The Deep vs. The Dark Web

When the topic of the deep or dark web comes up, it is hard not to picture Hollywood’s ‘The Matrix.’  In fact, I specifically picture the scene where Morpheus offers Neo his choice of either the blue pill, giving him a path back to his everyday life, or the red pill, and an opportunity to… Read more »

Facebook Passwords

On Thursday, Brian Krebs posted another riveting story about the largest social media company in the world. This company owns two of the three largest social media networks. You’ve guessed it, Facebook is in the news again. The company has had serious privacy issues over the past 13 years, internal and external. Internal • 2006: Unveiled the “News… Read more »

The Risks of Delaying Technology Upgrades

I think it’s exciting to dream of the technology to come and how it could make our lives easier. I will admit, after listening to Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark, the ethical decisions we will need to make with Artificial Intelligence as a society over the next 10-50 years is a bit daunting. We can save that… Read more »

Emerging Technology for 2019

Greetings, deTECH readers. First off, we ask for your understanding on the dearth of newsletter publications over the last quarter. As you can imagine, holidays and servicing clients have a tendency to appropriate our article-writing time. It is a terrific problem to have.   At the beginning of each year we like to dream a… Read more »

The Passing of Time: 2018 Recap

“The long unmeasured pulse of time moves everything. There is nothing hidden that it cannot bring to light, nothing once known that may not become unknown. Nothing is impossible.” – Sophocles Here we are at the end of another year… Time to put 2018 to bed and to begin afresh in 2019. Many of us will… Read more »

Unsung Heroes of IT | Remembering Evelyn Berezin

Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn’t change people’s habits. It just kept them inside the house. – Alfred Hitchcock Many people believe Steve Jobs invented the computer, but he didn’t (neither did Steve Wozniak). Still more believe Bill Gates invented computer programming, he didn’t do that either. While these great men… Read more »

Securing Your Sedan | Technology Best Practices

Schrodinger’s Backup: “The condition of any backup is unknown until a restore is attempted.” I recently bought a new-to-me (euphemism for ‘used’) car. It is fancy– a term I use loosely given my history of driving pickup trucks or 10+ old cars running on their last few pistons. But this is a 2014 with all… Read more »

Fiserv Online Banking Flaw Exposes Customer Information

An August 28, 2018 article from leading IT security flaw-finder and reporter Brian Krebs (https://krebsonsecurity.com) has disclosed evidence that a misconfiguration in Fiserv’s online banking platform exposes customer information to other bank customers. In summary, when a bank customer creates an account alert through their online banking account, the alert is assigned a sequential Event… Read more »

The Need For Accuracy | The Basis of Auditing

2018 is flying by and it won’t be long before the end of the year! But before that fresh, new start in 2019 comes the audit season. That time of year when your friendly auditors show up to interrupt your already busy day! As an auditor, I get it… it is stressful and burdensome but we try to… Read more »

What is missing? | Disaster Recovery Planning

With all of the focus on Cybersecurity in IT these days I think it is important to not forget about your disaster planning.  A cyber-event can definitely be considered a disaster and sometimes your Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP) could save you from a cyber-event but I want to talk about a basic element of a… Read more »