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Robert Folden, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Business Administration and MIS

Office Location: BA 311

Email: Bob.Folden@tamuc.edu



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With an Ed.D. in Developmental Education, Instructional Systems and Design and a MS in e-Commerce, Dr. Folden is involved in various areas of Informatics. With his varied industry background in information systems: being a network administrator, a database administrator, to programmer, he has spent many years learning the use of information systems to support many aspects of business and education.  He is involved in the information security arena in a variety of capacities. His courses at Texas A&M University-Commerce cover business administration and various aspects of management information systems.

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Spring Security 3.1

Security on the Internet is an important consideration, both to the user and the provider. We know that security is best provided from the beginning of the program development, rather than being bolted on later in the process. Because websites involve many different technologies, it is important that each of them provide the same level of security if the site is to be secure. Because the threats are a moving target, it can be difficult for individual programmers to be aware of all of the risks that may exist. To overcome this difficulty, we have developed security frameworks to provide the programmers with the structure that provides the greatest opportunity of writing secure code. One such framework is Spring Security for Java applications.

With the recent spate of attacks targeting websites using Java, it is essential that all personnel responsible for their development need to ensure that proper security is wired into the project. For this reason many are looking for help in this area. As the authors’ state, “In an era where malware, criminals, and rogue employees are always present and actively testing software for exploits, smart and comprehensive use of security is a key element to any project for which you'll be responsible.” In Spring Security 3.1 by Packt Publishing, authors Robert Winch & Peter Mularien, provide a cookbook approach to writing secure Java code for websites. Using a simple Spring Web application to illustrate the points presented in the book. The authors begin with a brief introduction to Spring Security and then lead the readers through the development of a secure application. They have divided the book into four basic sections in 15 chapters. The first part of the book (section 1, chapters 1 & 2; and section 2, chapter 3) provide the Spring Security novice with the information necessary to understand the rest of the book. Section 2 (chapters 3-9) covers authentication technologies, while section 3 (chapters 10-12) covers authorization. The last section (chapters 13-15) covers a variety of specialized topics. This approach allows the reader to use the book as a reference tools during the coding process to ensure that they are developing a secure website.

The book is written in an easy to read style with plenty of examples and downloadable code for the reader to use to follow the process and the logic of developing a secure website.

Winch, Robert; Mularien, Peter. Spring Security 3.1. Packt Publishing, 2011

Publications

2012    Networking Security Fundamentals Course for Cengage Learning’s Course 360 Series

2012    Ethical Hacker Course for Cengage Learning’s Course 360 Series

2012    Computer Forensics Course for Cengage Learning’s Course 360 Series

2011    Programming Logic Course for Cengage Learning’s Course 360 Series

2011    Visual Basic Course for Cengage Learning’s Course 360 Series

2011    General Perspective on Learning Management Systems, In Babo, R. & Azevedo, A. (Eds.), Higher Education Institutions and Learning Management Systems: Adoption and Standardization.

2010    Introduction to Business,  In Parnell, J. (Ed.), Business English.

2010    Why Business is Important, In Parnell, J. (Ed.), Business English.

2008    What do you know? AMCIS SIG-Health Newsletter, Association for Information Systems on Healthcare Related Research, 2(1).

2007    Applied versus Basic Research. Domain3, National Association of EMS Educators, Pittsburg, PA, Winter 2007.

2006    Qualitative Versus Quantitative Research Methods. Domain3, National Association of EMS Educators, Pittsburg, PA, Spring 2006.

2006    EMS Grant Writing: An Introduction. (With Jeffrey Benes, Liz Criss, Bill Raynovich, Chris Ryther) Domain3, National Association of EMS Educators, Pittsburg, PA, Winter 2006.

2005    Decision-making Methods using the Normal Distribution. (With Dr. Ken Bandy) Domain3, National Association of EMS Educators, Pittsburg, PA, Fall 2005.

2005    Developing a Useable Research Question – Part ThreeDomain3, National Association of EMS Educators, Pittsburg, PA, Spring 2005.

2005    Foundational Concepts for Understanding Statistical Research. (With Dr. Ken Bandy) Domain3, National Association of EMS Educators, Pittsburg, PA, Spring 2005.

2005    Writing an Abstract, Part TwoDomain3, National Association of EMS Educators, Pittsburg, PA, Winter 2005.

2004    Writing an Abstract, Part IDomain3, National Association of EMS Educators, Pittsburg, PA, Summer 2004.

2004    Questioning ResearchDomain3, National Association of EMS Educators, Pittsburg, PA, Spring 2004.

2003    White Paper: Internet-Based Distributed Learning in EMS Education. National Association of EMS Educators, November 10, 2003.

2003    Position Paper: The Use of Internet-Based Distributed Learning in EMS Education. National Association of EMS Educators, November 10, 2003.

2003    Introduction to BusinessBusiness English, Higher Education Press, Shanghi, China.

2003    Why Business is ImportantBusiness English, Higher Education Press, Shanghi, China.

2002    Continuing Education and Evidence Based PracticeDomain3, National Association of EMS Educators, Carnegie, PA, Fall 2002

1998    Delivery of Training in Rural Areas: A Multifactored Problem in Higher Education and Economic Development: Toward a More Effective Union, The Texas Local Economic Development Series, Wyman, S. & Wyman, M, eds., UT Arlington, 1998

1992    The Present and Future of Distance Learning in Post Secondary Institutions in the South. Journal of Learning        Improvement1, (1), p. 13-15

12/89   Hemodynamic Monitoring, a training videotape for Critical Care   Nurses on the insertion and use of the Swan Ganz Catheter.

1989    Who's Calling Your Shots (a computer program)

1989    Good Nutrition for Better Health, a health education videotape for patients with Diabetes.

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