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Oracle cracks everyone up standard

Did anyone else giggle a little bit when they saw that Oracle delayed its quarterly patch release because it would coincide with the OpenWorld 2009 Oracle conference?  According to Oracle, they didn’t want administrators to have to choose between installing updates in a timely manner and attending the conference. That’s funny for me because I have NEVER met an Oracle DBA that was excited about pushing patches to their servers in a couple of days (the original release was slated for October 13, and the conference ends on the 15th).  In fact, between Oracle DBAs and z/OS Administrators, I don’t know who wins the prize for yelling the loudest about patching within thirty days. THIRTY days. Not two days.  THIRTY ...

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The Art of the Compensating Control standard

It’s April, and what does that mean? It’s time for ISSA’s 2009 PCI issue! The feature article for that issue, is The Art of the Compensating Control. You can download this version from the website, even if you are not a member, at for the rest of the month. If you are reading this after April 2009 and want a copy, let me know. You readers of the blog are going to get a special treat! The original article was much more casual and entertaining than what we ended up publishing in the Journal. Thom reviewed the first final draft of the article and said that it was much too casual. He was absolutely right. I can’t tell you ...

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