Mar 232011
 

One question seems to be on every CIO’s mind…
How can our organization unlock YouTube, Twitter and Facebook and still be secure?  Well it can be done and here is a plan.

  • Virtual Applications set up in the DMZ
  • Kiosk Access
  • Set up a Virtual Internet Application Social Media Security Server  (See Diagram Below) in your DMZ to ensure you can give access to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn, etc without compromising security
  • Kicker – Add a Separate Social Media non business grade line from Comcast to run streaming media and social media applications through.
  • Allow access to Facebook without compromising corporate bandwidth or adding virus and malware propagation risk through this channel by using Next Generation Firewalls through Sonicwall

If you have any questions or comments please email or tweet me!

Jan 032011
 

This is a real life example that happened to me and a CIO last week that illustrates Twitter and customer service at its best.
Two things are needed. 1) An internet connection and 2) Tweetdeck

If anyone doubts the power of the Twitter-Verse, think again. I was Tweeting with one of my Tweeps (@sonny_h) about his not-so-great experience at Best Buy over the holiday break. We both used the hashtag #bestbuy in our Tweets and guess what? Best Buy responded quickly in an effort to provide customer service and of course, to protect their brand. Please follow the Twitter chain below.
#bestbuy experience is completely shambolic now. Complete #fail. They just lost out on a $600 sale because no one would bother to talk to me
@sonny_h Let’s see if they are watching this hashtag to see if they respond #cio #bestbuy Wednesday, December 29, 2010 5:40:15 PM via TweetDeck in reply to sonny_h
@CIOesTV we do :) 5:46 PM Dec 29th via web in reply to CIOesTV
@sonny_h I am disappointed to hear this & apologize for the experience – which location was this? Wednesday, December 29, 2010 5:46:16 PM via web in reply to sonny_h
@Coral_BestBuy thanks for listening. This was at the bailey’s cross roads location in #arlingtonva 7:23 PM Dec 29th via Twitter for iPhone in reply to Coral_BestBuy

@CIOesTV just got a tweet from @coral_bestbuy. Good to see they are at least listening. Hope it helps improve the shortcomings. 7:24 PM Dec 29th via Twitter for iPhone in reply to CIOesTV

@sonny_h Thank you – which department were you shopping in? or are there any other details you can share for me when I address this? 7:25 PM Dec 29th via web in reply to sonny_h

@Coral_BestBuy appliances. No sales agent on site. After tracking down another agent was informed he’s on lunch. Waited 30 minutes. No luck 7:28 PM Dec 29th via Twitter for iPhone in reply to Coral_BestBuy