Top 10 population gainers and losers among Metro Detroit communities |

While Wayne County lost 37,357 residents over the last three years, Oakland and Macomb counties gained 38,584 people since the 2010 census, according to new estimates from the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments. As of July 2013, more than two two-thirds of the communities in the seven-county report saw population growth since April 2010. “The city of Detroit continued to lose population, but at a slower rate than in the recent past,” SECOG reported. The city is estimated to have 681,090 residents, down of 4.6 percent from its 2010 count of 713,862, and down 3,709 since SEMCOG’s December 2012 estimate. Oakland County, meanwhile, added 27,647 residents and Macomb County has 10,937 people since 2010. via Top 10 population gainers and losers among Metro Detroit communities |

Cobo has the belle of the ballrooms

Cobo Center’s 40,000-square-foot ballroom is finally open and what a ballroom it is.

It can seat the entire population of Grosse Pointe Shores for dinner – 2,250 people. It has more theater-style seating at 3,500 than the theater that hosts the Academy Awards. If people are standing the ballroom can fit 4,500, the same number of people who can fit into the Copacabana in New York City.

So just how big is the new ballroom? It’s 264 feet long, 164 feet wide and 40 feet tall, with a total interior volume of 1.9 million cubic feet. If it were water tight, it could hold more than 14 million gallons of water or nearly enough to fill the Shamu Stadium water tank at SeaWorld in San Diego three times. It has 40,000 square feet of floor space, including pre-function areas.

via Cobo has the belle of the ballrooms.

HP Protect 2013 Podcast Series – Experts, Practiti… – HP Enterprise Business Community

I was a guest of the HP Protect 2013 conference here in Washington, DC – September 16th – 19th, and for those of you who missed it next year promises to be even bigger and better. One of the highlights of this conference is all the true experts on premises. You’re right in being a little skeptical about a company-branded conference on security … I was too. For me the proof is in the reactions attendees give, so when one after another told me that there was a true benefit for them attending it turned me into a believer.

Raf-Podcaster-M.jpgThis year’s HP Protect, much like last year, was filled with HP security experts discussing products roadmaps, industry trends, and visionary concepts but that’s not where it ended. HP brought in outside speakers like Gary McGraw and others who have spent years building success and learning from failures – so that the attendees can benefit from the collective experience. In addition to all that, there were also customer-led sessions which is what people really got excited about. It’s interesting to hear how one customer runs one of our products, and then shares those practices and protols with others in the industry…that’s what many of the attendees really liked.

via HP Protect 2013 Podcast Series – Experts, Practiti… – HP Enterprise Business Community.

ISC Diary | How do you spell “PSK”?

So, what to do? In the past, I’ve used an excel spreadsheet to generate a random string of “n” characters, selected from a set of characters that do not include the “confusing” ones (Oo01lIiL and so on). The “randomness” was defined by how long I felt like leaning on the F9 key that day. After creating the string, I would then try to get my client to NOT write down the string – this almost never works, but it’s worth a try.

For today’s story, I decided to improve on this a bit, and re-coded it in python. This was a 5 minute script (as most of mine are), so if you see a way to improve or neaten this up in any way, please – don’t be shy – use our comment form.

via ISC Diary | How do you spell “PSK”?.

Federal Cybersecurity Professionals To Leadership: We Can Do Better

Alexandria, Va., September 23, 2013 – MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT, today announced the results of its new report, “FISMA Fallout: The State of the Union.” The report, underwritten by NetApp, examines the state of cyber security at Federal agencies and looks at whether the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) is hurting or helping agencies improve cyber security and protect data. According to the report, Federal cyber security professionals lack confidence in FISMA, and do not believe their agencies’ current cyber security solutions are sufficient and sustainable.

Federal agencies face cyber threats from every angle. In the past 12 months, agencies defended against insider threats or leaks (64 percent), non-state actors (60 percent), and state-sponsored threats (48 percent). Given the growing number and increasing sophistication of the attacks, just one in five (22 percent) cyber security professionals rate their agency’s cyber security solutions as sufficient and sustainable.

via Federal Cybersecurity Professionals To Leadership: We Can Do Better.