SMB Disaster Recovery Planning Worksheet

August 29, 2015 by Charles Gardner

Quite a bit of the work I do is with small and medium businesses. Far too few businesses in the SMB market have adequate, formal, and tested disaster recovery plans. Too often the plan goes something like this: “Call the IT guy when something breaks, evacuate gear if a hurricane is coming, and panic if anything else happens.”

Thankfully, you can do better. If you have no formal plan, now is an excellent time to get started, and I have published a basic DR planning worksheet for small businesses to use as a starting point.

Grab a copy of the Small Business Disaster Recovery Planning Worksheet and begin working through your specific business needs and concerns.

If you need help in getting started or in reviewing your existing plans, contact me today.

Sane Password Strength Guidelines

April 10, 2015 by Charles Gardner

I have had a growing frustration lately with passwords.  It is astounding how many large, reputable companies have password policies that are atrocious and lack any seeming sanity to them.  I believe in long passphrases and in password management software that can generate complex passwords.  It is extremely disappointing how frequently web sites will not accept good complex passwords, instead forcing users to choose a password that falls in a specific scope well below the bar for good security.

I just came across this article on realistic password strength estimation on the Dropbox tech blog.  The post is meaty and full of good details, but even if you don’t want the heavy stuff be sure to read the first few paragraphs.  If you are responsible for password policies for a web site or your own company’s IT systems take a minute to digest this material.  Hopefully it can help you move toward a better position on passwords.

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