“Listen in” on an imaginary conversation between the evil genius Dr. Soong, from the Star Trek Picard series, and our hero Rick Arnold, of Arnold Consulting. What lessons you can you learn from an evil genius and the mistakes they make by not securing their computer network.
Over the years, I have had my clients try to handle IT issues alone, and it ends up costing them way more time and money then it really needed to. So, think about these two questions before you start to handle a thorny issue.
What is your billing rate per hour?
Are you an expert in the issue you are trying to solve?
If my customer had called me first, I would have saved them a lot time, and remember—time is money. Just because you think you are taking care of an internal issue does not mean there is no cost. I have a couple examples of actual issues from my customers.
Do you have the right things in place in the event of a cyber attack? Our President signed an executive order on cyber security. Find out how this effects your business through a couple case files.
Back in January, I wrote the article “What’s Wrong with having my data in the Cloud? I like it!” In that article, I was asking the question anymore?” n the meantime, people who own the Western Digital My Book Live Storage devices got an idea of what it is like to be without their data, unfortunately.
I get asked this from time to time, “How do I keep my computer / network safe?” My response, depending on the nature of the question, is sometimes “un-plug it from the internet.”
Computer makers are turning encryption on at the DOS level in the operation system. When a consumer goes to see if encryption is on or not, Windows settings indicate that the drive is not encrypted. But it really is encrypted at the DOS level. Why should you care? This makes retrieval of files all but impossible if you have a computer failure and no backup.