November, 2011 Newsletter Articles

Using ISO 9004:2009?

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ISO 9001:2008 states in clause 0.3 that ISO 9001 and ISO 9004 are quality management system standards that have been designed to complement each other, but they can also be used independently. Unfortunately, many organizations using ISO 9001 have ignored ISO 9004. ISO 9001 specifies requirements for a quality management system and can be used for certification or contractual purposes. ISO 9004:2009 provides guidance to support the achievement of the sustained success for any organization in a complex, demanding, ever-changing environment, by a...

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Protect Biometric Data

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Biometrics, like fingerprints and iris scans, are being used more and more as a reliable form of authentication for online transactions. But how can we be sure that this data won’t be compromised? To ensure security and privacy when managing and processing biometric information, ISO has published a new International Standard, ISO 24745:2011, Information technology – Security techniques – Biometric information protection. Biometrics refers to the automated identification of individuals based on their behavioral and...

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ISO Standard for C++

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C++, one of the most popular programming languages, used in everything from Web browsers to 3D video games, has been fully updated and published as, ISO 14882:2011, Information technology – Programming languages – C++. ISO 14882:2011 defines the programming language and specifies requirements for implementation. Also known as C++11, this is the first major revision of the standard since 1998. Its new features extend C++’s traditional strengths of flexibility and efficiency – for example, lambda functions and move...

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DNA of Risk Taking

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Janice Chaffin, President of the Symantec Consumer Business Unit, recently wrote an article for Forbes titled, “The DNA of Risk Taking”. A slightly edited version appears below. Risk is a necessary ingredient in any successful business. However, in tough economic times, battening down the hatches and avoiding risk may feel more comfortable. The reality is something very different, however. It’s the state of your business, not the economy, that matters most. What’s more, times of uncertainty can often present some of the...

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Standard for Ecodesign

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ISO has published a new standard in the ISO 14000 family designed to help organizations reduce the adverse environmental impacts of their products and services. Every product or service has an impact on the environment during all stages of its lifecycle, from extraction of resources to end-of-life treatment. The goal of ecodesign is to integrate environmental aspects into the design and development of products and services to reduce their environmental impacts and continually improve their environmental performance. The result: cleaner...

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