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How Technology Plays a Role in the Harvey Relief Efforts

Is artificial intelligence growing too fast?

  • 31 August 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
  • Number of views: 454

Technological innovations save lives and more in Houston

Hurricane Harvey brought with him a great test of American resilience. As he waited in the gulf, growing bigger and bigger, emergency and relief teams prepared. When the storm finally arrived, they were determined to make as big an impact as possible, and avoid the pitfalls that have complicated efforts in the past. Technological innovations since 2005 resulted in a more efficient response than that of Katrina. 


Would You Pay $500 for a Light-up Brick?

Personal devices flood the workplace

  • 24 August 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
  • Number of views: 416

The latest IoT debacle

                One of the most evident trends in today’s global market is to integrate the internet anywhere and everywhere possible. Automobiles, kitchen appliances, utilities, clothing- no product is safe from becoming IoT enabled. But what happens when the “smart” devices you buy become out-dated and incompatible with new technology? Or what if a corrupted update issued to your smart device turns it into nothing more than a $480 paperweight? Such was the experience for over 500 LockState customers the other week…

What's this "Creators Update"?

Windows 10 adds features

  • 22 August 2017
  • Author: SIM2K
  • Number of views: 0

In our August SIMformation we cover the new features and security updates being pushed out to Windows 10 users by Microsoft's "Creators Update."  This upgrade adds several interesting features to Windows 10.  But if you are a Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 user -- never mind!  We also look at Microsoft's introduction of an Enterprise-level version of Office 365 that provides administrators more tools to manage users and Office features.  It also forces an upgrade to Windows 10, as that is the operating system necessary for this version, so don't be in a rush to consider this if you are not moving off Windows 7 in the near future.  We cover the slump in PC sales this past quarter and whether or not the impending "out-of-service" date for Windows 7 in 202 will trigger an uptick in sales.  In our continuing look at Cybersecurity, we caution against companies attempting to scour the "Dark Web" to see if any company information is for sale.  This is a dangerous path, not only for those already on the Dark Web looking for new prey, but also you run the risk of attracting law enforcement interest, too.  Leave this to IT professionals if you are truly concerned.  And finally, even though Summer is almost over, we reinforce our continued emphasis on security when connecting to public wi-fi networks.

The Latest High-Profile Security Breach

Why was the tech that killed WannaCry arrested by the FBI?

  • 17 August 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
  • Number of views: 392

HBO doesn’t negotiate with hackers


                “That’s a game we’re not going to participate in”. Unfortunately, HBO executives may learn they don’t have a choice but to play along. The entertainment giant has become the latest victim of high-profile cybercrime- proving that attacks happen to companies of all sizes and industries. In what the hackers themselves are calling “the greatest leak in cyber space era”, around 1.5 terabytes of HBO data has been exfiltrated and held ransom. When HBO made it clear they weren’t going to pay up, the hackers uploaded portions of the data to the web, and for a period of time, unaired episodes of shows like Game of Thrones, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Bill Hader’s new comedy Barry- that isn’t expected until 2018- were available online.

Cybercrime in 2016: Growing Bigger and Faster than we Expected

Do passwords drive you "bananas"?

  • 10 August 2017
  • Author: TMcShane
  • Number of views: 430

Cybercrime costs are expected to climb towards $6 trillion in 2021


According to the global leader in cyber economy research Cybersecurity Ventures, we are entering a “Hackerpocalypse”. They recently released their 2016 Cybercrime Report and revealed that cybercrime is growing at rates far higher than was previously estimated. Their conclusions were unanimous, and called for an increase in discussion for what is becoming one of the greatest threats to our national security. We’re going to cover the main findings of the report, and how they affect your life and career. Then, we will share how SIM2K defends against these constantly evolving Malwares with a 99% success rate.  


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