Remember That Password Thing?

nopeIf you’ve noticed that some websites seems sluggish or you’re having connectivity issues, you’re not alone. The past several days have witnessed a large uptick in coordinated hacker activity, with the lion’s share of the brute-force and DDoS variety. This is something performing arts groups need to pay attention to because thanks to lower-than-should-be budget levels for things like IT support and computer security, they can find themselves at a higher than average level of risk.

One of the most useful steps in shutting down hackers before they get anywhere is using a strong password. Yes, strong passwords are a pain in the ass to remember and it is so much easier to pick something easy to remember and burry your head in the sand, but you aren’t doing yourself any favors.

Fortunately, we covered the vitally important issue of password security in a post from June 4, 2012 and in a follow-up article from 1/25/13 about ways to make using strong passwords easier and less hassle.

Read. Both. Articles.

The last thing anyone wants is to be the person responsible for getting your entire office network blacklisted by major hosts and ISPs because they discovered one or more computers in your office were compromised by a brute-force attack thanks to your “MahlerRocks2″ password.

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About Drew McManus

"I hear that every time you show up to work with an orchestra, people get fired." Those were the first words out of an executive's mouth after her board chair introduced us. That executive is now a dear colleague and friend but the day that consulting contract began with her orchestra, she was convinced I was a hatchet-man brought in by the board to clean house.

I understand where the trepidation comes from as a great deal of my consulting and technology provider work for arts organizations involves due diligence, separating fact from fiction, interpreting spin, as well as performance review and oversight. So yes, sometimes that work results in one or two individuals "aggressively embracing career change" but far more often than not, it reinforces and clarifies exactly what works and why.

In short, it doesn't matter if you know where all the bodies are buried if you can't keep your own clients out of the ground, and I'm fortunate enough to say that for more than 15 years, I've done exactly that for groups of all budget size from Qatar to Kathmandu.

For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, keep track of what people in this business get paid, help write a satirical cartoon about orchestra life, hack the arts, and love a good coffee drink.

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