DR/BCP – TL:DR – Preparing for the Wrong Disaster is Better than Not Preparing At All

In the wake of the SARS CoViD-19 pandemic, news organizations have been interviewing so-called “preppers” – survivalists who have been preparing for some natural or man-made disaster by hoarding shelf-stabilized food, guns, underground bunkers, water, and backup electricity. The preppers are taking a victory lap essentially saying, “we told you so.” Not quite. You see,…

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Data Security for Telecommuters

The first day was like a snow day. Maybe sleep in late. Maybe handle a few hundred e-mails and phone calls. It was either very hectic, or very slow. It was anything but normal. By day three it has already gotten old. You’re not really into the telecommuting routine. You’re not quite “at home” but…

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COVID-19 and the Spread of Personal Information

Important News about COVID-19! That e-mail came from the Virginia EZ-Pass. In the past two weeks, if you are anything like me, you have been receiving hundreds of e-mails from vendors, suppliers, and third parties from Outback steak house to 1-800-CONTACTS telling you about their policies, plans or procedures for the coming zombie apocalypse that…

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Data Privacy in the Era of COVID-19

One of the most important things for employers, schools, universities, hospitals, and public places to do during the time of a pandemic is to determine (to some degree of certainty) which individuals are infected, which are contagious, and which are symptomatic. The concept of “social distancing” is enhanced if we can know who is contagious…

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My CORONA (Virus) – How To Survive With IT

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic companies are increasingly calling on employees to work from home. Hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s offices are preparing for massive infections, not only of patients but of healthcare workers. Colleges and Universities are sending students home en masse. Sporting events are considering playing in empty arenas. Airlines and other…

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Ransomware Response — A Better Way

On March 15, 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, hackers attacked the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) servers. In the past, computers belonging to hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other medical providers have been a particular target for ransomware purveyors who lock computers or files and demand the immediate payment of ransom…

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