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This is the second installation on my series about Computer Network Operations (CNO).  The last blog explored the actions known as Computer Network Exploitation (CNE), and as always, please feel free to comment.  Today, the topic switches from exploitation to defense. Computer Network Defense (CND): Includes actions taken via computer networks to protect, monitor, analyze, detect and respond to network attacks, intrusions, disruptions or other unauthorized actions that would compromise or cripple defense information systems and networks. Joint Pub 6.0 further outlines Computer Network Defense as an aspect of NetOps. CND essentially means keeping the bad guys out and from acquiring or altering our information.  This is something that the United States has not been particularly successful with recently.  There has been progress made, however, largely due to the recogn... (more)

Looking Good, Social Networks Growing With Flash

Userplane continues to extend its clients' Flash-based communication tools for use in various aspects of social networking. The company continues to embrace the world market through innovative use of its Instant Communicator, Web Chat, and Web Recorder applications. The types of clients using social networking are diverse, coming from areas not usually thought of having a need for such services. ChosenNet, an online Jewish community; LDS LinkUp, a community for Latter-Day Saints; and French language networking site, Amidami, are using Userplane's Community Suite to enhance their communication abilities. CityCrowd, an online site offering social and professional services to busy professionals, is another Userplane client, equipping its products with an ever increasing number of media applications. Userplane is using Macromedia Flash technology to make users' online ... (more)

Dubes Joins Conseco as President, Conseco Insurance Group

CARMEL, IN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/20/05 -- Conseco, Inc. (NYSE: CNO) today announced that Michael J. Dubes has been named President of Conseco Insurance Group (CIG), reporting to Conseco's President and CEO, William Kirsch. "I am delighted to welcome Mike to Conseco as the president of CIG," Kirsch said. "Mike is a first-class individual and a proven leader with excellent credentials in the independent insurance channel. Mike's extensive industry experience and strong record of accomplishments will allow him to play a significant role in implementing our strategy for building Conseco into a premier insurance company serving Middle America. He is well known by the management team and thus will be able to make an immediate, meaningful impact." "I am very excited about joining the Conseco leadership team," Dubes said. "Conseco has a tremendous future, and I am enthusia... (more)

Introducing the CNO Position into Large Corporations

I agree with my business partner, Roger R. Mussa, when he said that smaller companies and start-ups can get the biggest, most-immediate impact by adding a CNO. The smaller and the more flexible the organization is in order to adopt a new leadership style, the better it is for a CNO position to be quickly deployed at the early stages. However, it does not mean that it cannot be done in more complex, mature and global corporations. It certainly can. As a matter of fact, it very much depends on the leadership level of that specific organization at that moment. On the one hand, if the leadership is old-fashioned and typically top-down with a “just-do-it-or-you-are-fired” style, then it is better not even investing that much given that this kind of company may not survive in the long run, regardless of how well positioned they are today. Unless, a dramatic change in to... (more)

Heidrick & Struggles Creates the 'Rentable CEO'

Heidrick & Struggles, the big headhunter, says it's seeing "clients in need of immediate access to top talent who can step into short-term situations and solve problems quickly, or provide operating insights and advise" so it's setting up what it calls a Chief Advisor Network to fill the bill. Heidrick says it's got a "select group of proven C-Suite and senior executives" who can come in and deal with situations like turnarounds, the sudden departure of C-Level folk or a new market opportunity. It's launching the network in the U.S. and teaming with existing practices in Europe and Asia. Dr Lauren Doliva is the partner running it. ... (more)

Leadership Lessons From the Heart

CEOs lead by using their brains: they think about how to generate revenues, they ponder company vision and they constantly think about how to advance and grow their organization. Competitive analysis, differentiation, profitability, sustainable growth and innovation. Whew! Heady heads! And that's good stuff going on in the brains of business leaders. But in a down economy, you can tell real leadership by what is going on in executives' hearts. Shifting focus from profits to philanthropy is easy in good times, but in this bleak economic landscape, it takes a CEO with the right stuff to have head and heart operating at full steam. Case in point, I read a recent blog post in Fast Company about Seth Merrin, CEO of Liquidnet receiving an award from the Committee to Advance Corporate Philanthropy (co-founded by the Paul Newman Foundation). Now, Mr. Merrin is a millionaire man... (more)

Social Media is Redefining PR

"Social Media" vs "Traditional PR" discussion which was fueled by two recent blog posts by SYS-CON Media founder Fuat Kircaali; "Is the PR Business Extinct?" and "Will PR Firms Survive The Social Media Avalanche?" continues. Publicity is the act of getting “ink,” but true PR is the strategic crafting of your company’s story, according to Jack Hadley, corporate storyteller and founder of Cowork Utah, a social media workspace in Orem, Utah. Snapp Conner PR hosted the recent clinic in which Hadley shared his strategies with members of the Utah Technology Council (UTC). Hadley noted that according to marketing guru, Seth Godin, only a few companies have a publicity problem, but nearly every company has a PR problem. “Social media is further blurring the lines between PR and marketing,” Hadley said. “Social media is a phenomenon that is creating new mediums great PR fi... (more)

Chief Networking Officer and Senior Executives

You certainly have heard several stories like that of John Smith, a senior executive of a large company. He has worked for over 20 years in the major market players. He had a career up and always brought good results to their employers. He is a well recognized professional by his peers in the market. Until recently, he was the Commercial Director and a person of full confidence of a business owner. He had full power in decision making and used this resource skillfully on behalf of the company. However, time has changed. As part of a competitor´s expansion strategy, the company was acquired and John´s position was considered "redundant" by the buyer who preferred a professional of his own trust, of personal and professional knowledge to take John´s place. And now John? You are 50, 3 children to raise and a high standard of living. Despite your enviable curriculum and... (more)

Young CNO - Chief Networking Officer

We began the saga of the CNO - Chief Networking Officer publishing an article in national magazine in 2007 when we set all the responsibilities and the process of implementing business network management in organizations. Then, we analyzed the CNO as a career opportunity for executive women and senior executives. We will continue to discuss the CNO with focus on executives in early career stage. This is a subject that matters to any professional who wants to develop new skills, amplify the network, including those who operate in Human Resources arena.   Everyone knows the tale of John and Mary. Let´s consider a more modern version of it. John is the best student in class, but is somewhat introspective. His top grades come from maths and physics. He is apparently shy, but very observant and with a strategic/analytical thinking that would envy anyone. Ele é aprovado... (more)

Social Media ROI by Erik Qualman

I have been following the quite interesting work of Erik Qualman (@equalman) on his blog Socialnomics, where he presents a number of evidences that social media is one of the most important phenomena that happened in recent years worldwide. His video above is transcripted as follows: 1. Over 300,000 businesses have a presence on Facebook and roughly a 1/3 of these are small businesses. 2. Gary Vaynerchuk grew his family business from $4 million to $50 million using social media. Gary’s eccentric personality and offbeat oenophile knowledge have proven a natural path to success with his Wine TV Library. 3. Vaynerchuk found first hand that $15,000 in Direct Mail = 200 new customers, $7,500 Billboard = 300 new customers, $0 Twitter = 1,800 new customers. 4-5. Wetpaint/Altimeter Study found companies that are both deeply and widely engaged in social media significantly su... (more)

Dayton Parts Simplifies Data Distribution with Automated File Transfer

As a manufacturer and distributor of thousands of parts for light and heavy-duty trucks, Dayton Parts' primary focus is on their customers. They know that sending personalized price sheets to their valued customers on a regular basis is good business. This detailed personal attention continues to produce new and loyal customers. As the customer base grew, the amount of effort to create and distribute the personalized price sheets began to affect productivity. Dayton Parts realized they needed to automate their file transfer process, so they started the search for an application that would streamline the distribution process. "Now with GoAnywhere Director the system can run the complete automated transfer process in just 3 hours, versus 6 days!” Rusty Foust – Project Manager at Dayton Parts Steering in a New Direction - Automating File Transfers IBM i (iSeries) servers... (more)