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5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles
Check out these five thought-provoking HBR articles, curated especially for CIOs and IT leaders
Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our resource library with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. Check out the curated pieces below, available to readers through the end of May.

  • Our work-from-anywhere future
  • How to identify - and mitigate - risks to your career
  • Give your remote team unstructured time for collaboration
  • Put employees at the center of your post-pandemic digital strategy
  • Productivity is about your systems, not your people

Read on @ The Enterprisers Project

The Enterprisers Project, April 13th, 2021
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Replacing vs. Maintaining Legacy Systems
As CIOs embrace more digital technologies, it's important that they determine the current status of their legacy systems and whether it's worth upgrading or maintaining them
"Veteran IT leader Dianne Lapierre has seen technology come and go," writes Mary K. Pratt in SearchCIO. "In many cases, she said it was clear when the tech needed an upgrade; in other cases, she knew replacing a legacy system wouldn't yield worthwhile gains. And still, at other times, deciding whether to upgrade or maintain the existing tech was difficult to do.

"They were tough discussions to have, on why to divert all that money to replace a system that wasn't really broken," she said.

And many CIOs can likely relate..."

SearchCIO, April 16th, 2021
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Worldwide IT spending to total $4.1 trillion in 2021
Worldwide IT spending is projected to total $4.1 trillion in 2021, an increase of 8.4% from 2020, according to the latest forecast by Gartner. The source of funds for new digital business initiatives will more frequently come from business departments outside IT and charged as a cost of revenue or cost of goods sold (COGS).
'IT no longer just supports corporate operations as it traditionally has, but is fully participating in business value delivery,' said John-David Lovelock, research VP at Gartner. 'Not only does this shift IT from a back-office role to the front of business, but it also changes the source of funding from an overhead expense that is maintained, monitored and sometimes cut, to the thing that drives revenue.'

IT spending segments to have positive growth through 2022

All IT spending segments are forecast to have positive growth through 2022. The highest growth will come from devices (14%) and enterprise software (10.8%) as organizations shift their focus to providing a more comfortable, innovative and productive environment for their workforce.

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HelpNet Security, April 13th, 2021
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7 Business Skills Every IT Leader Needs To Succeed
Today's CIO needs more than technology mastery. Long-term career success also demands a commitment to developing a set of core business skills.
"The days when CIOs could glide into a long-term career based solely on their technical abilities are rapidly fading," writes John Edwards in CIO.

"'It's no longer enough for IT leaders to be tech experts,' warns Bob Hersch, a principal at Deloitte Consulting. The best-in-class CIOs of today are also business savvy, using their knowledge to embed IT as a service capability.

'This business-centric approach integrates IT into an overall business strategy,' he adds.

The best way any IT leader can augment his or her current technical knowledge - and strengthen their long-term career prospects - is by committing to acquiring the following seven essential business skills..."

CIO, April 13th, 2021
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Optimizing The CIO And CFO Relationship
The CIO-CFO dynamic has undergone some changes over the past 10 years. What are these changes and how do they influence corporate dynamics?
"Earlier this year, I visited with Gina Mastanuono, CFO at ServiceNow, which provides a cloud platform that helps companies manage digital workflows," writes Mary E. Shacklett in InformationWeek.

"As a former CIO, I recounted my early experiences to her about CFOs who were skeptical of new IT projects, and whose objections were a constant presence in budget funding meetings.

Mastanuono laughed. 'That's so old school!'

'Today, CFOs roles have changed significantly,' she said. 'As CFOs, we recognize that we can't just live in the financial world. We must be business strategists, capable of leading our organizations through a crisis like COVID, but also understanding how we will come out strong on the other side by strategically supporting innovation.'

InformationWeek, April 13th, 2021
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CISOs Must Focus on People and Technologies Amid Rising Attacks
trategies CISOs need to put in place to deal with a rising volume of attacks were discussed by a panel of security leaders during a webinar
James Coker writes in info security, "Set up by cybersecurity firm F-Secure, the session was built upon the latest findings from its CISOs' New Dawn report, which surveyed 28 senior information security leaders across the US, UK and Europe about how their roles have changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The discussion began by highlighting the how cyber-criminals have ramped up the targeting of employees since the shift to remote working during COVID-19. Indeed, the report found employees were the most popular attack vector in the past year. Marc Ashworth, CISO at First Bank, explained that a lot of these attacks were based around phishing, and therefore investing in email security and stepping up training exercises for staff is critical..."

info security, April 14th, 2021
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5 Cybersecurity Testing Areas CISOs Need To Address
With increasing board interest in cybersecurity risk, CISOs need to explain the preventive steps they are taking to have the right cybersecurity testing in place to minimize risk
"In recent years," writes Mark Whitehead in SearchSecurity, "boards of directors have become more interested in understanding their organizations' level of risk and whether their CISO and security teams are doing everything they can to defend against potential threats. In fact, according to the recent Gartner 2021 Board of Directors Survey, cybersecurity vulnerabilities were identified as the second-highest source of risk for an enterprise, surpassed only by regulatory compliance risk..."
SearchSecurity, April 15th, 2021
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Many CISOs Are Drowning In 'Security Debt'
Sharing intel makes criminals dangerous
"As Chief Information Security Officers (CISO) step up their game in order to fend off increasing volumes of attacks against their organizations," writes Sead in techradar.pro, "they're met with mounting 'security debt', new research has said.

A report from cybersecurity experts F-Secure, found that despite facing a 'well-organized' criminal industry, CISOs are getting better at repulsing many attacks.

Criminals are usually better-equipped than CISOs, mostly because they share the intelligence amongst themselves, with almost three-quarters of CISOs said criminals were also faster than they were..."

techradar.pro, April 16th, 2021
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How Organizations Can Change The Security Behavior Of Their Employees?
Security behavior is what most organizations neglect when it is something every organization should focus on for securing their business against cyber threats
"Today, every organization, irrespective of its size, is worried that it can be the next cyber attack victim. And they are not wrong," opines Richard Singha in Security Boulevard.

"Malicious actors are launching thousands of cyber attacks every month. Working with new techniques and tactics to gain access to your systems and steal your sensitive data. In fact, there is a cyber attack every 39 seconds, according to the report. Additionally, the global average total cost of a data breach is $3.86 Million, as per IBM's report.

In this scenario, every organization is bound to be worried about the increasing cyber crimes. Ignorance of cyber threats is like playing Russian Roulette where you just wait to shoot yourself in the head..."

Security Boulevard, April 15th, 2021
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The Benefits Of Cyber Threat Intelligence
In this Help Net Security podcast, Maurits Lucas, Director of Intelligence Solutions at Intel 471, discusses the benefits of cyber threat intelligence
"He also talks about how Intel 471 approaches adversary and malware intelligence.

Here's a transcript of the podcast for your convenience.

Based on your experience, what do you see as the most significant challenges related to intelligence collection? I think there are several, one of the key ones being the amount of time and effort it takes to get to a position where you were able to connect meaningful intelligence. That really are no shortcuts here. In some cases, gaining access and insights into closed ecosystems literally takes years of hard work. So, you need to plan and invest both time and resources well ahead of time to make sure you're at the right position at the right time to collect intelligence..." - HelpNet Security

HelpNet Security, April 12th, 2021
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It's Identity Management Day: 16 Stats From The New Cybersecurity Battleground
April 13th is Identity Management Day - a U.S. awareness initiative presented by the National Cybersecurity Alliance and the Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA).
In the midst of a dramatic technological and economic shift, this push to educate business leaders, IT decision makers and the general public about the importance of managing and securing identities comes at the perfect time.

All Roads Lead to Identity

Nearly every organization is on the transformation path to become more mobile, more digital and more cloud-centric - all while supporting distributed workforces. They also face the challenge of an ever-expanding attack surface as the number, types and interconnectedness of identities multiply across business applications and cloud workloads. - Security Boulevard

Security Boulevard, April 13th, 2021
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Identity Management Day: Cybercriminals No Longer Hack In
Identity Management Day is a way to educate about the importance of securing identity and access credentials
"When the police arrive at the scene of a break-in, one of the first things they'll do is isolate the crime scene and assess its condition. They're trained to document every single detail: the arrangement of furniture, any strange odors, even the temperature in the home. They also pay special attention to the points of entry: Are the doors intact? Have locks visibly been tampered with? All of these details clue them into the identity and motive of the perpetrator..." -Security Boulevard
Security Boulevard, April 12th, 2021
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IT News - Storage
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2021 CRN Storage 100: 16 Software-Defined Storage Vendors To Consider
IT news and analysis outlet CRN recently released its 2021 Storage 100, a ranking of innovative storage providers that offer solutions and technology that span the scope of business user requirements
"The list is made up of established and emerging storage vendors," reports Tess Hanna in SolutionsReview. "The list is broken down into four distinct product categories that include vendors that focus on backup and restore, vendors that develop the components used to build storage solutions, vendors that manage data, and software-defined storage vendors.

Though the Storage 100 is aimed at highlighting software vendors for the purposes of solution provider partnering, Solutions Review is most interested in highlighting the vendors that offer unique products and platforms for enterprise organizations. As such, we've read through CRN's complete rankings, available here, to analyze the trending software-defined storage vendors we think matter most. For an even deeper breakdown of data storage software, tools, vendors, and platforms, consult our popular Buyer's Guide..."

SolutionsReview, April 14th, 2021
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The Future Of Storage According To Phison
MRAM in 2022, PLC, SCM, RAMDisk and why computational storage is not so promising
"At TechRadar Pro," writes Desire Athow in techradar.pro, "we're lucky enough to have access to some of the brightest minds in the world of technology, letting us peer into the future to identify the next big trends.

Storage company Phison Electronics may be a lesser-known manufacturer to some, often operating behind the scenes, but it has become an essential cog in its ecosystem. The company produces controllers that go into millions of solid state drives and devices worldwide and, as such, has a big say in shaping the future of storage..."

techradar.pro, April 16th, 2021
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New Storage Trends Promise To Help Enterprises Handle A Data Avalanche
Data, data everywhere, but where to put it all? Here's a rundown of five current and potential fast and high-capacity storage approaches
John Edwards writes in Network Computing, "As enterprises continue to stockpile massive amounts of information generated by people, businesses, vehicles, and a virtually endless list of other sources, many are wondering where they can store all of that data accessibly, safely, securely, and cost effectively.

The data storage business has changed significantly over the last five years and that transformation is continuing and broadening. The big difference today is that while storage used to be about hardware-related issues, such as solid-state drives, faster read/write speeds, and capacity expansion, the cloud and other storage breakthroughs have flipped the market to the opposite side..."

Network Computing, April 13th, 2021
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Why AI Is Failing for Enterprises: Predetermination Bias
Our best practices for managing data are ancient. Literally.
"For tens of thousands of years we've managed the future by predetermining the resources we think we'll need," writes Jed Yueh in datanami, "limiting our futures to what we can foresee. We're now in the age of AI with a radically more open future. AI-especially machine learning-can learn from seemingly insignificant data, often to our human delight and surprise.

So, it's time to rethink our processes and mindset when it comes to data. We need to stop limiting data to the futures we expect. That's not easy because predetermination is a deep habit that guides much of our lives. For instance, we fill our kitchen pantries with the ingredients we think we need to save space, time, and money..."

datanami, April 12th, 2021
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How AI, Machine Learning, and Endpoint Security Overlap
With new cyber threats coming up every day, security systems, especially those used by corporations, need to adapt. But instead of constantly needing updates from their manufacturers, what if endpoint security software can play a direct role in improving itself?
Anina Ot writes in And Endpoint Security Overlap that "Endpoint security is the process of securing a network's endpoints, such as user devices and online accounts. Endpoints are entryways to the network, connecting it to the open internet and other devices. In theory, by adequately securing physical and digital endpoints, your entire network should be safe from outside threats.

By monitoring the data entering and exiting the network through its endpoints looking for threats, endpoint security software can protect numerous access points simultaneously, intercepting threats in real-time..."

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Neural Networks Give Astronomers Huge Boost In Identifying Galaxies: 27 Million Done, 600 Million To Come
AI algorithms in large-scale astronomy are mandatory, study says
Katyanna Quach writes in The Register, "A neural network has helped astronomers catalog a whopping 27 million galaxies collected from one of the largest astronomical surveys probing the mysterious nature of dark energy.

The Dark Energy Survey (DES) kicked off in 2013, and aims to snap galaxies and supernovae across an eighth of the Earth's night sky. Although that may not sound like much, the number of objects filling such a region of space - giving us a window onto the universe as far back as when it was just six billion years old, less than half of its age today - is staggering..."

The Register, April 14th, 2021
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IT News - Technology
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Samsung demos 512GB DDR5 memory aimed at supercomputing, AI workloads
It's twice as fast as existing memory and has twice the capacity, paving the way for new use cases
Andy Patrizio writes in networkworld, "Samsung Electronics last month announced the creation of a 512GB DDR5 memory module, its first since the JEDEC consortium developed and released the DDR5 standard in July of last year.

The new modules are double the max capacity of existing DDR4 and offer up to 7,200Mbps in data transfer rate, double that of conventional DDR4. The memory will be able to handle high-bandwidth workloads in applications such as supercomputing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics, the company says..."

networkworld, April 12th, 2021
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IT News - Operations
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The Impact Of Converging IT And Telecoms Services
The question is no longer IT services vs telecoms, but which players will be able to offer the right value add services
"The convergence between telecoms and IT services businesses has long been discussed in the industry," opines Tom Wrenn in techradar.pro, "however, it is the last 12 months that has caused the most significant convergence between the two.

It is therefore important to now assess and understand what has changed, and the effects this shift will have on both telecoms and IT services businesses' growth in the future..."

techradar.pro, April 12th, 2021
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The Bright Future Of Cloud SIEM
People keep questioning SIEM value, but cloud SIEM makes SIEM so much better. SIEM is now capable of delivering a lot of security value with far less effort from security teams
The SIEM market is a US$5B market with a two-digit annual growth rate. Still, we keep seeing multiple questions and discussions around SIEM's role, future and value. Why?

There are many reasons, including:

  • The high importance of SIEM's role for security operations
  • Operational effort required
  • Multitude of experiences
  • Evolution of other technologies and of the entire technology landscape

Nothing is more important to those discussions as Cloud SIEM... - Security Boulevard

Security Boulevard, April 16th, 2021
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IT News - BI
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5 Powerful Business Intelligence Tools That Are Reshaping PMOs
More project management offices are seeing the benefits of business intelligence tools like these to improve how they execute projects and to increase their value to stakeholders
Moira Alexander writes in TechRepublic, "Project success is heavily reliant on having timely and accurate data to make quick, reliable decisions with confidence. PMOs are recognizing the benefits of having quick access to powerful business intelligence and business analytics tools for high-level, at-a-glance portfolio project insight.

Top benefits of BI and BA tools in managing projects A recent survey was conducted to identity how BI and BA tools are helping companies evaluate opportunities. Some identified benefits include:

  • Getting ahead of potential risks
  • Better and faster decision-making
  • Gaining a competitive advantage
  • Successfully meeting deliverables
  • Increasing the value for stakeholders

From dashboards to data visualizations, descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics, companies are using tools like these five tools to reshape how PMOs think, plan and execute projects..."

TechRepublic, April 15th, 2021
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IT News - HR
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Remote Working Is Leading To Less Recognition For A Job Well Done
Despite putting in extra effort, most employees don't think they are receiving enough praise
"While many remote workers are enjoying the 'new normal'," writes Sead in ITProPortal, "some feel they are not getting enough praise for all their hard work.

This is according to a new report from digital coaching provider Ezra, which claims that a fifth of UK workers feel remote working has led to them receiving less recognition..."

ITProPortal, April 16th, 2021
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IT News - Linux
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3 Essential Linux Cheat Sheets For Productivity
Download cheat sheets for sed, grep, and parted to integrate new processes into your work
"Linux is famous for its commands," notes Seth Kenlon in an article in opensouce.com. "This is partially because nearly everything that Linux does can also be invoked from a terminal, but it's also that Linux as an operating system is highly modular. Its tools are designed to produce fairly specific results, and when you know a lot about a few commands, you can combine them in interesting ways for useful output. Learning Linux is equal parts learning commands and learning how to string those commands together in interesting combinations.

With so many Linux commands to learn, though, taking the first step can seem daunting. What command should you learn first? Which commands should you learn well, and which commands require only a passing familiarity?..."

opensouce.com, April 14th, 2021
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7 Popular Open Source CI/CD Tools
DevOps is a software development strategy that incorporates agile practices for fast, efficient product creation and release
Gilad David Maayan writes in DevOps.com that DevOps "focuses on integration of development and operations teams, continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) and automation of tasks and processes.

Typically, DevOps teams use pipelines to streamline and standardize processes. DevOps pipelines are toolchains that teams can use to automate tasks and provide visibility into the software development life cycle. In this article, we'll cover seven popular open source CI/CD tools.

How DevOps Will Change in the Near Future

Although DevOps has been around for just over a decade, it has continued to evolve. New DevOps technologies and changing infrastructure have caused teams to adapt and technology advancements that will continue to drive change. Below are a few of the ways you can expect DevOps to evolve in 2021 and beyond..."

DevOps.com, April 12th, 2021
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Empowering DevOps With Cloud Desktops
Today's organizations need to enable their IT teams to rapidly deploy, manage and maintain their applications and services
Brad Peterson writes in DevOps.com that "this is a primary driver behind the growth in adoption of DevOps. By uniting the IT operations and software development teams, organizations are helping to provide continuous delivery and accelerating the systems development life cycle.

At the same time, the chronic cyberskills shortage makes it hard for organizations to find the talent they need to hire and collaborate with. The cloud, and specifically cloud desktops, can address many of these challenges and help organizations get the most bang for their buck when it comes to their DevOps teams. In fact, the two technologies have a symbiotic relationship..."

DevOps.com, April 12th, 2021
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11 Open Source DevOps Tools We Love For 2021
DevOps isn't just a cultural shift - it requires great tools to come to fruition
Bill Doerrfeld writes in DevOps.com, "Below, we've pulled together a list of some of the most well-loved DevOps tools available today. But, throwing loads of money into fancy SaaS solutions can quickly gobble up the cloud budget. These DevOps tools all are open source, and enable everything from container builds and orchestration to microservices networking, configuration management, CI/CD automation, full-stack monitoring and more. Here are some of our favorite open source DevOps tools for 2021..."
DevOps.com, April 13th, 2021
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IT News - Cloud
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Cloud Adoption Uptick Further Strains Talent Market
Cloud job postings per million rose 42% since March 2018 on Indeed, according to data provided by the company Tuesday. Indeed calculated the percentage change in the share of cloud job postings for every million posts between March 2018 and March 2021
"Businesses need talent to support their cloud initiatives," writes Roberto Torres in CIODIVE, "as the technology acts as the backbone for modern IT infrastructure. Without a cloud strategy, companies risk giving up the operational and cost upsides of the cloud.

"In the 2010s it became clear that cloud-based solutions can provide the best mix of flexibility, speed, and cost-effectiveness for a huge range of technology solutions, especially mobile and API-based applications," said Bonneau. Top providers such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft "invested heavily in building vast infrastructure and useful services," in the last decade.

But with pressure on IT teams to outfit their companies with innovative cloud implementations, over 80% of cloud leaders say a lack of internal skills and knowledge is a key obstacle to their ability to succeed in the cloud, according to a report from A Cloud Guru.

CIODIVE, April 15th, 2021
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Future Of IoT: 6 Trends And Predictions To Watch
Although challenges with IoT security and data privacy persist, IoT will continue to grow, propelled by targeted business goals and AI for data analytics.
"Just like people find it difficult to picture a world without cell phones," opimes Kristen Gloss in IoT Agenda, "a future where objects aren't connected to the internet is increasingly difficult to imagine. Manufacturers have already incorporated IoT in smart home devices, cars, cities and factories, and experts predict their use will continue to grow.

IoT has made it through its emerging years where organizations wanted to be part of the hype but didn't necessarily know what to do with the technology yet. Now, organizations begin IoT initiatives with specific objectives to fulfill and even more effective supporting technology..."

IoT Agenda, April 13th, 2021
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IT News - Big Data
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8 Key Considerations For Embarking On A Data Integrity Journey
Modern enterprises are reliant on data, and as the volume of it increases, making that data useful is absolutely critical.
Dave Langton writes in datanami, "However, more data also means the likelihood of incomplete, inconsistent data sets is on the rise. Bad data, according to a 2019 estimate from Gartner, can cost businesses an average of $9.7 to $14.2 million a year.

As data professionals work to prepare data for analysis, maintaining data integrity is absolutely critical and has increasingly become an area of focus for modern data teams. Data integrity - or the completeness, accuracy, consistency and compliance of data within systems - is an aspirational state data teams aim to achieve, and also covers the processes that are used to achieve it. It is inclusive of several areas, from the physical integrity of the data (is it stored safely?), logical integrity (is it accurate, complete and correct?) and compliance (does it meet necessary standards, such as GDPR?)..."

datanami, April 16th, 2021
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