Breach at DocuSign Led to Targeted Email Malware Campaign – Krebs

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Krebs on Security

Computer security breach

DocuSign, a major provider of electronic signature technology, acknowledged today that a series of recent malware phishing attacks targeting its customers and users was the result of a data breach at one of its computer systems. The company stresses that the data stolen was limited to customer and user email addresses, but the incident is especially dangerous because it allows attackers to target users who may already be expecting to click on links in emails from DocuSign.

San Francisco-based DocuSign warned on May 9 that it was tracking a malicious email campaign where the subject line reads, Completed: docusign.com Wire Transfer Instructions for recipient-name Document Ready for Signature. The missives contained a link to a downloadable Microsoft Word document that harbored malware.

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A typical DocuSign email. Image: DocuSign.

The company said at the time that the messages were not associated with DocuSign, and that they were sent from a malicious third-party using DocuSign branding in the headers and body of the email. But in an update late Monday, DocuSign confirmed that this malicious third party was able to send the messages to customers and users because it had broken in and stolen DocuSign s list of customers and users.

As part of our ongoing investigation, today we confirmed that a malicious third party had gained temporary access to a separate, non-core system that allows us to communicate service-related announcements to users via email, DocuSign wrote in an alert posted to its site. A complete forensic analysis has confirmed that only email addresses were accessed; no names, physical addresses, passwords, social security numbers, credit card data or other information was accessed. No content or any customer documents sent through DocuSign’s eSignature system was accessed; and DocuSign’s core eSignature service, envelopes and customer documents and data remain secure.

The company is asking people to forward any suspicious emails related to DocuSign to [email protected], and then to delete the missives.

They may appear suspicious because you don’t recognize the sender, weren’t expecting a document to sign, contain misspellings (like “docusgn.com” without an ‘i’ or @docus.com), contain an attachment, or direct you to a link that starts with anything other than https://www.docusign.com or https://www.docusign.net, reads the advisory.

If you have reason to expect a DocuSign document via email, don t respond to an email that looks like it s from DocuSign by clicking a link in the message. When in doubt, access your documents directly by visiting docusign.com, and entering the unique security code included at the bottom of every legitimate DocuSign email. DocuSign says it will never ask recipients to open a PDF, Office document or ZIP file in an email.

DocuSign was already a perennial target for phishers and malware writers, but this incident is likely to intensify attacks against its users and customers. DocuSign says it has more than 100 million users, and it seems all but certain that the criminals who stole the company s customer email list are going to be putting it to nefarious use for some time to come.

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IT Architecture For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When planning and implementing your IT architecture, ease the process by reviewing critical information: major IT architecture concepts such as common IT architecture tasks, standardizing technology, and consolidating and centralizing technology resources; collaboration solutions to institute across the enterprise; and system maintenance processes that can be automated to help you increase savings and reduce administrative overhead.

Identifying Common IT Architecture Tasks

Taking on an IT architecture project means dealing with myriad detailed tasks. No matter the nature of your IT architecture project, however, be sure to cover this abbreviated checklist of common, high-level tasks:

Eliminate resource silos: Getting rid of separate information resource silos through consolidation and centralization makes many other projects possible.

Identify data requirements: Determine the type of data your organization uses, its location and users, as well as any associated business requirements.

Identify and integrate existing resources: Identify resources currently in use and determine whether they should be integrated into the new architecture, replaced with an alternate solution, or retired.

Define technical standards: Define the rules and guidelines that your organization will use when making decisions regarding information technology.

Identify security requirements: Implementation can t start until the security requirements have been identified. Remember, information is an asset to be protected.

Justify changes: Ensure that changes provide value to your organization in some fashion.

IT Architecture: Standardizing Technology

Standardization of technology is a common part of IT architecture projects. A standardized technology reduces complexity and offers benefits such as cost savings through economy of scale, ease of integration, improved efficiency, greater support options, and simplification of future control. Some common targets for standardization include

User workstation environments: This includes desktop hardware, operating system, and user productivity suites.

Software development: Consider standardizing not only programming languages, but also software development practices.

Database management systems: Try to standardize on a single database platform, such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL, mySQL, or PostgreSQL.

IT Architecture: Consolidating and Centralizing Technology Resources

A good IT architecture plan improves efficiencies. When your IT architecture program includes consolidation and centralization of technology resources, particularly in the data center, you gain improved resource use, document recovery, security, and service delivery; increased data availability; and reduced complexity. Some elements that you can consolidate or centralize include

IT personnel: Consolidate IT personnel into centrally managed, focused support groups based on need and skill sets.

Servers: The number of physical servers can be reduced by implementing virtualization or simply eliminating redundant functionality.

File storage: Get local file repositories off multiple file servers and onto a centralized storage solution such as a storage area network (SAN).

Directory services: Provide a common directory service for authentication or implement a single sign-on or federated authentication solution to bridge multiple directories.

IT Architecture: Collaborating Across the Enterprise

Collaboration solutions facilitate IT architecture teamwork by allowing team members to communicate, share data, and create repositories of collective intelligence, regardless of location or scheduling complications. They may decrease travel and telephone costs significantly. In IT architecture, common collaboration solutions include

Social networking: Social networking tools, such as chat, blogs, and forums, provide new and flexible methods for sharing information.

Groupware: Groupware allows employees to work together regardless of location by using integrated tools that facilitate communication, conferencing, and collaborative management.

Enterprise portal: Portals aggregate content from multiple sources, bringing it all into one place for easy access and creating a single point of contact.

IT Architecture: Automating System Maintenance

Part of IT architecture includes improving efficiencies by restructuring enterprise resources. The more system maintenance processes that you automate in the IT architecture, the greater cost savings you can realize from reduced administrative overhead and support.

Operating system patches/updates: Most operating systems have some type of native automated patch management solution, and third-party solutions are also available.

Application updates: Some applications have the ability to update themselves automatically, while others may be updated through logon scripts or push technology.

Anti-malware updates and scans: Use enterprise-level anti-malware solutions that update frequently and scan regularly to improve security.





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Product Features

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  • NOTE:If the motion detector is too sensitive, resulting in false alerts – simply put masking tape or labels on each side of sensor window. Start on the sides and add an equal length of masking tape or labels to each side. Test the detector and add more covering if needed. Keep the band as narrow as 1/8: wide or wider dpending on individual situation. Some trial and error may be required to find the optimal width.
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Wireless Security Protocols: WEP, WPA, and WPA2 #wireless #security #services

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Wireless Security Protocols: WEP, WPA, and WPA2

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Various wireless security protocols were developed to protect home wireless networks. These wireless security protocols include WEP, WPA, and WPA2, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. In addition to preventing uninvited guests from connecting to your wireless network, wireless security protocols encrypt your private data as it is being transmitted over the airwaves.

Wireless networks are inherently insecure. In the early days of wireless networking, manufacturers tried to make it as easy as possible for end users. The out-of-the-box configuration for most wireless networking equipment provided easy (but insecure) access to a wireless network.

Although many of these issues have since been addressed, wireless networks are generally not as secure as wired networks. Wired networks, at their most basic level, send data between two points, A and B, which are connected by a network cable. Wireless networks, on the other hand, broadcast data in every direction to every device that happens to be listening, within a limited range.

Following are descriptions of the WEP, WPA, and WPA2 wireless security protocols:

Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP): The original encryption protocol developed for wireless networks. As its name implies, WEP was designed to provide the same level of security as wired networks. However, WEP has many well-known security flaws, is difficult to configure, and is easily broken.

Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA): Introduced as an interim security enhancement over WEP while the 802.11i wireless security standard was being developed. Most current WPA implementations use a preshared key (PSK), commonly referred to as WPA Personal. and the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP, pronounced tee-kip ) for encryption. WPA Enterprise uses an authentication server to generate keys or certificates.

Wi-Fi Protected Access version 2 (WPA2): Based on the 802.11i wireless security standard, which was finalized in 2004. The most significant enhancement to WPA2 over WPA is the use of the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) for encryption. The security provided by AES is sufficient (and approved) for use by the U.S. government to encrypt information classified as top secret it s probably good enough to protect your secrets as well!





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American Society of Criminology
This international organization brings together practitioners, academics and students of criminal justice focusing on the “prevention, control and treatment of crime and delinquency”.

Australian Institute of Criminology
The Institute aims to provide criminal justice information services, to publish criminal justice information in a variety of formats, and to inform government, the media, and the general public of issues relating to the work of the Institute and the Criminology Research Council. Criminal justice research, publications, conference information, and statistics are just some of what’s available at this impressive site.

Canadian Criminal Justice Association
The Canadian Criminal Justice Association is an independent national voluntary organization working for an improved criminal justice system in Canada.

Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence
Blueprints for violence prevention, a collection of other violence-related resources on the Web, and access to VioLit (the Violence Literature Database) are the highlights of this site created at the University of Colorado.

Crime Free Multi-Housing Program
The Crime Free Multi Housing Program is a Crime Reduction Program designed specifically to help residential owners, managers, employees, police and other agencies to work together.

Discover Criminal Justice – Criminology Programs
An database of accredited criminology programs available in the U.S.A.

Florida Department of Corrections – Criminal Justice Links
A listing of governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations in the areas of criminal justice, law enforcement, police, forensics, corrections, and other miscellaneous links. A very comprehensive site from the Florida Department of Corrections.

Institute for Intergovernmental Research – Criminal Justice Links
Site organized into categories: National/Federal and State/Local – Florida. From the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) in Florida, USA. Check out the IIR home page for other IIR projects of note.

Justice BC – Criminal Justice Information and Support
B.C. government’s new web-based gateway for British Columbians who want information about the criminal justice system and resources.

LawCentral Canada
A portal or collection of links to law-related information and educational resources on justice and legal issues of interest to Canadians.

National Crime Prevention Council
NCPC is an American initiative whose Mission is to enable people to create safer and more caring communities by addressing the causes of crime and violence and reducing the opportunities for crime to occur.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
This is definitely the place to start your criminology research as the NCJRS is one of the most extensive sources of information on criminal and juvenile justice in the world. Includes resources on Corrections, Courts, Crime Prevention, Criminal Justice Statistics, Drugs and Crime, International, Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement, Victims, and more.

National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) “is the research, development and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice and is dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. NIJ provides objective, independent, evidence-based knowledge and tools to meet the challenges of crime and justice, particularly at the state and local levels.”

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics brings together data about all aspects of criminal justice in the United States. Includes tables and figures from several sources. Sourcebook is organized into topical sections including system characteristics, public opinion, offenses known, arrests, judicial processing, and corrections.

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The 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors Of 2014 – Page: 1

The 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors Of 2014

byCRN Staff on January 31, 2014, 10:15 am EST

When CRN first introduced its annual 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors list in 2010, the space was still ripe, rapidly evolving from an industry buzzword to a legitimate means for solution providers to enable customers to eliminate the overhead and capital expenditures that come with on-premise hardware. In 2014, the fourth year of the Cloud 100, “the cloud” is now mainstream and the shift from a traditional on-premise solution provider model to a cloud-based services model is not just a trend, but in many cases a crucial move for survival.

The Cloud 100 list aims to help solution providers navigate the growing cloud marketplace and identify the best solutions to support the IT channel.

Here we present the 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors Of 2014, honoring the best of the best in cloud computing in five categories: infrastructure, platforms, security, storage and software.

The 20 Coolest Cloud Infrastructure Vendors
AWS is still the IaaS market king, but AWS also faces increased competition from rivals including large telco companies to smaller, but stealthier, IaaS startups. Here’s a look at the coolest cloud infrastructure vendors to make this year’s CRN Cloud 100 list.


The 20 Coolest Cloud Platforms And Development Vendors
The time is now for fast growth and big ROI in the cloud platform and development space. Here are the coolest cloud platform and development vendors on this year’s Cloud 100 list.

Data is piling up and storage vendors new and old are offering more options for businesses to store more of that data in the cloud. We take a look at the 20 coolest cloud storage companies that made this year’s Cloud 100 list.

The 20 Coolest Cloud Software Vendors
Fifteen years after Salesforce.com introduced its cloud CRM apps, cloud computing is quickly becoming the de facto method for delivery applications to users. Here are the coolest cloud software vendors on this year’s Cloud 100 list.

Worried moving to the cloud might make you more vulnerable? Here are 20 cloud security companies that made this year’s Cloud 100 list.





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Cyber Security, Threat Intelligence and Forensics

In Brief:

  • You will develop practical and real-world skills in all major areas of cyber security, cyber forensics, cyber warfare and cyber threat intelligence to fight against Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)
  • You will prepare yourself to obtain professional security certifications such as CISSP and CCFP
  • You will be among the most employable people on the planet!
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This course builds on your previous knowledge of computer science and Information Technology (IT), and aims to provide you with an in-depth specialism in the fields of cyber security, cyber threat intelligence and digital forensics. You will gain advanced and in-depth knowledge of penetration testing, cyber forensics, malware reverse engineering and software vulnerability and will exploit research using a very hands-on approach. You will gain practical and real-world skills in all major areas of cyber security including penetration testing, digital forensics, cyber warfare and threat intelligence. Moreover, you will learn how to apply your skills in analysis, testing and maintenance of software systems or enterprise networks from a cyber security perspective.

You will use your penetration testing and vulnerability assessment skills in finding weaknesses in existing devices and applications and to advise developers or network administrators to secure their application or environment. Your cyber forensics skills can be used to identify, collect, preserve and analyse a wide range of digital evidences and present them in the court of law. You will use your knowledge of programming to analyse different malwares to determine how they work and how countermeasures can be developed. Only a small percentage of cyber security professionals are capable of analysing advanced persistent threats and are capable of understanding and managing malware campaigns. Finally, your cyber threat intelligence knowledge and skills will help you to strategically fight against organised cyber crimes, understand and analyse cyber warfare activities and propose appropriate defensive and offensive mechanisms to reduce or eliminate those risks.

You will have close and active contact with industry experts with the opportunity to attend regular industry guest lecture programs in cyber security while you operate within a well-formed professional and ethical framework.

This course contains five modules as follows:

Cyber Forensics and Malware Investigation

You will develop the skills, methodologies and processes to conduct in-depth computer and network investigation, including malware analysis and reversing techniques. This module provides early preparation for you to complete the Certified Cyber Forensics Professional (CCFP) exam.

Information Security in Practice

You will study threats to information security, technologies used to detect and combat them, and techniques and tools used to manage and investigate incidents. This module prepares you to complete the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam.

Penetration Testing and Exploit Development

You will study network and host-based penetration testing tools and techniques and methods for vulnerability detection, exploiting development and countermeasures. This course provides the information needed in order to obtain ethical hacking and exploit development certifications.

Cyber Threat Intelligence

You will study techniques for detecting, responding to and defeating organised cyber crimes and cyber war activities, analysing successful and unsuccessful advanced persistent threats and malware campaigns.

Project

You will work under the direction of an academic supervisor to research a suitable problem, and to develop and evaluate a solution that demonstrates originality in the application of your knowledge.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a 2.2 honours in Computer Science or other related computing discipline with knowledge of programming and networking. Other applicants with a strong cyber security background are welcome to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

Suitable for graduates of a computing subject that includes programming and networking, and who love go down to a low level to discover how things work.

The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in Spring 2017.

Teaching

  • Projects and assignments enable you to apply what you have learned to a realistic problem; to develop independent learning skills; to demonstrate an ability make decisions in uncertain situations; and to develop your ability to compare and contrast alternative technologies.
  • Group activities in class are used to develop your team working and professional skills (though all assessment is individual).
  • Supervised work in computer laboratories is used to put into practice principles you have covered in supporting lectures.
  • Research skills are integral to the program, and you will be required to critique examples of work and then carry out your own research-based investigations in our assignments.
  • The issue of professionalism and ethics is woven in throughout the programme, and issues must be identified and addressed as part of all assignments and projects.

Assessment

  • Examination (20%) assesses your immediate response to small or medium unseen problems
  • Coursework (45%) assesses your considered and in-depth response to a larger problem
  • Project (35%) assesses your ability to work independently, to plan a significant activity and, in carrying out the plan, to demonstrate originality in the application of your knowledge.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Ali Dehghantanha has worked as a security researcher, malware analyzer, penetration tester, security consultant and professional trainer. He researches the latest trends in Real-Time Malware Detection and Analysis in Mobile and Pervasive Systems , 0-Day Malware and Exploit Detection Techniques and Big-Data Forensics . He is serving as an EU Marie-Curie research fellow (the Marie-Curie Fellowships are Europe’s most competitive and prestigious awards, and are aimed at fostering interdisciplinary research and international collaborations) working on privacy respecting digital forensics techniques.

Some research papers:

  • Dehghantanha, A 2013, ‘Trends in Android Malware Detection’, Journal of Digital Forensics, Security, and Law.
  • Steve Watson, Ali Dehghantanha, “Digital Forensics: The Missing Piece of the Internet of Things Promise”, (Elsevier) Journal of Computer Fraud Security 2016.
  • Teing Yee Yang, Ali Dehghantanha, Raymond Choo, Mauro Conti, Tooska Dargahi, “Forensic Investigation of Cooperative Storage Cloud Service: Symform as a Case Study”, (Wiley) Journal of Forensics Sciences 2016.
  • Teing Yee Yang, Ali Dehghantanha, Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, Zaiton Muda, “Windows Instant Messaging App Forensics: Facebook and Skype as Case Studies”, PLOSONE, Vol.11 Issue 3, 2016.
  • Farid Daryabar; Ali Dehghantanha; Brett Eterovic-Soric,Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, “Forensic Investigation of OneDrive, Box, GoogleDrive and Dropbox Applications on Android and iOS Devices”, Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences, 2016.




08/09/2017

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Atlanta Truck Accident Attorney

Truck driver’s are under tremendous pressure to deliver their loads within a given time frame. Many of these driver’s are under further financial pressure to perform as many loads as possible in a given period. These same pressures increase the likelihood that a truck driver will succumb to speeding and to driving while tired. In addition to the increased incentive for risky behavior with truck driver’s on public roads, there are the inherent increased risks in these vehicles themselves. Trucks are obviously much larger than the average passenger vehicle and hence their weight and blind-spots increase accordingly. All of the above has led to both the federal government and the Georgia state government to stringently regulate the trucking industry by creating rules and standards that must be followed in order to increase safety.

  • Speeding to meet a delivery deadline
  • Driving tired for long periods of time
  • Driving under stressful time constraints
  • Defective components and mechanical failure
  • Truck overloading
  • Size and maneuverability of the truck

In addition to the requirements cast upon the trucking industry, there are different requirements for seeking compensation in Georgia courts from injuries from trucking companies. We are versed in these rules and requirements and are anxious to proceed on your injury claim to get you just compensation. Give us a call at (404) 870-9114 to talk to an Atlanta truck accident attorney about your case or the case of an immediate family member.

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** FEMA Announces Notice of Funding Opportunity on Program to Prepare Communities for Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks.Click HERE for more information.**

Announcing eNIFOG Take the NIFOG Wherever You Go
The National Interoperable Field Operations Guide (NIFOG) is now available as the eNIFOG mobile app on Apple iOS and will be available soon for Google Android devices. The NIFOG is a technical reference for emergency communications planning and for technicians responsible for radios that will be used in disaster response. It includes rules and regulations for use of nationwide and other interoperability channels, tables of frequencies and standard channel names, and other reference material.
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The eNIFOG app gives users easy access to NIFOG information, offering a content index with shortcuts to reference sections, tables, figures, or images. Navigation links allow users to jump directly to regional quick references as well as bookmark Favorites to develop their own personalized access to critical information for their territory. eNIFOG can be downloaded and then taken to the field as an offline reference, to be used without the need of a cellular or data connection.
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On your mobile device, search for eNIFOG on Apple s App Store (iPhone or iPad) or Google Play (Android) to download the apps.

Oklahoma s history is rich with examples of overcoming adversity. From the Dust Bowl to the 2007 ice storm, from the worst domestic terrorist attack on American soil to the emergencies we face day in and day out Oklahomans are well-versed in disaster response and resiliency. We continually face new and different challenges when it comes to maintaining our way of life. In our state, planning for disaster is more than just a good idea; it is imperative. Oklahomans know all too well that it s not if but when a disaster will affect them or their community. Because of this mind set, a standard has been set for the way Oklahomans handle adversity. This Oklahoma Standard has become somewhat of a mantra for those charged with public safety in the state and it is the underlying force behind all we do to protect the lives and well-being of Oklahomans.

It is the mission of the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) to exhaust every effort in order to make our state a safe place to live. Thank you for visiting our Web site. Here you’ll find detailed information on what we do. OKOHS has administered well over $100 million in federal Department of Homeland Security grant funding to prevent terrorism, protect our citizens and respond to and recover from disasters. We encourage you to visit our site often to stay informed about our various projects and the ways we are supporting our Homeland Security partners both at the state and local levels.

***Please note that our website is currently under construction.

If you require information about a program that is unavailable during this update, please call (405) 425-7296***

*Please do not contact OKOHS regarding immigration or customs related issues. For assistance with these matters, please call 1-800-375-5283 .





07/09/2017

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Network Diagrams: Drawing Overlay Network Layers #network #security #layers

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Network Diagrams: Drawing Overlay Network Layers

I have been working on different ways to represent overlay networks in reports, presentations and consulting engagements. At this point, I have something workable that I can share with you.

Here is the diagram I m going to produce using OmniGraffle 6. I guess you could create network diagrams like this in Visio but I don t use it because it s unreliable. I hate losing work.

The key to this diagram is that is has perspective to a vanishing point. Easy to do this is to draw two lines to some point, draw a rectangle, then Edit, Shapes, Editable Shape will give you small blue handles to drag around. Move them to make this shape.

The actual shape doesn t matter too much because duplicating the shape here means that all of the shapes in the stack are roughly the same. Do your best to copy what I ve done here and it should be good. Duplicate a bunch of shapes.

Then distribute them evenly use the appropriate tools. This is the Inspector bar in Omnigraffle showing how to align the object centres vertically and to evenly distribute over a given area.

Then change the colours of each shape element in the stack. Ok, so choosing colours is hard and you probably don’t know how to use a colour wheel (neither do I but I’m working on it). Here I’ve chosen a colour on the bottom row of the OS X Colour picker and each layer is the next colour along. I’ve also set each colour to 50% opacity so that you “see” through the layers.

The shapes lack coherence when you look at them. They don’t look right, or somehow they are aren’t straight. That’s because the shapes don’t converge on the same vanishing point. The next diagram shows how to add a couple of lines to vanishing point, then using editable points in the shapes to line them up.

Don’t be shy to add more lines to keep everything aligned. See how the purple shape layer isn’t quite straight. Adding a line will keep that sorted out.

Shapes on the Layers

You might want to represent some network devices on the layers. Obviously, drawing squares or circles isn’t going to work very well. Here is how to create shapes that match the layer

  • Pick the layer (each one is unique, remember)
  • Duplicate it
  • Resize it using the corner shape handles so that it keeps the same proportions. In Omnigraffle, hit the ⌥ key will resizing with the mouse.

Change the shapes to a nice colour that will contrast against the layer. (OK, so I am not an interior decorator) and then drag it on to the shape.

Now we need to draw some connectors onto shape layers but every time you try to draw a line it keeps snapping to the big layer. Turn off “Allow Connections From Lines”

Draw some connections like this and then use the “Group” function to make single object. This makes it much easier to move around, align centre in the following steps.

Sometimes it’s worth using a little shadow to create the contrast. The colours are dreadful here (why did I put puce on emerald. ) but you can see the improvement created.

Now we can bring the layers back together. Align centres, and distribute them evenly again.

And now you have the final result of an aesthetically pleasing overlay network diagram.

Ok. So it is a work in progress. I’ll get the colour and shapes better in the next version.

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Human Infrastructure for Data Networks. 25 year survivor of Corporate IT in many verticals, tens of employers working on a wide range of networking solutions and products.

Host of the Packet Pushers Podcast on data networking at http://packetpushers.net – now the largest networking podcast on the Internet.

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Do you also have a preferred set of stencils/icons that you use in diagrams? The basic cisco ones don t really lend themselves to layered diagrams Or is this for another blog post?

This is so incredibly useful and beautiful looking. Many thanks!





06/09/2017

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Homeland Security and Emergency Management Courses at Ashford University

While Department of Homeland Security strategies are constantly evolving, its core principles remain the same, and are rooted in the mission to identify, analyze, and prevent threats and hazards to the United States. Your homeland security courses will focus on the department’s national strategy, its ongoing efforts to protect the country, and the development and implementation of emergency response plans. These classes are the core components of Ashford University’s Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Management program.

Homeland Security and Emergency Management Class Descriptions and Credit Information

HSM 101 Introduction to Homeland Security Emergency Management

This course is a broad overview of homeland security in the United States. Areas of study include the organizational structure of the Department of Homeland Security as well as the principals, foundations, and doctrines surrounding homeland security. Students examine both historical and current issues related to the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, current policies of the Department, and potential career paths within the department.

HSM 201 Department of Homeland Security Missions Current Issues

The course examines the Department of Homeland Security core missions; the reasoning behind the Department; the threats to America; and the current issues revolving around homeland security. In addition, students look at the various career opportunities in the Department of Homeland Security.

HSM 305 Survey of Homeland Security Emergency Management

This course is a broad overview of Homeland Security from its emergence in America’s first century to the 9/11 attacks. Areas of study include the rise of modern terrorism, domestic terrorism, cyberterrorism, Homeland Security organization, strategies, programs and principles, emergency management, the media, and the issues of civil liberties.

HSM 311 Ethics Homeland Security

This course provides a foundation of classical ethical theories and explores the ethical implications of war and terrorism in the 21st century. Students will be challenged to analyze the controversial issues of the practice of torture, bombing of civilians, assassination and targeted killing, and humanitarian intervention. Civil Liberties and the Patriot Act will be examined. Case studies will offer students the opportunity to examine their own moral stance on selected issues, and study the traditional ethical rules and practices in war, even when engaging with international terrorist groups.

HSM 315 Emergency Planning

This course will provide students with the skills to develop a comprehensive plan for risk analysis, threat assessment, staffing an emergency operations center, coordinating with supporting agencies, and the creation of a continuing testing program. Actual case studies are used to teach students how to plan for natural disasters as well as terrorism at the federal, state and local levels.

HSM 320 Emergency Response to Terrorism

This course is designed to provide students with the ability to evaluate an emergency incident, determine its scope, understand the function of the first responders, learn the communication procedures necessary to alert the appropriate agencies, and understand how first responders are dispatched. Students will create a recovery plan for response to large-scale terrorist incidents.

HSM 421 Research Analysis in Homeland Security

Students will develop the skills to conduct research into selected topics relating to homeland security, emergency management and disaster preparedness using government websites, Internet sources, library databases, and other pertinent repositories of information and data. Students will be required to formulate a research topic with supporting sources for the final report due in the Capstone course.

HSM 433 Counter Terrorism Intelligence Analysis

Students in this course study and analyze counterterrorism including the evolution of counterterrorism, and the specifics of the typology and anatomy of terrorist operations. The course includes an overview of the intelligence community, collection, analysis, requirements and dissemination.

HSM 435 Psychology of Disaster

Utilizing case studies and clinical research, the course will focus on the psychological and physiological response to natural disasters, terrorism, and other manmade disasters. Students will examine psychological reactions, the recovery process and mental health care for victims, disaster recovery teams, and first responders.

HSM 438 Introduction to Cyber Crime

This course focuses on the technical aspects of digital crime as well as behavioral aspects of computer hackers, virus writers, terrorists and other offenders. Using real life examples and case studies, students will examine the history, development, extent and types of digital crime and digital terrorism as well as current legislation and law enforcement practices designed to prevent, investigate and prosecute these crimes.

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05/09/2017

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There are two types of security systems installed. Most home security systems installed today are wireless security systems and a much smaller percent of installations are hard wired systems typically installed in homes that have been pre-wired for a security system. Most hard wired security systems are “hybrid” which means they can communicate with wireless security devices as well.

A “wireless security system” is one that communicates to wireless security devices. A “cellular security system ” is one that sends emergency alarm signals and communicates to the ADT Central Station via a GSM Cellular unit that is part of the security system. A “wireless security system” can not have hard wired security devices connected to it, but a “hard wired security system” can operate both hard wired and wireless security devices. Both “wireless security systems” and “hard wired security systems” can be used for standard land line phone communication or cellular communication.

For homeowners who have existing security systems, it is important to note that existing wireless security equipment will only be able to communicate to control panels of the same manufacture type. Most security systems are manufactured by DSC, Honeywell/Ademco and GE. Many security systems are branded by monitoring companies like ADT but 90% of these branded systems were manufactured by Honeywell/Ademco, GE and DSC. If you have an existing security system and need help figuring out your options, schedule a free home security review. One of our Security Consultants will come out to look at your existing system and figure out if it would be better to upgrade it or replace it with a brand new system.

Let’s take a look at the basic parts that make up most home security systems today.

Parts of an ADT Monitored Security System and the Product Benefits


1. Central Processing Unit (CPU)

“Brains’ of the system.

Police, medical and fire emergency panics, alarm commands and display to show status of the alarm.

Siren will deter burglar, notify homeowner of an intrusion and has a additional sound for a fire emergency.

4. Battery Backup

Backup power for the security system in case of a power outage. Battery backup last for about 48 hours and then recharges once power is back on.

Allows the Security System to communicate to the ADT Central Station on a cellular network. This provides phone-line cut protection and customers do not need home phone service to have a monitored alarm system. With cellular primary the customer never needs to worry about making changes to their phone service either. Cellular communication is also faster than dial-up.

6. Two-Way Voice Module, Speaker and Microphone

Module: Central Processing Unit (CPU) for the two-way voice communication.

Allows ADT Central Station Operator to audio verify an alarm event, voice challenge an intruder and gives the homeowner the ability to communicate with central station handsfree in the event of a police, medical or fire emergency.

7. Security System Phone Jack

Used for standard digital alarm monitoring and seizes the phone line in the event of an emergency allowing the security system to take priority over any other phone calls.

Supplies power to the security system

Perimeter protection sensing when a door or window is opened or closed. Siren will sound when a door or window is opened when the security system is armed. Door and window sensors also allow for the chime mode to work creating a “chime” when doors and windows are opened or closed, this works when the system is disarmed.

Back-up interior protection that senses movement and is most often used as a “trap zone”, detecting intruders heading to the master bedroom where homeowners keep most of their valuables. Typically installed in the hallway for a one story home and in the stairway for a 2 story home. The motion sensor is armed in AWAY MODE only. Most Motion Sensors installed in homes are pet-immune and allow cats and small dogs to roam freely throughout the home without setting off the alarm.

Makes it very simple to arm and disarm the security system without the need of using the keypad and punching multiple buttons. The Key-chain Remote also has a police panic button allowing the homeowners to get police emergency help from 75-100ft of the main unit.

Additional Home Security Equipment Products

This is gives the homeowner monitored protection in the event of a house fire. ADT Central Station Operator will call the local fire department when the Monitored Smoke/Heat Detector senses smoke or fire. With this added feature most insurance companies will give an additional discount on homeowner’s insurance.

This is a perimeter protection device that detects when a burglar breaks glass. It detects broken glass within direct line sight of the Glass Break Sensor from 20-25ft. The Glass Break Sensor is armed in STAY and AWAY MODE.

3 Wireless Tilt Sensor

Place this device on a TV, piece of art, etc. when the device is moved alarm will sound.

Detects carbon monoxide poisoning, alerts homeowner and the security system will notify ADT Central Station of the dangerous level of poison in the home.

Call 1-800-310-9490 for more information or to order your ADT Monitored Home Security System





05/09/2017

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Trump’s revenge? Laptop ban may not have much to do with plane security

US to ban electronic devices on many flights

From Tuesday on, passengers travelling to the US from 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority countries will not be allowed to have iPads, laptops or any communications device larger than a smartphone in the cabin of the plane.

If you are travelling from Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, or the UAE on Egypt Air, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, or Turkish Airlines, and you want to use your laptop on the flight, you are probably out of luck.

So why is the United States doing this, and how can it get away with it?

The US says it’s all about security

The Trump administration says the new rules were introduced because of intelligence that shows terrorists are continuing to target airlines flying to the United States.

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However, as Demitri Sevastopulo and Robert Wright at the Financial Times suggest, non-US observers are skeptical of this explanation. They note that the United States has not been forthcoming about whether the ban is based on recent intelligence or long-standing concerns.

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There is also no explanation for why electronic devices in the cabin are a concern, and electronic devices in the baggage hold are not.

There is another explanation

It may not be about security after all. Three of the airlines that have been targeted for these measures – Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways – have long been accused by their US competitors of receiving massive effective subsidies from their governments.

These airlines have been quietly worried for months that President Trump was going to retaliate. This may be the retaliation.

These three airlines, as well as the other airlines targeted in the order, are likely to lose a major amount of business from their most lucrative customers – people who travel in business class and first class.

Business travellers are disproportionately likely to want to work on the plane – the reason they are prepared to pay business-class or first-class fares is because it allows them to work in comfort. These travellers are unlikely to appreciate having to do all their work on smartphones, or not being able to work at all.

The likely result is that many of them will stop flying on Gulf airlines, and start travelling on US airlines instead.

As the Financial Times notes, the order doesn’t affect only the airlines’ direct flights to and from the United States – it attacks the “hub” airports that are at the core of their business models.

These airlines not only fly passengers directly from the Gulf region to the United States – they also fly passengers from many other destinations, transferring them from one plane to another in the hubs.

This “hub and spoke” approach is a standard economic model for long-haul airlines, offering them large savings. However, it also creates big vulnerabilities. If competitors or unfriendly states can undermine or degrade the hub, they can inflict heavy economic damage.

Weaponising interdependence

As we have argued in the past, and talk about in forthcoming work, the US move can be understood as a variant form of “weaponised interdependence.”

We live in an interdependent world, where global networks span across countries, creating enormous benefits, but also great disparities of power.

As networks grow, they tend to concentrate both influence and vulnerability in a few key locations, creating enormous opportunities for states, regulators and non-state actors who have leverage over those locations.

In this context, the United States is plausibly leveraging its control over access to US airports, which are central “nodes” in the global network of air travel between different destinations.

It is using this control to attack the key vulnerabilities of other networked actors, by going after the central nodes in their networks (the hub airports) and potentially severely damaging them.

What can Gulf airline carriers do?

Gulf airlines have tried to defend themselves against political attacks from US competitors by appealing to free trade principles. The problem is that standard free trade agreements, such as World Trade Organisation rules, don’t really apply to airlines (although they do apply to related sectors, such as the manufacture of airplanes).

This has allowed the Gulf airlines to enjoy massive subsidies, without having to worry too much about being sued in the WTO.

However, it also makes it hard for Gulf states or the states of other affected airlines to take a WTO case against the new US rules, even if these rules turn out to be motivated by protectionism and the desire to retaliate, rather than real underlying security questions.

If this were happening in a different sector, it would make for a pretty interesting case.

States preserve carve-outs from international trade rules when they feel that their security is at stake.

Would the United States prevail in a case like this, where there is a colourable security justification, but where there is also a very plausible argument that the real motivation doesn’t have much to do with security?

Or would the WTO defer to the United States’ proposed justification?

It’s very likely that the Trump administration will make more unilateral rules that are justified using the language of national security, but are plausibly motivated by protectionism, so we may find out.

Farrell is associate professor of political science and international affairs at George Washington University. Newman is associate professor of international politics at Georgetown University. For other commentary from The Monkey Cage. an independent blog anchored by a group of political scientists from universities around the country, see www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage.

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04/09/2017

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03/09/2017

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“ As one of the nation’s most prolific annual events, the Rose Bowl Game relies heavily on its operational support to manage security services. CSC is without question the industry leader and our participating teams and patrons are always assured first-class staffing with their quality of services provided. They are professional and personable and truly a part of the Rose Bowl Game family. ”

Kevin R. Ash
Chief Administrative Officer
Rose Bowl Game

“CSC has been providing crowd management services for Artpark concerts for ten years and we are very pleased with their efficiency and responsiveness to our needs. CSC provides excellent service in what can only be described as challenging situations. Our satisfaction with CSC is at such a level that we have just signed a new three-year agreement with them.”

George Osborne
President
Artpark

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Established in 1967, CSC is the world leader for crowd management and event security. The experience and expertise that has been garnered in its 48 years continues to make CSC the #1 choice for securing the world’s top venues and events. CSC’s esteemed clientele base includes more than 150 stadiums and arenas, over 100 universities and colleges, more than 30 convention centers, and numerous clients within the professional ranks of MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, NHL, and NASCAR. CSC has also provided services for the world’s most prestigious special events, including Collegiate Bowl Games, NCAA Final Four Tournaments, Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, US Open Tennis, 30 Super Bowls, 10 Olympic Games, 4 Presidential Inaugurations, 3 Papal Visits, and 2 FIFA World Cups. CSC operates more than 50 branch locations throughout the United States and Canada.

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31/08/2017

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Emergency locksmith atlanta #security #locksmiths, #locks #rekeyed, #door #lock #locksmith, #deadbolt

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Action Lock and Safe is your direct source for all of your locksmith and security needs. Our staff will provide you with the highest quality in customer service and will educate you in so you can make an informed decision in your security needs. We carry a large selection and offer professional in-home installation. Visit our showroom in Tampa Bay.

At Action Lock and Safe we strive to become the number one locksmith, safe, and security dealer on both the internet and at our brick and mortar business located in Tampa, Florida. Be it high security locks, commercial grade locks, residential locks, deadbolts, touch screen locks, gun safes, home safes, office safes, security camera systems, etc.

We thoroughly research all of the products sold on our site to ensure that our customers will be happy with their purchase no matter how much or how little they spend.

We sell a wide range of security products for virtually any of your needs. If you don’t know which safe or lock you need, just contact us by calling us and talking to one of our sales professionals and let us know what you’ll be using it for. We’ll find the perfect safe or lock for your needs and within your budget.

Throughout our showroom and website you will find many home and business locks. If you would like to learn more about any of our products, or if you would like to place an order for a quality security device, please do not hesitate to call or stop by our showroom.

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30/08/2017

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29/08/2017

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Commercial Property Alarms – Great Deals on Alarm Systems #alarms, #perth

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Commercial Property Alarm Packages: $1699.00 Fully Installed

With GPRS monitoring. 99 users, 8 areas and expandable to 128 zones we customize to your requirements. Keep track of staff entry and exit times with weekly reports and late to close calls if system is not armed.

Call us today to book your installation date or request a quote and we can contact you. “Get a Quote “

Equipment List Inclusions

  • Reliance 128 panel with battery
  • Vertex or Touchnav code pad
  • External siren
  • Internal siren
  • 3x dual tech movement detectors
  • 1 glass break detector
  • 1 hd roller reed
  • 1 standard door contact
  • GPRS unit for monitoring
  • 2 year warranty on parts and labour

Choice of LCD or Touchscreen Keypad

  • LCD or Touchscreen Keypad
  • Backlit keys and intuitive operation
  • Fire, Medical and Police functions

Crow 1000 Dualtech Pet Immune Detectors (x4)

  • Slim and modern design with excellent detection performance.
  • 2 year warranty! (1 Year manufacturer – 1 Year Austguard)
  • Digital Pulse Count and Temperature Compensation
  • 15 meter volumetric range
  • Wont trigger from your pets
  • Great false alarm immunity
  • Sealed Optics

Sirens

  • External Siren and Strobe Unit.
  • 110dB Output and LED Strobe for intrusion indication.
  • Internal screamer.
  • 110dB output.

Professional Installation

  • All systems are professionally installed and tested using quality components.
  • Our installers clean up after themselves leaving your home better than when they arrive.
  • Comprehensive and clear instructions on how to use the alarm, arming, disarming, setting access codes and understanding sensors.
  • Lifetime backup by owner operator Mark Schwarzer who has more than 20years experience with domestic and commercial alarm systems.

Upgrades Available

  1. Extra Detectors
  2. Door Contacts
  3. Window Shock Sensors
  4. Smoke Detectors
  5. Panic Buttons

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Check out our 5 Star Customer Satisfaction Guarantee on all Perth Alarm Installations and call us on 1300 883 898 to find out whats involved in enjoying the security of an Austguard alarm system.

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29/08/2017

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Importance of Network Security Audits and Assessments #network #security #audits

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Network Security Audit / Assessment

Why Run Network Security Audits?

In modern business environments that rely heavily on information technology, the network security audit or assessment is a vital component of network maintenance and repair. A network security consultant will often perform an audit as the first stage in providing consulting services to a business. However, in addition to these foundation-building audits, businesses must also perform network security audits or assessments on a regular basis to ensure optimal performance.

Whether the internal IT department performs the network security audit or a network security consultant does, this is a fundamental network task. A company will make many design decisions after this point, based on detailed analysis of the information gathered.

The Core Focus of a Network Security Assessment

  • Identify and evaluate assets
  • Determine the threats that those assets are exposed to
  • Determine the necessary measures to protect against those threats

The goal of the IT department or a network security consultant is to perform an evaluation without disrupting normal business. For this reason, the auditors often perform much of the network security assessment outside normal business hours. However, that is not always possible because proper evaluation for some components require that the auditors evaluate during normal business operation.

Auditors will often break the network security assessment into areas or components. By breaking the task down into smaller pieces that are more manageable the auditors can perform the assessment more effectively. These components range greatly from one business to the next, but here is a list of the most common areas:

That general list of categories may look quite different after the auditing team designs it to meet a business’ specific general and network needs.

Once the auditors have itemized these areas of focus, they will put each of them through a series of auditing phases. The first phase is footprint analysis and information gathering. The second and third phases are vulnerability scanning and penetration testing, respectively. The fourth phase is manual vulnerability and penetration verification, and the auditors conclude the assessment with vulnerability analysis.

Phase I – Footprint Analysis Information Gathering

During this initial phase, auditors inventory the entire network both physically and virtually. For the physical inventories, the auditors are collecting data concerning hardware and software information such as software licenses. For virtual inventories, auditors target host information, software, processes, domain names, IP network ranges, etc. The goal of this stage is to achieve a detailed blueprint of the network and a comprehensive security profile. This information serves as the basis for the remaining phases of the assessment.

Phase II – Vulnerability Scanning Assessment

At this stage, the auditors leverage the network blueprint and security profile to “attack” the network from an external posture. The goal in this phase is to penetrate vulnerable aspects of the system in order to acquire sensitive data. This not a Hollywood-style hacker assault, but rather the subtle chaining of low-level vulnerabilities that allow a skilled technician to achieve high-level access.

Phase III – Penetration Testing Assessment

Penetration testing and assessment is very much like Phase II except that the focus is on attacking the network internally rather than externally. Once again, the auditors chain low-level vulnerabilities to acquire high-level access. There are generally more small vulnerabilities from an internal perspective. Auditors must thoroughly challenge internal defenses because most severe network compromises originate inside the network.

Internal attacks are not always malicious attempts by employees. They are often vulnerabilities introduced via emails and USB flash sticks. Therefore, the task is to scrutinize all entry points for weakness, and to ensure that an internal attack cannot compromise the integrity, confidentiality, or availability of the system.

Phase IV – Manual Vulnerability Penetration Verification

In the fourth stage, the auditors must investigate each vulnerability that they successfully exploited during previous stages. The goal here is to identify all false positives, so that the business does not wastefully expend resources. In addition to manual verifying vulnerabilities, the inspection often extends to equipment and software identification so that all avenues are exhausted.

Phase V – Vulnerability Analysis

Now that auditors have identified and verified the vulnerabilities, they must perform in-depth analysis of all the assembled data. The goal here is to identify systemic causes, and then they formulate plans to remedy each cause. These plans are the basis of the strategic recommendations that they bring before the business’ executives.

Once the auditors have completed their assessment, the IT department or the consultants work alongside the executives to fix those problem areas. Once the business rectifies vulnerabilities, they can direct their attention to upgrading or transitioning the network.

Security audits and assessments are not one-time events. They continue to be an important aspect of regular network maintenance, although regular network assessments include a broader examination of the network.

Additional Areas of Focus Included in Regular Network Security Audits:

  • Asset management and classification
  • Business continuity management
  • Environmental and physical security
  • Human resources security
  • Incident management
  • Information security
  • Information systems
  • Internal policy compliance
  • Legal compliance
  • Operations management
  • Security access controls
  • Security organization and personnel
  • Security policy and process

Network security audits and assessments are an integral component of maintaining a healthy and safe network. This is no longer simply the domain of the large corporation. Most small businesses incorporate an audit into their procedures at least once per year.

There are many network security consulting firms dedicated to the small business that specialize in performing these network security audits. Check the Internet for local providers.

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28/08/2017

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Welcome to Open Campus! #mcse, #mct, #mcp, #microsoft #certified, #systems #engineer,

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Our Mission.

The mission of RCCD Distance Education (formerly Open Campus) is to extend access to learning through distance education. Objectives: To facilitate learning at a distance, Distance Education provides:

  • Educational technology to the colleges, faculty, and students to support the delivery of online-based courses and services
  • Professional development and training for faculty
  • Expertise and experience
  • Blackboard management, production and problem solving.

As of April 21, the Open Campus department has changed its name to Distance Education. We thank you for your patience as we work to complete the changes to website by the middle of summer.

What Are Online Based or Distance Education classes?

Online-based courses, also called Distance Education classes, may take two different forms:

Online classes are taken exclusively over the Internet. Please note that, while some online courses provide all instructional content over the Internet, others may require some on-campus meetings. Please see the course schedule or WebAdvisor for more information.

Hybrid classes meet both on campus and online. Think of them as a combination or blending of online classes and face-to-face classes.

In a hybrid class, you will attend meetings on campus during the dates and times listed in the schedule of classes. Since the on-campus portion of hybrid classes could take place at any of our three colleges (Riverside City, Norco or Moreno Valley), hybrid classes are listed in the schedule by the college where the on-campus meetings will take place.

Are there Face-to-Face classes that use the Internet?

Web-Enhanced classes are traditional face-to-face classes that are supplemented with course websites and the use of Internet resources. Unlike hybrid or fully-online classes, all web-enhanced class meetings take place on campus.

Where Do I Start?

For more information about Blackboard and support, visit
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27/08/2017

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Classic Rock 103 #knoxville #home #security

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Studies on Crime in Tennessee

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released two studies, detailing the volume and nature of crime on school campuses and crimes identi.

It’s been nearly seven months since the wildfires in Gatlinburg took lives, businesses and homes. Severl organizations and companies have.

  • Harley-Davidson is recalling about 57,000 motorcycles worldwide because an oil line can come loose, spewing oil into the path of the.

  • Mountain Tough Recovery Team case managers soon will begin taking appointments to meet with those in need of services during the recovery.

  • What better way to celebrate National Doghnut Day than with a free sweet. Shops across the country and in East Tennessee are marking the.

    Founding Asia members Geoff Downes and the late John Wetton also worked together as a duo under the moniker Icon. and now a ne.

  • Founding Asia members Geoff Downes and the late John Wetton also worked together as a duo under the moniker Icon. and now a ne.

  • Alice Cooper ‘s latest studio album, Paranormal. won’t hit stores until July 28, but the shock rocker has just released th.

  • Hail, hail Chuck Berry. The rock ‘n’ roll legend’s final album, Chuck. hit stores today. less than three months afte.

  • It’s not a new Fleetwood Mac album but it’s the next best thing. Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie ‘s self-titled duets rec.

  • Metallica ‘s Lars Ulrich makes an appearance in Radio Dreams. a fictional film about an Iranian immigrant working at a Pers.





    24/08/2017

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  • Hybrid Business Intelligence with Power BI #sql #server, #powerbi, #hybrid #business

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    Hybrid Business Intelligence with Power BI

    This week in the social media chatter, I noticed tweets regarding a new Microsoft white paper by Joseph D Antoni and Stacia Misner published to TechNet on Hybrid Business Intelligence with Power BI. This white paper is a fantastic technical overview and a must-read for groups looking at Power BI, wondering how to best implement it with existing on-premises business intelligence BI, or Azure Infrastracture as a Service (IaaS) hosted BI. Covered topics include:

    • hybrid BI technical architecture options
    • data management gateway
    • best practices for:
      • integrating security
      • identity management
      • networking
      • Office 365

    Aside from small businesses that may only have cloud hosted solutions, many businesses currently have a combination of cloud and on-premises data sources. Just think about how many groups use Salesforce.com, Google Analytics, Constant Contact, and other departmental cloud applications. Typically, I see those groups leveraging APIs or connectors to bring cloud data back on site into a local data warehouse for creating reports. We are taking those same concepts quite a bit further with Microsoft Azure and Power BI.

    Ideally, we are no longer moving all of the data in our big data world. Concepts like data virtualization, for example, are becoming more popular. Most likely, we are now tasked to deliver a transparent Microsoft BI experience across Office 365 and existing on-premises SharePoint portals or data sources.

    Understanding how to architect hybrid-BI scenarios is becoming a more important skill to master in our profession. However, prior to this new white paper, finding the answers and best practices for it was fairly challenging.

    Security in a Hybrid World

    Upon a brief skim through this new technical whitepaper, I noticed a lot of content around networking and identity management. Historically, identity management and security in Microsoft BI has not been easy to master. In a hybrid BI world, these topics appear to be comparable or even a bit more complex.

    Let s face it, getting through a SharePoint 2013 BI farm installation and configuration can be a daunting process for even the top talent in the world. I usually advise to folks considering a new SharePoint 2013 BI farm installation to first read Kay Unkroth s incredible white paper to understand SharePoint security, Microsoft BI security, and Kerberos delegation concepts.

    Managing user security in Office 365 looks comparable to on-premises SharePoint security. There are options to federate Active Directory (AD) to Office 365 and use Single Sign On (SSO). There are additional alternatives for multi-factor authentication in scenarios where you require additional layers of security.

    In hybrid BI scenarios where you have Analysis Services or Reporting Services hosted on Microsoft Azure VMs, you might also need to configure Azure AD, AD Federation Services (ADFS), and the Azure Active Directory Sync tool to synchronize passwords, users, and groups between on-premises AD and Azure AD supporting the Office 365 installation. The new Hybrid Business Intelligence with Power BI white paper goes into detail on those concepts and includes links to a plethora of excellent resources.

    Data Management Gateway for Power BI

    At the moment, Data Management Gateway appears to be the key to hybrid BI with Office 365 Power BI. The Data Management Gateway is a client agent application that is installed on an on-premises server and copies data from internal data sources to the Power BI cloud data source format.

    Office 365 Power BI data sources are a bit of a cloud data island per se, but over time it should continue to evolve. Present Power BI Data Refresh capabilities, basically Excel workbooks deployed to a Power BI site, can have a single data refresh schedule from the following supported data sources:

    • On-premises SQL Server (2005 and later)
    • On-premises Oracle (10g and later)
    • Azure SQL Database
    • OData feed
    • Azure VM running SQL Server

    Now, if you have a VPN connection and Azure virtual network, it opens up many more potential data sources for Power BI. In that case, accessing data sources with Power BI data connections and scheduled refresh is similar to on-premises Power Pivot except it sure looks like you still need Data Management Gateway to get that data into Power BI-land. The white paper section labeled Power BI Data Refresh goes into deep detail on supported data sources, data refresh schedules, and various data location scenarios.

    Sending Feedback to Microsoft

    We are just beginning to see Microsoft BI and Power BI in a cloud and hybrid world. Groups that are using Power BI and hybrid BI today are early adopters. We would all benefit from hearing about their tips, tricks, and lessons learned. I see a lot of continual changes in Azure and total confusion out here especially around Azure cloud BI and Power BI with on-premises data sources.

    If you have Microsoft technical content requests, you can send feedback to the teams that develop these resources to get new topics on their radar. Don t assume someone else has already expressed a need. If no one asks or complains, the folks in Redmond may be completely unaware of that need. It really is that simple.





    24/08/2017

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    Safety and Security – Embassy of the United States Kathmandu, Nepal

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    U.S. Citizen Services

    Safety and Security

    The U.S. Embassy in Nepal offers the following information to U.S. citizens considering traveling to Nepal with the hope that it will assist you in preparing for your trip and, as a result, you will enjoy your time in Nepal.

    Travel Alerts and Warnings for Nepal

    The State Department issues Travel Alerts for short-term events we think you should know about when planning travel to a country. Examples of reasons for issuing a Travel Alert might include an election season that is bound to have many strikes, demonstrations, disturbances; a health alert like an outbreak of H1N1; or evidence of an elevated risk of terrorist attacks. When these short-term events are over, we cancel the Travel Alert.

    We issue Travel Warnings when we want you to consider very carefully whether you should go to a country at all. Examples of reasons for issuing a Travel Warning might include unstable government, civil war, or ongoing intense crime or violence, or frequent terrorist attacks. We want you to know the risks of traveling to these places and to strongly consider not going to them at all. Travel Warnings remain in place until the situation changes; some have been in effect for years.

    “Messages for U.S. Citizens” are important notices about safety or travel information from the U.S. Embassy to U.S. citizens living in Nepal. Wardens are private U.S. citizens in Nepal who help the Embassy communicate warden messages quickly when needed. Contact the Consular Office if you are interested in volunteering your services as a Warden. We greatly appreciate the support from our Wardens, and it is a very important role to play!

    Nepal is a country of spectacular beauty and is recognized as a top trekking destination in the world. However, travelers to Nepal should also keep in mind the dangers associated with their treks. Landslides, altitude sickness, and occasional thefts or extortion do happen. Every year, the Embassy also helps facilitate helicopter rescues of Americans in need. Always remember to register with the Embassy to help speed along emergency assistance.

    The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency. STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

    The Department of State has issued this Worldwide Caution to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This replaces the Worldwide Caution dated August 12, 2010, to provide updated information on security threats and terrorist activities worldwide.

    22/08/2017

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    Interstate Car Transport #interstate #security #services

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    Car Transport Services

    Regional and Interstate Car Transport

    We offer door-to-door, depot-to-depot and many other car transport options including ‘goods in vehicle’ and ‘non-drivable’ car carrying services.

    On-line Quotes and Bookings

    If you’re looking for an affordable interstate car carrier you’ve come to the right place. Save time and money – get a quote and book your car transport service online all in the same place!

    Our unique car transport quotation system is easy. Simply select the vehicle you need to transport from the list, tell us where you need to transport the car from and to, and we will generate an instant online car carrying quote .

    After obtaining a quote, you can book your interstate car transport service completely online! Booking a car carrier has never been so easy!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What sort of coverage does my car get against damage during transport?

    The quoted price includes FULL COMPREHENSIVE COVER. Please refer to our Conditons of Carriage that accompany your quote/booking for exclusions and limitations.

    What payment methods do you offer?

    We offer several payment methods including:

    • Visa and MasterCard payments via our secure server, fax or telephone.
    • Direct deposit / electronic funds transfer (EFT)

    For more information on payment methods and requirements click here.

    Can I pack the car full of personal items?

    This depends. You are not permitted to leave ANY personal items inside your vehicle at the normal rate .

    Goods inside vehicles can create any number of time consuming problems and issues and for this reason an extra charge is payable on those sectors where the service is available.

    Remember that your vehicle travels unlocked this obviuously means there are security risks. Do not leave anything of value in your vehicle. We take no responsibilty for any alleged missing items under any circumstances.

    Does the car have to be in driveable condition in order to transport it?

    Yes, and please ensure that the battery is fully charged and that there is fuel in the vehicle. An extra charge applies for non drivable vehicles.

    Does the car go on a truck or on a car carrier and does it transport more than one car?

    Cars are transported on specialist automotive carriers equipped to move several vehicles at a time. Smaller trucks are often used to collect/deliver vehicles from or to the depot. Rail may be used on part or all of a long distance routes.

    How much notice do I need to give for you to pick up my car?

    Generally pick ups from your door require 1 to 3 days from when payment is received. Depot drop offs are available with 1 to 2 days notice depending on depot capacity. Country and rural areas may only be serviced once or twice per week.

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    20/08/2017

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    DEBKAfile, Political Analysis, Espionage, Terrorism, Security #bashar #assad, #barack #obama, #binyamin

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    DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis Jul 27, 2017, 7:04 AM (IDT)

    The Netanyahu government has caved in to combined Palestinian and Israeli Arab pressure. By Thursday morning, July 27, all the security measures, metal detectors, cameras and fences, had been removed from Temple Mount, and the bodies of the three Israeli Arabs who murdered to Israeli police officers handed over to their families.They were hailed as martyrs of occupied Umm al-Fahm. In the Old City of Jerusalem, joyous Palestinians handed out candy, fired off crackers.

    DEBKAfile Exclusive Report Jul 25, 2017, 4:08 PM (IDT)

    Russia quietly moved troops to a point in southern Syria that lies 8km from Israel s Golan border, in the face of Israeli objections. Moscow used the uproar over the Temple Mount standoff and the diplomatic crisis between Israel and Jordan to cover its creeping troop deployment almost up to Syria s borders with Israeli and Jordan. Israeli leaders inspected the new deployment Tuesday, July 25..

    DEBKAfile Special Report Jul 24, 2017, 11:48 PM (IDT)

    The diplomatic crisis between Jordan and Israel lasted a day and a half before it was resolved. By late Monday, July 24, the Israeli embassy staff was free to leave Amman and drove through the Allenby Bridge crossing on their way home. Among them was the security guard, who Sunday shot dead two Jordanians in a struggle after he was stabbed with a screwdriver.

    DEBKAfile Special Report Jul 25, 2017, 4:28 PM (IDT)

    Thousands of splinter organizations dedicate their every waking moment to posting falsified narratives, videos and pictures on the web with the aim to mislead students and try and draw them into joining what is known as the BDS movement. Whilst the raging wars of yesterday were once on the ground, today they are most certainly fought in cyber space.





    19/08/2017

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    Safety – Home #funktionale #sicherheit, #normen, #methoden #und #tools, #verifikation #und

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    Forum Safety & Security 2017

    Einstieg mit Keynote zu »Security im Zeitalter von Industrie 4.0 und IoT«, rechtlichen Aspekten und einem Live-Hack

    Mit Daniel Bartz eröffnet ein Embedded-Security-Experte und Mitglied im Chaos Computer Club das Forum Safety Security am 5. Juli 2017.

    Bartz zeigt in seiner Keynote den Weg zur sicheren Fabrik auf und umreißt dabei auch brandaktuelle Themen wie Smart-Factory-Apps, Secure Cloud, den Einsatz von Hardware-Sicherheitslösungen wie TPMs und Crypto-Chips sowie die sichere Kommunikation zwischen Steuerungen, Sensoren und Aktoren.

    »Geben Sie kriminellen Hackern keine Chance!« ist das Motto des Spezialisten für Security und Identifikation bei EBV, der zuvor mehrere Jahre für den Smartcard- und Sicherheitslösungshersteller Giesecke Devrient tätig war.

    Nach der Keynote erörtert die Juristin Susanne Meiners von NewTec haftungsrechtliche Fragestellungen rund um Industrie 4.0 Co, erläutert den aktuellen Stand der rechtlichen Diskussion um elektronische Systeme und technische Produkte und gibt Impulse, wie sich Schadensursachen reduzieren und damit Regressansprüche, Rückrufaktionen oder andere (Image-)Schäden abwenden lassen.

    Im folgenden Beitrag können die Teilnehmer die Demonstration eines Angriffs gegen Industriesysteme live erleben. Der Hacking-ExperteMartin Sturm. Triforx, zeigt eine ganze Palette von Angriffsszenarien – vom reinen Sammeln von Informationen über die Manipulation bis zur Sabotage des Prozesses.

    Im Anschluss werden in zwei parallel laufenden Sessions jeweils die verschiedenen Anforderungsprofile aus den Industrie- sowie Automotive-Märkten diskutiert, eine weitere Session widmet sich den Methoden und Tools. mit denen sich Safety und Security bei der Systementwicklung sicherstellen lassen.

    Am zweiten Konferenztag steht neben den Vortragssessions auch ein Workshop zum Thema Code Coverage auf Mikrocontrollern auf dem Programm.

    Basisseminar Funktionale Sicherheit & Security

    Für Neueinsteiger in die Thematiken der Funktionalen Sicherheit und der Datensicherheit haben wir bereits am 4. Juli wieder das ganztägige Basisseminar zu „Safety Security im Programm. Hier versorgt der Sicherheitsexperte Bernhard Mysliwiec, Mysafeautomation, die Teilnehmer komprimiert und effektiv mit dem nötigen Grundwissen und klärt wichtige Begriffe, Normen und Inhalte.

    Das vollständige Programm sowie weitere Informationen unter anderem zur Teilnahmegebühr finden Sie hier .

    Auf der begleitenden Fachausstellungam 5.-6. Juli 2017 präsentieren Hersteller und Dienstleister ihre neuesten Produkte und interessante Applikationen und stehen für intensive Fachgespräche bereit.

    Wer sollte teilnehmen?

    Entwickler, (System-)Integratoren und Produktverantwortliche sowie Anwender, die funktional sichere Komponenten, Geräte und Systeme entwickeln, herstellen bzw. in ihre Maschinen und Anlagen integrieren müssen.

    • Ingenieure, Hard- und Software-Entwickler, Verantwortliche für Funktionale Sicherheit
    • Integratoren funktional sicherer Systeme, Endanwender
    • Hersteller und Anwender von Industrie-Steuerungen für Sicherheitsfunktionen
    • Konstrukteure und Entwickler aus dem Maschinen- und Anlagenbau
    • Functional-Safety-Ingenieure/Manager, Security-Experten
    • System- und Sicherheits-Ingenieure
    • Auditoren, Zertifizierungsmanager, Konzept- und Systemdesigner;
    • Projektierer, Projektleiter, Produktmanager, Prozessbeauftragte
    • Entscheider und Entwickler für Steuergeräte mit Funktionaler Sicherheit
    • Einsteiger in das Gebiet der Wiederverwendbarkeit;
    • Testmanager, Test-Ingenieure, Qualitätssicherer
    • Anwender Agiler Methoden
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    Columbia Home Security Systems – SC #security #companies #in #columbia #sc

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    Columbia Home Security Systems

    Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars based on over 9 Protect America South Carolina Customer Reviews

    Great service with none of the run-around I have come to expect when contacting service departments. She got to the point and addressed my problem directly. I have consistently had good experiences with your service department. I hope your company can keep up the good work.

    DeRosset Columbia, SC

    My rep was very helpful and answered all my questions and covered all my concerns quickly and effectively. I was even surprised by one of the answers I was given. I was sure I was going to be given a “well that’s how it’s going to be” sorta answer, thankfully and surprisingly I did not! I am very happy I chose Protect America they are very helpful and are there whenever I need them! I guess they should be since they are protecting my home! =)

    Michael Columbia, SC

    Today, Carlton was very helpful. I needed to update contacts for my system. In the middle of the process, I was disconnected. Carlton called me promptly to finish the process. We updated pass-codes and tested the system. He was very thorough and helpful. The reps are taking their time to make sure the customer is satisfied. Thank you.

    Teresa Columbia, SC

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  • Best business antivirus 2017 #antivirus, #anti-virus, #protection, #security, #malware, #virus, #cyber,

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    Best antivirus for business 2017: 10 of the best business antivirus software available in the UK

    We have partnered with AV-Test.org to bring you the best antivirus for business. Here are the 10 best business antivirus software available in the UK.

    We base this best antivirus listing on tests carried out by AV-Test.org. Every business antivirus that makes it on to this list is worthy of your consideration, as all offer good levels of protection. The ranking is ours, based on AV-Test’s scores and our judgment of usability, price and availability. Read on for the best business antivirus 2017.

    1. Best business antivirus: Bitdefender Endpoint Security

    Bitdefender scored 100 percent on protection, performance and usability score from AV-Test.org.

    Bitdefender’s Endpoint Security is our number one business antivirus. And while it gained 100 percent during protection testing, this had minimal effect on performance, and generated only three false security detections, matching the industry standard.

    Bitdefender Endpoint Security offers a two-way firewall, multiple thread web filtering and along with malware, spyware, t rojan and rootkit detection. Bitdefender can also be used on virtual servers providing a whole host of intelligent deployment and scanning features.

    2. Best business antivirus: Kaspersky Lab Small Office Security

    A great business antivirus product from Kaspersky, Small Office Security also earned a perfect score from AV-Test.org with full marks on performance, usability and protection.

    With only one false security detection found during its testing, making Kaspersky Lab Small Office Security a highly recommended product.

    One Kaspersky Lab Small Office Security licence will cover five desktops, one server, five mobile devices and five password managers for around 90, which is pretty good for smaller businesses.

    Also scoring very high on AV-Test.org. Kaspersky Lab’s Endpoint Security offers solid antivirus software for all endpoints including laptops, desktops, file servers and mobile devices.

    3. Best business antivirus: Seqrite Endpoint Security

    Definitely worth your consideration, Seqrite’s product for business doesn’t let itself down in protection or usability, scoring full marks in AV-Test.org’s testing. Although, Seqrite did lose half a mark for performance as it was slightly slower to launch than similar standard software.

    However, don’t let that put you off too much, Seqrite does offer detailed security reports and a safe browsing function that others lack. So if you’ve got a good PC, laptop or tablet, its slower than average performance won’t be that noticeable.

    What’s more, Seqrite does provide good asset management and application controls, designed for business users, while also offering important web filtering and behaviour-based ransomware detection.

    4. Best business antivirus: AVG Antivirus Business Edition

    Scoring full marks for usability and only missing out on two half marks in the performance and protection fields, AVG’s business offering is another top scoring antivirus software.

    Great for small and micro businesses, AVG Antivirus Business Edition comes packed with business-focused features including remote management, safe web surfing, data privacy protection and free phone support.

    One of the most attractive features of AVG’s offering is its network antivirus, adding an extra layer of protection for devices connected to a work or office network. Other notable features include a firewall, file encryption, a smart scanner and server protection.

    5. Best business antivirus: Symantec Endpoint Protection

    Symantec offers perfect protection but does suffer minor issues on performance and usability. Symantec Endpoint Protection is a solid option for small to medium sized businesses as it provides a central management system and a relatively small download time, so businesses can get up and running relatively quickly.

    Offering both antivirus and a personal firewall, Symantec users will be able to protect both devices and virtual environments from intruders within their office networks. Additionally, Symantec’s endpoint protection enforces ‘rules’ across work networks that can iterate company best practices and limit information flow from device to device.

    However, this solution does require a sizable amount of RAM which should be part of the consideration process for businesses.

    6. Best business antivirus: Intel’s McAfee Endpoint Security

    McAfee produces a business-focused antivirus that offers perfect usability and near perfect protection. This solution does lose a point in performance and recorded one false security detection during AV-Test.org testing.

    McAfee Endpoint Security boasts excellent dashboards and enviable screen reports. However, like Symantec the solution does consume a lot of RAM so making sure your PC is capable of running McAfee is vital.

    In addition, this antivirus offers good device management and software deployment features for businesses with up to 250 staff members, while also providing great guided web and online messaging usage.

    7. Best business antivirus: F-Secure Client Security

    F-Secure Client Security provides users with 100 percent protection, missing a point each for usability and performance. Making it a solid choice for businesses that don’t mind getting to grips with its user interface.

    F-Secure did witness one of the highest amounts of false security detections, with 11 taking place during its testing. This means that F-secure did lose out on a top rating from AV-Test.org.

    However, all hope is not lost, this antivirus does provide access to multiple administrators via a centralised policy manager, ideal for growing businesses and device control for p reventing malicious infections via USB ports.

    8. Best business antivirus: G Data antivirus business

    Scoring top marks for usability, G Data Antivirus Business offers almost perfect protection and a good performance.

    In tests, G Data encountered the odd false security detection but suffered the most snags in performance with a slower than average launch of standard applications compared with its peers.

    Ultimately, this is still a great product that provides good protection at an affordable price.

    G Data’s protection focuses on malware, spam and phishing protection, mobile device management (MDM) and security administration.

    9. Best business antivirus: Sophos Endpoint Security and Control

    Sophos Endpoint Security and Control scored well under AV-test.org testing with perfect protection and usability ratings. It did stumble on performance, however.

    The Sophos dashboard is sometimes sluggish and web filtering often slow. But in terms of protection, this product cannot be faulted.

    By using behavioural analytics, Sophos aims to monitor and detect suspicious behaviour, enabling the system to detect malicious campaigns. Sophos also integrated its network and endpoint communications so that immediate action can be taken if a thread is suspected.

    10. Best business antivirus: Trend Micro Office Scan

    Trend Micro Office Scan is solid business antivirus product, offering perfect protection at a slight performance cost.

    There was a false security detection in AV-Test’s labs but the overall shining performance should settle any doubts you may have about this solution.

    In addition, Trend Micro offers an accurate spam filter and effectively blocks malware. A top contender for your office security.

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    A history of cloud computing #cloud #computing #security #policy

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    A history of cloud computing

    lebigmac – 24 Nov 2015 5:56 PM

    Cloud computing is just another step in the history of communication or – to be more specific – language. Similarly, mathematics is a language. Cloud computing is a huge step. It saves a lot of time, if we ignore the fact that have to earn money working at least dozens of hours a week first, in order to buy equipment required to use cloud computing. Apparently, the better quality of the equipment is, the higher the price gets. The higher the price gets, the longer earning that particular amount of money takes. Honestly, I would be devastated, if I lost mobile access to my professional, academic and personal resources. I am addicted, but cloud computing is also a history of knowledge as commodity. Why does one still have to pay for knowledge? Are there any logical arguments in favor of maintaining status quo? What can we – as humanity – achieve by letting everyone free access to all achievements of human thinking? That was a long digression.

    reem21 – 3 May 2017 6:22 PM

    Thank you so much, the information is very helpful.

    ArmCon – 18 May 2017 6:17 PM

    Here in Italy, a man who claims to be a “computer engineer” ( never specifying where he graduated, just in the U.S.A.), also claims to have invented the cloud, to have hundreds of cloud related patents, and to be in the University of New Hampshire’s top 100 inventors list. His name is Agostino Sibillo. Have you ever heard of him?

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    Utah Social Security Disability Lawyer #salt #lake #city, #disability, #attorney, #utah,

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    Welcome

    Utah Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyer

    At the Salt Lake City law firm of Ward Harper, Attorney at Law, we help people throughout of Utah, including Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo, Orem, Logan, Vernal and Price, to establish their right to benefits under disability benefits programs run by the Social Security Administration. Contact our office for a free evaluation of your case.

    The Social Security disability claims process can present many hurdles for people trying to establish their eligibility for benefits. I represent individuals throughout the claims process. At the third stage of the process, I represent claimants in hearings before administrative law judges to prove their disabilities and right to collect payment. I usually win by the administrative hearing stage. But if not, I appeal. I have taken cases all the way to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Success in SSDI and SSI Appeals

    I have won 99% of my cases since January 2001. Through September 2010, this amounted to 940 wins and 8 losses. I have won 1665 cases since 1994. Attorney Ward Harper will personally represent you before a judge and make the decisions in your case, not an associate or paralegal.

    No Legal Fees Unless We Obtain Benefits for You

    I charge no attorney’s fee while we are working on your case. Our standard fee is 25 percent of past-due benefits when we collect them on your behalf, up to a maximum of $6,000, if we win before appealing to federal court, as we usually do. Future benefits are all yours. You therefore pay nothing up front to benefit from our experience and skill.

    Ward Harper has focused on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases for his entire career as a lawyer (since 1988) and advocate for Utah Legal Services since 1984. With more than 26 years of experience and a proven record of success in Social Security benefits litigation, he can help you collect the benefits you need. Contact his office in Salt Lake City for a free evaluation of your claim .

    Every legal matter is different. The outcome of each legal case depends upon many factors, including the facts of the case. An attorney’s success in past legal matters should not be relied upon to predict a successful outcome in your own case.





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    About Us #home #security #system #houston

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    The Houston Airport System provides a safe and dynamic air services network that fosters economic vitality for the transportation industry and facilitates a strong level of global connectivity for diverse and growing population living throughout the greater Houston region.

    George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH):

    • Located approximately 23 miles north of Downtown Houston
    • 29 passenger airlines
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    • Nearly 42 million passengers in 2016

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    • Located approximately 7 miles south of Downtown Houston
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    Ellington Airport (EFD)/Houston Spaceport

    • Located approximately 15 miles south of downtown Houston
    • Supports the operations of the U.S. military, NASA and a variety of general aviation tenants
    • Home to the nation s 10th licensed commercial spaceport
    • Houston Spaceport is a focal point for aerospace innovation

    The three-airport system served almost 55 million passengers in 2016.

    Together Houston Airports form one of North America s largest public airport systems and position Houston as the international passenger and cargo gateway to the south central United States and a primary gateway to Latin America.

    In 1937, as Houston began its ascent to become the energy capital of the world, the city acquired the site of its first major commercial airport, William P. Hobby Airport.

    As the City of Houston continued to grow so did the Houston Airport System, adding George Bush Intercontinental Airport in 1969 and Ellington Airport in 1984. Today, George Bush Intercontinental Airport serves as the premier long-haul international airport facility, while Ellington Airport supports both general aviation flights as well as a host of government/military operations. Hobby Airport opened an international concourse and welcomed back international service in October 2015, serving destinations in Latin American and the Caribbean.

    The airfields found at the three airport facilities are capable of accommodating virtually any type of aircraft, even those as large as the Antonov 225, on runways that extend up to 12,000 feet.

    While the airports represent a significant contribution to Houston and the surrounding communities economies, the airport system functions as an enterprise fund and does not burden the local tax base to pay for operations, maintenance or capital improvements. The Houston Airport System accomplishes financial self-sufficiency by deriving income from fees, rentals, and other charges. Surpluses generated are reinvested into capital development and bond retirement. According to the most recent economic impact study, the three airports collectively contributed more than $27.5 billion to the local economy and were directly responsible for more than 230,000 jobs that generated $8.7 billion in employment earnings.

    We exist to connect the people, businesses, cultures and economies of the world to Houston.





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    What is security? Definition from #hp #cloud #security

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    Security, in information technology (IT ), is the defense of digital information and IT assets against internal and external, malicious and accidental threats. This defense includes detection, prevention and response to threats through the use of security policies. software tools and IT services.

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    Security is critical for enterprises and organizations of all sizes and in all industries. Weak security can result in compromised systems or data, either by a malicious threat actor or an unintentional internal threat. Not meeting security standards that are regulated by a separate organization or law, such as PCI DSS 3.0 or HIPAA compliance, can also result in financial penalties.

    Physical security

    Physical security is the protection of personnel, hardware, software, networks and data from physical actions, intrusions and other events that could damage an organization. This includes natural disasters, fire, theft and terrorism, among others. Physical security for enterprises often includes employee access control to the office buildings as well as specific locations, such as data centers. An example of a common physical security threat is an attacker gaining entry to an organization and using a USB storage drive to either copy and remove sensitive data or physically deliver malware directly to systems. Threats to physical security may require less technical savvy on the part of the attacker, but physical security is just as important as information security.

    Information security

    Information security, also called infosec. encompasses a broad set of strategies for managing the process, tools and policies that aim to prevent, detect and respond to threats to both digital and nondigital information assets. Infosec includes several specialized categories, including:

    Application security – the protection of applications from threats that seek to manipulate application and access, steal, modify or delete data. These protections use software, hardware and policies, and are sometimes called countermeasures. Common countermeasures include application firewalls. encryption programs, patch management and biometric authentication systems.

    Cloud security – the set of policies and technologies designed to protect data and infrastructure involved in a cloud computing environment. The top concerns that cloud security looks to address are identity and access management. and data privacy .

    Endpoint security – the part of network security that requires network devices nodes to meet certain security standards before they can connect to a secure network. Nodes devices include PCs, laptops, smartphones and tablets. Endpoint security also extends to equipment like point-of-sale (POS ) terminals, bar code readers and IoT devices .

    Internet security – the protection of software applications, web browsers and virtual private networks (VPNs ) that use the internet. Using techniques such as encryption and internet security aim to defend the transfer of data from attacks like malware and phishing as well as denial-of-service (DoS ) attacks.

    Mobile security – the protection of portable devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. Mobile security, also known as wireless security, secures the devices and the networks they connect to in order to prevent theft, data leakage and malware attacks.

    Network security – the protection of a network infrastructure and the devices connected to it through technologies, policies and practices. Network security defends against threats such as unauthorized access, and malicious use and modifications.

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    Security in IT is a broad concept that blankets many different ideas and principles. Some of the most important security concepts and principles are:

    Defense in depth – a strategy that uses multiple countermeasures to protect information and is based on the military principle that it’s more difficult for an enemy to beat a multilayered defense system than it is to beat a single layer.

    Least privilege – a principle that limits user and program access to the lowest possible level of access rights in order to strengthen security.

    Vulnerability management – an approach to security that requires checking for vulnerabilities, identifying them, verifying them, mitigating them and patching the vulnerabilities.

    Risk management – the process of identifying, assessing and controlling risks to an organization’s IT environment.

    Patch management – an area of systems management that involves acquiring, testing and installing patches and updates for flawed code in applications, operating systems and firmware .

    Application lifecycle management – the concept of protecting all stages of the development of an application to reduce its exposure to bugs. design flaws and configuration errors, such as not changing default passwords that could be exploited by attackers.

    While there are many other concepts and principles that make up security, these are some of the most important. The combination of all of these principles will not guarantee security for an organization, but it puts the organization in a better position to defend itself from infosec threats.

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    Security implications of public vs #private #cloud #security

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    Security implications of public vs. private clouds

    It never fails. People are fascinated by the cloud. Whether it’s my doctor trying to get a free consultation on making health care IT choices (while at the same time, charging me $150 to tap my knee with a hammer) or the local car dealer trying to optimize repair scheduling (while at the same time, trying to charge me extra for floor mats), everyone is interested in the cloud.

    Once you get past the idea that the cloud isn’t a place full of soft, fuzzy foam, but is a wide array of really huge datacenters with thousands of servers and a power load to rival a small city, cloud concepts start confusing people.

    Nothing, it seems, is more confusing than the difference between public and private clouds, and beyond that, the safety and security implications of using either type of service. So in this article, I’ll run through some of the basics.

    The cloud datacenter environment

    Let’s first take a second and describe what a cloud datacenter environment is. It’s a datacenter with a bunch of servers all running services (like email, CRM, ERP, etc). These services can be accessed via the internet, and they can be both instantly deployed and metered. In other words, a new user can be spun up quickly, and the cloud operator can charge that user based on how much he or she uses the service.

    Many cloud providers also provide their customers access to compute power with very granular scalability. In other words, if you’re buying cloud services, you don’t have to buy a new server, rack, or datacenter to add users to the service. You just add accounts, user by user, resource by resource, and pay for just how much you use. This is great when you don’t want a huge amount of capital investment to be tied up in compute-based physical gear.

    So to summarize: Instantly deployed, metered, scalable, available online.

    Public vs. private cloud

    A public cloud is this sort of service, offered to everyone. Gmail is a public cloud. Office 365 is a public cloud. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a series of public cloud services. Dropbox is a public cloud service. Why? Because anyone can use these services, as long as they pay for what they use.

    A private cloud is pretty much exactly this same sort of service, except you own it and it runs in your datacenter. Instead of offering instantly deployed, metered services to the world at large, you offer these services to your internal customers, the various departments and organizations in your company.

    The big difference, of course, between a public and private cloud is that if you’re running a private cloud, you’re physically managing the machines, paying for them, and operating all the infrastructure, including the software that does the instant deployment and billing of services.

    Security implications

    Given what you now know, it’s pretty obvious that there’s at least one major security difference between private and public clouds. With private clouds, you control the physical servers and access to the servers. With a public cloud not only do you not control the machines or access to them, you’re unlikely to ever touch one physically.

    As an end-user, if you store your data in the cloud, you’re trading off physical security for data security. For example, if you lose your thumb drive or a laptop, your data is still secured in the cloud. But since your data is in the cloud, you’re pretty much one exposed ID and password away from datamageddon.

    From an enterprise point of view, there are some security benefits to a private cloud. Your information lives behind your firewall (unless you’ve co-located your servers somewhere else, and even then, you can add some firewall protection). Here are some other benefits:

    Your data also can live behind your own locked doors

    You don’t have to connect to the internet and can completely isolate your data infrastructure

    You know exactly where your data lives

    You design the architecture for your exact needs

    You know exactly who is granted physical access

    There is absolute clarity of ownership

    There is no risk if your cloud provider shuts down

    On the other hand, there are some disadvantages as well:

    Your employees have physical access

    You are on your own when defending attacks

    You are subject to the whims of nature

    You are subject to the whims of your ISP

    You are subject to the whims of your local power grid

    Your security is entirely your responsibility.

    Now let’s contrast that with the security benefits of keeping your data in a public cloud:

    Your data lives behind an enterprise-class firewall

    Your data lives in a very secure facility, often with multiple degrees of physical security

    Thieves intent on stealing your data may not know where your data lives

    Your gear is not at risk from disgruntled employees

    You gain security expertise from your vendor

    You are not alone when defending against DDoS

    You are protected from hardware failures

    You are protected from sudden surges in demand.

    But as we’ve discussed, there are also some security disadvantages of using a public cloud. These include:

    Access can be granted from anywhere

    Your data must travel “in the wild” over the open internet to your cloud provider

    Your vendor might grant physical site access to other tenants

    You may be subject to jurisdictional issues, especially when you’re dealing with international issues

    There is very little established case law

    You are dependent on the responsiveness of vendor

    You are dependent on the whims or quality of vendor.

    It’s the last one that can be a big concern. If you agree to one set of terms of service, but the vendor suddenly changes those terms of service, you could find yourself almost instantly cut off from your data and your customers.

    I’ve heard a whole bunch of horror stories about agreements that companies had with their cloud vendors, and then suddenly, because of one minor problem (or even a database script run amok), they found themselves completely cut off from their data or completely shut down. Given that many cloud vendors aren’t reachable by phone, it’s entirely possible that the silver lining in cloud services could suddenly become a black hole.

    You should also investigate how secure your vendor is. Is this a new, venture-funded startup that’s one bad quarter away from closing doors? Or is this a company with deep resources that will clearly be around for the long haul? Does the company store your data across multiple datacenters, in multiple locations, and what sort of backup and recovery strategy do they offer?

    What I do

    Back when I started ZATZ, there really wasn’t a “cloud”. You had to buy your own servers and your own connectivity. We started with an ISDN line, then went T1 around 1999. I ran an entire rack of servers, and at one time, had to convince Verizon to put a T1 line into my apartment.

    We were feeding bandwidth through my bedroom, over my bathroom mirror, down the hall, and into a former linen closet. I was told that we consumed the same bandwidth as the local college campus, and it took a few weeks of explaining to convince them that I really did need to feed a few million page views a month from a series of hand-built Linux boxes in my apartment.

    However, when I got married and moved to Florida, I realized that Florida weather could knock our servers back to the Stone Age on a moment’s notice. So I contracted with a co-location provider in Illinois (who operates out of a former nuclear bunker), and put four machines there.

    That approach continues to work well. But as I’ve personally moved away from having to manage a publishing company, I’ve wanted to let others do more and more of the work. It started with moving our bookkeeping off the local share to Quickbooks in the cloud (that was 2005 or so), and has recently ended up with moving our email to Office 365 .

    My strategy now is to offload everything I can to the cloud that’s not either bandwidth constrained (my media asset library needs to be fast, so it has to be managed inside the firewall on our tank ) or based on a unique solution, like the CMS I wrote and that runs all the ZATZ archives.

    Final thoughts

    There’s a lot more to cloud-based security, but this brief introduction should at least get you started.

    Now if only I could convince my doctor to stop trying to get free advice from me while making me cool my heels for two hours in his waiting room because, while he has a cloud-based scheduling tool, he never actually pays any attention to it.





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    Articles – IEEE Cloud Computing #security #in #cloud #computing #papers, #ieee

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    ACM Computing Surveys

    Wei Huang, Afshar Ganjali, Beom Heyn Kim, Sukwon Oh, and David Lie

    The public Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud industry has reached a critical mass in the past few years, with many cloud service providers fielding competing services. Despite the competition, some of the security mechanisms offered by the services to be similar, indicating that the cloud industry has established a number of “best-practices,” while other security mechanisms vary widely, indicating that there is also still room for innovation and experimentation. This papers investigates these differences and possible underlying reasons for it. It also contrasts the security mechanisms offered by public IaaS cloud offerings with security mechanisms proposed by academia over the same period.

    Junyuan Zeng and Zhiqiang Lin

    This paper presents ARGOS, the first system that can automatically uncover the semantics of kernel objects directly from a kernel binary. Based on the principle of data use reveals data semantics, it starts from the execution of system calls (i.e. the user level application interface) and exported kernel APIs (i.e. the kernel module development interface), and automatically tracks how an instruction accesses the kernel object and assigns a bit-vector for each observed kernel object. This bit-vector encodes which system call accesses the object and how the object is accessed (e.g. read, write, create, destroy), from which we derive the meaning of the kernel object based on a set of rules developed according to the general understanding of OS kernels.

    2015 International Conference on Pervasive Computing

    Deevi Radha Rani and G. Geethakumari

    Cloud computing has recently emerged as a technology to allow users to access infrastructure, storage, software and deployment environment based on a pay-for-what-they-use model. Traditional digital forensics cannot handle the dynamic and multi-tenant nature of the cloud environment as it has to address various technical, legal, and organizational challenges typical to the cloud systems. The dynamic nature of cloud computing allows abundant opportunities to enable digital investigations in the cloud environment. This paper addresses the challenges of digital forensics in the cloud environment and existing solutions to ease some of the challenges. We propose an efficient approach to forensic investigation in cloud using Virtual Machine (VM) snapshots.

    IEEE Security and Privacy

    Bernd Grobauer, Tobias Walloschek, and Elmar Stöcker, Siemens

    Discussions about cloud computing security often fail to distinguish general issues from cloud-specific issues. To clarify the discussions regarding vulnerabilities, the authors define indicators based on sound definitions of risk factors and cloud computing.

    IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON MULTIMEDIA

    Yonggang Wen, Xiaoqing Zhu, Joel J. P. C. Rodrigues, Chang Wen Chen

    This paper surveys the emerging paradigm of cloud mobile media. It discusses two alternative perspectives for cloud mobile media networks: an end-to-end view and a layered view. Summaries of existing research in this area are organized according to the layered service framework.

    10 th International Conference on Communications, Alecsandru Patrascu and Victor-Valeriu Patriciu

    Cloud computing has emerged as a paradigm that attracts more and more researchers. In this context, the need for knowing where, how and under what conditions data is either processed or stored in datacenters, becomes a prime interest due to the continuously developing field of cloud computing forensics.

    Cloud Cover, Stephen P. Crago and John Paul Walters, University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute

    Cloud computing developers face multiple challenges in adapting systems and applications for increasingly heterogeneous datacenter architectures. Many challenges remain, but ultimately cloud computing will both benefit from and contribute to the improved compute efficiencies and capabilities that have driven IT over the past five decades and should continue into the future.

    IEEE Wireless Communications

    Jingchu Liu, Tao Zhao, Sheng Zhou, Yu Cheng, and Zhisheng Niu

    Cellular networks are one of the cornerstones of our information-driven society. However, existing cellular systems have been seriously challenged by the explosion of mobile data traffic, the emergence of machine-type communications, and the flourishing of mobile Internet services.

    Ozalp Babaoglu and Moreno Marzolla

    Today, cloud computing takes place in giant server farms owned by the likes of Amazon, Google, or Microsoft—but it doesn’t have to.

    Personal improvement educator Stephen Covey originally wrote The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People back in 1989. Since that time his approach to attaining goals effectively has been reimagined and reinvented for an infinite variety of disciplines and behaviours — so why not big data analytics?

    Hao Yin, Yong Jiang, Chuang Lin, Yan Luo, and Yunjie Liu

    Big data opens the era of the fourth paradigm for science discovery through data-driven computing. This new paradigm applies to the design of the future Internet, which currently faces issues in supporting new applications, efficient resource use, and continuous evolvement. In this article, the authors discuss several technological transformations in network architecture, services, and applications, and point out the grand opportunities for designing future Internet architectures, communication models, and resource management mechanisms enabled by the availability of massive network data. In particular, the authors envision in the future Internet: computational complexity replacing state complexity in the control plane; data intelligence enabling user choices and rewards innovations; and correlations from data analytics to help solve inherently hard optimization problems. Finally, the authors identify the key challenges in data-driven Internet design and outline future research directions.

    “While many conferences focus on present-day research and technologies, the IEEE Future Directions Committee (FDC)—the organization’s R D arm—has something else in mind. It wants to explore how today’s developments will influence the direction of technology, and the world we live in, a generation out—into the year 2035 and beyond.”

    By: Lauren Hockenson

    When the cloud gets better, how do we use it to benefit business strategy? IEEE chair and Gigaom Analyst Joe Weinman believes the answer lies in upgrading the Value Disciplines.

    By: Monica Rozenfeld

    “On 23 April, representatives from 12 New Jersey universities known as the New Jersey Big Data Alliance met to discuss how to increase research in the area of big data and help drive economic development in the state.”

    “A device is a device. Or is it? End users want ubiquitous, seamless access to their applications and data across all devices, but the reality is that different devices have different capabilities and application support. Similarly, IT management of devices is fragmented and inconsistent. And these problems will only grow as new devices — watches, glasses, cars, and more — enter the workplace.”

    By: Jo Napolitano

    “The technology nonprofit inBloom, created to build a massive cloud-based student data system, announced it will close — just weeks after New York ordered it to delete state student records. In an open letter posted to the group’s website, inBloom chief executive Iwan Streichenberger said the Atlanta-based organization had become “a lightning rod for misdirected criticism.””

    By: Noel Randewich

    “Intel Corp’s investment in Cloudera announced last week amounts to $740 million and gives the chipmaker an 18 percent stake in the distributor of software for crunching Big Data, Cloudera said in a press release on Monday.”





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    Fayetteville Home Security Systems in Fayetteville NC – Fayetteville Alarm Systems

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    Alarm Monitoring and Burglar Alarm Systems Fayetteville, North Carolina

    Are you considering purchasing a home security system but don’t know where to start? Look no farther because the staff at SecurityGuide.com is trained to take you step-by-step through this process. A SecurityGuide.com representative will work to find the best security companies in Fayetteville and then provide you with quotes. The Fayetteville security company that you choose will come to your Fayetteville home and walk through it with you to determine the best Fayetteville security system for you. They will they provide you with several options to allow you the right amount of protection. SecurityGuide.com will stand by your side while the residential security system of your choice is being installed!

    In case you are not satisfied with your current home security system in Fayetteville, you need to look for more choices. SecurityGuide.com can provide you with quotes from Fayetteville security companies that offer the latest and the most effective residential security system for ensuring the complete safety of your cherished home. So, if you are scared of burglars or scared at the thought of a possible fire outbreak in Fayetteville, simply fill out the free quote form on SecurityGuide.com.

    Is your Fayetteville wireless alarm system acting up on you? Are you still searching for the best wireless alarm system to keep you updated in the case of theft or fire? A wireless alarm system is essential for your doors and windows and if this is not in place, your home in Fayetteville is always at risk. SecurityGuide.com has connections with Fayetteville top security companies that will provide you with a free quote for an alarm system that is best suited for your needs. To ensure 24/7 support, simply contact SecurityGuide.com and let us help you keep your apartment or house in Fayetteville safe and completely risk free.

    In case you are looking for the best monitored home security system in Fayetteville, then you need to weigh your options carefully. Monitored home security system in Fayetteville cannot be compared to buying other electronic items and you need to be very careful in your choice and while getting them installed in your precious household. You want to make sure that your Fayetteville home is well protected with the perfect system for you. A home security system is essential for keeping your house safe from unwanted Fayetteville burglars and protecting again other disasters.

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    RSA Public Key format – Stack Overflow #rsa #data #security #inc

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    You can’t just change the delimiters from —- BEGIN SSH2 PUBLIC KEY —- to —–BEGIN RSA PUBLIC KEY—– and expect that it will be sufficient to convert from one format to another (which is what you’ve done in your example).

    This article has a good explanation about both formats.

    What you get in an RSA PUBLIC KEY is closer to the content of a PUBLIC KEY. but you need to offset the start of your ASN.1 structure to reflect the fact that PUBLIC KEY also has an indicator saying which type of key it is (see RFC 3447 ). You can see this using openssl asn1parse and -strparse 19. as described in this answer .

    EDIT. Following your edit, your can get the details of your RSA PUBLIC KEY structure using grep -v — —– | tr -d ‘\n’ | base64 -d | openssl asn1parse -inform DER :

    To decode the SSH key format, you need to use the data format specification in RFC 4251 too, in conjunction with RFC 4253:

    For example, at the beginning, you get 00 00 00 07 73 73 68 2d 72 73 61. The first four bytes ( 00 00 00 07 ) give you the length. The rest is the string itself: 73=s, 68=h. -> 73 73 68 2d 72 73 61 = ssh-rsa. followed by the exponent of length 1 ( 00 00 00 01 25 ) and the modulus of length 256 ( 00 00 01 00 7f. ).

    Great answer – thanks so much. The leading zero because high-bit but number is positive makes it in to the ssh-rsa key format according to the source. The most useful hint about this I can find is a comment in github.com/openssh/openssh-portable which says /* If MSB is set, prepend a \0 */ when writing out bignums in the ssh-rsa format. This only appears to be a problem for the public modulus 50% (?) of the time and never in the public exponent due to the nature of the generated RSA keys. Tim Potter Aug 19 ’14 at 9:50





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    SAFE SECURITY – Security Alarm System Components #alarm #systems, #security, #burglar

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    At SAFE Security we design home security systems that are tailored to meet the specific needs of each customer s home and lifestyle. We have wired and wireless systems available and all our systems are easy to use. Our systems can be configured to protect your home against intrusion, fire, carbon monoxide and other environmental hazards. When triggered, these devices send an electronic signal to the monitoring station where a trained operator will respond appropriately.

    The most commonly used devices include:

    Security System Keypads
    Keypads are an important part of your home security. They allow you to arm your system with a secured code. They can be placed wherever you need them most and are so easy to use even your children can operate them.

    Keypads feature emergency buttons that allow you to call for help immediately. Backlit buttons allow you to see your keypad when the power is out.

    Door and Window Sensors
    According to the NBFAA, 56% of burglars enter through a door, another 23% through the first floor window. Door and window sensors are placed in these areas of vulnerability. When the contact is broken, the alarm is triggered. A chime function allows you to monitor who comes and goes from your home—this is great for added security while you are at home. Keep children in and intruders out.

    Motion Detectors
    Motion Detectors are triggered when someone walks in view of the detector. If an intruder enters your home through a door or window that is not protected by a sensor, the motion detector will act as a trap ensuring they don’t stay in the home for long.

    Motion Detector technology can distinguish the difference between an intruder and a playful cat or dog left in the home. They can be turned off while you are home while your windows and doors can remain secured.

    Monitored Smoke Detectors
    During a fire it takes the average person seven minutes before they have an opportunity to call the fire department, but it takes just three minutes for a room to become fully engulfed in flames. With a monitored smoke detector, the second smoke is detected the siren will be triggered, the monitoring station will be contacted and the fire department dispatched. This allows you to focus on getting your family out of the home.

    Smoke detectors provide the best early warning for fire protection and ensure that your home is protected while you are at home or away.

    Carbon Monoxide Detector
    Carbon monoxide poisoning is the #1 cause of accidental poisoning in the United States. You can’t see it, smell it or taste it, but our Carbon Monoxide Detectors can. When high levels of carbon monoxide are detected the monitoring station is signaled and alerts your family. Protect your family against this silent killer with a Carbon Monoxide Detector added to your home security system.

    Panic Buttons
    Panic Sensors are designed to go just about anywhere. This sensor allows you to activate a 24-hour emergency alarm whether you are at home, in the yard, or in the shower. Call for help with just a push of a button.

    Remote Entry Key Fob
    Convenient and easy to use remote entry key fobs allow you to arm and disarm your system with a push of a button as far as 500 feet from your home. The key fob also features a panic button which allows you to contact help in case of emergency.

    Alarm Sirens
    An alarm siren provides peace of mind for you and acts as a deterrent for would-be intruders. Alarm sirens will wake even the soundest sleepers to alert them of trouble.





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    BYOD Security: Tips for Reducing Risks #byod #security #software, #what #is

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    BYOD Security Policies

    BYOD: Bring Your Own Device, Secure BYOD Policies and Mobile Management

    What is BYOD?

    BYOD is short for Bring Your Own Device, a phrase that refers to the practice of allowing employees to bring their own mobile devices to work for use with company systems, software, networks, or information. BYOD has become a huge trend amongst enterprises, with nearly 1/3 of employees using personal devices at workplaces worldwide. 1 BYOD can provide several key benefits to enterprises, including increased productivity, reduced IT and operating costs, better mobility for employees, and higher appeal when it comes to hiring and retaining employees. However, with these benefits comes an increased information security risk, as BYOD can lead to data breaches and increased liability for the organization.

    BYOD Security through BYOD Policy

    Establishing BYOD security starts with BYOD policy creation. A strong BYOD policy accomplishes several objectives for the organization. BYOD policy should address basic considerations such as the goals of the BYOD program, which employees can bring their own devices, which devices will be supported, and the access levels that employees are granted when using personal devices. Beyond these factors, more in-depth considerations for BYOD policy include:

    • Who will pay for the devices and data coverage required?
    • What regulations (government, industry, or otherwise) must be adhered to when using employee devices?
    • What measures (configuration, software installation, etc) will be taken for securing devices prior to use?
    • Where will data from BYOD devices be stored (locally, in the cloud, etc)?
    • Will there be an agreement for employees that wish to bring their own devices?
    • What happens if an employee violates BYOD policy?
    • What privacy will be granted to employees using their own devices?
    • What support (software updates, troubleshooting, maintenance, etc) will the organization provide for BYOD users?
    • What safeguards are in place if a device is compromised?
    • What methods will be used for securing devices before they are retired, sold, or disposed of?

    Once a policy has been created, maintaining BYOD security depends on an organization s ability to educate its employees on BYOD best practices, implement effective device management and support, and enforce BYOD policies. Employees that are not trained on BYOD security will only increase BYOD risks for the organization. Therefore, creating a sound BYOD program must be a collaborative effort between an organization s employees, IT and security teams, and management.

    Ten Tips for Securing Devices and Reducing BYOD Risks

    These tips should serve as a BYOD security best practices guide for end users and IT/security teams alike. While it is impossible to guarantee BYOD security, following these recommendations will help organizations to mitigate BYOD risks by securing devices.

    1. Use password protected access controls: It may seem obvious, but setting a password/access PIN is a critical first step in BYOD security that many users choose to ignore. Passwords should be unique for each device/account and should not be generic or easy to guess.
    2. Control wireless network and service connectivity: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity should be turned off when not in use, and employees should only connect their devices to trusted networks. Devices should be set to prompt users before connecting to networks so that employees aren t unknowingly connecting to unsafe networks.
    3. Control application access and permissions: Many devices have built-in access control features. Organizational IT and security teams should assist users in optimizing their access control and app permission settings so that each application can access only what it needs to function and nothing more.
    4. Keep OS, firmware, software, and applications up-to-date: Users need to ensure that all of their devices OS and other software are updated in real time. This is a critical step because software updates often contain security patches to protect users from the latest threats or exploits.
    5. Back up device data: All enterprise users should periodically back up the data on their devices. Backing up data in conjunction with having security and recovery procedures in place will greatly reduce the fallout should a device be lost or stolen.
    6. Enroll in Find my Device and remote wipe services: All BYOD devices should be subscribed to a device locator service. In addition to being able to track a missing device, these services usually have the ability to wipe a device remotely, a critical last-resort measure for ensuring BYOD security in the event of a lost or stolen device.
    7. Never store personal financial data on a device: Employees should avoid saving any financial or otherwise sensitive data on their devices. This precaution ensures that confidential data is safe even if a device gets compromised.
    8. Beware of free apps: Many free applications have been found to track users and share user information with advertisers or other third parties. Enterprise users should review app permissions prior to downloading and download only from trusted publishers. IT and security teams can assist employees by providing lists of applications that are approved for download.
    9. Run mobile antivirus software or scanning tools: There are many commercially available antivirus and security applications that scan and protect devices from common threats. IT and security teams should assist employees in selecting and installing antivirus software prior to using their devices at work.
    10. Use Mobile Device Management (MDM) software as recommended by IT: Many IT and security teams use Mobile Device Management (MDM) software for securing devices. Mobile device management software enables IT teams to implement security settings and software configurations on all devices that connect to company networks.




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    Security Force Inc #security #companies #in #north #carolina

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    Welcome to your online portal to Security Force, Inc.

    Security Force, Inc. is a residential and commercial security and safety solution company serving North Carolina, South Carolina Virginia from our Headquarters located in the Raleigh-Durham, NC area.

    In addition to our home and business security services, we are experts in whole-home technology including home theater and network installation from our Innovative Home Solutions division.

    We are best known for our customer service but with our world class solutions, it s hard to decide what you ll like better working with us or the peace of mind you ll have afterwards. We are committed to exceeding your expectations. Call us today to set up your free consultation.

    Security Force, Inc. – Winner of Pro Dealer Award 2012

    We tend to take care of our nice, expensive things. We regularly change the oil in our cars and go to the car wash. We polish our shoes and dry-clean our clothes. However, we often skip routine maintenance tasks on our homes—arguably our most expensive and best investments. Home maintenance projects can be daunting and [ ]

    Home Fire Safety Checklist Frayed cords, overloaded outlets, space heaters and many other problems can cause a fire. Use this checklist from the National Safety Council to keep your home fire-proof. Download your Home Fire Safety Checklist here

    Meet Amanda Fitzthum, 2016 Employee of the Year. In Amanda’s position as Builder Administrator, she handles scheduling, billing, customer service, and anything that needs to be taken care of for the builders/techs in the Builder Division. She s been with Security Force, Inc a little over three years, since October 2013. Amanda moved to NC from Ohio [ ]

    In 1984, the National Crime Prevention Council designated October Crime Prevention Month. Every year since then, government agencies, civic groups, schools, businesses, and youth organizations have reached out to educate the public, showcase their accomplishments, and explore new partnerships during this special month. October has become the official month for recognizing and celebrating the practice [ ]

    The Inaugural Career Fair Will Be Held on July 14th in Raleigh, NC Raleigh, NC (June 20, 2016) — Together with NCESA, the TRI-ED branch in Raleigh is co-hosting a local industry job fair. The electronic security industry serves to protect homes, businesses and individuals from safety and security concerns. The industry includes a wide [ ]

    The Inaugural Career Fair Will Be Held on July 14th in Raleigh, NC Raleigh, NC (June 20, 2016) — Together with NCESA, the TRI-ED branch in Raleigh is co-hosting a local industry job fair. The electronic security industry serves to protect homes, businesses and individuals from safety and security concerns. The industry includes a wide [ ]

    If you are planning on changing phone service please contact our customer care group. All phone services are not compatible with your security system.





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    SimpliSafe Protect Home Security System White BBY-PRT08-00 – Best Buy #simplisafe,protect

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    SimpliSafe – Protect Home Security System – White

    SimpliSafe Protect Home Security System: Keep your entire home or business safe with this security kit, which features 4 entry sensors as well as a motion sensor for comprehensive protection. Program and update settings using your compatible mobile device for convenient operation.

    Product Features

    Product Features

    • Arm and disarm your system or check on your home from your mobile device

    Compatible with select Apple® iOS, Android, Windows Mobile, Windows and Mac devices for versatility.

  • Detect potential intruders around the clock

    Entry and motion sensors alert you when someone attempts to enter your home. Optional professional monitoring automatically sends a police dispatch in the event of an intruder (subscription required).

  • Keep multiple rooms safe at once

    Includes 4 entry sensors to monitor key rooms in your home or office.

  • Built-in CDMA/GSM cellular connection

    Receive alerts quickly and easily.

  • Battery-operated design for long-lasting use

    Lithium batteries help keep your home safe even if the electricity fails.

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    Easy Setup, Reasonable Price Posted by: SCStrong from: on Been looking for DIY systems for a while and decided to give Simplisafe a try. Set up was a breeze and took less than 5 minutes. Only issue was connection to monitoring station as I live in a remote area. Called the customer service number and got a response very quick. Within 10 minutes we had determined it was a weak signal problem and they sent a Verizon module overnight. (Most systems come with a t-mobile module). Everything is working great. The interactive website and mobile app works great and is easy to use. I also like you can easily assign codes to fiends and family at a click of a button. The monitoring rates are very reasonable compared to most companies. No contracts! The Best Buy bundles were a good fit for me because it didn’t need all the bells and whistles that came with the direct from simplisafe website. Overall really happy with the purchase.

    19 out of 20 found this review helpful.

    NO LONG TERM CONTRACT. Posted by: lynn from: on Works great for a person not wanting to commit to a long term contract. The monthly fee is also inexpensive. I also like that it has an app to monitor and control the system when away from home. I, personally, have not had any connection or installation issues. The reason I did not give it 5 stars, is I believe the system could use some updating, i.e. touchscreen display, this is something I would even be willing to pay a little extra for when purchasing or adding on equipment. But, the design is understandable, as this is the more ‘economical’ choice for home security.

    9 out of 9 found this review helpful.

    Easy Install – Economical Posted by: edstats from: on After reading reviews of several self-install systems, I chose SimpliSafe. The system had consistently good reviews, was economical, and has a monitoring option that requires no contract. I accomplished the complete setup in less than an hour. It is simple to use, provides peace of mind, and is unobtrusive.

    5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

    Easy Setup Posted by: maroongoon from: Minneapolis, MN on Very easy to install and set up home security system. Installation only took about 30 minutes and activation was easy. The sticky tape that comes on the sensors and pads seems like it might not hold up long, but so far so good. I like the fact that it doesn’t require a contract, you can start and stop the service at any time. The alarm siren that comes built into the base is not very loud, if you are interested in a loud siren I would recommend purchasing the additional one that is available.

    5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

    Good base system Posted by: Twill from: on Easy install and very good base system. Would like to see WIFI connectivity for management and alerts without a pay plan. Would also like to see integration with cameras and other home automation.

    9 out of 12 found this review helpful.

    Great Product Posted by: EJJJ from: on Hello Everyone, I just purchased the SimpliSafe alarm system and its better than expected. Its actually cheaper to go on their website to purchase individual components instead of purchased from elsewhere.

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

    so far, so good! Posted by: theycametoboston from: on We bought the system for our vacation home. reviews were good and prices were better than other home security services in the area. It was a breeze to set up an initialize. It was even easy to determine where I went wrong and to correct my mistake. Also so far, customer support has been helpful and timely. It seems funny to say. but I hope this is the last time I have to think about my home security system

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

    Simpli Safe Posted by: The2ndcanary from: on Easy to set up downloading the app was easy setting up is easy. No glitches so far no problems connecting to it to arm or disarm which we have had in the past with contracted alarm systems.

    4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

    Easy install – cant use app without monitoring pk Posted by: MichR from: Williamsburg VA on Husband wanted this for Christmas and was very happy – so easy to install. I called customer service just for some questions – very professional and knowledgeable. Only negative is it has an app to work with, but cant use app if you do not purchase their monitoring package. Annoyed by that as their commercials and website lead you to believe otherwise.

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

    Very nice Home security system Posted by: SunnyB from: on I bought Simpi Safe home security system from Best Buy, Its very nice home security system and very easy to install in home

    3 out of 4 found this review helpful.





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  • Security Testing – Software Testing Fundamentals #network #security #fundamentals #pdf

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    Security Testing

    Security Testing Definition, Focus Areas, Example, etc,

    Security Testing is a type of software testing that intends to uncover vulnerabilities of the system and determine that its data and resources are protected from possible intruders.

    There are four main focus areas to be considered in security testing (Especially for web sites/applications):

    • Network security: This involves looking for vulnerabilities in the network infrastructure (resources and policies).
    • System software security: This involves assessing weaknesses in the various software (operating system, database system, and other software) the application depends on.
    • Client-side application security: This deals with ensuring that the client (browser or any such tool) cannot be manipulated.
    • Server-side application security: This involves making sure that the server code and its technologies are robust enough to fend off any intrusion.

    EXAMPLE OF A BASIC SECURITY TEST

    This is an example of a very basic security test which anyone can perform on a web site/application:

    • Log into the web application.
    • Log out of the web application.
    • Click the BACK button of the browser (Check if you are asked to log in again or if you are provided the logged-in application.)

    Most types of security testing involve complex steps and out-of-the-box thinking but, sometimes, it is simple tests like the one above that help expose the most severe security risks.

    The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is a great resource for software security professionals. Be sure to check out the Testing Guide: https://www.owasp.org/index.php/Category:OWASP_Testing_Project

    OWASP Top 10 security threats for 2013 are:

    • Injection
    • Broken Authentication and Session Management
    • Cross-Site Scripting (XSS)
    • Insecure Direct Object References
    • Security Misconfiguration
    • Sensitive Data Exposure
    • Missing Function Level Access Control
    • Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF)
    • Using Known Vulnerable Components
    • Unvalidated Redirects and Forwards

    There is an infinite number of ways to break an application. And, security testing, by itself, is not the only (or the best) measure of how secure an application is. But, it is highly recommended that security testing is included as part of the standard software development process. After all, the world is teeming with hackers/pranksters and everyone wishes to be able to trust the system/software one produces or uses.

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    Data Centers and HIPAA Compliance #hipaa #compliant #data #center, #data #center

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    Data Centers and HIPAA Compliance

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    There have been questions about what role a data center plays when it comes to HIPAA. We want to address what requirements and obligations data centers have when working with clients in the healthcare industry.

    First of all, what is HIPAA? The acronym stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, enacted to protect the health information of patients. When you visit a doctor’s office or the emergency room at your local hospital, all the people seeing your medical history have signed some sheet of paper, promising to keep your information private. This means to disclose healthcare information, they must have your permission (or authorization from the proper authorities in cases of child abuse, etc.). HIPAA also covers how physical and electronic data is handled and secured. Healthcare entities must backup their data and have a disaster recovery plan in place. This is where data centers come in.

    The Health Information and Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act was enacted on February 17, 2009. This Act requires covered entities to disclose breaches in Protected Health Information (PHI). The covered entities and their business associates that “access, maintain, retain, modify, record, store, destroy, or otherwise hold, use, or disclose unsecured PHI” are required to notify the Department of Health and Human Services or any breaches. The business associates must notify the covered entity of a breach who in turn notifies the individuals involved (patients) and the HHS if more than 500 individuals were affected. From the statement above, data centers like Data Cave, would be considered a business associate.

    The problem is there is much to speculate on what this actually means. Some data centers use HIPAA compliance as a marketing tool. Let me make something clear, there is no certification for HIPAA. A data center can be HIPAA compliant, which is what we at Data Cave consider ourselves. Some pay an outside source to come in, look around, and put their stamp of approval on the facility. For Data Cave, meeting HIPAA compliance means limiting people with access to equipment, including our own staff. This also means notifying the proper channels when someone has been near a healthcare entity’s equipment. With most healthcare companies, they are going to want to manage their own equipment, which means our staff wouldn t need to touch it anyway. However, for a data center doing managed services, facility staff would be responsible. In that case the facility would enter into an agreement with the customer to maintain confidentiality. In the event of a breach, whether virtual or physical, a data center would notify the customer (the covered entity) who would, in turn, notify the HHS if applicable.

    In other words, no one can claim HIPAA certification. To take it a step further, the essence of a data center is to be secure; so in that case, aren’t we all HIPAA compliant?

    To find out more about Data Cave and HIPAA compliance, call us at 866-514-2283 or Contact Us via our website.

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