Day: August 21, 2015

IT Security: The State of Affairs

Almost daily we see another news article regarding a cyber security threat or data breach. Virtually everything is online. Unless businesses change their approach we will continue on the hamster wheel. 

The 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report by Verizon discovered that 70% of breaches could have been prevented. In addition, four of the nine patterns were caused by humans. 

IT security is a major issue that must be addressed from the top down. Businesses must develop and implement policies and procedures as well as educate employees on the importance. Phishing has become a popular method for attacking businesses. An email is sent to users with a hyperlink and/or attachment that infects the network. This type of incident could have been prevented simply by educating users. Businesses must create a culture of IT security to change the habits of users. Even though this is a daunting task it is achievable. 

The Australian Securities and Investment Commissioner Cathie Armour identified a three phase process for cyber security:

  1. Cyber risk identification – developing a risk register of cyber and privacy risks
  2. Cyber risk assessment – undertaking cyber resilience and privacy resilience reviews
  3. Cyber risk quantification developing and implementing a cyber incidence response plan

It is best to be proactive rather than reactive. Contact us today,, to learn how our IT Security experts can help you revolutionize cyber security in your organization so you do not become a data breach statistic. 

Tech Terms: HDV

Stands for “High-Definition Video.” According to a consortium of manufacturers including Sony, JVC, Canon, and Sharp, it is a “consumer high-definition video format.” HDV is the next step up from Mini DV, which has been used in consumer digital camcorders for several years. The HDV technology allows high-definition video to be recorded on a Mini DV tape, using MPEG-2 compression.

Of course, recording in high-definition requires an HD camcorder, such as the Sony HDR-FX1 or the JVC GR-HD1. These cameras are significantly more expensive than their Mini DV counterparts, but can capture much higher quality video. HDV uses a native 16:9 widescreen format, with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. This is a substantial improvement over Mini DV, which records video in a 4:3 format, with a maximum resolution of 500 horizontal lines. Most HDV camcorders allow the user to record in standard DV as well, but if you shell out a couple thousand dollars extra for a HDV camcorder, you might as well shoot everything in HD.