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Networking - Part 2

June 16, 2010 3:52 PM | 0 Comments
Last week I talked about the importance of networking and promised to follow up with some tips that have been helpful to me. These are some things to think about when networking.
1.       Be patient- most people I've run in to at events are there to help their business or to support a cause or group. You can spot the impatient networker from across the room. Pushy is a turn off.
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The importance of networking

June 9, 2010 5:28 PM | 0 Comments
From a very young age, my father's advice to me was to go out and get involved. Join groups, attend events, meet people. As an educated immigrant who came to the United States with little money, he learned from starting his own company "If you want to be in business, you have to be in politics." That was the principal on which I based many of my decisions. From a very young age, I knew I wanted to own a business.
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There was a show on after the Super Bowl last week called Undercover Boss. It followed an executive of a large company, Waste Management, as he disguised his identity to get a front line view of how his company operates and to gauge the impact of his policies on the people actually doing the work. The experiences were so impactful for him that he used them to make real changes in the way his company operated. It was such an interesting show that I couldn't wait for the second episode this past Sunday.

This week's CEO was the head of Hooters who went undercover at several restaurants as well as the Hooters plant that manufactures their sauces and dressings. I was really struck by how different the two episodes were. Continue Reading...

The Road to PCI

December 28, 2009 9:57 AM | 0 Comments
Securing the network isn't usually what comes to mind when people think of PCI, or PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard). For businesses that process credit cards, which include retail organizations and a growing number of government, education, and healthcare facilities, complying with PCI means getting rid of credit card numbers after they are processed and encrypting payment data. In reality, if access to an organization's network isn't tightly monitored and controlled, many of the other PCI guidelines are useless. Ensuring the security of the network transactions are processed on is imperative.

First, the basics: The objective of PCI is to implement a worldwide information security standard so that all merchants that accept credit cards would be required to protect cardholder data by complying with a set of universal security standards. Continue Reading...

Where Security and Compliance Meet

December 9, 2009 9:26 AM | 0 Comments
In my role as CEO of a technology company, I am constantly evaluating the market and working to understand the needs of IT departments and the technology industry as a whole. My company, eTelemetry, makes products that solve a host of IT-related problems, with a focus on security and compliance

In conducting market research and talking to IT staff in the field, I am always surprised to see compliance and security officers operating independent of one another. Sure, not all compliance is security compliance, but the two intersect in enough ways to warrant tight collaboration. Not only do data security regulations, such as Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards, require additional network visibility and control, but regulations that may on the surface seem unrelated to IT, such as those involving personnel actions, often require documentation from IT relating to an employee's online activity. Continue Reading...


November 30, 2009 8:56 AM | 0 Comments

Thank you for taking the time to stop and read my newly created blog. I intend on using this forum to discuss issues concerning regulatory compliance and the challenges currently faced by IT staff in gaining visibility and control of their network resources. I hope that you will check with me regularly and contribute to the conversation. I welcome all suggestions and look forward to discussing the trends, developments and issues in NAC, E911 and PCI compliance, Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Bandwidth Management, and more.

I look forward to meeting you soon!

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