Prairie Village’s Claridge Court celebrates 20 years

first_imgRoe Taliaferro, flanked by former Kansas City, Mo., mayor Kay Barnes (left) and Prairie Village Mayor Laura Wassmer, now lives in the senior living community he approved as mayor in the mid-1990s.When Monroe Taliaferro was mayor of Prairie Village in the early 1990s, one of the biggest issues facing the city council was what to do with a proposal to bring a 241,000 square foot senior living community to the vacant lot at the corner of Somerset Drive and Mission Road.Register to continuelast_img read more

How ethical hacking can bolster enterprise security

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by. Dan BergerEthical hacking sounds like an oxymoron. If you are someone who is responsible for the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data on your network, isn’t getting hacked the last thing you would want? Don’t worry! Ethical hacking projects (or assessments) don’t involve doing any damage to your network. Sometimes, though, the best way to understand exactly how a real hacker would attack your assets is to simulate a real-world attack. Think of the pain that Target and its customers might have avoided had an ethical hacker alerted them to the vulnerabilities that were ultimately exploited.Computer security organizations such as Redspin employ experts in the fields of IT security assessments, penetration testing, and application security. These experts have the same skill set that the bad guys use to wreak havoc on computers and apply their knowledge to helping your organization become more secure. This can take the form of many different project scopes— “ethical hacking” is a broad term—but generally refers to an External Penetration Test.The primary goal of ethical hacking projects is to find the answer to one simple question: if an attacker targeted my network—whether it’s a bored teenager in a basement or a state-funded advanced persistent threat—what would they be able to access? Are my Internet-facing devices secure? Are my software configurations deployed in a sane and secure way? What services are open to remote login from the Internet? Furthermore, if any of these services are breached in any way, what data would be potentially compromised?Sometimes, ethical hacking projects can take the form of an assessment on an Internet-facing or internal-use web application. These projects are useful to understand an application’s attack surface before actually deploying them into production, or, furthermore, to verify that incremental releases (such as the output of regular code sprints) are not introducing new software vulnerabilities. Common vulnerabilities such as SQL injection, cross-site scripting, cross-site request forgery, and security misconfigurations can be detected, exploited safely, and remediated in a quick and cost-effective way through ethical hacks of web applications. continue reading »last_img read more

UVU basketball: Coach Dick Hunsaker discusses being at UVU, mentor Rick Majerus and coaching his son

first_imgDick Hunsaker has built Utah Valley University’s basketball program from the ground up, beginning in 2002 when the school was a junior college and making the transition to the NCAA’s Division I.He began his head coaching career at Ball State in 1989, where he found instant success in taking the Cardinals to the Sweet 16 in his first year. He left his job after four years and a 97-33 record in the midst of an NCAA investigation — even though the school did not blame him for any wrongdoing. He coached in the CBA and Manchester College before landing at the University of Utah, where he coached with former mentor Rick Majerus for four years, including one season when he filled in for an ill Majerus and was the MWC’s coach of the year. He has been at UVU for the past 12 years and has compiled a record of 212-135.Deseret News sportswriter Mike Sorensen talked with Hunsaker about his 37-year coaching career, which began as a graduate assistant at alma mater Weber State in 1977.Your team is off to great start in your first year in the WAC, standing in first place with three road wins already. Are you surprised by your instant success in the WAC?Any time you play three of four on the road and you pull them out, there’s always a degree of surprise. I have a group that’s not going to turn your heads with talent, but they play hard; they play intelligently; they play together with all the core fundamentals; and they believe in what we’re doing. We’ve been competitive in all of our games outside of Oklahoma State. We’ve played them all well and had a very challenging schedule.Your son Holton is a senior and leads your team in scoring (12.0 ppg) and assists (4.3 apg). What has it been like coaching your son?I never believed in coaching my kids. I never coached them in Pee Wee ball or in any aspect. It was never an intended direction to coach my son. It just kind of fell that way. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s been terrific. He’s an exceptional young man; he stands for so many good things; he represents good things on and off the court. It’s worked out for us because of his style, his drive, his effort and his competitiveness.You worked with Rick Majerus at Ball State and at the University of Utah. What was it like coaching for Majerus?For me it was wonderful coaching with Rick. The relationship, friendship and times we had always brings a tear to my eye. We went so far back in life, the development of both of our careers and his influence and the friendship he gave me was irreplaceable. I first met him when I was a player at Weber State in the mid-’70s and he was in his first or second year at Marquette and we were working basketball camps in the mountains at Fort Lewis College in Colorado. He had hair back then. Rick had such a wonderful sense of humor. We were certainly hard-nosed and competitive and very driven, but sometimes at practice, the players were afraid to crack a smile or laugh. He really helped my style as a coach.What have been the biggest highlights of your career?Obviously the Sweet 16 was a highlight in my first year at Ball State. Coaching the Utes was a big deal. That frying pan was sizzling when I stepped in. The team I had was not yet a unit and the adjustment between Rick and myself took a little time and it took us awhile to get untracked. That was a real challenge but a great credit to the kids I coached on that team. But the greatest experience for me has been Utah Valley. From where we started to where we are now has been really a fantastic experience.Do you ever look back and wonder what might have been if you’d moved up the coaching ladder?Sure, but in the big scheme, you don’t know how you would have handled success. I’m a big believer in things happening for a reason and a purpose. The relationships I’ve had with my players has been so important throughout my career and none greater than my time at Utah Valley. When you get up in years, you start reflecting and what really does matter really is the relationships. As my career has evolved, without question, the greatest rewards have been my relationships with the players I have coached from my first JV players at Weber in 1977 to the CBA to now. It really has made … my career path feel 100 percent where it should have been.last_img read more