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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8 week self study bootcamp for security professionals

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It is important from time to time that we all revisit terminology. For this reason I have put together the following resources in the hopes of learning something new or at the very least bringing back things that we all have learned in years past. In the course of looking for material, I found a number of wonderful lectures from MIT and other various resources. Each of this lectures are licensed under the Creative Commons license. Each week is made up of related categories and there are typically anywhere from one to four topics for review. In the event you are interested in extending you knowledge beyond this reading material be sure to check out the free online course offerings from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) later in this post. MIT offers over 2,150 courses, so I am sure you will find something of interest. Week 1 The Domain Name System (DNS) is an hierarchical distributed naming system for computers, services, or any resource connected to the Internet or a private network. It associates various information with domain names assigned to each of the participating entities. Most prominently, it translates easily memorized domain names to the numerical IP addresses needed …

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January 2012 BITS Software Assurance Framework

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If you have not yet heard of this framework, I urge you to take the time to give it a serious read. While the executive summary talks to how software is critical to the financial industry the truth is this is true for all aspects of business today. There are a number of interesting points made in this document and for those of you in the software industry it should make you pause for a moment and reflect on your own process. The points are so fundamental that I am alarmed at just how many companies turn a blind eye to the obvious risk. At this point I hope that I have your attention and this paper is a mere fifty pages and if you’re anything like me,you will find that you cannot put this paper down. The Framework addresses the following key component areas: Education & Training Security Software Assurance Development Standard Threat Modeling Coding Practices Security Testing Pre-Implementation Practices Software Assurance Documentation Archive Best Practices Post-Implementation Phase Controls Software Assurance Framework – BITS

Wallpaper Gallery Two

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Well here it is Friday and after a long hard week of work what better way to slip into the weekend than sharing this month’s round of wallpapers? I hope you find these entertaining and be sure to check out the post titled Wallpaper Gallery One if you missed that collection of wallpapers. [mudslide:picasa,0,steven.swafford,5699868869250822529]

Stop Online Piracy Act And The Future Of Internet Freedom

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I thought it was time that I sat down and put to paper so to speak my thoughts about the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). For those of you that know me personally know that I am not a fan of SOPA for many of the reasons that other individuals as well as large technology companies have stated. In short SOPA is entirely to vague and leaves the door open for entirely a nanny state which I am sure you agree will kill the Internet freedoms we enjoy today. SOPA “explained” by Guardian Opinion Time I must say that there are pros and cons that go along with SOPA and of course piracy is a problem and the internet of course helps to enable piracy but the answer is not SOPA in it’s current form. In fact according to ChadRocco, Rep. Lamar Smith refuses to take the concerns and complaints seriously. There are many companies that have voiced opposition to SOPA and the list continues to grow each day. If you wish to see for yourself those who oppose SOPA, the Center for Democracy and Technology has compiled a list that you may want to review to understand the heavyweights …

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