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  • Six endpoint management lessons from POS security breaches

    When it comes to compliance with security regulations, every retailer is doing just fine. At least that's what management, internal auditing and compliance officers will proclaim. Then it happens -- that big breach that's only supposed to hit...

  • End of Windows XP support brings IT to a fork in the road

    Microsoft finally ended Windows XP support this week, putting to rest one of its most stable operating systems ever while delivering the Windows 8.1 Update.

    How IT shops get to the newer version of Windows depends on their needs, but one...

  • What a last-minute plan for the Windows XP support end should include

    The Windows XP support end date is April 9, 2014, which is fast approaching. You've no doubt heard about this deadline before, but now is the time for final actions.

    Unfortunately, by now, the easiest migrations have already been...

  • Steering your career as a desktop admin in the mobility age

    As you already know if you've worked in enterprise IT for any length of time, change is inevitable. The desktop has evolved from a static canvas where each user's picture looked pretty much the same to a wildly dynamic playground where each user...

  • IT can tackle Windows configuration with a well-planned desktop audit

    When was the last time you audited your Windows desktop environment to ensure that the proper policies and standards are being met? If you're like many network managers I work with, you're lucky to have a standard desktop image that gets rolled...

  • Windows XP anti-malware support extended until 2015, buys IT time

    IT pros scrambling to migrate off Windows XP by its April end-of-life date have gotten a minor reprieve.

    Microsoft will extend support for Windows XP's anti-malware security until July 2015 and continue to provide updates to its...

  • Top 10 enterprise desktop and Windows security stories of 2013

    There were a lot of developments in enterprise IT this past year, but the end of security worries for administrators wasn't one of them. The shift from desktop security to endpoint security management, a new operating system from Microsoft, and...

  • Five steps for successful bot removal from enterprise desktops

    A few years ago, I worked on a project that investigated more than 10,000 computers that had been made into a botnet because of a targeted malware attack. Weak security practices, such as no vulnerability testing and an overreliance on...

  • Build your mobile security policy around the enterprise laptop

    Despite the proliferation of smartphones and tablets in the enterprise, 26% of workers use office laptops to conduct business, according to a 2012 study conducted by Harris Interactive. Of those workers, 61% store critical data on their systems,...

  • No need to reinvent the wheel with Windows desktop manager commands

    When it comes to corporate desktop management, administrators typically rely on utilities such as Microsoft's System Center line of products. However, many common Windows desktop manager functions can be performed from the command line without...

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