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William Yang - Projects

Bill has a variety of interests. Outside of the provision of consulting services, Bill's primary areas of professional interest include:

Business Development

Bill started a business in 2004, WDY Enterprises, LLC, an Ohio-based corporation for his business activities. As with all small businesses, he's always involved in some kind of business development activity. If you think that you would benefit from Bill's experience and expertise in business, security, process, or technology, please contact us via e-mail.

Public Outreach, Instruction, and Training about Security

As an internationally quoted expert in information security, Bill regularly performs outreach and instruction to raise awareness and train others about security. Since the beginning of his professional career, Bill has provided technical instruction, to inform people of all backgrounds about the ways in which technology, and security work in our society. His focus has always been on maintaining awareness of the social, economic, and ecological workings of the technology in an Internet environment, but events have forced an expansion into the politicization of security and the hindrances on our normal lives that come from unnecessary fear, uncertainty, and doubt.

For more information about some of the talks Bill has given, please see his talks and tutorials page.

Research: Regulatory Compliance

Having developed significant expertise in applying the technical requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 with the State of Ohio, Bill is now building a deep understanding of the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999 ("Graham-Leach-Bliley" or "GLB") and the Public Company Accounting and Investor Protection Act of 2002 ("Sarbanes-Oxley") in terms of how they require new safeguards and protections to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information.

Research: Security Governance

After his time as the State IT Security Policy Officer for the State of Ohio, Bill has been exploring models and approaches for security governance for organizations.

Research: Replicatable Risk Assessment Methodology

Bill has focused significant energy on replicatable risk assessment methods, since risk considerations should drive all security decision-making.

Technology Development

Small and medium businesses tend to purchase IT devices to meet specific missions and needs. Bill is designing and implementing systems to support the business needs of organizations, and seeking to implement them at price points lower than traditional implementations.

Research: Unsolicited bulk electronic mail (spam)

Due to the rising cost of receiving, processing, and complaining about e-mail which is intrusive, unwelcome, and unsolicited, we've begun to study the phenomenon of 'spam' in an attempt to find good, standards-based reasons and methods to control the cost, as well as to find a way to accomodate legitimate commercial interests (who, presently, tend to dominate the spam market), so that responsible marketing methods can play the important role they must for the Internet to continue to be successful.

PUBLICATION: I do not like Green Eggs and Spam.

Developing Cooperation for Security

For most of his career, Bill been a leader in bringing groups together to cooperate in the field of security. He co-founded the National InfraGard organization, served on its first provisional national executive committee, was elected by the national membership and served as the first Chairman of the organization. He also co-founded the AEGIS Network security group and the Columbus chapter of InfraGard, where he also served as chair. He remains active with InfraGard and the ISSA.

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