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photoLast week, after a great meeting with business leaders at the Protected Trust headquarters in Winter Haven, FL, I had the pleasure of working with the sales team on security concepts and how best to introduce complex technology to a business leader.

This was funny – make sure you visit my blog page to view the picture on this post.  It might be hard to see, but this is a graph assembled by the marketing team with my face on it… over the past several weeks the sales team held a contest to see how many people would attend their educational event.  For each set of attendees, the rep would get a card with my face on – a STELZL…I thought it was hilarious.

If you have never tried the Protected Trust email security applications – it’s just one of the great tools these guys have put together to make sure your data is secure.  I’ve used this on numerous email exchanges, as well as to transmit large files, too big for my email service.  Follow the link and check it out.

This week I am headed to the mountains with my 13 year old son – we’re going to hit several high-peaks in the Adirondacks, starting Sunday night the 1st – so by the time you are reading this, we should be far enough into the wilderness to be completely out of range of all technology communication other than the SAT. phone we carry in case of an emergency (I’m hoping we won’t even turn the thing on.)  Hopefully I’ll come back with some great pictures before heading up to some meetings in Chicago the following week – which should bring me to a total of 100,000 airline miles in 2013!

© 2013, David Stelzl


flaThis week I had the honor of speaking to privacy professionals at an evening event hosted by Protected Trust and the IAPP (International Association of Privacy Professionals).   The purpose of this event was to educate professionals, business leaders, and executives on the future trends of cybersecurity and why so many companies are losing this battle.

Our discussion centered around transformational technologies being adopted by organizations around the world such as cloud, BYOD, and collaborative tools – and the need to enhance the detection of web threats and attacks coming in through messaging and mobile devices.

At the end Protected Trust offered attendees a complementary security assessment as well as information on a number of hosted services that protect sensitive messaging and documentation.

As I attend these events I think I learn more than just about anyone as I take the time to meet business leaders.  Talking with CIOs and CEOs about their business can give us all great insight into the needs of the businesses we work with.  I think too often the products get in the way of having an exchange of ideas or really hearing the challenges a CIO faces.  What are CEOs really thinking about on a day-to-day basis, and what kind of input do they really need from a technology provider?  As you have opportunity to meet individuals like this, take time to prepare ahead of time.  Consider three to four questions that provide for interesting conversation and learn to interact with the leaders of the businesses you serve.

© 2013, David Stelzl

How often do your clients send stuff through email that just shouldn’t be sent?  I came across this tool through a client recently – up to five sends free per month; and support for up to 2GB files!  Pretty cool stuff.  This morning I used it to send some very large files to a client in Chicago.  I created an account, uploaded the files which exceeded YouSendIt’s capabilities, and then was given the choice on how to the receiver should authenticate.  I chose to have them enter their cell phone and receive a txt message with a 4 digit code – check it out: