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May 10, 2010  7:45 PM

Are you ready for “Legally Defensible” IT Security?



Posted by: Troy Tate
compliance, information security, infosec, legal, management, security strategy, strategy

It seems like the more I consider today's information security environment, the more I feel like Ma and Pa Kettle negotiating a contract with a city-slicker. The math just seems to work differently depending on your audience. [kml_flashembed...

March 17, 2010  8:59 PM

National Research Council Announces Cyberdeterrence Scholarship



Posted by: Troy Tate
cyberattack, cybersecurity, cyberterrorism, cyberthreats, information security, infosec awareness, risk, risk management, security awareness, threat

This is a very interesting call for papers (CFP). The questions of interest section raises some significant security concerns. Maybe you watched some of the US national cybersecurity drill in February. If not, check out my previous blog posting


February 18, 2010  7:36 PM

Free Excel Templates for IT Professionals



Posted by: Troy Tate
Excel template, gantt chart, IT risk assessment, log management, maturity model, Microsoft Excel, project management, risk assessment, risk management, risks, template

I just came across an excellent resource for Microsoft Excel templates that are useful to IT professionals. The files can be found on the Excellence In Financial Management website. Some of the useful ones that I have now...


November 11, 2009  6:31 PM

Free online IT education resource



Posted by: Troy Tate
Adobe, certification, Database, information technology reference, information technology tutorial, IT education, Linux, MAC OS, Macromedia, Microsoft, Microsoft education, network technology education, Networking, programming, sql, technology education, tutorial, XML

I recently came across an excellent IT education resource that is free. It is the eTutorials.org website. According to the website it is a source of  thousands online tutorials, useful tips, articles, and researched...


November 5, 2009  4:50 PM

Do you use TLS or client certificates for authentication? Beware of new MITM vulnerability



Posted by: Troy Tate
apache, authentication, certificates, IIS, information security, risk, risk management, SSL, tls, vulnerability, web services

As Michael Morisy of ITKE recently posted, New SSL security hole allows man-in-the-middle attacks, a new SSL...


October 21, 2009  1:20 PM

Microsoft IT professional resource – RunAs Radio



Posted by: Troy Tate
Active Directory, AD, dba, Development, education, IIS, IT education, Microsoft, podcast, Powershell, SharePoint, sql, virtual machines, Virtualization, webcast

I just came across an excellent resource for IT professionals working with Microsoft products. It is called RunAs Radio. There are weekly podcasts about topics of interest to those of us...


October 15, 2009  6:44 PM

Free Training – Laura Chappell presents: Wireshark 201 Jumpstart – Filtering on the Good, the Bad, the Ugly



Posted by: Troy Tate
analysis, education, ethereal, howto, IT education, Laura Chappell, Metrics, Monitoring, network analysis, Networking, packet analysis, packet capture, performance monitoring, protocol analysis, reporting, tcp/ip, tools, trace files, training, troubleshooting, wireshark

Laura Chappel, the BitGirl, is at it again with another in her series of Wireshark Jumpstart webinars. The next one is called


October 7, 2009  6:38 PM

IT services and The Three Chinese Curses



Posted by: Troy Tate
bot, botnet, career, information security, information technology, infosec, IT, network analysis, professional, Security, service level, support, trojan

In America, October is the time when haunting, evil spirits and curses come to mind. Earlier today I posted a blog entry titled Can IT education bring an end to the...

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October 7, 2009  5:34 PM

Can IT education bring an end to the recession?



Posted by: Troy Tate
career, economics, education, information technology, IT, technology

Well, by my title I don't mean entirely end the recession, and especially not just through IT education alone. I was listening to the radio the other day and heard a snippet about an upcoming story. Unfortunately, I was unable to hear the entire story. However, the topic of the upcoming story...


September 14, 2009  1:49 PM

Microsoft does not patch vulnerability for supported version of Windows



Posted by: Troy Tate
information security, Microsoft, Microsoft support, patches, risk, risk management, support, tcp, tcp-ip, tcp/ip, threat, vulnerability, Windows, windows 2000

Last week was the September issue of Microsoft "patch Tuesday". The September 2009 Microsoft Security Bulletin lists a number of vulnerabilities. Microsoft held the


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