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If you want to take your cyber-security to the next level, consider network hardening and segmentation. NIST security publications encourage ‘defense in depth’ as a best practice.  They recommend creating multiple network segments with strong firewalls in between.   The diagram above shows a cost effective segmentation design that is appropriate for small and medium businesses. …Read More…

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VMWare and Netapp consultant in Baltimore, Columbia, Frederick, and Rockville MD

We install and configure Netapp Disk Shelves and VMWare vCenter and ESXi for small and medium businesses in Maryland. (more about VMWare and virtualization later in this article!) Netapp installation and maintenance Kieri Solutions endorses Netapp products because they are designed to be highly available and have several options for nearly instantaneous data recovery. We …Read More…

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GDPR and Human Resources

With GDPR moving into enforcement this month, many businesses in the United States are scrambling to perform damage control.   Human Resources has unique concerns about GDPR – Do I need consent to collect personal information about our employees? – Are there extra steps required before providing employee information to outside benefits companies? – Are …Read More…

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Best GDPR Website Consent Examples

Curious about GDPR basics, and whether it applies to you? Check this blog first if you are in the Frederick MD or Baltimore MD area and are looking for basics: GDPR Consulting – What you need to know Re-posted from eConsultancy, this is an excellent article by Ben Davis discussing website consent requests that comply with GDPR. What …Read More…

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Dell PowerEdge R730 PERC RAID online reconfiguration

This is a story about how we migrated a production server from RAID-1 to RAID-5 without losing data, using the PERC H730 controller. Recently,  we pushed a Dell server’s PERC RAID controller to its limit.  (After making a verified good backup, of course). Originally, the server’s hard drives were set up as a RAID 1 …Read More…

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GDPR Consulting – What you need to know

What is GDPR? GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679). Who does it apply to?   Any organization (non-profit, for-profit, government) which controls or processes data belonging to EU residents. When does it happen?  The regulation goes into effect 25 May 2018.  9 months away. What is it?  11 chapters and 99 articles …Read More…

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Is your IT person holding the network hostage?

Problems with your PC Support and IT staff “Step 1: Change all the passwords…” This is an inside joke for IT professionals.  It refers to job security.  If you are the only person who has the keys, your management will think twice before they fire you.  With that level of job security, you can close …Read More…

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4 mistakes people make when hiring a computer services company

  Mistake #1: After choosing an IT support provider, you no longer need to be involved in the management of them. As with any department you manage, your IT support provider will need oversight as well as clear and consistent communication. When you stop being involved with your IT support provider, expectations are not clearly …Read More…

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What you should know about Cloud Computing and Office 365

Traditionally, if you needed a new server for your business, you bought an expensive piece of equipment, screwed it into a rack, turned it on, and installed the software. Now we have cloud computing, which makes the server software independent from the equipment.  You could have ten servers worth of software running on one piece …Read More…