• Your turn to speak: Is a new Obama mandate putting IT security at risk?

    Yesterday, we told you about a mandate currently being drafted that plans to extend mandatory wiretapping to the Internet. We've received a good amount of feedback from members, including Gordon, who thinks the law would be "overkill...It will open up a can of worms to all the hackers and black...

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  • Open IT Forum: Segregation of duties versus full access for sys admins?

    We had a question in the forums recently that brought up an interesting dilemma: In sensitive roles such as systems administrators, do you believe in granting full access or employing a segregation of duties to minimize risk? We'd love to hear how your company deals with these executive decisions...

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  • Open IT Forum: Security concerns of forwarding work emails and other corporate personalizations.

    A recent question from the community regarding forwarding work emails to a third party account such as Gmail spurred a reaction of general distaste. What are your thoughts on the IT risks posed by melding the personal with professional, whether it be through social networking sites, smart phones,...

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  • Open IT Forum: What security-related lessons have you learned?

    What is the hardest or most costly (whether it be time, money or pride) lesson you or your company has learned regarding security? We want to hear your security-related stories, concerns and blunders in the discussion area. The most entertaining or insightful stories have 200 knowledge points...

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  • Answer a Question, Win a Free IT Book!

    This week's free IT book is from Cisco: Network Security Auditing. How can you qualify to get the complete guide to auditing network security, measuring risk and promoting compliance? Simply answer one of the questions in this post and post a link to your answer in the discussion area below. I'll...

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  • Answer a Question, Win The Official Ubuntu Server Book!

    At the beginning of the month, we gave away The Official ubuntu Book, and now we're giving away The Official ubuntu Server Book, Second Ed.! The book includes a DVD that contains the versions of Ubuntu Server needed for different CPU architectures. You also receive a code for a free online version...

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  • Mobile troubleshooting and the security and work/life balance concerns

    As smartphones continue to make desktop tasks mobile, we've been wondering what apps you're using on your iPhone, Blackberry, iPad, etc. for easier and more convenient remote troubleshooting (e.g. iPRTG app for network management). Are there any security concerns with accessing your desktop from a...

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  • Are there such things as good reboots on client servers?

    IBM has claimed that they have invested billions on their mainframe platform to reduce the need for reboots. EMC and Cisco appear to be doing the same for RAID storage and routers and switches respectively. Yet on client servers reboots are treated as commonplace events. How can both practices...

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  • The Great Debate: 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz for WLAN?

    We're curious as to the real-world comparisons between .11n and previous iterations. If you've looked at upgrading, has it been as expensive as you thought it would be? Make the case for 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz or a dual band network here. This discussion inspired by a Search Networking article by Shamus...

    MelanieYarbrough6,345 pointsBadges:
  • Endpoint Security’s Shifting Focus

    In the past, endpoint security has focused on protecting endpoint devices, managing this by installing software on these devices. The traditional office, however, is changing, with increasing remote users, telecommuters and road warriors taking these devices on the road, into unknown wireless...

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  • What’s your take on tape storage?

    For a while now, everyone has been talking about how Tapedrive has been finally nixed by digital storage like NAS and SAN, but tape is still being used by enterprises, whether due to compliance or cost issues. Are you using tape as your storage/backup solution or a mixture of different media? Do...

    MelanieYarbrough6,345 pointsBadges:
  • Windows XP v. Windows 7 v. Windows Vista: What’s been your experience?

    I recently saw a conversation on Twitter about the bad rep that Windows Vista had from the get-go, even though Microsoft eventually fixed the bugs. Which of the recent Windows operating systems has your company used/liked/despised? For someone shopping the available Windows operating systems, what...

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  • Do you think Oracle will close SUN during 2010?

    It seems that SUN is Kaput, do you think Oracle will Close Sun division during 2010?

    Olopez5 pointsBadges:
  • Is iPhone 4 enterprise-ready? Weigh in.

    Despite reports that iPhone has doubled in the enterprise since a year ago, many still think the latest Apple magic device isn't quite enterprise-ready. If you don't have much faith in iPhone for enterprise, which smartphone do you trust in your business as a corporate device?

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  • Is your company planning to upgrade to Windows 7?

    Curious how many memmbers companies have upgraded or are planning on upgrading to windows 7? What are the main reasons you have or have not upgraded?

    ITKE352,565 pointsBadges:
  • Key players in storage in 2010

    Storage sales are up in the first quarter of 2010. Who do you think the key players in storage in the remaining quarters are going to be? What are you and your company allocating to storage solutions in 2010?

    MelanieYarbrough6,345 pointsBadges:
  • Wired versus Wireless: Are we ready to cut the cord?

    I recently wrote about about the readiness of wireless for enterprise networks, saying that even with .11n, most companies shouldn't yet jump to a 100% wireless office. Josh Stephens over at Solar Winds disagrees, saying we're ready to cut the cord and go all wireless. Any thoughts out there from...

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  • What are the uses of virtual machines (VMs) in cloud computing deployment?

    [h2] [h2]With more cloud service providers like Force.com offering completely platform independent cloud computing solutions, is there going to be a long-term use for virtual machines in the cloud?[/h2] [h2]Is virtual shared serving on its way out, or will VM instances be around for a while?[/h2]...

    ITKE352,565 pointsBadges:
  • Data backups and data archiving: Do you use the same provider?

    Do you use the same provider for your data storage backups and archiving, or do you use a third-party data archiving tool? What factors contributed to the system you manage now?

    ITKE352,565 pointsBadges:
  • Cisco’s IOS emulator crackdown: What are your thoughts?

    The latest buzz around Cisco is that its latest iteration of its emulator OS, IOS 15, will help the company crack down on the use of its IOS emulator without plugging in a product key -- something many home network pros and enterprise network managers have relied on until now, especially when...

    JennyMack4,280 pointsBadges:

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