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Michael O'Dwyer
An Irishman based in Hong Kong, Michael O’Dwyer is a business & technology journalist, independent consultant and writer who specializes in writing for enterprise, small business and IT audiences. With 20+ years of experience in everything from IT and electronic component-level failure analysis to process improvement and supply chains (and an in-depth knowledge of Klingon,) Michael is a sought-after writer whose quality sources, deep research and quirky sense of humor ensures he’s welcome in high-profile publications such as The Street and Fortune 100 IT portals.

Recent Posts

Posted on 09.18.19 by Michael O'Dwyer

How to Lower the Risk of Employee Data Theft

As IT pros, we’ve been aware for quite some time that some users are a threat to security, whether by their use of shadow IT, their susceptibility to social engineering attacks from cybercriminals, or by using their employee role and access permissions to compromise data...

Posted on 09.12.19 by Michael O'Dwyer

3 Data Backup Tools Worth Considering

If you are a small or medium business, you may have left your data backups in the hands of outside help or, even worse, to chance.

Posted on 09.09.19 by Michael O'Dwyer

4 Reasons WannaCry is Still An Issue Over 2 Years Later

Two years plus and counting and companies are still being impacted by WannaCry. Here are the four main reasons why an old exploit and ransomware is still an issue.

Posted on 08.06.19 by Michael O'Dwyer

Why Would Anyone Use Facebook's Digital Currency?

Facebook is determined to launch their own digital currency called Libra, but why would anyone trust them at this point?

Posted on 07.25.19 by Michael O'Dwyer

Bluetooth Security Problems: A Cause For Concern

Bluetooth security… Some consider it an oxymoron, like ‘global intelligence’ community or ‘offshore support’ while others recognize Bluetooth flaws and understand their causes. Whatever side of the fence your opinions lie, it’s fair to observe that Bluetooth has its...

Posted on 07.08.19 by Michael O'Dwyer

Double Encryption: Is It More Secure Or Dangerous?

Since encryption is used to secure data, it would seem only natural that encrypting something twice would increase security. However, that isn't always the case.

Posted on 07.02.19 by Michael O'Dwyer

How to Use Slack to Keep Your Team on Track

Over the past few years, Slack has risen to be the largest collaboration tool to help teams stay on track. In this article, I will discuss how it works and some concerns about the tool.

Posted on 06.28.19 by Michael O'Dwyer

Should Companies Be Concerned About Huawei Tech?

Should businesses be worried about Huawei tech on their networks or is this really just hysteria and a political agenda that is sending shockwaves across the IT landscape? Let's discuss.

Posted on 06.11.19 by Michael O'Dwyer

Is Big Data Losing its Appeal in the Face of Data Privacy Concerns?

The use of big data by enterprises is almost commonplace at this point, with advocates claiming it aids decision-making, increases revenue and productivity and decreases operational costs. But it comes at a cost to data privacy.

Posted on 05.13.19 by Michael O'Dwyer

Is PSD2 Good for Banks And How Should IT Teams Implement It?

The EU’s PSD2 directive (a revised payment service directive) aims to regulate electronic payments in EU member countries. It has no impact on traditional paper-based transactions.

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