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Appalachian State Days

Appalachian State Days

first_imgI sent an email to somebody the other day that went something like this: what if Landry’s already gone for 475 and 5 and we’re down 6 with three left in the fourth but we hold them on 3rd and 11 on their own 30 and they have to punt. And what if Justin Gilbert is standing in the gargantuan shadows of Gallagher-Iba and he fields the punt at his own 15 with his eyes on the west end zone and what if he makes the first two guys miss?My friend’s response: “anarchy in Stillwater.”This is why we love sports, because every twelve months the slates are wiped clean. There are chapters and some are wondrous and others very forgettable. But each chapter is a small part of this larger narrative that we often find more intriguing than our own.Tomorrow night as the heat descends from its apex and the sun trickles down over I-35 something arrogant and metaphoric will be spewing through the giant speakers on top of GIA and we will all stand and talk about the summer and the future.And we will wonder if these next fifteen weeks will be our fifteen weeks. We will imagine what the scene would be like if 12-0 was attained.We will think out loud about Heismans and table runnings and the BCS. And that will be the beauty of it because in September anything is possible. These are our Appalachaian State days my friends.Right now we are amorphous.We are anything we can think of.We are Oklahoma State.Enjoy the season.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: Icon SMIWe were in Athens. The Georgian one, not the Grecian one. The good one.I’ll never forget it, we were standing in this Georgia football apparel store when the shouts arose from the back. Me, Nolo, and handful of our other best friends dropped the Georgia shirts we were thinking about buying and rushed over to the shouting, which I think is what you’re supposed to do when a group of middle-aged fans from another school starts yelping at flat-screen television hanging from the ceiling.I blinked a few times, looked around at my friends who were all staring mouths agape at what they were seeing.The Appalachian State Mountaineers were dancing on the big yellow M in Ann Arbor. They had just silenced 110,000 people. They had just shut down the Big House.Since that day we’ve always referred to clean slates and new beginnings as Appalachian State days. We’ve talked about them as they relate to jobs, relationships, really all walks of life.It’s the period of time when anything you can conjure up in your head is possible. Picasso once described it like this, “anything you can imagine is real.”Half the fun of sports (maybe more than that really) is daydreaming about what is to come. Most often, as it is with the rest of life too, we are disappointed when dipped into the reality of the moment. Fast-forward to 2009, I was driving to Wichita to fly to Atlanta for a conference. My friend sent me a text: “did you hear about Dez.”And so as an OSU fan, as it is with most fan bases that don’t root for Texas, Florida, Ohio State, and USC, you learn to expect disappointment. Except that every year and with every team you keep willing yourself back into believing.You believe that THIS year is different. Mrs. Pistols always gives me a hard time about this. She always mocks me, saying, “so I’m assuming this is REALLY the year when we’re going to have the best team ever, right?”So I expect, on the surface, that this Big 12 season will be much like the other 14 before it. OSU will win 8 or 10 or maybe even 11 games, but perfection, elusive as she may be, will remain at a distance. Like some kind of mythical creature that we think might exist but aren’t entirely 100% sure does.But there’s this small part of me, this 1% or maybe 2% of my mind (and heart) that wonders if this will be our year. This part of me that wonders what it would be like to win the first eleven and play OU on December 3rd to go to the title game.last_img read more

Jan Siewert confirmed as Huddersfield Town boss

Jan Siewert confirmed as Huddersfield Town boss

first_imgEnglish Side Huddersfield have confirmed the appointment of Jan Siewert as their new head coach.English Side Huddersfield have confirmed the appointment Siewert, 36, has left his role as Borussia Dortmund’s reserve-team coach and signed a two-and-a-half year deal with the Terriers.“Huddersfield Town is delighted to announce the appointment of Jan Siewert as its new head coach,” the club said in a statement obtained via the the Telegraphandargus..“The 36-year-old joins the Terriers from German side Borussia Dortmund II, where he held the position of head coach, signing a contract running until the summer of 2021.”Manchester United v Huddersfield Town - Premier LeagueMatch Preview – Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United Sean Lunt – May 5, 2019 Manchester United travel to Huddersfield Town knowing only a win will do to ensure their hopes of finishing in the top four stay alive.Huddersfield owner and chairman Dean Hoyle added: “I’d like to begin by officially welcoming Jan to Huddersfield Town. I’m tremendously excited about working with him as our new head coach.“Let me start by addressing the obvious. We enjoyed tremendous success under our previous head coach, David Wagner, and we’ve subsequently appointed a new head coach that bares many similarities to him; a young, aspirational German from Borussia Dortmund II.“However, that does a disservice to Jan, who is his own man. There is much more to this appointment than that.”last_img read more

How to Protect Your Business from Malware in Custom Apps

How to Protect Your Business from Malware in Custom Apps

first_imgSeptember 26, 2011 This story appears in the October 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 10 min read When Pakistani IT professional Sohaib Athar inadvertently live-tweeted the American raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound, he didn’t expect to become an overnight internet celeb. And he certainly didn’t expect the follow-up: A hacker installed malware on Athar’s blog. His millions of new visitors–and potential new customers–were at risk of becoming malware victims.Security attacks on businesses–from single-person operations to some of the corporate world’s giants–are on the rise. It’s a new and increasingly ugly world out there for companies doing business on the web.Even corporations with enormous resources and teams are vulnerable. Earlier in 2011, hackers breached the credit card and personal data of at least 70 million Sony PlayStation Network users. And RSA, a Bedford, Mass.-based security firm that provides security to more than 90 percent of the Fortune 500, was itself compromised by hackers who exploited a hidden flaw in certain software the company hosted. Sony expects a $3.2 billion net loss for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, in part because of the attack. And RSA now faces persistent concerns that its once invulnerable security products have been rendered less effective.At the core of these attacks is a new family of business security risks. Not only are web criminals taking advantage of weaknesses in commercially available business computer hardware and software, they’re exploiting the growing number of hidden flaws lurking inside the purpose-built, custom business applications that are usually found on public company websites. These application vulnerabilities have geeky, almost harmless sounding names like SQL (pronounced “sequel”) injections and cross-site scripting errors. But they’re far from harmless. The attacks are real, profound and potentially devastating for businesses and their customers.”Increasingly, not only is commercial hardware and software getting attacked,” says Jeff Williams, a private security consultant and chairman of the Open Web Application Security Project, a Columbia, Md.-based nonprofit application security trade group, “but custom applications written by a specific company are turning out to be just as vulnerable.”What this means for businesses big and small is that it is no longer enough to download and install the latest versions of a computer’s operating system, software and security tools to be safe. Now firms face the mammoth task of testing, analyzing code by hand and tracking the overall level of risk to get a read for the vulnerability of custom-made applications almost always found on a firm’s website. These custom applications include anything and everything that was custom-coded for a business and open for public web use, from company web pages to blog feeds, merchant accounts, shopping tools, content management systems and public-facing marketing apps.For many firms, a minimum of tens of thousands of lines of code must be inspected and factored for risk. And if any are found to be vulnerable, leaving critical information at risk, immediate action must be taken to remedy the vulnerabilities; or, if that’s not possible, the apps must be taken offline.”It’s important to understand that application security is quite hard,” says Justin Clarke, principal of Gotham Digital Science, a New York-based security firm. “But it is not prudent to do nothing. Criminals don’t care about you. They are attacking you to get at your customers.”And don’t plan on application security being cheap. App security professionals are the high-paid elites of the software-coding world. Hourly security contractors start at several hundred dollars per hour, and application security software can run a cool seven figures to purchase and easily 10 or 15 percent of that in per-year costs to maintain. It’s no wonder that large corporations have annual application security budgets in the millions of dollars.But there are rays of hope for smaller shops looking to make custom applications secure. A new generation of web-based application security options is opening to smaller businesses. None of these tools are Norton AntiVirus cheap: Companies should expect to spend at least $15,000 annually–or much more if they have even an average web presence–for a meaningful increase in application security. That price tag means some firms will simply choose to–or have to–live with the risk. But for businesses with legal, medical or governmental practices, where data loss can lead to civil and criminal penalties, there is no choice but to pay up to make your business’s applications secure.The Route to Application Security:Pay to make application security someone else’s problem. Along with just knowing that you’re taking the steps to protect your business and customers, there’s another upside to moving ahead with an application security plan: shared responsibility when problems arise. In the case of a security breach, the company you hired to host your web operation will have to own the problem just as much as you will.When it comes to hiring a third-party host, don’t get cute. Hire as large of a well-staffed and well-funded organization as you can possibly afford. Amazon Flexible Payments Service or PayPal are excellent online checkout partners. Both are well-funded and can boast of several decades of almost-constant security updates and experience. Google and Microsoft offer excellent hosted web services and have several types of security products for small businesses. ADP, Intuit or Paychex offer secure payroll and business systems and have solid track records of providing app security for large companies.And don’t forget your blogging and social media services–the places where you interact with customers are particularly risky. Many experts agree that Google’s Blogger and WordPress’ hosted web apps offer good, secure resources for small businesses.”I am a big believer in outsourcing whatever you can,” says Bill Pennington, chief strategy officer for WhiteHat Security, a Santa Clara, Calif.-based web security company that provides security risk analysis to medium and large businesses. “Large web services firms have a billion dollars invested in keeping their networks secure. It is impossible for smaller firms to replicate that, no matter what they spend.”Just be sure that whatever outsourcing solution you use, you arrange for an active backup of company data stored where you control it. If there is ever an issue, you want to be able to take your information and run.Take basic security precautions. Full-on custom application security might be beyond your budget or needs, but even the smallest online shop should establish a basic security plan. At the very least, make sure you have a robust and up-to-date means of backing up your web content–since fixing most attacks is about putting back what you had. Then make sure all your online business passwords are updated and complex. Most good web apps now have password strength checkers. Take them seriously. Then check that all the standard commercial software running in your firm is up-to-date. Several companies make top-quality network software scanning tools that are surprisingly low- or no-cost. Here are three:1. Clone Systems: Primarily a managed network security company–that is, it charges to watch your network for you–it also offers an entry-level scanning tool that generates a high-quality report detailing what is up-to- and out-of-date on your network.2. Tenable Network Security: A leader in so-called active scanning–it noses around automatically to find risks on your applications–the company provides one of the more popular scanning apps on the market.3. Qualys: The application security scanning firm is attempting to offer fully automated tools for complex application security. Automatic scanning tools are controversial in security circles since some coding vulnerabilities can only be found, believe it or not, by the human eye. But Redwood Shores, Calif.-based Qualys offers what most agree is a high-quality tool. Though its tools can run several thousand dollars a year, it has several no-cost scanning options that make a good starting point for small businesses.”We wanted to make top-quality application security available to any business,” says chairman and CEO Philippe Courtot. “And with a bit of knowledge, even the smallest business can run them.”But don’t be surprised if it serves up results you simply don’t understand–or don’t know how to act on. Scanning tools are just a piece of the security puzzle. You will need to pay for a professional’s time to help run them. This, of course, puts smaller companies in a terrible bind. Should you devote resources toward security you may or may not need? Your best bet: Interview a range of application security consultants to gauge the threat to your company’s security, and decide from there whether you can handle the risk of going without.Choose an application security consultant. Now for the hard part: Welcome to the complex, pricey–and, frankly, annoying–world of hiring an application security professional. For the most part, application security experts mean well and, yes, try hard. But, like many high price tag consultants, they’re often hard to manage and think they work outside (or above) the system. Expect your application security consultant to clash with your software developers since your new expert will, basically, be telling your old expert what to do.Finding the right consultant is tricky. The smart place to start is with the local chapter of a nonprofit security organization, such as the Open Web Application Security Project. Choose a security professional with a proven track record in your type of software. If you can find one doing primary research in your particular field, even better. Also, like any hire, ask for solid references. You can also ask the automated-tools experts who make applications secure; most have active referral services or relationships with local resellers.So research your options and budget accordingly. But, just as you would with a medical doc, don’t be afraid to get a second or even third opinion on your application security.With the web quickly becoming a virtual Wild West, you’ll need all the application security forces you can muster.Tools For a Secure Tuneup”There are a lot of good, solid application security scanning options on the market,” says Barmak Meftah, chief products officer for HP’s Fortify Software, a San Mateo, Calif.-based application scanning company. “These tools are fast, relatively affordable and can be purchased in a wide variety of options. But they do require a professional developer to properly interpret and implement.”Here’s a look at eight security tools worth exploring for your company’s protection.1. w3af: An open-source web app scanner with a community of application security experts. It also offers some good training services.2. Websecurify: A public testing framework for application security that also supports research.3. PortSwigger Web Security: One of the most popular tools among application security professionals.4. Nmap: Created by Gordon Lyon, Nmap is an open source–and effective–application security scanner.5. WhiteHat Security: A full-scale commercial vulnerability scanning product that charges an annual subscription fee. Prices start at $4,000 per year and rise quickly.6. Vericode: An integrated software security firm that can handle both web and traditional software security.7. HP WebInspect: One of several commercially available application security tools from HP. Usually aimed at bigger companies, it offers several lower-cost products that can work for smaller firms.8. IBM AppScan: IBM’s answer to HP’s application security products.Image from Yuri Arcurs / Shutterstock This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more