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Healthcare.gov – Typical Growing Pains or a Security Nightmare in the Making?

At the outset, the #Obamacare website was not only riddled with errors, but it also came with a huge price tag: $600 million.  Most of us in IT cringe due to the fact that we have had our own hopefully-less-public IT disasters.  Projects evolve.  New software, hardware, devices and network designs are introduced to users that have typically been tested, revised, regression tested until ready for release.  The more complex, the further new releases will be from perfection.

When #Healthcare.gov went live the cacophony from the public combined with the bright lights of the media would make any IT development team want to curl up in the fetal position – and with good reason.  With $600 million, one can only scratch their head and ask why the development wasn’t outsourced to a US company with a track record of competence.  Why not IBM, HP or NYXT, the chief architects behind the single fault tolerant systems designed for the NYSE?  Why not hire the beleaguered NASA; they’re pretty incredible at getting the impossible done.  Why not tap the expertise of Google and Facebook; they live and breathe immense-scale data handling and user access. The Obama administration didn’t just throw up a faulty website, they emboldened so many that believe the government is incapable of doing big things.  And in doing so, they allowed their detractors to easily conflate a faulty website with a public healthcare policy. More...

Tips to Avoid Phishing Scams

The year-end saw an unprecedented number of emails from retailers and businesses looking for you to visit them and make a purchase.  Unfortunately, this time of year also brings a large increase in spam and hack attempts that arrive in your inbox alongside the overflow of retailer emails. These emails are also known as “Phishing” emails.

Whether you're on a corporate network or personal network you will be putting yourself at risk by opening these fraudulent emails. Phishing emails are getting harder and harder to differentiate from legitimate emails and when opened on a network can cause major havoc and security issues for your business data. So how do you know whether an email is legitimate or a “Phishing” email?

The tips below will help you identify and avoid falling prey to a phishing email: More...