Make Cyber Security A New Year Resolution: Start with a plan

Cybersecurity checklist for the New Year


With the ring in the New Year, there is hope that 2023 brings abundant health, prosperity, and success in all endeavors.  A new year is a beginning, a fresh start for everything.  And of course, it’s also a time to think about making cyber security a priority as everyone is back from the holidays to prevent future headaches and costly prevention. 

Now is a great time to assess your current cyber security setup and make sure you’re starting out the New year right.  A quick checklist can help you to determine if your cyber security is adequate or if you need to step up your game plan.  Questions are needed to ask about quality firewalls to block unwanted traffic to the network.  Are you using two-factor authentication?  What’s about anti-virus and anti-malware software to protect you from cyber threats?  Are all your passwords more than 12 unique and strong characters?  And any backup and restore plans?


WordPress 6.1 “Misha”


On November 1, 2022, WordPress 6.1 code name “Misha” was released.  It is named after Soviet-Norwegian Jazz pianist Mikhail “Misha” Alperin.  According to WordPress, this is the third major release of 2022, it is known as the “Gutenberg project.” There is a growing interest in headless content management systems (CMSs), including those from, Magnolia, Agility CMS, Contentful, Butter CMS, Contentstack, Netlify, Strapi, and others. The website builders like Wix and Squarespace also have gained a lot of traction in recent years. So, the importance of ensuring WordPress stays relevant and competitive in today’s market. The larger ambition involves revolutionizing how all websites are built in the future, which is supported by the fact that WordPress powers more than a third of all websites.

This WordPress 6.1 contains basically five updates within this release.  Additional changes and enhancements to the editor provide site owners greater power and make customization simpler while providing users with a more seamless experience. The new version contains a lot of writing-related changes because, in order to give the voiceless a voice, attention must be paid to the copywriters.  The improved ability to pick only a portion of a block’s paragraphs, the option to keep the list view open by default, and the keyboard shortcut to add internal links expanded to all blocks are some of my favorite improvements.



Low/No Code Solutions for AI


With many big players in cloud platforms such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and others jumping into the AI (Artificial Intelligence) bandwagon to develop low/no code, what are the benefits and drawbacks of such a solution for highly developed and complicated?  The problems are huge and investments in capital and manpower are needed to solve AI issues.  As a result, many cloud-based platforms are trying to come up with low/no code solutions to develop and implement AI.


End-user Computing

With the advances in cloud computing and its services such as Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), or Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), business analysts and citizen developers can create programs and apps without knowing codes or program languages. From the development side, there is rapid application development (RAD) and low code no code (LC/NC) to assist people without technical or coding knowledge to be able to write and develop applications. Its advantage gives the rise of rapid prototyping and fast feedback over long drawn-out processes. Furthermore, it enables citizen developers to solve everyday problems without reaching out to the IT department.