More Baselining Ideas – The Baselining Process

James TaralaAssurance

So I’ve had some questions about exactly what I mean by baselining and what types of things an auditor should be baselining when they’re examining a system. So let me take a few words to clarify what I meant. First of all remember, the reason we perform a baseline is to determine if changes to the system change the security … Read More

Why is Everyone Talking about Social Networking?

Kelli TaralaAssurance, Information Security Awareness, Sharpen the Saw

This is the fourth article in our information security awareness series for the month of October.  Enjoy! You have probably heard about Internet applications like Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.   Perhaps you have received email invitations to join these online communities.   These software platforms are collectively referred to as social networking- a term applied to people and groups using technology to … Read More

Phase 5- WHO Raises Alert Level Again

Kelli TaralaAssurance

The World Health Organization (WHO) raised its pandemic alert level to Phase 5, its second-highest level. This indicates the outbreak of swine flu is nearing widespread human infection.
Dr. Margaret Chan, the U.N. agency’s director-general, said the decision to raise the alert to level five on its six-point scale means all countries “should immediately now […]

WHO raises its pandemic alert level Phase 4. Biosurveillance startup knew first

Kelli TaralaAssurance

Things have gotten more serious with the Swine Flu situation both in the USA as well as world-wide. Early this evening, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised its pandemic alert level to phase 4, indicating a significantly increased risk of a global outbreak of a serious disease.   In a related note, WHO revised its 6-point […]

WHO raises its pandemic alert level phase 4- SwineFlu Chatter

Kelli TaralaAssurance

Things have gotten more serious with the Swine Flu situation both in the USA as well as world-wide. Early this evening, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised its pandemic alert level to phase 4, indicating a significantly increased risk of a global outbreak of a serious disease. In a related note, WHO revised its 6-point […]

Recycling old Paper Mills into Data Centers

Kelli TaralaAssurance

Even though this is primarily an information security blog, I wanted to share an interesting story regarding Google’s decision to convert an old paper mill into a data center in Finnland. I grew up in Central Wisconsin where there are many old paper mills, and the mill where my father worked was closed down last […]

Audit Firm Sues Partner for Insider Trading

Kelli TaralaAssurance, Audit

Deloitte & Touche has brought an insider-trading lawsuit against a former partner and vice chairman, Thomas Flanagan from Deloitte’s Chicago office. In a case filed in Delaware Chancery Court in late October, the audit firm sued Thomas Flanagan, a 30-year veteran of the firm, accusing him of improperly trading in the securities of at least […]

National Office of Cyberspace

Kelli TaralaAssurance

A wide range of legislators and security experts serving on The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency recommended that a new office in the Executive Office of the President be created. This could mean that ultimate authority would reside Executive Office of the President, and government agencies […]