Monthly Archives : September 2012

BYOD Security concerns

From Slashdot

A Bring Your Own Device policy might save companies money, but a new survey highlights a lack of security procedures for keeping it secure.

Some two-thirds of businesses follow some sort of BYOD (“Bring Your Own Device”) policy, allowing workers to use their personal devices in a work context. That’s according to a new survey by consulting firm ITIC and KnowBe4.com.

The Web-based survey, which queried respondents from 550 companies worldwide between July and August 2012, also found something disturbing, at least from a security perspective: around 71 percent of businesses had no specific policies or procedures for keeping BYOD secure. Around 13 percent had such policies in place, while another 9 percent were in the process of developing them, with the remainder unsure of where their companies stood in terms of hardening personal devices against attack or data loss.

Full article here:  http://slashdot.org/topic/cloud/byod-lacks-security-survey/

Items You Shouldn’t Buy Refurbished

CNET has published a short list of items NOT to buy refurbished:  http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33153_7-57509549-10391733/three-tech-items-you-should-never-buy-refurbished/

Hard drives are listed as #1, and I would tend to agree. Data integrity is never something to gamble on.

Depending on the warranty offered with the refurb product, often the cost savings makes it worth the risk of “inheriting someone else’s problems”.  I recently purchased a Dell XPS 15z laptop from Dell’s outlet (http://www.dell.com/outlet) at significant savings off retail price. The unit was sold as “scratch & dent” return.  So far, I haven’t found any such cosmetic blemishes.  I did have an issue with the display out of the box, but it was fully covered under warranty, and resolved in a reasonable amount of time. Other than that, it’s been a nice purchase and I’ve had no other issues (knock wood).

The New Wifi – 1GB Throughput

Over the last few years bva has had to support many different types of wifi with many several different users expectations of speeds.  Obviously the two most popular over the last 10 years have been G and N.  There are many types of wireless routers and access points out there that have finally become stable and reliable.  About two months ago bva got visibility into a new type of wifi called 802.11ac where we were able to test and see with our own eyes what it could do.  This new wireless on the 5 GHz band and see’s LAN throughput of at least 1 gigabit per second with a maximum single link throughput of at least 500 megabits per second (500 Mbit/s).

This is a great product for users that want to replicate data or obviously have high speed bandwidth.  Having a GB connection via wireless to the internal servers is something that I would thought we would not see this quickly so we here at bva are quite impressed.

 

Dual-band Linksys EA6500

 

 

 

 

 

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