Load Balancer #spring #balancers, #spring #balancer, #load #balancers, #load #balancer, #tool #balancer,

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ofSpring Balancers ( Load Balancers / Tool Balancers)

Portable Hand Tools, Welder Guns, Spray guns, Short Blast Guns, Drifting Attachments in mines and Quaries, Jute and synthetic bag closing machines, Gauges, Jigs and Fixtures, Pendant Station, Switch Button of Hoists, incase of de-oxidation, water washing of plating work with raising and lowering of work etc.

Design of Load Balancer

POWERMASTER Overhead Spring Balancers are specially designed to free the operator from weight of the hand tools. When properly balanced by adjusting spring tension, the load balancing tools become almost weightless in the hands of the operator, and can be moved up and down with very little effort.

Safety Features of Load Balancers

Prior to the safety initiatives and modifications undertaken by Powermaster older design Spring Balancers had only limited safety provisions, due to which these older type Spring Balancers were prone to operational hazards and industrial accidents leading tohuge compensations.
Powermaster has introduced several safety features into our new designed Spring Balancers while retaining all the existing safety features.
Powermaster Load Balancers have thus become more user friendly, eliminating chances of accidents.

Exclusive Safety Features of Load Balancers Introduced:

ENCLOSED BODY
Spring Balancers from other suppliers are supplied with opening both in Body Cover causing accidental crunch of operator’s fingers between revolving drum and the body of the Spring Balancers. To prevent this, side windows on the body of the load balancing tools and cover have been eliminated. This would prevent industrial accidents.
live video of load balancer(Windows Media Video – 2.9MB)

  • WIRE ARREST MECHANISM (SWA SERIES)
    In the unfortunate event of accidental dislodging of the suspended weight, breakage of bottom hook / wire rope, spring tension will pull back the wire rope, resulting in whiping action likely to hurt personnel around.
    This mechanism of the load balancer will lock the last revolving drum pulley the wire rope assembly will be stopped with max. 20cm travel. This will prevent the whiping of wire rope assembly avoided any injury to operator or any personnel around.
    live video of load balancers (Windows Media Video – 2.8MB)
  • BODY LINER
    In order to prevent wear of the slot of the Spring Balancer body, a split type Nylon liner for wire rope has been introduced in the new design Spring Balancers.
    This liner can be removed and installed on site without any need for dismantling of the wire rope.
    This will prevent wear of the costly body resulting in overall saving and reduced down time of equipment.
    live video (Windows Media Video – 744KB)
  • EASY ADJUSTMENT OF SPRING TENSION
    In Spring Balancers from other manufactures the worm gear box for adjustment of Spring Tension worked in the horizontal axis. Gear box position has been rotated through 90 degrees so that spring tension adjustment can be made by working in vertical axis.
    This will facilitate adjustment from ground level without any need to rise up to Spring Balancer hanging level. This reduces down time, facilities easy operation and reduces the chance of any mishap during an operator rising to the level of the balancer.
    live video (Windows Media Video – 1.2MB)
  • WIRE ROPE REPLACEMENT WITHOUT DISMANTLING
    A small slot has been provided to facilitate removal and Re-installation of the wire rope without any need for dismantling of the Spring Balancers. This will reduce the down time of the equipment. This facility is not available for long range Spring Balancers.
    live video (Windows Media Video – 975KB)
  • CONTAINERISED SPRING ASSEMBLY
    No longer do you need to handle open springs which are difficult and dangerous to handle with sharp edges. All springs are now supplied in concealed containers for easy replacement. With containerised springs accidents are avoided during maintenance and replacements of springs.
    live video (Windows Media Video – 1.1MB)

  • Advantages of POWERMASTER Spring Balancer / Load Balancer / Tool Balancer

    Increases Productivity
    Balancers keep poised for action, minimize motions required to bring tool from rest to work positions.

  • Extends Tool Life
    Balancers eliminate pick-up and lay down wear and prevent damage from dropping.
  • Reduces Operator Fatigue
    Load Balancers make the heaviest tool light as a feather. Operator effort can be directed to controlling the tool rather than supporting.
  • No Need of Power
    There is no need of electrical or mechanical power.
  • Increases Safety
    Balancers keep work area uncluttered to reduce chances of damages of accessories or accidental start up of tools during handling.
  • Effective Use of Space
    The working place being widely utilized, and also to be cleaned up, the production is smoothly carried out.





  • System Monitoring Tools For Ubuntu – Ask Ubuntu #hp #monitoring #tools #for

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    Indicator-SysMonitor does a little, but does it well. Once installed and run, it displays CPU and RAM usage on your top panel. Simple.

    One of my personal favourites

    Screenlet you’ll find a bunch of differently styled CPU and RAM monitors included in the screenlets-all package available in the Ubuntu Software Center.

    Displays information about CPU, memory, processes, etc.

    This command line tool will display statistics about your CPU, I/O information for your hard disk partitions, Network File System (NFS), etc. To install iostat, run this command:

    To start the report, run this command:

    To check only CPU statistics, use this command:

    For more parameters, use this command:

    The mpstat command line utility will display average CPU usage per processor. To run it, use simply this command:

    For CPU usage per processor, use this command:

    Saidar also allows to monitor system device activities via the command line.

    You can install is with this command:

    To start monitoring, run this command:

    Stats will be refreshed every second.

    GKrellM is a customizable widget with various themes that displays on your desktop system device information (CPU, temperature, memory, network, etc.).

    To install GKrellM, run this command:

    Monitorix is another application with a web-based user interface for monitoring system devices.

    Install it with these commands:

    Start Monitorix via this URL:

    Glances are good. What it shows me is sometimes some critical logs. WHere to find whats the problem? Where are thouse logs? WARNING|CRITICAL logs (lasts 9 entries) 2016-03-23 19:09:48 2016-03-23 19:09:54 CPU user (72.7/76.6/80.6) 2016-03-23 19:09:28 2016-03-23 19:09:32 CPU IOwait (62.5/62.5/62.5) 2016-03-23 19:08:45 2016-03-23 19:08:48 CPU user (86.3/86.3/86.3)

    2016-03-23 19:08:16 ___________________ LOAD 5-min (1.0/1.1/1.2) – Top process: php5-cgi 2016-03-23 19:08:09 2016-03-23 19:08:19 CPU IOwait (74.3/74.6/75.0) Kangarooo Mar 23 ’16 at 17:09

    Following are the tools for monitoring a linux system

    1. System commands like top. free -m. vmstat. iostat. iotop. sar. netstat etc. Nothing comes near these linux utility when you are debugging a problem. These command give you a clear picture that is going inside your server
    2. SeaLion. Agent executes all the commands mentioned in #1 (also user defined) and outputs of these commands can be accessed in a beautiful web interface. This tool comes handy when you are debugging across hundreds of servers as installation is clear simple. And its FREE
    3. Nagios. It is the mother of all monitoring/alerting tools. It is very much customization but very much difficult to setup for beginners. There are sets of tools called nagios plugins that covers pretty much all important Linux metrics
    4. Munin
    5. Server density: A cloudbased paid service that collects important Linux metrics and gives users ability to write own plugins.
    6. New Relic: Another well know hosted monitoring service.
    7. Zabbix

    answered Nov 20 ’13 at 13:30

    top is monitoring Software, listing all the processes with CPU/RAM usage, Overall CPU/RAM usage and more Also it’s mostly installed by default

    htop is like an extended version of top. It has all the features from above, but you can see child processes and customize the display of everything. It also has colors.

    iotop is specifically for Monitoring Hard rive I/O It lists all processes and shows their Hard drive usage for read and write.

    answered May 10 ’13 at 10:43

    where is heat monitoring. and in your answer you have already included 3 utilities. check the question **i am looking for a single tool that has some basic function ** Qasim May 10 ’13 at 10:54

    With the three tools I am just giving different options for the OP, but I am dissapointed to say that none of those have heat monitoring BeryJu May 10 ’13 at 10:59

    You might want to try sysmon. Although not as fancy as Glances, it is very straightforward and easy to use.

    If you want to get dirty and do a little scripting in python, here are some basics of system monitoring with Python to get you started.

    You’ll need an external module called psutil to monitor most things. It’s easiest to use an external module installer instead of building from source.

    Note: These examples are written in Python 2.7

    Now that we have the modules installed, we can start coding.

    First, create a file called usage.py .

    Start by importing psutil

    Then, create a function to monitor the percentage your CPU cores are running at.

    Let’s break that down a bit, shall we?

    The first line, cpu_num = psutil.cpu_percent(interval=1, percpu=True). finds the percentage that the cores in your CPU are running at and assigns it to a list called cpu_perc .

    This loop right here

    is a for loop that prints out the current percentage of each of your CPU cores.

    Let’s add the RAM usage.

    Create a function called ram_perc .

    psutil.virtual_memory gives a data set containing different facts about the RAM in your computer.

    Next, you can add some facts about your network.

    Since psutil.net_io_counters() only gives us information about packets sent and received in bytes, some converting was necessary.

    To get some information about swap space, add this function.

    This one is pretty straightforward.

    Temperature is kind of hard to do, so you may need to do some research of your own to figure out what will work with your hardware. You will have to display the contents of a certain file.

    Disk usage is a lot easier than temperature. All you need to do is to pass the disk you want to monitor (i.e: / ) through a certain function.

    The original output of psutil.disk_usage is this,

    but you can also just receive total. used. free. or percent .

    The completed program: (the aforementioned functions were combined)

    The line temp = open(“/sys/class/thermal/thermal_zone0/temp”).read().strip().lstrip(‘temperature :’).rstrip(‘ C’) might not work with your hardware configuration.

    Run this program from the command line. Pass the disks you want to monitor as arguments from the command line.

    Hope this helps! Comment if you have any questions.

    Nagios seems to be the most popular and most customizable but I would not choose it for GUI.

    Zabbix’s open source solution monitors everything you have mentioned as well as provides time-based graphs for performance monitoring.

    If you are looking for an even cleaner GUI, check out Zenoss. Zenoss is an open-source, web-based tool, but offers service analytics and root cause analysis with its propriety tool.





    SEOToolSet – SEO Tools, SEO Training and Certification for Professionals #seotoolset, #seo

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    Monitor rankings, research competitors, analyze links and much more. Try these advanced SEO tools built for data-hungry marketers risk-free (cancel anytime, 30-day money back guarantee).

    Learn SEO methodology and best practices from an industry leader. SEOToolSet Training courses include a free subscription to our SEO tools. Advanced training can
    lead to certification.

    SEO Tools, Training and Certification
    for Digital Marketers

    The Story behind SEOToolSet

    In January 1996, Bruce Clay began helping websites rank in search engines. With his background in math and engineering, it wasn’t long before Bruce figured out a more efficient way to analyze a web page and programmed the first-ever software tool for keyword analysis. That simple program led to others, and soon the tools produced by Bruce Clay, Inc. were in high demand as the fledgling SEO industry grew. Even today, the tradition continues — you ll find many free SEO tools on this site.

    By 2000, search engine optimization as a field was exploding. As during the Gold Rush, enterprising opportunity seekers sought a stake in top search engine rankings. And in those Wild West days, rules and best practices were hard to come by. People trying to rank in search results tried all variety of tactics that went against the best interests of web users. Manipulative tactics known as spam abounded. That’s when Bruce had an idea. The industry needed solid training in effective and ethical SEO.

    Bruce started sharing his SEO know-how along with his tools. The first SEOToolSet Training was held in 2000, and the following year Bruce penned the SEO Code of Ethics that has since been translated into 18 languages. Offering a way to become an SEOToolSet Certified Analyst soon followed, which is a certification for marketing professionals committed to following ethical SEO standards to “do no harm” to their clients.

    Since then, thousands of attendees have learned SEO methodology and best practices in SEOToolSet Training courses around the world.

    SEO Tools Training to Equip Digital Marketers

    Digital marketing now encompasses an array of skills that must include search engine optimization. It’s expected that everyone who touches the online business, from web developers to the CMO, understand at least the principles of SEO. And those on the team specifically tasked with SEO need powerful tools to track progress and make sure the site stays visible in search results.

    SEOToolSet Training courses and tools answer these needs for many, many businesses. Now in its sixth generation, the SEOToolSet remains software created by SEOs, for SEOs! Subscribe for a low monthly fee OR use the SEOToolSet for free — because attendees of our SEOToolSet Training not only learn what they need to know about SEO, but also get a free 1-year subscription to the tools.

    Find out more about SEOToolSet tools and training — your first steps to a confident website strategy!

    SEOToolSet Training Schedule

    Upcoming training dates and locations:

    California Classes

    • August 21-25, 2017
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    Conference Workshops

    • June 12, 2017 – Bruce Clay’s Advanced SEO Workshop. SMX Advanced in Seattle, WA




    RCI Recruitment Solutions #recruitment #tools, #recruitment #solutions

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    Receive fresh insight into the ways you can tackle your job.

    Performance Staffing Without a systematic approach to recruiting whatever we do meets with limited success. Join us and benefit from a seminar on our innovative, scalable, 8-step approach and winning model. Online sessions are available too. “Because every step matters.” (more. )

    STREAMline Recruiter™ We believe that training is a process, not an event. Recruiters who enroll in our program benefit from ongoing reinforcement training and one-on-one coaching. Everything is tailored to the needs of your team and organization. (more. )

    RCI Center of Excellence Our team has the resources, creative prowess and experience to help you develop your potential and recruiting advantage. Our treasure trove of tools, techniques—and network of experts—will help you, whatever the task, big or small. (more. )

    Develop a well-planned strategy with both short- and long-term results.

    Workforce Planning Let RCI Recruitment Solutions’ experts guide you through the process of assessing your future workforce needs. We will help you align your staffing functions with your organizational goals, honing your competitive advantage in the process. (more. )

    Talent Management Evaluate and improve any or all of your talent management areas, from the way you recruit to the way you measure employee engagement. RCI Recruitment Solutions has the physical resources, technical and creative prowess to make it happen. (more. )

    Employer Branding Get to the essence of who you are as an organization and make it ring true for your stakeholders. It starts with an audit that reveals how you are perceived as an employer and how your core values are expressed through the employment life cycle.

    Candidate Profiling Discover the make-up of your most successful employees and develop a profile that will help you hire more people just like them, and better. Our proven process will enure your hiring process results in the best possible recruits across the board. (more. )

    Candidate Selection Historically problems with candidate selection may have been a choice between the devil and the deep blue sea. With our methodical approach to screening, assessment and targeted selection you can avoid being stranded in deep waters. (more. )

    Employee Retention Build career paths for your positions, survey your employees satisfaction, and develop strategies to keep your top talent from thinking about jumping ship. With so much invested, and at future success at stake, retention is key. (more. )

    Get back your valuable time by shifting the recruiting tasks to us.

    RCI TalentLocator™ Our proprietary resume-search technology will scour the entire Internet to find you all the qualified candidates you want in all the locations you need. Combined with the best sourcers around, your toughest assignments are now covered. (more. )

    Recruiting SEO Making your career pages look good to Google. and Bing you can capture a share of the 500 million job seekers who start with a search engine. And with the pace of change you’ll need an expert like RCI Recruitment Solutions to guide your way. (more. )

    Recruitment Communications Our award-winning creative team can translate your brand into tangible materials for use at recruiting events, online, or in print. You’ll also need a partner who can make your voice heard in social media and networks where candidates are now scattered. (more. )

    Recruitment Process Outsourcing Outsource your entire recruitment process to us (or just a single aspect of it) and we’ll deliver measurable results that will improve your overall performance and bottom line. (more. )

    Recruiting Technology Gone are the days when your ATS was the only technology you needed. RCI RecruitSuite™ is now integrated with an array of tools that extend your reach, speed and recruiting power to include social recruiting. (more. )

    Special Ops Executive Search by any other name, our focus is on pulling-off tough assignments that others can’t fill. Avoid failed attempts by coming to us first. Put our blend of skills and resources to work for you. (more. )





    SIEM Tools #siem #tools #open #source

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    SIEM Tools

    AlienVault Professional Threat Management S3000

    The platform contains more than 30 open-source security tools built in and ready to go out of the box. We found this product to be quite easy to install.

    LogLogic MX

    This offers some exciting new features, including a full compliance manager, but more on that later. The LogLogic MX can collect data and logs from network devices, such as routers and firewalls, as well as many other sources, including intrusion detection system (IDS)/intrusion prevention system (IPS), Windows, Unix and load balancers.

    LogRhythm

    The LogRhythm appliance combines log management, SIEM, file integrity monitoring and host activity monitoring into a single integrated platform.

    McAfee Enterprise Security Manager (ESM)

    This product features a powerful correlation engine that is driven by an ultralight proprietary backend database. The ESM is able to gather, store and analyze logs and data from a large amount of sources and then correlate events based on rules, possible risk or historical trends.

    Trustwave SIEM

    The Trustwave SIEM appliance is designed to collect, normalize, analyze and store events and logs from a wide array of network devices and security products.

    CorreLog Correlation Server v5.1.0

    The CorreLog Server is a web-based solution that leverages browser technology to present an easy-to-use, multi-platform interface that stresses point-and-click simplicity for the harried network administrator.

    Prism Microsystems EventTracker v7.2

    Like many other SIEM products, EventTracker Enterprise uses a client server paradigm, where client systems report back to a server, which consolidates and normalizes events for further processing.

    GFI Software GFI EventsManager 2012

    The product is designed to do exactly as the name implies – manage events – and in the case of SIEM, those events can originate from any number of network-attached devices in the typical enterprise, whether they are servers, PCs, firewalls, appliances and so forth.

    NetIQ Sentinel 7

    Using the SIEM methodologies, NetIQ

    SolarWinds Log Event Manager v5.3

    SolarWinds is one of the smaller players in the SIEM market, but as a vendor specializing in system management and reporting tools, the company has the intelligence to effectively create a SIEM product.

    Tenable Network Security Log Correlation Engine v3.6

    The latest iteration of LCE can be considered something that is part of a bigger picture. Tenable refers to this as a unified security monitoring (USM) approach. Through this option, the company combines security management with log analysis and vulnerability scanning.

    Tripwire Log Center v6.5

    Like other products in the SIEM realm, Log Center is part of a larger product line that unifies compliance and security management. Still, the product can be used for the standalone process of SIEM, which many businesses not bound by compliance regulation only look to do.

    At the core, SIEM tools take data from sources and get useful, actionable information from it. The SC Magazine Labs team tested popular ones currently on the market.

    SC Media arms cybersecurity professionals with the in-depth, unbiased business and technical information they need to tackle the countless security challenges they face and establish risk management and compliance postures that underpin overall business strategies.





    EEE Legacy #eee, #uci, #course #web #sites, #course #management, #tools, #class, #survey

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    FAQ: Campus Transition to the EEE+ Ecosystem

    Due to the nature of aging technology providing increasingly limited options for upgrades, UCI is moving from our 20-year old homegrown learning management system, EEE, to an expanded ecosystem of educational technologies.

    At the center of this transition is Canvas – a popular, modern system with a robust toolbox and the added flexibility to connect to supplemental services developed by either UCI or third party providers.

    Below, we answer some of the most commonly asked questions about the transition.

    What’s going on?

    We’ve hit a crossroads: technologies have evolved in complexity and variety, as have the needs of students, faculty, and campus staff. The legacy EEE system has become challenging to maintain due to its age. Enhancements have become impractical and in some cases not feasible.

    After consultation with the campus, we are moving away from dependence on the 20-year-old home-grown legacy EEE website, to a new model supporting a broader ecosystem of tools. The Canvas learning management system, named EEE+ Canvas here at UCI, forms the core of this new ecosystem and provides a comprehensive set of tools to manage courses.

    When is all of this going to happen?

    It will take several years to integrate both our rebuilt home-grown and external 3rd-party tools with Canvas, as well as allow users to migrate content to new tools. We anticipate an approximately 3-5 year timeline (started in 2016), ending around 2020.

    What’s going to happen to the legacy EEE Survey tool?

    13 years ago we built the EEE Survey tool primarily for academic use; it quickly became popular for a wide range of non-academic campus work. This has revealed the need for a robust, central survey service for the campus as a replacement.

    OIT will be identifying a Survey replacement with the help of the campus and we will retire the EEE Survey tool only after a new service is available and units have time to transition. There’s no timeline yet; we’ll be widely announcing any major updates, so stay tuned.

    What about the other tools on EEE Legacy (like Class Mail Lists, Evaluations, Quiz, etc.)?

    Each tool on the EEE Legacy course management system will be considered individually.

    For tools with clear and quality replacements in Canvas (Quiz is a good example) we will help you move content and processes from EEE Legacy to Canvas.

    For tools that don’t have obvious or adequate replacements in Canvas, we will either rebuild those tools in-house or identify other options.

    The Office of Information Technology maintains a comprehensive list of EEE Legacy tools, their current status, and the general plan for their future; each tool also links off to more information. This list is available at: http://sites.uci.edu/canvas/legacy/

    Why is it called EEE+ (EEE+ Canvas, EEE+ Scout, etc.)?

    The “EEE+” label is applied to tools that are a part of the continuing, dynamic educational technology toolkit maintained and/or created by the Office of Information Technology for UC Irvine. EEE+ combines both vendor applications and custom UCI-developed tools to create the best possible experience for instructors, students, and the University.

    EEE+ tools include the Canvas learning management system, EaterEvals (faculty evaluations results distribution app), Scout (form creator & response gathering tool), and others. Learn more about EEE+ at: http://sites.uci.edu/canvas/plus

    Where can I learn more about the transition?

    You can find detailed information about the evolving transition at: http://sites.uci.edu/canvas/

    Who can I talk to if I have any questions or feedback about the transition?





    Test Automation Tools – Popular Automated Testing Tools and Software #test #automation,

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    Software Test Automation Tools

    Automated software testing is becoming more and more important for many software projects in order to automatically verify key functionality, test for regressions and help teams run a large number of tests in a short period of time. Many teams (especially larger projects) still require a significant amount of manual functional testing in addition to automated testing, either because of the lack of sufficient resources or skills to automate all tests.

    There are various tools that help software teams build and execute automated tests. Many teams are actively using unit tests as part of their development efforts to verify critical parts of their projects such as libraries, models and methods. Historically, testing user interfaces of desktop-based applications via automated tests have been more challenging, and currently available tools for this are usually commercial and quite expensive.

    With the growing number of web-based applications this is changing, however, as verifying and testing web-based interfaces is easier and there are various tools that help with this, including free open source projects. Please see below for a list of popular and useful tools, projects, books and resources to get started with automated software testing.

    Automated Web Testing Tools 7 Tools

    Automatically testing your web application is a good way to ensure that new versions of your application don’t introduce bugs and regressions. Automation of your web application testing also allows your development team to make changes and refactor code with more confident, as they can quickly verify the functionality of the application after every change.

    However, actually building automated tests for web applications can be challenging because the user interface of your application might change regularly, because of incompatibilities between browsers and because you usually need to support various server or client platforms. The following tools make it easier to build and execute automated tests for your web application.

    Selenium is a popular automated web testing tool and helps you automate web browsers across different platforms. Selenium has the support of some of the largest browser vendors who have taken steps to make Selenium a native part of their browser.

    Watir is a set of Ruby libraries for automating web browsers and allows you to write tests that are easy to read and maintain. Watir drives browsers the same way people do (it clicks links, fills in forms, presses buttons etc.) and also checks results such as whether expected text appears on the page.

    Windmill is a web testing tool designed to help testers automate and debug web applications. It comes with a cross-browser test recorder, JavaScript integration and an interactive shell to automate web browsers.

    Ranorex allows you to automate your web application testing (among other things) and both record user interactions and play them back to execute your tests. Ranorex is one of the more popular commercial tools to build and run automated web and GUI tests.

    SoapUI is a cross-platform functional testing tool. It has been specifically designed to help automatically test APIs such as SOAP and REST interfaces to ensure the interoperability of different applications.

    Sahi is a tool for automation of web application testing. Sahi is available as a free open source edition as well as a commercial Pro edition.

    Tellurium is a web automation tool that allows you to design and write your automated tests using plain English without any scripting or programming experience.

    Automated GUI Testing Tools 5 Tools

    Building robust automated GUI tests for desktop applications (e.g. on Windows or Mac systems) is quite difficult, as small changes to the user interface can often result in broken tests. The following tools help you build and execute robust GUI tests for various platforms and operating systems.

    Squish is a GUI testing tool for various platforms, including QT, native Windows and Mac applications. Squish allows testers and developers to build automated tests using familiar scripting languages such as JavaScript, Perl, Python and Ruby.

    Ranorex allows you to automate your desktop applications (among other things) and both record user interactions and play them back to execute your tests. Ranorex is one of the more popular commercial tools to build and run automated GUI and web tests.

    TestComplete is an automated testing tool for the Windows platform. It allows you to record, script and run GUI tests for applications built using different frameworks and languages, such as .NET or C++.

    Test Studio is an automated functional and load testing tool that helps you test applications on various platforms built using different frameworks and tools.

    eggPlant is a GUI test automation tool for professional software applications and enterprise teams. It can be used to automate different application types, such as .NET, Java and Flash applications.

    Unit Testing Frameworks 9 Tools

    See below for a list of popular unit testing frameworks and tools for major platforms and programming languages. These frameworks can be used by programmers to test specific functionality in libraries and applications. Unit tests can then be used to automatically test new versions and builds as part of an automated build system or deployment process.

    NET, Open Source

    NUnit is a unit-testing framework for all .Net languages. It was initially ported from JUnut to .NET and has been redesigned to take advantage of many .NET language features.

    NET, Open Source

    xUnit.net is a community-focused unit testing tool for the .NET Framework written by the original inventor of NUnit. xUnit.net is the latest technology for unit testing C#, F#, VB.NET and other .NET languages.

    Python, Open Source

    The Python unit testing framework, sometimes referred to as “PyUnit”, is a Python language version of JUnit. It’s part of the Python framework and supports test automation, sharing of setup and shutdown code for tests and various other features.

    Java, Open Source

    JUnit is a simple unit testing framework to write repeatable tests in Java. JUnit has been important in the development of test-driven development and is one of the standard testing frameworks for Java developers.

    Java, Open Source

    TestNG is a Java testing framework inspired by JUnit and NUnit and introduces some new functionalities that make it more powerful and easier to use. TestNG is designed to cover multiple categories of tests, including unit, functional, end-to-end and integration tests.

    PHP, Open Source

    PHPUnit is a popular framework for unit testing in PHP projects. It provides both a framework that makes it easier to write tests as well as the functionality to easily run, execute and analyze tests and results.

    PHP, Open Source

    Lime is a unit and functional testing framework built for the popular Symfony PHP web application framework. The framework is designed to have readable output from tests, including color formatting, by following the Test Anything Protocol.

    Ruby, Open Source

    Ruby comes with its own standard unit testing framework as part of the Test::Unit namespace and can be used to define basic pass/fail tests and group tests. The framework also comes with tools to run single or whole groups of tests.

    Ruby, Open Source

    RSpec is a testing tool for the Ruby programming language. Born under the banner of behaviour-driven development, it is designed to make test-driven development more productive and enjoyable.

    Automated Testing Cloud Services

    Cloud testing services allow you to run your automated web, mobile and unit tests in different environments and on multiple machines without having to build your own testing infrastructure. The below list of services provides a good overview of popular online Selenium and continuous integration services that are easy and affordable to use.





    9 of the Best Free Social Media Analytics Tools #free #social #media

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    Want to know what’s working on social media?

    W ord-of-mouth advertising is very powerful. You need to earn the trust of your audience so they will recommend your products or services to their friends. Chances are that you’re already using Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms to create engagement and thought leadership in your space. S ocial media analytics tools can help you make sense of how well your social media marketing efforts are paying off and identify areas that need improvement.

    These 9 free social media analytics tools are some of the best out there.

    This isn’t an ordered list — all of these apps are great. Give a few of them a try and gain some insights that will help you reach your goals!

    1. Followerwonk

    Followerwonk helps you explore and grow your social graph. You can dig into your Twitter analytics to learn who your followers are, where they’re located, and when they tweet. The app creates actionable visualizations that enable you to compare your social graph to others, as well as find and connect with influencers.

    2. Buffer

    Buffer is a great tool that will help you in two main ways. You can write a few of posts at a time and choose which social profiles to send them to, and then Buffer will spread them throughout the day or week so that you don’t have to be at a computer all the time in order to have a social media presence. It also shortens your links and tracks engagement so you can see how many people clicked on them.

    3. SumAll

    SumAll helps guide your decision making by connecting all your key online marketing and e-commerce data in one interactive chart. Features include real-time data monitoring, goal tracking, viewing new vs. returning customers, and trendlines that project future performance.

    4. Quintly

    Quintly is a social media benchmarking and analytics solution that tracks and compares the performance of your social media marketing activities. Whether you are using Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, or all of them, their tool visualizes and checks your social marketing success, benchmarking your numbers against your competitors or best practices.

    5. Cyfe

    Cyfe is an all-in-one dashboard that helps you monitor and analyze data found across all your online services, including Google Analytics, Salesforce, AdSense, MailChimp, Amazon, Facebook, WordPress, Zendesk, and Twitter from one single location in real time. No more wasting countless hours tracking down your data from all over the Web every day!

    6. Keyhole

    Keyhole provides real-time social conversation tracking for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. It helps you measure and amplify conversations around your brand and campaigns, enables you identify prospective clients and influencers talking about (or looking for) your services, and aids in driving engagement by finding and re-sharing relevant content.

    7. Klout

    Klout measures influence based on your ability to drive action across the social Web. When you connect your social media accounts, it generates a score on a scale of 1-100 that represents your ability to engage other people and inspire social actions. The platform helps you gain insights that allow you better understand how you influence others.

    8. ViralWoot

    ViralWoot enables you to get more exposure for your Pinterest profile and your pins. You earn “seeds” (points) by following other users and re-pinning. It also helps with scheduling so your visibility is increased, and you can create alerts that let you know when other users are pinning your content.

    9. Addictomatic

    Addictomatic is straightforward tool that can be used to monitor your brand’s influence and reputation. Its discovery platform searches Google, Bing, Twitter, WordPress, YouTube, and Flickr to find the most recent blog posts, news, images, or videos based on your keywords. It breaks the search results into headers, making them easier to navigate.

    It’s always great to discover new useful tools, thanks for creating this list.

    I use these tools:

    • SimilarWeb is awesome for revealing anyone’s traffic structure
    • Buzzsumo is perfect to find popular articles
    • Fanpage Karma for detailed fan page analysis

    But the best thing is when you combine these and put together a tool-excel magic combination for getting the most out of your data. I was curious about how some of the top publishers perform on social media, so I did an analysis by combining SimilarWeb, Buzzsumo and Fanpage Karma.

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    Active Directory domain (AD domain)

    An Active Directory domain is a collection of objects within a Microsoft Active Directory network. An object can be a single user or a group or it can be a hardware component, such as a computer or printer. Each domain holds a database containing object identity information.

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    Active Directory domains are grouped in a tree structure; a group of Active Directory trees is known as a forest. which is the highest level of organization within Active Directory. Active Directory domains can have multiple child domains, which in turn can have their own child domains. Authentication within Active Directory works through a transitive trust relationship.

    Active Directory domains can be identified using a DNS name, which can be the same as an organization’s public domain name. a sub-domain or an alternate version (which may end in .local). While Group Policy can be applied to an entire domain, it is typical to apply policies to sub-groups of objects known as organizational units (OUs ). All object attributes, such as usernames, must be unique within a single domain and, by extension, an OU.

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    Risk assessment – management tools #security #risk #assessment #tools

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    Enterprise Risk Management

    Tools Templates

    This section is a central resource for miscellaneous tools and templates. Examples include sample strategic plans, risk assessments, risk ranking tools, and an ERM assessment case study.

    There are various types of risk assessment activities that are regularly conducted throughout organizations. Your ERM group should become familiar with and support the various assessments conducted and use the results of these assessments in developing and maturing their ERM Program.

    Your ERM group may want to consider identifying risk assessments that have already been completed and then work with the key owner’s for the risk to develop and assist with improving the control activities, information and communication and monitoring (in other words, fill in the rest of the COSO model).

    The UCOP Office of Risk Services (OPRS) offers several Excel-based tools intended to support the risk assessment process at each of the UC locations.

    Information on UC Tracker, a web based tool to facilitate the review and documentation of key department controls as required by SAS 112/115.

    A tool that helps automate the continuous monitoring of controls established as a result of any type of risk assessment.

    Mission Continuity Planning

    A systemwide program that enables all of our campuses, medical centers and national laboratory to better prepare to meet the challenges of resuming business operations after a major event occurs.

    Helps you consider the strategic, financial, operational, compliance, reporting, and reputational risks associated with a new initiative or project.

    Helps you consider the factors affecting the risks faced by your Campus or Medical Center location. It will help you compare the benefits and risks of each option so you can make informed decisions.

    Workbook to help minimize risks of collection loss and maximize return on UC’s investment in information assets.

    Find answers to FAQs about the various tools and how to choose the one that’s right for you.





    Top 10 cloud tools #cloud #development #tools

    Top 10 cloud tools

    CREDIT: STEPHEN SAUER

    Cloud vendors are delivering boatloads of new tools to help enterprise IT build, buy, manage, monitor, tweak and track cloud services. These tools are designed to help IT execs free up their budgets and their staff so both can be used towards more strategic, line of business projects. (Watch a slideshow version of this story.)

    We surveyed cloud practitioners and came up with this list of the most useful cloud tools. Here are their top 10 picks.

    Category: Cloud Cost Analytics

    Cloudability is a financial management tool for monitoring and analyzing all cloud expenses across an organization. It aggregates expenditures into reports, helps identify opportunities for reducing costs, offers budget alerts and recommendations via SMS and email, and provides APIs for connecting cloud billing and usage data to any business or financial system. The company in February announced that it currently monitors over $250 million in cloud costs, which is double what it monitored less than six months ago.

    Product: S3 Life-Cycle Tracker, EC2 Reservation Detector, RDS Reservation Detector

    Category: Cloud Optimization

    These tools are designed to help corporate IT from over-buying Amazon cloud resources. Cloudyn’s suite of services gives users a dashboard showing detailed information on all of their virtual machine instances, databases and storage. Cloudyn then provides insights into inefficiencies and suggestions on how to get rid of them. Currently focused on Amazon’s cloud, the company has stated in the past that it will work on tools that track usage in Rackspace, Microsoft Azure and GoGrid in the future.

    Category: Cloud Integration

    AtomSphere is a cloud-based software Platform as a Service used by customers that want to integrate their various cloud-based applications with each other and with on-premise applications. New functionality provided as part of an upgrade last summer allows usage of multiple data sources and reservation of cloud resources for real-time data transfer in integration processes. The company announced in February that the AtomSphere platform is now handling more than a million integration processes per day. That number is 250% higher than it was a year ago.

    Category: Cloud infrastructure management

    Enstratius provides cross-platform cloud infrastructure management for public, private and hybrid clouds that can be closely aligned with an enterprise’s governance and security requirements. Features include self-service provisioning/de-provisioning of cloud resources; multi-currency cost/chargeback tracking; customizable role-based access controls; single login to manage all cloud resources; and, support for enterprise authentication systems including SAML 2.0 and OpenID.

    Enstratius also supports integration with management tools and the orchestration of configuration management tools such as Chef and Puppet across clouds; automated encryption of all cloud data in transit and at rest with all keys stored outside of the cloud and full application automation including auto-scaling, auto-recovery, cloud bursting.

    The list of Enstratius’ supported clouds is growing considerably and currently most of the big names, including Amazon Web Services, OpenStack-based clouds, Google, HP Cloud Services, Rackspace, Microsoft Windows Azure and IBM SmartCloud Enterprise.

    Product: Informatica Cloud Spring 2013

    Category: Cloud data integration

    Informatica – a long-time data integration vendor – this month will roll out its next generation suite of cloud integration tools (which are delivered as a platform as a service) that include enhancements that address data security issues in the cloud and help enterprise IT manage data integration issues in hybrid cloud deployments.

    The new Informatica Cloud Data Masking service reduces the risk of data breaches during application development and testing. And the new Informatica Cloud Extend workflow service is geared toward business process creation and management in the cloud. The upgrade from the company’s 2012 Winter version also delivers new security and administration features that support broader cloud integration deployments and strengthen IT governance and control.

    These include hybrid security options for storing connection credentials – (e.g. username, password, security token, etc.) on-premise, behind the firewall or in the cloud; and organization-level blackouts that give administrators the ability to define blackout periods during which no integration, replication or data quality jobs will run, thus strengthening IT control and simplifying the management of upgrades.

    Category: Cloud integration service

    Delivered as a packaged integration experience, CloudHub and Mule ESB are built on open source technology to provide quick, reliable application integration without vendor lock-in. The company offers CloudHub, a cloud-based integration platform as a service (iPaaS) for connecting SaaS, cloud and on-premise applications and APIs; and, Mule ESB, an open source enterprise service bus for connecting enterprise applications on-premise and to the cloud. The company claims it is currently supporting billions of transactions per day, used in production by thousands of enterprises, including Walmart, MasterCard, Nokia, Nestle and Honeywell. Additionally, MuleSoft enables integrations with leading SaaS vendors such as Salesforce.com, NetSuite, Workday, Intuit and Metanga.

    Category: Cloud Configuration Management

    Chef is an open source Ruby-based configuration management product served up by Opscode under the Apache license. Hosted Chef (and its private cloud sibling, Private Chef) lets cloud system administrators programmatically configure virtual systems, thereby cutting down on repetitive, manual operations. Chef – which, as the name might allude, uses culinary terms as metaphors to organize its processes – mainly homes on the tasks of provisioning, configuring and integrating cloud resources. Opscode in February released a completely rewritten version of Chef which the company says offers unparalleled scalability.

    Category: Cloud Configuration Management

    Puppet Enterprise is IT automation software that gives system administrators the power to easily automate repetitive tasks, quickly deploy critical applications, and proactively manage infrastructure changes, on-premise or in the cloud. The product can automate tasks at any stage of the IT infrastructure life cycle, including provisioning, discovery, operating system and application configuration management, build and release management, patch management and infrastructure audit and compliance.

    Some of the newer features of Puppet include enabling system administrators to view and respond to requests graphically; support for the use of third-party authentication services such as LDAP, Active Directory or Google Apps Directory; and, support for Microsoft Windows. PuppetLabs customers include 24/7 Real Media, Harvard and Google. And VMware earlier this year made a $30 million investment in the company.

    Product: RightScale Cloud Management

    Category: Cloud Management

    Formed in 2006, RightScale was one of the first companies to address cross-platform cloud management. Its platform lets organizations easily deploy and manage business-critical applications across public, private and hybrid clouds. RightScale provides configuration, monitoring, automation, and governance of cloud computing infrastructure and applications. RightScale recently released the newest additions to its customer list which include Caltech, Care Innovations (an Intel-GE company), Citrix Online, Conde Nast, Coty, Equinix, Fox Digital Media, Inmobi, JWT, Leo Burnett, Softbank Technology, Telepictures Productions (a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company), Tibco and Zurich Insurance.

    Product: Agility Platform

    Category: Enterprise cloud management

    The Agility Platform provides a single, integrated control point for governance, compliance and security across an enterprise’s cloud applications and cloud environments. The platform comprises an extensible policy engine enabling the creation and enforcement of an impressive range of custom governance, compliance and security policies. It provides an end-to-end security model spanning network, instance, data, and access levels including federated identity management. It includes an orchestration engine for deploying complex, multi-tier business applications across heterogeneous private and public clouds. And it has an integrated event bus, a cloud adapter SDK, and workflow automation capabilities to extend cloud operating model capabilities to existing IT ecosystems.

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    OTC® 4731A – Damper Holding Tool for Honda #otc, #4731a, #automotive #tools,

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    Product Details

    Damper Holding Tool for Honda/Acura (4731A) by OTC®. Holds dampener for removal/installation of the crank bolt on Honda/Acura engines. 4″ offset. 1/2″ square drive can be used with ratchet or breaker bar. 50mm hex with large center hole. Will fit around accessories eliminating additional part removal. Proper fit for applications and allows use of impact tool to remove bolt Works on: Honda – Accord, Civic, CRV, Del Sol, Element, Fit, Insight, Odyssey, Pilot, Prelude, Ridgeline, S2000. Acura – CL, Integra, Legend, MDX, RL, RSX, TL, TSX. Honda Accord 1990-1997 2.2L 4 cyl. Accord 1996-1997 2.7L 4 cyl. Accord 1998-2002 2.3L 4 cyl. Accord 1998-newer 2.4L 4 cyl. Accord 1998-newer 3.0L V-6 Accord Hybrid 2005_2007 3.0L V-6 Civic 1992-newer 1.6L 4 cyl. Civic 2001-2005 1.7L 4 cyl. Civic 2006-newer 1.8L 4 cyl. Civic 2003-newer 2.0L 4 cyl. Civic Hybrid 2003-newer 1.3L 4 cyl. CRV 1997-2001 2.0L 4 cyl. CRV 2002-newer 2.4L 4 cyl. Del Sol 1993-1997 1.6L 4 cyl. Element 2003-newer 2.4L 4 cyl. Fit 2007-newer 1.5L 4 cyl. Insight 2000-newer 1.0L 3 cyl. Odyssey 1995-1997 2.2L 4 cyl. Odyssey 1998 2.3L 4 cyl. Odyssey 1999-newer 3.5L V-6 Pilot 2003-newer 3.5L V-6 Prelude 1992-newer 2.2L 4 cyl. Prelude 1992-1996 2.3L 4 cyl. Ridgeline 2006-newer 3.5L 4 cyl. S2000 2000-2003 2.0L 4 cyl. S2000 2004-newer 2.2L 4 cyl. Acura CL 1997 2.2L 4 cyl. CL 1997-1999 3.0L V-6 CL 1998-1999 2.3L 4 cyl. CL 2000-newer 3.2L V-6 Integra 1990-1992 1.6L 4 cyl. Integra 1992-1993 1.7L 4 cyl. Integra 1993-newer 1.8L 4 cyl. Legend 1991-1995 3.2L V-6 MDX 2001-2006 3.5L V-6 MDX 2007-newer 3.7L V-6 RL 1996-2006 3.5L V-6 RSX 2002-2007 2.0L 4 cyl. TL 1997-newer 3.2L V-6 TL 2007-newer 3.5L V-6 TSX 2004-newer 2.4L 4 cyl.

    Specifications:

    Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.3 x 4.8 in

    Shipping Weight: 1.7 lb

    Features:

    • Designed to help to get your job done right
    • Manufactured utilizing the highest quality materials
    • Built to provide exceptional levels of durability

    This product is professionally and meticulously designed to provide superior durability you are looking for. The company does not accept compromises when it is going about quality, so you can be completely confident that this product is second to none. It is manufactured from first-rate materials to ensure outstanding reliability. This product provides efficient and worry-free service for many years ahead which makes it the perfect option for your ultimate satisfaction.

    OTC® is a leading manufacturer and supplier of professional vehicle electronic diagnostic equipment, servicing tools and equipment as well as automotive fuel maintenance. In 2012 the company was integrated into the Automotive Service Solutions Business Unit of the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Business Division. It was a milestone in the history of the OTC brand, which allowed to expand the company’s horizons and sales area. As a part of the Bosch Group, OTC products are offered in more than 150 countries across the globe.





    Website Speed Test #website #load #testing #tools #free

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    Free Website Speed Test

    Test your Website Performance.

    How fast does your website load?

    When it comes to delivering the best website experience to your users, slow and steady page-load times just won’t do. With the Free Uptrends Website Speed Test. you can put the performance of any web page to the test.

    Simply enter a website URL, select any 1 of our 35* available global checkpoints, and hit ‘Start.’

    Our speedy. high-tech. website performance monitoring robots will then check your webpage and display the Resolve, TCP Connect, HTTPS Handshake, Send, Wait, and Receive times.

    *Paid Website Monitoring account has access to over 165 checkpoints

    Reading the speed test results

    The following colors/descriptions represent different element states displayed in the test result waterfall chart.

    Element states

    Resolve: The browser is performing a DNS Lookup

    TCP Connect: The browser is trying to set up a TCP Connection

    Https handshake: The browser performs an Https handshake

    Send: The browser is sending data to the web server

    Wait: The browser is waiting for data from the server

    Receive: The browser is receiving data from the server

    Try Uptrends free for four weeks.

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    Always know how your website is performing.

    Interested in capturing your live website performance data on a regular basis? By signing up for a free 4-week trial of Uptrends Website Monitoring, you can see for yourself how valuable having a constant data stream can be when it comes to maximizing your website uptime and performance. This is the only Synthetic Monitoring toolkit you need!

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    Monitor the performance of your shopping cart, login, search queries and other website interactions with Uptrends’ Web Application Monitoring .

    Always be in the know

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    Data is no good to you if you can’t understand it. Uptrends compiles your data into easy-to-read, configurable dashboards. You can even make your own!

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    IIS Monitoring #iis #server #monitoring,iis #server,iis #monitoring #tools,iis #management,server #monitoring #software,iis #performance

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    IIS Server Monitoring from the Cloud (SaaS)

    List of Basic monitors:

    Server (Charged based on servers and not individual metrics)

    • Windows/Linux/FreeBSD/OS X Monitoring (agent based)
    • Microsoft IIS, SQL, Exchange Monitoring.
    • Each VMware VM instance (VMWare monitoring using the On-Premise Poller)
    • VMware ESX/ESXi hosts

    Amazon Web Services

    • Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) per instance
    • Relational Database Service (RDS) per instance
    • DynamoDB per table
    • Simple Notification Service Topic (SNS)
    • Elastic Load Balancer (ELB) – both Classic and Application type.
    • Website (HTTP/HTTPS)
    • DNS, Ping, FTP Service, SMTP Service
    • SSL Certificate, Domain Expiry Monitoring
    • SOAP, REST API
    • Port, POP Service

    List of Advanced monitors:

    • Advanced Windows Apps – Microsoft SharePoint, BizTalk, Active Directory, Failover Cluster, Hyper-V
    • Synthetic web transaction monitor (monitor multi-step web transactions in your service)
    • Web Page Analyzer
    • Web Page Defacement
    • Mail Server Round Trip Time monitoring
    • FTP upload/download Round Trip Monitoring.

    Network monitoring licensing is purely based on the number of interfaces that are monitored. It is mandatory to have at least one active interface in order to monitor a device. While ten performance counters per device can be monitored for free, every additional ten is counted as one interface.

    Premium support includes email, community, chat and phone.

    Every webpage that is loaded in the browser is considered as a page view, irrespective of the number of resources that are loaded behind. For example, for a single page to load, there are various resource calls for images, css, etc, which are not counted in page views. Only the webpage that the user visits is counted as page views.

    Credits are auto-refilled every month, however left over refilled credits are not carried forward to the next month.





    Network Security Auditing Tools and Techniques > Evaluating Security Controls #network #security

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    Network Security Auditing Tools and Techniques

    Assessing security controls involves more than simply scanning a firewall to see what ports are open and then running off to a quiet room to generate a report. It is natural for security engineers to gravitate toward technology and focus on technical security control testing (otherwise known as penetration testing), because it is likely the “fun” part of security for most engineers. Conducting a penetration test is like throwing down the gauntlet to security professionals, and it gives them an opportunity to flex their hacker skills. Testing security as a system, however, involves significantly more than launching carefully crafted evil packets at the network to see what happens. This chapter discusses software tools and techniques auditors can use to test network security controls.

    It is important to note that this is not a chapter about hacking. You will not learn all of the techniques and tools available today for breaking into networks. Do a search at your favorite online bookseller for the terms hacking, hacker, or penetration testing and you will find a slew of books devoted to the topics. Security testing as a process is covered, but the focus is on gathering the evidence useful for an audit. Thoroughly assessing security controls serves a vital part in determining whether or not a business is compliant with its policies, procedures, and standards. Through security controls testing, you can determine whether the organization meets its goals for reducing risk and keeping evildoers out of the network and away from critical systems.

    Evaluating Security Controls

    Security controls are the safeguards that a business uses to reduce risk and protect assets. Policy determines what security controls are needed, and those controls are selected by identifying a risk and choosing the appropriate countermeasure that reduces the impact of an undesirable event (such as a customer database being stolen). The evaluation of security controls in its simplest form validates whether or not the control adequately addresses policy, best practice, and law. Testing security controls for effectiveness and measuring them against standards are of the best ways to help an organization meet its obligations to shareholders and regulatory responsibilities.

    As discussed in Chapter 1, “The Principles of Auditing,” the main security control types are administrative, technical, and physical. Under each category, the specific controls that can be implemented are preventative, detective, corrective, or recovery. These control types work together, and in general, you must provide controls from each category to effectively protect an asset. When testing controls, make sure that each functional category is addressed and all controls are implemented in a way that doesn’t allow someone easy circumvention. You can have the most advanced firewall in the world as a preventative control, but without monitoring its effectiveness through detective controls, such as log reviews and IPS, you would never know for sure if it enforced policy. These missing pieces are typically what hackers exploit to break into systems, and it’s the auditor’s job to identify and report on weaknesses in the system.

    When evaluating security effectiveness, you need to examine three primary facets for every control. All security incidents, from break-ins to lost customer records, can usually be traced back to a deficiency that can be attributed to people, process, or technology. Testing these areas enables you to analyze security from a big picture perspective, gives you a better understanding of how an organization performs today, and recommends improvements for tomorrow. Following are the three facets to examine:

    • People are users, administrators, data owners, and managers of the organization with varying levels of skills, attitudes, and agendas. If users are not following security policies, there might be a need for stronger administrative controls such as security awareness training or penalties for noncompliance (this is the “up to and including getting fired” clause that HR puts in the employee manual). An organization can also implement a detective/corrective control to enforce policies such as having the latest antivirus updates or operating system patches before the user is allowed on the network. People also represent the organizational structure and policies that drive security.
    • Process represents how the organization delivers the service of IT. These are the procedures and standards that are put into place to protect assets. Processes must be up to date, consistent, and follow best practices to be effective. Process is one of the most important areas to test, because most attacks that result in significant loss have a component in which process has failed. Take, for example user account creation and decommission. Someone is hired, and a request is put into IT to create the appropriate accounts the new hire. Who is allowed to send the request? Is it any hiring manager or does it have to be one from Human Resources? How is the request validated as legitimate? Without strong process and the appropriate controls in place to prevent, detect, and correct, anyone can call and impersonate a hiring manager and request an account be created. This is significantly easier (and quicker) than trying to run a brute force, password-cracking tool against a server.
    • Technology represents the facilities, equipment, computer hardware, and software that automate a business. Technology enables people to accomplish repetitive jobs faster and with less error. Of course, technology also enables someone to do stupid things just as efficiently (and faster). Misconfigurations and poorly implemented software can take a mistake and multiply its impact exponentially. Imagine leaving the door unlocked on a room that houses hardcopy files. Someone could potentially walk into the room and take files, but it would take a long time (not to mention effort) to hand carry those documents out to a car. Now, imagine misconfiguring a server in the DMZ to allow for access from the Internet to a key database server. Someone could download the entire database and not even leave a trace that they were there. This is why it is so important for a business to standardize on best practices and configurations that are known to work. Best practices tend to anticipate many of these scenarios.

    Evaluating security controls requires the auditor to look at a system with the eyes of a hacker and anticipate how things could be exploited to gain unauthorized access. Just because something “shouldn’t” be exploitable, doesn’t mean that it isn’t. The only way to know is to test the system and the individuals who are tasked with monitoring and maintaining it should do the testing.

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    15 Essential Open Source Security Tools #network #vulnerability #scanning #tools

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    15 Essential Open Source Security Tools

    There are thousands of open source security tools with both defensive and offensive security capabilities.

    The following are 10 15 essential security tools that will help you to secure your systems and networks. These open source security tools have been given the essential rating due to the fact that they are effective, well supported and easy to start getting value from.

    1. Nmap – map your network and ports with the number one port scanning tool. Nmap now features powerful NSE scripts that can detect vulnerabilities, misconfiguration and security related information around network services. After you have nmap installed be sure to look at the features of the included ncat – its netcat on steroids.

    2. OpenVAS – open source vulnerability scanning suite that grew from a fork of the Nessus engine when it went commercial. Manage all aspects of a security vulnerability management system from web based dashboards. For a fast and easy external scan with OpenVAS try our online OpenVAS scanner .

    3. OSSEC – host based intrusion detection system or HIDS, easy to setup and configure. OSSEC has far reaching benefits for both security and operations staff.

    4. Security Onion – a network security monitoring distribution that can replace expensive commercial grey boxes with blinking lights. Security Onion is easy to setup and configure. With minimal effort you will start to detect security related events on your network. Detect everything from brute force scanning kids to those nasty APT’s.

    5. Metasploit Framework – test all aspects of your security with an offensive focus. Primarily a penetration testing tool, Metasploit has modules that not only include exploits but also scanning and auditing.

    6. OpenSSH – secure all your traffic between two points by tunnelling insecure protocols through an SSH tunnel. Includes scp providing easy access to copy files securely. Can be used as poor mans VPN for Open Wireless Access points (airports, coffee shops). Tunnel back through your home computer and the traffic is then secured in transit. Access internal network services through SSH tunnels using only one point of access. From Windows, you will probably want to have putty as a client and winscp for copying files. Under Linux just use the command line ssh and scp.

    7. Wireshark – view traffic in as much detail as you want. Use Wireshark to follow network streams and find problems. Tcpdump and Tshark are command line alternatives. Wireshark runs on Windows, Linux, FreeBSD or OSX based systems.

    8. Kali Linux was built from the foundation of BackTrack Linux. Kali is a security testing Linux distribution based on Debian. It comes prepackaged with hundreds of powerful security testing tools. From Airodump-ng with wireless injection drivers to Metasploit this bundle saves security testers a great deal of time configuring tools.

    9. Nikto – a web server testing tool that has been kicking around for over 10 years. Nikto is great for firing at a web server to find known vulnerable scripts, configuration mistakes and related security problems. It won’t find your XSS and SQL web application bugs, but it does find many things that other tools miss. To get started try the Nikto Tutorial or the online hosted version.

    10. Truecrypt – encrypt all the things. As of 2014, the TrueCrypt product is no longer being maintained. Two new security tools, CipherShed and VeraCrypt were forked and have been through extensive security audits.
    Websites: https://ciphershed.org/ and https://veracrypt.codeplex.com

    Updated 2017 to include another 5 high quality open source security tools. These additional projects are all very much focused on the defenders side. With in depth traffic analysis, intrusion detection and incident response all covered. Interesting to see sponsors of these projects include Facebook, Cisco and Google.

    11. Moloch is packet capture analysis ninja style. Powered by an elastic search backend this makes searching through pcaps fast. Has great support for protocol decoding and display of captured data. With a security focus this is an essential tool for anyone interested in traffic analysis.

    12. Bro IDS totes itself as more than an Intrusion Detection System, and it is hard to argue with this statement. The IDS component is powerful, but rather than focusing on signatures as seen in traditional IDS systems. This tool decodes protocols and looks for anomalies within the traffic.

    13. Snort is a real time traffic analysis and packet logging tool. It can be thought of as a traditional IDS, with detection performed by matching signatures. The project is now managed by Cisco who use the technology in its range of SourceFire appliances. An alternative project is the Suricata system that is a fork of the original Snort source.

    14. OSQuery monitors a host for changes and is built to be performant from the ground up. This project is cross platform and was started by the Facebook Security Team. It is a powerful agent that can be run on all your systems (Windows, Linux or OSX) providing detailed visibility into anomalies and security related events.

    15. GRR – Google Rapid Response a tool developed by Google for security incident response. This python agent / server combination allows incident response to be performed against a target system remotely.

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    Top 10 social media dashboard tools #awareness #networks, #brizzly, #cotweet, #hootsuite, #mediafunnel,

    Top 10 social media dashboard tools

    How to manage the torrent of social media conversations and increase your productivity!

    By Kim Bale
    Socialbrite staff

    O ne of the things we often hear from nonprofits and social enterprises is: How do I manage the torrent of social media conversations coming at me?

    The answer used to be: Painstakingly and one conversation at a time. But a new crop of social media tools aims to tamp down the social media gusher by letting you update, monitor, manage and maintain several communication outlets at once. (While it s sometimes hard to know what counts as a social media dashboard, we re not including a wide range of customer relationship management (CRM) or social media monitoring tools here.)

    When selecting a dashboard for personal or professional use, you should consider such items as cost, analytics and which social networks they support, among other things. Our list is meant to feature some of the breakout social media dashboards in the space and highlight their distinguishing features to make the selection process a bit easier.

    Here are 10 of our favorite social media dashboard tools:

    Threadsy: Unify your email, social networks

    1 Threadsy is an intuitive, easy-to-use dashboard that allows organizations to connect through multiple email accounts as well as Facebook and Twitter. Free to use, Threadsy is great for managing your nonprofit or business s brand from one clean dashboard across the big names in social media platforms. With no fees and no downloads, this service should make a splash in the space for both personal use and use by your organization.

    Myweboo: Organize your information streams

    2 Haven t heard of Myweboo. That s OK. This upstart startup invites users to discover, browse and read popular streams and share them with friends and followers. You or your organization can choose from a wide variety of “applications” to connect to and stream to a dashboard from categories like news, social, fashion, photo and video. These streams can be viewed together of filtered from “My Dashboard” and then easily shared via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr, Delicious and other networks. You re in complete control of which sites will make up your dashboard. Free to use, Myweboo is run by an appealing brother-and-sister pair of young tech stars.

    Hootsuite: Integrate all your platforms

    3 Our personal favorite is Hootsuite because of the depth of its products and services. Nonprofits and cause organizations can update multiple social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook and more) from a computer or iPhone, Android or BlackBerry device. A team of users can track results of their interactions and create a dashboard that will work efficiently with their preferred social streams. Hootsuite offers two versions. One is free and aggregates up to five social network and two RSS feeds; it stores stat history for 30 days and is ad supported. For $5.99 a month, your organization can enjoy unlimited capabilities for a single user, with each additional user costing $10 per month.

    Spredfast: For teams of social marketers

    4 Spredfast allows an organization not only to manage its social media presence but also to monitor and measure its voice across multiple social media channels from one easy-to-use dashboard. A great choice for organizations with multiple hands in social media marketing efforts, Spredfast offers superb organizational tools that help identify and assign tasks to multiple users across multiple social media sites ranging from Facebook and Twitter to LinkedIn and blogging platforms. It also lets you publish video to many video sites at once, similar to TubeMogul. Free for 30 days, Spredfast has pricing tiers that start around $212 per month for nonprofits. See the new writeup on Spredfast on our sister site, Socialmedia.biz.

    MediaFunnel: Collaborative, permission-based system

    5 Coordinate and manage your nonprofit s social media presence with MediaFunnel. a collaboration platform that lets you navigate and moderate online conversations about your brand. One interesting feature: You can use MediaFunnel to manage your team member s social media updates say, by holding your intern s tweets in a queue until approved by a supervisor (roles include admins, publishers and contributors). Chiefly geared to businesses, MediaFunnel makes it easy to combine several social media accounts and to offer solutions for presenting a brand s presence through multiple voices. Scheduled tweets, brand alerts and tweets via email or SMS are supported.

    CoTweet: Advanced features for Enterprise users

    6 CoTweet is used by thousands of individuals and employees at nonprofits and corporations around the world. The free Standard edition is limited to a few Twitter accounts and geared to a couple of team members. The paid Enterprise edition supports Facebook, too, and is geared to brands more deeply engaged in social marketing, brand building and customer support. It supports an unlimited number of users, advanced workflow, more analytics, third-party integrations including Salesforce.com productivity tools, unlimited conversation history for deeper customer relationships, a mobile app, rich profiles of fans and followers and more.

    Seesmic: Free, clean credible

    Netvibes: Share your widgets with the world

    8 Netvibes lets organizations keep track of the news and trends that matter, create unique personal and public dashboards and share these public dashboards or sites with anyone, anywhere, at any time. You can easily create fun and personalized widgets detailing the weather, to-do lists, Twitter feeds, Facebook posts or Flickr updates, among many others and post them to both personal and public dashboards. Organizations can choose a theme, name their pages and organize them with tabs and share them with the world.

    TweetDeck: Connect with your contacts

    9 If you re a Twitter aficionado, you may already use TweetDeck. which works on the Mac, PC, Linux, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android. It connects organizations with contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Google Buzz and many more. Free of charge, TweetDeck allows users to schedule future posts, manage multiple accounts and update several social media sites at once to maintain consistency. One unique feature allows users to send tweets longer than 140 characters through smart cross-posting to both a Buzz and Twitter account. Twitter is a desktop app and not Web-based, so one thing we don t like is the inability to manage the app s font size on different screens.

    Brizzly: Simplify your updating

    10 Brizzly simplifies your social media browsing and updating experience while taking some of the work out of keeping up to date with trends and followers. It lets you update on Twitter and Facebook. Its Brizzly Guide helps explain trending topics on Twitter. Brizzly is free.

    Tools that can integrate your social networks

    There are, of course, other social media dashboard solutions for the enterprise. One good choice for businesses is Awareness. which lets your team publish, manage, measure and engage across multiple social media channels.

    Another is Sprout Social. Social media tools for business, a social media management suite. We listed Sprout Social in our roundup of Paid social media monitoring services .

    Also, don t forget other tools that can integrate your social networks:

    • You might want to try using a browser as your social media dashboard. Flock has been the most social of the social browsers for the past five years. Others say Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox will get you a social media dashboard with the right add-ons/extensions. And Marc Andreessen s upcoming RockMelt (Mashable review ) will take it a step further, requiring you to log into Facebook before using it.

    • Unilyzer has a social media dashboard to unify your Twitter, Facebook and YouTube accounts.

    • We re impressed by the private beta of Nimble and will report back when we ve used it more extensively.

    • TwitterFeed lets you feed your blog to Twitter, Facebook and more.

    • Ping.fm is a free service that makes it easy to update your social networks, including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr and Delicious.

    • RowFeeder is a tool to cross-post, to track conversations on Twitter and Facebook and to create analytical reports.

    What s your favorite social media dashboard? Please add a comment.

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    The 39th Annual Spring Atlanta Home Show – March 24-26, 2017 – Cobb Galleria Centre

    The largest Home Show in Georgia! Hundreds of participating companies! For THREE days only March 24-26, the Cobb Galleria transforms into a one-stop-shop for all your home improvement needs! For 39 years the Spring Atlanta Home Show has been improving home lifestyles and adding value to your largest single investment, your home. We’re proud of our ability to produce a family friendly environment and welcome you to our home.

    Experience exciting and interactive sessions that can inspire you in your yard, with your decor and save you a great deal of time and money on your next remodeling job. » Click here to read more.

    This year’s grand prize is a 7 LED fixture outdoor lighting package provided by Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Atlanta. No purchase necessary – read more for all the details. » Click here to read more.

    Georgia Landscape presents the Red Hare Backyard Beer Garden! Come learn about landscape design, services and products ranging from grass to fire, flowers to water, patios to recreation areas. You can chat with area experts about local landscape and options for every type of backyard. This is an interactive, educational area designed to give you the information you need to turn your backyard into an outdoor living area to enjoy for years! If all that were not enough, for a $5 donation to Hope Atlanta – the programs of Travelers Aid you can taste your way through this feature. Marietta’s own Red Hare Brewing Company will have SIX of their handcrafted brews available for your approval! Cabot Creamery will also have a sampling of cheeses. So bring your friends, enjoy some great beer and help a worthy cause! » Click here to read more.

    Thanks to PMC Building Materials, members of the home improvement trade receive FREE admission to the show on Friday March 24! » Click here to read more.





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    ESMO members: the recent ESMO Handbooks are available for browsing online to allow you to easily access the sections most relevant to you.

    Essentials for Clinicians

    A simplified yet comprehensive overview on oncological malignancies, their biology, diagnosis, staging, treatment and follow-up, which are necessary for basic patient treatment

    Glossary of Molecular Biology

    ESMO members: Browse through the ESMO Glossary in Molecular Biology of Cancer and Molecular Techniques online

    User’s Manual for Oncology Clinicians

    Discover the User’s Manual for Oncology Clinicians: “Clinician’s notes” for each of the 16 chapters of the patient guide.

    Cancer in Medical Journals

    Collection of links to the latest cancer related articles in top medical journals: Annals of Oncology. The Lancet. JAMA. NEJM. BMJ and Nature Medicine

    Links to Cancer Journals

    Here, ESMO members can gain direct access to journals available to them for free (Annals of Oncology. Nature Reviews Cancer. Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology. and British Journal of Cancer ). You can also find links to interesting journals in the fields of Medical Oncology, Haematology and Biomarkers.

    Performance Scales: Karnofsky ECOG Scores