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Monday, July 28, 2008

Will All of the Bobble Heads Please Stand Up?

As do most sales organizations, Kforce frequently motivates its employees with exciting incentives and opportunities to shine. As a Kforce 'rookie,' I have been part of one of our most recent contests, The Rookie Rally, which rewards the top rookies in each business line with one of the most unique prizes ever heard of- a custom bobble head of our CEO.

Well, if they hadn't sent me my very own Dave Dunkel bobble head, I wouldn't have believed it, but, I won The Rookie Rally for Kforce's Technology Division, and now I have my very own minature Dave Dunkel! He arrived last week, and although Ethan (my two-year-old) almost decapitated him on the car ride home, Dave did make it safely back to Kforce Orlando. As you'll see in the picture below, I am now proudly displaying my tiny CEO prominently on my desk. He is perched high atop my cube walls, keeping an eye on all I do.

The Tiniest CEO Ever

And, oh are my fellow cubies jealous. Rob Reading, my colleague on the Finance and Accounting team, won the rally fourth quarter last year, but his little CEO failed to arrive. I had to pry Dave away from him after this picture was snapped.
Rob Reading Coveting The Tiniest CEO Ever

So, if you're interested in meeting my CEO when I come out to visit just let me know. I may not be able to get him there in person, but I can certainly bring a life-like representation. And, naturally, if you've ever won a crazy corporate prize, I'd love to hear about it!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Central Florida Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Chapter Meeting

Just in case you're looking for a great new techie group to join, I thought I'd throw this one out there. Dan LoPresto of Brighthouse Networks recently introduced me to the Central Florida Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association. I attended the July meeting and I really enjoyed it and learned a lot. If any of you plan to attend, let me know, and I'll see you there! You can register via the links below.


The following are details for our next Central Florida Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Chapter Meeting.

Date: Tuesday August 12, 2008

Location: National Center for Forensic Science, Room 102, 12354 Research Parkway, Orlando, Florida 32826. Near University of Central Florida (UCF) NAVAIR station.

Drawing Prizes: Norton 360 (3-user license) and others!

Lunch: ISSA of Central FL will order sandwiches from Firehouse Subs, compliments of Protegrity. Meeting registration required, please click the following link to register:

There is no cost to attend this meeting and you need not be a member of ISSA. If you'd like to learn more about the ISSA and/or join, please click here: Speaker: Ulf Mattsson, Chief Technology Officer, Protegrity Corporation

Speaker Bio:

Ulf T. Mattsson, Chief Technology Officer, Protegrity Corporation, created the initial architecture of Protegrity’s database security technology, for which the company owns several key patents. His extensive IT and security industry experience includes 20 years with IBM as a manager of software development and a consulting resource to IBM's Research and Development organization. He specializes in the areas of IT Architecture and IT Security. Ulf is the inventor of a number of European and U.S. patents in the areas of Encryption Key Management, Separation of Duties, Policy Driven Data Encryption, Internal Threat Protection, Data Usage Control, Dynamic Access Control, Intrusion Prevention and Cross System Layer Security. He holds a master's degree in physics, a degree in finance and a degree in electrical engineering. Ulf is an IBM Certified IT Architect and a research member of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) WG 11.3 Data and Application Security.

Presentation Title: Enterprise Data Protection - Understanding your Options and Strategies

Presentation Abstract:

The session will review the different options for data protection strategies for PCI DSS and other regulations. We will present case studies on data protection in an enterprise environment. We will position different solutions that can protect the enterprise data against advanced attacks from internal and external sources. We will show how to provide a balanced mix of different approaches to protect sensitive information like credit cards across different systems in the enterprise, including tokenization, encryption and hashing. We will show how to balance performance and security, in real-world scenarios, and recommend when to use encryption at the database level, application level and file level. This session will also present methods to protect the entire data flow across systems in an enterprise while minimizing the need for cryptographic services.
Review of case studies on enterprise data protection
How to prevent internal and external threats
Review solutions for enterprise data encryption and key management
How to prevent data misuse and advanced attacks on data
How to protect the entire enterprise data flow
How to develop a database encryption strategy balancing security, performance and other aspects
Review and position different solution alternatives

About Protegrity:

Protegrity, the leader in Enterprise Data Security Management, delivers centralized data security management solutions that protect sensitive information from acquisition to deletion across the enterprise.

Meeting Agenda:

Arrival, Networking & Registration

Speaker Presentation & Q&A

Lunch (Sandwiches & soda)

Raffle, Chapter Business and Wrap-up