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What You Need To Know About Application Performance Management

I have seen a shift in responsibility for overseeing and managing applications. Application monitoring and management is increasingly moving from application architects and developers and into IT operations. Our clients’ IT management folks are expected to be responsible for ensuring application health and performance and therefore are increasingly relying upon Layered Tech to provide management information and dashboard.

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Is It Safe?

Some of you might remember the movie Marathon Man starring Dustin Hoffman as Babe.  In it, he is repeatedly questioned by the former Nazi SS dentist, Dr. Christian Szell and asked, “Is it safe?”

Christian Szell: Is it safe? Is it safe?

Babe: You’re talking to me?

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HIPAA Security Rule Controls: Do You Have Them?

HIPAA security rules and HIPAA compliance requirementsRecent changes to the HIPAA Rules through the HIPAA Omnibus Final Rule, may affect the way healthcare professionals do business. The changes, which became effective March 26, 2013, now apply the Security Rule not only to covered entities but also to business associates of covered entities and subcontractors of business associates. This means that any organization involved with electronic protected health information (EPHI) must have and follow a well-written information security policy with established practices and guidelines that protect this EPHI from falling into the wrong hands. Failure to comply with the HIPAA Rules could result in fines up to $1.5 million for all violations of an identical provision in a calendar year.
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Are Security Fears Keeping You Out of the Cloud?

Remain safe in the cloud with Layered Tech cloud security and cloud solutionsThe First Annual Big Cloud Event took place in Minneapolis, MN in June.  Layered Tech was a sponsor of this event, and I delivered a presentation on Big Cloud Adoption. This event was billed as the first annual; the second event is already scheduled for March of 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. Although many cloud-related topics were discussed at the event, many discussions focused on cloud adoption, or the lack thereof, for Fortune 1000 companies.
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ETA Eye Openers

At the 2013 Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) Annual Meeting and Expo  in New Orleans recently, I had the opportunity to give a presentation on Hacktivism titled Managing Risk for Online Threats and Hacktivism Actions. Attending these shows allows me to experience a little bit of local culture (the food and the venue were awesome), network with colleagues and learn about what is trending in the cloud space. I’m not surprised that the trending theme this year revolved around mobile technology.
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Tips to Guard Against Hacks and Attacks

I attended the 2013 InnoTech San Antonio Technology Innovation Conference & Expo on April 17th.  InnoTech is the region’s largest business-to-business technology event.

This conference has grown to the point of needing to move to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Along with the tracks offered in Mobility, Women in Tech, Infrastructure, Big Data with Analytics and IT Leadership, I participated in the Cyber Security Symposium.  I moderated a panel of experts on Security – It’s All About Perspective.  The panel had representation from corporate leaders, consultants and higher education.  The panel members were Mark Krisak, Director of Information Security, HEB; Chip Meadows, Sr. Security Analyst, UTSA; Joe Oranday, Vice President, Enterprise Information Security, Frost; Steve Werby, President and Senior Information Security Consultant, Befriend.
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Layered Tech’s Virtual Firewall and DDOS Blocker powered by Fortinet

Layered Tech now offers virtual firewall protection powered by Fortinet, a key provider of industry-leading Unified Threat Management solutions.  These affordable service-based firewall offerings add layers of protection to defend your trusted domains from Internet threats without major investment or expensive expertise.  Layered Tech customers can now enjoy the security, flexibility and affordability by selecting one of our new Fortigate firewall options, starting at $30 per month.

  

 

In conjunction with our recently released Fortigate firewall offerings, Layered Tech is also providing our new DDoS Blocker service, also powered by Fortinet.  Should your web site ever experience a DDoS attack via a flood of malicious traffic, making your web site unusable for hours or days at a time – we’ve got you covered. The Layered Tech DDOS Blocker service will block up to 1000Mbps of DDoS traffic by reviewing data packets and blocking invalid traffic at the network layer before it ever reaches your servers. Now, you can request DDoS blocking service for 24-hour periods for a one-time fee per IP.

  

 

For these and many other leading web hosting services visit www.layeredtech.com

NEW: LT-TV Episode 2 ( Server Security )

WELCOME to Layered Tech’s 2nd Episode of LT-TV… “technology edification for the masses”.   This episode covers Server Security… and we all know there’s a lot to learn about keeping our computers and data safe.  (NO, don’t use your last name or birthday as your password.) Check it out TODAY! >>

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FaceBook Virus Update

terryperkinsbw150jpgWith all the social networking going on today, it is no wonder that viruses are being created to target specific social networking sites.  It is more important than ever to keep your anti-virus software up-to-date.  Here is the latest warning on a FaceBook virus.

          

December 4, Reuters – (International) Destructive Koobface virus turns up on Facebook. Facebook’s 120 million users are being targeted by a virus dubbed “Koobface” that uses the social network’s messaging system to infect PCs, and then tries to gather sensitive information such as credit card numbers. It is the latest attack by hackers increasingly looking to prey on users of social networking sites. Koobface spreads by sending notes to friends of someone whose PC has been infected. The messages, with subject headers like, “You look just awesome in this new movie,” direct recipients to a website where they are asked to download what it claims is an update of Adobe Systems Inc.’s Flash player. If they download the software, users end up with an infected computer, which then takes users to contaminated sites when they try to use search engines from Google, Yahoo, MSN, and Live.com, according McAfee. McAfee warned in a blog entry on Wednesday that its researchers had discovered that Koobface was making the rounds on Facebook. Privately held Facebook has told members to delete contaminated e-mails and has posted directions at www.facebook.com/security on how to clean infected computers. Source:
        
Today, it’s FaceBook… Tomorrow, it will be yet another popular online gathering place.  Update your anti-virus protection routinely. From there, socialize happily and more importantly — safely. ~ Security Chic / Terry Perkins