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VMware Hardened Virtual Appliance Operations Guide

VMware recently released the Hardened Virtual Appliance Operations Guide. This whitepaper was written to assist with the additional components that an administrator may choose to implement on the hardened virtual appliances. You see VMware created a hardened virtual appliance “by embedding the technical requirements of the STIG in the design”. What the heck am I […]

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Passwords… 123456… What’s The Big Deal?

I was recently flying to California and sat next to a woman on the flight who worked for a biometrics company. The discussion of biometrics for use in authentication has always been interesting topic in my world and certainly in my Federal realm. Dealing with biometrics when it comes to war times is a difficult […]

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Security vs. Compliance

As a security evangelist, I talk security… but let me be clearer, I don’t talk compliance. Ok, so maybe I talk about compliance as well but one thing that I always stress is that security and compliance are not the same thing. Not even close. Compliance is a check box mentality. Well, to be specific… […]

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Do as I Say, Not as I Do – Security

The great thing about my new job… I get to talk about security all day. Whether it is talking about VMware vCloud Networking and Security or the security of the hypervisor or even security requirements or just sitting around with co-workers… security is my game and I am here to play Recently though I got […]

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Facebook Security

This post was composed in March 2013. I wanted to make this clear because I am pretty sure that Facebook will change their security settings again and this will post will be completely out of date. You see Facebook is now allowing codes to be used when accessing your account. We all know that passwords […]

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DoD New Security Safeguards

DoD recently sent out a tweet (@DeptofDefense) informing all that they have “bolstered safeguards for security information“. After reviewing how they bolstered it, I found it interesting that they would do so much as tweet this insight. If you review the information, it really just talked about how “management” would be notified if information was […]

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Antivirus … Why exactly do we use this software?

Don’t you love it when you hear a song and it just sets you into this mood… Makes you want to dance and sing down the aisle of the airplane? NO?… oh.. maybe it is just me. Any way, the song isn’t the focus of this post. That Dell laptop the man next to me […]

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FedRAMP : Cloud Controls to Manage Risk

Just like I did for FISMA, I wanted to review the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program Security Controls (FedRAMP) current release and provide you with my view of it. They indicate the purpose of the document is to “list the security controls and corresponding enhancements that Federal Agencies and Cloud Service Providers (CSP) must […]

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Policies Are (some) Man’s Best Friend

I recently got into a discussion (not an argument… a discussion) with a fellow electrical engineer. We were discussing the impact of Steve Jobs and his recent passing. To be completely honest, I am a true Apple believer through and through. To the 6 iPods, 3 Mac laptops, iPad, iPhone, AirPort, and my personal favorite, […]

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