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Historically due diligence assessments before Mergers & Acquisition (M&A) transactions have focused on traditional risk areas that could pose a significant financial risk, like issues of tax, employment, compliance with regulatory environments, intellectual property protection, and of course contracts. Now that technology is a part of every firm’s business model things have changed. Cybersecurity has become part of every M&A due diligence. Crucial Point has contributed to cybersecurity assessments on both side of M&A transactions. We have helped acquiring firms better understand the digital risks and security posture faced by the firm they are going to acquire, and we have helped firms that want to be in a better position to be acquired ensure they have taken prudent steps to reduce their digital risks. If you are on the buy side of an M&A deal, you will want to mak... (more)

Choosing Your First Programming Language

By BryanHalfpap Many new programmers struggle when it comes to selecting their first language to learn.  Which is easiest, the most professionally useful, the most newbie-friendly?  Lets find out by showing you a range of options, their strengths and weaknesses, and some information about the most common programming languages in demand today.  At the end, we’ll make some recommendations and you’ll understand a bit more about why they were chosen. The Task At Hand Every job requires the right kind of tool, and each programming language can be thought of as a separate tool.  Just... (more)

DIY Update to Windows 7

Yesterday, I came down to find my Vista 32-bit machine in a registry loop.  After getting over my aggravation, I decided that I would just make the move to Windows 7.  Having already downloaded a release candidate (RC 7201 64-bit).  Using another 32-bit Vista machine, I set out to turn my 8GB flash drive into a window’s install disk. I decided to switch to 64-bit for my inevitable upgrade to the Core i7 platform.  Core i7 uses triple channel memory – so I will want 6GB which is not supported by 32-bit versions of Windows.  This decision to switch to 64-bit made my upgrade a litt... (more)

Case Study: Navy Marine Corps Intranet and VMware Infrastructure

The Navy Marine Corps Intranet is the largest individual network in the world. The only larger network is the Internet. This huge network sprawl requires a great deal of strategy, concern and planning. Over 700,000 users rely on the intranet to receive IT services. This is a huge network, and the NMCI cannot afford to be behind the eight-ball. NMCI uses VMware Infrastructure for a few different reasons. The first is to virtualize Microsoft Exchange Servers. They host over 350k users on VMware servers. NMCI can run five virtualized exchange servers on every single physical server.... (more)

Ubuntu Phone Coming to the Developing World

By MollyJust Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical, revealed his plan to release a version of Ubuntu software for smartphones. Shuttleworth aims to target developing countries and believes Ubuntu will have an easy transition into these markets due to the software’s brand recognition in these countries. Ubuntu’s potential in markets like China and India is difficult to discern. While Mr. Shuttleworth’s claim that 30% of Chinese PC’s are shipped with the Ubuntu software is factually accurate, the Ubuntu software on these computers is often quickly replaced by pirated copies o... (more)