Month: August 2014

“A little learning is a dangerous thing” is widely attributed to Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744) and is found in An Essay on Criticism, 1709: A little learning is a dangerous thing;drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring:there shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,and drinking largely sobers us again. A little compliance is also a dangerous thing […]

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You’ve just gotta love it when “the bad guys” participate in surveys so that we (good guys) can better understand their techniques and motivations.I wonder whether anyone has thought of hitting up ISIS and Al Queda with SurveyMonkey?Article posted on Help Net Security.Emphasis in red added by me.Brian Wood, VP Marketing—— 86% of hackers don’t […]

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Here’s a little fear-mongering to brighten your day.It’s bad and then it gets worse — terrifying, even.It’s not me, it’s you. So fix yourself — all of you out there.And I’ll be more vigilant too.Summary article by Pam Baker in FierceBigData.Emphasis in red added by me.Brian Wood, VP Marketing—— Many IT security pros are sending […]

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Don’t take candy from strangers and don’t get into the car of a stranger. Likewise, on the computer: Don’t click on links, ads, attachments, photos, etc., from strangers. There’s no such thing as a free email! Posted on Cyveillance. Emphasis in red added by me. Brian Wood, VP Marketing —— Top Five Phishing Myths Debunked […]

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Segmentation.Justification.Compartmentalization.Evaluation.Expiration.Repeat. And train. And remind. And check. And more.Post by Armond Caglar in Help Net Security.Emphasis in red added by me.Brian Wood, VP of Marketing—— Are your third-party vendors leaving the door open to hackers? By now, every security professional in the world should know the story about Fazio Mechanical Services. The Pennsylvania-based company specializes […]

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To absolutely nobody’s genuine surprise, healthcare companies value HIPAA compliance, security, and privacy when it comes to cloud service adoption.Good news: AIS Data Centers has invested in compliance and security to reassure customers and prospects that they’re in good hands when they place their trust in us.Article by Cheryl Kemp in The WHIR.Emphasis in red […]

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Most people find that at some point they have to escape the sizzling summer heat. It can be hard enough to keep your living space at a comfortable temperature when things get hot outside. Imagine how difficult it must be to maintain a cool climate in a room with many servers humming away, producing even […]

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CIOs beware (and vendor salespeople take note):”Compared to sales to corporate IT, CEB estimates that technology sales directly to executives close in less than half the time — and have twice the contract value.”Summary article by Emily Poe in FierceCIO; original article by Steve Ranger in ZDNet.Emphasis in red added by me.Brian Wood, VP Marketing—— Business […]

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AWS hosts more malware hosting sites than any other ISP or web hosting provider.In fact, Amazon’s “market share” of malware sites rose from 16% to 41% in just six months — extremely “impressive” growth when it comes to supporting the seedier side of online life.It’s a dirty job but someone’s got to do it. Thanks, AWS.Article by […]

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  It pays to know the people behind — and keeping tabs on — your cloud service.Dozens, hundreds, thousands, possibly millions of Azure customers and end-users have been affected by their recent rash of issues.As the article below states, “The problems are very bad news for Microsoft.”Very bad news indeed.Article by Juan Carlos Perez of IDG News […]

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Growth is flat.IT staff churn is up.Life is good in healthcare IT and in the services industry.It’s less good elsewhere.Summary article by David Weldon in FierceCIO.Emphasis in red added by me.Brian Wood, VP Marketing——- IT compensation flat-lining, says new salary survey IT compensation will, for the most part, remain flat for the next six months. […]

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While a bit breathless in its presentation of results from their fourth annual cloud survey, the results are relevant and useful if not especially newsworthy.Posted on the North Bridge Venture Partners website.Emphasis in red added by me.Brian Wood, VP Marketing—— Industry’s Largest Cloud Computing Survey Reveals 5X SaaS Adoption First “Cloud Front” Is Strategic But […]

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This post is a little further afield than my typical subject matter but I think it is of interest to our readership.Ultimately end-user online consumption habits (and capabilities) are fundamental to nearly everything that takes place within a data center or a cloud.Posted by Jeff John Roberts on the Gigaom website.Emphasis in red added by […]

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This little tidbit was the most shocking one that I gleaned from the summary:”One-third of CIOs said they expect to change jobs within the next year, and two-thirds say within two years.”Wow. That is A LOT of turnover for such an important role in the C-suite.Post by David Weldon in FierceCIO.Emphasis in red added by […]

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Equal opportunity is a fundamental tenet of the United States of America.Equal pay for equal work and equal performance.Any questions?Didn’t think so — so let’s get on with it, please.Summary post by David Weldon in FierceCIO, original by Scott Fulton, III in Network Computing.Emphasis in red added by me.Brian Wood, VP Marketing—– Pay rates plummeting […]

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  August 19, 2014 | Green Acre Campus Pointe10300 Campus Point DrSan Diego, CA 921215:30 to 8:30 PM[button link=”https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aitp-san-diegos-august-social-tickets-12451862857?aff=eorg” style=”blue” window=”true” size=”small”]More Info[/button] [button link=”https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aitp-san-diegos-august-social-tickets-12451862857?aff=eorg” style=”red” window=”true” size=”small”]Registration[/button]Take a little time away from the office and join us at Brian Malarkey’s Green Acre in the Campus Pointe complex.It is a beautiful indoor and outdoor eatery […]

Like Dexter with a scalpel, the cyber thug behind the security incident below made quick work of destroying a company in just 12 hours. Gone. Poof. No more shadow. There are many lessons to be learned, most of which are not specific to cloud security (but rather IT security in general). Article by Steve Ragan […]

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Bigger. Longer. More frequent. Sound like fun? Uh, maybe, but not when we’re talking about DDoS attacks. Summary post by Fred Donovan in FierceITSecurity. Emphasis in red added by me. Brian Wood, VP Marketing —— Infographic: DDoS attack numbers, intensity reach record levels The number and intensity of distributed denial of service attacks reached record […]

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Below is a short but fascinating article revealing the recent rise in terms of volume and severity of denial of service (DoS) attacks globally. No longer is DoS — or DDoS  — the main event; more and more it is becoming the diversion so that the “real” intrusion can take place unnoticed. Article by Bruce […]

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The RightScale “State of the Cloud” survey provides a great overview of how businesses view, and are participating in, cloud services. One intuitive result that’s gratifying to see in print is that customers derive greater value and have higher confidence regarding cloud security the more they use cloud services. That’s a virtuous cycle. Post by Kim Weins […]

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