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September 21, 2009

Are you paying too much or too little to your information technology staff? Are you earning what you're worth? Whether employer or employee, it is important to know what other companies are paying in total compensation for a similar position in your area. Learn how your company compares in the area of compensation. Data as of June 2009.

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Denial of Service Attacks on the Rise

Data Breaches Continue to be CIO Concern


Denial of Service Attacks on the Rise!!!

Security - Denial of Service AttacksDenial-of-service attacks are not new, but the rapidly increasing number of attacks is making botnets a formidable security threat. Here are six things to keep in mind as you secure your networks.

  • What you see is not always what you get. Determining the source of an attack is challenging. The so-called North Korean attacks in July appear to have been controlled from a server in the United Kingdom. Remember, just because an attack originates in one country does not mean it is managed from there.
  • Money changes everything. Money is a motivator as underground developers are selling tools such as an online service to run new malware variants against the most popular antivirus engines to identify which ones make it through. With botnet tools for sale, relative amateurs can launch sophisticated attacks.
  • It is no longer just kids. Professionalism is on the rise. The most serious attacks can go undetected as botnets designed to steal data or tap computing power have gotten better at encryption and covering their tracks.
  • It is not the medium, it is the message. Be as suspicious of tweets and videos as you are of e-mails.
  • Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Consider real-time content analysis as a weapon in defending your networks.
  • New world order. Get used to them -- they are here to stay. New attacks are emerging at a faster and faster pace, so the need to update security is paramount.

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Data Breaches Continue to be CIO Concern

The FBI received a record number of complaints in 2008, and the associated direct cost of the frauds carried out with stolen data was $265 million versus $235million in 2007.   Adding to this is the challenge of securing personal information and intellectual property data.   Companies are granting access to more systems and information - bank customers access to account balances; workers maintain their own 401k and investment accounts; web shoppers place orders and make purchases with a single click; and business partners work on projects in a collaborative manner online.

To reduce the risk of a data breach or theft, organizations must adopt new tactics.  In addition, companies must address e-mail and Web security along with employing a functional data loss and prevention strategy.  The application of multiple security techniques is required to reduce risk. For example, there must be a way to control spam and block the downloading of malicious software from poisoned Web sites.  In today's open Web 2.0 and social networking environments, companies need a way to defend against attacks and protect secret or sensitive data.  At the same time, they must maintain a flexible and responsive infrastructure to support today's business working habits.

The Janco Security Manual Template has helped over 2,000 enterprises world-wide to  meet these requirements.