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Doug's Mailbag: Exchange Plans, Cult of Apple, Securing Users

With almost half of shops planning on migrating to Exchange 2010 in the next year, here's a reader's plans regarding the new version:

I'm investigating Exchange 2010 migration. We moved to 2007 last year, but we would like to take advantage of the archiving feature in 2010 (and other features). I will wait for SP1 for sure.
-Adrian

Another reader chimes in on the changing face of Apple's image:

Apple is the cult of tech users. Ever try to debate -- not argue -- about the merits of your PC system vs. their Apple's system? I'm not sure what kind of subliminal messages are sent through that one button mouse, but it has got to be some powerful stuff!

Now their façade is cracking, be it ever so slightly, with the crusade against Adobe Flash and sending the paratroopers to Gizmodo. The Flash thing didn't raise the attention of the general public, but Gizmodo did, pointing out that the Apple faithful will do anything for a glimpse of what they will pay for next.

Who will fall on their swords to defend Apple now, and how much longer will they do so?
-Heidi

After asking readers how they train users in security, one reader responds:

I have found that education of users is very important in helping with security, especially  teaching them not to click or respond to suspicious e-mails, Web sites, etc. Showing some basic examples of suspicious e-mails and how they may attempt to trick you has been helpful. Now the people I work with will inform me about suspicious content so that I can investigate before systems have incurred any damage from malware. Keeping up on the standard processes --  basic network security, firewalls, patching, etc. -- is important. Adding the element of user education brings another tool to your use and further reduces the likelihood of malware taking root.
-Craig

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Posted by Doug Barney on 05/14/2010 at 1:17 PM


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