January Squibs

January Squibs

Squibs are short bites of tech news you can browse quickly. In this issue: Industry-wide parts shortage causes delays in computer shipments; Windows 7 goes EOL in January 2020; what’s hot at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show.

Shortage of Intel CPUs delaying computer shipments

Shortfalls in Intel’s CPU production are affecting delivery times for PCs. The shortage began to manifest in 2018Q3 and has gotten progressively worse.

December Squibs

December Squibs

Introducing Squibs: short bites of tech news you can browse in minutes. In this issue: Tech gifts, misogynist AI, Old is the new New, help for tech addicts.

Tech gifts for 2018. This year, we’re skipping our tech gifting suggestions. Why? Well, to be totally honest, we’re busy as sin and didn’t have as much time as usual to assemble great suggestions.

Re: Meltdown/Spectre Chip Vulnerability

Re: Meltdown/Spectre Chip Vulnerability

Rest assured we’re on top of Meltdown and Spectre, the chip vulnerabilities you’ve no doubt read about. While there’s no easy fix yet, there’s also no reason to panic.

What are Meltdown and Spectre?

Meltdown and Spectre are names given to vulnerabilities in Intel and other CPU chips.

Password Guru recants advice; now what?

Password Guru recants advice; now what?

The man who wrote the NIST standard that informs current best password practice now regrets “much of what I did.” NIST has just issued new guidelines. What should you do?

You have probably never heard of Bill Burr. He’s 72, and retired from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He’s the guy who wrote NIST’s 2003 guidelines for making a secure password.

2017 New Year’s Resolutions

2017 New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year when we all vow to make improvements in our lives. With all humbleness and respect, here are 10 tech-related New Year’s resolutions you might consider to improve your security, productivity, health, and relationships.

I will be suspicious of email I receive from strangers, or with links or attachments.

Please note our holiday hours

Please note our holiday hours

Nimble Systems encourages work-life balance for staff, as reflected in our holiday hours. We hope that you, too, will use the holidays as an opportunity to spend quality time with your own loved ones!

Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23, we will close at 3:00p. No extended hours services are available.

CIO Corner: What’s the right way to think about cloud security?

CIO Corner: What’s the right way to think about cloud security?

We recently spent some time reviewing the latest thinking about the security of cloud apps, data storage, and other infrastructure. Our goal was to answer the question, “How can a small business feel confident in the security of their cloud resources?” The bottom line: if you want to feel confident, you have to assume the responsibility for managing cloud security risk.

Important Crypto-Malware Alert: Beware of Locky

Important Crypto-Malware Alert: Beware of Locky

Locky is a new variant of cypto-malware that is being pushed aggressively by its makers. Please read this important information and pass it on to others in your organization.

What’s different about Locky?

According to Symantec, Locky first appeared on February 16, and the attackers “have pushed the malware aggressively, using massive spam campaigns and compromised websites”.

Like past versions, this malware encrypts files on the infected computer and can cross mapped drives to infect other computers (most often files on your server.