Laurie Head is co-owner of AIS Network, leading all facets of corporate communications, content and culture and occasionally guiding clients who need award-winning application development. After careers in broadcast journalism and public affairs, Laurie went out on a limb in 1998 to direct communications for an investment bank’s technology practice. At the time, there were few women working in IT, and she got a buzz out of breaking new ground. Since then, Laurie has never looked back, embracing her various roles in the industry and inspiring and mentoring young colleagues along the way. She’s one part entrepreneur, one part communications executive, one part wordsmith, one part geek, one part volunteer and two parts mom. When she’s not playing any of those parts or blogging, she’s walking the dog.

Award-winning website

Award-Winning Website Development

Award-Winning Website Development We’re over the moon this week. Award-winning website development is always what we aim for, and our latest project has done just that. The Virginia School Quality Profiles state school report card site has just won its first major regional award, the Richmond Technology Council’s “Innovation in Utilization Award,” public project category. AISN…

moving to the cloud

Tips for Moving to the Cloud

Tips for Moving to the Cloud   When companies move to the cloud, there are undoubtedly numerous challenges that must be overcome. For example: integration of cloud services into the enterprise architecture corporate data security, compliance and governance movement of legacy apps monitoring and managing employee-led cloud usage establishing cloud services operational processes a decision…

Azure Government

Government Data Scientists Be Glad

Government Data Scientists Be Glad   Government data scientists spend inordinate amounts of time each day manually scrubbing terabytes of operational data for advanced analytics and business intelligence. Well, now they can be glad that Microsoft has unveiled its new data analytics and visualization offerings, called HDInsight and Power BI, as part of the Azure…

private cloud

AWS S3 Outage Did Not Help Alleviate Doubt

AWS S3 Outage Did Not Help Alleviate Doubt Unfortunately, the recent AWS S3 outage did not help alleviate doubt that some people already have about the cloud. AWS apologized, of course, explaining that a team member had entered a bad command during the debugging of an S3 system. Safeguards were put in place to prevent “incorrect…

school quality profiles

School Report Cards for Virginia

School Report Cards for Virginia The school report cards for Virginia’s schools, school divisions and for the state never looked better! Today, AIS Network announced that we’ve wrapped up development work on the Virginia Department of Education’s School Quality Profiles website. One more reason that I’m particularly proud of this project is because I’m the parent…

debt collection

Debt Collection and Audits for Collection Agencies

Debt Collection and Audits for Collection Agencies Debt collection agencies with sensitive data need to be familiar with how PCI, FISMA, SSAE 16/SOC 1 and SOC 2 apply to them. If you’re performing collections, you’re no stranger to regulatory compliance and the proactive supervision of government agencies such as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Consumer…

PCI DSS 3.2

PCI DSS 3.2 Requirements and What’s New

PCI DSS 3.2 Requirements and What’s New PCI DSS 3.2 includes some changes about which you should know. Many thanks to our auditor, KirkpatrickPrice, for explaining the details to folks via a new webinar. In this special session, Shannon Lane – a QSA, CISSP, and auditor with KirkpatrickPrice – discusses what’s new in PCI DSS…