Fortinet's Web App Firewall, App Engine and Azure, Confirmit, Android and iPhone

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Fortinet's Web App Firewall, App Engine and Azure, Confirmit, Android and iPhone

Network security and unified threat management provider Fortinet has announced that its FortiWeb-1000B Web application firewall appliance has successfully hurdled the Web Application Firewall Certification offered by ICSA labs, the independent division of Verizon Business that performs certification and vendor-neutral security product testing. The FortiWeb-1000B successfully passed security policy enforcement regarding the protection of HTTPS and HTTP Web-based applications.

The Web Application Firewall Certification has been developed to aid security managers who may need vendor-neutral reports regarding product effectiveness. Companies developing Web application firewall (WAF) products and which wish to have them certified by ICSA Labs must have crafted them well enough for them to pass the exacting performance, platform security and functional requirements that ICSA Labs uses as standards.
Fortinet's FortiWeb XML and Web application product line offers buyers protection, balance and acceleration of databases, Web applications and the information they work with and exchange. FortiWeb is designed for medium to large enterprises, SaaS providers and application services.
It improves the security of confidential information, protects Web-based applications and helps with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and regulatory compliance. Going beyond traditional Web application firewalls, FortiWeb offers application acceleration, XML security enforcement and server load balancing.
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If we're talking just the past month, then Google's cloud, App Engine, is faster than Microsoft's Azure.
Azure "was also consistently slower than at least one of Amazon's EC2 data centers, according to a live benchmarking service known as," according to industry observer Julie Bort.
Google's average "was about 1 second faster than Azure's, at least for the last 30 days," she reported.
CloudSleuth, Bort says, "was created as a free online service by Compuware. These are the same folks that built the Gomez benchmarking tests that monitor Web app performance metrics such as comparing the same Web site loading into different browsers."
While playing with this site, Bort says, she "noticed that in the past few hours and days, Azure has been performing faster than all the other clouds except OpSource."
So evidently it matters when and where you access on how fast your times are. And no doubt we'll be drummed out of the tech writing fraternity for suggesting this, but really, friends, is one second's difference being "faster?"
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Honey, are you reading this? My birthday's coming up, you know. No, forget the iPhone 4, that's okay. Passing fancy. Here, take a look at this picture...
A spokesman for T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telekom says that "an HTC-built Android phone capable of HSPA+ speeds will launch in September, followed by another device in the fourth quarter sometime before the holidays," according to industry observer Nilay Patel.
As Patel notes, "T-Mobile might be busy expanding its we-swear-it's-like-4G HSPA+ network to all sorts of metro areas in the U.S., but those theoretical 21Mbps speeds have been limited to those wielding WebConnect Rocketdata cards, not any actual phones."
It might get even better, too, if the UnLockr has it right - "according to TmoNews, it would seem that T-Mobile has plans to double their up and coming HSPA+ network from 21mbps to 42mbps which would allow them to not have to switch to a new 4G network from 21mbps to 42mbps which would allow them to not have to switch to a new 4G technology to compete with Verizon's LTE network due out at the end of 2011."
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Confirmit officials say they have launched a new SMS Survey Extension, allowing Confirmit users to "make immediate use of SMS surveys to engage with people for 'in the moment' feedback."
Built by Confirmit, the SMS Surveys extension is being billed by company officials as a way to reach more people with "tailored text-based cell phone surveys." With mobile devices now outnumbering PCs by a factor of 5 to 1 worldwide, and with most of those mobile devices capable of sending and receiving SMS messages, Confirmit officials believe this method of engagement has "high potential reach."
Pat Molloy, Chief Strategy Officer at Confirmit, said the company sees this as a natural extension to Confirmit, "in a world that is increasingly mobile and in which instant feedback is often an important part of an overall research and feedback effort."
Particularly suited to short feedback surveys, such as Point-of-Sale or customer service experience, Molloy says SMS surveys let organizations "get closer to respondents by contacting them in a way that is quick and convenient for them."
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More information about the biological effects of non-ionizing radiation from wireless technology is coming out every day. Enough is not being done by cities, counties, states and the Federal Government to protect us from the potentially devastating health and environmental effects. Through the 1996 telecommunications act the telecoms are shielded from liability and oversight. Initially cell phones were released with no pre-market safety testing despite the fact the Government and the Military have known for over 50 years that radio frequency is harmful to all biological systems (inthesenewtimes dot com/2009/05/02/6458/.). Health studies were suppressed and the 4 trillion dollar a year industry was given what amounts to a license to kill.
On it's face, the 1996 telecommunications act is unconstitutional and a cover-up. Within the fine print city governments are not allowed to consider "environmental" effects from cell towers. They should anyway! It is the moral and legal obligation of our government to protect our health and welfare? Or is it? When did this become an obsolete concept? A cell tower is a microwave weapon capable of causing cancer, genetic damage & other biological problems. Bees, bats, humans, plants and trees are all affected by RF & EMF. Communities fight to keep cell towers away from schools yet they allow the school boards to install wi fi in all of our schools thereby irradiating our kids for 6-7 hours each day. Kids go home and the genetic assault continues with DECT portable phones, cell phones, wi fi and Wii's. A tsunami of cancers and early alzheimer's await our kids. Young people under the age of 20 are 420% more at risk of forming brain tumors (Swedish study, Dr. Lennart Hardell) because of their soft skulls, brain size and cell turn over time. Instead of teaching "safer" cell phone use and the dangers of wireless technology our schools mindlessly rush to wireless bending to industry pressure rather than informed decision making. We teach about alcohol, tobacco, drugs and safe sex but not about "safer" cell phone use. We are in a wireless trance, scientists are panicking while young brains, ovaries and sperm burns.

Have you stopped writing this blog, David? Where will i go for my astroichthyology?

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