This is only a rhetorical question – I’ve added the question mark.
But the sentiment is obviously one that is being bandied about by an employee coming from a Torex IP address if my blog stats are anything to go by this early afternoon…
A surprise or not? Reporting from The Register, and based on a study carried out by the IDC that the most important factors in security systems were
"management support of security policies; users
following security policy; qualified security staff; software solutions
and hardware solutions"
According to the study
more than 40 percent of information security
budgets is spent on personnel, education and training, up around 5 per
cent on previous years. Information security risk management is seen as
a particular training priority.
It is becoming apparent that many of the security consultancy companies are now beginning to focus more on services relating to risk management, in conjunction with the bread and butter of selling software and hardware kit.
The survey was sponsored by (ISC)2
Yesterday, Google launched a refinement of their search engine – Google Co-op – that enables searches to be curtailed to specific websites. I’ve created a simple search engine for Healthcare IT Blogs – in time, will probably add this on a side-bar.
For the moment, I have added the following Healthcare IT Blogs, and for good measure the NHS Blog Doctor.
Medical Connecivity Consulting
GNU/Linux And Open Source Medical Software News
Family Medicine Notes
EMR and HIPAA
The Candid CIO
Australian Health Information Technology
The Health Tech Blog
On monday evening by accident, I found that I was incorrectly using my technorati tags (since july). I was not comma delimiting. Fair enough, made some changes to recent posts and waited for updates to filter through to technorati, etc..
However, the last few days have been frustrating. Tagging still does not appear to be working – I have been contact with Typepad, Technorati & Feedburner support – but it still is not resolved. For those subscribed through a feed reader – apologies for the updates over the last 24 hours.
The exercise has uncovered a rather curious effect between Typepad and coComment. The latter is a tool for consolidating comments that one makes across blogs. On creating an account and installing the firefox extension, you decide to add a "watch" to a comments page, and updates are signalled through a little red envelope on the bottom right of the browser. that’s fine – it’s a very neat tool.
On discovering my typepad tagging problem, I opened a ticket through my online account explaining my situation. I did know at the time, that the coComment script had wrapped itself around the form, whose url is
but thought nothing of it – session managment, etc.
Next day, I noticed that coComment had indeed snagged my ticket, but in the process had also snagged tickets from 10 other typepad users, dating back to september. I’ve also discovered that I know have coComment "neighbours" – which is fine If I were commenting on a publicly available blog. I don’t believe it is correct in this situation however. For example, one ticket mentioned an issue with billing details – this could have been more sensitive.
I’m going to contact both SixApart and coComment about this issue – has anybody else out there also come across this ?
Update : Having had a further look at this, and the privacy setting for coComment, you can hide "Conversations" from other users; it’s these conversations threads (generated as typepad tickets) that I can apparently see from other Typepad/coComment users.
Update : response from the coComment team on this issue
….a faulty regression caused this problem (and others) to reappear –
should be fixed now….
The unofficial Google Maps mashup site gives an outline of HEALTHMap – a global disease alert mapping system. Given that the information is taken from currently available online resources, I think the word "alert" in the sense that it might be used for disease surveillance is ambitious, but at first glance appears to be very thorough.
According to the site
HEALTHmap brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified
and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious
diseases and their effect on human and animal health. This freely
available Web site integrates outbreak data of varying reliability,
ranging from news sources (such as Google News) to curated personal
accounts (such as ProMED) to validated official alerts (such as World
Health Organization). Through an automated text processing system, the
data is aggregated by disease and displayed by location for
user-friendly access to the original alert. HEALTHmap provides a
jumping-off point for real-time information on emerging infectious
diseases and has particular interest for public health officials and
A few weeks back, my foray into the area of mashups was mentioned in the GMM roundup of Irish sites.
a site which collates and presents patient numbers waiting for
admission to A&E departments in Irish Hospitals. It is currently
undergoing work which will allow most recent data to be available
(method of recording this changed back in May).