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This is not a Top 10 list – it is a list of 10 things I’ve learned along the way. Top 10 lists imply some sort of universal knowledge of the “top” things possible in a given field. Top 10 attractive women, top 10 guitar players, top 10 whatever, they all have one thing in common: They are all ten things the author thinks are the best. I don’t really like to think I know everything so this list is in no particular order. This particular list is on cloud security and, well, it is a big topic that interests me greatly and there is no way I can cover it all in a blog post. As a result I will be doing a presentation around this topic in a few places, including BSides Cleveland. Anyway, cloud security is tough for a lot of reasons, not least of which is because you, like me, probably only understand the basics of what you interface with in the cloud – the controls the c... (more)

Portlight Strategies and the Reeve Foundation Partner to Host the "Getting It Right" Workshop

CHARLESTON, S.C., March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On the heels of a destructive winter season, Portlight Strategies has teamed up with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to co-host the New Jersey "Getting It Right" workshop, which provides a forum to review and establish procedures for accessibility challenges during relief and evacuation efforts. The workshop will be held over two days and model Portlight Strategies' successful event that was recently held in Atlanta. The "Getting It Right" workshop will take place from June 26-27, 2014 at the Sheraton Lincoln Harbor in Weehawken, New Jersey. The objective of the forum is to unite the disability community with emergency responders and local officials to facilitate discussions on the evacuation process, review short-term sheltering and sheltering-in-place processes, as well as dispel false information... (more)

Response to Haiti Earthquake Relief Via Mobile Giving at All-Time High Reaching $7 Million in Donations

Haiti Earthquake on Ulitzer In 36 hours, donations made via mobile phones for Haiti Earthquake Relief have surpassed $7 million across all the short codes managed by the Mobile Giving Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping other non-profits raise funds through mobile. This amount represents a mobile-giving record for funds raised for a single cause. But there is a long way to go. As more organizations support relief efforts in Haiti, additional short codes are available for making monetary donations to help those affected by the recent earthquake. By texting a keyword to a designated short code via a mobile phone, a micro-donation of $5 or $10 can be made to aid the millions of people affected by this tragedy.  100% of your donation goes to the recipient charity, and the donation appears as a charge on your carrier bill, standard rates may apply... (more)

Citizen Journalism and Tweets Bring Haiti’s Horror to the World

CNN has people on the ground in Port Au Prince. They use high performance satellite phones and transmission equipment to bring a few shots from Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta to world viewers. That is what we expect from CNN. Then CNN begins the roll call of tweets from people within Haiti bringing real time news. Continuing with interviews using Skype with video direct from Haiti. And the innovative ideas on how to get the word out continue. Fox news, MSNBC, all the major US news sources quote the information they are getting from the ground, or show videos received via Titter and other social media tools. Most of the news we are getting via twitter and social media is raw, simply passing on a snapshot in time. Then the news casters, with their back office of analysts and experts, are able to translate the news into a consumable item for American and internation... (more)

CloudCamp Haiti Fundraiser Jan 20, 2010

About CloudCamp Haiti (virtual unconference): CloudCamp Haiti is a virtual unconference held as a public webinar. CloudCamp-in-the-Cloud builds upon the popular CloudCamp format by providing a free and open place for the introduction and advancement of cloud computing. For this event, we are raising funds to donate to the aid effort in Haiti. Using an online meeting format attendees can exchange ideas, knowledge and information in a creative and supporting environment, advancing the current state of cloud computing and related technologies. Please help us spread the word, twitter, facebook, IM, tell your neighbours and friends. Hashtag #CloudCampHaiti or copy and paste this post on to your blog. Registration: http://cloudcamp-haiti-2010.eventbrite.com/ Date/Time: - Jan 20th 11:00am - 2:00pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) Location: - Online (GotoMeeting) Get involved: If you ... (more)

Build Your Own Hack Lab

No matter what facet of information security you're in, from being the CISO down to just installing security patches and keeping up to date, there will probably be a point where you need to see the details of a hack. Maybe it's because you need to fingerprint what it does or how it acts on your network. Maybe it's because you need to be able to reproduce it in a penetration test. Either way you look at it, sometimes you just need to test something out. Obviously, this could go one of a few ways. You could execute these hacks on your network. This could lead to potentially bad outcomes, especially if you break something. The next option is to try it out on someone else's network who doesn't know. (Read: ILLEGAL!). The last option, and also the one we use over here at Hurricane Labs, is a lab environment. A lab environment is simply going to consist of a bunch of diffe... (more)

Internet Business Transactions near 450 Billion a Day

By D. Bruce Johnston, President and CEO, DBJ Associates Commerce on the Internet continues to skyrocket. Chad Levitt, author of the “New Sales Economy Blog,” recently wrote a post, “Sales Reps, Are You Ready for the Digital Universe?,” based on information he gleaned from a recently released IDC report on predictions for the year 2020. Here are some of the major findings from the IDC report: Between now and 2020, the amount of digital information created and replicated in the world will grow to an almost inconceivable 35 trillion gigabytes as all major forms of media – voice, TV, radio, print – will complete the journey from analog to digital. Last year despite the global recession, the Digital Universe, set a record. It grew by 62% to nearly 800,000 petabytes. A petabytes is a million gigabytes. Picture a stack of DVDs reaching from the earth to the moon and back. ... (more)

Lessons from Unmaking Urban Mistakes

This is a guest post from John Tovla which draws some very interesting connections between Systems behavior and the oldest form of human-created complex systems: Cities. Over there, a woman’s walking down a city sidewalk. [source: flickr.com] She’s doing all kinds of things at once: walking, texting, presumably not being hit by a biker, even perhaps being stalked. Framing this in terms of interaction design, we might think of it as a moment of simultaneous navigation of multiple information interfaces. One of these interfaces is rarely thought of as such; it is the skin of the built world: the sidewalk, curbs, building entrances, shop windows, signage, and welter of moving elements (human and machine) that cross her path. Another is digital: the menus of an iPod, or an application on a smartphone, a GPS map, an SMS keyboard. Thinking more deeply about only these ... (more)

Interop: The Book

John Palfrey and Urs Gasser are giving a book talk at Harvard about their new book, Interop. (It’s really good. Broad, thoughtful, engaging. Not at all focused on geeky tech issues.) NOTE: Posted without re-reading NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people. JP says the topic of interop seems on the face of it like it should be “very geeky and very dull.” He says the book started out fairly confined, about the effect of interop on innovation. But as they worked on it, it got broader. E.g., the Facebook IPO has been spun about the stock price’s ups and downs. But from an interop perspective, the story is about why FB was worth $100B or more when it... (more)

Emulex and Gnodal Partner to Deliver Solution for High Frequency Trading Environments

SALT LAKE CITY and COSTA MESA, Calif., Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- SUPERCOMPUTING -- Emulex Corporation (NYSE: ELX) today announced a partnership with Gnodal, a provider of high-speed 10 and 40Gb Ethernet (40GbE) network switches, to deliver a solution that eliminates network congestion and provides industry-leading low latency, addressing the needs of high frequency trading (HFT) environments. The Emulex OneConnect® 10GbE Network Xceleration™ (NX) OCe12000-D adapters, with FastStack™ DBL software, powered by Myricom, and a Gnodal GS4008 10GbE switch, enable lower latency by as much as 57 percent in User Datagram Protocol (UDP) testing, and by as much as 47 percent in Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) testing, when compared to a standard 10GbE switch.1 (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120403/NE81278LOGO) "Network congestion avoidance is a key issue in ... (more)

This Week in Cloud, November 15, 2012: Amazon’s new data center, Cloud market forecasts, Where is the cloud headed in 2013? And more…

Watch CloudViews Unplugged! Watch the November episode of CloudViews Unplugged – a monthly video blog analyzing the top cloud news stories. Cloud News Oracle is acquiring Instantis, a cloud-based and on-premise project portfolio management (PPM) solution, according to this GigaOM blog. Oracle plans to use Instantis capabilities with its Fusion and Primavera applications. Recent forecasts on enterprise software and cloud computing reveal that analytics, mobility, security, and integrating legacy systems are influencing IT buyer’s decisions, according to this Forbes article. The article rounds up ten of the latest predictions on market growth and trends. Amazon opened a new data center in Sydney, Australia, according to this InformationWeek article. The data center will lower latency for the 10,000 AWS customers in Australia and New Zealand. In the November episode of C... (more)