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FrugalBrothers GFI FaxMaker Case Study

This is the video and text from my recent GFI FaxMaker case study. In this video, I share a bit about my background, and my experience with GFI FaxMaker 2015.

I was a chief information officer for a mortgage company in Indianapolis we were looking to build a fax server and doing my research I came across GFI. The product was GFI FaxMaker and that’s where I began my relationship with GFI.

The primary value of FaxMaker is the ability to bridge older technologies such as stand-alone fax machines with newer technologies such as email, That’s really where that value comes from. As far as the easy use for the product as well. One of the cool things about FaxMaker is it works with really any email server as for SMTP, so it doesn’t really require any type of special integration work it works with all of them just fine.

Compliance is really huge. A lot of organisations have to comply with what’s called PCI DSS, for credit card security and HIPAA for medical records and there are certain documents you cannot send securely unless you send it with fax. Faxing also allows you to get an accurate record of when the document was sent and received. When personal faxes, email and file-sharing have reduced that a lot but organizations still really require faxing, especially manufacturing the medical industry, legal finance etc… There are certain documents that have to be sent and received securely.

The flexibility of FaxMaker allows it to be virtualized for example, it allows us to work with the old analog phone lines, digital circuits, hosted communications as well. Those technical benefits alone make FaxMaker a winner for just about any type of installation. The whole dynamics of the software, the flexibility of FaxMaker, the ability to scale it from a smallest install to multi-site operations. The ability to offer FaxMaker both hosted, on-premise and a hybrid solution as well. If there’s really anybody that needs a fax solution I can help.

With the economic benefit of FaxMaker is that it saves companies time because people aren’t having to run back and forth to fax machines. It saves them on things like fax machines and consumables, toner and paper. It saves them on having all these fax machines sitting around the office and the ability to print and fax from your desktop saves a lot of employees time.

10 Surefire Ways to Lose Your Sysadmin Job

I just came a across an article that I wanted to discuss. The article is titled “10 security mistakes that will get you fired” written by Roger A. Grimes. I have know too many sysadmins and IT security specialists that have committed at least one or more of these huge mistakes. I’ll cover the highlights here with a link below as well.

Mistake #1 Killing Business Functionality

Although network security is job one to a IT professional, it is not to the company you are working for. Closing down critical business information systems while trying to remediate an intrusion can find you in hot water with management. Just assume management will believe the loss of business systems will outweigh the cost ridding the system from the bad guy.s
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5 Reasons Behind Data Breaches and Cybercrime

JP Morgan, Home Depot,Target, Kaiser Health,Adobe All Big Data Breaches

My day job is a partner of GFI Software, Each day I speak to IT admins form very small to very large companies in North America, My focus is on Patch Management, Network Vulnerability Scanning,Windows Event Log Management, Securing network endpoints, W3C log management, as well as web security and email security.
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Network vulnerabilities are on the rise! Ensure your network devices are protected.

The number of reported security vulnerabilities in 2013 continued to increase compared to 2012. Vulnerabilities are on the rise constantly increasing since 2011. The high severity vulnerabilities increased by 16 percent from 2012.
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5 security mistakes SMBs make and their simple solutions


Top 5 network security mistakes & their simple solutions

IT resources in small and medium-size businesses are often limited and time savers are welcome. But some security short cuts may put your business at risk costing more than time in the long run. Here are five of the most common security mistakes SMB’s make and their simple solutions.
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Choosing the right patch management software


Choosing the right patch management software

For the small to medium size businesses fighting to grow and make a profit automating everyday IT tasks is vital.

Even in larger organizations where IT teams are small and have a lot to do proactive threat management remains a low priority. That’s where automatic vulnerability and patch management comes in. Add deep network analysis and comprehensive risk assessment to the mix and you really have something of great value.
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GFI LanGuard® Step by step guide


GFI LanGuard is a leading network security scanner and patch management solution that acts as a virtual security consultant. It gives you a complete picture of your network setup, provides risk analysis and helps you maintain a secure and compliant network with minimal effort. So how does LanGuard work?

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Safeguarding your emails and files with GFI MailArchiver 2014

Safeguarding email is a must in today’s litigious society J003-Content-MailArchiver2014-300x300and archiving is the only way a company can do so effectively and securely. A new survey by GFI Software shows that more than half of respondents reported using their inbox as a document storage device and that external cloud-based storage alternatives are also posing a risk.

A new version of GFI MailArchiver is available today and we asked its product manager, Ian Bugeja, to tell us how GFI’s award-winning solution can help companies combat this problem.

Q: What’s the big news with GFI MailArchiver 2014?

Files. File archiving to be more precise. In earlier versions we had introduced a feature whereby users could manually archive files. Our customers loved this function and the recent increase in cloud-based storage services has only highlighted the importance of file archiving within the organization. That is what we have set out to address with the latest version of GFI MailArchiver. Road warriors are constantly using and saving files wherever it is convenient for them and the company often has no clue where these files are stored. We introduced new features that eliminate the need for employees to use public cloud-based services for document storage and this is done automatically for them.
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12 email tips to share with your users

Unsolicited email or spam may be a mere nuisance for most anti-spam-300x300emails users, but for an IT administrator spam is a headache and a major security threat. More than 3% of all spam includes a malware payload, but that doesn’t mean that the remainder is safe. Far from it. You can still be directed to a website that is infected by clicking on a link in that email.
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How to License GFI LanGuard

GFI LanGuard 2014 R2 is a network vulnerability scanner, patch management, and network auditing tool. There are currently over 1,500,000 nodes with LanGuard deployed.In this article I will answer some of the most frequent questions I receive about licensing GF LanGuard.

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