March 22nd, 2014 - April 15, 2014
Leadership starts at home and
President Obama shows leadership by....
...Honoring veterans of wars past..
..and helping adults by rewarding work.
for video on policies that help working families and women click on
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/03/20/improving-economic-opportunity-women-and-working-families. Fresh from diplomacy abroad, President Obama and the First Lady back from
China on a non partisian diplomatic visit to promote education, help a nation mourn anew at Fort Hood, Texas. For more information click on
U.S. Presidential and diplomatic visits include Saudia Arabia, ruled by the House of Saud. Saudia Arabia is the home to the City of Mecca http://www.mecca.net. The City of Jerusalem
http://www.jerusalem.muni.il/jer_main/TopSiteJeruEng.asp, the City of Rome, Italy http://www.turismoroma.it/?lang=en, click on
http://www.vatican.va for the Vatican (which is a state of it's own inside the country of Italy)
along with Mecca are some of the most holy sites in the world.
Speaking of the Middle East, in Isra-el U.S. Ambassador John F. Kerry may be concluding
his shuttle diplomacy in Isra-el.
For more info click on
NATO stands for North Atlantic Treaty Organization,
for more on NATO click on
NATO countries train their armies together at various times of the year, one
aircraft used in the past by NATO is the Vulcan below.
For more on the Vulcan scroll down to the section on France.
was also greeted by the current President of China
Xi Jinping. During the trip
the First Lady has stressed the importance of studying and hard work.
Students from the
U.S.A. were and are able to see video of the trip
by clicking on
and were invited to particpate in the trip live by
to learn the importance of studying abroad. On 3/29/2014
the First Lady will visit the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing, China,
for more info scroll down to the book list.
Weboi http://us.weibo.com/gb and Alibaba http://www.alibaba.com are 2 great hi-tech companies, with Weboi being similar to Twitter https://twitter.com and Alibaba being similar to
E-Bay http://www.ebay.com and having a partnership with Yahoo https://www.yahoo.com.
Meanwhile, the boys and girls at Google are busy with
helping start ups with patent searches https://www.google.com/?tbm=pts&hl=en
to protect their tech IP, do not forget the USPTO, all patents must be filed in the
US Patent Trade Office http://www.uspto.gov to become protected in the U.S.A..
Google can also be a source of funding for hi-tech start ups if
the start up fits the Google Ventures investment portfolio,
to learn more click on http://www.gv.com, the
Russian version of Google is Yandex http://www.yandex.com, and
the Chinese version of Google is Baidu http://ir.baidu.com.
Speaking of tech, and cyber security; a security incident with Secure
Socket Layer (aka SSL) has been discovered. For more info go down to
the cyber security incident list near the bottom
of the blog, and do not forget to subscribe for free by
typing in your e-mail to the right and clicking on the submit
For all start ups in the U.S., you have to pay your federal, state, and local taxes and if
behind set up a payment schedule,
for more info click on
Also on the home front Time http://time.com a major media company and world wide brand is on the move, for more
info click on
Speaking of media
Symantec's https://www.symantec.com/index.jsp CEO is out, for more info click on
and subscribe for free by typing in your e-mail and clicking a button.
Driven by the auto sector,
and smart U.S. economic policies, the U.S. Economy continues to recover, for
more info click on
For info on what is going at GM from the blogger Doneen McDowell, from
GM's FastLane blog
In more auto news the Geneva Auto Show has ended but for more info click on
http://www.salon-auto.ch/en. Corporate and start up hi-tech has also played a role, for info on the vc Intel Capital click on http://www.intelcapital.com, for more start up and business incubator info
scroll down to Venture Capital Quick Hits.
Speaking of young talent in the U.S.A., the
White House Fellows program honors some of the best and brightest in the U.S.A.civillians and veterans, to see the current class from all over the country
Then you may want to go to the
Big Data and Business Analytics
seminar being held on March 25, 2014
The seminar covers the fundamentals of Big Data Engineering
along with the fundamentals of Big Data Analytics on
March 25th, 2014 with a more extensive seminar being held
on March 26, 2014. Some of the sponsors include:
technologies buy Training Today's Youth for Tomorrow's Technology
At NextEnergy http://www.nextenergy.org on April 11, 2014
the global Ice, Water and Climate expert Emeritus Professor
Henry N. Pollack of the University of Michigan
will give a lecture on Ice, Water and Climate change.
For more info click on http://www.nextenergy.org
In the Economist
Mexican Manager by Eva S. Kras and Se Habla Dinero, both
available on Amazon www.amazon.com
Google Play https://play.google.com/store.
El Chapo is captured in Mexico
in the James Bond movie Thunderball during
Vulcan bomber armed with dangerous weapons is stolen and landed at sea. The bad guy, Emilo Largo meets with his secret organization in France. The code name for the operation for Bond
and the other agents to recover the weapons is called Thunderball, for more info
One popular video game is
Ho Chi Minh: The video game
based on the Vietnam War http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnam_War.
and won by U Conn
last but not least two undefeated womens team
battle for the NCAA basketball crown,
for more on womens basketball
In more international news one continent to watch is
Africa according to the Harvard Business Review, to read
more click on http://hbr.org/2013/10/seven-reasons-why-africas-time-is-now/ar/1.
The U.S.A. and China are both major investors in Africa, for more
info on the types of investments and where, click on
in China auto news Matthew (Matt) Tsien has been
promoted to the position of
President of GM China according to the Detroit Auto Scene.
in other auto news Chrysler, and Fiat Become One
according to the 2/3/2014 edition of Detroit Auto Scene, and
Auto Week http://www.autoweek.com/ is also a good source of auto news.
Satya Nadella will be the new CEO at
Microsoft http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx, to read more
click on http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/01/technology/microsoft-said-to-be-close-to-naming-satya-nadella-as-chief.html?hpw&rref=technology&_r=0, and
his Chairman at Microsoft is Mr. John Thompson, formerly of IBM, and Symantec.
For more on Symantec,
to see the Cyber Security Framework Rollout
scroll down to our top ten (and counting)
cyber security incident list near the bottom of
the blog, and do not forget to subscribe to the list for free by
typing in your e-mail where it says follow by e-mail to the right and clicking on
the submit button.
click on http://www.cio.com/article/746946/Facebook_CIO_Supports_Video_Calls_to_Preserve_Employee_Culture,
Google Glass gets a vote of confidence
from a major optical insurer
Vice President Joe Biden helped to open the
click on http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2014/01/16/vice-president-biden-addresses-north-american-international-auto-s and
for more info on the auto show click on
on the URC click on http://www.thesouthend.wayne.edu/news/article_39b0c548-91cd-11e3-a980-001a4bcf6878.html.
WSU http://wayne.edu is in the heart of the Detroit Cultural Center
anchored by WSU, the Detroit Public Library http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us,
the College of Creative Studies http://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu and the
DIA http://www.dia.org which will soon feature the exhibit
The Samurai are Coming.
were the warrior class in ancient feudal
Japan as the transition was made from
swords to guns with weapons and horses to cars/tanks for
transportation during the
The exhibit starts March 9th, 2014 - June 01, 2014 and is called
Samurai - Beyond the Sword
FireEye http://www.fireeye.com acquires Mandiant another major cyber security player.
Speaking of cyber security, 4 major cyber security players strike paydirt with $ 6.1 billion contract
with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,
click below for more info on DHS
for more on the contract click on
By the way buy
one of the first books to write about
Google apps vs. Microsoft Office, and Android, the
revised Training Today's Youth for Tomorrow's Technology
book, e-book and software is in progress.
The book also covers venture capital and business basics;
a new type of school that also covers these subjects is described in the
Wall Street Journal for more info click on
major business schools need to watch this trend.
For more info on cyber security and
our cyber security incidents list scroll down
under follow by e-mail and clicking on the
cutting edge of intelectual property protection (IP)? More on this later....
is over, the Chicago Auto Show has just ended (see below) and for more
info on top auto shows world wide click
for Android phones or
for iPhones for the Auto Show Passport software app. The count down to the
Detroit Grand Prix begins, for more info click on
auto industry is a major U.S. exporter to countries abroad to keep up with
Import-Export data click on
for more info on the auto industry CAR (Center for Automotive Research) is one of the best sources, to find out more click on http://www.cargroup.org. Ford bets on Blackberry, for more info click on
Ann Arbor: http://www.a2gov.org/Pages/default.aspx. A venture capital incubator in Ann Arbor is
called Spark http://www.annarborusa.org.
an alternative energy business incubator that is
right across the street from Tech Town and on the
campus of Wayne State University in the
City of Detroit. A Tech Town event featuring the CEO of
the start up company Chalkfly
Ryan Landau is on March 5th, 2014.
alternative energy there is the
The Michigan Biotechnology Institute on the MSU campus, for
more info click on
MSU has a location in Detroit, the main campus is in
Blackstone http://www.blackstone.com is a hedge fund and it has a non profit arm called
the Blackstone LaunchPad https://www.blackstone.com/citizenship/the-blackstone-charitable-foundation/entrepreneurship-initiative/blackstone-launchpad that has locations across the U.S.A. based on university campuses, maybe one near you such as
here. For metrics (numbers) on start ups click on
by web guru Peter Prestipino of Website magazine.
For 5 logical steps from
Martin Zwilling on starts up seeking funding
click on http://blog.startupprofessionals.com/2014/01/5-logistical-steps-for-startups-seeking.html,
another venture capital firm to think about is
Google Ventures http://www.gv.com, that is
the vc firm MB and MTI wants to invest
in the company.
A venture capital, business, networking event is
Speaking of the Auto Industry, http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2014/02/25/obama-announces-new-manufacturing-hub-in-michigan, definitely a boost for the State of Michigan.
To stay abreast of the Der Speil in the Duetchsland read...Der Speigel http://www.spiegel.de/international. BMW stands for Bavarian Motor Works and one of their top brands is the Mini Cooper http://www.miniusa.com/content/miniusa/en.html popularized in the hit movie the Bourne Identity.
for more info click on
http://www.ibtimes.com/google-building-its-own-self-driving-cars-company-working-design-driverless-vehichles-says-new. More information
about Google's plan for the auto industry will be revealed at a
major international auto show in
Hanover, Germany; for more info on this auto show click on
a key partner for Google in this push into
the auto industry is IBM http://www.ibm.com/us/en. Speaking of autos, another upcoming European auto show is the
84e Salon international de l'auto
can be seen by clicking on
In the next update we will cover important software used in the auto industry such as supply chain software made by companies such as SAP http://global.sap.com/corporate-en/our-company/index.epx and Microsoft http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx along with other IT and financial trends in the U.S. and abroad. The last day for the NAIAS is 1/27/2014.
lady execs looking for success click on
scroll down to our Winter 2014 Book List.
click on http://www.cio.com/article/741940/This_C_Suite_Recognizes_That_Failure_is_Part_of_Innovation.
http://www.chevrolet.com 2014 Camaro
she has paid her dues.
The book and e-book industry restructures with E-book titan
making a stock move to lower his taxes
The main e-book platforms are the Kindle https://kindle.amazon.com, iPad http://www.apple.com/ipad,
Nexus http://www.google.com/nexus/tablets, and the
Nook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/nook/379003208; Mr. Riggio has
an advantage because of Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com, one of the biggest retailers
in the U.S. University textbook market with physical stores, in combination with the Nook. A high technology company to watch is BioSentient http://www.drmae.com/24-24.
China recently accomplished a Moon landing; for
more info click on http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/14/world/asia/china-moon-landing.
A Rational Systems and Software Engineering Symposium
was held in Dearborn, Michigan combined the auto industry, top notch IT tools with top notch talent:
Ed Mayer - Rational Software Engineering
for a free download of Rational click on http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/downloads
John Wilson, and Sanjiv Jain - Integrating Test into the Development Lifecycle
with NI http://www.ni.com. George Mackintosh Lessons for Today's Automotive Industry from a decade in the Mobile Industry http://www.testplant.com. One of the keynote speeches to kick off the seminar was given by Ms. Karen Newman, IBM's GBS Americas Automotive Industry lead titled:
2020 Trends in the Auto Industry. The co-sponsors of the seminar were
Ford http://corporate.ford.com and IBM http://www.ibm.com/us/en/,
more info will be given in the next blog update as time draws closer for the
for info on how to help click on
http://www.whitehouse.gov/typhoon?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=email261-text1&utm_campaign=typhoon. President Obama outlines NASA space strategy
http://www.nasa.gov/about/obamaspeechfeature.html and gives weekly address on the
Economy http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2013/11/23/weekly-address-working-both-parties-keep-economy-moving-forward as the U.S. remembers John F. Kennedy, and the contributions of the Kennedy family to the U.S.A..
India makes advances in space exploration
In lighter news...
http://techcrunch.com. In other tech news Tech Town http://techtowndetroit.org in Detroit hosted the BDPA www.bdpa-detroit.org on November 21, 2013 for an IT job outlook. The Tokyo Motor Show http://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/en has just started.
For a word from the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces click on
With the recent passing of Veterans Day in the USA other former/current CEOs who were/are U.S. veterans are:
Thomas J. Watson Jr. CEO of IBM (U.S. Army Air Corps pilot), H. Ross Perot CEO EDS (Now a HP subsidiary) U.S. Naval Officer, Earl Graves Sr. CEO/Chairman BE magazine, (U.S. Army), Henry Ford II of Ford (U.S. Navy) currently
U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel http://www.defense.gov/bios/biographydetail.aspx?biographyid=365 is leading an initiative for Corporate and Small Business in the U.S.A. to hire U.S. veterans http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=15967 who are returning home in partnership with CEO Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan Chase http://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/Home/home.htm.
10/11/2013 Katie Couric was in Detroit, Michigan for the
Katie Show http://katiecouric.com/on-the-show and to see how Katie is spreading holiday cheer in Motown click on http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20131112/METRO01/311120030, and do not forget Star Reporter Ann Curry, for video on Ann scroll below for her coup interview with the leader of Iran and for North Korea honoring their Korean War http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_War vets, along with the Commander in Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces doing the same near the world wide cyber security incident list. To learn how to program with Rational with the 321 Gang click on
Hours for yesterday and Saturday were 10:00 AM - 6 PM both days. I got there early and when I came back there was a line of people waiting to get in. First you were given a handout that described Google Glass operating instructions by hand motion and touch. The audience was then given a quick presentation on Glass, the one I went to was by Mavid and Glenn; 2 ladies, one had a black version of Glass, the other had an orange pair. From New York in Motown (Detroit) other members of the Google team were Kyle (a lady) and Kerry (also a lady). Kyle told me that though she is based in and works in New York for the Google team she was trained on Glass at Google's Mountain View HQ, in California.
Mavid and Glenn demonstrated voice commands with Glass on a Nexus tablet and advised it could be used with some Apple, Windows PCs, laptops, and smart phones. There were 3 wireless access points, 1 for the MOCAD and 2 set up for Glass. The operating system used by Glass explained to me by Sojoi (A man) is Android, an ice cream sandwich variant. Glass has a gyroscope inside, and can be turned on by just looking up, I tried it and it is cool; along with using the voice commands. For memory according to Aaron, Glass has 12.6 GB (Giga Bytes) of hard drive space and automatically backs up to the "Cloud." Google is creating a Google technology ecosystem with Google computers, the Nexus tablet, Android smart phones, and the star of the show Google Glass. Apple, Microsoft, you have your work cut out for you. Excellent job Larry and Sergey, thanks for bringing the Google Glass product launch to Detroit. The food was primo, the music was Techno/House music, with the MOCAD
creating an elegant tone and atmosphere for the event.
Tech Town http://techtowndetroit.org a hi-tech business incubator in Detroit, for a university business incubator near you
click on the Association of University Research Parks (AURP)
$31.7 Billion with a B dollars of trading on the NYSE. For more corporate info on Twitter click on
SEC http://www.sec.gov gets SAC http://www.sac.com to cop a plea for $ 1.2 Billion dollars...for more info click on
http://money.cnn.com/2013/11/08/investing/sac-guilty-plea Gordon Gecko
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlOd-VsolLE eat your heart out..
Top Al Qaeda leader pays the price
Gartner IT Symposium in Barcelona, Spain http://www.gartner.com/technology/symposium/barcelona.
Asterand http://www.asterand.com/Asterand, one of Detroit's most important companies (a bio-technology start up company) trades on the London Stock Exchange http://www.londonstockexchange.com/home/homepage.htm which is different than the Libor; the founder of Asterand, Mr. Charltan hails from the UK; thanks for coming to Detroit, Michigan Mr. Charltan and being the anchor tenant for Tech Town where MB and MTI did an elevator pitch for the Smart Start board at Tech Town. For more info on Tech Town click on
In London, the Libor http://www.bankrate.com/rates/interest-rates/libor.aspx probe of currency traders widens for more info click on
Three tragedies at LA International Airport (LAX) http://ktla.com/local-news/stories/shooting-at-lax/#axzz2juGKvTld, the terrorist attack in China on the Forbidden City
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/29/us-china-tiananmen-idUSBRE99S02R20131029 and in the latest attack in China detailed in USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/11/08/china-arrest-bomb-attack/3472885. The company's condolences go out to the familes of the injured and deceased. On a lighter note..
IBM www.ibm.com had a seminar on IBM Rational Jazz software on
November 7, 2013 at 8:30 AM. To learn more
IBM Rational Jazz click on
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/503903970 and join
the Jazz https://jazz.net open source development community. Also in Michigan
Foto Europa 1840 - present is at the Detroit Institute of Arts, for more info
click on http://www.dia.org/calendar/event.aspx?id=4101&iid=.
www.ibm.com HQ in Armonk, New York
To check out tech for the past 100 years and the next 100 click on
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39jtNUGgmd4. In other hi-tech news...
A Venture Beat hi-tech seminar in Redwood City, California, click on http://www.eventbrite.com/e/databeat-2013-tickets-5613606448?aff=email1&mc_cid=17033e5641&mc_eid=8ae3fa3ee3&ct=t%28VB_Events_DataBeat_2013_11_04_13_11_4_2013%29 for more
info and to register.
For an IDC http://www.idc.com report on Oracle click on
The preferred phone for Team Treadstone..never heard of Treadstone?
Read Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Identity the book, and
then try the movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jp4nzjap6I8 staring Clive Owen, Franka Potente, Julia Styles, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Chris Cooper and Matt Damon.
Jack Dorsey of Twitter www.twitter.com made a dash for the cash for
$31.7 Billion with a B dollars
the NYSE https://globalderivatives.nyx.com
....with Jack Ma of Ali Baba http://www.alibaba.com
not far behind http://www.thestreet.com/story/12010741/1/why-jack-ma-may-choose-new-york-for-alibaba-ipo.html on either the NYSE https://nyse.nyx.com or the Hong Kong Stock Exchange http://www.hkex.com.hk/eng/index.htm. The Ali Baba ipo will help Yahoo www.yaho.com which owns a
stake in Ali Baba. Investing in the IT That makes a Competitive Difference
http://hbr.org/2008/07/investing-in-the-it-that-makes-a-competitive-difference is an
an excellent article on IT.
For more tech news read...
Venture Beat http://venturebeat.com and
Tech Crunch http://techcrunch.com; for the latest on Google www.google.com click on
http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_24410821/google-shows-off-new-photo-video-tools-google and Google chooses Detroit as a tech hub http://nibletz.com/2013/09/27/google-chooses-7-tech-hubs-north-america, to sign up if you are a start up in Detroit click on
http://grandcircus.co, and if you are a start up in the U.S.A.
click on http://s.co to find a start up community near you, click on
to find a venture capital firm near you.
http://www.navy.com/?campaign=search_Reprise/Google/New+Brand+Keywords/u.s%20navy/mkwid/seRYenLk5|dc/pcrid/24203375316/pmt/p Stealth Ship
Iraq asks President Obama for help with insurgency
Sometimes you have to leave before people appreciate what you do, and Iraq wants the USA back to deal with a deadly insurgency. For more info click on
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/10/16/statement-press-secretary-visit-prime-minister-nouri-al-maliki-iraq and to see the video click on
Meanwhile also in the Middle East, Israel is hit with a
cyber attack, for more info click on
http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2022135530_apxisraelcyberdefense.html?prmid=obinsource. Also in the Middle East, in Egypt the Mohammed Morisi trial has started,
http://www.voanews.com/content/egypt-set-to-begin-morsi-trial/1782641.html, to learn more about Egypt and one way to look at what happened to lead up to the trial scroll down to
The U.S. and Egyptian Relationship.
http://www.chicagoautoshow.com and also in
Chicago in April 2014 a
Software Engineering Symposium, for more info click on
sponsored by IBM.
Speaking of Chicago, the Chicago developer
William Hults http://www.freep.com/article/20131101/BUSINESS06/311010098
makes good on his word to buy the Packard Plant in Detroit
Michigan. The plant designed by famed Architect Albert Khan
can be adapted to a number of uses with the
the new bridge http://buildthedricnow.com between Windsor, and Detroit, Michigan USA to be built soon.
The Department of Homeland Security http://www.dhs.gov is a federal agency that
helps to protect the U.S.A..
two countries since 1979
Secretary of State John Kerry working to allay the concerns of Saudia Arabia and
Israel; click on
for more information. On the same subject Deborah Amos an international correspondent is
giving a presentation on the Middle East on 11/17/2013 at 3:00 pm for more information
on Ms. Amos click on http://wuis.org/people/deborah-amos. Also
Roey Gilad is giving a speech for the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies on
December 9th, 2013 at 9:30 AM for more info click on
in an official role in Iran since 1979.
click on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super_Bowl_XL for more info. Detroit has a
For information on the buying power of a segment of that population
click on http://stylemagazine.com/news/2013/sep/24/black-consumer-power-still-matters,
by a Nielsen http://www.nielsen.com/us/en.html expert. Other excellent ethnic media are:
La Prensa http://www.laprensatoledo.com, Michigan Citizen http://michigancitizen.com, Michigan Chronicle http://www.michronicleonline.com, Arab American News http://www.arabamericannews.com/news, Jewish News http://www.thejewishnews.com, and The
Epoch Times www.theepochtimes.com; for Polish/Polish American culture click on
http://www.polartcenter.com, and for fine Italian food click on
http://www.mariosdetroit.com, call for more info.
Crains Detroit http://www.crainsdetroit.com,
Blac http://www.blacdetroit.com, El Central https://plus.google.com/105498472239142218995/about?gl=us&hl=en#105498472239142218995/about?gl=us&hl=en
The Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com The Detroit News http://www.detroitnews.com
and the Windsor Star http://www.windsorstar.com/index.html; (Detroit USA is right across the
Ambassador bridge from Windsor, Ontario Canada) are other major media outlets in the Detroit, Windsor, Ontario and Essex county (Canada) region.
For other ways to do your homework when it comes to marketing you want to check out American Demographics
http://adage.com/section/american-demographics/195 and the U.S. Census Burea http://www.census.gov for marketing in general and Gartner http://www.gartner.com/technology/home.jsp when it comes to tech. The book
Training Today's Youth for Tomorrow's Technology describes Gartner, other IT research companies, consulting companies as well as covering hi-tech start up basics and smart phones.
you want to check out
http://pocketnow.com to keep up with the latest and greatest in
In other tech news IBM www.ibm.com has a seminar on IBM Rational Jazz software on
November 7, 2013 at 8:30 AM for more details click on
https://dng-oct17.eventbrite.com to register for the event.
To check out tech for the past 100 years and the next 100 click on
The Start up Valley of Death diagram shows
critical stages of start up companies below
Mr. Martin Zwilling and his excellent blog and newsletter;
for more info on him and venture capital click on
For other tech news read the Tech Town newsletter
http://techtowndetroit.org/press-release/techtown-receives-800000-from-u-s-dept-of-health-and-human-services-to-support-swot-city-detroit (on the Wayne State University campus
http://wayne.edu), and keep up the with
AURP http://www.aurp.net as a place to
find a start up business incubator near you. Finally there is also
Automation Alley http://www.automationalley.com which sponsors the GLEQ http://gleq.org/gleq.nsf/index.html and is opening an
office in downtown Detroit, Michigan.
Not to far from the Motor City (Detroit) in
Ann Arbor (Hail to the Victors) is the start up business incubator called
Spark http://www.annarborusa.org near the University of Michigan
For up to the date news click on
For sports news click on
www.nfl.com where the Baltimore Ravens are the 2013 football champs, but barely
escaped the Detroit Lions den at Ford field in a
Monday Night Football game on December 12/16/2013; for more info
click on http://espn.go.com/nfl/mnf
In the NHL www.nhl.com where the Chicago Blackhawks took the 2013 hockey crown click on
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-i5joYLDWs to see the video.
The National Football League
The Detroit Tigers http://detroit.tigers.mlb.com were in the running, but lost to Boston. The Detroit Lions http://www.detroitlions.com are in first place in their division; with the Chicago Bears http://www.chicagobears.com and Green Bay Packers
http://www.packers.com close behind. For NCAA Football click on
Now back to more serious news....
War ships are in the region, and war seemed a foregone conclusion. However President Obama gave a final speech, and despite all the criticism it worked.
For more info on the speech click on
Currently Russia and Syria are negotiating with the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry http://www.state.gov/secretary, and Iran has reached out. Will it work?...who knows, but whatever happens, with lives at stake while some media pundits and politicians may be upset, the U.S. citizen soldiers who have to suit up and actually fight these wars are most likely glad that a final effort to prevent the fighting has been made after more than 12 years of the U.S. at war. In an update Saudia Arabia has made a move in the conflict, for more info click on http://www.upi.com/Top_News/Special/2013/10/08/Saudis-bankroll-new-rebel-force-to-fight-own-war-on-Assad/UPI-14171381256329/?spt=mps&or=4.
Back to the U.S.A. for U.S. citizens, to find out President Obama's economic plan for the U.S.A., and it's continued progress click on
In other news closer to home U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited Colorado which has had a major flood to let them know
the U.S.A. is on the way to help, for more info click on
http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2013/09/19/vp-joe-biden-and-jill-biden-to-head-to-colorado-monday-to-view-flood-damage/100597. In a show of corporate responsibility
J.P. Morgan Chase, Chrysler http://www.chrysler.com and other businesses are helping out in
speaking of corporate responsibility....
VP Biden also gave a speech on cyber defense in
London, England also known as the UK
click below for more info
irresponsible behavior U.S. Tax Cheats are coming clean
such as the billionaire Beanie Babies creator Ty Warner.
wave of the Affordable Health Care Act click on http://hbr.org/2013/10/the-strategy-that-will-fix-health-care/ar/1 in the Harvard Business Review. For the State of Michigan medical exchange website for the Affordable Health Care Act click on
Governors of U.S. States had the option to set up their own
Affordable Health Care Act medical exchanges or to let the U.S.A. set up
the medical exchange for that state. To find out
how IBM plans to help with health care outcomes in the
USA read IBM's massive bet on Watson by clicking on
With Twitter www.twitter.com looking to go public http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/09/15/looking-to-twitter-to-reignite-tech-i-p-o-s, J.P. Morgan Chase looking to do the IPO for Chrysler
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/25/us-alibaba-ipo-idUSBRE98O04F20130925 as predicted here in an earlier blog -
reports, it will be tested first and then done on the NYSE, for more info click on
where many start up such as Facebook www.facebook.com
and major companies such as Google www.google.com are traded.
Other major stock exchanges are ICE
Chicago Mercantile Exchange CME
the London Stock Exchange
- The threat of new entrants into the market.
- Bargaining power of suppliers.
- Rivalry among competitors.
- Bargaining power of buyers.
- The threat of substitute products or services.
The Art of (Cyber) War
The Art of (Cyber) War
July 19th - 27th 2013
فن (سايبر) الحرب
El arte de la (ciber) War
(Cyber) Savaş Sanatı
Искусство (Cyber) войны
Die Kunst des (Cyber-) Kriegs
It's always darkest before the dawn....
The Future of War http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/military/4303499 in Popular Mechanics is a eye opener.
Cybersecurity tops agenda in meeting with
President Obama and President Xi
according to AP http://www.ap.org and we are
sure a few business deals were cut, maybe the coming Ali Baba http://www.alibaba.com ipo...
http://www.ft.com/home/us. In other financial news Richard Cordray is appointed
http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2013/07/19/weekly-address-confirming-rich-cordray-lead-cfpb the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Burea http://www.consumerfinance.gov.
In good news for Detroit Mr. Bill Hults a developer from Chicago has plans for a long abandoned eye sore in Detroit that will turn it into a start up company magnet in the Motor City
http://www.willistower.com in Chicago, an architectural masterpiece; for a book on
architecture in Detroit scroll down to the company book list. Speaking of art below is a
picture of the Detroit Institute of Arts www.dia.org and in the next company update the company will introduce you to the Director of the DIA Mr. Graham W.J. Beal and how he can use the current financial restructuring in the
City of Detroit as a marketing bananza and improve the financial security of the DIA. One clue to how he could do this is..
Did you know that Netscape http://netscape.aol.com now a division of Time Warner once did a
hi-tech product launch at the
Detroit Institute of Arts www.dia.org?
The company's estimate for the DIA's art treasures, the building, and land not counting the annual revenue from exhibits is $15 - 20 Billion with a B dollars. For those who doubt this consider the
following: 1 painting that the Home Alone movie poster is based on sold for
$100 million dollars recently. Whoops, excuse the company we stand corrected, the actual amount paid for the painting titled "The Scream" was $120 million, and the buyer?.Leon Black the co-founder of Apollo Global Management http://www.agm.com/Home.aspx; Leon was the former right hand man of the Junk Bond King Michael (Mike) Miliken, who helped the late great tycoon Reginald Lewis do a LBO of TLC Beatrice, which at the time was based in Chicago. For more on Leon, a art lover, get your special edition of the Forbes 400 http://www.forbes.com/fdc/welcome_mjx.shtml.
An excellent article on the art world social circuit is
For Art Dealers, a New Life on the Fair Circuit
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/22/arts/for-art-dealers-a-new-life-on-the-fair-circuit.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0, the 2 top art auction houses are:
Christie's http://www.christies.com and
Christie's has won the contract to do the appraisals on the DIA
Also at the DIA
Foto Europa 1840 - present is at the Detroit Institute of Arts, for more info
click on http://www.dia.org/calendar/event.aspx?id=4101&iid= and the film
Chico and Rita about the Cuban and New York Jazz scene during the
Jazz Bebop era. Also in art news the Re:View art gallery is having a reception Sunday November 10th, 2013 at 3:00 pm. Click on
for more information.
these banks to do the Chrysler ipo:
J.P. Morgan Chase http://www.jpmorganchase.com/corporate/Home/home.htm $6.5 Billion
Wells Fargo https://www.wellsfargo.com $5.5 Billion
Citigroup http://www.citigroup.com/citi $4.2 Billion
Bank of America https://www.bankofamerica.com $4.0 Billion
Goldman Sachs http://www.goldmansachs.com $1.9 Billion
Morgan Stanley $1.0 Billion; to find out more about
Wall Street returns to era of Big Profits, click on
For more info on the Chrysler ipo Sergio speaks
For what glass can do click on
goes to trial
Cohen charged over insider trading, click on http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/d97eb5c0-f09d-11e2-929c-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2ZhFxtyE6 for more info as the
fight to clean up the Wall Street culture that led to the financial meltdown in 2008 continues.
IBM CEO Rometty was the IBM
Other top magazines for tech are:
CIO magazine has an article on Big Data, for more info click on
http://www.baselinemag.com is a fusion of business and technology; a great
magazine Information Week has printed it's last paper issue, for IT
milestones click on
http://www.informationweek.com. Also Autoweek http://www.autoweek.com
had a great May 2013 issue with an article on BMW http://www.bmw.com/com/en i8, and an article on a Cloud Car
http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130507/carnews/130509871 check out the current issue of
Autoweek and our section on Cloud Computing further down the blog, also subscribe to our blog by e-mail.
The Detroit Goldcup 2013 http://www.gold-cup.com a speedboat race was
held July 12-14 for more info click on http://www.youtube.com/user/APBAGoldCup.
for more info or to register click on
the headliner is Mr. Jack Dorsey, the uber (German for super) hacker and founder of Twitter https://twitter.com; however the company thinks his start up to watch now is called Square https://squareup.com a smart phone
hardware business that helps small start ups and larger companies such as Starbucks http://www.starbucks.com.
includes carbon trading and how Wall Street and main street can benefit from it.
Bizdom http://bizdom.com - the meeting space
Quicken Loans http://www.quickenloans.com - the food
O'Reilly Media http://oreilly.com - the sponsored book prizes, and the
speaker Mr. Alex Boyd who works for iRule http://www.iruleathome.com.
health care in the U.S.A and world wide click on
http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/12/technology/ibm_watson_health_care/index.htm; also in health care news in the July 2013 print edition of USA Today http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/printedition/money/index.htm
an article shows how 80% of hospitals embrace electronic records, which is the name of the
Linda Girard of Pure Visibility http://purevisibility.com can help you grow your business
SEO, which stands for Search Engine Optimization, in case you do not understand that she can help you with that also, it's a good thing.
click on http://article.wn.com/view/2013/07/03/Egypt_crisis_in_pictures/?section=MediumSearch&template=cheetah-worldnews%2Findex.txt#/related_news.
In the latest update President Morisi has been put on trial http://www.voanews.com/content/egypt-set-to-begin-morsi-trial/1782641.html, and the trial is on hold until January 2014, for more info click on http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/after-chaotic-start-trial-of-ousted-egyptian-president-morsi-postponed-until-jan-8/2013/11/04/617b6956-4539-11e3-95a9-3f15b5618ba8_story.html.
click on http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/cerberus-talking-to-blackberry-founders-about-joint-bid-report/article15217989/
For more info on France click on
One more thing to add about General Alexander is honesty; he has stated that if the U.S. fights a ground war in Syria it will cost billions and could take 10 years http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/10196498/Syria-intervention-could-cost-US-billions-of-dollars.html. That is why I have a picture of the book the Illiad above; the Illiad is the story of the Trojan War, a war between Greek City States (such as Athens and Sparta) and the City of Troy. That war took 20 years, if you add it to the current 12 years for Iraq and Afghanistan where the U.S. is still fighting, the U.S. will easily break the 20 year record if NATO or the U.S. goes to war with Syria, which seems more likely by the day.
For the quick version try the DVD
A CFO conference co-sponsored by the The Wall Street Journal and Deloitte will be held in Washington D.C. http://dc.gov/DC on June 17th - June 18th, 2013. For more info on the conference and how to register
Some of the headliners will be Daniel Yergin of IHS, an energy expert, Pamela J. Craig of Accenture the consulting company, and Nicholas C. Fanandakis of E.I. Du Pont de Nemours and Company
To read a statement by President Obama on this meeting click on
For more info on this historic meeting from the MSNBC perspective click on
For more info on this historic meeting from the Chinese Digital Times perspective click on
IBM has been in China for years; for the IBM China homepage click on
http://www-31.ibm.com/smb/cn/gochina; the Chinese are good business partners, just
ask IBM www.ibm.com and GM www.gm.com and that means good American jobs so the
meeting of President Obama and President Xi is a great thing. For more info on this click on
http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2013/06/10/rhodes-sunnylands-summit for video. As the China
middle class rises it will help if the China middle class buys U.S. products as well as
invests in the U.S.. For info on the latest U.S. job and economic statistics click on
http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm. Besides the economy,
Cadillac http://www.cadillac.com is also back!
To read a recent review click on
betting on American workers. Just to jog that memory click on
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2POembdArVo so you can remember
How Far We Have Traveled.
The Detroit International Advanced Manufacturing Technology Show (DIAMTS) was just in town in the Motor City http://www.diamts.com/diamts.html, (click below to see a man who loves the
so the North American International Auto Show ( NAIAS) is soon to come (in January 2014), click on
http://www.naias.com for more information. While you are in town you might want to
hit the following hot spots.
Motor City Casino
India Arie coming on November 17, 2013 to
the Motor City Casino Sound Board. For more info and tickets click
on http://www.soulbird.com/events, with
Aretha Franklin on December 21, 2013. To bring in the New Year there is the
North American International Auto Show from
January 13 - 26, 2014
Cobo Center http://www.cobocenter.com, and
the Shen Yun 2014 Feb 04-09, 2014 at the Detroit Opera House
and then cool off at the Ren Cen which is by the Detroit River; it has an excellent view of Windsor, Ontario Canada.
Since people come from around the world to check out the
NAIAS in Detroit, here are news sources from around the world so that you
can keep abreast of news from around the globe while you are in Detroit and right across the bridge from Windsor, Ontario Canada.
For a better view and for Start up Company Tips click on
Also give thanks to Mr. Martin Zwilling who created the graph and blog with the tips listed above.
The article below gives a quick summary of the start up company process with a real life example, click on
http://topics.bloomberg.com/venture-capital, Bloomberg is setting up a venture capital fund for start ups called
For an excellent article on Bloomberg click on
for more financial info such as IT underpinnings of ICE which now owns the New York Stock Exchange pick up the 12/23/2013 edition of Fortune magazine.
Go to MB and MTI's Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Maximillian-Bryan-Marcell-Technologies-Internationale-LLC/140988465978339 and click on like!
To join a start up community near you, or if there is not one to create one yourself click on
http://www.s.co/#. Russia has joined the start up game with start ups such as
Yandex http://www.yandex.com; Yandex is the Russian Google.
For more start up news in Russia click on
Thanks to Biz X magazine we know that the We-Tech Alliance www.wetech-alliance.com is looking for start ups in Windsor, Ontario Canada for free coaching every Tuesday. For more info check out the May 2013 issue pg 15 of Biz X by clicking on http://www.bizxmagazine.com.
For start up company, hi-tech tips
www.amazon.com in U.S. www.amazon.co.uk in the United Kingdom
Along with City of Detroit USA http://techtowndetroit.org, Berlin Germany http://www.climate-kic.org/national-centres/berlin-germany, Yes Berlin Germany (Ja, Berlin, Deutschland)
is becoming a hi-tech start up hub. For more info click on
A town in Michigan that will remind you of Germany is Frankenmuth, also called Michigan's Little Bavaria, for more info click on
The Art of (Cyber) War
Yahoo www.yahoo.com CEO tries to buy the French version of YouTube www.youtube.com
called http://www.businessinsider.com/the-french-government-just-did-marissa-mayer-a-huge-favor-blocking-yahoos-200-million-deal-to-buy-the-french-youtube-2013-4. You go, Marissa, sometimes no, just means not now especially if Le France sees you picking another M and A dance partner, Vive Le France. For more info on Marissa and her plans for search at Yahoo (Yahoo was the search engine leader at one time) click on http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323372504578469401316209428.html.
A French start up to check out is Calinda Software,
for more info click on http://www.calindasoftware.com/SitePages/Home.aspx?Page=Home&Langue=EN-us.
The Art of (Cyber) War
start up company info click on
There is also Dan (Primack) the venture capital man, you may want to click on
http://ebm.cheetahmail.com/r/regf2?a=0&aid=2087267012&n=1 and subscribe to his
newsletter on start ups and hi-tech it is great.
Also now is a
time to make sure no war is rushed into without careful debate, informed consent of the public
and the support of U.S. Citizens.
Also for vets, dependents and survivors who need info on what benefits they may qualify for you want to order
Federal Benefits for Veterans Dependents and Survivors
The best Teacher in the State of Michigan is Gary Abud a Science Teacher at Grosse Point North High School. For more info click on http://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140--304371--,00.html.
the 2010 - 2011 Charter Schools Office Report, a more recent report covers 2011 - 2012. To get the report click on
A new trend parents need to be aware of are e-books and the increased use of e-books on
the k-12, and college level. The major platforms for e-books are the Kindle from Amazon, the Nook from Barnes and Noble and the Apple iPad. www.apple.com. To let us know your
or your child's experience with an e-reader just click on
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maximillian-Bryan-Marcell-Technologies-Internationale-LLC/140988465978339 and post your experience or post it on the blog. In health news for kids schools in China have introduced eye excercises for children. For more information click on
For more education news, for parents and kids into tech you want to check out Connect Ed by clicking on
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/06/06/bringing-america-s-students-digital-age. Author Michael Crichton http://www.michaelcrichton.net made science fun for a lot of kids (and adults) by writing book such as Jurassic Park (bio-technology), Airframe (aerospace engineering), and
Prey (nanotechnology); for more info on the
real National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network click on
Eating healthy is important, but so is exercise and that is why the First Lady's Let's Move http://www.letsmove.gov initiative is so important for adults and kids. One book that complements and mentions the First Lady Michelle's Let's Move initiative is the book
Conscious Capitalism www.amazon.com by Raj Sisodia http://www.rajsisodia.com and CEO John Mackey, definitely worth a read if you are into healthy eating, starting/growing a business or if you just want to read about better corporate values moving forward after the crash of 2008. The First Lady is also doing a new initiative on improving
education in the U.S.A. with the wife of VP Joe Biden, Jill Biden
http://www.whitehouse.gov/photos-and-video/video/2013/11/12/first-lady-michelle-obama-speaks-power-education. The First Lady's educational trip to China
continues, for more information click on
she will visit the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing, China for
more info click on http://scpku.stanford.edu.
For an interesting article on The 50 Most Powerful Women (in business) in Fortune magazine
For websites to help you evaluate schools click on
For a summer camp to teach your teenager software coding
there is a program called Meet the Scientist Saturday for more info
click on https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/551062964969277/
Now back to books.....
by Professor Amy C. Edmondson in the Harvard Business Review is an excellent article for school and work. To find out about Women's Leadership in Michigan Top Public Companies
2003 -2013 click on
www.inforummichigan.org, another good place to
network is Success with Moira Forbes, for more info
click on http://www.forbes.com/forbeswoman.
The impact that Motown had in the U.S.A. and abroad is on display at the
Schomburg Center in New York, to read more about the center
and for an article describing the Motown exhibit click on
after all Big Ed said no to Microsoft and survived when that was rare, picked Apple as a telecom partner when they were down on their luck, close to bankruptcy helping the late, great Steve Jobs launch the iPhone, and just when you thought there were no more rabbits for him to pull out of his hat, helped to set a nice foundation for the current
GM CEO Daniel Akerson http://www.gm.com/company/corporate-officers/daniel-akerson, a U.S. Naval Academy http://www.usna.edu/homepage.php graduate after the crash of 2008.
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2004/02/09/360092/. For more info on banking from a special report by the Economist in May of 2008 click on http://www.economist.com/node/11325347, and if you really want to
stay in the know on finance subscribe to
CSOs (Chief Security Officers) add CSO magazine
A new Sony product is the Sony Optical Disk Drive great for CIOs and School Technology Directors to back up important data, for more info click on
http://www.sony.com. For more news on the changes at Sony, which is now a media giant click on
A history of Jazz in Detroit might be a nice read...
To hear Jazz in Detroit click on
hear musical historian Ed Love
at 7:00 pm Saturday EST. To keep up on Jazz click on
one modern jazz band is the incomparable
The Best Blue Note album in the world..ever is
also an excellent jazz album www.amazon.com.
Also when it come to music:
The Detroit Jazz Festival 2014 - to follow on
Twitter www.twitter.com @detroitjazzfest and on
Facebook www.facebook.com/detroitjazzfestival for the webpage with lineup
The Detroit Jazz Festival 2014 is coming up this summer,
but while you are waiting for that you can go to:
Detroit Institute of Arts http://www.dia.org
where you can see everything from ancient European art to on 1/26/2014 the The Dance Band featuring the Ducan brothers, a jazz band
Detroit Historical Museum http://detroithistorical.org
The Charles Wright Museum http://thewright.org, which
is featuring the African American Masters and Kimberly Perry collection
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra http://dso.org/Default.aspx
The Michigan Science Center http://www.mi-sci.org
The N'Namdi art museum http://nnamdicenter.org
featuring art from Yale http://www.yale.edu MFA graduates
The Re:View art museum http://www.reviewcontemporary.com
Robert Reich wrote an article titled on how the U.S. witnessing loss of public good
and spaces. Mr. Reich the former U.S. Labor Secretary in the President Clinton Administration wrote a powerful book called...
Locked in the Cabinet
In an opposing view Michael Barone wrote
http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130905/OPINION01/309050001/Use-private-money-rebuild-nation-s-infrastructure?odyssey=mod%7Cnewswell%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE%7Cs. Whatever side of the fence you are on, you need to be aware of this debate because the stakes are high.
Mr. Jeff Bezos the CEO of Amazon www.amzon.com has recently praised some books, some by the management guru Mr. Peter Drucker. This list made it's way around the website of the start up company LinkedIn www.linkedin.com. Maximillian Bryan and Marcell Technologies Internationale will list these books and their titles on the blog soon.
One other book you may want to read is
Business Intelligence Success Factors
Olivia Parr Rud
speaking of Business Intelligence, follow Katarina Rojko of
IDC http://www.idc.com on www.twitter.com.
IBM Cognos Business Intelligence
by Sangeeta Gautam is an excellent book on the subject as well.
Speaking of Intelligence....
Read the books At the Center of the Storm www.amazon.com by George J. Tenet and Against All Enemies www.amazon.com by
Richarde A. Clarke to relive 9/11 and despite what some say realize the IC is to be valued, any changes to current laws should be made with 9/11, and the recent Boston bombing in mind; and these 2 men lived through it the hard way.
services market is an excellent sector to apply business intelligence and Big Data principles and
in honor of African American History month in the U.S. also called Black History month for this past February 2014, two excellent books to read are
In the Black
by Gregory S. Bell about African American pioneers on Wall Street
by Alex Haley a
U.S. Navy Veteran who traced his family's history from the U.S.
to the country of Gambia in Africa as told
to him by the village Griot. Mr. Haley was helped in his
quest by Mr. William Washington who was the Editor
and Mr. Ofield Dukes a Public Relations guru who provided his office space to Mr. Haley for research.
both Mr. Washington and Mr. Dukes were and are from the City of Detroit.
For an excellent book on history that predicted China's return to prominence
before it happened with excellent statistics read
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers
This book covers, history, economics, military affairs and is for students, parents, concerned citizens as well as political and military leaders who are concerned about today's trends, what can be learned from the past.
One book by a video game developer on leadership is
The Leader Phrase Book
by Patrick Alain who was born in Paris, France
and currently lives in San Diego, California USA.
this book is
definitely worth a read, check the business book section at your
local Fedex Kinko's store
However, Pete is back with Mad Dog Technology, for more info
To get a price and technical info on the Kinect a visit to the Microsoft www.microsoft.com store
might be the way to go; to find one near you click on
http://www.microsoftstore.com, I went to the one in Troy, Michigan at Somerset Mall.
More on the Microsoft Bootcamp series for start up companies in the next blog. A venture capital firm now has a seat on the board with Microsoft.
Socket Layer has been discovered; for more info
and for info on how Cisco and Juniper
must be checked out to protect it from this
SSL cyber security incident
how El Chapo used
tech tricks to stay one step ahead of
the law while he was on the run
For 6 Ways to Guard Against Cyberattacks from Mr. Bob Stockwell of Security Sales and Integration magazine
http://www.securitysales.com in the 12/2013 issue click on http://www.securitysales.com/article/6-ways-to-guard-against-cyberattacks. New news on the U.S. Department of Defense budget http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/24/us-usa-defense-budget-idUSBREA1N1IO20140224 from Reuters.
A U.S. Navy Officer who led the cyber fight to clean up the cyber infiltration of a U.S. Navy WAN (Wide Area Network) has been nominated to be the next head of the NSA, for more info click on
For Microsoft Security essentials click on
and for using tips and tricks from the
Google Safety Center
to keep your Server, PC, laptop
iPad, ebook, and yes
smart phone safe
Also to see the Cyber Security Framework Rollout
Two other firms to keep a look out for when it comes to
cyber security are Lookout https://www.lookout.com
Palo Alto https://www.paloaltonetworks.com.
Target was recently hit with a cyber attack. The media reports came out just before Christmas 2013
but MB and MTI is not clear when the first attack from this cyber incident happened. For more information on what to do if you have been a victim in the Target credit card attack or
another credit card attack click on
U.S. Secret Service is currently investigating this incident.
The best information MB and MTI has found on this incident so
far is the story Card-Theft Code Grew in the
Net's Dark Alleys, for more info click
Dr. Paul J. Springer is an expert on military history and technologies. He gave a presentation called Killer Apps: The Deadly Profusion of Military Robots and has written the book Military Robots and Drones: A Reference Book that includes info on current trends such as cyberwarfare; for more info click on www.amazon.com or https://play.google.com/store?hl=en. For a
video on cyber security click on
The cyber warfare list is coming up just scroll down; and let me introduce you to two cyber security experts in their field. The first is Stan Kang formerly a Principal in the Forensics and Investigative Response practice of Verizon Business Services, currently the CEO of Varident
http://www.equalmeansmore.com; Stan, like W. Shines has been published in Baseline magazine where he wrote an excellent article on cyber security. Then there is the expert in electronic discovery, Ms. Pearl Zuchlewski; she is a prominent New York City Attorney.
For a IT security newsletter to keep you posted on cybersecurity threats try
http://whitepapers.securityweek.com; they have great info such as the U.S. plans to spend
$ 6.1 Billion on cybersecurity in 2014, for more details click on
http://www.securityweek.com/us-government-spend-61-billion-it-security-2014#! and say
thanks to R.A. for the tip; he knows who he is.
For a look inside Cisco's http://www.cisco.com global security operations
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/091211-cisco-security-250567.html, and for a more recent initiative described in the 12/23/2013 edition of Fortune magazine
click on http://www.nextissue.com/magazines/fortune/?gclid=CMrcsauQs7sCFcY7Mgodt1kA4w.
In a cyber exploit involving Adobe, Adobe users must be careful and read http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2013/02/13/adobe-pdf-reader-zero-day. For info on a cyber attack on a Wyoming Bank read
in an article from the
Bank Technology News website.
Israel was hit with a cyber attack on a major tunnel recently, for more info click on
For your cyber security infrastructure software providers Symantec http://www.symantec.com/endpoint-protection-small-business-edition-2013, McAfee http://www.mcafee.com/us, and the newcomer Mandiant
https://www.mandiant.com are at the cutting edge.
The CEO/Founder of Mandiant is Kevin Mandia a USAF Academy
graduate. Congrats to Mr. Manida on Mandiant being acquired by FireEye; for more info click on
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Guilty pleas in the UK hacking case. For more info click on http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303618904579167613737453216; to read the begining of the case scroll down to the stealth ships. CSOs (Chief Security Officers) concerned about hacking should subscribe to CSO magazine and check out http://www.linkedin.com/groups/eForensics-Magazine-4508439?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr, for a magazine on computer forensics. Quantum Dawn 2 - a bank cyber defense excercise http://www.americanbanker.com/issues/178_139/quantum-dawn-2-a-useful-test-but-banks-have-more-cyberwar-prep-to-do-1060741-1.html and hacker attacks on banks in South Korea http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/21/world/asia/south-korea-computer-network-crashes.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 more info to follow in next update.
In Training Today's Youth for Tomorrow's Technology the book discusses how a
key employee defecting can hurt a company in section called trends to watch
for more info go to www.amazon.com search for the book and when you find it
do a search for Lopez, it describes a situation
where a key GM employee defected to Volkswagen, and helped Volkswagen produce the Volkswagen Passat a
car so far ahead of it's time that until Alan Mulally got to Ford www.ford.com the then to be flagship
car called the Ford 500 looked similar to a larger Passat. Mulally, after talking it over with William (Bill) Ford, (read American Icon www.amazon.com for details), ditched the 500 brand, renamed the Ford 500 the Taurus, a discarded car brand that was Ford's most recognized brand and came up with a
a new platform that is more modern and sleek for the Taurus with the workers on the line
being partners and building the car with quality.
effected by 9/11 more than a decade later click on
http://www.govexec.com/magazine/features/2011/09/ten-years-after/34799 for an excellent article on this subject from Government Executive magazine.
Two places to check for digital evidence are online Bitcoin anonymous accounts (For more info on Bitcoin click on http://bitcoinnewsboard.com) and
digital picture files such as JPEG files that may look like harmless
pictures but hide data in pictures that may have been e-mailed to others holding data from the NSA. For more info on Bitcoin from Francois Velde a Sr. Economist with the Federal Reserve Bank click on
For more info on the NSA security breach
http://www3.cfo.com/article/2013/8/data-security_nsa-cloud-edward-snowden-fisa-it-security read an article from CFO magazine www.cfo.com. On a romantic tragedy theme
on the NSA data breach Anna Chapman, who is affiliated with a ring of suspected Russian spies is connected to the alleged traitor who fled to Russia. According to U.S. media reports a supervisor issued a warning about the alleged NSA traitor in 2009, for more info click on
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/11/us/cia-warning-on-snowden-in-09-said-to-slip-through-the-cracks.html?_r=0, so the IT security controls used by the CIA may be better than those used by NSA. Speaking of which, the CIA appears to have quickly caught another data breach before more damage could be caused, and as a result filed a crimes report, which involves the misuse of classified information, for more info click on
the new Iranian leader before his visit to the United Nations, for more info click on
Iran, however with ongoing negotiations hopefull this can be resolved without war.
The UK has drawn a line in the sand on hacking, see article in USA Today on Britain Unveils Web Surveillance plan www.usatoday.com June 15th, 2012 and with recent new hacking laws, more on that in the next blog update.. Also the UK has written a document on Global Cyber-Security Capacity Building for the Budapest Conference on Cyberspace.
Tier 5 - Entry level threat.
Tier 4 - Script kiddies
Tier 3 - Denial of Service (connection to internet or major outage)
Tier 2 - Skilled attackers, organized crime, terrorists, and/or state actors
Tier 1 - A zero day threat where vulnerabilities are found in software, custom code is written to create a threat, and/or the threat is undetected and is collecting data and/or waiting to cause damage when signaled or on a certain day. Wayne State University had an excellent seminar on cyber warfare in 2011. There will be a recap of the event from my notes in an upcoming blog.
5. Baidu Iranian Cyber Army Attack – The Chinese search engine Baidu has been attacked by a group called the Iranian Cyber Army. China was allegedly attacked by a group called the Iranian Cyber Army which attacked Baidu http://translate.google.com/translate?
6. Baidu Iranian Cyber Army Attack – The Chinese search engine Baidu has been attacked by a group called the Iranian Cyber Army. China was allegedly attacked by a group called the Iranian Cyber Army which attacked Baidu http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=zhCN&u=http://www.baidu.com/&ei=TeBgT5D1AcuMsAK1o6iWCA&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=1&sqi=2&ved=0CDgQ7gEwAA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dbaidu%26hl%3Den%26biw%3D1182%26bih%3D851%26prmd%3Dimvns, China’s most popular search engine http://www.forbes.com/2010/01/13/baidu-cyber-attack-markets-technology-china.html. The Iranian Cyber Army is apparently real, and according to media reports http://gcn.com/articles/2012/04/26/iran-dangerous-cyber-threat-house-hearing.aspx?s=gcndaily_270412the top cyber threat to the U.S.. Also see the article Tearing Down Iran's Electronic Curtain in the Wall Street Journal http://online.wsj.com/search/term.html?KEYWORDS=Tearing%20Down%20Iran%27s%20Electronic%20Curtain&mod=DNH_San editorial by Toby Deshowitz and Mark Dubowitz.
7. Estonia Denial of Service Attack – The President of Estonia in 2007 at the time of the attack, Toomas Hendrik Ilves gives an interview in Government Executive http://www.govexec.com of how he coped with the first major cyberwarfare battle, to read this tale click on
http://www.govexec.com/magazine/features/2011/08/leading-the-way/34657. This attack is crucial in the understanding of cyber warfare. Estonia was former part of the USSR/Soviet Union, now Russia http://moscow.usembassy.gov that got into a dispute over the price they would pay Russia over natural gas shipped to Europe, and the pipelines that Russia paid for were on Estonia’s soil. To make a long story short, while the payment dispute over natural gas shipped over the pipelines was in progress, Estonia suffered Denial of Service attacks that shut down vital government services and dropped Estonia to it’s knees http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-9721429-1.html. This was a key cyber battle because it made Europe aware of it’s vulnerability when states like Estonia go rogue from Russia, and make Europe's natural gas supplies vulnerable. A pipeline attack on the U.S. has been attempted, for more info click on
http://gcn.com/articles/2012/05/08/gas-pipeline-spear-phishing-attacks-us-cert-alert.aspx?s=gcndaily_090512In light of Isra-el's threat to attack Iran it should be noted in 2007 that Isra-el used a cyber weapon to cripple Syrian air defenses near the building where work on atomic energy/weapons was suspected; more info on this exploit can be found in the August 15th, 2011 issue of Government Executive magazine. More recently Isra-el is using it's Iron Dome weapon to defend itself from incoming rockets, http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gfM6tN9Ezcln67wWA5TMfmEwlR3g?docId=CNG.a10b00714e55c8b9c45182ffe1d2a574.91this could turn into a wider conflict. Once again some are beating the war drums, this time for a U.S. led war in Syria, this may be a back door attempt to drag the U.S. into a war with Iran, but things are more complicated with Russia supporting Syria in the current civil war, a recent reported Shanghai Alliance http://en.ria.ru/world/20110514/164023393.htmlbetween Russian and China along with other countries according to media reports, and if war does breaks out and Russia is involved the U.S. needs to know about UAV drones made in Isra-el that Isra-el is reported to have sold to Russia according to Russian media reports for defensive countermeasures. A proxy war between Russia and the U.S. would be a setback to a peaceful solution to the Iran atomic energy issue. Russia has suggested bringing Iran to the table in the Syrian conflict and maybe this could be a way resolve the Iranian atomic weapons/civillian energy issue. A war with NATO and Syria could drag in Iraq, Iran and Egypt with Egypt being a wild card because for the first time since President Anwar Sadat of Egypt was assasinated Egypt's peace agreement with Isra-el would be in doubt. Former U.S. President James Earl Carter, Menachen Begin and Anwar Sadat won the Nobel Peace Prize http://www.nobelprize.org for the Camp David Accords, and some believe that President Anwar Sadat paid for this agreement that President Hosni Mubarak kept in place since 1979 with his life.
For more info on the Camp David Accords click on http://www.jimmycarterlibrary.govdocuments/campdavid/accords.phtml. It is believed the group that assasinated President Sadat was linked to the Islamic Brotherhood, and Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood has been elected President of Egypt. The Islamic Brotherhood is also the group that Ayman Al Zawari of Al-Quaeda belonged to before joining with Osama Bin Ladin though lately they have pledged to commit to the political process instead of violence in Egypt. The economic key as always in Egypt since it was built is the Suez Canal http://www.suezcanal.gov.eg for a history of the Suez Canal click on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suez_Canal. For anyone who is in a position to effect policy or may deploy to the Gulf if war breaks out with regard to the events in Syria, Egypt or Iran the bookChina Goes to Sea Maritime Transformation in Comparative Historical Perspectiveis must reading. The book gives a historical comparison of the developments of deep water navies over time including ancient Iran/Persia, Ancient and modern China, Russia, Imperial Russia and Germany. The book was written by Mr. Lyle J. Goldstein as a joint publication of the China Maritime Studies Institute http://www.usnwc.edu/Research---Gaming/China-Maritime-Studies-Institute.aspxand the Naval Press Institute http://www.usni.org. Any NATO http://www.nato.int/cps/en/natolive/index.htmconflict with Iran, and or Syria will be a naval battle as well as a land and air battle. Russia is sending warships to Syria http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/11/world/middleeast/russia-sends-warships-on-maneuvers-near-syria.html?_r=1&ref=syria. For a more recent update on Russian forces in the area click on http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/31/syria-peace-talks-russia-weapons?guni=Network. Russia has joined the WTO, the World Trade Organization; Russia is the biggest member to join since China, for more info click on http://www.wto.org. The most recent news in Syria is an alleged attack by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) on Outbrain http://news.softpedia.com/news/Outbrain-Hacked-by-Syrian-Electronic-Army-CNN-Time-and-Washington-Post-Impacted-375936.shtml, and an alleged chemial attack in Syria; in the company's view an attack by Syria against the insurgensts/freedom fighters ( remember one mans's freedom fighter is another man's insurgent) while U.N. inspectors are there in Syria.
In more hi-tech news from Turkey, social media such as Facebook, and Twitter have run into
legal limits, for more info click on
The last time Syria and the U.S. were this close to war was during the Regan administration when a U.S. pilot was shot down. The Reverend Jesse Jackson of Operation Push http://www.rainbowpush.org/pages/contact_us in a text book case of private diplomacy managed to get the U.S. Pilot released
9. IMF Cyber Attack - http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/12/world/12imf.htmlmore info later...
11. This is not a cyber incident but is a must read for any bank IT executive who needs to know how to protect his network. The article is titled How Wall Street Works with the Feds by Mr. Andrew Conry-Murray in Information Week. For more info go to http://www.informationweek.com; another excellent magazine to read regularly to help keep your IT systems secure is www.cfo.com the website for CFO (Chief Financial Officer) magazine.
13. Mexican Hackers at war with the Zeta Crime Syndicate -http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/01/world/americas/hackers-challenge-mexican-crime-syndicate.html. One movie that shows the sophistication of crime syndicates in Mexico and Latin America is the movie Clear and Present Danger http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNzWYVWfRIc. In a part of the movie, the hero Jack Ryan, played by Harrison Ford (aka Han Solo) of Star Wars fame http://www.starwars.com is researching a reported explosion at the same time as the security chief of a drug cartel is doing the same thing. Jack Ryan working for the U.S., looks through paper files and books, while the security chief of the drug cartel uses sophisticated computer equipment and software to reach the same conclusion that the reported accident was actually a covert action. Clear and Present Danger; allegedly based on some real life incidents from the 1990s and the deceased drug lord Pablo Escobar, is an excellent DVD - to order on Amazon click on http://www.amazon.com. Patriot Games is also a book by famous author Tom Clancy available on Amazon, along with company book Training Today's Youth for Tomorrow's Technology; to order click on http://www.amazon.com/Training-Todays-Youth-Tomorrows-Technology/dp/1441400362. In more recent news on the Los Zetas drug cartel, the alleged kingpin of the cartel, Miguel Angel
"Z-40" has been arrested for more info click on http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/07/16/zeta-drug-cartel-trevino-morales/2520345.
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the company's first step would be gathering info on the IT equipment used by Mr. Sergey Aleynikov, along with his phone logs at Goldman Sachs, and if willing, talking to his friends at work and home. Some basic computer forensic definitions will be given the next blog update.
To see an excellent educational video on cyber attacks and social media click on http://www.youtube.com/user/IBMSocialMedia?feature=relchannel. For the latest in Cloud Computing check out the Cloud Car
http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130507/carnews/130509871 in Autoweek and read below...
Also on the same subject lines but with more of a IT, smart phone, PC focus for younger students; or older student who want a crash course in tech is
Training Today's Youth for Tomorrow's Technology
www.amazon.com in the U.S.A or www.amazon.co.uk in the U.K., United Kingdom.
Baseline is going all digital soon) has written the copyrighted book Training Today's Youth for Tomorrow's Technology http://www.amazon.com/Training-Todays-Youth-Tomorrows-Technology/dp/1441400362/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323746481&sr=1-1which is on sale at Amazon http://www.amazon.com. The founder Mr. W. Shines has been a paid speaker at the Michigan State University School of Education http://www.educ.msu.edu
Annual Education Technology Seminar in East Lansing Michigan sponsored by Michigan State University http://education.msu.edu, Apple Education http://www.apple.com/education and the The U.S. China Business Council https://www.uschina.org. The company has also won the Global Entrepreneurship Week/USA partnership Award. For more info on GEW/USA click on http://unleashingideas.webjam.com/usa/activities_calendaralso to see a video that Vice-President of the United States Joeseph (Joe) Biden gave to the GEW announcing a partnership click on http://unleashingideas.org/ges2012.
Maximillian Bryan and Marcell Technologies Internationale http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maximillian-Bryan-Marcell-Technologies-Internationale-LLC/140988465978339 has completed the Kauffman Foundation's http://www.kauffman.org/Section.aspx?id=About_The_Foundation Fast Trac New Ventures program for start up companies. Maximillian Bryan and Marcell Technologies Internationale's core competencies are IT, cyber security along with PC/Server LAN/WAN implementation so that the company can advise clients on how to best protect their computer and smart phone networks (yes smart phones are vulnerable to Blue tooth viruses) in this age of never ending cyber attacks.......