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Technology Testimonial from Boonshoft CFO/COO Doug Hull

A year and a half ago we were approached by the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery to help them update their IT services for both employees and museum attendees. Changing from an internal employee to an outside service can be stressful decision, but these kinds of transitions are our specialty. We have been able to offer the museum more service and access than they were getting before resulting in higher productivity from their staff, and a more enjoyable experience for their visitors. Special thanks to Doug for speaking on his experience with Quanexus.

Posted by Jack Gerbs in Cybersecurity, Information Security, Small Business, Telephone Systems

Technology, Are We Advancing Too Fast?

Facial Recognition, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Biotechnology (Biotech), and more.  This week, I am just taking a long-term view of what the world ahead might look like, within the next 10 to 20 years.

Facial Recognition & Motion:  The technology has developed beyond the point of just facial recognition and can now determine what/where a person is looking.  With motion detection, it is now possible to monitor a person’s efficiency and compare a person’s job performance efficiency to peer workers.  These technologies are starting to be used in some industries, such as trucking.  Companies can monitor the health of the drivers and trucks are being built with alarms and vibrating seats to alert a driver if they start to nod off or become distracted.  On the flip side, this technology in factories may put extra stress on employees to possibly perform at extreme rates of efficiency, causing burn out.  All of this technology is based on AI.

AI and the Self-Driving Car:  From a philosophical view point, we may be on the verge of allowing computers to make life or death decisions for us on a regular basis.  Imagine you own a self-driving car, you’re commuting to work, and two children jump in front of the car while playing.  The car will have to decide whether to save the two children or put the owner’s life at risk. I chose the word decide, but there really won’t be a decision.  The car will simply perform to a set of instructions that have been pre-programmed into the vehicle.

Biotech:  Biotech is reaching the tipping point.  Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) is a very solid technology that lets humans perform genetic engineering.  It is now possible to create bulls without horns and breed more genetically perfect animals.

With the incredible advances in AI and Biotech, it may be time to take a quick pause and ponder what and how this technology will affect us in the future.

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Computer Equipment Pricing and Availability Challenges Ahead?

It is very likely that we will be seeing computer equipment price increases and potential equipment shortages in the upcoming months. With the new trade tariffs, on Chinese products, that took place on May 10th it is likely that equipment pricing may increase 15 to 25%.  Equipment shipped and in transit prior to May 10th are not affected by the new tariff rate. The tariff rate in January was 10%. On May 1st the tariff was increased to 25%. It is not clear when we will be seeing price increases.

To make matters worse,  the IT industry is coming up on a critical date, January 13, 2020. January 13th is the last official day that Microsoft will release security updates for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 (all versions). After this final release Microsoft will no longer provide any support for these older operating systems making the vulnerable to new threats.  Many older computers do not have the resources to run the new server and desktop operating systems and many systems will have to be replaced. If you are still running on these older operating systems, you should plan accordingly to minimize the impact of the new tariff rate.

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Posted by Jack Gerbs in Cybersecurity, Information Security, Small Business

Cyber Attack Update

One of my favorite sites to follow is Hackmageddon.com. They keep trends on the cyber threat landscape. If you have been to one of our security seminars, you would see some screen clippings from their site. Here is a brief update on the cyber threats from April.

Motivation behind attacks:

  • 82% Cyber Crime
  • 14% Cyber Espionage
  • 3% Cyber Warfare
  • 1% Hacktivism

Attack Vectors, The Top 3 (These are tools being used for the attack)

  • 32.3% Malware (drops to 32.3% from 41.1%)
  • 20.6% Account Hijacking (Phishing Attacks push account hijackings to 20.6% from 14.2%)
  • 14% Targeted Attacks

Target Distribution, Top 4

Weighting in at number one is the Individual. The individual is targeted because they have become the lowest hanging fruit not believing that it will happen to them. Individuals are also the number #1 cause of corporate account takeover and business email compromise.

  • Individuals 17%
  • Multiple Industries 16% (small and medium sized businesses)
  • Public Admin 13%
  • Human Health etc. 10% (Hospitals, Medical practices, other health care)

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