July 2013
In this issue

> Datto Whitepaper
> Notebook or Tablet?
> Data Explosion
> Continuing the Windows 8 Vision
> Business Continuity Tip
> Cartoon/Quote

Business Continuity Tip
Password Protection

While many organizations have these policies and procedures in place to protect themselves against hackers, the importance of using a strong password can easily be overlooked by executives and employees alike. To ensure compliance across the board, here are a few requirements you may want to consider adding to your network account settings.

  • Password Complexity - Set rules that ensure passwords are complex (i.e. contain one upper case letter, one number and must be a minimum of eight characters).
  • Lockout Policy - The ability to disable a user account if an incorrect password is entered a specified number of times (many organizations follow the '3 strikes and you€re out ' rule).
  • Password Age - Set guidelines that require employees to change their passwords regularly (every 60 to 90 days is good rule).
  • Reuse Limits - The ability to detect a certain number of old passwords preventing a user from reusing the same passwords over and over again.

Please forward this newsletter to anyone else in your organization who might be interested!

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Notebook or Tablet?
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

If the rumors are to be believed, 2013 will be the year that worldwide sales of tablet PCs overtake notebooks. The second half of 2012 saw increasing demands for tablets as new screen sizes and price points were introduced. In fact, tablets have already outsold notebooks in China and North America.

So, where does this leave notebooks?

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Storage Catches Up to the Data Explosion
used with permission from IBM ForwardView

We have become flush with data very quickly. In the past two years alone, the world has generated 90 percent of the data in existence today. And in that short period of time, our ability to analyze this information has streamlined operations, reduced fraud and predicted consumer behavior. Large and small companies alike are experiencing an increase in the volume of data coming into the organization and are eager to leverage the subsequent insight to make smarter, more informed business decisions.

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Continuing the Windows 8 Vision with Windows 8.1
used with permission from Microsoft
by Antoine Leblond

Before we launched Windows 7, we envisioned what the next version of Windows would need to deliver. We made a bet that the PC landscape and industry would undergo a significant transformation driven by an increase in mobility. That bet underscores the changes we made with Windows 8 € it€s a generational leap forward. We built Windows 8 for a world where touch is a first class interaction model, the same as mouse and keyboard; and where there€s a proliferation of innovative and diverse devices that are highly mobile, always on the go and always connected. Windows 8 was built on the reality that the lines between our work and personal lives have blurred.

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Quote of the Month

"Is freedom anything else than the right
to live as we wish? Nothing else."

- Epictetus

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