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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 year, with predictions that over 122 million tablets and some 717 million smartphones will have ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 31, 2012
  • 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 to measure the ROI of your promotional endeavors, and that you are seeking for any and ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on June 20, 2012
  • 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 for each person to determine for himself if consulting is right for him.  The ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on June 14, 2012
  • 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, and they’ll continue to be useful for quite some time. To make them even more useful, ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 29, 2011
  • 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 of the day, the complexity remains somewhere. We’re almost at the end of 2011, and the two ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 15, 2011
  • 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 will see that the vast majority of comments fall into two categories: This no longer ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on July 13, 2011
  • 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 the $170M figure is too conservative.  I expect it to get much closer to $300M than ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 31, 2011
  • 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 much you believe it or agree with it.  It doesn’t care if you are too busy to deal with ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 3, 2011
  • 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/ ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 29, 2011
  • 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 you. Answering such a question is difficult at best. Imagine walking up to your doctor and ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on March 31, 2011
  • 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 “Project Manager”, but it also refers to the planning that is used to determine the validity of ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on February 15, 2011
  • 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 which are based on some technology. That said, many businesses fail to derive the value ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 31, 2011
  • 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 – had executed overnight.  Hmmmm?!? Initially, I only thought that it was two scripts that ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 8, 2010
  • 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 is especially important as my children are back on the home school program, and get their daily ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 9, 2010
  • 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 a reasonable price.  I quickly setup all sorts of rules and filtering that was light years ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 31, 2010
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