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  • NIST’s new password rules
    August 26, 2019 at 4:00 AM
    What you need to know

    It’s no secret. We’re really bad at passwords. Nevertheless, they aren’t going away any time soon.

    With so many websites and online applications requiring us to create accounts and think up passwords in a hurry, it’s no wonder so many of us struggle to follow the advice of so-called password security experts.

    At the same time, the computing power available for password cracking just gets bigger and bigger.

    These are pretty significant changes to traditional password rules. Contact us to see how we can help ensure your Password and Security policies are up to date. (202) 237-8703

  • Wink vs Nest... User Beware!!!
    August 23, 2019 at 4:00 AM
    Google is at it again!!!

    Back in May, Google announced a change to their Nest ecosystem. The Works with Nest program is being discontinued and they are encouraging their users to migrate their Nest accounts to Google accounts. Unfortunately, doing so will permanently sever connections between Nest, and Wink and other 3rd Party Platforms.

    Intersted in home or office automation? Contact us to see how we can help keep your automation working. (202) 237-8703.

  • Router Network Isolation Broken By Covert Data Exfiltration
    August 18, 2019 at 4:00 AM
    Is your router safe?

    Software-based network isolation provided by routers is not as efficient as believed, as hackers can smuggle data between the networks for exfiltration.

    Most modern routers offer the possibility to split the network into multiple segments that work separately. One example is a guest network that works in parallel with the host.

    Are you concerned about your security? Contact us to see how we can help ensure your infrastructure and data are secure. (202) 237-8703

  • Dangers of FaceApp
    July 17, 2019 at 4:00 AM
    Is that app really safe?

    Just some FYI about a very popular app with the "kids" these days. Your picture is uploaded to some server in Russia (not processed on your device) and you give up all rights to your likeness if the company chooses to sell your image to advertisers.

  • Is your backup media safe?
    July 15, 2019 at 4:00 AM
    Ransomeware targets NAS

    Relying on a NAS or USB attached storage device as your primary backup media IS NOT a Disaster Recovery plan. These devices have become more and more vulnerable to attack as Ransomware becomes more and more sophisticated. For a true Disaster Recovery plan to be successful backups MUST be stored offsite.

    RRK provides a full suite of cloud-based Disaster Recovery and Backup services including Office 365 and OneDrive backup. Backups are encrypted and then stored in the cloud where Ransomware attacks can't gain access to the data.

    Don't rely on onsite storage devices to protect your data. Contact us to see how we can help keep your backup data safe and secure. (202) 237-8703.

  • Camera's that call home to momma.
    August 13, 2018 at 4:00 AM

    President signed into law today the National Defense Authorization Act which officially bans both Hikvision and Dahua security cameras from federal installations. These cameras and cameras from other manufacturers that use the same hardware have been found to contain "backdoor" access that renders the camera insecure.

    RRK uses Ubiquiti UniFi cameras for its installations. These cameras do not contain the same vulnerabilities. If you are interested in a camera system, please contact us at (202) 237-8703.

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  • Does Your Disaster Recovery Plan Work?

    It is often said that a Disaster Recovery Plan is only as good as it works in practice. This concept was put to the test for a client recently after their Hyper-V host was hit with a full disk encryption attack caused by a ransomware virus that renders the entire system useless. Of course, the first thing anyone in this situation asks is, “How could this happen?” But the real question is, “Can we recover?” The answer is not always, YES.

  • Controlling the Lights: Point to Point Wi-Fi

    RRK Associates is proud to announce it made a huge step into another area of IT management with the successful competition of our first Point to Point WiFi installation. This project marks RRK Associates ability to provide our customers with dedicated WiFi connections over distances as much as 15 kilometers. These connections can be used to connect buildings, provide internet access to remote locations, and generally help expand your network to areas otherwise not covered with traditional wired connections.

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