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Alan Shimel's Blog It is easy to dismiss Don Dodge's piece asking 'Do You Really Want Your Data in the Cloud?' as a Microsoft guy defending their turf. He uses some recent uptime problems at Amazon, Twitter, Disqus and Typepad to show that keeping your information in the cloud and relying on the net to deliver your applications gives you less control, less security, less scalability and less reliability. Don has a point, even though net access and SaaS services are much more mature than they were in the past, there are always the times when it does not work. For that matter, cell phones, blackberries, and cable TV don't always work either. An indication of how vital something has become is how much we miss it if it is not available. But to the point, I remember when the personal computer first came into being. The idea of your data and the applications being "portable... (more)

Using Open Source for Network Security

In this session Alan Shimel will discuss trends in open source, focusing on the benefits and challenges of using open source for network security and with regulatory compliance. He will outline the many advantages to using open standards (which includes open source) in product development, especially in network security where integration has become the "holy grail." In addition he will discuss why open source is no longer in the age of innocence, especially in security markets such as intrusion detection/prevention and vulnerability management, and provide recommendations for tak... (more)