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We have previously written about Kyrus Tech Inc and have highlighted their unique capability called Carbon Black. We have worked with the team of experts there in the past and I am very proud to have been professionally associated with Michael Tanji since we were both in government in the mid 1990′s. We have also been privileged to have worked with and learned from cyber teams at Microsoft for years and know many great professionals there.  In part because of that it was especially great to read the press release below that shows how Microsoft and Kyrus Tech have combined their strengths to help reduce a particularly nasty vector of cyber crime. Their collaborative work has helped disrupt the massive Zeus cybercrime operation. For details on the role of Kyrus see: http://www.kyrus-tech.com/blog/ We also recommend a review of the press release below from: http://ww... (more)

Two Years Later, Florida Court Has Yet to Rule to Evict People from Sofia's Home | @FuatKircaali @DianeRMacedo

Six years have passed since the global news coverage of Sofia's abduction to Syria and she has now been waiting for more than two years for the Broward County Court's decision in Florida to evict the occupants of her home, so she can return to the U.S. and "finally" resume her normal life at the age of eight. In 2011, her mother's Florida Attorney Susan R. Brown convinced Honorable Judge Arthur Birken to give temporary custody of Sofia to her mother; months later Sofia ended up in Syria with her mom and stayed there for several years until the civil war broke. A year after the Broward County Court's "worst custody ruling" in Florida, and after world-wide media outrage, Honorable Judge Arthur Birken contacted me and extended the sole custody of my daughter to me. This didn't help get Sofia out of Syria for three more years. In the mean time, since June 2015, Sofia's... (more)

Open Letter to the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad

Thursday, July 29, 2010 Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey   To the President of Syria, Mr. and Mrs. Bashar al-Assad Mr. and Mrs. President Bashar al-Assad: At the tender age of 17 months my severely ill daughter Sofia, an American citizen, was abducted by her mother on Monday, July 26, in Istanbul, Turkey, and taken to Syria. Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story I was informed yesterday by Sofia's mother that she will not be coming back to the United States nor will she allow Sofia to return home. Sofia has been diagnosed with a severe medical condition that requires immediate treatment in the United States. It was scheduled to start on July 27, 2010, in New Jersey, the day after her abduction and was supposed to last until she reaches the age of 3. Any delay in the urgently needed treatment will result in a life-long disability for Sofia and make her dependent for the whole of her a... (more)

Cleversafe Engineers a New Dispersed Compute Storage Solution with Hadoop

Cleversafe provides dispersed storage solutions that give infinite scale and cost-effective data storage/protection/access. Apache Hadoop and the CDH4 distribution provides all the required software for implementing MapReduce and the other chores associated with analysis over massive quantities of data. What if these two capabilities could be combined in a smart, well engineered way? The potential impact on analysis of Big Data capabilities would be huge if this were to happen. Cleversafe engineers have been working on this very thing and today are announcing a dispersed storage solution can run Hadoop. This  is way cool. I had an opportunity to speak with Cleversafe’s VP of Product Strategy, Russ Kennedy and their Director of Federal Solutions, Bobby Caudill about this announcement. Here is what I took away from the conversation: This new ability to combine computat... (more)

SMAC News Weekly – Week of June 23, 2013

Welcome to SMAC News Weekly, featuring the latest news and numbers relating to SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) that I come across each week. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Kevin Benedict’s What’s New in HTML5 Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Analyst firm Gartner predicts enterprises adopting Big Data technologies will "outperform competitors by 20 percent in every available financial metric."  Read Original Content The U.S. Air Force has recruited a team of engineering and software companies to develop a new energy management system for Eglin Air Force Base in Florida that brings the benefits of big data to enhancing the military’s operating environment.  Read Original Content Adobe is now offering the Adob... (more)

Neelie Takes to the Soapbox

Europe’s antitrust chief Neelie Kroes, who has now taken on the role of open standards evangelist, gave a speech at OpenForum Europe the other day recommending that business and government adopt “open standards.” “Open standards” in Neelie’s mouth is code for “open source” or at least “not Microsoft.” “I know a smart business decision when I see one – choosing open standards is a very smart business decision indeed,” she said, summarizing her position. “No citizen or company should be forced or encouraged to choose a closed technology over an open one.” “I fail to see the interest of consumers in including proprietary technology in standards when there are no clear and demonstrable benefits over non-proprietary alternatives.” She claimed vendor lock-in is a government... (more)

Sun Federal's Dr Harry Foxwell to Speak at 1st Annual GovIT Expo

Cloud computing leverages a myriad of Virtualization technologies. In his session at 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo (GovITExpo.com), Harry Foxwell of Sun Microsystems Federal will review and discuss the benefits and trade-offs of applying the various virtualization techniques within the cloud. GovITExpo, which is being held October 6, 2009 in Washington, DC, builds on the success of SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo, the fastest-growing conference anywhere in the world devoted to the delivery of massively scalable IT as a service using Internet technologies. Data storage, security and software services are among the major themes of the technical program. About the Speaker: Dr Harry Foxwell is Chief Technologist, Sun Microsystems Federal, Inc. Cloud Computing is one three main tracks. According to the Washington Post this week, the U.S. Census Bureau is using Sa... (more)

DoD's Mark Krzysko to Speak at 1st Annual GovIT Expo

February 29, 2008 marked the start of change in the Department of Defense's management of its Major Defense Acquisition Program (MDAP) portfolio. On that day, authoritative Earned Value Management and Unit Cost information was available, on demand, to support DoD Secretariat decision making on 12 MDAPs totaling $103B. Today, the capability provides broader cost, schedule, and performance information for 37 MDAPs totaling $1.2T. "This effort combines Departmental and data governance with SOA to improve the timeliness and authoritativeness of critical program oversight data, which permits continued operation of stakeholders' own business systems, while standardizing the available data and external interfaces," says Mark Krzysko, who serves as the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (ADUSD) for Business Transformation and will be presenting a case Study on th... (more)

Cloud Expo New York Call for Papers Now Open

Early Bird Savings Cloud Expo Cloud computing is a game changer. The cloud is disrupting traditional software and hardware business models by disrupting how IT service gets delivered. Entrepreneurial opportunities abound as this classic disruptive technology begins to proliferate, so it is no surprise that SYS-CON's industry-leading International Cloud Expo is going from strength to strength. The 5th International Cloud Expo, to be held April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, announces that its Call for Papers is fast approaching. Topics on which submission are welcome include all aspects of providing or using massively scalable IT-related capabilities as a service using Internet technologies (see suggested examples below). Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is The Cloud: submit your speaking propos... (more)

Shades of the Blitz! Cloud Wars Loom Over Washington

For its next trick, the unquenchable, super-ambitious Google is gonna try taking over the US government. On Tuesday, after the first federal CIO Vivek Kundra unveiled Apps.gov, a thinly populated, GSA-managed, almost completely salesforce.com- and Google-dominated web store where federal agencies are supposed to go to get GSA-sanctioned cloud applications and “coming soon” infrastructure services as well as free software like YouTube, Facebook and MySpace, Google said that by next year it would have a government-specific version of Google Apps that meet security requirements and complies with the Federal Information security Management Act (FISMA) and such. It’s also working on a government cloud, set for debut in 2010, that promises to keep the data inside the United States of America operated by people with security clearances. Then there’s Google for the Public ... (more)

ASP.NET Membership Provider in the Cloud

Azure Cloud on Ulitzer Let's take a look at this pretty common scenario. You're building an ASP.NET application (MVC or otherwise) and you intend to publish it in the cloud and you're using Azure Storage (not SQL Azure) for your underlying data store. You've already hooked your app up with the sample Azure-based Membership provider that comes with the Azure SDK and everything is running along nicely. Your application has quite a bit of administrator-only functionality so, after you've been using it locally for a while you put in some safeguards to block access to the admin areas unless the user is in the Administrators role. That's awesome and ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC both have some really great code shortcuts for enabling this kind of situation and you can make yourself an administrator pretty darn easily. So you're an admin and you deploy your application to stag... (more)