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Monday 19th of April 2010 04:53:18 PM

Social Media Adoption Decision Flowchart

Google Diagrams Source

Thursday 23rd of July 2009 02:31:38 AM

Bruce Schneier on Google Apps. Do you trust Google?

"Security is about who you trust," Schneier said. "Do you trust Google more than your sysadmin? Do you trust Google Docs more than Microsoft Office?" 

"Trust is social," he said. "It’s not technical."

Read more:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/technology/2009/07/security-expert-on-google-apps-is-google-trustworthy.html

 

My thoughts:

Yes, I trust that a Google Employee, whose sole function is to maintain the system, will ensure that the system is secure, patched and up-to-date. It is simply about Reputational risk. Reputational risk (damage to an organization through loss of its reputation or standing), can arise as a consequence of operational failures. Every company understands reputational risk, particularly businesses who regard their brand as one of their most critical assets. Google is one of them. They have a reputation to maintain.

 

NIST just published a working draft of the Cloud Computing Security presentation. Some of the Security Advantages mentioned in the presentation are:

  1. Shifting public data to a external cloud reduces the exposure of the internal sensitive data
  2. Cloud homogeneity makes security auditing/testing simpler
  3. Clouds enable automated security management
  4. Redundancy / Disaster Recovery
  5. Data Fragmentation and Dispersal
  6. Dedicated Security Team
  7. Greater Investment in Security Infrastructure
  8. Fault Tolerance and Reliability
  9. Greater Resiliency
  10. Hypervisor Protection Against Network Attacks
  11. Possible Reduction of C&A Activities (Access to Pre-Accredited Clouds)
  12. Simplification of Compliance Analysis
  13. Data Held by Unbiased Party (cloud vendor assertion)
  14. Low-Cost Disaster Recovery and Data Storage Solutions
  15. On-Demand Security Controls
  16. Real-Time Detection of System Tampering
  17. Rapid Re-Constitution of Services
  18. Advanced Honeynet Capabilities

I understand that these will depend on the actual implementation. It usually does for everything. For e.g. you can create world’s most secure cipher, but the poor implementation is usually the weakest link.

But in theory, if cloud services are implemented properly, I think NIST’s list of advantages hold true.

Saturday 18th of April 2009 12:37:11 AM

Lotus Notes to Google Apps Migration

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Saqib Ali @ 12:37 am

Some bits of information about Migrating from Lotus Notes to Google Apps Enterprise

Using IMAP (supported by Lotus Notes) to to migrate email:
http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?answer=61369

For Calendars: LN -> MS Outlook -> Google Apps:
http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=89955

Or if LN supports iCal format:
http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=37118

Detailed step-by-step instructions for migrating email from Lotus Notes to Google mail:
http://salesittech.blogspot.com/2009/02/transfer-lotus-notes-email-to-gmail-and.html

Few 3rd party products that offer migration

   1. http://www.isrus.com/so_it_solution_googleapps_mail_mig.php
   2. http://www.connectedsw.com/Overview/57263
   3. http://www.binarytree.com/website/msg/home.nsf/vContentW/Google–Migrate+To+Google!Opendocument

Cloud Sherpas offers help for moving from Lotus Notes to Google Apps.

Friday 13th of March 2009 10:02:12 PM

How to Make Your Small Business Look Big

Gina Trapani of Lifehacker.com talks about about How to Make Your Small Business Look Big using Google Apps. We have used the Google Apps for our research group since it was introduced. We find it very useful and convenient for distributed document authoring and content creation, and of course for professional looking email addresses :)

We use Google Docs Forms for data collection. They totally Rock! You can create a form, embedded it into a page/blog post and display the collected data.

We also started using Microsoft Office Live Workspace recently. It provides seamless integration with Microsoft Office 2007 which we extensively use for creating charts, graphs and pivot tables etc. However, unlike Google Apps, Live Workspace currently doesn’t support custom domains, so you end up using hotmail.com accounts. Which is not very professional when you are exchanging data with other groups. But once Live Workspace offers custom domain and inline editing for spreadsheets and documents we will seriously investigate it as an alternative to Google Apps. If you have any questions about either of these platforms, please free to email me. I am in no way associated with either of these companies or platform. I just use them on a daily basis so I may be able to help you out.

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