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IT News - CxO
The CIO's Return To The Workplace Playbook
IT executives will face unique challenges when employees begin returning to the workplace. Here are seven key questions every CIO must answer in devising their optimal plan
"Business kept rolling at SUEZ North America despite pandemic stay-at-home orders this spring," reports Stacy Collett in CIO. "Essential employees delivering water and wastewater service still had to operate their systems and monitor water quality, while the IT team ensured that remote working tools were functional for the rest of the company..."
CIO, July 6th, 2020
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Gartner: How CIOs Can Get A Seat At The Post-COVID-19 Leadership Table
The following is a guest article from Tsuneo Fujiwara, vice president with Gartner's CIO Research team. His research focuses on the areas of IT strategy, digital business transformation, innovation, digital leadership and the evolving role of the CIO
Tsuneo Fujiwara writes in CIODIVE,"The COVID-19 outbreak triggered a wide range of planning activities as enterprises faced a dramatic disruption in priorities, resources and operations. It has also rendered most enterprises' strategic direction obsolete.

While many executive leaders are still focused on responding to the pandemic, they will soon be shifting their attention to recovering and renewing the business in the medium- to long-term as the next phases in the reset..."

CIODIVE, July 6th, 2020
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Tech Businesses Must Rethink Their IT Infrastructure
Working life has changed drastically in recent months. Speedy digital transformation has been critical for business continuity and has been driving growth even during these challenging times
"The current climate has also put immense strain on the IT infrastructure," notes Alex Wilkinson in HelpNet Security.

"As entire workforces made the switch to online applications - firing up their home Wi-Fi and ultimately becoming remote employees overnight - many organizations were forced to completely adapt their operations.

Business infrastructure may not have been built with a pandemic in mind, but enterprises with clearly outlined disaster recovery measures in place should be able to better navigate adversity. There is a huge learning curve and managers are analyzing how best to support customers and employees..."

HelpNet Security, July 8th, 2020
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What Is The Risk Management Framework (RMF)? A Standardized Security Framework
Risk management and security are top concerns for most organizations, especially in government industries. The Risk Management Framework (RMF) integrates security into the early development stages to help speed up time to delivery while avoiding risk
Sarah K. White reports in CIO, "The Risk Management Framework (RMF) was developed and published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in 2010 and later adopted by the Department of Defense (DoD) to act as criteria for strengthening and standardizing the risk management process of information security organizations. The framework can be used by nearly any company interested in bolstering cybersecurity and risk management.

Risk management is means for protecting organizational assets and systems by implementing security controls that support early risk detection and resolution. The RMF achieves this by helping companies bring more structure and oversight to the system development life cycle by integrating cybersecurity and risk management into the early stages of the system development process..."

CIO, July 9th, 2020
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How CIOs Can Keep Up With Changing Customer Needs
The role of the chief information officer is becoming ever-more important in creating experiences that drive long-term market success
"Even before the onset of COVID-19, customer expectations had been on the rise," writes Harry Datwani in InformationWeek. "Success requires delivering a distinctive customer experience at scale, and technology plays a central role in that delivery. With social distancing and economic upheaval likely driving durable changes to customer behavior, we expect these trends to accelerate. In this environment, the role of the CIO is becoming ever-more important in creating experiences that drive long-term market success..."
InformationWeek, July 8th, 2020
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IT News - Security
Enhance Your Cloud Threat Protection With 5 Tools, And More
Explore the best tools and tactics; you'll need the most effective arsenal available to counteract the attackers gunning for your cloud-based workloads and apps
"In 2019, more enterprise workloads were executed in the cloud than on premises for the first time,' recalls Johna Till Johnson, in SearchCloudSecurity.

"To be precise: 56% of workloads were executed in the cloud -- either as IaaS, PaaS or SaaS -- compared to 44% on premises (of that, 40% were in the data center and 4% in branch offices).

This tells us that organizations must get serious about cloud threat protection, and that requires tackling two things: protecting cloud-based resources and using cloud-based services to do so. Doing both requires making organizational, operational and funding changes -- plus investing in the right technologies.

Let's address these necessary changes in order..."

SearchCloudSecurity, July 9th, 2020
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Framing The Security Story: The Simplest Threats Are The Most Dangerous
Don't be distracted by flashy advanced attacks and ignore the more mundane ones
"There is a general misunderstanding about what makes a vulnerability dangerous," opines Douglas Ferguson in Dark Reading. "Hype and publicity tend to be focused on the most advanced threats and tactics. In response to this, security teams focus more on controlling these advanced attacks rather than the more mundane ones, largely because the business supports these sensational cases more easily - at least until the memory has faded.

Consequently, security controls are often incomplete at the lower levels, leaving a wobbly foundation to build more advanced controls to counter more advanced threats. The result: Threats can breach at modest levels anyway, and the advanced controls become symbols of overspending and poor execution..."

Dark Reading, July 7th, 2020
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Applying The 80-20 Rule To Cybersecurity
How security teams can achieve 80% of the benefit for 20% of the work
"Information risk has multiple components," writes Dan Blum in Dark Reading. "With too many threats to assess individually, too many vulnerabilities to patch all at once, and many choices among controls, where should security leaders start? What's the priority?

As I worked on my book, Rational Cybersecurity for Business, I became fascinated with this question: How can we find a way to gain 80% of the benefits for 20% of the work? Named after Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, the "Pareto Principle" asserts that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

Can we identify a Cybersecurity Pareto Principle? We can if security teams concentrate on these six priorities:..."

Dark Reading, July 7th, 2020
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Security Jobs: What's Hot And What's Cooling
The pandemic has created a seismic shift in today's workforce. The increased emphasis on remote work and ongoing shift to cloud computing affect the future of security jobs
"Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, telecommuting was gaining momentum," opines Mike O'Malley in 'url "" "The Enterprisers Project"'. "Analysis from FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics shows that remote work grew 44 percent in the last five years and is predicted to increase even more post-pandemic.

When the pandemic hit, the transition to remote work was expedited dramatically, and the surge of newly remote workers meant businesses needed to expand security perimeters due to the wider attack surface..."

The Enterprisers Project, July 7th, 2020
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IT News - Storage
The Advantages Of Containers Over Virtual Machines For Storage
Understanding the key advantages of containers vs. VMs is critical to knowing what storage features are needed for container-based application success
"Modern business success depends on both the speed and efficiency of data-centric initiatives," suggests Scott Sinclair in SearchStorage. "Data offers a strategic advantage, and empowering developers with the right tools and data is essential to keep pace with business demands.

As a result, businesses are quickly recognizing the advantages of containers over virtual machines for modernizing ITOps and DevOps practices. In a recent research survey of IT storage administrators, Enterprise Storage Group (ESG) found that 41% were using containers for production applications and another 33% were using containers for test/dev activities..."

SearchStorage, July 8th, 2020
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At 100TB, The World's Biggest SSD Gets An (Eye-Watering) Price Tag
Largest ever solid state drive comes with very steep premium
Desire Athow writes in, "The Exadrive from Nimbus has held the world record for the biggest solid state drive in the world for more than two years now but until recently, its price was only available on demand.

The company has now put the prices of its 50TB and 100TB models (either SATA/SAS) online, with the 50TB edition (EDDCT020/EDDCS050) costing $12,500 ($250 per TB) while the 100TB version (EDDCT100/EDDCS100) retailing for $40,000 ($400 per TB)...", July 8th, 2020
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5 Signs It's Time For A NAS or SAN Upgrade
It's easy to tell when it's time to modernize your storage infrastructure if you know the warning signs. Find out what they are and how Liberty Mutual Insurance handled its upgrade
"Upgrading an enterprise's storage infrastructure isn't easy," opines John Edwards in SearchStorage.

"That's why many managers hesitate before committing to a NAS or SAN upgrade. However, sticking with outdated storage that isn't keeping pace with an enterprise's growing data requirements can lead to missed business opportunities, regulatory compliance lapses and other serious -- and costly -- problems..."

SearchStorage, July 8th, 2020
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IT News - AI
Top Industries AI Is Impacting In 2020
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the world. Many industries have already been impacted by the integration of AI technology to improve business processes, but that's only the beginning. Through the use of big data, machine learning, and the Internet of Things (IoT), AI captures the ability to think and make decisions like a human would - but on a massive scale
Jori Hamilton writes in TechTalks, "Correspondingly, this technology has found a use in almost every sector of industry. Education, healthcare, human resources, marketing, and supply chain management have changed and continue to develop through the use of AI technology. Here's how.


You might think education is a field that AI isn't likely to disrupt or automate. While it's true that education requires a human perspective, teachers and administrators can use AI tools to improve their approaches to teaching..."

TechTalks, July 11th, 2020
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Natural Language Processing: A Cheat Sheet
Learn the basics about natural language processing, a cross-discipline approach to making computers hear, process, understand, and duplicate human speech
"It wasn't too long ago that talking to a computer and having it not only understand, but speak back, was confined to the realm of science fiction, like that of the shipboard computers of Star Trek," writes Brandon Vigliarolo in TechRepublic.

"The technology of the 24th century's Starship Enterprise is reality in the 21st century thanks to natural language processing (NLP), a machine learning-driven discipline that gives computers the ability to understand, process, and respond to spoken words and written text.

Make no mistake: NLP is a complicated field that one can spend years studying. This guide contains the basics about NLP, details how it can benefit businesses, and explains where to get started with its implementation..."

TechRepublic, July 10th, 2020
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A Guide To Understanding AI's Weirdness
These days, it can be very hard to determine where to draw the boundaries around artificial intelligence. What it can and can't do is often not very clear, as well as where it's future is headed
"In fact, notes Ben Dickson in TechTalks, "there's also a lot of confusion surrounding what AI really is. Marketing departments have a tendency to somehow fit AI in their messaging and rebrand old products as 'AI and machine learning.' The box office is filled with movies about sentient AI systems and killer robots that plan to conquer the universe. Meanwhile, social media is filled with examples of AI systems making stupid (and sometimes offending) mistakes.

"If it seems like AI is everywhere, it's partly because 'artificial intelligence' means lots of things, depending on whether you're reading science fiction or selling a new app or doing academic research,' writes Janelle Shane in You Look Like a Thing and I Love You, a book about how AI works..."

TechTalks, July 8th, 2020
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IT News - Technology
Facial Recognition Market To Surpass $12 Billion By 2026
To enhance tracking and security in public spaces, the facial recognition technologies market is expected to surge in the years ahead
"In the era of digital transformation, more organizations are utilizing facial recognition technologies for a host of applications in public spaces," writes R. Dallon Adams in TechRepublic.

"These systems have also been implemented to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus pandemic as the technologies can be plugged into larger surveillance networks to monitor mask compliance and more. Studies have shown that facial recognition systems are prone to false-positive identifications. In recent weeks, major players in the tech industry including IBM, Microsoft, and Amazon recently made waves by pulling their facial recognition systems from the market altogether or banning law enforcement agencies from using the technologies. Despite these moves by titans in tech, the future of facial recognition systems seems bright according to a new report from Global Market Insights..."

TechRepublic, July 7th, 2020
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IT News - Blockchain
Port Of Rotterdam Pilots Blockchain-Based Shipping Container Handling Project
The Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands today unveiled a new blockchain-based project that will make container handling safer and more efficient by automating the release of containers to drivers at the port
Kyt Dotson writes in siliconAngle, "As part of the pilot, the port will make use of distributed ledger blockchain technology to track and trace the unloading and release of containers using an application that automatically registers the pickup.

Currently, the port uses a system that requires the driver to input a personal identification number to authorize the pickup on behalf of a freight forwarder. The PIN code system requires that the code is transmitted through a number of intermediaries, which increases the risk of fraud or error.

Now, when a container authorization is made, a blockchain app uses a cryptographic token and records the transaction on the chain. The transaction is then shared through the distributed ledger between all parties - the port authority, the shipping company, freight forwarder and the transport firm - using the token provided to the driver as the point of truth..."

siliconAngle, July 10th, 2020
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IT News - Humor
Flashback Friday: You're Dragging Us Down
We prefer data that tells us what we want to hear
"This pilot fish works at an IT services outfit that's trying to get a contract with a very large public transportation company.

'They wanted to offload some schedule simulation programs to free up their mainframes for other work,' fish says. 'But before they would sign the contract, they wanted us to run the software on our machines to see if they would get valid results.'

Fish and his cohorts port the Fortran code to the new machine and make a test run so the results can be compared with what they're supposed to be..."

Computerworld, July 10th, 2020
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Wayback Wednesday: We Call Her Pointy Harriet
It's a happy ending after all
"As the '90s end, this government department rolls out laptops to the executives and directors, reports this IT manager pilot fish, and they're all given a quick 'put your laptop on the docking station and plug the Ethernet cable in' demonstration.

But one director - she's the one with oversight of IT, though she thinks IT is a waste of money - calls day after day to say that she has no network connection. And day after day fish goes to her office, finds her dangling network cable and tells her, once again, that she has to plug it in..."

ComputerWorld, July 8th, 2020
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IT News - Operations
Cloud Security Alliance Publishes New Paper, The Six Pillars Of Devsecops: Automation
Document provides practical advice for integrating automated security into software development lifecycle
"The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world's leading organization dedicated to defining standards, certifications and best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, announced the release of The Six Pillars of DevSecOps: Automation. Produced by CSA's DevSecOps Working Group in collaboration with SAFECode, the document provides a holistic framework for facilitating security automation within DevSecOps and best practices for automating those security controls, as well as clarification of common misconceptions surrounding DevSecOps security testing..." - AiTHORITY
AiTHORITY, July 8th, 2020
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IT News - Cloud
Edge Computing For Beginners: 11 Key Concepts
Need to get up to speed on edge computing - or educate others in your organization? Check out these key concepts and questions, explained in plain terms, by edge experts
"As organizations deploy an increasing number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and connectivity grows more sophisticated, an edge computing ecosystem made up of billions of devices and servers is emerging," writes Stephanie Overby in The Enterprisers Project.

'Performing data analytics and generating quick actionable insights from the same at the place of data creation has become the key,' says Manali Bhaumik, lead analyst at technology research and advisory firm ISG. ''Edge computing' is changing the way data is being processed and end results are being delivered.'

Edge computing is changing the way data is processed and end results are delivered. If edge computing is not already on an IT leader's roadmap, it likely will be soon..."

The Enterprisers Project, July 8th, 2020
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3 Tips To Recognize Hidden Costs Of The Cloud
Cloud usage and demand has spiked, but businesses must be wary of hidden cloud "gotchas" when it comes to modernizing and scaling their cloud infrastructure
"In response to the global workforce turning remote virtually overnight," writes William McKnight in InformationWeek, "organizations have been forced to push their connected environments, such as cloud networks and back-end infrastructure, to the limits. Simultaneously, governments and enterprises have been scrambling to leverage critical data-driven insights in the fight to contain COVID-19. Because of these recent events, the year 2020 has shed light on the utmost importance of having an agile, reliable modern cloud infrastructure in place, especially when digital transformation has, in many ways, been hastened by the pandemic..."
InformationWeek, July 6th, 2020
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The New Cloud Priorities Of 2020
Entering 2020, intent was clear: businesses planned to move to the cloud - or at least follow a neatly laid out roadmap. As businesses fended off unforeseen consequences, CIOs quickly pushed cloud to the forefront
Naomi Eide writes in CIODIVE, "More than half of IT decision makers expected the pace of digital transformation to "increase significantly" in 2020, buoyed by a push to improve the customer experience, according to Flexera's 2020 CIO Priorities Report, released March 11.

The survey of more than 300 CIOs and senior IT executives is a snapshot of technology plans before budgets were frozen and stay-at-home orders put in place. Two-thirds of IT budgets were dedicated to running the business; the last third was earmarked for growth and innovation..."

CIODIVE, July 6th, 2020
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The Multi-Cloud Environment In 2020: Advantages And Disadvantages
Now more than ever, organizations have been implementing multi-cloud environments for their public cloud infrastructure
"We not only see this in our customers' environments: a growing proportion use multiple cloud providers," writes Nicole Bavis in Business 2 Community.

"Additionally, industry experts and analysts report the same. In early June, IDG released its 8th Cloud Computing Survey results where they broke down IT environments, multi-cloud and IT budgets by the numbers. This report also goes into both the upsides and downsides using multiple public clouds. Here's what they found:..."

Business 2 Community, July 7th, 2020
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IT News - Networks
Top Data Center Network Switch Makers
The enterprise network has undergone significant change in the last decade, thanks to increasing software-defined networking (SDN) solutions, network-function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined WAN (SD-WAN). Here is eWEEK's listing of the top 10 companies in switch development as of summer 2020.
"For decades, IT networks were considered little more than necessary plumbing that linked servers, storage and end-user clients, with the sole purpose of simply running data between the various points," opines Chris Preimesberger in eWeek.

"However, the last several years have brought significant changes in IT, with the world rapidly becoming more data-centric, more software-defined, more distributed and more mobile.

At the same time, there has been the rise of new and emerging applications and technologies, from artificial intelligence and machine learning to the cloud, edge computing, data analytics, virtual and augmented reality and the internet of things (IoT). There are a lot more functions now being built into networks, not the least of which are security and business intelligence..."

eWeek, July 10th, 2020
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IT News - Careers
Poker & Job Hunting: Why Poker Is A Better Bet
The game has plenty to teach about making decisions with the cards we've been dealt-on and off the table
"Outside the realm of games, accurate probabilistic thinking is a rare skill. The betting in poker forces you to pay attention. If you keep following your hunches instead of the mathematics of the thing, you're doomed. Sure, you might get lucky a time or two. But eventually, variance will catch up with you.

When Chicago economists Steven Levitt and Thomas Miles looked at live play and compared the ROI, or return on investment, for two groups of players at the 2010 WSOP 'World Series of Poker', they found that recreational players lost, on average, over 15 percent of their buy-ins (roughly $400), while professionals won over 30 percent (roughly $1,200). Poker isn't just about calibrating the strength of your beliefs. It's also about becoming comfortable with the fact that there's no such thing as a sure thing - ever. You will never have all the information you want, and you will have to act all the same. Leave your certainty at the door..."

Ask The Headhunter, July 9th, 2020
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How To Be Productive At Home?
According to a survey by Workopolis, 90% of people believe that Telecommuting contributes to more productivity
Baldwin Jackson writes in Business 2 Community, "However, these are the people who have had a practice of working from home, unlike most employees today, who find themselves in an unprecedented situation in the year 2020 as a global pandemic rages and their bosses have ordained work from home as mandatory.

Initially, the new work order may look heaven-sent and a miracle. Your boss, who was previously averse to approving a work-from-home request, now emailing everyone the 'benefits of working from home' may have made you dance in delight..."

Business 2 Community, July 10th, 2020
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