People really seem to enjoy placing high resolution photos on their backgrounds. They will take pictures of places that they visit, their family, or their pets and set that as the background on their laptops or desktops. A lot of people don’t realize that this can actually slow the computer down. To see if your background pictures are impacting performance on your computer, right click on the desktop, click properties, and set the background to a solid color. If that seems to improve your computers speed, you may need to consider either not using the image you choose previously, or getting a lower resolution copy of the image.
With that said, if you really love background, checkout some seasonal ones at: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/personalize/wallpaper-desktop-background
Yalonde Tanner from GMA summed it up best, “For the first time in 4 years Sophicity did not make last place”. Yes, a Cinderella story. Every year until 2011, we have driven, swung, swung, putted, putted, and putted our way into last place. But not this year! I chose to step aside and let Clint Nelms, Sophicity’s Network Infrastructure Practice Manager, and Michael Kappel, Sophicity’s Senior Network Engineer (aka Mr. Sophicity Golf) compete. Definitely a good move, one of improvement for the team… ;-)
Every year, the Mayors' Christmas Motorcade provides gifts during the holidays for patients at Georgia's mental health and retardation hospitals. The golf tournament is essential for raising money for the Motorcade, and Sophicity proudly supports GMA’s efforts to help Georgia’s less fortunate during the holiday season.
As technology and hackers become more and more sophisticated, IT security teams have to keep a closer eye on their networks, making sure an electronic attack does not destroy their sites or important data. For state and local government agencies, it is critical that CIOs and other team members understand the security threats, and most importantly, how to keep the IT environments safe.
The question is, are you up to speed on your cyber-security essentials? I recently read an AT&T white paper, titled “Cyber-Security Essentials for State and Local Government” and was able to take away several key points about cyber-security on the state and government level:
· Network and IT Infrastructure Security. A successful attack can cripple a network, compromise sensitive data, attract negative publicity and be costly to remediate. It could lead to fines and civil lawsuits. Guarding your network and IT infrastructure requires vigilance. How can you stay prepared?
o Assess Your Needs
o Assess Your Current Infrastructure
o Classify and Evaluate Data
o Evaluate Security Infrastructure for a Move to the Cloud
· Vulnerability and Threat Management. Vulnerability and threat management requires continuous monitoring, collecting and analysis of security event data. It’s about knowing your infrastructure well, and knowing what attacks could do it harm. It’s looking at trends and identifying new types of attacks.
How can you keep your network safe?
o Proper employee training
o Careful authentication and authorization of those using your network and resources, intrusion detection and prevention
o Proper defense against DDoS attacks
These are just a few pointers. For a more detailed list, be sure to read the complete AT&T white paper here.
There’s been a lot of rumbling about the cloud lately. In a June blog, I pointed out some stats on cloud usage and security issues in the cloud. And in August, TechAmerica Foundation formed a commission of industry experts on cloud adoption.
The Foundation’s commission, or CLOUD2/SLG (for short), was established as a resource for state and local government looking for recommendations on a variety of cloud issues, including procurement practices, delivery of services and deployment. Recommendations provided by CLOUD2/SLG will help municipalities rapidly access and deploy cloud solutions as a way to streamline their IT costs.
An important component missing from CLOUD2/SLG is SLG representation itself. When asked why SLGs weren’t included, TechAmerica officials didn’t have an answer. However, they did create an advisory board of government officials to work with the commission. The list of advisors was announced October 6.
Although the lack of SLG presence might not make sense, it’s good to see a commission that understands the value of cloud computing on the state and local level.
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