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What do Cloud, Cybersecurity and Telework all have in common?

As Telework policy initiatives expand globally the number of events, articles and forums has grown exponentially. Intersections are everywhere… and sometimes where you least expect them. As an example, Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN) initiative, industry and goverment Cloud events – “Telework” is a common thread.

How should government agencies be investing in the cloud for their “Mobile Workforce?” How do policies need to change to address cybersecurity threats? What technologies best align with both government mandates? All of these were explored in detail. But, there’s a critical element that was strangely missing from many of the dialogues.

Technology and policy alone do not guarantee a successful “Telework” program. We the people – you and me – do! We are the final and third component of any successful Telework program – where the mix and balance of policy, technology, and people create the desired outcome – workforce efficiency. But how do you identify and hire the right people? How do you track workforce performance? How do you hire for success? According to a recent research study, “Top 5 personality traits of successful web workers,” there are personality traits to help guide your selection and retention of the workforce. 

Personally speaking I was not surprised to learn that extroverts make for great web-workers (teleworkers) – being one myself ;0).  What about you?

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Back to School

As summer rolls into fall, my kids are heading back to school.  It’s always an interesting transition but this year even more so with my daughter going away to college for the first time.   This has brought back a flood of memories from my own college education experiences. 

I have always had a passion for education and have a strong belief in continous learning. 

Today, so much is available on the web, through social media websites, and online video

In the world of technology and government, there is so much more to learn every day.  New technologies: cloud,  cybersecurity and virtualization, new delivery methods: virtual classrooms, online video, and collaboration, and new government requirements and certifications.

I recently came  across some useful learning resources including the Cisco CCNP Security Certification courseware and VMware/Cisco  network considerations for desktop virtualization.    

See below.   

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Breaches and the Backdoor Man – Stepping Stone Attacks

Most large organizations and enterprises at least try to take security pretty seriously. This means that the front door is not only usually locked, it is fortified and reinforced. This makes it hard for the bad guys to get in. So, do they give up? Of course not! What they do instead is look around back and start rattling the door knobs on the shed and cellar and the servants entrance and try to work their way in that way.

High value targets are usually locked down and secured pretty well, but this is not always the case for lower value targets. Once compromised, these lower value targets can provide a useful platform from which to attack other systems. For example, while traffic from the internet to internal hosts may be tightly limited, in many cases traffic between machines in the DMZ may not be as well regulated. Thus if you can own one machine in the DMZ, it can be easier to compromise other systems.

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Custom Signature Writing Guide for Cisco IPS

A collaboration of four senior members of the Cisco IPS signature team recently culminated in the public release of a guide on writing custom signatures for Cisco IPS, the #1 IPS platform of the Internet. The idea behind this move is to give our customers an easier way to develop their own signatures, allowing them to more easily discover and block unwanted traffic in their networks. At the same time it helps in understanding existing signatures written by members of the IPS signature team.

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Cisco offers cloud and data center solutions for DISA’s Customer & Industry Forum

DISA’s Customer & Industry Forum 2011 provides a valuable opportunity to see and hear how the latest technologies can help the Department of Defense better achieve its mission while introducing greater efficiencies at lower cost. Read More »

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