Three Shades of Hackers

August 3rd, 2015

Michael Lynn, Tiffany Rad, and Dan Kaminsky all have something in common. They are all hackers. The names don’t ring a bell? That may be because they are famous for being white hat hackers which is the good kind. It sounds like an oxymoron, but it is quite common.

GRBJ Highlight: Technology marches on | Lessons from data breaches

February 5th, 2015

The staff at i3 Business Solutions contribute regularly to the Grand Rapids Business Journal blog. This month, Mike Ritsema expands on the learning lessons that have come out of recent data breaches with major companies.

Technology marches on to the benefit and detriment of society — and business.

National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Staying Safe Online

October 30th, 2014

It's somehow fitting that Halloween wraps up National Cyber Security Awareness Month as designated by Homeland Security of the federal government. At i3 Business Solutions, we take technology risk management seriously by working with a number of security experts and organizations including David Stelzl, Michael Semel, CompTIA, GRRconand the West Michigan Cyber Security Consortium (WMCSC).

Below we've compiled i3's top five cyber security mandates aligned to Week Five of National Cyber Security Awareness Month:

Change your password! If you haven't changed your password in 2014 (or in years), now is the time to do so.

Take It to the Cloud: Expectations

October 28th, 2014

Join our very own Mike Ritsema and Patrick Kuras on Thursday, November 6 at 7:30 a.m. for Take it to the Cloud presented by the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce as part of its Business Matters Workshop series.

Take It to the Cloud: Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Business Matters Workshop
Thursday, November 6
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Worklab by Custer, Summit Room (99 Monroe Ave.

Protection, Detection, Response

July 30th, 2014

If you own a business and believe that all of your cyber-crime threats are covered, I submit that you are solemnly misinformed. Even large international bank war games scenario group -- a group that predicts and tests scenarios for the bank before they happen -- admit that, while not covered, at least these large banks are actively and proactively looking at threats and working hard to figure out what's next and how to preempt and attack.

Power to the People

October 28th, 2013

Last week Monday I heard the “local boy makes it big in silicon valley” story. Fascinating stuff.

There’s a bit of tech history in the MLive article including the inspirational 1986 Super Bowl Apple TV commercial “Power to the People” which was the theme and point of Richard Barton’s talk.

Small Business Owners, Beware of BYOD

August 16th, 2012

By Eric Yaverbaum

Social media and business publications have recently been abuzz over a new trend that should be of particular interest to small business. It’s called Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, and it refers to the practice of allowing employees to use their own handheld devices (and in some cases, laptops or desktop computers) to access their work networks.

Citius, Altius, Fortius

July 30th, 2012

The Olympics started this weekend and I’m totally into this stuff. The opening ceremony was some sort of brief history of the world – and the (unofficial) national anthem of Wales blew me away.  “Faster, Higher, Stronger” is the Olympic motto and watching these athletes actually deliver is fascinating.