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FCC fines ISP $750,000

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FCC fines ISP $750,000

he FCC's Enforcement Division found that at five conventions across the U.S., the Smart City network sent coded messages called de-authentication frames to devices connected to personal hotspots, such as those created by smartphones.

These messages were sent to Wi-Fi base stations to terminate connections. The FCC said that Smart City was trying to force users to pay its $80 daily fee for Internet connectivity.

"It is unacceptable for any company to charge consumers exorbitant fees to access the Internet while at the same time blocking them from using their own personal Wi-Fi hotspots to access the Internet," said the chief of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau.

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CIOs and Cybersecurity Awareness

WFH increases CIO cybersecurity awareness

Top 10 Best Practices "World Class" CIOs follow include:WFH Security Best Practices

  1. Scan Network for Layer Vulnerabilities .
  2. Isolate executables from critical system resources
  3. Implement and manage a Patch Management / Version Control Policy
  4. Maintain a configuration management process
  5. Monitor and prevent internet activity with known un-trusted networks
    and devices
  6. Regularly scan internal and external applications
  7. Control WiFi usage and look for employees venturing to other WiFi networks  
  8. Monitor web traffic and install application level firewalls
  9. Conduct penetration testing which is not to be confused with vulnerability scanning
    methods of attack that could be used to compromise your networks. 
  10. Manage identities in a customer environment provides peace of mind that access is granted as needed

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10 Step Security Implementation

Enterprise are challenged to meet compliance requirements for security as the number of threats increase

10 step security implementation process10 step security implementation process that Janco has utilized successfully in hundreds of organizations includes:

  1. Make security an executive directive
  2. Implement clear security guidelines
  3. Provide specifics for security compliance.
  4. Enforce that everyone follows the rules 
  5. Provide formal training program -
  6. Communicate Security
  7. Monitor security compliance 
  8. Establish security compliance metrics
  9. Provide security compliance feedback
  10. Audit security with a third party

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Free hacker tools make it easy to compromise weak passwords

Security Manual defines compliant password rules

Janco finds that over 30% of all users use the same passwords for multiple sites.  With that knowledge in hand hackers can target individual users to find their favorite passwords and use that information to more easily compromise secure business and personal data. 

Security Policies Procedures

Some of the tools they have available are:

  • Custom Word List Generator - Spiders a site or users social network postings to  determine unique words in site or in an individual's profile.
  • RSMangle - Takes a word list and generates mangled combinations and manipulations of those words.
  • Assocaited Word List Generator - Generates word lists based on search terms for a particular site or user profile.
  • Common User Password Profiler - A word list generator based on answers to questions that users submit to various web sites.
  • Userpass.py - A script that generates customized word list for a specific target so that a search is launched to find users in a company and then search profiles in social networks to generate a common word list.

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- Free hacker tools make it easy to compromise weak passwords


Why move to the Cloud and Outsource

How to Guide for Cloud Processing and Outsourcing provides EVERYTHING that is needed to select a vendor, enter into an agreement, and manage the relationship

Move to Cloud and OutsourcingThe journey to the cloud for many organizations begins with a mandate to get out of the data center business. Focusing on the growth of the business and aiming to shed increasing infrastructure costs, the CIOs make the strategic decision to migrate to the cloud.

An aggressive timeline typcally are set to migrate systems to the cloud and shut down related servers and storage in the data center. There are many pitfalls and successes in this journey.  They can result in significant advantages to the organization with this move.

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Internet And PC Workstation Policies And Procedures

Internet and PC Workstation Policies & Procedures HandiGuide

Internet and PC Workstation Policies & ProceduresInternet and PC Workstation Policies & Procedures HandiGuide - Over 85% pf all employees uses a PC in their day to day work. Policies and procedures need to be put in place so that all mandated compliance requiremnts are met.

all of the materials included in this offering have been updated and are included in the IT Governance Infrastructure. This product is obsolete and no longer sold.

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40 million user records for sale

40 million user records for sale as hackers breach one application

Data Protection Priorities Key on Compliance - Data protection priorities are impacted by various factors. Janco has identified seven of the ones that drive security policies and procedures.

Security breaches on the rise

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China Hacking US Telcom Servers

Electronic Sensitive Information attacked by China hardware on TELCOM servers

Protecting sensitive informationThe chip was uncovered by a security expert who was hired by the telecommunications company. The expert provided documents, analysis and other evidence of the manipulated hardware, according to Bloomberg, which didn't publish the documents with the article.

The report of the compromised server follows a Bloomberg investigation last week that said Chinese surveillance microchips had been inserted into Supermicro hardware used at Apple and Amazon data centers in order to gather intellectual property and trade secrets. Both Apple and Amazon strongly disputed the report, which cited anonymous government and corporate sources.

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Pandemic Checklist

Pandemic checklist available for immediate download

Pandemic Planning ChecklistJanco has developed a pandemic planning checklist that comes as an electronic document which can be used right out of the box to highlight areas which need to be addressed.

The areas of focus for the form are:

  • Impact of a pandemic on the enterprise
  • Impact of a pandemic on employees and customers
  • Definition of specific pandemic procedures that are required to address it
  • Definition of resource allocations need to protect both employees and customers
  • Identification of communication and education required for management and employees
  • Identification of what coordination with external entities and how to help the local community.

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Chief Data Officer (CDO) Job Description

The Chief Data Officer job description has just been updated.

Chief Data Officer Job DescriptionChief Data Officer (CDO), a newly created postion, is responsible for developing and overseeing data strategy and governance for the enterprise.

The CDO is not only a data expert but also a seasoned operational manager. As the role is transformational, the CDO is responsible for the adoption of data technologies across the entire business. As with most senior executive titles, the responsibilities are set by the organization's board of directors or other authority, depending on the organization's legal structure.

Growth in the number of CDO's has been dynamic. There now are over 4,500 individuals filling that role today.

Growth in the number of CDO's

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- Chief Data Officer (CDO) Job Description