The Three P’s of Information Security: Planning, Process, and Practice

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Choosing a cloud service provider that offers true information security can be a daunting task. In addition to building new external partnerships, you may find yourself evangelizing different ways of working within your organization, new ways of contracting, or find yourself managing unfamiliar projects that emerge from data provided from your service provider. Additionally, you will inevitably change the way your organization considers risk through the sharing of data with a third party.

Minimizing risk means choosing a partner that takes information security very seriously. Many cloud providers are quite good at security—after all, the success of their business may depend on it. Other providers are not as diligent with their security management and thus may not be a great match for your company, depending on your appetite for risk.

Information Security covers a broad range of topics including physical security, network security, application security, access security, transit security, and … see more

Watering Down Rules?

When California's mandatory restrictions on water use were enacted in March of 2015, residents demonstrated an ability to achieve reductions in everyday use. However, certain city-specific watering restrictions and changes were not always clearly stated and understood by all residents. This post looks at residential watering trends in one southern California city during this period, and provides learnings for residents to help achieve their city and state mandated conservation goals.

A Deluge of Data

As we settle into the 21st century, massive amounts of data have become part of our everyday lives. The global internet population is over 3 billion people and the fingerprints of every website we visit, photo we post, and item we buy expands the universe of data available in cyberspace. The average person looks at their smartphone 1,500 times per week, starting at 7:31 in the morning, and these phones can track and quantify hundreds of things about our movements and habits.

With that in mind, it’s not surprising that electronic devices designed to measure our consumptive use of energy play an integral part of the way that our resources are to be managed in the future.  We have thermostats that manage your energy consumption based on your climate and personal habits; we have Energy Utilities with demand management programs for dialing down your electricity use during peak-use times; … see more