Monday, November 26, 2007

Significance of Data Encryption

Data encryption is all about the scrambling process of stored or transmitted information, making it unintelligible for the unintended recipient. It is being increasingly used by the financial industry to protect money transfers, by the merchants to protect against the credit card fraud, and by organization to security against leakage of proprietary information. To know more about Data encryption, click here.

Posted by Manhar Goandi, Project Manager, OutworX C orporation

Friday, November 23, 2007

Standardized Security Test for Software Developers

Hi Software developers folks! As announced by the Secure Programming Council, a standardized test is on the anvil to test software developers’ knowledge of secure programming. With such standardized security test, companies can ensure that their developers have a basic knowledge about wrapping security into software applications.

The council is rolling out its "Essential Skills for Secure Programmers Using Java/JavaEE" the first of six standards initiatives. Later, it will add skills tests for C and C++, as well as languages .Net, PHP, and PERL.

The proposed testing will include areas such as data handling, authentication, and session management and access control. The skill testing is designed to not only ask developers whether they know what encryption is but whether they understand the differences between PKI encryption and other forms of encryption, said Ryan Berg, co-founder of Ounce Labs and a member of the Secure Programming Council's Java and JavaEE steering committee. SANS will administer the tests, which are scheduled to begin on December 5 in London and continue for the next eight months in cities through out the United States and Europe.

The tests cost between $50 and $450, for participants ranging from students to employees of large corporations.

Posted by Praveen Panjiar, Blog Evangelist, OutworX Corporation

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Google launched Android, mobile phone platform

When Team OutworX was in the festive mood, Google –led Open Handset Alliance has released the Android. Android is an important part of Google’s strategies of providing access to information to users wherever they are. Android will soon be the foundation for many mobiles and will create a new mobile experience for users with new applications and new capabilities, so far unheard of. The Android Software Development Kit (SDK) will deliver a complete set of software for mobile devices: an operating system, middleware and key mobile applications. Look at the Android OS early look.

Download here the Android, and more details about it are available here.

In addition, Google also announced the Android Developer Challenge, which will provide $10 million to developers who build mobile applications for Android.

Posted by Praveen Panjiar, Blog Evangelist, OutworX Corporation

Friday, November 2, 2007

OpenSocial: Google answer to Facebook for social networking power struggle

Realizing its broad social networking ambitions, Google is coming out with OpenSocial, a new project, which is a set of common APIs that developers can use to create applications that work on any social networks, called “ hosts”, that choose to participate. OpenSocial allows developers to access core functions and information at social networks:

  • Profile Information (user data)
  • Friends Information (social graph)
  • Activities (things that happen, News Feed type stuff)

And, more importantly, what precisely seems to be Google answer to Facebook. Google’s approach is new in this sense that instead of launching yet another social network platform, it provides an easy way for developers to create an application that works on all social networks. There are two categories of partners in OpenSocial: hosts and developers. Hosts are the participating social networks, which include Orkut, Salesforce, LinkedIn, Ning, Hi5, Plaxo, Friendster, Viadeo and Oracle. And developers include Flixster, iLike, RockYou and Slide.
MySpace and Six Apart are soon joining Google’sOpenSocial initiative.

OpenSocial addresses the problems of developers learning yet another markup language for every social network platform. In OpenSocial, developers will immediately start building on these APIs to get distribution across the impressive list of hosts above.

Posted by Praveen Panjiar, Blog Evangelist, OutworX Corporation