A Beginner’s Guide to Thwarting Hackers

28 10 2012

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With the dramatic increase in password theft and the lack of security on today’s smartphones, protection has never been more important. In just the last 12 months, malware programmed for Android has increased 400% and password theft instance have more than tripled. So how do you protect yourself and your sensitive financial and personal data? Join us and Ed Barrett, VP of Marketing from software security firm SecurityCoverage, for best practices that you can apply, today, to help keep your online identify and personal information safe.

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A Master padlock with “r00t” as password. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ed Barrett is Vice President of Marketing at SecurityCoverage, where he oversees the firm’s efforts to increase consumer electronic security through education and by marketing great products. SecurityCoverage has provided anti-virus protection through SecureIT for eight years through a national network of partners in the telecommunications, consumer warranty and retail spaces. Mr. Barrett’s background includes more than 10 years of executive experience in security, engineering and telecommunications firms.


Going Green

21 10 2012

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They say that knowledge is power, but when it comes to knowing how much electricity their home is using, most consumers are in the dark. In fact, the typical homeowner – on average – spends about 6 minutes per year interacting with his or her electric utility.  Because of that, they’re missing out on opportunities to save some energy – and money.  That’s beginning to change, however. A year ago, the White House laid down a challenge to the nation’s electric utilities: make it easy and fun for consumers to learn how much electricity they’re using in their home.  A new report by IEE, an institute of the Edison Foundation, finds that they’re succeeding.

General Electric Utility Meter

General Electric Utility Meter (Photo credit: Lynn Friedman)

Joining us from the Edison Foundation to discuss these improvements is Lisa Wood. Lisa Wood is the Executive Director of IEE, an Institute of The Edison Foundation focused on Innovation, Electricity, and Efficiency. IEE works with the electric utility industry and the regulatory community to advance electricity innovation, new technologies, energy efficiency, and customer-side solutions.

Wood is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University where she teaches Energy in a Low Carbon World and is a Fellow in the Energy Security Initiative at the Brookings Institution. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Interop NY 2012 Recap

14 10 2012

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Interop NY has come to a conclusion, and we’ve got some interviews from the floor to your ears. But before we get to the exhibitor interviews, we have a special guest, the Interop GM Jessica Jessup to talk with us about Interop NY and Interop around the world.

Jennifer Jessup, Interop General Manager

Jennifer Jessup, Interop General Manager (Photo credit: Interop Events)

As general manager she is responsible for the brand’s overall vision and content at domestic and international trade shows, as well as online events. JJ has worked in live events at UBM since 1998. Her experience includes working on brands including Informex (fine & specialty chemicals), the Game Developer Conference and Software Development in roles ranging from conference emanager to operations to event director.