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This is the blog for MindPoint Group's Information Security & Privacy (ISP) division. We hope to use this to contribute to and debate ideas among the ISP community.
02
Jan
2019

2018 YEAR IN REVIEW: Open Source Collaboration

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Supporting Open Source At MindPoint Group we recognize the value that open source software provides and we work to support it in several ways. First, we support open source software by making our own contributions to the community. Much of the software we write is open, available for use, and published in our GitHub organization.

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28
Sep
2018

Unconventional Automation: Ansible for FedRAMP

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Ansible today is more powerful than it has ever been. Over the past few years it has taken the IT automation world by storm. For sure there are other automation technologies that are ‘better’ or more ‘performant’ within certain niches. But as a general-purpose, one-size-fits-most automation solution, Ansible is the dominant technology. One area where Ansible

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26
Sep
2018

VMware Provisioning and Automation with Ansible

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All, in just a week I am going to be at AnsibleFest in Austin, TX to give a talk and see what others are doing. As part of Fest this year, Ansible wants people to share their automation stories. I wanted to give a quick look at mine as a way of introducing the VMWare

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15
Aug
2018

Social Engineering Part 2: Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT)

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“Most scams work because victims are successfully convinced the scam is real. Thus, victims give criminals their information more often than it is maliciously stolen. A scammer’s main goal is to convince you to hand over your information voluntarily, as opposed to using forceful intimidation or threats.” “While hostility is one social engineering methodology, expert

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06
Sep
2017

Improving Provisioning in VMware with Ansible

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This coming Thursday, September 7th, MindPoint Group VP for Information Security and Privacy Matt Shepherd will be presenting “Where to Start with Automation” at Ansible Fest San Francisco. Here is a brief synopsis of his talk: AWS and OpenStack get a lot of attention as the cool platforms to build on, and with good reason.

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