7 Enterprise Mobile Security Best Practices #securing #mobile #devices

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7 Enterprise Mobile Security Best Practices

There’s no denying the potential for mobile devices to improve efficiencies and lower costs for workers in industries of all types. You also can’t deny the potential security vulnerabilities that mobile devices present. These seven tips will help you secure your mobile environment without placing a burden on your workforce.

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CIO | Feb 13, 2014 7:00 AM PT

  • Information security experts are fond of the certain language they use to explore and explain the security threats that companies and organizations routinely face. One particularly interesting notion from this lexicon is that of an “attack surface,” which identifies a potential point of attack on one’s information or financial assets, intellectual property or ability to conduct business.

    Because any successful attack brings with it a chance of financial loss, legal or regulatory infractions, or damage to reputation, best practices for dealing with attack surfaces mean limiting exposure to unwanted or uninvited access, hardening them against attack and imposing what’s often called “defense in depth.” This requires building multiple layers of protection around valuable stuff; if one layer gets breached, the bad guys aren’t automatically handed the keys to the treasure vault.

    All this makes security for mobile devices both important and vexing. The more that employees and contractors use mobile devices to access organizational systems, applications and data, the more important it is to protect such access. Furthermore, it’s essential to prevent the mobile devices that are supposed to boost productivity and add to the bottom line from opening unauthorized means of access to information and other assets; this turns them into a danger and a possible drain on revenue instead.

    Given that mobile devices are inherently moving targets used outside the organization’s perimeter — and thus also outside its firewalls, threat management, spam and content filtering, and other tools used to keep evildoers at bay — it’s vital to apply a battery of best practices to use of mobile devices to keep exposure to risk and loss to a minimum. As any security expert will tell you, though, there’s a fine line between enough security to keep things safe and protected and a smothering blanket of security that gets between people and the jobs they must do.

    Although it’s challenging and comes with some costs, the following list of mobile security best practices can help protect mobile devices and their users from unwanted exposure or unauthorized disclosure of company or organization IP, trade secrets or competitive advantages. Some of these practices aim at securing the mobile devices themselves, while others aim to protect the data and applications with which mobile users need to interact. All will help reduce risk of loss or harm to your company or organization.

    1. Mobile Devices Need Antimalware Software

    A quick look at new malware threats discovered in the wild shows that mobile operating systems such as iOS and (especially) Android are increasingly becoming targets for malware, just as Windows, MacOS, and Linux have been for years. Anybody who wants to use a mobile device to access the Internet should install and update antimalware software for his or her smartphone or tablet. This goes double for anyone who wants to use such a device for work.

    2. Secure Mobile Communications

    Most experts recommend that all mobile device communications be encrypted as a matter of course, simply because wireless communications are so easy to intercept and snoop on. Those same experts go one step further to recommend that any communications between a mobile device and a company or cloud-based system or service require use of a VPN for access to be allowed to occur. VPNs not only include strong encryption, they also provide opportunities for logging, management and strong authentication of users who wish to use a mobile device to access applications, services or remote desktops or systems.

    3. Require Strong Authentication, Use Password Controls

    Many modern mobile devices include local security options such as built-in biometrics — fingerprint scanners, facial recognition, voiceprint recognition and so forth — but even older devices will work with small, portable security tokens (or one-time passwords issued through a variety of means such as email and automated phone systems). Beyond a simple account and password, mobile devices should be used with multiple forms of authentication to make sure that possession of a mobile device doesn’t automatically grant access to important information and systems.

    Likewise, users should be instructed to enable and use passwords to access their mobile devices. Companies or organizations should consider whether the danger of loss and exposure means that some number of failed login attempts should cause the device to wipe its internal storage clean. (Most modern systems include an ability to remotely wipe a smartphone or tablet, but mobile device management systems can bring that capability to older devices as well.)

    4. Control Third-party Software

    Companies or organizations that issue mobile devices to employees should establish policies to limit or block the use of third-party software. This is the best way to prevent possible compromise and security breaches resulting from intentional or drive-by installation of rogue software, replete with backdoors and “black gateways” to siphon information into the wrong hands.

    For BYOD management. the safest course is to require such users to log into a remote virtual work environment. Then, the only information that goes to the mobile device is the screen output from work applications and systems; data therefore doesn’t persist once the remote session ends. Since remote access invariably occurs through VPN connections, communications are secure as well — and companies can (and should) implement security policies that prevent download of files to mobile devices.

    5. Create Separate, Secured Mobile Gateways

    It’s important to understand what kinds of uses, systems and applications mobile users really need to access. Directing mobile traffic through special gateways with customized firewalls and security controls in place — such as protocol and content filtering and data loss prevention tools — keeps mobile workers focused on what they can and should be doing away from the office. This also adds protection to other, more valuable assets they don’t need to access on a mobile device anyway.

    6. Choose (or Require) Secure Mobile Devices, Help Users Lock Them Down

    Mobile devices should be configured to avoid unsecured wireless networks, and Bluetooth should be hidden from discovery. In fact, when not in active use for headsets and headphones, Bluetooth should be disabled altogether. Prepare a recommended configuration for personal mobile devices used for work — and implement such configurations before the intended users get to work on their devices.

    7. Perform Regular Mobile Security Audits, Penetration Testing

    At least once a year, companies and organizations should hire a reputable security testing firm to audit their mobile security and conduct penetration testing on the mobile devices they use. Such firms can also help with remediation and mitigation of any issues they discover, as will sometimes be the case. Hire the pros to do unto your mobile devices what the bad guys will try to do unto you sooner or later, though, and you’ll be able to protect yourself from the kinds of threats they can present.

    Security, Mobile or Otherwise, Is a State of Mind

    While mobile security may have its own special issues and challenges, it’s all part of the security infrastructure you must put in place to protect your employees, your assets and, ultimately, your reputation and business mission. By taking appropriate steps to safeguard against loss and mitigate risks, your employees and contractors will be able to take advantage of the incredible benefits that mobile devices can bring to the workplace.

    Just remember the old adage about an ounce of prevention. That way, you’re not saddled with costs or slapped with legal liabilities or penalties for failing to exercise proper prudence, compliance and best practices.

    Ed Tittel is a long-time technology writer, researcher and consultant. The author of numerous books and courses on Windows (including certification-oriented and end-user topics), he blogs weekly for Tom’s IT Pro and three times a week on Windows topics for TechTarget at his Windows Enterprise Desktop blog. Contact Ed through his website at www.edtittel.com .


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    NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited: Private Company Information #nb #distressed #debt #investment #fund #limited

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    Company Overview of NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited

    Company Overview

    NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited is a closed-ended fixed income mutual fund launched and managed by Neuberger Berman Europe Limited. The fund is co-managed by Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers, LLC. It invests in fixed income markets across the globe. The fund seeks to invest in securities of companies operating across diversified sectors. It primarily invests in distressed and special situation credit-related investments, including senior and senior secured debt with both collateral and structural protection. The fund focuses on companies with stressed balance sheets, low implied enterprise value, liquidity crisis, proposed mergers, divestiture, or other such corporate events t.

    NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited is a closed-ended fixed income mutual fund launched and managed by Neuberger Berman Europe Limited. The fund is co-managed by Neuberger Berman Investment Advisers, LLC. It invests in fixed income markets across the globe. The fund seeks to invest in securities of companies operating across diversified sectors. It primarily invests in distressed and special situation credit-related investments, including senior and senior secured debt with both collateral and structural protection. The fund focuses on companies with stressed balance sheets, low implied enterprise value, liquidity crisis, proposed mergers, divestiture, or other such corporate events to create its portfolio. It benchmarks the performance of its portfolio against the HFRI Distressed/Restructuring Index. NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited was formed on April 20, 2010 and is domiciled in Guernsey.

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    Key Executives for NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited

    Portfolio Manager and Non-Executive Director

    Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2017.

    NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited Key Developments

    NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited, Annual General Meeting, Jun 06, 2017

    NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited, Annual General Meeting, Jun 06, 2017, at 11:30 Coordinated Universal Time. Location: Registered office, 1st Floor, Elizabeth House Les Ruettes Brayes, St Peter Port Guernsey GY1 1EW Guernsey Channel Islands

    NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited Reports Audited Consolidated Earnings Results for the Year Ended December 31, 2016

    NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited reported audited consolidated earnings results for the year ended December 31, 2016. For the year, the company reported interest income of $13,114,532 against $15,137,050 a year ago. Net investment income was $7,528,639 against $10,792,585 a year ago. Realized and unrealized gain from investments and foreign exchange were $7,638,567 against realized and unrealized loss from investments and foreign exchange of $107,220,535 a year ago. Net increase in net assets resulting from operations was $15,167,206 against net decrease in net assets resulting from operations of $96,427,950 a year ago. Net cash used in operating activities was $106,724,420 against $61,697,204 a year ago.

    NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited Announces Dividend, Payable on December 20, 2016

    The Board of the NB Distressed Debt Investment Fund Limited announced an income distribution by way of a dividend of $0.0793 per Ordinary Share, $0.0332 per Extended Life Share and £0.0102 per New Global Share (collectively the Share Classes) to be payable on 20 December 2016 to shareholders on the register of the Share Classes as at the close of business on 11 November 2016. Ex-dividend date is 10 November 2016.

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    Mold Inspection Miami FL #mold #testing #miami

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    Colocation at Hurricane Electric

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    5 Best Online Backup Services for Small Businesses #online #data #backup #services, #cloud #data #backup

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    Online Data Backup Services for Small Business

    Online Data Backup Services for Small Business

    You’ve heard it thousands of times—backup your data . A good data backup strategy involves two copies of your data; one local (it resides in your office or place of business) and one offsite (you pay an online data company to store it remotely on their secure servers).

    Online backup services are not created equal when it comes to data security . The strongest security is “zero knowledge” encryption. It encrypts your data using a unique encryption key that only you possess; nobody, including you, can access your account without this key.

    If you lose your encryption key, all the vendor can do is open a new account for you. This might sound scary, but giving your vendor access to your data requires a level of trust that may not be warranted and also leaves you open to government searches. What’s the best way to protect your unique encryption key? Write it down and lock it in a safe place.

    Good features to consider: cross-platform client software, support for multiple filesystems, and sharing and file sync across multiple devices and users. Most backup services use deduplication—meaning they copy identical files only once—to reduce the size of backups. Another way to reduce backup size: record only changes to a file rather than making multiple complete copies.

    Backups should be reliable and automatic, and restoring data should be easy. Many services offer 2GB-5GB accounts for free. You’ll find personal, family and business plans with different features and pricing. Ignore the labels; if a personal or family plan meets your small business needs then use it.

    Memopal Small Business Online Data Backup Service

    Based in Italy, Memopal supports customers in Europe, the U.S. and Asia—in 15 languages. It supports more platforms than most online backup services: Mac OS X, Linux, Windows, Android, iPhone, Blackberry, a Web interface, and a Web-based, mobile-friendly interface.

    A simple Memopal Personal license covers as many computers as you like, up to your total storage limit. An annual fee of €79.00—about $86 USD—buys 500GB of storage.

    Memopal White Label offers a customized, branded interface and a choice of on-premises or hosted storage. Memopal guarantees your confidentiality and the anonymity of the data stored on its servers, though it does not implement true zero knowledge encryption. If you lose your login you can request a reset and get back into your account.

    SpiderOak Small Business Online Data Backup Service

    SpiderOak is the online backup service with the funny name. SpiderOak gets my top recommendation for small business owners who want maximum security and privacy. You get reliable, secure online data backups and real zero-knowledge protection.

    Every account gets a unique encryption key that protects customer data for the entire end-to-end process—uploading, storage, and downloading—and nobody can access your data without this key. If you lose it, you lose access to your account, and Spideroak cannot restore it or create a new one.

    SpiderOak offers group collaboration and enterprise backup, and Kloak, their new service for safely encryption and protecting your social media activities.

    SpiderOak is cross-platform and supports efficient online backups, file synchronization across multiple devices, file sharing and remote access from anywhere. You can use client software for PCs and mobile devices, or you can use the Web interface. The company offers a forever-free 2GB account, and then each additional 30GB costs you $7 per month or $79 per year. One terabyte of storage sells for $12 per month/$129 per year, and 5TB costs $25/$279.

    Crashplan+ Small Business Online Data Backup Service

    Crashplan+ . a moderately-priced online data backup service, offers both home and business plans. The reasonably priced business plans let you either pay $7.49 per-computer for unlimited storage, or pay for a specific amount of storage. The company’s online calculator quickly shows which option is the best deal. The company claims it’s fully committed to the unlimited plans and will not take them away. The Crashplan+ feature set includes backups to local servers or removable media, a 30-day free trial, and HIPAA compliance. The free version backs up data to your removable media or to any servers under your control, but not to Crashplan’s servers.

    JungleDisk Small Business Online Data Backup Service

    JungleDisk offers zero-knowledge security similar to SpiderOak, and a unique pay-as-you-go pricing structure: you pay exactly for what you use, rather than purchasing fixed blocks of storage sizes. You can choose from two JungleDisk editions: Jungle Disk Workgroup and Jungle Disk Server. Workgroup is designed for a single user using one or more devices. Server comes with server-friendly reporting and remote administration features. The Server edition costs $5 per server per month plus $0.15 per GB. You have a choice of storing your data on Amazon’s S3 cloud service, or on the Rackspace Cloud. Rackspace is a popular and reliable hosting service, and it owns JungleDisk.

    Barracuda Small Business Online Data Backup Service

    Barracuda Backup Service . a higher-priced option for shops that want more control, flexibility, and comprehensive central administration of multiple locations, offers offsite network backups integrated with local backups.

    Offsite backups can be hosted on Barracuda’s cloud infrastructure or mirrored on your own sites, and you can mix-and-match local and remote storage. For example, you might store important files offsite and locally, and less-important files locally only.

    You get fine-grained scheduling control—from real-time backups of critcal files to whatever interval you want for other files. Barracuda meets HIPAA and Gramm-Leach-Bliley security requirements.

    Start by purchasing a Barracuda backup appliance—a dedicated backup server pre-loaded with backup and monitoring software. Prices start at $999 for the 100GB-capacity 190 model server (250GB raw capacity) and go all the way up to a base price of $135,000 for the model 1090, which has 112 TB raw capacity and about 50 TB of data backup capacity.

    Offsite storage costs $50 per month per 100GB, with no other costs; no agent, per-server, or client access licenses. You get 24×7 technical support, and continual monitoring of your server health.

    Carla Schroder is the author of The Book of Audacity, Linux Cookbook, Linux Networking Cookbook, and hundreds of Linux how-to articles. She’s the former managing editor of Linux Planet and Linux Today.

    Do you have a comment or question about this article or other small business topics in general? Speak out in the SmallBusinessComputing.com Forums . Join the discussion today!


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    Moving House Checklist – The Ultimate Relocation Checklist from Moving House #moving #inventory #list

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    Moving House Checklist

    4-6 Weeks to Moving Day

    • Book your removal company and choose carefully. We recommend an Australian Furniture Removers Association (AFRA) accredited company. Establish your budget, obtain a written quotation and establish moving transit insurance. Find A Removalist
  • Organise Contents and Household Insurance for your new home.
  • Notify Electoral Office of your new address. Also Drivers Licence and Car Registration.
  • Complete a floor plan of your new home for furniture placement and measure the spaces to ensure your furniture will fit, particularly the fridge. Will large items fit through doors?
  • Prepare an inventory of everything you own, noting any scratches or dents.
  • Make a note of any precious items that require special care to move.
  • Dispose of everything that you don\’t need.
  • Check any moving instructions for your washing machine with the manufacturer.
  • In the kitchen, use up all opened packets and dispose of goods past their use-by date.
  • Start to use up all food in the freezer.
  • Remember to sort through the garage, garden shed etc. under the house.
  • Gas cylinders and air bottles should be empty with valves open, dispose of all flammable liquids. (Garden chemicals, paint, paint thinners, cleaning fluids, bleach, fuel, aerosols of any kind etc.)
  • Create a folder for all your moving documents.
  • Arrange to have your mail held or redirected to your new address.
  • Arrange School, Pre-School, Day-Care transfers.
  • Redirect or cancel newspaper and other subscriptions.
  • If travelling. organise passports, tickets, visas, currency, credit cards, accommodation.
  • Return borrowed or rented items.
  • Arrange a rubbish pick-up with the local Council.
  • Confirm with lawyers/Real Estate Agents key collection time and Settlement date as this will determine your moving day.
  • Plan to carry yourself important legal documents and jewellery.
  • Pre-plan and schedule any necessary repairs required.
  • Research storage facilities if needed.
  • Obtain family and pet medical records. Also dental and school records.
  • If leasing, arrange property inspection and book cleaners.
  • Transfer and set up utilities at your new address.
  • Review home and contents/car insurance
  • Book Moving House Unpacking to assist with your PACK and UNPACK 1800 668 968 Visit Moving House Unpacking

    If Packing Yourself

    • Arrange carton and packing materials delivery (labels, bubble wrap, tape, markers, paper) with your Removalist or storage company.
  • Use clean white butcher\’s paper, not newspaper as it soils items.
  • Label every carton clearly, on the tape, as to contents and its room destination.
  • Prepare an inventory list of each carton. Mark clearly FRAGILE. Note all dents and scratches.
  • Pack lighter items in large cartons, heavier items in small cartons, heavier items on bottom.
  • Dismantle furniture that comes apart – remember to tape screws in an obvious location or label and place in an ESSENTIALS carton with TV, Foxtel, sound system remote controls, bed legs, shelf supports, keys to furniture cabinets and manufacturers instructions for reassembly of items.
  • Prepare a SURVIVAL KIT (LOAD LAST) with kettle, tea and coffee, breakfast requirements, special childrens toys, school needs, pet requirements (especially leads), bathroom necessities, telephone handset, medications, snacks, corkscrew, spare light globes, scissors, tools, toilet paper.
  • Consider taking very sentimental and personal items with you in your car. Need Some Help Packing

    2-3 Weeks to Moving Day

    • Contact all relevant authorities to notify of your new address. Australian Authority List
  • Return all library books, DVD\’s etc.
  • Arrange for family and friends to mind children & pets on moving day.
  • Arrange transfer of bank accounts, internet, telephone, gas, electricity connections.
  • Arrange move of boat, trailer.
  • Fill prescriptions needed the week before and after the move.
  • Service your car, drain the lawnmower.
  • Arrange final readings of gas and electricity meters, remove batteries.
  • Discontinue any delivery services, newspapers, automated payment plans and local memberships. Collect dry cleaning.
  • Book a locksmith to change the keys on moving day at your new home.
  • Arrange time off work on moving day.
  • Ensure new home will be thoroughly cleaned, oven cleaned, carpet steam cleaned before your move and original home after your move. Find a cleaner in your area
  • Disassemble outdoor items, childrens\’ play equipment.
  • Create a “Handyman” Kit with hammer, Allen keys, screwdriver, lightbulbs, nails and wall hooks, pen knife.

    1 Week to Moving Day

    • Set aside bed linens, towels to be used on the first night so beds can be made up as soon as possible on moving day.
  • Draw up your plan of each room in your new home with furniture placement for your removal supervisor.
  • Have indoor plants watered lightly and packed into plastic lined boxes.
  • Advise services, eg. babysitter, gardener, cleaner.
  • Back up computer hard disk. Prepare printer and scanner for travel.
  • Re-confirm all moving details with Removalist, Real Estate Agent, Lawyer. Confirm that your mover has all contact numbers, new address and clear detailed instructions.
  • Prepare a friendly welcoming note for the new residents with any relevant information to help the settling-in process and your contact details.
  • Arrange access and parking for the Removalist\’s truck.

    The Day Before the Move

    • Defrost and empty out your refrigerator. Have a portable Esky and ice to transport contents. Clean the oven. Have vacuum on hand for last minute cleaning.
  • Pack personal luggage / items to take with you.
  • If using professional packers remember to leave out essential items for that evening and the following day.
  • Unplug and tie up appliance cords.
  • Cash on hand for last minute expenses and necessary finances for moving organised.
  • If your house will be empty for a while inform police and neighbours.
  • Say good – bye to your old neighbours.
  • Prepare an action plan for moving day.
    • Have \”ESSENTIALS\” and \”SURVIVAL\” cartons on hand.
  • Provide Removalist with floor plans and new address parking information.
  • Ask Removalist to load kitchen boxes last so they are first off the truck.
  • Try to keep visitors to your new home to a minimum. Have all pet needs at hand.
  • Ensure all meters read, car and house key collection organised.
  • Check off all items as they go into the moving van.
  • Lock all doors and windows, turn off hot water system if required.
  • Check the tops of cupboards, garden area, sheds, garage.
  • Return all keys to the Real Estate Agent or new tenant. Lock house, turn off power, tighten all taps, check gas and electrical.
  • Remove electric/remote garage opener from your car.
    • Try to stand at the Removalist\’s entry point and give clear directions as to furniture placement.
  • If leasing, document condition of property and furnishings with the appropriate agent.
  • Check all utilities are connected, hot water service on.
  • At completion of unloading, check all is to your satisfaction.
  • Have security checked and locks changed if concerned.
  • If move is from storage, interstate or overseas, check and sign the Inventory.
  • Assemble beds and make up as soon as possible.
  • Settle children and pets with familiar items for reassurance.
  • Notify moving company immediately if anything is missing.
  • Keep cats inside for a few days.
  • Check that you have all keys and relevant instructions to your new residence.
  • Contact your new local council for garbage collection information and new residents\’ folders.
  • Smile and say hello to your new neighbours!

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    Things To Look For In Host-Based Intrusion Prevention #intrusion #prevention #system #software

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    Host-Based Intrusion Prevention

    Updated October 20, 2016

    Layered security is a widely accepted principle of computer and network security (see In Depth Security). The basic premise is that it takes multiple layers of defense to protect against the wide variety of attacks and threats. Not only can one product or technique not protect against every possible threat, therefore requiring different products for different threats, but having multiple lines of defense will hopefully allow one product to catch things that may have slipped past the outer defenses.

    There are plenty of applications and devices you can use for the different layers- antivirus software, firewalls, IDS (Intrusion Detection Systems) and more. Each has a slightly different function and protects from a different set of attacks in a different way.

    One of the newer technologies is the IPS- Intrusion Prevention System. An IPS is somewhat like combining an IDS with a firewall. A typical IDS will log or alert you to suspicious traffic, but the response is left to you. An IPS has policies and rules that it compares network traffic to. If any traffic violates the policies and rules the IPS can be configured to respond rather than simply alerting you. Typical responses might be to block all traffic from the source IP address or to block incoming traffic on that port to proactively protect the computer or network.

    There are network-based intrusion prevention systems (NIPS) and there are host-based intrusion prevention systems (HIPS).

    While it can be more expensive to implement HIPS- especially in a large, enterprise environment, I recommend host-based security wherever possible. Stopping intrusions and infections at the individual workstation level can be much more effective at blocking, or at least containing, threats. With that in mind, here is a list of things to look for in a HIPS solution for your network:

    • Doesn t Rely On Signatures. Signatures- or unique characteristics of known threats- are one of the primary means used by software like antivirus and intrusion detection (IDS).The downfall of signatures is that they are reactive. A signature can t be developed until after a threat exists and you could potentially get attacked before the signature is created. Your HIPS solution should use signature-based detection along with anomaly-based detection which establishes a baseline of what normal network activity looks like on your machine and will respond to any traffic that appears unusual. For example, if your computer never uses FTP and suddenly some threat tries to open an FTP connection from your computer, the HIPS would detect this as anomalous activity.
  • Works With Your Configuration. Some HIPS solutions may be restrictive in terms of what programs or processes they are able to monitor and protect. You should try to find a HIPS that is capable of handling commercial packages off the shelf as well as any home-grown custom applications you may be using. If you don t use custom applications or don t consider this a significant problem for your environment, at least ensure that your HIPS solution protects the programs and processes you do run.
      • Allows You To Create Policies. Most HIPS solutions come with a pretty comprehensive set of pre-defined policies and vendors will typically offer updates or release new policies to provide a specific response for new threats or attacks. However, it is important that you have the ability to create your own policies in the event that you have a unique threat that the vendor doesn t account for or when a new threat is exploding and you need a policy to defend your system before the vendor has time to release an update. You need to make sure the product you use not only has the ability for you to create policies, but that policy creation is simple enough for you to understand without weeks of training or expert programming skills.
      • Provides Central Reporting and Administration. While we are talking about host-based protection for individual servers or workstations, HIPS and NIPS solutions are relatively expensive and outside of the realm of a typical home user. So, even when talking about HIPS you probably need to consider it from the standpoint of deploying HIPS on possibly hundreds of desktops and servers across a network. While it is nice to have protection at the individual desktop level, administering hundreds of individual systems, or trying to create a consolidated report can be nearly impossible without a good central reporting and administering function. When selecting a product, ensure that it has centralized reporting and administration to allow you to deploy new policies to all machines or to create reports from all machines from one location.

        There are a few other things you need to keep in mind. First, HIPS and NIPS are not a silver bullet for security.

        They can be a great addition to a solid, layered defense including firewalls and antivirus applications among other things, but should not try to replace existing technologies.

        Secondly, the initial implementation of a HIPS solution can be painstaking. Configuring the anomaly-based detection often requires a good deal of hand-holding to help the application understand what is normal traffic and what is not.

        You may experience a number of false positives or missed negatives while you work to establish the baseline of what defines normal traffic for your machine.

        Lastly, companies generally make purchases based on what they can do for the company. Standard accounting practice suggests that this be measured based on the return on investment, or ROI. Accountants want to understand if they invest a sum of money in a new product or technology, how long will it take for the product or technology to pay for itself.

        Unfortunately, network and computer security products don t generally fit this mold. Security works on more of a reverse-ROI. If the security product or technology works as designed the network will remain safe- but there will be no profit to measure an ROI from. You have to look at the reverse though and consider how much the company could lose if the product or technology were not in place. How much money would have to be spent on rebuilding servers, recovering data, the time and resources of dedicating technical personnel to clean up after an attack, etc? If not having the product may potentially result in losing significantly more money than the product or technology costs to implement, then perhaps it makes sense to do so.

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      Sales Lead Generation Services #lead #generation #companies

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      Intelliconnection Full Service Lead Generation Company

      Increase sales and revenue. Save time and money. Enhance overall sales team efficiency. With IntelliConnection’s managed lead generation service, our priority is to allow your sales team to focus on what they do best…close leads, not find them. As an affordable lead generation solution, IntelliConnection seamlessly integrates into your team’s structure and process, making the use of your team’s time more efficient and effective.

      With 30 plus years of sales experience, our lead generation solution allows you to outsource your outbound sales efforts to us (the experts), freeing up time for your team to focus on sales and retention. We differ from other lead generation companies by focusing on providing our customers with Qualified Prospects that lead to real closed deals.

      IntelliConnection has the capability to develop professional calling lists and sales prospecting for any client in any industry. From small businesses to large corporations, we have the resources, personnel, and expertise to ensure our clients are provided with fresh and accurate records. Give us your specifications and we’ll put together a database that will do wonders for your campaign.

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      MSW Program International Applicants #international #msw

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      MSW Program International Applicants

      International applicants are those persons who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Institutions are required by U.S. federal immigration laws to obtain certification that international applicants have adequate financial resources to provide for their expenses while attending school.

      International students may apply for School of Social Work merit scholarship aid, which can be utilized toward certifying that adequate funds are available. Most merit scholarships cover only partial tuition amounts. To apply for scholarship aid, please complete the School of Social Work Financial Aid Application for incoming students. NOTE: This application is available through the online MSW application or can be submitted in hard copy.

      International students may also apply to our special programs. Special program applications are available through the online MSW application.

      All international applicants must submit an Affidavit of Financial Support with the application materials, certifying the availability of a minimum of $136,400 (in U.S. dollars) for their expenses for four full-time terms of study, exclusive of travel to and from the United States and exclusive of dependent expenses. Proof of adequate funding may include funds from a variety of sources, including sponsoring organizations or governments, continuance of salary, the applicant’s family, or the applicant’s personal funds. Official financial documentation can be in the form of original certified bank statements or an original letter of financial support from an organization, foundation, or government sponsor verifying the amount and duration of funds that are available to you. This documentation is required for visa documents to be issued to enter the United States.

      English Proficiency

      Because of the importance we place on students’ ability to communicate effectively in both the classroom and field instruction setting, applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency. Please review our English proficiency requirement and exemption information.

      Health Screening

      Certain entering international students must be screened for tuberculosis. Screening will be offered free on campus. Please visit the UHS website for more information .

      On-Campus University Housing

      International graduate and professional students are eligible to live in the Northwood Community Apartments, as well as the Munger Graduate Residences. Students from over 70 countries live in on-campus University housing. Newly admitted and matriculated (that is, those that have paid their enrollment deposit) students will receive an email from the University Housing Office with on-campus University housing information. Other University housing accommodations typically are not available for graduate or professional students. Visit the Housing Office website or U-M International Center Housing webpage for more information.


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      MS in Applied Exercise Science Degree Online – Concordia Univ #online #science #masters

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      EXERCISE SCIENCE MASTER S DEGREE ONLINE

      ACCELERATE YOUR CAREER WITH OUR ONLINE EXERCISE SCIENCE GRADUATE PROGRAM

      Students enrolled in our online masters of exercise science graduate program may choose from four concentrations, or they may pursue multiple concentrations concurrently and still complete the program in as little as a year and a half. Concentration options for this degree are listed below.

      Fitness and Health Promotion


      The Fitness and Health Promotion concentration was designed to meet the needs of individuals who are currently working in, or hoping to enter into a career in the health and fitness industry. This strand prepares individuals for the Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) credential. which can lead to a job in a rapidly expanding field. According to recent Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data, employment opportunities are expected to increase by 24% through 2020, and the field is expected to add more than 60,000 jobs over that time.

      Human Movement Science


      With injuries becoming increasingly more common, injury prevention is a critical part of working with any athletes. The Human Movement Science concentration will give students the knowledge to develop injury prevention programs and teach students how to help athletes improve functional capacity and correct faulty movement patterns. Students pursuing this online masters of exercise science concentration will be prepared to pursue the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) credential.


      The Sports Nutrition degree concentration is designed for individuals who aspire to provide sound sports nutrition information to athletes and physically active individuals. The program focuses on using evidence-based principles in designing and implementing exercise and nutrition programs and interpreting research in the field of exercise and sport nutrition. This strand of our online masters in exercise science program prepares individuals for Certified Sports Nutrition (CISSN) exam from the International Society of Sports Nutrition. The BLS estimates that the job outlook for dietitians and nutritionists will be rosy, increasing by 20%. Additionally, those who take the exam can open doors in personal training and the food, beverage, and supplement industry.

      Sport Performance Training


      The Sports Performance and Training concentration was designed for coaches, athletic trainers and other sports professionals who work with all levels of athletes from high school players up through Olympic competitors. This strand prepares individuals for the Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) exam. According to the NASM Web site, “top teams in the NFL and NBA have now begun requiring the NASM–PES credential.”

      Concordia-Chicago has the map. Let the journey begin.

      Complete your Master’s degree in as little as one year, or take just one class at a time and finish in 18 months.

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      All of our graduate Sports Leadership and Exercise Science programs are completely online and do not require any campus visit.

      Up to 50% of the required course work may be transferred from another institution. Coursework from another institution will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by graduate admissions staff.

      CU Chicago’s tuition guarantee program is an important way we help keep tuition affordable and predictable, so you know what the total cost of your education will be. We guarantee your tuition will remain the same and never increase while earning your degree.*


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