Something to think about! – Google + shutting down and your blog connection.

If you have a Google+ account this is a must read post.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

I am sure that you  have seen a number of reports on the shutting down of Google+ social network following its cover up of a breach in March this year, resulting in the exposure of the personal data of up to 500,000 internet users. They say that no sensitive data such as bank details or other private information was at risk, but any exposure of private information such as name, address, date of birth, past employment history, photographs or current activities, lends itself to identity theft and fraud.

However, this process according to the tech reports is going to take ten months, and from my perspective the rot has already set in.

In the last couple of months I have noticed an increase in spam on any posts that have been connected from my blog automatically and I have blocked and reported those spammers immediately. However, since the announcement last…

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Shake Me Loose…but let me sleep

from The Mind of RD REVILO


  • Funny, Some People Think
  • War will be different for them
  • They see the deadly destruction
  • But theirs won’t make them a victim
  • They’ll start the fight on Friday
  • Night
  • Then fight
  • Until Sunday
  • Back to work on Monday
  • And if they get injured or hurt
  • The enemy will nurture
  • Them back to work
  • So they can fight some more
  • And even up the score
  • No loss of electricity
  • Water will flow
  • No pain toward victory
  • No disappearance of people they know
  • It’ll be like a picnic
  • Only ants are pests
  • We’ll be in and out quick
  • Unlike the rest
  • Once they knowwe are serious
  • Fear will make the enemy delirious
  • And sue for peace
  • Just beating our chests will scare the beast
  • Our thunderous protests
  • Will make them confess
  • We’ll sing, we’ll cheer
  • The brave will bring up the rear
  • We’ll snarl, our fists we’ll ball
  • We’ll persist, insist…

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Understanding Business Data Vulnerabilities and Protecting the Company’s Data and CCTV Systems

A couple of months ago a security expert in the UK asked about
writing an article for Art by Rob Goldstein.

Simon Parker is Director of the UK-Based Security Industry for Minerva Integrated Security Services Ltd, which specializes in designing and installing CCTV systems.

At first I thought the request odd because I think of Art by Rob Goldstein is
primarily a mental health blog, but after reviewing the material I decided  I might have readers for whom this material is relevant.

I also found it interesting.

The publication of this post on Art by Rob Goldstein is not an
endorsement of Minerva Integrated Security Services Ltd.


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Understanding Business Data Vulnerabilities and Protecting the Company’s Data and CCTV Systems


Running any business operation in the midst of the latest technological releases and the growing cyber theft activities, is a challenge within itself. In fact, investing in the most innovative software products and hardware systems is not only expensive to a business organization, but also time consuming. This is because the cost of buying new updated hardware and software can easily add up, especially when trying to support both small and large businesses. Therefore, business owners and their representatives must have the resources available to provide their operations with the most advanced technology and the best data security protection in their industry.

That said, here is some information that business owners and the employees that support their organizations must be aware of in order to ensure their company’s systems are not unduly compromised by hackers.

Reasons hackers may want to steal a business’s data and Gain Access to CCTV Systems

First of all, everyone needs to know why hackers want to steal their data and gain access to their systems. This topic will help everyone involved to understand why this subject matter is so important. For instance, recently, there have been many different reports of large corporations being hacked by intruders. In fact, there are reports online that gives the names of the companies that have been affected as well as how much money that they have lost due to these intrusions. From Yahoo and AOL to Ebay and JP Morgan Chase, there appears to be no company that is safe from the hackers’ devices. While the amounts of money lost can vary, the reasons for hacking a system to gain access to data are relatively the same. Some of the top reasons have been noted below.

Vulnerability Scanning

One of the top reasons for gaining access to a company’s networks involve vulnerability scanning. In these cases, the person or organization that taps into these systems are simply opening up the doors to scan the company’s data when they want to. Meaning once the doors are opened, they have a gateway in for more attacks.

Server Disruption

Server disruption is a very malicious act that is usually done for specific purposes. Mainly, the motive for such attacks is to cause the site intentional disruption and lost in finances. Therefore, when someone targets a site, their primary reason is to shut the site’s server completely down.

Monetary Gain

Since no company or industry is exempt from these acts, cyber thieves can have a range of motives for gaining access into a system. Selling information is one reason that can make this kind of activity quite attractive, sifting money out of bank accounts on a continuous basis is another. So, monetary gain is high on the list as well. This is one of the main reasons why JP Morgan Chase and other banks are on the list. Ranging from brick and mortar banks that people visit on a daily basis to financial institutions that services their consumers online, the money in these databases and networks can be quite profitable over time or all in one bang.

CCTV System Hacks

In addition to vulnerability scanning, it is important for companies to know that all systems on site are fair game in the hacker’s world. This is one of the main reasons why companies that have simple to robust CCTV systems must be aware of the hackers devices. Though there are many reasons for a hacker to target a specific company, one of the primary reasons for gaining access to these systems is for unauthorized surveillance. Therefore, once a hacker gets into a business’ CCTV systems, they can also watch and monitor what is going on on site in their targets facilities. What they do with this power is up to the hacker since they can use these cameras to see what they are really looking for.

How Can Companies protect their business data

Today, companies all over the globe are collecting huge amounts of information in their databases. Some of this information may not be sensitive so there is nothing that an intruder can do with the data when they steal. On the other hand, there’s a lot of information that is sensitive and confidential that should not be leaked out or disclosed to anyone outside of that company’s structure. From social security numbers and birth dates of people who work at a specific company to how much money an employee makes on an annual basis, there is a vast amount of data that can cause a massive amount of harm to others. Therefore, with this mind, companies must be aware of these particular vulnerabilities so that they can protect their data. Some of the more notable are provided below.

New System Installations

In order for a company to properly protect their data, there are a number of
safety measures that they can take. Starting with the installation of a new business systems, which is one the first and most important opportunities to keep hacker invasions at bay. For instance, when new systems are installed, the developers must have code in their programs to address the possibilities of hacker. Meaning the code must involve security customization like the use of firewalls. In fact, many of the large companies have specific data protection rules that they implement, specifically to make sure all security risks within a new system is completely closed to external users.

Additional Preventive Measures to CCTV System and Other Networks

In addition to making sure new system installations have specific data security rules embedded in their code, it is also important for business owners to take various kinds of preventive measures to protect their data and their operation activities as a whole. Some of the best ways to make sure a company’s’ security meets these requirements involves the following:

Establish Set Guidelines for Employees

There are many different ways for employees in an organization to expose the company to certain risks. Some of which can disrupt entire operations. To minimize these situations from occurring, the business must have guidelines in place that restrict access to certain network systems. Meaning access to server databases must be confined to only a few approved authorized resources.

Monitor Server Networks and Keeping Intruders

It is not uncommon for some companies to have a specialized technical staff to monitor their networks. Thereby, providing an extra level of security to keep intrusions from happening inside their operations before they occur or cause irreversible damage to the company. For instance, in addition to incorporating anti-virus code in a CCTV systems, specific technical members of the staff will check their CCTV Systems regularly to make sure no one gains unauthorized surveillance of the company’s data or their property.


Running a successful business in the midst of growing technologies and cyber theft is not as easy as some may think. So, business owners and their employees must be made aware of what’s happening around them as well as what can be done to protect their business data systems and their CCTV systems at all times. Fortunately, there are a number of safety measures that can be put in place. Some of the most effective include educating everyone involved on cyber activities, developing new systems that have firewalls built into the code, and actively monitoring CCTV systems from hacker intrusions.

Simon Parker is Director of UK-Based Security Industry for Minerva Integrated Security Services Ltd., which provides a range of access control systems trusted by some of the biggest companies in industries including healthcare, finance and government. Learn more here: