September is an odd month. Not quite summer, not quite Fall. School’s back in for the kids (or in my case grandkids, 2/3's of which are pictured here), but there’s still enough heat (ok, it’s 90+ degrees today, so) to keep summer thoughts going.
Another month, another new face. Another award. Ok, make that two awards. Plus an arcade party. But still only one new face. Well, new might be a stretch. But still…
But first things first. Do you like old school video games? Free food and drink? Mingling with other folks, including your favorite Simplex-IT folks (or even me?) Ok, the part about me probably brought you enthusiasm down, but I thought it was important to be completely honest.
I’m starting this while on a plane with Julie (the missus) heading to Cancun for a 5-day jaunt. For those of you who aren’t aware, her birthday is the 2nd, mine is the 3rd. And our anniversary is on the 4th. Yup, makes the whole concept of celebrating much easier and forgetting (which, alas, I’m sure I would) dates near impossible.
It's Goal time again!
Ok, it’s time for our 3rd installment of our quarterly goals. I’ve been increasingly moving our goal settings into our day-to-day operations, and I think we’re seeing positive results. Spoiler alert: We’re not reaching 100% of our goals.
What's an Exploit?
If you’ve been reading anything about cybersecurity, a term gets tossed around. Exploit. Sometimes they’ll use the more pedestrian term vulnerability, but c’mon…exploit sounds cooler.
Simply put, an exploit is a discovery of a method to compromise some aspect of Information Technology in a way for a party to gain unauthorized access to some (or all) parts of an otherwise protected network (or device).
An example of a recently discovered exploit would be the Spectre exploit, which exposed a vulnerability to all systems using most Intel, ARM or AMD processors, allowing malware applications to access data from other applications.
Wow, Q2 is pretty much over. We’re hitting the halfway mark of the year. That means it’s time for another quarterly report card for Simplex-IT!
For those of you new to us, we’ve been setting quarterly goals for about a year. Starting in Q1 of this year, we started sharing our quarterly goals with our customers and the public in general.
Sometimes I need to take a breath and look at how far we’ve come. The list of names here at Simplex-IT seems to be growing by leaps and bounds. You’ll see a couple of new faces (and a returning one) in the eNewsletter for this month. But there are a couple other ones we decided to save until next month.
“Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so." Douglas Adams, author of “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy”.
If this were a week or two from now I would be crowing about the new faces that were joining Simplex-IT. Some joining because of employment.
Woof. In the 10 years that Simplex-IT, I think there was one time we were hiring two people at the same time. And I think it was an intern and a tech position (if memory serves).
So, what’s going on now (starting with hiring):
Adding a new Sales Person position.
Ok, the Q1 goals worked out pretty well, so here comes Q2. It helped us internally focus on making sure we were making progress on the things we decided were important, and it gave us a nice conversation with our customers (and, oddly, our competitors) as to what we’re up to.