Security is a state of mind. It can be somewhat an abstract concept until it is pierced by some criminal act. Once breached, there are constant reminders, whether in the form of taller fences or long security lines, of the vulnerability we face due to unsavory actors . We had a recent event on the southern edges of Silicon Valley that pointed to security weaknesses in the telecommunications’ infrastructure.
Could the Outage in Santa Clara County Been Prevented or Alleviated By Alan Weissberger
On Thursday April 9th, Internet, cell phone, and land-line phone service were all out of service for customers in parts of Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties. Even 911 calls weren’t going through. The culprit was a gang of rogues that cut 10 AT&T fiber optic cables in 4 different locations. In this article on that disruption, Alan Weissberger makes the argument that WiMAX could have provided a level of redundancy that would have ameliorated the effects of this criminal act. Click here to read the rest of the article.
Critical Infrastructures Impacted by Cyberspace By Roger Bindl
Sami Saydjari, president of the Cyber Defense Agency, stressed the importance of maintaining a secure telecommunications infrastructure in this exclusive video interview with Roger Bindl. Bindl was the only video reporter at the Cyberspace Symposium last week in Omaha. This conference was notable in that it received national coverage, especially with regards to the vulnerability of the U.S.’ electrical grid. In this video interview, Saydjari gives his thoughts on the current state of telecom security. Click here to view the video.
Cyberspace: The New Battleground By Roger Bindl
In this video clip, Roger provides an overview of the Cyberspace Symposium. This first-ever symposium was important as it was a recognation that cyberspace is another potential battlefield for military planners to master, whether the threat is from terrorist groups or from rogue nations. A change of culture seems to be a common theme of many of the comments and part of this is adapting to and understanding the Web 2.0 world. Click here to view Roger’s summary video of this multi-day event.
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News on demand – a concept that has been around for along time, but was it was just an abstract notion for me until recently. Anthony Bontranger of 1cast let me know, via a Facebook comment on my recent story about the Gphone, that this new service is now available as an application for both the G Phone and iPhone. Click here to read the rest of the post.
MTA had a very moving video production that summarized, in pictures and soundtrack, 100 years of their association. When I saw the video at the opening event, I was impressed and wondered who did the production. I was thrilled to learn that friend and fellow video producer, Jeanne Wilber of Melrose Telephone/Diversicom/SCTV 19, was behind this production. Check out the clip here, see how many faces you recognize and purchase a copy of the DVD by clicking here.
George Henny forwarded an interesting video a few weeks back. It was intriguing, as it left me wanting to know more about the interactive white board he had created using a Wii remote and a home grown electronics circuit. What George and his IT colleague, Wayne Jeffers devised was effectively an interactive white board that normally would cost thousands of dollars for about $60 in parts (including the Wii remote).
Henny explained that he was inspired by a video from a guy named Johnny Lee who came up with the idea and developed the software. Jeffers constructed an infrared LED pen, which provides positioning information to the Wii remote. Bluetooth connects the Wii remote to a PC and create an interactive white board or a low-cost tablet PC. Henny believes this could be a cost-effective solution for schools wanting the benefits of interactive white boards and has already presented it to his local school district.
George is speaking at next week’s IP Possibilities conference in San Diego and promises to bring this set-up with him. In the meantime, you can check George out in this video and the video that is within the video.