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Disaster recovery represents a fundamental aspect of business, as it involves a series of steps taken in order to minimize the effects of an unplanned outage. This can include a natural disaster such as an earthquake, a computer virus that rips through systems or a gaping hole in security that may not have been discovered for years. Once disaster strikes, a continuity plan helps to bring a business back to a functioning level. Consider a scenario where disaster has struck. A business must now deploy its disaster recovery processes in order to negate the impact of the disaster. Don't panic While a disaster might seem like the end for a business, there are a number of steps that can be taken in order to bring the firm back to an operational level. First of all, take note of what the outage is, why it happened and the various departments of the business it has affected... (more)

Employees 'Must be Taught' How to Protect Confidential Data

Companies that are undergoing PCI compliance checks will have to ensure they educate all staff working with sensitive materials so that data is kept secure, it has been stated. Research director at Gartner Australia Rob McMillan explained in an interview with Computer World that one of the biggest security threats of next year is likely to come from deceptive tactics that convince people to hand over information such as access credentials. He stated that this social engineering is becoming increasingly popular among cybercriminals looking to take advantage of non-IT personnel who... (more)

What Are the Basics of PCI DSS?

First, PCI DSS stands for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. It started out as a series of five separate programs, namely: American Express Data Security Operating Policy, Discover Information and Compliance, JCB Data Security Program, MasterCard Site Data Protection and Visa Card Information Security Program. While each program was unique and came from different (in some cases, competing) brands, the overall aim was the same throughout: to ensure merchants meet minimum levels of security in storing, processing and transmitting cardholder data in order to better prote... (more)

The Maturity of Green Technology

If it weren't for efforts of inquisitive scientists and fastidious mathematicians however, it's debatable whether this green movement would have ever become so great. It is only since mankind learned of the fragility of the planet's resources, and the realities of what causes climate change (carbon-dioxide emissions) that governments, businesses and individuals have stood up to their responsibilities when it comes to efficiency. Why are companies going green? In today's competitive business environment, where resources are stretched and every efficiency matters, it's no wonder tha... (more)

The Basics of Starting an e-Commerce Site

While bank loans, property leasing and constant monitoring meant that it took an incredible amount of effort to set up a business 15 years ago, the internet has provided entrepreneurial opportunities that nearly everyone can take advantage of. Provided they know the basics, of course. So, where should businesses begin when creating an e-commerce site? Hosting All websites need to 'exist' somewhere and this is where web hosting comes in. Typically offered by third party companies, web hosting involves the placing of a company website on an outsourced server. With many companies of... (more)