Upcoming May IT Manager Webcasts

Each month I post the upcoming IT manager focused webcasts for the following month. But don’t forget that if you miss the live webcast dates or, if you’re like me and don’t like to commit to a specific time for a webcast, you can download these after they’ve aired or download other past webcasts on…


Community Connection Event Notes

As part of the launch events for Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008, there are a number of Community Connection Events happening across the country in 14 cities. My colleague, Rick, does a great job of explaining in detail what these events are. The most exciting part of these events, in…


Taking the Complexity out of IT Security

Once upon a time, securing your IT environment meant sticking a firewall between your network and the Internet. These days there’s a lot more to it. IT security needs to be implemented on multiple levels and actively managed which makes things a tad more complex. This month’s IT Manager Podcast focuses on that complexity -…

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Live from SecTor

Having worked in IT for many years and having had to clean up mail servers at organizations that had been used to relay spam and file servers that had been conscripted to be used as repositories for contraband movie files, I know what can happen when you leave your systems vulnerable. So when we added…

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Roadmap Wrap-up

The IT Executive Roadmap Tour finished up a couple of weeks ago, and several people have asked me for links to the PowerPoint presentations. They were posted a week or so ago, but I’m only remembering to blog about it now. You can find them here along with webcasts of the sessions (from our Calgary…


Illuminating the Black Art of Security

A while ago I had an opportunity to talk to Bruce Cowper, one of the organizers of an upcoming security conference happening in Toronto, called SecTor. If you’re at all concerned or interested in security you should consider going, especially if you couldn’t make it to this year’s Black Hat or DEFCON events. SecTor is a community…


[IT Manager Podcast Series] Defense in Depth

There seems to be a story in the news every day about a company whose computer systems have been breached and client information has been leaked. It’s every IT manager’s worst fear. This month’s podcast from the IT Manager Podcast Series has industry experts discussing the reasons security policies can fail, how to protect the application layer and what “defense…


Vista Security Webcasts

Security is always a hot topic and many people have been asking about the new security features in Vista and how to make the best use of them in a corporate environment. My colleague Rodney Buike is doing a series of webcasts on the subject that you won’t want to miss. Information and links to…

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The Fairest of Them All?

Very few organizations operate in a one OS vendor world. Sometimes there are good reasons to choose a different OS for a particular application or task. Sometimes it’s a technical decision, sometimes it’s political. And times though, it’s rather like a battle between religion beliefs. Microsoft often gets beat up based on the popular perception…

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Implementing Security Awareness

It would be nice if we lived in a world where everyone could be trusted. I am firm in my (perhaps naive) belief that most people can be trusted. However, in IT we’re not paid to believe in the trustworthiness of the majority, but protect company assets against the untrustworthiness of the minority. If you…