January, 2018

Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerability Fixes Have Started, But Don't Solve Everything

The Investing Edge

Meltdown and Spectre Fixes Arrive—But Don't Solve Everything. Security

5 Interview Questions To Determine Whether the Candidate Shares Your Company’s Core Values

Computer Weekly

When Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos, was just out of college, he sold his first company to Microsoft for $265 million. But for him, the sale wasn’t about money—he was actually most concerned about the company culture he had created. “I I just didn’t look forward to going to the office.

Main Street Cybersecurity: 10 Cost Effective Strategies for confronting Ransomware

CTOvision

As we usher in the new year of 2018, we are confronted with an ever-expanding network-borne threat landscape especially from ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malicious software which is used by malicious actors to encrypt systems or data. When the ransom is paid the key is in some cases provided to unlock the data. […].

Security Frameworks…Useless?

Doctor Chaos

I was recently in a very high-cost (around $6K), one-week security course in San Francisco. You can infer the institution. The instructor was dynamic, and the topic was focused on technical hacking. A how-to for breaking into computers, detecting the break-in, etc. At the end of the week there was a little ‘capture the flag’ […]. InfoSec compliance framework NIST PCI

Lack of cloud skills and training begin to take a toll

David Linthicum

According to a recent report by cloud and datcenter vendor Rackspace, “Nearly three quarters of IT decision-makers (71 percent) believe their organizations have lost revenue due to a lack of cloud expertise. On average, this accounts for 5 percent of total global revenue, or $258,188,279 per organization.” That’s a pretty good hunk of cheddar! This is a real issue and it’s starting to get noticed by enterprises leadership, and even by the stockholders. What is cloud computing?

"We are more successful onboarding new technology versus maturing it" - And five things CIO must do to drive digital platforms

Social, Agile and Transformation

I was speaking with a few CIOs at the SINC USA West conference in Scottsdale late last year on the state of managing digital technology in their organizations. One CIO told me, "We are more successful onboarding new technology versus maturing it." Here's the logic behind his thinking and why this is a real issue for organizations investing in digital platforms When a new technology is. cio cmo digital transformation innovation organizational change

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4 Ways AI Will Improve the Way You Work

Computer Weekly

When AI springs to mind, you can’t help but think of the endless possibilities it could bring. With machine learning, robotics, and more, breaking new grounds year after year. It’s exciting to think where we could be by 2030.

How the Internet of Things is Influencing a New Cybersecurity Era

CTOvision

Cybersecurity is the new chief concern for every organization. Recent global attacks like Wannacry and NotPetya have proved that hackers aren’t sparing any institution in their latest show of might. Most companies have thus resulted in the internet of things, and it's cybersecurity features to help keep their digital assets safe. But does IoT offer […]. Artificial Intelligence Cyber Security News

CIOs Struggle To Deal With The Challenge Of Doxing

The Accidental Successful CIO

Your emails are safe from prying eyes, aren’t they? Image Credit: AJC1.As CIO, we are aware of the importance of information technology and all of the threats that our firms are facing on an almost daily basis.

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No, edge computing will not replace cloud computing

David Linthicum

The press is still having a field day with this relatively new tech term edge computing , and how it will soon displace cloud computing. I’ve seen more a half dozen articles in just the last two months that advancing the perception that edge computing will displace, not complement, cloud computing.

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The Ascent of Object Storage

Cloud Musings

Over the past few years, the data storage market has changed radically. The traditional hierarchy of directories, sub-directories, and files referred to as file storage has given way to object storage , individual storage objects.

Call for entries: 2018 Building Team Awards

Eric D. Brown

Building Design+Construction's Building Team Awards recognize newly built (opened or occupied January 1, 2017 or later) projects that best exemplify the collaboration between owner, architect, engineer, and contractor to produce buildings that exhibit architectural and construction excellence.

Beware fake Meltdown and Spectre patches

Computer Weekly

Security experts have warned that cyber attackers will be quick to use the Meltdown and Spectre exploits, but the first attempt to capitalise on them has come in the form of fake updates

Mac Vs. PC: Which is Better for Your Business?

CTOvision

The debate about Mac vs. PC has been around for quite some time and may not end anytime soon. Some users prefer the Mac because of its elegant and sleek design, intuitive interface, and reliable security. On the other hand, PCs attract a large fan base because they are versatile, readily available, and affordable. Typically, […].

CIOs Need To Change How Their Department Deals With Sexual Harassment

The Accidental Successful CIO

Sexual harassment in the workplace is unacceptable, what’s a CIO going to do? Image Credit: Christopher Porter. Any CIO that has been reading the newspaper, watching TV, or listening to the discussions that have been going on lately has picked up on a theme – sexual harassment in the workplace.

4 surprise cloud computing trends for 2018

David Linthicum

First of all, I hate doing yearly predictions. Also, this is the time of year that every PR firm in the country asks me to read the cloud computing predictions of their clients, which are all pretty much wrong and self-serving. So, I’ve put together four cloud predictions for 2018 that you won’t see coming but that should help shape your cloud strategy for the new year. Learn all about the cloud at InfoWorld. Start with the basics: What is cloud computing? Everything you need to know now.

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Digital Transformation & Intelligent Automation

Cloud Musings

By Kevin Jackson & Dez Blanchfield Digital Transformation often needs Intelligent Automation. This type of change is the focus of a recent “ Pioneers of Possible ” podcast.

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How to Raise Your Series A

The Investing Edge

Early stage investing has remained exciting and seen healthy, even increasing , capital flows since 2010. While it is defined differently by different venture industry participants, at Ascent, we separate angel and seed into a separate category that comes before the early stage.

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Computer science is fastest-growing subject for undergraduates

Computer Weekly

Computer science is the fastest-growing subject for undergraduate intake in UK universities, according to 2017 statistics

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Vulnerabilities In Almost Every Chip: “Could Something Like This Really happen?”

CTOvision

I've been tracking computer security issues, including vulnerabilities for decades, and have never seen anything quite like this. Newly announced vulnerabilities, which were publicly disclosed by the Register on Tuesday, are in almost every modern computer chip. The vulnerability cannot be changed in hardware of course (you would have to buy new hardware that is designed differently), […]. CTO Cyber Security News

Is A “Walk And Talk” The Best Way To Connect With Your Direct Reports?

The Accidental Successful CIO

The best kind of meetings are the ones that leave you breathless Image Credit: Pero Kvrzica. Think for just a moment about the last meeting that you went to. How did that turn out for you? Can you remember what was said? Even more interestingly, were you any healthier once the meeting was over.

Enterprise IoT threatens to undermine cloud and IT security

David Linthicum

The internet of things, or IoT, is pervasive these days in your personal life. However, this technology is just getting into the Global 2000 companies. Yet most of the Global 2000 companies are unaware of the risks that they are bringing to IT and cloud security with their IoT adoption. How did this happen? Well, for example, as thermostats and sensor fail in buildings’ HVAC systems, they are often replaced with smart devices, which can process information at the device.

The Deer Hunters: An Information Technology Lesson

Cloud Musings

by Kevin Jackson & Dez Blanchfield In episode four of the “ Pioneers Of Possible ” podcast series, Dez Blanchfield caught up with Max Michaels, General Manager, IBM Network Services in the studio.

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Excited to be working with Connected2Fiber

The Investing Edge

Boston-based Connected2Fiber just announced a new round of funding , which we lead along with Osage Ventures and existing investors Nauta Capital and NXT Ventures. So why did we invest?

Why GDPR is great for SMEs

Computer Weekly

SME laggards facing potential fines for non-compliance should wake up and smell the tasty carrot of a leaner, smarter business post-GDPR

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Big Data’s Impact on Advertising

CTOvision

Big data is a megatrend, and one that has bulldozed its way into a variety of industries and causes. It’s not just a small chain of disruptions, but rather a complete evolution. Healthcare, aviation, education and job training are all excellent examples of how big data is changing the current landscape. Healthcare, in particular, will […]. Big Data CTO Cyber Security News

TheFatRat and BeEF – Pre and Post Exploitation Method

Doctor Chaos

A few weeks ago, I wrote about TheFatRat remote post exploit tool. The blog was primarily a guide to installing it and performing some basic functions. This article will go a little deeper. We’re going to explore the entire attack life cycle… how a victim may potentially be infected and what an attacker could do […]. Tools hacking metasploit RAT tools

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Don’t fall for the ‘pluggable cloud’ siren call

David Linthicum

People once made requests for hybrid cloud because of the perception of flexibility. Now they make multicloud requests, for the same reasons. Multicloud is just part of a cloud architecture that uses more than two clouds, private and/or public. However, most multicloud deployments involve more than two public clouds, typically AWS, Microsoft, and sometimes one other, such as Google.

The Endpoint Imperative: In a Software World, Hardware Does Matter

Cloud Musings

Hardware matters. From productivity to security to innovation, make sure your machines can keep up. Intel’s Sarah Wieskus joins The End Point Imperative: A Podcast series from Intel to discuss the importance of stable, optimized hardware in today’s digital world. Kevin L.

What Do CIOs Need To Know About Chat?

The Accidental Successful CIO

Chat software is starting to replace email Image Credit: Wikipedia. If I asked you what the most important application that your company uses is , what would your answer be? I believe that for most of us it would be email – this is how everyone in the company communicates with each other. However, there is a revolution in communication that is going on that may change everything. Chat has arrived and it’s going to be the CIO’s job to manage this new service. What Is Chat?