Every federal agency has security compliance requirements that must be met on an annual or ongoing basis. Two of the most important requirements are FISMA (Federal Information Systems Management Act) and FedRAMP (Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program). While these two federal requirements have a lot in common, they pertain to different types of systems. … Read more FedRAMP vs FISMA

How to Do Performance Tuning in Oracle

Oracle performance tuning is a crucial step in ensuring speedy application function and data retrieval. Here’s what you need to know to improve database performance.  All database administrators (DBAs) are familiar with the onerous task of increasing database performance. To accelerate application function, DBAs have to expedite query response time, which means DBAs must have … Read more How to Do Performance Tuning in Oracle

Mac Remote Access Overview

Imagine this: an employee at the satellite office across the country is having computer trouble, but they use a Mac device. Or maybe you have dozens of Mac end-user devices to reach, update, troubleshoot, or otherwise manage, but you don’t have time to find each device and manually address the issues. Since many IT professionals … Read more Mac Remote Access Overview

How to Use FTP on a Mac

IT professionals looking to use FTP on a Mac must fully understand what FTP is, the risks involved, and the tools available to help them increase efficiencies and keep sensitive information secure. To understand how to use FTP on a Mac, it’s important to fully grasp what FTP is and how it works. File transfer … Read more How to Use FTP on a Mac

What is a Data Breach? Ultimate Guide to Cyber Security Breaches in 2020

As organizations invest more heavily in their digital infrastructure, the consequences of data breaches and cybersecurity attacks have increased in turn. Indeed, research from the Ponemon Institute indicates that the average cost of a data breach in 2018 rose by 6.4% compared with the previous year to a total of $3.86 million. Related to that, … Read more What is a Data Breach? Ultimate Guide to Cyber Security Breaches in 2020

Is OneDrive Secure? Microsoft OneDrive for Business Security Risks

Microsoft OneDrive for Business is a cloud-based storage platform designed to help you organize, access, edit, update, and send files across devices. In 2014, Microsoft launched OneDrive, a rebranding of its original storage platform SkyDrive, with a mission to simplify cloud storage for all. Many businesses choose OneDrive because it offers many opportunities to share … Read more Is OneDrive Secure? Microsoft OneDrive for Business Security Risks

What is SOX Compliance?

In 2002, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, named after its sponsors Senator Paul Sabanes (D-MD) and Representative Michael G. Oxley (R-OOH-4). Instituted “to protect investors by improving the accuracy and reliability of corporate disclosures made pursuant to the securities laws,” the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (commonly referred to as SOX) established a stricter protocol for internal controls … Read more What is SOX Compliance?

Ultimate Guide to Network Monitoring

Basics of Network Monitoring General Networking IP Addresses and Subnetting Switching and Routing Domain Name System (DNS) Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) General Windows Monitoring Elements General Monitoring Techniques and Protocols Ping Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) Syslog Leveraging the Power of Scripts Database Basics Relational database design SQL queries Tips and Resources Monitoring 101 … Read more Ultimate Guide to Network Monitoring

Top 10 Log Sources You Should Monitor

There are literally hundreds of possible types of log sources around your environment and choosing which bubble to the top of your IT consciousness can be difficult. In a job where everything seems to be a top priority, understanding all the log types and sources available for selection can be daunting. In your environment, some logs may be more valuable than others, but having general guidance about logging and what types of logs may be available to monitor can help make you a better technologist.

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