"Facebook says it’s having trouble hiring people of color because public schools are failing to educate them properly," Damon Beres reported Friday for the Huffington Post. "The company is 52 percent white, 38 percent Asian, 4 percent Hispanic and 2 percent black, according to diversity numbers released Thursday. Sixty-seven percent of Facebook employees are male overall. "In a blog post about the data, Maxine Williams, Facebook’s global head of diversity, offered an excuse that belies the social network’s status as one of the most valuable and resource-rich companies in the entire world. “ 'It has become clear that at the most fundamental level, appropriate representation in technology or any other industry will depend upon more people having the opportunity to gain necessary skills through the public education system,' Williams wrote. "The so-called 'pipeline' problem is a familiar argument, and it’s valid to an extent. It’s true that computer … [Read more...] about Facebook Blames Schools for Its Poor Diversity
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In times of great strife and uncertainty, it’s natural to look for heroes, leaders whom we can point to and say, “that right there, that’s what we believe in.” In a more armorial age, these heroes were warriors and generals. Throughout the political turmoil of the 20th century, champions of conscience earned our admiration. These days, it seems, being a rich doofus with a single benevolent bone in your body is enough. Of course, there’s nothing inherently wrong with being a doofus. This author might be accurately described as one. But take a look at social media, and you’ll get the sense that many of us are banking on the divine intervention of Silicon Valley’s gawkiest gods. We would be better off praying to an iPod. To see this desperation in action, simply read the replies to any post by Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook. Amid the endless stream of spam and self-promotion, you’ll see dozens of letter-to-Santa-like pleas to Mr. Facebook … [Read more...] about The Tech Gods Won’t Save You
Marlena Clark, Systems Engineer, R/S & Security Force 3 Summarize your experience and what you do now. Please give a brief summary of your current role. In my current role as a Systems Engineer at Force 3, I provide support for my customers and sales team in determine what network devices, design and configurations would make their end goal successful. These network devices I work with include switches, routers, firewalls, as well as others and accompanying software. It is my job when the customer comes to us with an idea for what they want to accomplish or a vague list of devices, to research and use my knowledge to ensure that what they are attempting to implement in their network will be compatible, assist the architect in designing the new network, preparing the proposal and technical write-up, and finally traveling to the customer site to install these new devices to match the design we've created. Once we've installed these, we can provide training to the customers on how to … [Read more...] about Women in Tech: Marlena Clark faces challenges head on
Ryan Naraine Device or Network David Gewirtz Best Argument: Device 45% 55% Audience Favored: Network (55%) List of Events: Opening Statements Rebuttal Closing Statements The moderator has delivered a final verdict. Opening Statements There's no other choice Listen, I'm not going to sit here and argue that network security isn't crucial to a robust mobile risk management strategy. It is. But if you ignore security at the device layer, you're in for a rude awakening. In this BYOD world, corporate data is flying through open WiFi networks in coffee shops and sitting in the back of taxi cabs when smartphones and tablets get lost. If you can't protect the device, you are ignoring significant entry points for attackers. The best defense is multi-layered, but unless you have strict plans and policies around device security, identity management, provisioning, log-in credentials, you are ignoring significant risks. When mobile devices leave the traditional … [Read more...] about Mobile security: What’s the best defense?
It is still in the early stages of the Los Angeles Unified School District's (LAUSD) plan to give iPads to all students and teachers. Many problems are showing up, but one related to security management teaches a lesson applicable to all managed deployments: If you lock down devices too strictly, users will push back and try to bypass the restrictions. The district allowed students to take their devices home, but restricted the sites to which students could connect. They use AirWatch for Mobile Device Management (MDM), and through that force users through the Apple Global Proxy, which allows the District to filter Internet access. But many students quickly worked around the restrictions. According to the LA Times: Roosevelt students matter-of-factly explained their technique Tuesday outside school. The trick, they said, was to delete their personal profile information. With the profile deleted, a student was free to surf. More to the point, by deleting the profile, the students were … [Read more...] about The real LA schools iPad scandal