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.

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Penetration Tests and Their Benefits

Penetration Tests and Their Benefits Penetration tests and their benefits on the brain? If performed regularly, penetration tests are key to your overall security posture. It’s an important practice that gives organizations visibility into real-world threats to your security. As part of a routine security check, penetration tests allow you to find the gaps in…

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Becoming PCI Compliant for the First Time

Becoming PCI Compliant for the First Time Becoming PCI compliant for the first time? Becoming PCI compliant can be an overwhelming undertaking if you are unsure of where to start. With approximately 394 controls, this comprehensive data security standard can be a large undertaking that is best tackled with expert assistance. The first step toward…

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Strategies for Mitigating Cyber Intrusions

Strategies for Mitigating Cyber Intrusions Cyber intrusions worrying you? Looking for some basic strategies that your IT team can use to mitigate cyber intrusions? Here are four tips, courtesy of the Australian government. As part of its mission, the Australian Signals Directorate, an Australian government intelligence agency, provides advice and assistance on information and communications…

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Olympic Games Using Cloud Technology

Olympic Games Using Cloud Technology This year’s Olympic Games in Rio outshine all the others with the most advanced and innovative technology ever seen. Rio’s adoption of cloud capabilities will forever change the dynamics of the Games. The Olympics is an excellent fit for cloud computing, as it demands a massive computing infrastructure and produces massive amounts…

Azure Storage Bridges the Gap

Azure Storage Bridges the Gap Between Your Budget and Your Needs Azure Storage is a common interest for those exploring the benefits of Azure Managed Services, so let’s look further. Cloud backup and recovery options, such as those running on Microsoft Azure’s cloud platform, can help bridge the gap between your budget and your needs.…

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Cost of Downtime

Cost of Downtime Ever calculate the cost of downtime? A major new survey by Veeam Software did, and the results reveal that there’s far more to system downtime than the bracing hard costs. In its fifth annual “Availability Report,” Veeam interviewed 1,140 senior IT staff in 24 countries, including 150 U.S. folks.  All of the…

Phase 2 HIPAA Audits

Phase 2 HIPAA Audits Prep

Phase 2 HIPAA Audits Prep Phase 2 HIPAA Audits have officially begun. You may know that the OCR is gathering information to determine which covered entities and business associates will be included in the auditee pool. If you haven’t already prepared for Phase 2 HIPAA Compliance, knowing where to begin may seem a bit overwhelming.…