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Electrical Grounding Of Network Infrastructure Ensures Its Survival And Integrity

Networks and Internet network engineered applications commonly communicate and transport data at speeds exceeding 10Gbps. In the case of virtualized networks, that speed can be 32 to 128 times that or faster. Proper earthing or grounding of the key network infrastructure parts (catalysts) would ensure the reliability, availability and integrity of the functional operating ICT business support the LAN and wireless network are providing to all parts involved in the OSI levels. From infrastructure to system to application and to user presentation.

Sadly, it’s predominantly the small / medium size businesses that suffer by not getting it right the first time. Largely due to the misconception of saving money or reducing costs by trusting unqualified, cheaper, IT consultants and practitioners and paying dearly in starting over, data loss, operations lost time and in some cases, catastrophic failure. Also, not realizing the importance of having a long term ICT strategy and business plan that’s flexible and that supports the business development vision and agenda of the business owner.

Electrical grounding does not only protect the network infrastructure. Connection to ground (earthing) also limits the build-up of static electricity when handling flammable products or electrostatic-sensitive devices. In some telegraph and power transmission circuits, the earth itself can be used as one conductor of the circuit, saving the cost of installing a separate return conductor (see single-wire earth return).

For information on this important subject, contact a Support911 executive to schedule a free consultation and infrastructure assessment.

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BlackBerry’s Comeback As Secure IoT Hub Has Comeback

BlackBerry’s comeback appears to be on track and happening now based on current events reported this week. What’s it all about? The following excerpt sheds some light into what Blackberry’s EoT and DNA of security technology strategy is for 2020. It was first published in the Financial Times, October 17, 2018. Learn more

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If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 10 yet, you’re at an increased risk of malware infection

Beware Windows 7 users: Malware campaign targeting IoT devices.

With Windows 7 end of life, important security patches are no longer researched or provided by Microsoft to end users,” Ori Bach, CEO of TrapX Security, told CNET. “This can leave anyone using Windows 7 susceptible to attack, not only by existing malware or attackers, but also by any new campaigns that develop in the future, which will exploit unknown vulnerabilities in Windows 7.

End of Windows 7 support hits industries like manufacturing particularly hard, as it relies on embedded devices running the OS that cannot be updated easily, leaving networks open to attacks like this. The malware in this campaign could cause IoT devices to malfunction, potentially harming workers on the manufacturing floor, disrupting production, and/or leaking sensitive data, according to the report.

To avoid attacks that target Windows 7 on your devices, Microsoft recommends that you either upgrade to Windows 10 (which you can still do for free), or buy a new Windows 10 machine. But if you’re a Windows 7 mainstay, you should at least follow these Windows 7 security tips to keep your device as safe as possible.

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