October Pink

October 29, 2014

  October. Tenth month of the year. True beginning of fall. Changing colors. Orange. Pink? For the majority of my life, October was all about cooler temperatures, football, raking leaves, pumpkin spice latte, costumes and candy. Many years ago, my son was playing youth football and his team was given pink socks and pink shoe […]

Monitoring Options for MongoDB

September 2, 2014

  In this age of Big Data, there is a need to scale the database horizontally across many nodes with a technique referred to as sharding. When you “shard”, you put small amounts of a large dataset onto separate nodes using a shard key that determines which host each piece of data belongs to. Then […]

Who’s that knocking at my port? Or, how do I secure these cyber doors?

July 31, 2014

  What if someone knocked on your door every fifteen minutes? What if they just tried the knob and walked in? Since locked doors help prevent burglary[1], I check the doors before going to bed at night and you may do the same thing. On average, a typical internet facing computer will be probed by […]

Why Stream Processing?

June 3, 2014

    In today’s world of data processing, everyone is talking about the cloud and the latest tools for processing big, unstructured data. The cloud is a great tool in your toolbox, but it can’t handle all your big data needs. What if the large amount of data you have is not stored on one […]

Network Penetration Testing 101, It’s Black and White

April 11, 2014

  There has been a lot of press covering recent high profile security breaches.  The criminals behind these attacks may think of themselves as “hackers”, but the professionals who protect and secure these systems also call themselves hackers; “ethical hackers.”  Ethical (or white hat– like the cowboy hero) hackers leverage many of the same tools […]

How IT Candidates Get Noticed – Part 2: Preparing for opportunities, adapting expectations and creating options for growth

March 7, 2014

  Candidates currently looking for interesting government contracting work are faced with an unfamiliar environment: where there was once a seemingly endless demand for ‘tried and true technical skills,’ many openings currently available are less focused on depth of experience and more attuned to the rapidly evolving tools, frameworks and technologies of the past few […]

How IT Candidates Get Noticed – Part 1: Events Reshaping the Government Contracting Work-force

January 31, 2014

In the current era of increasing competition for interesting IT work in the government contracting industry, candidates need to set themselves apart from their peers. There are many ways to make yourself stand out in the crowd and gain the attention of a recruiter, which will be detailed in part 2 of this series.  Below […]

Getting to know our employees: How can a moustache make a difference?

December 22, 2013

Blog 2 in a series of “Getting to Know Our Employees”.  We’re a company of techie’s but what we do doesn’t define who we are. We have fabulous team members who each have their own interests, hobbies and view on life outside of CollabraSpace and we’d like to share our team with you. The second […]

Getting to Know our Employees: Thankful

November 27, 2013

Blog 1 in a series of “Getting to Know Our Employees”.  We’re a company of techie’s but what we do doesn’t define who we are.  We have fabulous team members who each have their own interests, hobbies and view on life outside of CollabraSpace and we’d like to share our team with you. The first […]

Machine Learning for Cybersecurity

November 1, 2013

The amount of data collected by computer systems on a daily basis is staggering.  Making sense of all this data is often a daunting task.  Machine Learning algorithms are often used to identify patterns within these data sets.  Providing product recommendations on various online shopping websites is just one use case.  Machine Learning algorithms can […]