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Wednesday, February 28, 2018




Six Security Practices to Teach Employees

No matter how strong your security and defense systems may be, there is always one flaw: human error.

No matter how big or small a company is, the fact behind employees being the biggest threat will never change for IT security. However, there are steps that can reduce the effect of human error, one of which is educating your employees on basic fundamentals of security and awareness.

Other steps that you can take include:

  • Avoiding Unknown Networks. Sure, you can send an email through a Starbucks Wi-Fi network, but these are open doors for hackers to gain access to a device that may contain corporate data.
  • Always Have a Passcode. Everything has gone mobile, and that includes the devices we use both at work and at home. Most of our devices don’t require passcodes, but they should. Teaching employees the importance of having every device require a passcode will pause the threat of an unknown visitor gaining access to critical information.
  • Watching What You Click. Antivirus software isn’t always the answer. Employees have become relaxed in what they click because of the “protection software.” Helping them understand that this is not the case, and the consequences of opening up documents from unknown people or websites.
  • Do Not Share Credentials. Purchase additional login accounts rather than sharing one account. That mentality needs to be done away with, and employees should learn value behind guest or role-based accounts. This is what keeps systems safe and secure.,/li>

Saying Something If You See Something. Keeps your eyes open for any suspicious documents, emails, or websites. Awareness goes a long way towards preventing cyber-attacks and hacks.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018




Meltdown and Spectre Side-Channel Advisement

Meltdown and Spectre Side-Channel Advisement

– The Bottom Line
There have been so many articles, advisories, blogs and opinions shared regarding the Meltdown and Spectre Side-Channel vulnerability, it’s difficult to tell fact from FUD. All these data points may still leave you asking: How does all this affect me, my business and my clouds?

Bottom line up front: know what your computer systems are running and quickly apply the recommended patches to each of the vulnerable platforms. Don’t take this lightly, it’s a very serious situation, however exploiting this vulnerability is not easy nor is there a known instance of an exploit in the wild. If you are unsure if you are affected, TIG can help.

Why Look To TIG?
As a leading technology solution provider, TIG has long standing relationships with most of the top tier vendors that manufacturer the equipment that is subject to this published Meltdown and Spectre Side-Channel vulnerability. This relationship provides TIG with an inside track on present and future impact, exposure and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk of this wide-spread vulnerability. TIG is offering a Meltdown/Spectre assessment services which catalogs your organizations assets and assesses the possible points of exposure and makes specific recommendations to minimize risk to your infrastructure.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017




What’s Your Data Worth?

Have you ever wondered what your data is worth on the dark web? Recently, RSA went undercover in the dark web to find out just how pervasive “dump” selling was and what your information is worth.

RSA and Fox Business News Report found the following:


  • Instant Messaging ($1-$5)
  • Emails ($1-$3)
  • Dating Sites ($1-$10)
  • Social Media Websites ($3)


  • Financial Services ($7-$10.50)
  • Online Money Transfer Services ($0.0-$15.50)
  • Bank Accounts ($3-$24)
  • Credit Card Websites ($3-$5)
  • Accounts from Recent Breach ($1)


  • Airlines ($3-$10.50)
  • Hospitality Services ($0.7-$1.50)

The scariest part of these findings is that dating accounts have quickly become the third & fourth most valuable type of account to resell on the dark web. The reason? It provides the attacker with enhanced knowledge giving them the ability to generate a ‘Synthetic’ Identity. They glean intimate personal details about your life to create a new physical and virtual you in order gain credit, buy property, and obtain enough knowledge to take over your existing accounts by answering deeper security questions such as, “What was your first car?”, “What’s your dad’s middle name?”, or “Who was your favorite teacher in high school?”

So why do businesses & organizations care about this new trend?

Many organizations deploy technologies that are based on the same “Personal Question” methodology. An attacker who knows the answers to these questions can gain access to password reset mechanisms. Likewise, employees often use similar passwords across work and personal sites. More cases are being seen involving blackmail and corporate espionage – when people feel subject to embarrassment or criticism over information they posted on a dating site or social media outlet, they are more susceptible to do unnatural things to keep that information private.

How are you protecting not only your networks and Intellectual Property, but how are you educating your users and protecting them?

Be Vigilant, Stay Aware!

Christian Rolland, BVP, CCDP, CCNP+S, CCNP+R&S
Sr. Practice Director, Enterprise Networking

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017




Demystifying the “Software-Defined Data Center”

Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) is all the rage. Everyone’s talking about it, but why?

For some, it’s extending the Data Center to the Cloud for simple and fast consumption of resources for workloads, or automation of simple tasks. For others, it may be off-site locations for disaster recovery and business continuity. Whatever the reason, IT is being tasked with provisioning resources for workloads, or faster pace and with guaranteed up time. Insert Software to achieve these ever-increasing SLAs (Service Level Agreements). TIG offers multiple solutions to automate tasks, which in the past would require a ton of time from the Administration team. This took focus from the day-to-day management of the infrastructure and meant potentially leaving migrated workloads less secure or inaccessible. In the last couple of years, TIG has had the ability to architect solutions that leverage virtual networking*, IT automation*, and VSAN*. These solutions can apply policies, so no matter where a Virtual Machine resides, it will have the same security firewall policies and address. Automation streamlines tasks to allow users to request and provision VMs onsite or in the Cloud, and manage life cycle and tear down. TIG has the capable tools to predict the resource consumption*, resource contention*, and where resources may be over provisioned*. This provides detailed reporting on where IT should invest funds to achieve maximum results. These are just a few examples TIG has at its fingertips; we are currently using them internally, implementing into Data Centers across the US and Canada. The easiest and most comprehensive way to help you understand what migration to SDDC looks like – and the potential benefits – is to begin with one of TIG’s assessments. From there, we can help you with Cloud, Automation, Disaster Recovery, Security, Networking, Wireless, Analytics, Business Intelligence and many other solutions.

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Friday, September 16, 2016




Security Alert


The FBI issues a warning of rampant attacks of ransomware.  " The best defense against these attacks? Protecting your data!"

The FBI recommends users consider implementing the following prevention and continuity measures to lessen the risk of a successful ransomware attack.

  • Regularly back up data and verify the integrity of those backups. Backups are critical in ransomware incidents; if you are infected, backups may be the best way to recover your critical data.
  • Secure your backups. Ensure backups are not connected to the computers and networks they are backing up. Examples might include securing backups in the cloud or physically storing them offline. It should be noted, some instances of ransomware have the capability to lock cloud-based backups when systems continuously back up in real-time, also known as persistent synchronization

Get the latest updates! Contact your TIG Account Executive or call us at 800-858-0549

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