Free and Open Source Software Month is a Reminder of the Need for Cybersecurity

  February is Free and Open Source Software month (FOSS). If you’ve ever used Mozilla Firefox web browser, Thunderbird email, PHP scripting, or Apache web server, then you’ve used open source programs. Open source software (OSS) is distributed with its source code available for modification by anyone, turning software development into a collaborative process. Open source has become a bit of a buzzword in recent years, with opinions falling strongly in both the pro and con categories. Supporters tout OSS as an innovative concept that essentially crowd-sources software development for rapid evolution, bug identification and repair, readily available community support, and complete customization. Another boon, of course, is that it’s…

Olympic Games Hit with Cyberattack

  Olympic officials and cybersecurity experts are attributing Internet disruptions during last week’s Olympic opening ceremony were the result of a cyberattack. Jihye Lee, a spokesman for the PyeongChang Organizing Committee, confirmed the news Sunday, saying, “The technology issues experienced Friday night were caused by a cyberattack.”   The first signs of trouble arose when the website and internal systems of the winter games were taken offline during the opening ceremony in PyeongChang on Friday, after hackers detonated their probes inside the network, according to Sky News. News outlets had issues reporting on the event because the hackers knocked out the WiFi. Analysis by researchers at the cybersecurity intelligence wing…

Why CRM Software is Essential for Retailers

In 2018, adopting a CRM software should be a number one priority for retailers. With retail sales expected to go above $27 trillion by 2020, it’s critical for retailers to provide their clients with incredible experiences and outdo their competitors. The establishment of a positive relationship between a retailer and customer is essential to producing repeat store visits and sales. Here are a few reasons why a CRM is crucial to a retailers success:   Marketing and sales teams become more cohesive. CRM software gives a marketing team the ability to execute campaigns and manage content based on big data and predictive analytics. A CRM gives the sales team the…

Why Healthcare Organizations Need A Disaster Recovery Plan

  Unlike other businesses, downtime can be deadly for hospitals and clinics. Whether downtime is caused by a malware attack, natural disaster or an unexpected power outage, the consequences can be serious. Downtime for a healthcare organization means that doctors and staff cannot access or share critical data stored digitally or use certain medical equipment.   It’s imperative healthcare providers devise and implement disaster recovery and contingency planning to prevent, or at least minimize, downtime, according to CIO. A disaster recovery plan should include things like keeping machines and surgical instruments operating and maintaining the network infrastructure so staff can access and share patient data.   An important element of…