Let’s Talk About Passwords

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Ugh. Passwords. The concept has been around as long as civilization itself. But are they the best way to protect account access in the digital age? How do you insure that people use “strong” passwords? What is a “strong” password, anyway? And when is a password – regardless of its strength – not enough?

The difficulty from an administrative perspective is that the restrictions we impose on our users in an attempt to force them to create strong passwords are often counterproductive. If the password must be at least 8 characters long, must contain both upper- and lower-case characters and at least one numeric and one “special” character, and cannot be a word that’s in the dictionary and must be changed every 90 days and cannot be a password that you’ve used before, you’ve almost guaranteed that it’s going to be written down somewhere because it will be nearly impossible to remember.

So what’s an admin to do? Well, there are some guidelines that we can give users to help them create strong passwords that are easy to remember. Read More

Think You’re Too Small to Be Targeted? Think Again!

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I got an interesting email this morning. It was “from” one of the owners of Xiologix – but the return address was a bit odd: “ofceo@comcast.net” As this unfolded, it became obvious that this was a classic “spear phishing” attack. I’ll run you through the email exchange for entertainment purposes, and then talk about the lessons to be learned here. The original message was short and sweet: Read More

Application Infrastructure Dependency Map

Why People are Talking about Uila

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Uila LogoUila (pronounced wee-la) with its application-centric infrastructure monitoring and analytics identifies performance bottlenecks for business-critical services and plans workload migration strategies for private and hybrid cloud environments. Uila provides service dependency mapping, full stack correlation with one-click root cause analysis and patented deep packet inspection technology that understands over 3,000 application protocols for transactional meta data analysis. Businesses use Uila to align themselves with their IT operations team and cut time to resolution from days to minutes, keep their application at peak performance at all time and ensure end-user satisfaction to the fullest. Read More

Xiologix Employee Completes 8-Day Wildnerness First Responder Certification

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Senior Systems Engineer, James Pethigal, completed the 8-day Wilderness First Responder certification course in Southern California this past week. As traditional first responder training typically takes place in domestic and urban settings, the wilderness training teaches participants effective methods when dealing with medical emergencies when 911 is not a viable option. Read More

What Would a Mobile Workspace Look Like?

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Mobile Workspace

Well over a decade ago, at a Citrix conference, I saw an amazing video. It showed a team of people in geographically separate locations collaborating to solve a business problem, sharing access to applications and data in the process. It showed a business person leaving his office, and having his running applications seamlessly follow him to a mobile computing device in his car, then, when he got home, seamlessly follow him to the computer in his home office, all the while continuing the collaboration session with his teammates. At the time, none of this technology existed outside of developers’ imaginations (and whatever prototypes they might have been working on in their labs).

Today, not only does the technology exist, it is relatively commonplace. Telecommuters access data and applications with performance that is every bit equal to that of their colleagues in the office. Engineers work on CAD drawings remotely with no loss of performance or graphic resolution. Radiologists can view a diagnostic image on an iPad from the sidelines of their child’s soccer game. Companies have discovered the cost savings available from Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs. And it all goes back to the basic vision that work is something that you do – it is not necessarily a place where you go. Read More

Xiologix Employee Completes Avalanche Rescue Course

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Senior Systems Engineer, Abe Covello, completed the Companion Rescue course up at Mt. Hood which included structured rescue scenarios in:

  • Companion rescue
  • Scene assessment
  • Beacon use
  • Probing
  • Recovery of victims not wearing beacons
  • Common mistakes in avalanche rescue
  • Single and multiple beacon search techniques
  • First aid and emergency response in avalanche rescues

This is another example of how Xiologix employees care.   We are proud of our employees’ continued involvement in their local communities.

Still Running Citrix XenApp v6.5? The Clock Is Ticking

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citrix xenapp deadlineCitrix XenApp v6.5 hit EOL June 30, 2018

Citrix XenApp v6.5 was a great, stable product release. XenApp v6.5 on Windows Server 2008R2 has been the workhorse for lots of organizations for a long time. But it’s time to move on. If you’re still running XenApp v6.5 you need to know a few things. First, it hit “End of Maintenance” a month ago (December 31, 2017). That means there will be no more product upgrades or updates released, and that means that it will be a security risk to continue running it, and that risk will increase every day. Second, it will hit “End of Life” on June 30, 2018, and that’s not very far away. At that point, you will be pretty much on your own. There may still be some support information available in the support forums or documentation library, but that information will no longer be updated. And there will be no product support from Citrix, unless you’re willing to pay a lot of money for it. So what are your options? Read More

How E-Rate is Connecting Students to the Internet

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E-Rate Survey

Extreme Networks conducted a survey of K-12 IT Managers and Educators seeking to learn about their knowledge and use of E-rate.  Not surprisingly, the survey found that lack of awareness is the biggest reason that school districts did not take advantage of the E-rate program. Take a look at Extreme Network’s Infographic detailing how E-Rate is being used. Questions?  Learn more about how Xiologix can help you to make the most of your E-rate dollars! Read More

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