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August 8, 2011 | Volume 6 Issue 15


TOP STORY: IBM i Embraces Biometric User Authentication
FEATURED ARTICLE: Security and the Cloud: Blue Skies or a Major Storm?
NEWS HIGHLIGHT: Tango/04 President Raul Cristian Aguirre Writing Up-Tempo New Blog
FORUM: How to Get a USB-Connected Epson POS Printer to Do Slip Printing
ON-DEMAND WEBCAST: Security/Virtualization - Coffee with Carol: Security and the Cloud - Blue Skies or a Major Storm
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Feature Article - Security
IBM i Embraces Biometric User Authentication

This technology isn't "bleeding edge" anymore. Now, it's solving real business problems.

patrick_botzWritten by Pat Botz

It may surprise you to learn that IBM i shops are beginning to exploit biometric authentication. But it's true. Even though many people still believe that biometric authentication is "bleeding edge" technology, your compatriots in the IBM i world are successfully implementing it.


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Feature Article - Security
Security and the Cloud: Blue Skies or a Major Storm?

The recent breach of the Sony PlayStation Network calls into question the security and reporting practices of cloud vendors and suggests greater diligence in reviewing their service-level agreements.

carol_woodburyWritten by Carol Woodbury

Editor's Note: This article introduces the Webcast "Coffee with Carol: Security and the Cloud—Blue Skies or Major Storm" available for free download from the MC Webcast Center.


Is the cloud a security storm waiting to unleash its fury or sunny skies that will make you relax and relinquish all of your security cares? The recent breach of the Sony PlayStation Network created headlines, and when the dust settled, it turned out to be the second-largest online data breach in U.S. history. The fact that the attack on Sony was launched from a "public cloud" brings into question the security policies and reporting of cloud vendors.


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