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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Wallpaper Gallery One

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Wallpaper (also desktop picture and desktop background) is an image used as a background of a graphical user interface on a computer screen or mobile communications device. On a computer it is usually for the desktop, while for a mobile phone it is usually the background for the ‘home’ or ‘idle’ screen. Though most devices comes with a default picture, the user can usually change it to a file of their choosing. Each month I will post some of my favorite wallpapers for others to enjoy. [mudslide:picasa,0,steven.swafford,5583379065751356913]