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Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into new Irvine offices – T minus 4 days

Irvine, CA – We are almost completely packed up. The old offices are decimated. Some don’t have a place to work right now. At 2 PM we shut down completely, except for the 24x7 NOC. That team has a whole special plan of their own. That cut-over will only take about five minutes.

The movers are here getting ready to load the truck. There are furious last minute finishing touches going on at the new office. By tomorrow all of our assets should be delivered. We then have the arduous task of unpacking and getting ready to be in full production on Tuesday at 7 AM.

When I was there last night there was a cleaning crew cleaning up after the construction crews were gone.

T minus 4 days to moving-in.  Click Here for the Pictures

The move-ology countdown:

Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into new Irvine offices - T minus 6 days

Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into new Irvine offices - T minus 5 days

Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into new Irvine offices - T minus 4 days

Alvaka Networks is growing - T minus 3 days to moving-in

Alvaka Networks is growing - T minus 2 days

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Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into new Irvine offices – T minus 4 days 2016-10-28T17:49:40+00:00

Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into new Irvine offices – T minus 5 days

Irvine, CA – We are now packing furiously. I must say I am a little sad to be moving from the old office. I really liked it here, but the new place will feel like home in no time. Everyone is excited to be in the new larger quarters. We had our little eateries down the street from the old office. The new place has even more new options for us. Plus we get a farmers market on Thursday to buy fresh produce from the local growers that made Orange County so famous.

T minus 5 days to moving-in.  Click Here for the Pictures

Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into new Irvine offices - T minus 6 days

Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into new Irvine offices - T minus 5 days

Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into new Irvine offices - T minus 4 days

Alvaka Networks is growing - T minus 3 days to moving-in

Alvaka Networks is growing - T minus 2 days

http://www.alvaka.net/blog/t-minus-1

 

Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into new Irvine offices – T minus 5 days 2016-10-27T15:00:00+00:00

Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into new Irvine offices – T minus 6 days

Irvine, CA – Construction is going fast. The flooring is already going in. We are located just adjacent to the 405 Freeway between the MacArthur Blvd. and Bristol Street exits. You can see the building as you drive by, but regretfully we don’t have freeway signage. We are one mile west on Main Street from our colocation facility.

Flying out of John Wayne Airport will be easy for us. We only need to walk about 100 yards to the long-term parking and jump on the shuttle to the airport.

T minus 6 days to moving-in.  Click Here for the Pictures

Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into new Irvine offices - T minus 6 days

Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into new Irvine offices - T minus 5 days

Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into new Irvine offices - T minus 4 days

Alvaka Networks is growing - T minus 3 days to moving-in

Alvaka Networks is growing - T minus 2 days

http://www.alvaka.net/blog/t-minus-1

 

Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into new Irvine offices – T minus 6 days 2016-10-26T15:00:00+00:00

Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into larger new Irvine offices

Irvine, CA - We are not going too far. We are only moving about two miles. We are now adjacent to the overflow/long-term parking for the John Wayne/SNA Airport. We are at the corner of Main Street and Redhill at 2 Executive Circle in Irvine.

Everyone at Alvaka is really excited to be moving into our new larger headquarters. Here are a few pictures of the new space after demolition and before the new construction starts. These photos show some of the painting that just started.

T minus 7 days to moving-in.  Click Here for the Pictures

Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into new Irvine offices - T minus 6 days

Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into new Irvine offices - T minus 5 days

Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into new Irvine offices - T minus 4 days

Alvaka Networks is growing - T minus 3 days to moving-in

Alvaka Networks is growing - T minus 2 days

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Alvaka Networks is growing and moving into larger new Irvine offices 2016-10-26T01:49:13+00:00

A three bullet summary of your current e-mail threats

Proofpoint Threat Operations and Research recently published their quarterly threat report for July - September 2016, which includes key findings such as: 

  • Volume of malicious emails rose to their highest levels ever
    New campaigns bearing varied attachment types broke volume records set in Q2, peaking at hundreds of millions of messages per day. JavaScript attachments continued to lead these very large email campaigns, growing 69% this quarter.
  • Ransomware variants grew tenfold
    In particular, 97% of messages with malicious document attachments featured the popular ransomware strain Locky, while CryptXXX was the dominant ransomware delivered by exploit kit (EK).

Download the full report. Please let us know if you have any questions related to this report or how Alvaka Networks can protect your people and data from attacks.

A three bullet summary of your current e-mail threats 2016-10-24T13:44:00+00:00

Beware of this new domain name and SEO registration scam

Orange County, CA - I want to thank Alvaka network engineer Alex Estevez for bringing the e-mail below to my attention. One of his clients got this bogus message from GoDaddy. The scams on the internet know no ends for creativity and treachery.

This message looks so authentic and it can be so easy to go ahead and pay for a scam renewal and give up your domain login credentials too. Once you give up those credentials the thief(s) can potentially sell your domain name. For many businesses that would be devastating even if it only lasted a short time while the theft gets corrected. On top of the charge on your card they could potentially sell your credit card information as well.

Alex said, “What made me suspicious was the fact that the email came from a company called “Intranetregistrarnetwork.com” which just sounded bogus to me.“ That site is now shutdown, but count on another one to pop-up soon.

Here is what the e-mail looked like. As you can see it looks quite legitimate. It does not contain the spelling errors and poor grammar associated with so many e-mail scams....

Beware of this new domain name and SEO registration scam 2016-10-20T00:06:29+00:00

Cracking your passwords just got faster and easier than ever, here’s how….

Orange County, CA – I just read about a new product announcement, New version of L0phtCrack makes cracking Windows passwords easier than ever. At Alvaka we used to do a hacking demo during a lunch and learn. Rex Frank would usually do the demo by doing a SQL Injection attack and bumping out to the command prompt. From there he would download the SAM (Security Access Manager) file and then use L0phtCrack to decode a password right in front of the eyes of everyone. Nearly everyone was shocked beyond compare. Of course that approach is now a bit dated, but it showed our guests just how vulnerable unpatched and inadequately secured systems can be. From the start of the demo to the revelation of an account password would only take five o

Cracking your passwords just got faster and easier than ever, here’s how…. 2017-06-27T15:54:24+00:00

Is password length more important than complexity? A guideline for password creation policy.

Orange County, CA - I just read a summary of research on secure passwords vs. weak ones that get hacked. If you are looking to create your own secret password or if you are a network administrator looking to enforce secure password policy then read on. These results are from a study on 10 million passwords that have been breached in recent years.

In summary, if you want a weak password, then use:

  • Words
  • Names
  • Verbs
  • Colors
  • Animals
  • Fruits
  • “Love” phrases
  • Superheroes
  • And days of the week
  • Leet speak, the act of using informal language or code in which standard letters are often replaced by numerals or special characters such as “n00b” or “gue55able”
  • Most importantly, don’t use patterns on your keyboard or phone dialer pad. Those are at the very top of the list of quickly decoded passwords....

Is password length more important than complexity? A guideline for password creation policy. 2016-08-17T03:18:52+00:00

An experienced cyber insurance broker’s reply to my blog

This reply to my blog, Should I buy cyber insurance? is written by David McNeil, principal, of EPIC Insurance Brokers & Agents. He brings 20+ years of professional industry experience to the topic on cyber insurance. Some of Alvaka Networks' clients have been utilizing Dave's services for many years.

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Hi Oli,

Always enjoy your insights and thoughts on Tech-related subjects.   Lately, the plethora of headlines regarding cyber-related issues has meant the interest in cyber-insurance has reached a new level. This is a huge topic and this comment can only scratch the surface.

That said, a bit of an insider-view may be helpful…

Currently, cyber-insurance coverage forms are NOT standard (ISO) forms.  As a result, insurance carriers forms differ greatly.  Many parts, definitions, limits and coverage triggers are negotiable.

Definition negotiations are critical.  It is important to know what to look for and how to modify a particular carriers form to best suit the needs of a specific client/insured.

EXAMPLE:  Trigger for Notification of a Breach - (A hypothetical…. Sort of)....

An experienced cyber insurance broker’s reply to my blog 2016-07-12T00:00:50+00:00
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