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Mark Lawrence

Mark Lawrence


Mark Lawrence joined Orion Security Solutions as the Senior Vice President of IT Security. Mark will build on Orion Security Solutions "layered" security methodology as more technical security devices are connected to an Internet Protocol network.



Mark formerly worked with the United States Department of State as a Security Engineering Officer with the Bureau of Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) for eleven years. Mark joined Diplomatic Security from North Carolina State University where he obtained his Masters of Science degree in Computer Network Engineering and his Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Life Sciences with a minor in Genetics. Mark also interned with Cisco Systems in Research Triangle Park while he was studying for his Network Engineering degree. Mark received advanced computer security training from the Department of State to include forensics, vulnerability scanning, computer security assessments, information assurance, to include, systems certification and accreditation, and also compliance and auditing.

18
Jun

You Need Next-Generation Firewalls!

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Wikipedia defines a firewall as: A software or hardware-based network security system that controls the incoming and outgoing network traffic based upon a set of rules. A firewall establishes a barrier between a trusted, secure internal network and another network (e.g., the Internet) that is not assumed to be secure and trusted.

Traditional, first generation firewalls, allow traffic in and out of a network based upon ports and protocols rules. These firewalls only operated up to layer 3 of the Open System Interconnection (OSI) reference model.

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22
Jan

Responsible Gun Handling

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I wanted to deter a bit from the technical security world and discuss responsible gun handling. With all the recent shooting events in public venues and government crackdown on gun ownership, many people are buying up guns and ammunition. While owning guns is our constitutional right, handling guns responsibly is our duty. Like any potentially dangerous objects, gun owners should establish and follow responsible handling procedures to prevent accidental injuries.

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13
Jan

Password Managers

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Passwords, it seems almost every place you go online requires a username and password. Security experts’ emphasis the importance of not using the same password for multiple logins to lower your risk in case one site is compromised. So, you try to do your due diligence and create a password scheme for the sites that you need to log into. This scheme works for a while until the site makes you change your password every 60, 90 or 120 days. There are always some sites that you do not log into that often and can't remember if you scheme appended an incremental number or even a letter to the end of the last password. So, like me, you are no stranger to the “Reset Password” link.

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