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Case Study: Obsidian Group

Company Background

Obsidian Group is a human asset management firm focused on delivering results-oriented consulting services. Founder and President, John Perry, serves his clients by concentrating on four primary segments: human resource consulting, talent acquisition, marketing services and small business solutions. Perry has built his business on the belief that talent and human assets drive culture and success. With this mindset, Obsidian Group has helped its clients achieve their goals for over 13 years.

“We started Obsidian Group in 2003, primarily as a talent acquisition company in the IT, finance and accounting space,” Perry says. “During the economic turmoil of the late 2000’s, we enhanced our offers to include consulting in the HR, small business and marketing arenas. When we did this, our website had to be first class and reflect the professionalism of our firm. It is our face to the business world and critical to our success.”

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Home Sweet Phoenix – WordCamp Phoenix 2016

It’s Back!

After a yearlong hiatus, WordCamp Phoenix returned this past weekend with a vengeance. Over 400 attendees swarmed the Phoenix Convention Center to brush up on the latest WordPress news, learn new skills and network with fellow WordPressers.

#WCPHX was my third WordCamp and although I may be biased, it was my favorite yet! The event took place in the heart of downtown Phoenix and in true WordCamp form it felt like a home away from home. Our SiteLock team was proud to be a Master Builder sponsor and to take part in such an exciting event in our own backyard. We also debuted our very own SiteLock Wapuu, complete with sunglasses and a saguaro cactus.

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SiteLock Website Security

WordCamp Phoenix 2016: Security Risk Factors and Best Practices

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM was formed in 2014 and is observed to raise awareness around the importance of cybersecurity.

At SiteLock, we too believe in creating a secure Internet for every individual. Beyond protecting websites, our goal is to teach all Internet users about cyber threats and risks. One way we do this is by attending various trade shows around the world to help raise awareness around the importance of cybersecurity.

It’s appropriate, then, that our our hometown WordCamp, WordCamp Phoenix, happened during the first weekend of Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

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College Campus Data Breach

WordCamp Dallas / Fort Worth 2016

My last trip this September took me to Arlington, Texas for WordCamp Dallas / Fort Worth. The camp was hosted at the E. H. Hereford University Center of the University of Texas at Arlington and held three tracks: Blogger/Community, Business, and of course, Developer. We were particularly keen to sponsor and attend #WCDFW, in part because our friends Carrie Dils and Marc Gratch were two of the event organizers.

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WordCamp Pittsburgh 2016 Recap

This past weekend I spoke about WordPress security at the first-ever WordCamp Pittsburgh. The night before the event I was invited to a speaker dinner at a local maker space called TechShop, where we were provided a tour of the facilities and equipment, and given freshly-created speaker gifts hot off the laser.

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The Wonderful World of Wapuu

As a WordPress newbie in 2015, there was so much for me to see and learn about the community. One day, during my many hours of research, I came across a little yellow bear-like (or dog-like?) cartoon animal. I thought to myself, “What the heck is this thing and why am I seeing it hugging a WordPress logo, among other curious objects?” So I dove a bit deeper into this magical creature, which I later came to know and love as Wapuu.

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WordCamp Los Angeles 2016 – City of Angels

As part of my double-feature this weekend, I attended both WordCamp Salt Lake City and WordCamp Los Angeles. With my speaking engagement at #WCSLC on Saturday, I missed the first day of #WCLAX, but caught an early morning flight Sunday and caught up with my fellow campers right as the second day started. This year WCLAX was hosted at the Golden Eagle Ballroom at California State University Los Angeles and held three tracks.

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WordCamp Salt Lake City 2016 Recap

This week I took a puddle jumper up to Salt Lake City for WordCamp Salt Lake City where I spoke on website security. Before the conference I met up with friends from our partner, Bluehost, who generously offered to give me a tour of their Provo data center. I couldn’t pass up seeing this facility that I’d heard so much about. Mike Hansen picked me and Carrie Dils up and away we went to Provo. As is the case with many data centers, the building didn’t offer much on the outside, but once we signed in and passed security, we were able to enter and traverse the impressive monument to technology.

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Case Study: Ricardo Serpa

Website Background

RicardoSerpa.com is a website dedicated to the photographic work and professional blog of Ricardo Serpa. Serpa first began his career in photography over 25 years ago when he left his day job as an export manager in Brazil to chase his true passion, photography. He became a photojournalist at Jornal Do Brasil, a Brazilian newspaper, where he worked for three years before deciding to pursue photography on his own terms.

Serpa knew that as an independent photojournalist he needed a way to share his photography portfolio, so he created RicardoSerpa.com. The website allows Serpa to share his photo galleries of trips he has made around the world, stay in touch with his audience, and provide information on his new endeavors such as teaching. “My website is the single most important aspect of my life as a professional photographer. It is my window to the world; my own way of showcasing my work and promoting my travels.” Without his website, Serpa would not be able to reach and interact with his audience the way he is able to now.

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Aaron Campbell (iThemes) – WordPress Influencer Interview

I sat down with Aaron Campbell from iThemes at WordCamp Fayetteville to talk about his WordPress experiences and what brought him to the Arkansas WordCamp. I actually met Aaron for the first time in Vienna, Austria during WordCamp Europe 2016, and had the pleasure of talking shop with him about security. 

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