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PITTSBURGH, May 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Press Club of Western Pennsylvania announced the winners of the 49th annual Golden Quill Awards during an awards presentation tonight at the Sheraton Hotel, Station Square, Pittsburgh. The Golden Quills competition recognizes professional excellence in written, photographic, broadcast and online journalism in Western Pennsylvania. Winners and finalists of the 2013 Golden Quills are: News Illustration Winner: Daniel Marsula, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "A Capsule Guide to Addiction" Finalists: Chris Sigmund, Erie Times-News, "Inside U.S. Brig Niagara" Ben Howard and Ed Yozwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "The Marcellus Impact" Feature Illustration Winner: Daniel Marsula, Pittsburgh Quarterly, "African Americans in Pittsburgh" Finalists: Ed Yozwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Education by the Numbers" Stacy Innerst, Pitts... (more)

AlgoSec Dramatically Simplifies Migration of Application Connectivity to Virtual Data Centers

BOSTON, MA -- (Marketwired) -- 10/01/13 -- AlgoSec, the market leader for Security Policy Management, today announced the latest version of the AlgoSec Security Management Suite, which simplifies data center migration projects through an automated and application-centric approach. This new release of the Suite addresses the challenges of consolidating and migrating data centers -- and the applications they support -- to private, public or hybrid clouds through simplified, automated change workflows and the ability to easily discover the rules, objects and IPs that support specific business applications. In addition to delivering business impact analysis of network changes and providing capabilities to ensure application connectivity is maintained during a data center or server migration, the new release also includes out-of-the-box baseline configuration reports fo... (more)

Cloud Expo New York Speaker Profile: Jill T. Singer – Federal CIO Emeritus

With Cloud Expo New York | 12th Cloud Expo [June 10-13, 2013] starting next Monday, here's a look at one the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical and strategy sessions at the conference coming up June 10-13 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. We have technical and strategy sessions for you all four days dealing with every nook and cranny of Cloud Computing and Big Data, but what of those who are presenting? Who are they, where do they work, what else have they written and/or said about the Cloud that is transforming the world of Enterprise IT, side by side with the exploding use of enterprise Big Data – processed in the Cloud – to drive value for businesses...? 12TH CLOUD EXPO SPEAKER NAME: Jill Tummler Singer TWITTER: @jilltsinger ORGANIZATION: Tummler Singer Associates 12TH CLOUD EXPO SESSION TITLE: Time to Mission @ the... (more)

Don’t forget to register for FOSE 2013

By Ryan Kamauff FOSE is the nation’s premier event for government technology professionals who need tools, resources, and best practices to transition to the cloud, mitigate cybersecurity threats, and achieve the goals of the DGS while managing uncertainty and the critical need to make it all happen on-time and on-budget. “The heavy impact of sequestration and across the board budget cuts has put stress on agency training opportunities,” said Mike Eason, Vice President, Public Sector Events, 1105 Media, Inc. “We are responding by offering high-level training and educational programs for free. We hope to help advance agency missions by providing these opportunities to all government attendees.” Government attendees will receive FREE access to FOSE’s FULL educational program, including the executive-level conference featuring five tracks and over 40 comprehensive s... (more)

Cloud Computing: The Dawn of Maneuver Warfare in IT Security

The lead topic of every information technology (IT) conversation today is cloud computing. The key point within each of those conversations is inevitably cloud computing security.  Although this trend is understandable, the sad part is that these conversations will tend to focus on all the standard security pros, cons and requirements. While protecting data from corruption, loss, unauthorized access, etc. are all still required characteristics of any IT infrastructure, cloud computing changes the game in a much more profound way. Until now, IT security has been akin to early 20th century warfare.  After surveying and carefully cataloging all possible threats, the line of business (LOB) manager and IT professional would debate and eventually settle on appropriate and proportional risk mitigation strategies. The resulting IT security infrastructures and procedures t... (more)

Our Top Five Cloud Predictions for 2011: Kevin Jackson & Larry Carvalho

KEVIN L. JACKSON Editor, Government Cloud Computing on Ulitzer 1. The US Federal government will award over $2B in cloud computing related contracts. 2. The European Union will establish a European community cloud computing strategy and governance framework similar to the US FedRAMP program 3. Major cyber attacks coupled with the rapid adoption of cloud computing by governments will cause a crescendo in security concerns. 4. Concerns regarding national sovereignty vis-à-vis economic advantages of using cloud computing threaten to slow the growth of international government cloud computing. 5. Major cloud providers will adopt common, interoperable infrastructure-as-a-service technical standards. Kevin L. Jackson (right) with Cloud Expo conference chair Jeremy Geelan LARRY CARVALHO 2011 Instructor, Cloud Computing Bootcamp | New York: June 6-9 | Silicon Valley: Novembe... (more)

Assange To Turn Himself In

WikiLeaks organizer Julian Assange is apparently going to turn himself in to the British police. At least, his lawyers told the British press late Monday that they are negotiating a meeting with Scotland Yard so Assange can answer questions. His attorney Mark Stephens reportedly said, “We are in the process of making arrangements to meet with the police by consent in order to facilitate the taking of that question and answer that's needed.” The BBC said Scotland Yard is armed with an apparently valid Swedish arrest warrant and an extradition request. Where it goes from there remains to be seen. Sweden has previously refused a meeting with Assange outside the country to answer questions related to allegations of rape, sexual assault and unlawful coercion made in the name of two female Swedish WikiLeaks volunteers in two separate incidents this past summer. No Swedish... (more)

Early Bird Registration Savings for Cloud Expo New York to Expire Friday

Cloud Expo New York, June 6-9, 2011 early bird registration will expire on Friday. Gold Pass Delegates will receive full conference access for four days to all conference sessions at Cloud Computing Conference & Expo as well as the Virtualization Conference & Expo June 6-9. Register today for a Gold Pass to the 8th International Cloud Expo on June 6-9, 2011, at the Javits Center in New York City and save $500 on your full conference pass. Gold Pass registration includes: lunch on Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Welcome Reception on Day 1, and refreshment breaks, collectible conference bag and access to all conference sessions including all technical sessions, the exhibit floor, keynotes, vendor technology presentations, Cloud Computing Bootcamp and SYS-CON.TV Power Panels. Our distinguished lineup of speakers include the CIO of the National Reconnaissance Office, the CEOs of... (more)

Google vs. China, Our First Cyber War

Last week we witnessed the first Cyber War, but it didn’t go down quite as many of us expected. Instead of a group of anonymous hackers trying to take over thousands of infected PCs or trying to cut off access to critical infrastructure, we saw Google declare the first salvo in its war against Chinese censorship by moving its servers to Hong Kong. The more I thought about this, the more I realized that this was war, declared by a private company on a nation state. Just because Google doesn’t have its own army (yet), or that no actual physical weapons were fired doesn’t make it any less of a battle. And it is only going to get worse for all of us as other private firms realize that they need to take control over their servers and intellectual property. What is curious is how few companies signed up for the cyber equivalent of the coalition of the willing – GoDaddy w... (more)

Big Data Designated "Enabler" in Deloitte's 3rd Annual Tech Trends Report

Big Data - not surprisingly - features in Deloitte's just-released annual "Tech Trends" report identifying the 10 trends most likely to have an impact for CIOs in the coming year and beyond. "It's an uncommon time to have so many emerging forces – all rapidly evolving, technology-centric and each already impacting business so strongly," said Mark White, principal and chief technology officer, Deloitte Consulting LLP, as the report was announced. He continued: "The convergence of five forces offers a new set of tools, opening the door to a new set of rules for operations, performance and competition. Our report outlines the opportunity for IT to truly help elevate business performance." The five emerging technology forces he was referring to are analytics, mobility, social, cloud and cyber security. Between them, said White, they provide the opportunity for business... (more)

WikiLeaks Can Kiss MasterCard Good-Bye Too: CNET

WikiLeaks is finding it increasingly difficult to spit in the eye of an outraged establishment with impunity. MasterCard has reportedly refused to handle anymore donations to WikiLeaks and its boss Julian Assange, depriving the renegades of another source of funding after PayPal dropped them Friday and the Swiss Post closed their new bank account Monday. Cnet's web site quotes a spokesman for MasterCard Worldwide as saying "MasterCard is taking action to ensure that WikiLeaks can no longer accept MasterCard-branded products" because "MasterCard rules prohibit customers from directly or indirectly engaging in or facilitating any action that is illegal." That seems to leave only Visa through a web page hosted by an Iceland-based outfit called DataCell.com, banks accounts in Germany and Iceland and a post box in Australia where sympathizers can offer financial support... (more)