Monday, February 21, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
A great leap forward for security and the cloud. Google announced last week that they will support two factor authentication within there very popular Gmail application. I have used Gmail for years and have enjoyed how it has provided innovation within a very important aspect of communication. However, security has been a secondary consideration within the innovation life-cycle. They were one of the first to institute security questions but this is not enough these days. Especially after high-profile people have had email accounts hacked with similar security features (e.g. Sarah Palin).
So here is the way that it works. Go to this page on Google's help site and they will walk you through the options. What is great about the way they have implemented the system is that no matter what your phone situation they have you covered. So, even those with a simple land-line to the house can benefit from the increased security. The real question is whether the users will take security seriously enough to take the 5 minutes to configure.
Google has been more committed than most to the importance of security. I encourage you all to read their philosophy on security. You can read more about their philosophy here.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
We are excited about RSA next week. We are excited because of the great gathering of geeks focused on security but also because of the especially strong line-up of speakers. Not only will there be a strong line-up of speakers, Janet Napolitano the US Department of Homeland Security, FBI Director Rober Mueller, and Howard Schmidt from US Cybersecurity are just a few. But we will also have a strong line-up of Oracle speakers:
On Wednesday, Feb. 16 at 8:30am:
Cloud Computing: A Brave New World for Security and Privacy (CLD-201)
Speaker: Michelle Dennedy , Vice President, Security and Privacy Solutions, Oracle
Thursday, February 17 at 8:30 AM
Databases Under Attack - Securing Heterogeneous Database Infrastructures (DAS-301)
Speaker: Vipin Samar ,Vice President, Oracle Database Security, Oracle
Friday, February 18 at 10:10 AM
Seven Steps to Protecting Databases (DAS-402)
Speaker: Steve Moyle , Chief Technology Officer, Oracle Database Firewall, Oracle
Scott Gaetjen, book co-author: Applied Oracle Security : Developing Secure Database and Middleware Environments will be signing books at the Oracle booth on the following days.
- Tuesday, February 15, 12:00pm-1:00pm and 5:00-6:00pm
- Wednesday, February 16, 12:00pm-1:00pm and 5:00-6:00p
Oracle will have a booth at the expo hall throughout the event so please come by and share, learn and participate with us at the event.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
February is a great month! Not only did we get to see a great Super Bowl last weekend between Pittsburgh and Green Bay but we have the inaugural Oracle Security Online Forum (Feb. 24) and the RSA Conference at Moscone Center (Feb. 14-19). Yes, this means that Valentines Day will be celebrated in San Francisco - great reason to bring the wife along - but also that a large number of security geeks will be in the city as well.
We will have a booth at the RSA Conference and we have over 40 people involved in the show speaking, attending and participating. Please feel free to drop by and let us know what you are working on or to get questions answered. This is one of the best collection of security professionals in the industry so don't miss the opportunity to participate.
The Oracle and Accenture Security Online Forum, Thursday Feb. 24, will be a virtual seminar with security leaders from Oracle and Accenture sharing insights on how to secure enterprise assets. Here are some of the great speakers from the event but for a complete list and to register go here.
- Mary Ann Davidson, Oracle’s Chief Security Officer—on industry-leading standards, technologies, and practices that ensure that Oracle products—and your entire system—remain as secure as possible.
- Jeff Margolies, Partner, Accenture’s Security Practice—on key security trends and solutions to prepare for in 2011 and beyond.
- Vipin Samar, Vice President of Oracle Database Security solutions – on new approaches to protecting data and database infrastructure against evolving threats.
- Tom Kyte, Senior Technical Architect and Oracle Database Guru—on how you can safeguard your enterprise application data with Oracle’s Database Security solutions.
- Nishant Kaushik, Oracle’s Chief Identity Strategist on how organizations can look to Oracle Identity Management solutions to help them reduce fraud and streamline compliance.