Mike Grady (ISG)

Triangulating and closing security compromises

              But the CEO told me to wire $60K to the Caymans! We’ve seen a recent rash of e-mail exploits that blend “social engineering” with e-mail technology. These exploits use e-mail to impersonate respected leaders and authorities of an enterprise giving direction to subordinates or delivering malware payloads and […]

SSO with Azure – some considerations

Microsoft Windows Azure Active Directory can be used as your Identity Provider (IdP) in the cloud just as you would Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) on premises.   There is a growing set of features and services available for Authentication and Federation services in Azure.  The easiest and most direct method is to add Applications to […]

Agility in Test and Dev

Test and Dev environments can be a challenge both logistically and financially.  Building and maintaining an on-premises set of servers and storage for the necessary functions can consume a lot of equipment, footprint, and associated environmental and support resources.  Also, these functions are typically only used periodically and for a limited duration, so dedicating resources […]

Hybrid Clouds Require Significant Network Attention!

When an enterprise adopts a Hybrid Cloud configuration and positions compute and storage resources in the cloud, the network connecting the cloud to the enterprise LAN becomes a critical link.  The Cloud can be viewed as another data center location for the enterprise from a network perspective.  So, the connectivity to that data center needs […]

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