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Cabe Atwell
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Re: Is your network safe?
Cabe Atwell   11/13/2012 6:42:35 PM
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If the company has to ask, is the network safe, it probably isn't. The only way to keep it safe is to remove outside connectivity in any way. But that doesn't stop the disgruntled internal ne're-do-well. All a company can do is stay current and respond to industry warnings. If in the process something else fails... what can be done? Isolation is the key.

There has never been a case of medical implant hacking, but it became a major panic for the med sector recently. Now they scramble to find solutions. Companies pop up to handle the phantom threat. In this case, is it really a concern? Or is it a case of better safe than sorry?

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Charles Murray
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Is your network safe?
Charles Murray   11/13/2012 6:31:21 PM
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In answer to the question in your headline, Rob, I ask: Is any network safe? I'll be curious to hear what Eric J. Byres has to say.

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It's always daylight in someone's time zone
Ann R. Thryft   11/13/2012 12:29:05 PM
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Thanks, Rob, a clear summary of the tensions between IT and the factory floor on this subject. Not only does connectivity and these conflicts affect a local network because of 24/7 use, it also affects everyone around the world in different time zones. Many times I'm accessing a website to make a purchase or to find out financial account data, and because it's on a Sunday or after 5 PM in someone else's time zone, I get an error message saying they're doing a security update or other maintenance.

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