Staying Up-To-Date With Your IT Security

Technology is here to stay and it seems like businesses are having a tendency to get behind the times, or at the least, they are getting too comfortable. Security breaches have been on the rise lately, and only after a few major attacks, like Home Depot and Target, do other business start to become more aware.

One of the most important things a business, large or small, can do to continually help protect the security of their customers in this IT world is to always keep their systems up-to-date, and always be aware of what they are doing online.

Paying Attention To Updates

When you get a notification that it’s time to update your security measures on your IT system, don’t hesitate. Even just one day behind and you could be hacked and have tons of your customer’s information stolen.

Most internet security program are updated whenever there are new risks perceived, so updated quickly helps protect your computers from new malware and viruses. Viruses and malware are one of the ways that security breaches are instigated.

Teaching Current And New Employees

In a list of security tips from Tripwire, #4 says a lot about what companies really need to do when it comes to keeping things secure. You can never teach your employees too much, especially when it comes to security.

Take time to even just go over the basics with them, such as having a good password and logging out of systems when they are not at the computer or terminal. These reminders may seem repetitive, but they help keep up awareness.

Considering Safety Measures

Bankrate suggests paying attention from the very beginning. Don’t even start suffering the internet super highway until you’ve got some sort of safety set in place. That’s what all this stuff was created for, to protect computers and the people using them.

Check your firewalls, make sure that security is up and running. You may even want to download something additional to help protect from adware and/or malware.

Invision, experts in IT, have an article that suggests always staying aware and having a plan. Take time to encrypt info and keep it safe. Always do your updates. Teach staff and make sure they understand the best practices of logging in.

Lastly, always use equipment and services designed for businesses, not consumers or individuals. You want something that is made to protect your business information on a far grander scale than someone’s personal computer.

There is always the chance that a breach can happen even under the most protected IT systems, but it’s always better to stand against attacks ahead of time, just in case. Don’t wait to work on customer protection until after someone steals their information.

iOS and iAd on the rise

iOS and iAd were two very hot topics, among many, at the WWDC 2010. They already seem to be on their way up as the world gets used to them. We bring some light to their new achievement.

iOS

Formerly known as iPhone OS, Apple today confirmed that it is about to sell it’s 100 millionth iOS-powered device this month.

iAd

Apple’s iAd is off the mark pretty quickly as $60 million worth of Ads have already been booked from the service in such a short time.

These two were pretty big achievements for Apple. But for iOS and iAd, you need an iPhone. The new iPhone (iPhone 4). So here’s some launch news:

Apple iPhone 4 ships June 24 onwards with pre-orders starting June 15 in the US, France, Germany, UK and Japan.

An additional 18 countries will receive their new iPhone 4 from July onwards as Apple steps up to serve 88 countries by the end of September!

Official Press Release from Apple (on iAd)

Apple® today announced it will debut its iAd mobile advertising network on July 1 on iPhone® and iPod touch® devices running its iOS 4 software platform. iAds combine the emotion of TV advertising with the interactivity of Internet advertising, giving advertisers a dynamic and powerful new way to bring motion and emotion to mobile users.

iAd will kick off with mobile ad campaigns from leading global brands including AT&T, Best Buy, Campbell Soup Company, Chanel, Citi, DirecTV, GEICO, GE, JCPenney, Liberty Mutual Group, Nissan, Sears, State Farm, Target, Turner Broadcasting System, Unilever and The Walt Disney Studios. Apple has iAd commitments for 2010 totaling over $60 million, which represents almost 50 percent of the total forecasted US mobile ad spending for the second half of 2010.*

“iAd offers advertisers the emotion of TV with the interactivity of the web, and offers users a new way to explore ads without being hijacked out of their favorite apps,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO.

“iAds will reach millions of iPhone and iPod touch users—a highly desirable demographic for advertisers—and provide developers a new way to earn money so they can continue developing free and low cost applications.”

“iAd will allow Citi to reach millions of people on their iPhone and iPod touch,” said Lisa Caputo, executive vice president and CMO, Citigroup. “iAd gives us a remarkable level of creativity for creating ads to connect with our current and future customers in a more interactive style than ever before.”

“iAd is going to revolutionize mobile advertising,” said Rob Master, North American media director, Unilever. “With iAd, we’ve been able to create some of our most powerful and compelling ads ever. iAd is the perfect mobile format to reach and engage with our customers.”

iAd, which is built into iOS 4, allows users to stay within their app while engaging with the ad, even while watching a video, playing a game or using in-ad purchase to download an app or buy iTunes® content.

Developers who join the iAd Network can easily incorporate a variety of advertising formats into their apps. Apple will sell and serve the ads, and developers will receive an industry-standard 60 percent of the iAd Network revenue, which is paid via iTunes Connect.

iAds require iOS 4, which will be a free software update via iTunes 9.2 or later for iPhone and iPod touch customers. iOS 4 will work with iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and second and third generation iPod touch (late 2009 models with 32GB or 64GB).

*Percent of forecast based on an annual run rate basis, starting on July 1. US Mobile Display Advertising forecast from the report by JP Morgan, “Nothing But Net—2010 Internet Investment Guide,” January 3, 2010.

Intel HACKED!

Intel’s latest financial filing with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) reveals that the company was a major target in a sophisticated hacking attack in January, a risk not previously cited in the company’s quarterly filings.

“One recent and sophisticated incident occurred in January 2010 around the same time as the recently publicized security incident reported by Google,” the company states in its Form 10-K Annual Report. “We seek to detect and investigate these security incidents and to prevent their recurrence, but in some cases we might be unaware of an incident or its magnitude and effects.”

Such attacks, the company says, “are sometimes successful.”

The chip-making giant says that it regularly faces attempts to penetrate its systems, which may represent industrial espionage or efforts to harm the company.

Intel, however, made no comments about the impact of the successful attacks.

It’s not clear how alarmed organizations should be by such attacks, given that Intel’s acknowledgment comes as a matter of regulatory compliance.

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