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Get Real with Information Security
In 2012, the writers of malware and the attackers of networks were very busy, using both social engineering and increased technical sophistication to fuel an increased number of attacks. Not incidentally, mobile devices just flew off the shelves this Read More...
I’m Tired of Registration Walls
Note to the heads of sales, marketing, and web site development: I’m tired of your registration walls (regwalls), and will no longer be supporting them. I realize that you want to know who is looking at the materials you are producing, that you are trying Read More...
So, You Want To Be a Technology Consultant?
{EAV:94066b12a52ac57b} Doesn’t everyone want to be a consultant? Probably not… There are some clear advantages to working for yourself, and there are some clear disadvantages. Likewise, there are some PROs and CONs of working for someone else, and it Read More...
My Workplace Technology Wish List
It is not every day that one gets an opportunity to put together a wish list of technology solutions that could be used to drive a modern, highly productive workplace. So, let’s begin our If Money Were No Object quest… Every office has desktops and notebooks, Read More...
Guess What? Technology is not easy
It might seem that way because of how ubiquitous it is, but technology is not really easy.  Lots of time has been spent trying to hide the core complexity so that every day users can better experience and manage high-end technology, but at the end Read More...
Where Netflix Went Wrong: Corporate Communications
The good folks at Netflix recently announced a huge price hike for their customers , as they separate their DVD and streaming businesses into distinct product offerings. If you look at the comments on the blog post where they made the announcement , you Read More...
Just ask Sony…
Why should you take your organization’s information security posture seriously? Just ask Sony.  It has been estimated that Sony will spend more than $170 million dollars due to the recent breaches they have suffered.  Personally, I think that Read More...
Managing Technology-based Risks
Risks exist. You would think that this is so obvious as to not need saying, but too many people appear to operate as though downplaying or ignoring risks have any impact on their reality. That sign announcing “bridge out” isn’t really concerned with how Read More...
Reactive Security: Feel the pain in 2011+
We are only one third of the way into 2011, but we have had some of the largest information security breaches of the decade – and the trend does not appear to be slowing down. Here are just a few of the biggest reports for the year: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/RSA-SecurID-Breach-Shows-Why-Everybody-Must-Stay-Vigilant-595858/ Read More...
Maintaining Good Security Practices
Security is not just a state of being. We are often called to provide an assessment about our present security posture, and usually, the person asking the question is doing so within a very narrow context – one that the may or may not have shared with Read More...
Why Your New Technology Purchase Might Disappoint - Part 2
Last time, I mentioned that inadequate planning is one of the key reasons why your new technology purchase might prove to be disappointing.  This is true not only of planning that occurs once the project has been authorized and assigned an official Read More...
Why Your New Technology Purchase Might Disappoint
Technology continues to provide many benefits for individuals and businesses, and our increasing dependence upon it is a testament to its overall usefulness.  Each day, many, many people make a good living from designing and deploying business solutions Read More...
The Dangers of Consolidation
It has been said that technology in general, and automation in particular, simply make it easier for humans to propagate errors much faster than they could otherwise do so. This morning, I awoke to find that none of my scripts – on any of my machines Read More...
Fun with Verizon Customer Service
Or, Getting Rid of FiOS TV, Part 1. Today, we officially began our project to lower needless expenses, of which the TV subscription service is one of the largest.  As a technology profession, I need a fast and solid internet connection.  This Read More...
Passing the Firewall Torch
I’ve had a Netscreen firewall handling my internet connection at home for almost a full decade now.  I first got my hands on a Netscreen 5 back in Feb of 2001, and it was amazing that you could get that much flexibility in such a tiny device for Read More...
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