Weekly Tech Tidbit – Remote Risks and Compliance Part II – Secure and Reliable Communications

Last week I talked about the importance of Cloud Backup in our new remote teaching and learning and back-office school environments.

This week I am going to talk about secure and reliable communications.

The reality is that the number one threat to your network is your users clicking on attachments or web links that lead to bad places that can potentially launch an attack against the user and ultimately your physical and cloud network resources.

Tech Tidbit – Closing Time. Protocols and Processes that have to go!

For the last few years Microsoft has been talking about "Modern" this or "Modern" that.  In the quest for improved security they are agressively trying to move everyone to more modern protocols.  The impending LDAPS changes are an example of this.   However, there are more processes and protocols that they are urging you to retire.

Weekly Tech Tidbit – Remote Risks and Compliance Part I – Cloud Backup

Now that we have shifted to predominantly remote workers and remote teaching and learning, we have a number of new challenges as well as increased threats.

Challenge #1 - Remote File Access.   The solution is moving files from traditional home directories and traditional common drives to cloud-based shared folders and home directories.

Weekly Tech Tidbit – Do you need SSL certificates?

There appears to be some confusion amongst some school districts on whether or not they need SSL certificates.

If you have internet facing web servers, access servers, VPNs, mail servers, etc in your data center, then the answer is yes you do need commercial SSL certificates to help protect these servers.

Weekly Tech Tidbits – Baby steps to better security

We have been discussing a whole lot of security issues over this past year.  Many of you are already moving forward to address many of our recommendations.   However, some of you are paralyzed in figuring out how to absorb some of the new costs for the new security technologies that your district now absolutely requires to keep up to current standards.