By Collin Miller, Director of Cloud Security -- Given the emergency brought on by rapid spread of COVID-19, many businesses have been shut down or are transitioning to telework to comply with public health measures. However, for the group of organizations that make up our critical infrastructure, shutting down is not an option.  Critical infrastructure in the U.S. is defined as the following:  Agriculture and food Water Public Health Emergency Services Government Defense Industrial Base Information and Telecommunications Energy Transportation and Shipping Banking and Finance Chemical Industry and Hazardous Materials Post National monuments and icons Critical manufacturing These sectors must find a way to continue operations while ensuring the health and safety of their employees, customers and other stakeholders. Many are implementing work-from-home policies and enabling widespread remote access. This presents new cybersecurity challenges as remote access systems are hastily rolled out and new users learn how to access Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and other solutions for the first time. In this new reality, securing remote access to our critical infrastructure is more important than ever.  The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recommends the following actions to secure remote access systems:  Ensure VPNs and other remote access systems are fully patched. Enhance system monitoring to receive early detection and alerts on…

Trust is Dead, Long Live Trust!

MFA & Zero Trust Business

By Brad Pierce, Structured Managing Director of Security, CISSP/CISA/PCIP -- Zero Trust is a philosophy, a journey. No one manufacturer or security product will get you where you’re going. It will take all of your technologies, and likely some new ones, to arrive at a Zero Trust architecture. Trust is dead, long live trust! Zero…

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Future of Work: It’s about apps, data & UX

Remote Worker with Dual Screens

By Chris McDuffie, VP of Cloud Architecture -- In a bold proactive move to quash prolonged uncertainty over “return to work” scenarios, many high-profile tech companies are allowing employees to work from home for months, a year, or even indefinitely. For most enterprises with less advanced tech, offering the same distributed workforce option is a…

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Back to Basics – Inventory Documentation and Network Visibility

Calm Worker in Clouds

By Brad Pierce, Structured Managing Director of Security, CISSP/CISA/PCIP -- One of the first things you must do as a network or systems administrator is document. Oh, Documentation! The bane of IT professionals everywhere. In our harried work lives, it is a tedious, time-consuming process. Most people prefer to avoid documentation. But, when it is…

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David Douglas School District Boosts Achievement Via Access

Smiling Teacher and Students with Tablets

Enabling student achievement is core to every decision made by the David Douglas School District in Portland, Ore. A highly diverse school district, with more than 70 languages spoken among the students and a population that is 50 percent bilingual, its small-but-powerful 3-word motto “Learn Grow Thrive” tells a big story about how far heart…

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Proximity Tracing with BLE-Enabled Tech Answers Tough COVID-19 Safety Questions

By Jed Rabe, Structured Wireless Engineer, CWNE#280, ACDX#925, ACMPv8 Companies are surviving the COVID-19 pandemic with triage to their business structure and processes. For many, a distributed workforce of telecommuters provided the cure. However, for businesses that must interact in person with the public and are eager to resume normal operations, it is important to…

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ArubaOS 8: Enhancements over ArubaOS 6

A World of Mobile Devices

By: Structured Wireless & Mobility Engineers Jed Rabe, CWNE, ACDX, ACMPv8, and Don Wright, ACDX, ACMP, CWDP, CWNA, MGCA -- Clients rely on the team at Structured to plan, deploy and support their wireless infrastructure -- especially when that technology is from Aruba Networks. Improvements in the Wi-Fi standard, LPWAN, and indoor tracking and wayfinding…

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