USB and other removable device products safety and security tips

June 2, 2010
An Excellent Netbook for Portable Computing
Wired
Corrina Lawson shares some feedback around Samsung’s N150 netbook product.

“The N150 does exactly what it is designed to do: provide wireless Internet access in a nice portable device with a keyboard not nearly as cramped as on a cell phone and a much larger screen. It’s not going to replace an eReader or a full-size laptop, for that matter, but it’s not supposed to do that. Despite its size, the keyboard on the netbook is far easier to use than I expected and didn’t feel at all cramped. If you need to download Microsoft Office 07, that will add to the overall price. I suspect, though, many people could install Open Office for free instead of buying another copy of Office 07.”

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We know the risks but USB security incidents continue to happen
Network World
Ron Lepofsky shares some mitigation tips on how to better secure USB and other removable storage devices when they leave the workplace.

“The best mitigation steps against misuse of USB and other plug in convenience devices are security policy, enforcing security policy, and best of all security awareness training. Corporate security managers should consider getting approval for a policy of locking down all plug-in device ports and authorizing their use on an exception basis only. The policy should include an authorization mechanism based upon an associated privilege table. The privileges should be authorized by business unit managers and the authentication process should be separately managed by security administrators.”

Instant Replay: Starting an MSP From Scratch
MSPmentor
Phil LaForge shares some tips for partners who want to start an MSP business.

“Before I would decide what to sell and support at NEW MSP and before I’d hire a single engineer or buy any monitoring/management tools, I’d take the time to really understand the customers in my target market. I’d dive deep to figure out what their needs are –- where I can add the most value.”

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