May 2012

In this issue. . .

~ Nupath Charity Event
~ Data Security Report Findings
~ 1 in 5 Macs has Malware
~ Business Continuity Seminar

A Few Seats Left for May 3rd

Reminder: join us this Thursday, May 3rd at Microsoft for an informative class! The subject is Business Continuity Essentials. Are you doing everything you can to protect your most valuable asset, your data? Our CTO, Frank Vincentelli, will be explaining how to avoid downtime through various disaster recovery/business continuity methods.

This seminar will give you a chance to ask all of your backup and business continuity questions. Register here!


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" To improve the golden moment of opportunity, and catch the good that is within our reach, is the great art of life .'"

~Samuel Johnson


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Nupath's 15th Annual Taste of Spring Event!

Integrated IT Solutions is once again sponsoring one of our longtime client's charity events on Wednesday, May 16th, A Taste of Spring 2012. NuPath Inc. has been a leader in the human services arena for more than 40 years, providing a network of creative day services and residential options for people living with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders and acquired brain injury.

The evening event includes tastings by 25 food purveyors, raffles, and door prizes. Donation: $25. Proceeds benefit 350 adults, in over 40 communities with job training and placement, affordable housing, transportation, and many other services which enable them to reach their full potential and become vital, productive members of the larger community. Help us support a great cause! For more info and to buy tickets, click here!


Startling Massachusetts Data Security Report Findings

Nearly half of Massachusetts residents have had their personal information lost or stolen as a result of about 1,800 data breaches over the past four years, according to a new report from the state’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation.

Banks, hospitals, and retailers exposed the personal data, such as Social Security and credit card numbers, of approximately 3.2 million consumers in Massachusetts. Most of the incidents reported to the state involved electronic information that was vulnerable because it was not properly encrypted. The data breaches, which included a combination of criminal acts and poor data management, could have put consumers at risk of identity theft or incurring fraudulent charges on credit and debit cards.

The report, the first of its kind in Massachusetts, found the financial services industry had the greatest number of breaches over the last four years, with 955 incidents that exposed the data of 901,156 people. The health care industry had 214 breaches, but they exposed more people - about 983,746. That included the loss of more than 800,000 patient records at South Shore Hospital in Weymouth in 2010.

Although state regulations require portable electronic devices to be encrypted - meaning information kept on them is protected - the report found that stolen or lost portable electronic devices usually are not secure. Of the 365 devices reported lost or stolen over the past four years, only 13 were encrypted, the state said.

Please make sure all of your mobile devices are encrypted!


1 in 5 Macs has Malware

A recent study from Mac antivirus-maker Sophos found that 20% of Macs now carry one or more instances of Windows malware. You may not see the symptoms initially, but if you run Windows on your Mac, you will notice the effects. The report also found many Macs infected with Mac OS malware (for instance you may have gotten the recent Flashback botnet).

Mac fans: you are not immune anymore! Just a reminder that even Mac users need to run up-to-date antivirus software, be careful about what links they click on, and be aware of email-based scams and rogue websites!


Office 2010 Tip of the Month

Recover Unsaved Documents

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint all have a new feature that saves documents that you forgot to save when you closed them—including documents that you haven't saved with a name more specific than "Document1." This feature builds on Office's autosave feature, which automatically backs up the current version of your document every ten minutes (or whatever interval you set in the app's options). Earlier versions of Office deleted the last of these automated backups when you closed a document, but Office 2010 preserves the last automated backup and lets you open it. Click File, Recent, Recover Unsaved Documents, and then choose the document from a standard File/Open dialog box.