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)
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
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
"I am very excited about joining the Conseco leadership team," Dubes said.
"Conseco has a tremendous future, and I am enthusia... (more)
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, 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.
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" 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
“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)
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)
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)
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
4-5. Wetpaint/Altimeter Study found companies that are both deeply and widely
engaged in social media significantly su... (more)
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)