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Monthly Archives: June 2017

26
Jun
2017

The IoT Is Coming Whether Data Security Is Ready or Not

by Bill

According to a fascinating study in May of 553 IT decision makers, 78% said they thought it was at least somewhat likely their business will suffer data loss or theft due to the advancement of IoT (Internet of Things) devices like smoke detectors, cameras and home appliances. Furthermore, 72% said the speed of IoT advancement makes it difficult to keep up with the rapid rate of change now seen throughout a long list of evolving security requirements.

Meanwhile. Gartner predicts that by 2020 there will already be 21 billion IoT devices in existence, which is an amazing rise from just over 5 billion active devices in 2015. Furthermore, they expect 8 billion of those devices to be industrial, which in many ways makes them an even easier target for mass hacking campaigns or malware attacks.

The important takeaway from all of this is that the IoT revolution is here now and it is not showing any signs of slowing down. The speed of adoption by consumers is a much stronger force for change than the desire of security experts for the status quo or for a more measured roll out of these new products to avoid vulnerabilities.

That conflict and the eventuality that the world will soon have many more IoT devices active than it can safeguard is an important reason to ensure you have a clearly defined, robust and secure data recovery plan in place for all aspects of your online existence. Routine backups, offline ‘hard backups’, continually monitoring and a vigilant eye toward data security best practices may soon be the difference between having a brief bump in the road, and being entirely out of business for an extended period of time.

As always, NationalNet is here to provide all of our clients with fully managed hosting services that include many security measures designed to make you less likely to be knocked off line, more likely to keep your data secure, and allowing your sites to get back online after an attack as quickly as technologically possible. It’s not quite as reassuring as it would be to say the IoT is going away, but we live in the real world where forward thinking business owners must accept hard truths, adapt to challenges and overcome all obstacles on the road to their continued success.

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19
Jun
2017

Executive Order Redefining Cybersecurity Protocols and Government Contracts

by Bill

A detailed report by security experts at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP published today takes a deep informative look at the executive order signed into effect on June 15, 2017 entitled “Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure.” The white paper sheds lights on many aspects of digital security that will be impacted by the changes in policy and also explain important guidelines for obtaining government contracts as a private business interested in cashing in on what is sure to be a lucrative market for upgrades throughout the governmental computer networks.

As the report details “A look at the main topics addressed in the Executive Order, reveals who from industry should be interested in the direction of the reports: (a) IT modernization and shared services affects IT companies, service providers (including Fintech), managed security services, cloud providers, AI firms, systems integrators, small innovators, foreign IT companies, and others; (b) cybersecurity for critical infrastructure affects the owners of Section 9 Entities and members of the defense industrial base, including its supply chain, platforms, and systems;

(c) “transparency” affects all public companies; (d) the section on “botnets,” by its terms, affects the entire “internet and communications ecosystem” (an expansive definition both vertically and horizontally); (e) the “electric subsector” concerns generation, transmission, distribution, and alternative energy; (f) deterrence and international cooperation affects all multinational companies; and (g) the section on the workforce affects traditional academia (universities and K-12 institutions), for-profit schools, and any company that benefits from a cyber skilled workforce.”

Any commercial company or private citizen interested in the ways our national security will be implemented online, or seeking to provide services in that regard should make time to read this white paper. It is extensive and provides an excellent explanation of what is now being rolled out online.

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09
Jun
2017

Is Net Neutrality Just A Nice Slogan? The FCC And A US Senator Think So

by Bill

“It’s a great slogan,” said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai when h was asked by a radio host what net neutrality is all about. “But in reality what it involves is Internet regulation, and the basic question is, ‘Do you want the government deciding how the Internet is run?'”

The fact that the FCC Chairman called net neutrality a “slogan” and suggested it solves no real problems, was later bolstered by the statements of Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) on WTMJ Radio in Milwaukee on Monday when he argued that the Internet should have paid “fast lanes” for some content providers. Johnson went on to explain: “As chairman Pai said, net neutrality is a slogan. What you really want is an expansion of high-speed broadband, and in order to do that you have to create the incentives for those smaller ISPs to invest. They don’t really control their own fiber if the government tells them exactly how they’re going to use their investment.” He also brought out an often debunked argument that “there’s less incentive to invest, so we’ll have less high-speed broadband” if net neutrality regulations are maintained.

“Chairman Pai just mentioned medical diagnostics,” Johnson said. “You might need a fast lane within that pipeline so those diagnoses can be transmitted instantaneously and not be held up by, I don’t know, maybe a movie streaming.”

It’s very interesting from a policy point of view that on a tactical level the ground is quickly shifting as opponents of net neutrality are beginning to argue that having it isn’t a big deal, rather than arguing whether it should exist on the merits. Some of the arguments being used have already been shown to be patently false, but echoing those statements about net neutrality being a meaningless policy across FCC agency and Legislative news outlets appears to be having a significant impact on the way the discussion is being framed.

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