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The new Internet Neutrality Rule: Has the FCC Overstepped?

Posted by David Mulvey on 3/17/15 9:30 AM

This February 26, 2015 the FCC in a 3 to 2 vote (along party lines) has approved new Internet Service Provider rules.  The FCC has tried unsuccessfully to regulate the Internet two earlier times.  In their last foray Verizon brought the FCC to court and the 2010 Open Internet law was struck down.  So what has the FCC done this time? Well they have included wireless cellular broadband access into the new law.

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Topics: Internet Service Provider, Broadband, WAN, LAN, Internet Neutrality

It’s Not Okay to Ignore these Recent IT Cyber Security Issues

Posted by David Mulvey on 3/4/15 1:30 PM

February showers bring May flowers. Well that’s exactly how things are not going in Philadelphia nor is that what is happening with IT cyber security! February 2015 brought three important IT security issues to every IT department to contend with. If you had outsourced your IT security to ANP these would not be your concern, ANP would have handled them for you. However, if you are doing your own IT here are three big issues you should be proactively addressing:
  1. If you user use Firefox, update it now. Open Firefox, click on the little square icon near the top-right of your screen that is composed of three horizontal bars. Then click the question mark for “help”. Third, select “About Firefox.” Firefox will automatically download the latest version. The latest version, just released, includes important security patches that you need. Want to learn more, Click HERE.

  2. If you company uses Lenovo laptops, uninstall Superfish now. Starting in as early as 2010, Lenovo has pre-installed Superfish on some of their laptops. This junk-ware software is vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks. This means websites, such as banking and email, can be spoofed without a warning from the browser. Remove the application immediately. Want to learn more, Click HERE.

  3. Install Microsoft's Critical Security Update Now. Microsoft has released a critical security update to address multiple vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. Exploitation of one of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system if the user views a specially crafted webpage. This security update is rated critical for Internet Explorer 6, Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Internet Explorer 9, Internet Explorer 10, and Internet Explorer 11. Want to learn more, Click HERE.

As an IT Professional you simply cannot become lackadaisical regarding the patching of your IT environment. As an IT manager I often find that my IT professionals are so busy with their day-to-day responsibilities that it’s almost impossible to expect them to remain up to date with the latest IT Cyber security issues. I often visit the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team website which is run by the Department of Homeland Security. The website is an excellent resource for all things cyber-security! Check out the US-CERT website by Click HERE.

 

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Topics: IT security, IT Cyber Security, IT Cyber Security Issues

Windows Server 2003 End of Support -- Trouble in Your Server Room

Posted by David Mulvey on 2/5/15 7:00 PM

Here at ANP we have been beating the drum for upgrading your old Microsoft Server 2003 Operating Systems since Microsoft announced that Windows XP and Office 2003 were being retired. Microsoft officially ends support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015. This deadline is much like the Windows XP deadline. Microsoft has stated they will no longer patch Windows Server 2003 for new security vulnerabilities. New vulnerabilities keep cropping up for the aging OS, and Microsoft will not be writing patches for the new vulnerabilities. To put that statement into context, during 2014 Microsoft released 37 critical updates for Windows Server 2003.

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Topics: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 End Of Life, Windows Server 2003 End Of Support

How to Make the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 End-of-Support Easy.

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 1/13/15 9:15 AM


Microsoft has announced the official end of extended support for Windows Server 2003.  Microsoft believes there are over nine million instances of Windows Server 2003 in production today in North America!  The deadline for End-Of-Support (EOS) is July 14, 2015 and I suspect Microsoft will not move that date because they didn’t extend the Microsoft XP EOS date.  Essentially on July 14, 2015 Microsoft will stop patching the Windows Server 2003 operating system and they will no longer issue security updates. What should an IT Manager do? Hackers all over the world will be focusing on attacking an unprotected operating system. Needless to say, IT managers must get all of your Windows Server 2003 instances discovered, documented and migrated.

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Topics: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 End Of Life, Windows Server 2003 End Of Support, Windows Server 2003 EOS, ANP Survival Assessment kit

You’re Running Out of Time! Windows Server 2003 End of Support

Posted by David Mulvey on 1/9/15 8:00 AM

On July 14, 2015, Microsoft is officially retiring Windows Server 2003. As Windows Server 2003 comes to the end of its life, businesses all around the world will feel the effects. Microsoft recently estimated there are 24 million instances of Windows Server 2003 running on 12 million physical servers! There are an estimated 9.4 million Windows Servers 2003 instances running in North America. Worldwide Windows Server 2003 accounts for 39 percent of all Windows Servers. As you can see, the installed base is massive, making migrations an important security issue for the entire IT industry.

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Topics: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 End Of Life, Windows Server 2003 End Of Support

What Your Employees Are Doing Online? You need Content Filtering!

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 11/12/14 7:30 AM

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Topics: Content Filter, Internet Content Filtering, Internet security policy

Time for a Wireless LAN Assessment? Do you have Ghosts & Goblins?

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 10/30/14 10:00 PM

October in Philadelphia is extraordinary; between the crisp dry days, vibrant fall colors, and eerie decorations covering houses with orange spooky carved pumpkins all over town, it's easy to get caught up in the Halloween spirit.

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Topics: wireless audit, wireless site survey, wireless LAN assessment

6 Things The IT Support Tech Does that the Boss Needs to Know About!

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 10/23/14 8:00 AM

With Halloween around the corner the following seems like an appropriate question to ask a small business owner: Here's a scary question most businesses don't think about: what would happen if your IT support guy suddenly quits? Most business owners think it would only be a temporary inconvenience when, in fact, the opposite is usually the case. I get more concerned business owner phones calls once their IT guy leaves than any other motivating reason. Want to know how much you are at risk? Ask yourself the following 6 frightening IT questions:

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Topics: IT Assessment, IT Support employee gives notice, IT support tech quits

What's the Value of an IT Network Assessment?

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 10/17/14 8:00 AM

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Topics: IT Assessment, network assessment, IT Network Assessment, IT Network Assessment Checklist, IT Network Assessment Questions

ShellShock Assessment Scan: Assess your Unix & Linux Servers Now

Posted by David S. Mulvey on 10/8/14 7:00 AM

Just after we have worked our way through the Heartbleed vulnerability a new software vulnerability has been found that might affect any versions of the Linux and Unix operating systems, in addition to Apple Mac OS X within your business.  The vulnerability is referred to as the “Bash Bug” or “ShellShock,” which might allow a remote attacker to gain control over a targeted Unix/Linux computer.

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Topics: ShellShock Vulnerability, Bash Bug, ShellShock Assessment Scan

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