Friday, October 23, 2009

Finally, A Useful Update for the LinkedIn IPhone App

IPhone LinkedIn App Update v1.5

The LinkedIn IPhone Application has been upgraded with a more usable Inbox, with the robust features we are used to having in the full browswer version!

Summary of new features:
  1. Easy to Browse Network Updates.
  2. Pictures associated with your connections.
  3. Search the connections you have and search by keywords.
  4. Status Update.
  5. Last but not least, you can conveniently use the Inbox and Send box to get to messages with pictures associated with them.


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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Blogging: Who, What, When, Where, Why and How

Many people still don't understand the blogging revolution. So let me lend my thought leadership on the issue to those that follow my blog.

Blogger Audience
People Think of things and Needs.
People Google search on Things and Needs.
People inspect the Google search results retrieved.

The Blogger
If you have hot ideas, products, Services, talent or skills, and you love to share information, then blog! Your blog could appear in the Google search results of the People who search for things and needs.

Below are a some excellent videos I found on Youtube that uniquely describe what a blog is, and what RSS feeds do. They were created by Lee Lefever of Commoncraft.com. Additionally, I added another one of their of videos titled RSS in Plain English. Hopefully they will those who are new to blogging understand the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How about them.

Explaining Blogs in Plain English

Explaining RSS in Plain English



Sunday, October 18, 2009

Your tax dollars at work: Information Security For Small Business

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), along with the U.S. Department of  Commerce recently released a video for Small Business titled:

Information Technology Security For Small Business

I recently presented an online webinar based on the video above and the following NIST Security Guidelines:

Small Business Information Security : The Fundamentals (Security Guide for Small Business)

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, there are over 26 Million small businesses in the U.S. The reasoning why small business is considered a Critical Infrastructure Asset for America, which must be protected from Cyber Threats.

Please share this information with individuals and small business owners you know.



Friday, October 16, 2009

Stop Losing Perfectly Good Email To The Junk Mail Folder!

When is the last time you inspected your junk mail folder? Junk mail filters are great Information Security tools to keep spam and other unwanted emails out of your main email Inbox; junk email filters are not intelligent, you will need to peep into your junk mail folder often to find important emails that you may need to reply to. I recently looked in my Outlook Junk Mail folder and found lots of valid emails, that I needed to see. The lesson I learned was to view my junk email folder more often, and do create rules for the type of emails that my junk email filter grabbed. I would bet that many people just forget about the junk email folder and never view its contents. When is the last time you viewed your junk email folder?

 Email Filter & Rules Tips!
  1. View your junk email folder often; I will now view mine everyday.
  2. When you find good email in your junk email folder, adjust your junk email filters to prevent emails sent from that person, domain (@microsoft.com) or catagory from being dumped into your junk email folder.
  3. Gain email Inbox efficiency and organization by creating email rules that automatically move the email types mentioned above into folders, which would assit in finding emails quicker. 


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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Information Security For Small Business

 The following is a SlideShare I first presented via a live online webinar for the Orlando, FL chapter of the BDPA.


If you are a small business with need of Information Security knowledge. Review this presentation and if you need help protecting your critical systems or data contact me.


Julius Clark

Information Security for Small Business

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Unemployed Information Security Professional: How To Keep Your Skills Sharp

Former Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, yesterday when asked for a statement regarding the recovery of the nation's economy said; "expect unemployment to reach 10 percent and hover there for awhile."

He said this is of concern because the longer people are unemployed, they start to loose their job skills. To help Information Security professionals who are unemployed retain their skills I suggest the following:

10 Things for the Unemployed Information Technology Security Professional to Do To Stay Competitive When Between Jobs

  1. Review all of the IT Security Information you can for Microsoft's new Windows 7 .Operating System; you will be ahead of most security professionals in this area if you do.
  2. Refresh your knowledge of the SANS TOP 20 vulnerabilities; the most critical of IT Security vulnerabilities.
  3. Refresh your knowledge of NIST.gov IT Security Control Guidelines; in-depth information about security controls and countermeasures; most company's use some adaptation of NIST security guidelines.
  4. Review CCCure.org's FREE security training videos and test quizzes; can't believe this resource is free! Incrdible!
  5. Studying for a highly sought after Information Security Certification; gaining a cert will help market yourself to prospective employers.
  6. View free online IT Security Webinars; easy way to get cutting edge training.
  7. Become a speaker for other professional organizations on IT Security topics.
  8. Participate in LinkedIn Group discussions and answer questions related to IT Security; become an IT Security Thought Leader!
  9. Volunteer on an IT Security organization's Board and/ or volunteer your time teaching Computer/ Internet Security to schools or non-profit agencies; great networking opportunities.
  10. Take advantage of the time and consider creating a business plan and start an IT Security consultancy; market your services to local businesses or non-profits who normally don't have access to expert security professionals.
Best of luck,

Julius Clark, MBA, CISSP, CISA

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