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8 Things to Know About the Massachusetts Data Security Law

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 3/28/13 9:32 AM

March is the anniversary of the Massachusetts Data Security Law which went into effect March 1, 2010:  201 CMR 17.00: Standards for The Protection of Personal Information of Residents of the Commonwealth.  The anniversary is a good time to refresh your team about the requirements!

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Tags: MA Data Security Law, 201 CMR 17.00, Security Requirements

Get S.M.A.R.T and save your data BEFORE you lose it!

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 3/20/13 10:00 AM

One of the things we strongly advise our clients to get on board with is proactive monitoring of all their systems with our managed services.   With this service, we monitor all systems for a long list of parameters including Antivirus software updates, Security Patch updates, system performance and when capable, S.M.A.R.T monitoring of hard drives.  

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Tags: hard drive, S.M.A.R.T, Monitoring, Managed Services

Why did that Spam message get through my filter?

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 3/7/13 8:43 AM

One of the services we provide to our clients is spam filtering.  The goal is to stop the spam BEFORE it gets to the mail server so it doesn't wind up on the users' desktop, laptop, iPad, smart phone, etc....  Each month when we do the reporting and roll up the numbers, it's amazing how much volume there is. Overall, around 80% of all email traffic is flagged as spam.  For some of our clients, this means blocking out tens of thousands of messages a month.  I looked at our own domain yesterday, and in February, over 10,000 messages were blocked or quarantined, including 348 emails containing viruses.  

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Tags: eMail, spam filtering, email security, spam

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