February, 2011

Colleges and their students tend to be at odds when it comes to saving money. Students feel like they pay enough in tuition and fees, but colleges have tremendous costs to deal with, and have started charging for services that used to be free. Take for instance, printing.

Even though we live in the digital age, college professors still want papers delivered in hard copy. It doesn’t matter if it’s an English paper or a Chemistry lab, scholars are required to print. So students need to own a printer or pay to print their reports. Read More

Information is the most important and valuable asset to your business. Without it, you are insignificant. You might as well be standing around at a party and talking about sports or the weather. Once you develop, use and maintain a common set of experiences, knowledge, processes and expertise, you create intellectual capital that is valuable. This is what drives a common set of goals to achieve your business ends.

Information typically exists in a few places. It’s written down on paper, it’s stored electronically in documents and files, it’s in databases and it’s in people’s heads. Today, more and more information exists in electronic documents, since this is how we maintain the collective knowledge of an organization. With so much information inside businesses, there is too much to remember without writing it down. Read More

The United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently published a guide for digital copier security based on requests from Congressman Ed Markey (D-MA) to investigate the risks to data security posed by these devices. The guide is called Copier Data Security: A Guide for Business and gives businesses some good advice on acquiring, using and disposing of a digital copier.

A digital copier or MFP is not just a printer, scanner and copier. It’s a computer on your network and needs to be treated that way. It has an operating system and can store files just like any other computer. This means it’s susceptible to the same security problems as any server, desktop or laptop on your network. Your IT department needs to be involved in the procurement, use and disposal of these devices. Read More