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IT News - CxO
Spending On Compute And Storage Cloud Infrastructure Continues Strong Growth As Supply Chain Delivery Improves In The Third Quarter Of 2022, According To IDC
IDC, January 12th, 2023
Spending on cloud infrastructure continues to outgrow the non-cloud segment although the latter had strong growth in 3Q22 as well, increasing at 16.5% year over year to $16.8 billion. The market continues to benefit from high demand and large backlogs, coupled with an improving infrastructure supply chain.

Spending on shared cloud infrastructure reached $16.8 billion in the quarter, increasing 24.4% compared to a year ago. IDC expects to see continuous strong demand for shared cloud infrastructure with spending expected to surpass non-cloud infrastructure spending in 2023. The dedicated cloud infrastructure segment grew 25.3% year over year in 3Q22 to $7.1 billion. Of the total dedicated cloud infrastructure, 45.2% was deployed on customer premises.

5 Tips For Implementing A New IT Operating Model
Heller Search Associates, January 11th, 2023
When asked to explain the meaning of a Technology Operating Model in layman's terms, a former colleague of mine remarked pithily: 'Well, it's the way we do stuff around here'. In the years that have passed since, I have not yet been able to come up with an alternate description that so perfectly marries precision with brevity.

The longer form definition describes it as the way the Information Technology department operates, internally and externally. It encompasses how the department executes and interacts with its customers, how it delivers products and services, and the governance that underpins all its activities.

    8 Top Priorities For CIOs In 2023
    CIO, January 11th, 2023
    As the new year arrives, CIOs are facing a challenging to-do list as they strive to maximize IT productivity and efficiency in increasingly unpredictable times.

    As technology projects, budgets, and staffing grew over the past few years, the focus was on speed to market to maximize opportunity, says Troy Gibson, CIO services leader at business and IT advisory firm Centric Consulting. This is no longer true. 'As the economic pendulum shifts to cost control, CIOs will have to find ways to continue achieving the same results but with less margin for error,' he notes. 'How well teams execute will be key.'

    Gartner Survey Identifies The Top 10 Priorities For CFOs In 2023
    Gartner, January 10th, 2023
    Evaluating finance function strategy, scope and design is the top priority for CFOs in 2023, according to a survey by Gartner, Inc. A survey of 157 CFOs in November 2022 ranked the top 10 priorities for CFOs for this year, and 90% of respondents selected evaluating finance strategy, scope and design as the top priority, followed by planning and sequencing finance transformation activities.

    'CFOs will be stretched thinly across many activities in 2023. The survey revealed a wide range of actions CFOs plan to either lead or be significantly involved with,' said Marko Horvat, vice president, research in the Gartner Finance practice. 'More than two-thirds or CFOs plan to be significantly involved even in the priorities ranked in ninth and tenth place.'

    CISOs Are Focused on These 3 Trends. Are You?
    DARKReadng, January 9th, 2023
    As remote work grows, many organizations are managing a complex web of in-person, online, and hybrid work scenarios while also juggling cloud migrations to support their diversified workforces. For CISOs, this has created a variety of new challenges.

    Based on our conversations with security leaders, Microsoft has identified the top three focus areas that CISOs are prioritizing today so you can understand what steps your organization should take to guard against ongoing cybersecurity threats.

    2023 Predictions For Modern Application Security
    Legit Security, January 9th, 2023
    In 2022, an estimated $6B was invested in Application Security, with that number expected to reach $7.5B in 2023. Within AppSec, software supply chain security entered the spotlight two years ago and represents AppSec's fastest growing attack category with major headlines of breaches and exploits happening on a regular basis.

    Within this backdrop, a few related mega trends are apparent for the near future of Application Security. First is the growing complexity of development pipelines and dependencies on third-parties in pre-production development environments. Second is the growing synergy between application security and cloud security. Both trends define future security challenges and our predictions for modern application security.

    Leadership: Don't Make It Harder Than It Is. Perspectives From A Former CISO/CSO
    Forrester, January 9th, 2023
    The series will pull from my experiences as a CISO and those of my peers. To be clear, I don't purport to have the all the answers but did learn a thing to two during my tenure leading teams over the past 28 years. Under my 10-year watch as CISO/CSO, I had an extraordinarily dedicated and tenured team and very low turnover - something almost unheard of in security.
    The Resolution Every CSO/CISO Should Make This Year
    DARKReading, January 13th, 2023
    While I don't have a Magic 8 Ball, 2023 looks like more of the same - the same budget constraints, the same supply chain problems, and the same cybersecurity challenges. There is also a lot of pressure currently on security leaders to do more with less while also facing more scrutiny and more accountability for the effectiveness of their cybersecurity programs.

    Sophisticated and frequent cyberattacks, shrinking budgets, and a scattered workforce have only exacerbated preexisting security challenges to the point that it's hard to know what to address first. So, if you're a security leader still working on your New Year's resolutions, cyber resilience should be No. 1 on your list.

    IT News - Storage
    Data And Storage Trends 2022, January 12th, 2023
    Any delay in the availability of data can have a negative impact on businesses. Ever-expanding data volumes, new governance requirements, data silos across clouds and on-premises, etc., can cause enterprises to slow down on their data strategy and create business challenges. Therefore, storage and protection systems remain critical to managing IT infrastructure.
    Storage Buyer's Guide, January 10th, 2023
    Enterprise data storage is a centralized repository for information, which commonly off ers data management, protection, and sharing functions. Because enterprises handle massive amounts of business-critical data, storage systems that are highly scalable, off er unlimited connectivity, and support multiple platforms would benefitt them the most. There are multiple approaches to storage to choose from, including SANs, NAS, DAS, and cloud storage...
    Fibre Channel Protocol In A Zero Trust World
    Storage Gaga, January 11th, 2023
    Moreover, the Fibre Channel protocol is entirely different from IP, and the deep understanding of the protocol, its implementations are exclusive to a selected cohort of practitioners and professionals in the storage technology industry.

    The data landscape has changed significantly compared to the days where FC SANs were dominating the enterprise. The era was the mid 90s and early 2000s. EMC was king; IBM Shark was a top-tier predator; NetApp was just getting over its WAFL NAS overdose to jump into Fibre Channel. There were other fishes in the Fibre Channel sea.

    IT News - AI
    Top 6 Companies Leveraging AI To Keep An Eye Out For In 2023, January 12th, 2023
    User safety is the top priority for cybersecurity firms. Numerous servers host photographs, videos, links, and online pages; therefore, keeping them out of hackers' access is essential. Only cybersecurity experts can prevent our data from being compromised since black hat hackers are capable of breaching cybersecurity for a variety of reasons.

    To identify new cyberattacks, AI in cybersecurity involves analysing a large amount of risk data and the relationships between risks in organisation information systems. To stop corporate intrusions, many cybersecurity firms are becoming more well-known. A number of AI-powered cybersecurity firms can protect Internet-connected systems or other IoT devices. Here are the top 6 cybersecurity firms to look out for in 2023.

    The AI Market: An Overview
    eWeek, January 9th, 2023
    AI's role in consumer products and enterprises alike is growing, rare for any technology.

    AI as a platform spans hardware, software, and on-demand services. All three categories have very different players, although there is some overlap between hardware and software players.

    The number of U.S. AI companies has doubled since 2017. According to Tracxn Technologies, which tracks startup businesses, as of the third quarter of 2022, there are 13,398 artificial intelligence startups in the United States.

    IT News - Security
    Securing Budget For Your Corporate Security Program And Earning Your Seat At The Table
    ONTIC, January 11th, 2023
    For security leaders to successfully defend their funding, they must effectively communicate what security vulnerabilities are costing the business, know how their program supports each department, and learn how to counter common objections.

    In our recent webinar, a panel of security experts shared valuable insights on how to get key stakeholders to understand why proper funding is critical to protect their organization's assets, employees and bottom line while ensuring business continuity.

    Securing Critical Infrastructure With Zero Trust
    CIO, January 13th, 2023
    Critical infrastructure forms the fabric of our society, providing power for our homes and businesses, fuel for our vehicles, and medical services that preserve human health.

    With the acceleration of digital transformation spurred by the pandemic, larger and larger volumes of critical infrastructure and services have become increasingly connected. Operational technology (OT) serves a critical role as sensors in power plants, water treatment facilities, and a broad range of industrial environments.

    Applying the NIST Framework to Ransomware Risk Management
    Cyber Defense Magazine, January 9th, 2023
    Your organization likely adheres to at least some National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards. Unfortunately, that approach alone isn't enough to protect you against ransomware.

    To that end, NIST has released a framework, NISTIR 8374, that specifically covers the process of preparing for and managing a ransomware attack. I recently co-hosted a presentation on the framework with my colleague Asad Ali, Director of Technology at Thales. Here are our top takeaways.

      Cybersecurity: What's In Store For 2023?
      Technative, January 9th, 2023
      Cybersecurity is already one of the biggest pain points for businesses. Indeed, cyber-criminal activity often outpaces business security efforts, resulting in a requirement for teams to constantly adapt to an ever-evolving threat landscape.

      Now, faced with new macroeconomic issues, such as the continued financial instability, and the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, the impact on the cyber landscape has been unprecedented. Globally, cyber attacks increased by 125% between 2021 and 2022 - and this upward trend will likely continue into 2023. So, as this year draws to a close, the attention of business leaders must turn to protection for the year ahead.

      2023 Cybersecurity Predictions
      LogRhythm, January 10th, 2023
      Looking back at our 2022 and 2021 security predictions, many of these indeed came true! This year, we have several thoughts to share about new or evolving threat tactics, along with predictions for what challenges organizations will encounter and how they may respond.

      Eight 2023 cybersecurity predictions

      In this blog, we will dive into cybersecurity predictions for you to be aware of in 2023. You can also tune into our webinar featuring LogRhythm security experts as they deep dive into the predictions and provide tips for how you can prepare for what may come.

      IT News - HR
      5 Hot IT Hiring Trends - And 5 Going Cold
      CIO, January 10th, 2023
      Hiring tech talent in 2023 means navigating an uncertain economy, the effects of widespread tech industry layoffs, and candidates who want to work for a company with a mission and workplace culture that align with their values, including diversity, equity, and inclusion.

      IT leaders say the best approach is to focus on adaptability. Firms that want to innovate and grow while headcounts are in flux are looking to upskill talent from within, promote their firm's strengths to prospective candidates, and broaden their pool of potential hires from nontraditional backgrounds.

        IT News - Cloud
        Moving To The Cloud? Invest In Your People With These Steps
        InformationWeek, January 13th, 2023
        Cloud computing -- the on-demand delivery of IT resources over the internet -- is powering an increasing number of experiences today, big and small. For organizations, the cloud is redefining how they can conduct business with unprecedented speed and agility.

        But there's just one problem: a massive shortage of cloud-skilled workers to make it all happen. While Gartner predicts global public cloud spending will grow 22% this year to $482 billion, the ongoing surge finds organizations lacking the IT talent to meet their cloud goals. In fact, 85% of organizations report deficits in cloud expertise.

        As Cloud Migrations Soar, Realizing The Full Value Of Cloud Continues To Be An Urgent Priority For Companies, Accenture Report Finds, January 13th, 2023
        While investments in cloud migrations have surged, organizations now must shift their focus to an ongoing journey in order to achieve expected outcomes at higher rates, according to new research from Accenture (NYSE: ACN).

        The report, titled 'The race to cloud: Reaching the inflection point to long sought value,' is based on proprietary research as well as a global survey of 800 business and IT leaders. Building upon similar research Accenture conducted in 2020 and 2018, the report identifies where companies are on their cloud journeys and how much value they're getting from their cloud investments across five areas: cost savings; speed; business enablement; improved service levels; and resilience / business continuity.

        AWS, Azure, and GCP: 4 Major Areas in Which They Differ
        ITProToday, January 13th, 2023
        If you look at the "Big Three" public clouds today - Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform - you'll notice that they look pretty alike. They all offer the same core sets of services. Their prices and billing models are about the same. They target the same groups of customers. And so on.

        But that doesn't mean the public clouds are entirely identical. There remain certain areas where there are still important functional differences between AWS, Azure, and GCP.

        3 Cloud Trends To Watch In 2023
        CIODIVE, January 9th, 2023
        There are two diverging narratives taking shape in the cloud ecosphere.

        An economic downturn, interest rate hikes and high levels of inflation led to market conditions that favor spending cutbacks and workforce reductions.

        At the same time, companies remain committed to moving forward with digital transformation, a strategy that requires more resource investment and capital in order to gain or retain a competitive edge.

        5 Ways To Optimize Cloud Migration Energy Savings
        DataCenter Knowledge, January 12th, 2023
        Migrating to the cloud has the potential to reduce the energy consumption of your workloads dramatically. In fact, cloud migration can lower energy consumption by 65% and carbon emission by 84%, according to Accenture.

        But whether you actually achieve energy savings rates like those depends on how you execute your cloud migration strategy. Simply moving workloads into the cloud doesn't automatically guarantee dramatically lower total energy expenditure or a smaller carbon footprint.

          7 Use Cases For Distributed Cloud Environments
          DARKReading, January 9th, 2023
          With many businesses moving application and API infrastructure to the cloud, business environments have grown more complex in recent years. As a result, it has become harder for businesses to manage, operate, maintain, and protect that infrastructure.

          Fortunately, a new crop of solutions analysts have dubbed the "distributed cloud" has been introduced to help customers reduce complexity and better protect their application and API infrastructure, regardless of whether it contains any combination of on-premises, private cloud, public cloud, multicloud, and hybrid environments.

          IT News - DR
          7 Key Benefits Of A Cloud Disaster Recovery Strategy
          Security Boulevard, January 10th, 2023
          This is made easier by migrating to a cloud-based solution, allowing you to establish an effective cloud disaster recovery strategy. In this article, we will discuss the seven benefits of having a cloud disaster recovery strategy and the consequences of a lack of planning.

          What is a Cloud Disaster Recovery Strategy?

          Cloud disaster recovery (CDR) is a cloud-based strategy that allows organizations to quickly recover their digital assets and restore systems following a disaster, whether man-made or natural. This managed solution provides remote access to all systems within the organization in a secured, virtual environment that minimizes or avoids any downtime.

          IT News - Operations
          Best Practices For Remote Data Center Management
, January 11th, 2023
          With remote working being the norm rather than the exception, many businesses have realized the value of keeping data centers close to the user. This has resulted in a landscape that consists of traditional data centers which co-exist with edge data centers. This unique situation has also necessitated the need for remote data center monitoring, which helps data center owners operate with less number of staff.

          With increased demand for delivering quality access and stable connectivity to an increasing number of remote workers, data center owners today have to continuously make efforts for ensuring uptime and good performance of their remote data centers.

          ITSM Best Practices to Increase Business Efficiency
, January 9th, 2023
          With the right technology-enabled ITSM strategy in place, businesses can improve their overall performance and better meet the needs of their customers. However, investing in tools and technology plays only one part in the process.

          Adopting best practices to use these tools effectively for the desired outcomes is equally vital. This article aims to clarify ITSM and its benefits to a business and ITSM best practices in detail, so your business can grow, and you see an increased ROI.

          IT News - Developer
          Top Programming Language Trends In 2023
          ITProToday, January 9th, 2023
          Python will continue to dominate, PHP will keep slipping in popularity, and we might see at least slightly less interest in Java.

          That, in a nutshell, summarizes some of the key programming language trends that are likely to play out in 2023.

          For a more detailed look at what to expect in the world of programming languages over the next year, here are IT Pro Today's predictions for major programming language trends heading into 2023.

          Where Is Your Risk? Vulnerabilities In Software Development
          Rezillion, January 12th, 2023
          The sooner they can figure out where these risks exist and how to address them, the better they can mitigate them and bolster their overall cybersecurity profile.

          In a series of posts, we will take a look at some of the key software risks organizations are grappling with today. First up: vulnerability risk that emerges during software development.

          IT News - Big Data
          7 Key Big Data Trends And Predictions For 2023 & Beyond
          Solutions Review, January 10th, 2023
          Contrary to what you might think, the percentage of businesses investing in digital transformation today is not much higher than it was before the pandemic. What is higher today, however, is the percentage of businesses at more advanced stages of transformation.

          They are using more data-producing tools, sharing data with more end users, and making more concerted efforts to govern data.

          What Is ETL, Extract, Transform, Load?
          eWeek, January 12th, 2023
          Some background: Each day, companies collect massive amounts of data. And while this data could be a treasure trove of strategic insights, many enterprises struggle to make sense of it all.

          Each day, companies collect massive amounts of data. And while this data could be a treasure trove of strategic insights, many enterprises struggle to make sense of it all.

          According to a recent survey, 76% of organizations are still struggling to understand their data. And while a lack of talent and resistance to change may be driving forces behind the struggle, another factor must be considered: the sheer number of data sources.

            IT News - Compliance
            Compliance And Regulations For Your Cybersecurity Program
            CyberSaint, January 9th, 2023
            Since the rise of the information technology function within the enterprise, security has been a priority for the companies and governing bodies in the industries and locations where they operate effectively. For many entities, compliance is critical to ensure ongoing business operations and support new business growth.

            To understand the role of compliance standards in an integrated risk and compliance program, consider compliance standards as the physiological requirements in Maslow's hierarchy of needs: the foundational requirements like food, water, and shelter.

            Data Compliance: The Complete Guide For Upcoming Regulatory Changes
            Scytale, January 11th, 2023
            Back in the day, you might have kept your client information in a locked drawer and cabinet. Nowadays, it's significantly more challenging to secure and protect. Enter data compliance.

            What is data compliance?

            Data compliance is the governance structure to formally ensure that organizations comply with all the laws, regulations and standards surrounding managing, obtaining, storing and protecting data. Data compliance governs all digital assets and data possession to prevent them from being compromised.

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