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Ransomware in the Public Sector – Backup Methods

On May 7th, Baltimore City made the stark realization that they had become the victims of ransomware. City officials have told the public that it could take months of work to get all of their systems online. Many professionals in the field of cybersecurity believe that the attack was not targeting Baltimore specifically. This may bring comfort to some people but when you work in the field like I do, it worries me. Governmental agencies do not have the best reputation for quickly adapting to the world in which we live. Technology evolves rapidly. That is why it is crucial for the public sector to find a way to address new vulnerabilities in a time sensitive manner. Baltimore City was not prepared for this attack and they are paying for it. What happens if a local...

Methods of Wireless Communication

When it comes to smart home devices there are a variety of methods that they can use to communicate. This method of communication is used to allow the devices to speak to each other, provide you with access and help you configure them. In this post I will provide you with a list of these methods. Z-Wave A wireless protocol used by smart home devices to connect and communicate with each other. A Z-Wave network consists of smart devices and a primary hub which is connected to the internet. Z-Wave allows for lower power consumption than wi-fi and goes further than Bluetooth. ANT+ ANT+ is another wireless protocol but its primary function is allowing monitoring devices to talk to each other. The best example of this technology is real time monitoring of health information. There are many smart devices...