Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 8--Eric Selje on the Target data breach

Our next meeting is next Tuesday, April 8.

Our speaker this month (remotely from Madison, WI) is Eric Selje. His topic is “Don't be a Target!”

Bio: Eric Selje is a software developer in Madison, WI. He has been programming in Fox since FoxBase 1.21 in 1986 and recalls eagerly waiting for the box from UPS with "FoxPro". In 1995 he founded MadFox, the Madison FoxPro User Group, after attending DevCon in San Diego and realizing that learning Visual FoxPro 3 would take a group effort.

Eric is professionally known as Salty Dog Solutions, LLC, developing business applications for the desktop, web, and most recently mobile devices with an emphasis on database-driven applications. He is also co-author of VFPX: Open Source Treasure for the VFP Developer.

When he's not planted in front of a screen, Eric can most often be found on the Ultimate field, the baseball diamond, solving crosswords, or with his face in a book.


For the last few months we've watched with fascination the developing story of the data breach at Target, Neiman Marcus, Michael's and others. In this session we'll take a look at how the thieves accomplished this feat including what they do with their takings, how it might have been prevented, and why the banks may not care all that much. Along the way you'll learn ways to secure your own information so your business doesn't become the next Target.
Though this doesn't particularly have to do with VFP directly, many of us are subcontractors as well as network pros, DBAs, etc. and there are quite a few lessons to be learned from the Target data breach.