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IT News - CxO
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Hey CIO, Your Data Problems Are Killing You. Why Aren't You Fixing Them?
Reliable and accurate data is the bedrock of any good digital user experience, yet we are failing to fix our data problem and that's not good for business innovation
"As a CIO, you are a key driver of the business. You advance service and product innovation. You drive the bottom line. However, we talk to a lot of CIOs, and we noticed an unfortunate trend. It seems that we are collectively failing to fix our data problems. And that is directly impacting business innovation.

Reliable and accurate data is the bedrock of any good digital user experience, such as eCommerce sites, learning platforms, and interfaces designed for complex workflows. As UX professionals, we have consistently found that the issues customers complain about most cannot be fixed by changing the design of an interface. These problems can only be fixed by addressing fundamental issues with underlying data accuracy and reliability..."

CIO, November 2nd, 2021
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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 the month.

  • How good is your company at change?
  • How to negotiate a remote work arrangement
  • Why everyone in your organization must understand AI ethics
  • How to eliminate strategic overload
  • When to take on tasks that are outside of your job description

Read on for details

The Enterprisers Project, November 5th 2021
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CIO Playbook: Strategic IT 2022
How can Chief Information Officers ensure that information technology investments support core organizational business goals?
"In 2022, business leaders expect more than ever from CIO strategy. We speak with Satyan Parameswaran, President of Information Technology at UPS to learn more. With $85 billion in revenue, UPS is one of the world's largest package delivery and logistics companies.

This conversation includes the following topics:

  • What is the role of IT at UPS?
  • IT strategy and IT investment at UPS
  • Digital twins at UPS
  • Aligning CIO investment strategy and corporate business goals
  • Forecasting package loads at UPS
  • What is the role of technology in the enterprise?
  • IT investment planning for 2022

Satyan Parameswaran is responsible for all the application technology used in the UPS package centers, hubs, scanning, automation, retail access points, international regulatory compliance, aviation security, automotive, telematics, preload and on-road technology. He is responsible for the technology that helps UPS deliver ~24 million packages every day..."

CXOTalk, November 3rd, 2021
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IDC Futurescape: Top 10 Predictions For The Future Of Digital Infrastructure
International Data Corporation's (IDC) top 10 predictions for the Future of Digital Infrastructure point to a digital infrastructure strategy that addresses resiliency and trust; data-driven operational complexity; and business outcomes-driven sourcing and autonomous operations
"Organizations must invest in and foster a digital-first culture that leverages trusted industry ecosystems, generates profitable revenue growth, provides empathetic customer experiences, and demonstrates an ability to adapt operating models to complex customer requirements.

In the coming years, organizations will deploy, operate, and scale digital infrastructure to ensure consistent security, performance, and compliance across all resources, regardless of where and how they are deployed..."

IDC, November 5th, 2021
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CISO Interview Series: Cybersecurity At A Global Scale
What is it like to not only be a CISO but to also be one in a large, global organization?
"I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Mark Ruchie, CISO of Entrust, a global tech firm securing data, payments and identities. Mark shared his unique journey into cybersecurity, and he went on to offer excellent advice about how companies of any size can succeed in building a reliable cybersecurity program that fulfills both the needs of security as well as the requirements of a business that must adhere to multiple regulatory requirements..."
Tripwire, November 1st, 2021
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Who Needs Cyberinsurance?
Cybersecurity threats have been increasing over the last decade, as have successful breaches.
"In fact, research showed that in 2018, there were 1,473 million cyberattacks globally and the cost of a data breach to companies worldwide was around $3.86 million.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, cybercrime has risen by 600%, meaning the cost of a breach is likely to have increased, as well. But sadly, no matter how high-tech your security systems may be, it's impossible to prevent cybersecurity incidents altogether.

It's easy to see, then, why cyberinsurance policies have also increased in popularity and, for many, have become a necessary part of protecting their business. But it's not just the largest enterprises or the most high-tech startups that need cyberinsurance-it's important for every business..."

Security Boulevard, November 3rd, 2021
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How CIOs Can Keep And Best Leverage Their Newfound Place At The Table
Key steps for CIOs to best leverage increased influence
"To stay afloat during the pandemic, organizations across nearly every industry were required to accelerate change faster than previously imaginable. In this time of crisis, CIOs not only achieved C-suite buy-in for digital transformation, but they also emerged as leaders by adapting strategy as their companies navigated unfamiliar, virtual business models. Now that Covid-19 has ignited an increased appreciation for CIOs and technology's role in delivering strategic business change, technology executives grapple with a new challenge - maintaining their newfound influence and using it to propel their organization forward..."
ITProPortal, November 5th 2021
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A Ransomware Reality Check For CISOs
The rising tide of ransomware attacks targeting critical infrastructure sectors has reached unprecedented heights
"Now at the top of many CISOs' agendas, a confluence of technical, legal, ethical, and regulatory shifting winds is making this scourge on industrial environments increasingly difficult to navigate.

The dilemmas organizations must deal with are dizzying:

  • To pay a ransom or not?
  • Will cyber insurance provide adequate shelter?
  • What's the role of government?
  • Are new mandates and penalties on the horizon?
  • How are adversaries evolving their tactics?

To make sense of it all, let's first focus on the adversaries and their playbook. Cyber criminals have a well-developed business model and carefully contemplated financial calculus of ransomware..."

HelpNet Security, November 3rd, 2021
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IT News - Security
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5 Best Practices For Surviving Ransomware
Every 11 seconds, a ransomware attack occurs. Organizations now face the daunting reality that no longer is the question 'if' a ransomware attack will happen; now, it is only a matter of 'when' they will get hit.
"Is there anything you can do when you know the enemy is at the gate? The answer is a resounding 'Yes.' The steps your organization takes (or doesn't) can make a difference in preventing attacks and mitigating damage. What you do now will impact your business continuity as well as the speed of your recovery. Learn the five best practices to help your organization survive a ransomware attack.

Protection against ransomware can be boiled down to a few simple steps. While the steps are simple, implementing them and instilling the discipline to follow them is hard. The mindset needed should be developed and relentlessly followed. These steps not only protect an organization but also protect against any external threats..."

Security Boulevard, November 4th, 2021
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(In)Secure Magazine Issue 70 Released
(IN)SECURE Magazine is a free digital security publication discussing some of the hottest information security topics
Issue 70 has been released today. It's a free download, no registration required. Table of contents How to develop a skilled cybersecurity team Securing your WordPress website against ransomware attacks The warning signs of burnout and how to deal with it How to prevent corporate credentials ending up on the dark web Risky business:
HelpNet Security, November 3rd, 2021
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IT Leaders Call For Improved Penetration Testing Processes
Pentesting is too expensive and cumbersome in its current form
"Software and network penetration testing is a critical component in the design of any application or network security program, but the practice is too expensive and painfully outdated.

This is according to pentesting service provider Cobalt. The company recently surveyed 600 IT pros, as well as studied six seasoned security leaders from different verticals, and found that the majority (74 percent) would test their systems more frequently if the process wasn't so cumbersome..."

ITProPortal, November 4th, 2021
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Solarwinds CISO: Know Your Adversary, What They Want, Watch Everything
The compromise of SolarWinds' Orion software changed the company's approach to security. Tim Brown shares some hard-won advice for how CISOs and software vendors should prepare for supply chain attacks.
"Late last year, a group believed to be Russia's Cozy Bear (APT29) successfully compromised SolarWinds' Orion update software, turning it into a delivery vehicle for malware. Nearly 100 customers of the popular network monitoring tool were affected, including government entities and cybersecurity company FireEye.

The attacker was able to gain access to SolarWinds' IT infrastructure to produce trojanized updates to the Orion software. FireEye, which first discovered this software supply chain attack, said it required meticulous planning and manual interaction by the attackers..."

CSO Online, November 4th, 2021
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The Future Of Cybersecurity Isn't What We Expected
We were told that by now, we would live in a perfect world with flying cars. But that hasn't arrived yet
"We also believed that cybersecurity would be a problem that would have been solved, but it just seems to be getting worse.

But what if the problem isn't getting worse. What if we have solved cybersecurity and we do have flying cars - we're just not looking at things in the right way.

I know you're probably looking at me weird now and someone will invite me to step outside and look up into the sky and point out flying cars. After which they'll probably point me to a security news site and find a story that doesn't involve a massive breach or ransomware..."

Security Boulevard, November 2nd, 2021
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Supply Chain Attacks Highlight Why You Should Continue To Be Careful With Third-Party Providers
One year on from SolarWinds, governments and enterprises still have work to do
"It is nearly one year since we saw a nation-state attack on the SolarWinds network management system that compromised the supply chains of over 18,000 organizations, including the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security. With costs likely to run into the billions, the breach was one of the biggest incidents in recent years with costs likely to run into billions of dollars. Sadly, the Kaseya VSA supply chain attack in July further highlighted that these types of attacks will not be the last and increase in frequency..."
ITProPortal, November 3rd, 2021
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Best Practices For Endpoint Security In The Cloud
As the proliferation of cloud services continues, IT teams should revisit -- and potentially revamp -- their endpoint protection strategies
"An endpoint security strategy is critical in any enterprise IT environment. For organizations with cloud deployments, however, those strategies can be especially complex.

Admins, for example, must consider the nuances of endpoint security in different cloud computing models, such as private, public, hybrid and multi-cloud. What's more, due to an increase in remote work, the number of endpoint devices that connect to cloud resources has grown significantly. Security teams must account for a large and broad array of end-user devices as part of their IT protection strategy..."

SearchCloudComputing, November 5th 2021
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IT News - FinTech
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What Is FinTech 2.0? How Companies Can Succeed In The 'Rebundling' Age
While there's no single definitive history of fintech since it's still being written, it's helpful to think of the original pioneers in the space as Fintech 1.0.
"These companies varied in size, approach and, ultimately, success. What they had in common was offering targeted solutions to specific pain points like savings, micro-investing, stock trading, peer-to-peer payments, small-dollar cash advances and mobile banking.

The Fintech 1.0 companies that blossomed did so by zeroing in on narrow use cases and dominating their own swim lanes. Well-known names like Venmo (person-to-person payments), Robinhood (stock trading) and Acorns (saving and micro-investing) are all great examples. But their success has proven to be the exception rather than the rule, as for many early innovators, there was no clear path to profitability or business model sustainability..."

Forbes, November 4th, 2021
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IT News - EdTech
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5 Ways To Make EdTech More Inclusive
Better communication with students and more representation within edtech are just some ways we can better serve all special education students with technology, says University of California, Irvine's Gillian Hayes.
"Making edtech accessible to all students has always been important but as it is now an essential part of the classroom, it has never been more vital.

Gillian Hayes, vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate Division at University of California, Irvine, has studied edtech accessibility extensively. Making technology more accessible in the classroom is one of her goals at The Connecting the EdTech Research EcoSystem (CERES), which she coleads with UCI colleague Candice Odgers..."

Tech&Learning, November 3rd, 2021
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7 Strategies To Get Teacher Buy-In For New Technology Tools
Teacher buy-in carries a tremendous amount of weight when it comes to an edtech initiative's success -- here's how to get it
"Parent engagement is a driving factor behind any child's success in school-but a nationwide survey of more than 1,000 teachers found that parents are often disengaged in their child's learning journey. To harness edtech tools that can help school-home communication, it's essential to first secure teacher buy-in..."
eSchoolNews, November 3rd, 2021
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IT News - Storage
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SNIA's Storage Developer Conference 20201 (SDC '21) Videos Now Available
SNIA's Storage Developer Conference 20201 (SDC '21) was another outstanding virtual event.
"This year's agenda was jam-packed with over 130 technical sessions on topics including Cloud Storage, Computational Storage, Data Protection Technologies, DNA Data Storage, NVMe-oF, Storage Architecture, Security & Privacy, Emerging Interfaces, and much more! Now all these expert presentations are available in this playlist..."
SNIA, November 5th, 2021
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HDD Failure Over Time
From time to time, we will reference the 'bathtub curve' when talking about HDD and SSD failure rates.
"This normally includes a reference or link back to a post we did in 2013 which discusses the topic. It's time for an update. Not because the bathtub curve itself has changed, but because we have nearly seven times the number of drives and eight more years of data than we did in 2013. In today's post, we'll take an updated look at how well HDD failure rates fit the bathtub curve, and in a few weeks we'll delve into the specifics for different drive models and even do a little drive life expectancy analysis..."
StorageNewsletter, November 1st, 2021
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Five Among 191,212 HDDs With Only One Failure During 3Q21 At Backblaze
As of September 30, 2021, Backblaze had 194,749 drives spread across four data centers on 2 continents
"Of that number, there were 3,537 boot drives and 191,212 data drives. The boot drives consisted of 1,557 HDDs and 1,980 SSDs. This report will review the quarterly and lifetime failure rates for our data drives, as well as compare failure rates for our SSD and HDD boot drives..."
StorageNewsletter, November 5th 2021
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C3Q HDD Update
Every quarter we look at developments in the HDD industry and report them in our newsletter. Following is some data from the November newsletter looking at results so far for 2021, projecting 2021 total HDD shipments and projections out to 2026
"Total HDD shipments in C3Q 2021 were down 1.6% compared with C2Q 2021 (66.2M versus 67.4M). C2Q 2021 shipments were up 5.1% compared with C1Q 2021, C1Q 2021 shipments were down 8.8% compared with C4Q 2020, up 10.8% in C4Q 2020 from C3Q 2020, and up 8.3% in C3Q from C2Q 2020. Total HDD storage capacity shipped in the last quarter was about 383EB.

Seagate and Western Digital have both changed their release of HDD shipment information during their quarterly announcements making it more difficult to figure out their actual unit shipments. This has made it more difficult to report actual shipments of various categories of HDDs. Thus, the numbers reported here are our best guess estimates..."

Forbes, November 3rd, 2021
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IT News - AI
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Why AI Still Needs Humans In The Loop, At Least For Now
If AI-generated writing becomes indistinguishable from human writing, we'll still need to check it carefully enough to see the mistakes
"Large language models can help you write code -- or rewrite adverts, so they look fresh. They can make it easier to quickly grasp the key points of a research paper or a news story by writing and answering questions. Or they can get things embarrassingly wrong.

Large language models like GPT-3 are key to search engines like Google and Bing, as well as providing suggested replies in email and chat, trying to finish your sentence in Word and powering coding assistants like GitHub Copilot..."

ZDNet, November 2nd, 2021
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Q&A: Transforming Transactions With AI And Machine Learning
Digital-first commerce hinges on intelligent technology to power transactions
"What are the core components of most transactions today? There are multiple layers to transactions today, so it's easiest to think about them in three ways:

  • The consumer-facing shopping cart
  • Backend processing and aggregation
  • Parties involved and physical location

When it comes to the shopping cart, there are four key pieces that always exist at checkout - items, payment, shipping, and tax. This is what the buyer sees, but on the backend it's much more complex..."

ITProPortal, November 3rd, 2021
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AI Architecture Performance: Can It Be Proven?
AI is a hot technology buzzword. Businesses are eager to use AI to make sense from an enormous amount of data to drive business data
"To do that, there needs to be an investment in architecture and software. Can you prove AI architecture performance and make a better infrastructure buying decision?

When I was asked by Gestalt IT to sit in on an Intel Cloud Showcase, I was excited to see how the industry has progressed since I left VMware. It turns out VMs would be a sticking point in the conversation with Accenture..."

Gestalt IT, November 3rd, 2021
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IT News - Technology
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50 Chromebook Tips For Maximum Productivity
Supercharge your Chrome OS experience with these time-saving tricks and techniques.
"Chromebooks may be all about simplicity, but don't be fooled: Beneath their intuitive outer layer lies a web of advanced options. And you don't have to be a power user to embrace it.

Make your way through this massive collection of next-level tips, and you'll be zipping around Chrome OS like a pro in no time..."

ComputerWorld, November 3rd, 2021
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New 500TB Optical Discs Could Be The Answer To Our Prayers
5D optical storage may end up replacing tape storage for long-term data archiving
"Using optical discs for long-term storage could soon be feasible for organizations as researchers have developed a new laser-writing method for producing high-density nanostructures in silica glass that is both fast and energy efficient.

These nanostructures allow for long-term five-dimensional (5D) optical data storage which is more than 10,000 times denser than the optical disc storage technology used by Blue-Ray discs.

Doctoral researcher from the University of Southampton, Yuhao Lei explained in a press release how 5D data storage in glass provides an alternative to cloud storage for information that needs to be archived for safe keeping, saying..."

techradar.pro, November 1st, 2021
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9 Emerging Innovations That Could Redefine IT
CIOs must keep an eye on the horizon. The following forward-thinking strategies and technologies are starting to gain traction and could impact the next decade of IT.
"Emerging technology has greatly elevated the role of CIOs in the past several years, as previously far-out innovations such as machine learning and natural language processing have taken center stage in digital transformations that are shaking up the business landscape.

But with that new status has come an even greater need to keep an eye out for what is comping next. The CIO role is not just about curating the existing technology but also planning for how IT will tackle future challenges and opportunities because change just keeps coming..."

CIO, November 1st, 2021
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IT News - ERP
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The 10 Most Common ERP Security Issues And Ways To Fix Them
Today's ERP systems are exposed like never before. Learn about the most common ERP security issues companies are facing and how IT and security teams can address them
"The growth of remote work since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has led to previously unimagined attack surfaces and risk. Ransomware and other external threats are taking over the most resilient organizations, and ERP systems are exposed like never before.

Most of these security issues are nothing new, but they've grown exponentially. The first step to improving company security is acknowledging today's challenges.

Here are the most common ERP security issues and how to address them..."

SearchERP, November 5th 2021
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Do Cloud ERP Vendors Have A Supply Chain Analytics Edge?
Analysts and pundits love to argue. Unfortunately, these arguments are too often semantical, with little relevance to end customers.
"The analytics debate is an exception. Should enterprise analytics be approached as a pure-play, or is analytics best consumed in the context of enterprise applications?

This issue matters. Why? Because it informs buyer choices - and data platform roadmaps. It comes as no surprise that Oracle has a clear position on this topic..."

diginomica, November 3rd, 2021
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11 Tips For Selecting And Implementing An ERP System
From laying the organizational groundwork to planning for the long haul, IT experts offer insights on how to make this challenging business transformation smooth and successful.
"Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are the backbone of modern businesses. The agility afforded by a modern ERP system backed by honed business processes can help any company compete in today's business environment, which has been severely affected by supply chain disruptions as well as disruptions to traditional business operations due to employees working from home due to COVID.

If your organization has cobbled together point solutions or limped along with a legacy, on-premises ERP platform, it may be time to invest in overhauling how your business operates..."

CIO, November 1st, 2021
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IT News - Humor
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SysAdmin Horror Stories Vol.3 - Free eBook
System Administrators encounter all sorts of strange situations through their daily operations. We know it!
"The last two volumes, SysAdmin Horror Stories Vol 1 and SysAdmin Horror Stories Vol 2, highlighted a few of them. That proved so successful that we decided to produce a third and final volume. We've managed to gather some more real-life stories to share with you, that are both funny and horrific.

Here's a fresh set of tricky technical situations, terrible mishaps, and messy misadventures direct from the trenches. We hope you'll enjoy every single story!..."

Altaro, November 1st, 2021
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IT News - Operations
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Single Point of Failure (SPOF)
A single point of failure (SPOF) is a potential risk posed by a flaw in the design, implementation or configuration of a circuit or system
"SPOF refers to one fault or malfunction that can cause an entire system to stop operating.

A SPOF in a data center or other IT environment can compromise the availability of workloads or the entire data center, depending on the location and interdependencies involved in the failure.

Examples of single points of failure

Here are two examples of how a SPOF can manifest:..."

SearchDataCenter, November 4th, 2021
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How To Deal With Unpatched Software Vulnerabilities Right Now
According to the 2021 X-Force Threat Intelligence Index, scanning for and exploiting vulnerabilities was the top infection vector of 2020.
"Up to one in three data breaches stemmed from unpatched software vulnerabilities. Take a look at this list of vulnerabilities or design flaws with no official Microsoft fix. In any case, one in three might be a low-ball estimate given the increase in unpatched vulnerability attacks. How do defenders stop them?

Attacks have become more diverse over time. For example, some Linux vulnerability attackers don't want your trade secrets. Instead, they hijack computing resources for cryptomining, which can go on for months before detection. Meanwhile, threat actors can also set up web shells to install ransomware. By maintaining the shell, they can sell remote access to your web server..."

Security Intelligence, November 5th, 2021
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IT News - Linux
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Linux Foundation Announces Nextarch Foundation
The new Foundation is a neutral home for open source developers and contributors to build next-generation architecture that can support compatibility between an increasing array of microservices
"Cloud-native computing, Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), Edge computing and much more have led businesses down a path of massive opportunity and transformation. According to market research, the global digital transformation market size was valued at USD 336.14 billion in 2020 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23.6 percent from 2021 to 2028. But a lack of intelligent, centralized architecture is preventing enterprises and the developers who are creating innovation based on these technologies to fully realize their potential..."
HPCWire, November 3rd, 2021
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The Linux Foundation Announces New Initiatives For AI, IoT And Cloud Computing
The Linux Foundation, a nonprofit technology consortium that enables innovation through open-source software, today announced the launch of two new initiatives: the NextArch Foundation and Project OpenBytes
The NextArch Foundation will serve as a neutral home for open-source developers and contributors to build next-generation architecture and support compatibility between an increasing array of microservices. These services form the building blocks of cloud-native computing, artificial intelligence, the internet of things, edge computing and many more advanced technologies.

'Developers today have to make what feel like impossible decisions among different technical infrastructures and the proper tool for a variety of problems,' said Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation. 'Every tool brings learning costs and complexities that developers don't have the time to navigate yet there's the expectation that they keep up with accelerated development and innovation.'

siliconANGLE, November 2nd, 2021
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Linux 5.15 Just Arrived - And Here's What's Inside
Linux 5.15 has been released with long-term servicing support.
"Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds has announced Linux 5.15, a version of the kernel that includes Paragon's driver for Microsoft's New Technology File System (NTFS).

NTFS support in the kernel allows Linux users to attach external NTFS drives or boot Windows PCs into Linux for troubleshooting.

Linux 5.15 also addressed the introduction of -Werror - a move endorsed by Torvalds to force developers to fix bugs earlier..."

ZDNet, November 2nd, 2021
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Chromebook Linux Comes Of Age
Linux is officially no longer a beta on Chromebooks, and more functionality is coming
"Chromebooks are built on top of Linux, but it wasn't until 2018 that Google integrated the Linux desktop into Chrome OS. Then years went by with Linux only available as a beta on Chromebooks. But, at long, long last with the release of Chrome OS 91, Linux finally become a first-class citizen on Chromebooks.

MInd you, long before Google integrated Linux into Chromebooks, you could run desktop Linux distros on Chromebooks. With the open-source Crouton program and its chroot container, you could run Debian, Ubuntu, and Kali Linux. Or, you could run Gallium OS, a third-party, Xubuntu Chromebook-specific Linux distribution..."

ZDNet, November 5th 2021
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IT News - Cloud
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Cloud Security: Challenges And Trends
With nearly 50% of the global corporate data being stored in the cloud, it is no surprise that cloud security has become an essential priority for cloud users
'Many people even today argue that their data may be safer on their local servers, where they have more control over its security. Still, the deposit is entirely dependent on the capabilities of the respective organization. In contrast, experts suggest that storing data on the cloud is more secure as the cloud service provides, having a superior security architect in place to protect your data.

While both arguments have pros and cons, one cannot deny the degree of freedom and efficient performance of cloud computing. But, at the same time, it could safely be said that any technology is only as efficient as understanding its user, and the same applies to cloud security..."

CISO MAG, November 5th 2021
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