Allen Square took over as New Orleans’ CIO after former city technology chief Greg Meffert pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges on Monday, Nov. 1.

Square presented a plan to the City Council to fix what he described as a decade of technological stagnation. His focus for the next year will be to eliminate as many outside contracts as possible — the biggest issue hindering the technology office, he said — and give more responsibility to in-house staff.

Square said he also hopes to replace the mainframe financial system with a new Oracle-style database and accounting system by the end of 2011.

Source: The Times-Picayune

Former CIO Wins Ohio House Seat

Political newcomer Bill Johnson — the CIO of electronics firm Stoneridge Inc. in Warren, Ohio — was one of many Republicans to win a seat in Tuesday's election for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Johnson's 51 percent victory halted the 14-year political career of U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson (D-Ohio), who received 47 percent of the vote.

Johnson founded several IT consulting firms before joining Stoneridge as CIO in 2006. Prior, he retired in 1999 from the U.S. Air Force, where he was director of the CIO staff at U.S. Special Operations Command.

Source: Computerworld

Why Securing Wi-Fi Networks Is Imperative

Unprotected Wi-Fi networks can be as dangerous as leaving your door unlocked at night.

With a $50 wireless antenna and the right software, a criminal hacker located outside of a building as far as one mile away can capture passwords, e-mail messages and any other data being transmitted over a network, and even decrypt data that’s supposedly protected.

Wigle.net's interactive maps show Wi-Fi network locations down to the block and building. Stats collected by the site show that more than 28 percent of networks are unsecured, possibly more.

Someone could join the network and launch attacks on the computer and any other devices using the network at that time. If file sharing has been left on or the personal firewall is misconfigured, it's relatively easy to access the computer via an open Wi-Fi network.

Source: CNET