The Dollars and Sense of Enterprise Access

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This week I attended the 2014 US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) conference in Orlando, Florida where I was honored to speak on the subject of accessibility. I took part in a panel discuss where I spoke with a number of very knowledgeable people from a number of organizations that included Sprint, Verizon, and IBM. I of course represented Northrop Grumman and I focused on policies and procedures around accessibility. If you are interested in this subject, you will find the PowerPoint deck at the end of this post. Today more than ever, we conduct our lives in a digital medium. In many cases, a task may only be able to be completed digitally. Awareness of the nature and implication of legislation and policy regarding accessibility is significant in shaping organizational policy. In the era of the Internet, accessibility, or the lack there of, often erects obstacles to employees, business partners, and the general public. An article titled Accessibility in Practice: A process-driven approach to accessibility by Sarah Horton and David Sloan make a number of very interesting points: Involve people with disabilities effectively. Remediating accessibility barriers early. Introducing accessibility into the development process may be experienced as a disruptive. Electronic, …

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Trusted employees and performance

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The challenge that resides with job fulfillment and performance assessment is the fact that jobs and individuals are unique. Because of this fact, it is important to define processes for the hiring process as well as measuring the employees’ fulfillment of responsibilities. In order to address both areas you must examine skill, experience, behavior, motivators, and of course pay. For many organizations the onboarding and exit process are very costly therefore establishing a tool that focuses on sustainment will always yield the best results. The most important component of a job advertisement is accountability, job requirements, and a measurement that may be applied against a given individual and job. Job appraisals are important from the perspective of both improve employee performance and determine which employees are not effective. Typically, these appraisals are conducted on an annual basis and often align to the strategic business or financial goals of the organization. The hiring and appraisal process is critical to the overall success of any organization. In fact, there likely is nothing more important to Human Resources (HR) than employee selection (Bohlander & Snell, 2010). The importance of employee selection is critical and the fact remains this single step is costly and …

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Life in a digital world means little or no privacy

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I want to start 2014 off by looking at security and privacy. One can argue that we are more secure today than we were just a few short years ago, but security comes at a cost and that cost is privacy. During discussions with others that I come into contact with, I am disturbed when I hear the response “if you are doing nothing illegal then you have nothing to worry about”. Obviously these individuals have not idea what privacy means. For those individuals, the Webster Dictionary defines privacy as the state of being alone. For those of you who subscribe to the idea of “if you are doing nothing illegal then you have nothing to worry about” may I have you WiFi and interest account credentials? I bet you then are not so willing to share this private information. The book 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future and while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of …

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Technology is the government’s oldest best friend

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Recently we have all most likely have heard the news concerning the National Security Agency (NSA) is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon. This is extremely disturbing and while I have my own personal opinions as to what is or is not acceptable, this has clearly crossed the lines of trust in my humble opinion. In what world do we live that the government can simply cast a net so vast as to have this type of data for the purpose of seeking out those who are conducting illegal activities? I have heard others say that if you are doing nothing wrong then you should not be concerned. I have also heard our representatives state that this has been occurring for years and the data is used for security reasons. in fact, Harry Reid said Right now I think everyone should just calm down and understand that this isn’t anything that is brand new, it’s been going on for some seven years, and we have tried to often to try to make it better and work and we will continue to do that. To those that say if you do nothing wrong and you …

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Hacking 101: Footprinting using nothing but a web browser

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Welcome to this article which is to introduce the idea of foot-printing when it comes to hacking. What foot-printing really means is the act of information gathering and this can be either active or passive or even and combination of both. In order to determine the vulnerabilities of a given target you must first understand the target. To this end the information you can compile over the internet can yield tremendous results and this is known as passive foot-printing. Remember to keep good notes on the information that you are able to find. These notes will come in handy later when you begin to carry out various attacks. To begin this process a target must be selected and for example I have selected at random IBM and this is for no particular reason beyond the fact that IBM is a large multinational corporation. Learning About IBM The first is simply open up a web browser and bring up IBM’s website. From here you will find a section titled “About IBM” and within this section you will find news, research, responsibility, and more. Go ahead and click the link “more about IBM“. At this point we can learn about management, revenue, …

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