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IT News - CxO
Why Cyber-Risk Is A C-Suite Issue
Dark Reading, November 12th, 2019
Marc Wilczek writes in Dark Reading, "In a global study of more than 2,200 organizations across 22 different countries, NTT Security's 2019 Risk:Value research found that cyberattacks (43%), data loss or theft (37%), and attacks on critical infrastructure (35%) - aimed particularly at telecoms and energy networks - concern respondents the most. The survey respondents figured these threats would present a greater risk to their organization over the next 12 months than trade barriers and other critical global issues such as the environment, terrorism, and government failures..."
4 Top Trends Shaping Information Management
Information Management, November 11th, 2019
Harsh Arora writes in Information Management, "Information management is a program that manages the processes, people and technology in an organization to understand the structure, process and usage of information for management and business intelligence purposes.

On the other hand, data management is a subset of information management. It is the process of obtaining, managing, transforming, sharing, documenting and preserving data..."

10 Reasons IT Leaders Fail At Innovation
CIO, November 15th, 2019
Khalid Kark notes in CIO, "Innovation is an important driver of growth, and many technology leaders aspire to build capabilities that can deliver sustained innovation. But they have a steep hill to climb: A quarter of CIOs who participated in Deloitte's most recent global CIO survey say their innovation capabilities are nonexistent. Only 11 percent assessed their current innovation capabilities as excellent or leading..."
The Chief Data Officer: The CIO's Newest Ally
CIO, November 11th, 2019
"Jim Tyo, chief data officer at Nationwide Insurance, has a crystal-clear vision of his role: to help the company optimize the use of its data," writes Mary K. Pratt in CIO.

"Tyo has 80 associates in the company's Enterprise Data Office to help achieve that mission, with another 40 contactors rounding out the data team.

Yet Tyo is equally clear that his office needs to be well integrated with IT to succeed..."

5 Cybersecurity CISO Priorities For The Future
InformationWeek, November 14th, 2019
"Many chief information security officers view their responsibilities through the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) model of Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover," notes Paul Shomo in InformationWeek.

"There's been a focus on detecting and responding to endpoint threats over the past few years, yet new priorities are arising: migration to the cloud, new heterogeneous devices, and custom applications, all of which have greatly expanded attack surfaces..."

IT News - Storage
CQ3 2019 Hard Disk Drive Results
Forbes, November 14th, 2019
Tom Coughlin reports in Forbes, "Total HDD shipments in CQ3 2019 were up 5.8% from CQ2 2019 (83.1 M units in CQ3 2019 versus 78.5 M units in CQ2 2019) compared with up 1.0% in CQ2 2019 from CQ1 2019, down 11.4% in CQ1 2019 versus CQ4 2018, down 9.7 % in CQ4 2018 compared with CQ3 2018.

Note that Seagate and Western Digital have both changed their release of HDD shipments making it more difficult to figure out their actual unit shipments. WD started with their CQ3 2018 announcements while Seagate starting doing this in CQ1 2017. 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..."

Datacenters Flush With All-Flash Storage
EnterpriseAI, November 11th, 2019
"The datacenter storage market is in the midst of a hangover following a big 2018," notes George Leopold in EnterpriseAI.

"IHS Markit reports that global server storage revenue declined 4 percent year-on-year during the second quarter, with unit shipments dropping 10 percent. Overall, the server storage market is expected to contract by 1.5 percent in 2019.

At the same time, the all-flash storage array sector rose a healthy 21 percent over the same quarter last year - despite a second-quarter revenue dip of 1.7 percent. The flash market is being driven in part by a what the analyst defines as 'performance-optimized' storage arrays based on flash NVMe drives..."

ITPalooza 2019 - 8th Annual IT Conference in Ft. Lauderdale
Thursday December 5th
Thursday, December 5, 2019, Ft. Lauderdale

ITPalooza is South Florida's Premier Technology Conference. Now in its 8th year, ITPalooza is the preeminent platform to drive business deals and forge valuable connections with local and regional tech professionals.

Support the South Florida Tech Ecosystem with your attendance and sponsorships! Encourage your IT friends and colleagues to do the same!

I'm excited to announce the immediate availability of a limited supply of Marine Toys for Tots Pledge Tickets at ITPalooza. These tickets are just $59 + your pledge to bring new, unwrapped toys to the value of $30 for the Toy Wall.

Ticket Codes:

  • ITP2019GA30 - $30 off General admission ticket price
  • ITP2019VIP50 - $50 off a VIP Ticket
  • We have a limited number of "Toys for Tots" tickets for $59

Statistics for the last seven editions:

  • 15,000 - Attendees and Guests
  • 800 - Speakers and Presenters
  • 1100 - Participating Companies
  • 82% - Technology Professionals

Quick Summary of Sponsorships:

  • Platinum Package With Sponsored Speaking Session (6) - $5,500
  • Platinum Package With Vip Lounge / Party Sponsorship (4) - $5,000
  • Attendee Lunch Sponsor (4) - $2,000 - $2,750
  • Check-In Sponsor (4) - $2,000 - $2,750
  • Gold Package (75) - Gold Package (75)
  • Silver Package (50) - $1,000 - $1,750
  • Non-Profit / Startup Package (20) - $500 - $1,000

If you need a convenient PDF document to forward to your boss or a colleague, download the official ITP19 sponsorship opportunities price list, here it is.

vBeersPlus @ General Provision Downtown Ft. Lauderdale
Wednesday, December 11th, 2019: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
General Provision Downtown - Fort Lauderdale - 2nd Wednesdays of the Month

Monthly networking for Enterprise IT Professionals at a private co-working space with food, beer, wine and soft drinks provided by sponsors

Spend some quality time with a wide variety of IT professionals in a relaxed, private environment. Arrive at your convenience after 5:30PM. People will be around until 8:30PM.

We will short presentations starting at 7PM. Three minutes max. per presentation, and a maximum of 30 minutes.

Note that GP has two locations, one in the Fort Lauderdale's Art and Tech district (GP FATVillage) and the other in the middle of renovation of downtown Ft. Lauderdale, right next to Autonation HQ.

Recommend parking at the "Government Center Parking Garage" on SW 2nd St., next to the train tracks that are now used by the Brightline trains. Parking in this lot is $5 for the evening and is less than a block away from GP Downtown.

Sponsorships Available

We look for sponsors to deliver short commercial talks during vBeersPlus. The idea is for a sponsor to describe an IT problem such that people will relate to it then briefly describe the sponsor's solution. Attendees will be able to visit the sponsor's table, after the presentations, to discuss the presented solution.

Sponsorship fee is $300 for one event and include promotions in the email and social media that will reach 15,000+ South Florida IT professionals.

Non-profit groups are also welcome to "pitch" their group in a 3 minute or less talk. (no charge)

If you are interested in sponsoring please email or call/text Lauren McLaughlin for details at (954) 729 9130.


Hosted by John J. McLaughlin and Lauren McLaughlin From ITNE

IT News - MFA
The Myths Of Multifactor Authentication
Dark Reading, November 12th, 2019
"Compromised credentials are a huge threat to companies today. Why?" asks Francois Amigorena in Dark Reading.

"The attacker is actually using valid (that is, stolen but valid) credentials, so why would your antivirus, firewall, and other technologies you might have in place flag anything unusual? Your tools assume people accessing your network are who they say they are..."

Bankers, Here Are Nine Things Hackers Hope You Never Learn
Fortress Identity, November 11th, 2019
Alessandro Chiarini writes in Fortress Identity, "Most are technologically literate and leverage technology effectively in their operations, marketing, sales, communications, etc. However, many share a blind spot when it comes to their vulnerability to internal and external threats. They are insufficiently aware of:

  • The scale and nature of the dangers they face, internally as well as externally.
  • The latest security solutions available to financial institutions.
  • The ease and economy with which voice biometric authentication can be implemented for mobile devices.

Below, I list nine things all bankers should know about protecting themselves. My goal is motivate you to avoid the half-measure security that criminals now exploit so easily. It's time to turn your institution into a biometric fortress. The tools and expertise you need to accomplish this are ready right now..."

7 Reasons Why Your Business Needs A Password Manager
Fortress Identity, November 11th, 2019
"This holds especially true for businesses that want to keep network security in top shape, and password managers can help to ensure that poor user management will not result in detrimental effects for their information. Here are the top 7 reasons why password managers should be a part of every business plan.

1. Employees do not use strong passwords. The majority of people have a few simplified passwords that they use across all the accounts that they have, both personal and for business purposes. They make these easy to remember and that means easy to guess, which is a dangerous habit. A strong password is considered to be at least 12 characters long and containing a combination of numbers and symbols, and a combination of capitalized and lowercase letters. Luckily, password managers auto generate secure passwords for each individual account and store them securely in the manager..." - Fortress Identity

IT News - PM
The 22 Best Project Management Tools For Business
CIO, November 14th, 2019
"Top-level project managers are in high demand, thanks to the high-level leadership, knowledge, and capabilities they bring to business projects," opines Moira Alexander in CIO.

"But having the right set of tools is also essential to project management success.

Project management tools and templates not only increase team productivity and effectiveness but also prepare the organization for changes brought about by high-impact projects. To perform at their best, project managers need to make the most of tools aimed at business intelligence and analytics, business requirements, change management and project management, as well as a wide array of forms and templates..."

IT News - Cloud
Why Ocean Spray's CTO Hit Pause On Cloud Migration
CIODive, November 13th, 2019
"In his first year at Ocean Spray, Jamie Head is taking the cranberry co-op from the bog to the cloud," writes Samantha Ann Schwartz in CIODive.

"Ocean Spray named Head CIO in July 2018 and he has since laid the organizational groundwork the co-op needed for innovation for the next two or three years. He wanted to bring Ocean Spray's IT out of the backoffice.

Now, equipped with a title change - chief technology and digital officer - Head wants to take risks..."

Taking Responsibility For Security In The Cloud
ComputerWeekly, November 12th, 2019
"What questions should organisations be asking of their cloud service provider and, ultimately, whose responsibility is cloud security anyway?" asks Peter Ray Allison in ComputerWeekly.

"With the increasing prevalence of cloud services, as well as the growing threat of data breaches, organisations are becoming more aware of the risks associated with poor security infrastructure. However, these threats can be mitigated by having the appropriate security protocols in place, through negotiations with the cloud provider and utilising a cloud access security broker (CASB)..."

IT Professionals Deem Hybrid Cloud As Most Secure
HelpNet Security, November 15th, 2019
"The vast majority of 2019 survey respondents (85%) selected hybrid cloud as their ideal IT operating model.

Vanson Bourne surveyed 2,650 IT decision-makers in 24 countries around the world about where they're running their business applications today, where they plan to run them in the future, what their cloud challenges are, and how their cloud initiatives stack up against other IT projects and priorities..." - HelpNet Security

IT News - Blockchain
Early Lessons On Blockchain: Companies A Long Way From Widespread Adoption
CIODive, November 13th, 2019
Roberto Torres writes in CIODive, "In South Korea, a credit card company uses blockchain technology to let its staff and customer base - 23 million altogether - sign on easily and securely to its platform.

Another company, which offers a rewards program for customers, also leverages blockchain to ensure its 9 million daily users can access services.

Powering both platforms is Seongnam, South Korea-based blockchain company Blocko. Both clients saw value in a blockchain solution because it fit the use case, according to Jae Shin, chief marketing officer at Blocko..."

IT News - Networks
The Top 10 Network Security Best Practices To Implement Today
SearchNetworking, November 15th, 2019
Amy Larsen DeCarlo writes in SearchNetworking, "Security response technologies are improving, thanks in part to innovations in areas such as machine learning and automation. However, cybercriminals are equally adept at exploiting technical advances for their own interests. This makes it crucial for enterprises to have all their bases covered with best practices to ensure they have the appropriate policies, methodologies and procedures in place to maintain a strong defense against threats..."
IT News - Operations
12 Tips For Dealing With A Manipulative Security Manager
Dark Reading, November 15th, 2019
"In my experience," writes Joshua Goldfarb in Dark Reading, "top security performers love nothing more than to solve problems and improve the state of security where they work. These star professionals give much of themselves to any organization to which they belong. There are good managers who treat this type of exemplary employee in a healthy, constructive manner. There are also more than a few bad managers who use a variety of manipulative techniques to put problem solvers down..."
IT News - Technology
SHAKEN/STIR: Finally! A Solution to Caller ID Spoofing?
Dark Reading, November 12th, 2019
"Fraud and abuse in the form of robocalling, and more specifically illegally spoofed calling, is the No. 1 consumer complaint to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)," notes Mark B. Cooper in Dark Reading.

"Robocalls make up nearly half of all phone calls, so frustrated consumers simply don't answer incoming calls and businesses can't get through to customers when they need to reach them..."

IT News - Database
How To Choose A Database For Your Application
InfoWorld, November 11th, 2019
"Picking the 'right' database can often be critical to the success of an application," notes Martin Heller in InfoWorld.

"Rather than taking the advice of vendors or using a database because you already happen to have it, it's useful to consider the fundamental purpose and requirements of the data store.

These are the most important questions to ask when you are picking a database:..."

IT News - Big Data
10 Data And Analytics Trends For 2020
InformationWeek, November 12th, 2019
Jessica Davis writes in InformationWeek, "Data and analytics have gained traction in organizations, driven by the promise of big data a few years ago and the potential of machine learning and other types of artificial intelligence more recently. Even as many enterprises seemed to be stalled in their production AI plans, they are still making those plans, and know they are crucial for success in the years to come..."
TOP 10 insideBIGDATA Articles for October 2019
insideBIGDATA, November 12th, 2019
Daniel Gutierrez writes in insideBIGDATA, "We've heard from many of our followers that this feature will enable them to catch up with important news and features flowing across our many channels. We're happy to oblige! We understand that busy big data professionals can't check the site everyday..."
IT News - Encryption
Don't Rush Quantum-Proof Encryption, Warns NSA Research Director
Nextgov, November 15th, 2019
"Racing to a solution could create more threats, according to Dr. Deborah Frincke," writes Jack Corrigan in Nextgov.

"In 1994, an American mathematician named Peter Shor discovered a way to crack the codes that banks, e-commerce platforms and intelligence agencies use to secure their digital information. His technique, dubbed Shor's algorithm, drastically shortened the time it took to find the prime numbers that underlie public-key cryptography, making codes that typically take thousands of years to break solvable in a matter of months.

But there was a catch: Shor's algorithm could only run on a quantum computer, and those didn't exist yet..."

IT News - Server
Converged vs. Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Requirements
SearchConvergedInfrastructure, November 13th, 2019
"Converged vs. hyper-converged infrastructure: That's the decision many IT leaders make as they look for ways to reduce the cost and complexity of optimizing and maintaining their data centers," writes James Alan Miller in SearchConvergedInfrastructure.

"Traditional data centers are often composed of components sourced from a wide variety vendors, which can create deployment, management, support and compatibility issues. But with converged infrastructure (CI), organizations get a standardized, prequalified, turnkey, rack-based appliance packaged and sold by a single vendor..."

IT News - DevOps
How DevOps Is Driving The Demand For Cross-Platform Tools, November 15th, 2019
"Gone are the days when they rigidly used a single environment-instead they want to be able to use the best of technology from vendors and be sure it will work across environments seamlessly," notes Matt Hilbert in

"Whether it's on-premises or the cloud, Linux or Windows, SQL Server or Oracle databases or even at the development tool level, they want their people to be able to use the Integrated Development Environment (IDE) they're most at home with, yet still be able to share third party tools and resources. This requirement for greater choice is being driven by three key factors..."

IT News - Backup
8 Backup & Recovery Questions To Ask Yourself
Information Week, November 14th, 2019
Sara Peters writes in Information Week, "They're the first questions you might be asked in the heat of a disaster, DDoS, or ransomware attack: How soon before we're back up? How good are our backups? Have the wrong answer to those questions, and it will feel like getting kicked while you're down.

Good backups are essential to business continuity, but how do you know yours are 'good'? And how do you know they'll be ready when you need them? Start by finding answers to the following eight questions..."

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