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Is it Time to Fire the IT-Guy?
October 31, 2014
Anyone who has even a simple medical condition like a broken leg, will have been sent by their family doctor to a range of other professionals, such as radiologists, physiotherapists and pharmacists as part of their treatment. It is taken…
Poor Training Helps Terrorists
October 31, 2014
The Kansas City Star reports: A surveillance video released Sunday shows that security measures at Islamabad's Marriott hotel succeeded in stopping a suicide truck bomb at the hotel's front gate, but thatsecurity guards seemed confused about what to do next…
Protecting Firewalls with Brick Walls
October 31, 2014
They say "an armed society is a polite society". Generally, because people in such areas know that committing a crime might see them on the wrong end of a gun-barrel. In Australia, the relative scarcity of personal weapons is such…
Protect your systems - Fire all of your Staff
October 31, 2014
Anybody familiar with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) will understand that CPR should be continued until signs of life return, qualified help arrives or it is physically impossible for the rescuer/first-aider to continue, for example due to exhaustion (Australian Resuscitation Council, Guideline…
Hello iPod, Goodbye Assets
October 31, 2014
Until the very late nineties, when a person needed to transfer a file from one computer to another it was not uncommon in to hear references to "Sneaker-net". This meant copying the file onto a floppy disk, putting on one's…
Security Configuration Insecurity
October 31, 2014
The security manager was chuffed about the wonderful new access control system which was installed at his premises. Four hundred users across two campuses, untold number of doors and readers, all logged and monitored. The installation had gone well and…
Integration Disintegration
October 31, 2014
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CyberSnooping
October 31, 2014
Preface: This article was published in Security Oz Magazine, April 2002, aimed at a non IT-expert audience. Although most of the concepts are highly relevant today, some of the information herein is dated (or no longer applicable), however is archived…
Keeping the Evil In
October 29, 2014
Unfortunately, like so many other areas, the role of IT administrator in an education environment is often underfunded and underappreciated. During time that could be spent preventing hacking and viruses, admins must also deal with everything from stolen mouseballs and…
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