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What DC SMBs Need to Know About Encrypting Ransomware and Malware

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Tue, Jun 23, 2015

That insidious ransomware CryptoLocker that we blogged about a year ago is still here, and it is mutating into variants with names like Crowti, Cryptowall, CryptoLocker 2.0, and many others.

Ransomware — in case you’ve forgotten — is a nasty piece of malware that seizes your computer, encrypts all the data on it, and demands a payment to release it. New versions of this malicious virus are even attacking online gamers as they play popular games like Call of Duty, Minecraft, Assassin’s Creed and others. This attack on gamers may not directly affect SMBs, but it demonstrates the persistence and evolution of ransomware as cybercriminals look for new victims, and many are SMBs.

Keep reading to learn more about:

  1. Common targets
  2. Tactics
  3. Security
  4. And more
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What DC Businesses Need to Know About Open Source Software and FOSS Compliance

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Wed, Jun 17, 2015

What started as a fringe movement among software developers has turned into a widespread practice.

In yesterday's blog post, I described open source software and the key role it has played in the development of the Internet and information technology (IT) as we know it today. We explored the ways in which it differs from proprietary software, as well as licensing and compliance requirements for both.

Many organizations now include open source software as part of their IT strategy. According to a recent Gartner Survey, over half of the companies surveyed use open source software. In an even more recent survey by Black Duck Software, this figure was reported as 78 percent. Many application development and software firms utilize open source as a development and distribution tool, as well as using it for their own product platforms.

With the widespread adoption of open source software, it has become imperative to adhere to proper governance and compliance guidelines. Using external code — such as open source — to build new applications, products, and services could result in technical and security risks to a company’s entire network operating environment. 

Continue reading to learn more about:

  1. Licensing open source software
  2. FOSS compliance
  3. Risks
  4. Why you need a policy
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Open Source Software: What is it, where did it come from & who uses it?

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Tue, Jun 16, 2015

The term “open source” gets tossed around a lot — but, what exactly does it mean, and does it matter to businesses in the Washington DC area?

Today, the phrase usually refers to open source software, whose source code is available for modification or enhancement by anyone. Before the phrase became widely adopted, developers and producers used a variety of other terms to describe this sort of platform or software. The now popular term open source gained hold with the rise of the Internet, but the concept pre-dates the Digital Age.

In this blog, I'll explain and discuss the following topics related to open source:

  1. How the concept began in the automobile industry 
  2. The impact of the Internet 
  3. Its role in the development of IT 
  4. Why it's commonly used today
  5. And more
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Five IT Trends and Challenges for Tomorrow’s Office

Robert Bruce

Posted by Robert Bruce
Thu, May 08, 2014

Spring has sprung here in the Nation’s Capital and the cherry blossoms are in full bloom—and so are the hot dog vendors. The chili dog I had in front of the Smithsonian Museum this weekend was remarkable for two reasons. One, it was an authentic New York wiener with the crisp outer casing that I like. Two, the vendor was updating his inventory on a tablet computer as he served up my dog. I love the fact that a small businessman can now take his office with him.

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Moving Offices? How to optimize your IT infrastructure and strategy

Khris Fenton

Posted by Khris Fenton
Tue, Apr 08, 2014

In our previous blog post about moving offices, we discussed print strategy and all the questions and practices your office should know about implementing an effective print strategy. Now, with price-per-square-foot rates constantly rising on DC metro area commercial real estate, a lot of my clients are trying to make the most out of the available space, especially when they relocate. That means maximizing every possible foot of floor space available, and minimizing the network appliances that can consume real estate.  

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