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Every time there’s a notable cybersecurity breach, someone (even me) writes a comprehensive primer on the proper way to create “secure” passwords. Lather, rinse, repeat. Until a few years ago, everyone (including me) based their password advice on a 2003 paper from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with the catchy title “NIST Special Publication 800-63.” The paper recommended that passwords be cryptic, contain special characters, and be as close to nonsense as possible. I was in a camp I called “How to Make a Cryptic Password You Can Easily Remember.” The short version was this: take a phrase you know, such as a favorite quote from a movie, and use the first letter of each word. For example, Sheriff Brody’s famous line from Jaws, “I think we’re gonna need a bigger boat,” becomes [email protected] The trick was using Leet (a technique where letters ... (more)

[slides] #WebRTC Reborn | @CloudExpo @Dan_Jenkins #IoT #RTC #USaaS

WebRTC Reborn Download Slide Deck: ▸ Here WebRTC has had a real tough three or four years, and so have those working with it. Only a few short years ago, the development world were excited about WebRTC and proclaiming how awesome it was. You might have played with the technology a couple of years ago, only to find the extra infrastructure requirements were painful to implement and poorly documented. This probably left a bitter taste in your mouth, especially when things went wrong. Those in the industry have been working hard to sweeten the deal again - efforts have been made to bring WebRTC into the mainstream and as a result the technology is experiencing a rebirth. Thanks to those who have remained dedicated to improving the situation for those around them, WebRTC is finally starting to fulfill the original expectations that were had of it. Both the technolo... (more)

The Game of Clouds 2017 | @CloudExpo #AWS #Cloud

The AWS Marketplace is growing at breakneck speed, with 40% more listings than last year. This and more insights were revealed when CloudEndure used their custom tool to quickly scan the over 6,000 products available on AWS Marketplace. The top offerings are highlighted in the image below but additional detail is available on their blog. "So whether you are a Stark, a Targaryen, or even a Lannister, the Game of Clouds map will help you attain the crown of AWS cloud computing perfection." (This content is being syndicated through multiple channels. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of GovCloud Network, GovCloud Network Partners or any other corporation or organization.) (Thank you. If you enjoyed this article, get free updates by email or RSS - © Copyright Kevin L. Jackson 2017) Follow me at http://Twitter.com/Kevi... (more)

Surviving the Coming 'Hackerpocalypse' | @CloudExpo #API #Cloud #Security

With all the excellent training available on television today, we are all now well prepared to deal with the coming Zombie Apocalypse.  Our failure as a society lies, however, in our misunderstanding of the nature of the cybersecurity challenge. This failure threatens us all and our survival will depend on society’s ability to deal with the evolution and maturation of the changing enterprise cybersecurity challenge. If you’re completely oblivious to the living dead threat, a zombie apocalypse refers to a widespread (usually global) rise of zombies hostile to human life.  The zombies will engage in a general assault on civilization where victims may become zombies themselves. This causes the outbreak to become an exponentially growing crisis. The spreading phenomenon swamps normal military and law enforcement organizations, leading to the panicked collapse of civili... (more)

Complete Guide to B2b Marketing & Demand Generation

B2B marketing is no easy task. There’s a constant battle between: do I target my exact buyer with account-based marketing or do I go after the larger audience in the hope that my end buyer finds me? The reality is that generating demand for your B2B service or product has become a juggling act of meshing different tactics across different mediums to increase marketing qualified leads (MQLs) and fill up your pipeline. Unfortunately, as you are doing your research there isn’t one simple resource that can supply you with new ideas and tactics to execute. The purpose of this piece is to give you actionable ways to execute a B2B marketing and demand generation strategy over a six month period. Part 1: Building Your Team Part 2: Understanding Your Audience Part 3: Focusing Your Brand Part 4: Content Marketing Part 5: Search Engine Optimization Part 6: Pay Per Click Advertis... (more)

Instant Professionalism Online Despite Yourself...with Ulitzer

Personal Branding on Ulitzer I read an article by an author on Ulitzer.com and was amazed at the professional image it provided him. I immediately researched Ulitzer to see if there was yet hope for me. I am a technology blogger on the subject of mobile computing strategies.  As I was doing research I came across the author Ian Thain, a fellow mobile computing blogger, who had a very professional website on Ulitzer (www.ulitzer.com). Professional envy motivated me to investigate this thing called Ulitzer. Ian's website looked like he had spent a great deal of time and money on it - all things I am short on. I carefully studied Ian's website to see how it was set up.  It looked like an expensive industry portal with colorful graphics, animation and industry news. It had tabs that filtered articles, by most popular, by date, etc.  I have blogged for over 5 years so... (more)

A New Era for Google By @JnanDash | @CloudExpo #Cloud

August 10, 2015, saw the dawn of a new era at Google. It announced a huge restructuring of the company. An umbrella holding-company called Alphabet was created to manage a portfolio of separate companies each with its own CEO. Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin elevated themselves to be the CEO and President of Alphabet with Eric Schmidt as chairman. The board will remain the same as before. For the biggest company Google, the new CEO is Sundar Pichai, 43 years old, who has seen a fast rise in the ranks over his 11 year career. The other portfolio companies will be Nest, Fiber, GoogleX, Calico, Google Capital, Sidewalk, etc. Google Inc. will remain the dominant revenue and profit generator that includes Search, YouTube, Android, Maps, Apps, and Technical Infrastructure. The new CEO Sundar Pichai joins the rank of newly anointed Indian-American execs like Satya Nad... (more)

Why Microsoft Should Finally Buy Citrix

DISCLAIMER: This is long and the opinions are mine. I’ve written a good bit here about the various ways Microsoft and Citrix overlap in the hypervisor space, ranging from topics like shared code base through competition for the desktop space. To me, these two players have always been the underdogs battling for the right to go head-to-head against VMware in the main enterprise (and now cloud) virtual data center event. I’ve long said here that I think Microsoft is in the best position to make that move, but to be honest, Citrix currently has better technology. In other words, Microsoft has a better strategic play, Citrix a better tactical play. The announcements that came of out Synergy last week prove that. Citrix knows what it’s doing and they know how to build virtualization products to compete with VMware. As has been asked many times before, here and elsewhere:... (more)

Analyst Firm Launches "ZapThink on Ulitzer"

SOA Industry Analysis and Advisory Firm ZapThink launched a topic site ZapThink on Ulitzer. ZapThink is an IT advisory and analysis firm that provides trusted advice and critical insight into the architectural and organizational changes brought about by the movement to XML, Web Services, and Service Orientation.We provide our three target audiences of IT vendors, service providers and end-users a clear roadmap for standards-based, loosely coupled distributed computing - a vision of IT meeting the needs of the agile business. "ZapThink on Ulitzer" contributors include the firm's founder and senior analyst Ron Schmeizer and managing partner and senior analyst Jason Bloomberg. Ron Schmelzer is founder and senior analyst of ZapThink. A well-known expert in the field of XML and XML-based standards and initiatives, Ron has been featured in and written for periodicals and... (more)

Where to Plug Your Personal Brand

Consistency builds brands, and this is especially true when it comes to personal branding.  Once you have identified your own one-or-two-word personal brand and have developed the supporting brand statement or pitch, it is essential that you communicate them consistently across all of the channels in which you participate. The more consistent all of your own marketing efforts are both online and offline, the more powerful and memorable your personal brand impression will be on all current and prospective stakeholders in your career. Regardless of where you are in your own personal branding process, here is a shortlist of just some of the places where you can plug your personal brand in order to optimize the delivery and effect of your personal brand: •    Website/Blog: If you are interested in creating your own website or blog or already have one, this is a great pla... (more)

Google Apps Get Into Enterprise Provisioning Systems

An important milestone just got passed by Google – one of the big enterprise identity management vendors out there – Quest Software (full disclosure: I am working for the company) – has added Google Apps as a directory to which they can provision identities and access. One might argue that this is a small thing considering that Quest is by far not the first vendor to enter Google’s ecosystem. Google Solutions Marketplace lists a few hundred solutions and services around Google Apps and Enterprise Search. However, Quest is the first among the big systems management (Quest, HP, CA, BMC, Symantec) and identity management (Quest, Oracle, Sun, Novell) vendors to get in there and this is a very important milestone for Google’s acceptance in the enterprise. Technically, what Quest did was adding a Google Apps “connector” into their identity management and provisioning pla... (more)