartel; U.S. Drug Enforcement Deals

Anonymous, those pesky hackers, and the U.S. government are taking different tacks on how to get Mexican drug gangs to stop poisoning our citizens and stop the bloodshed and release those they are holding. After a kidnapping of an Anonymous operative, the hacker group proceeded to threaten one gang, Los Zetas, to force them to [...]

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November 2011 Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification

November 2011 Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification

Microsoft has released their advanced notification for the upcoming November edition of Patch Tuesday. Microsoft is planning to release four new security bulletins addressing four vulnerabilities. Security Bulletin Breakdown: 1 bulletin rated as Critical 2 bulletins rated as Important 1 bulletin rated as Moderate 2 vulnerabilities fixed could lead to Remote Code Execution 1 vulnerability [...]

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Blowback Questions Cyberattack As Legitimate Weapon Against Perceived Enemy

Blowback Questions Cyberattack As Legitimate Weapon Against Perceived Enemy

This morning I woke up to the NPR story on the Stuxnet worm that brought down the uranium enrichment facility at Natanz in Iran. Though neither the U.S. nor Israel have taken credit for the cyberattack, the implication posed by most media asks, who else? “Symantec’s analysis of where Stuxnet has been found supports the [...]

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What Tools Are Necessary for Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)?

What Tools Are Necessary for Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM)?

I read a couple of interesting blogs by Kevin Brown that are available here and here. In sum, Kevin wonders what tools are required to manage modern data centers. There are many hardware and software tools available, some very specific and others general. He chose a spork as an example tool for comparison to see [...]

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Present and Future of Electric Vehicles

Present and Future of Electric Vehicles

Before I bought a Prius, I thought EVs were a bunch of toys and would have no market anytime soon. Granted that a Prius is not an EV, after I got one, I felt as if I was driving a computer. After all, I am an IT guy and what is better than driving a [...]

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Leadership Driving Content Explosion Still Converging Across Network

Leadership Driving Content Explosion Still Converging Across Network

As Internet services have evolved, the race to differentiate between content providers and content farmers has blurred the user’s understanding of much of what we read and believe.  The advent of cloud services makes it even more formidable, since now it is much simpler to re-publish others content for the sole purpose of leveraging search [...]

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How to Choose a Managed Network Services Provider

How to Choose a Managed Network Services Provider

6 Best Practices to Ensure a Thorough Evaluation. There comes a point when every organization must make a decision. For small and midsize businesses: should we really be managing our network ourselves? For larger enterprises: what aspects of managing the network should be outsourced? Read this white paper to learn 6 key situations that demonstrate [...]

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