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Strides in Data Analysis at Baltimore Startup RedOwl

The “Most Innovative Company” of the year was founded right here in Maryland, Baltimore to be exact. The homegrown RedOwl Analytics is one of the many companies to join the throng of new tech startups in the area, including ZeroFOX and Virtru.

The company received numerous accolades recently for their unique approach to data analysis for corporations, which has the potential to be an asset to almost any organization. They managed to stand out among hundreds of other tech startups in Maryland alone.

But what is RedOwl actually offering and why do orgs need it?




What is Critical Infrastructure?

Critical Infrastructure and SCADAAugust 18th, 2014

We continually read about articles, blog posts, and directives from the White House addressing the importance of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP).

Yet what are critical infrastructures and why is it important to protect them from cyber attacks?  (more…)

Is Wickr the Best Bet for Secure Secret Messaging Apps?

Screenshot_2014-08-12-17-00-48August 13th, 2014

After attending a Meetup recently on encryption techniques for journalists, I realized the need to examine various encryption tools for text messaging, email, chat, and other forms of communication.

I tend to avoid sending sensitive information (social security numbers, credit card info, saucy selfies) over chat, email, text, or social media. That should not prevent me or others from practicing good security awareness.

Despite the seemingly insignificant informal nature of text messages, more people use text or SMS messaging as a form of communication as opposed to email, phone calls, or other avenues. Also, human error and negligence often contributes to security lapses.

This article highlights the encrypted text messaging mobile application called Wickr. This app and similar rivals such as Redact, CyberDust, and TextSecure, do not have significant user bases, but they are options for individuals who rely on secure text as a form of communication.  (more…)

Where Can I Take the ISACA CISM or CISA Exams?

ISACA CISM and CISAAugust 7th, 2014

The ISACA CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) and CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) certifications are internationally renowned and highly sought after credentials and, as such, earning them is not an easy feat. Not only is the material covered in both exams taxing but you can’t simply study and test once you feel ready. ISACA only administers these exams three times a year in June, September and December. Seats fill up fast.

Your location can play a major role in choosing test dates since locations vary between test days, especially for the September exam. Keep reading to see where you can go to take the June, September or December certification exams in the US and abroad.


Are HTML5 Web Apps Losing Ground to Native Apps?

Native App vs Web AppJuly 31st, 2014 

I feel that it is safe to assume most people today are walking around with some form of smartphone in their pocket. Whether your smartphone is powered by Android, Apple, Blackberry, or Symbian, you most likely use native apps.

If you are unaware of native applications or how many times you’ve used web/HTML 5 apps without even knowing it, it’s okay. However without even knowing that you use web and native apps, you might be able to differentiate between the two.

Like everything in life there are pros and cons that come with each style of application. Even after evaluating both forms of applications, the pros and cons, native applications will forever dominate our smartphones.


Installing Arch Linux on VirtualBox

arch Linux Installation July 24th, 2014

When it comes to selecting the operating system right for you, it’s essential to consider all the options available. Unfortunately, due to the last decade’s dominance from Microsoft, everybody is accustomed and attached to their Windows systems.

The purpose of this blog post is to demonstrate how easily accessible free technology is in today’s world. If you can tackle an Arch installation, then the easier distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or whatever your flavor will seem like a walk in the park.

Read on and watch the video to observe how to install Arch Linux on VirtualBox. Using VirtualBox enables a person to deal with the minor learning curve without compromising their desktop or laptop’s capabilities.  (more…)

What are the CE Requirements for CompTIA Security+?

July 18th, 2014

If you have your CompTIA Security+ certification, you have probably asked yourself this question many times and then you googled it and now you’re here at the TechRoots blog! So, here is the breakdown of what it takes to maintain your CompTIA Security+ certification.

CompTIA requires Security+ certificate holders to submit 50 qualifying Continuing Education Units (CEUs) every three years in order to renew the certification. Now keep in mind, the specific CEU requirement will vary between every certification but in the case of Security+ it is 50 units. There are a number of ways you can go  about attaining these credits, but remember that at least 50% of the content must relate back to the CompTIA Security+ exam objectives in order to be considered a qualifying activity. For a quick rundown of the accepted activities, view the video below or skip ahead to see the specifics of what it takes to maintain your Security+ certification. (more…)

Why I would Install ownCloud over Dropbox and iCloud

July 16, 2014owncloud

As many people have noticed, information uploaded to syncing storage systems, such as  iCloud and Dropbox, are not impervious to hackers. This has led people to search for new services that are more secure than iCloud and Dropbox.

However, people are unwilling to sacrifice the simplicity that comes with iCloud and Dropbox. OwnCloud combines the best of both worlds giving users the safety and security they desire, while remaining simplistic and effective.  (more…)

Open Source Project Management with ]project-open[

project openJuly 10th, 2014

Without structure and organization for business projects, your company could take a tumble as it fails to manage chaos. This is even more crucial if your company attempts to transition from startup phase to growing enterprise. Yet when software, hardware, and other costs start to pile up, how do you manage?

Turn to open source tools. In this post we highlight the importance of open source project management tools, specifically ]project-open[.

This software is not solely for project managers, but an entire organization looking to enhance their communication and collaboration efforts. Effective collaboration tools become even more important as companies invest in the mobile and remote workforce.


How to Become a PMP

pmp exam prep bookJuly 3rd, 2014

Project Management is a growing field with job postings everywhere and articles claiming that certified Project Managers make higher salaries. But what are the steps needed to get there? And how can you get in on the action?

Take your time and investigate

Your first step is to do a little research. There are financial aspects to becoming a PMP® such as paying for the exam and the prep course; timing aspects like taking time off work to prepare for the exam; and personal aspects like planning that next career jump.

Everyone is different, so don’t feel like these are the only pieces to consider. There may be additional factors in your life that impact your decision. These are simply a good starting place.