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IT News - CxO
10 Ways To Influence IT Purchases When You Don't Control The Spend
CIO, April 27th, 2020
Mary K. Pratt writes in CIO, "Like most CIOs, Ian Pitt must ensure the availability and performance of all the systems in the IT stack. But he doesn't select or even buy all the software that his department supports, instead seeing more of that decision-making falling to his business-line counterparts.

Pitt's experience isn't unique..."

Most IT Leaders Believe Remote Workers Are A Security Risk
HelpNet Security, April 27th, 2020
"This figure has inclined steadily from 44 percent in 2018 and 50 percent in 2019. The rise could reflect a corresponding increase in the number of remote workers, or an enhanced awareness of the risks of doing so as the UK's workforce began to follow government guidelines to work from home.

In 2019, 47 percent admitted that their remote workers had already knowingly put corporate data at risk of a breach in the last year; this has now dropped slightly to 44 percent..." - HelpNet Security

Things Keeping Cisos Up At Night During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Dark Reading, April 30th, 2020
"Every cybersecurity professional knows that crisis often breeds threats," opines Dennis Thankachan in Dark Reading.

"That said, the anecdotes we're seeing during the COVID-19 pandemic are uniquely frightening: health agencies getting attacked, growth in mass phishing operations, and the discovery of security flaws in leading communications platforms are just a few worth highlighting.

As an IT professional myself, I set out to discover what was unique about the current threat landscape through discussions with cybersecurity professionals on the battlefield's front lines. After discussions with more than 20 CISOs, CEOs, CTOs, and security leaders, I found six recurring core themes worth highlighting..."

Exclusive Survey: What 400 IT Leaders Really Think About The COVID-19 Crisis
CIO, April 30th, 2020
"A crisis on the scale of the one we're facing demands decisive action," writes Eric Knorr in CIO. "Luckily for many IT leaders, the first move was easy: When COVID-19 work-from-home mandates hit, those with the right policies and infrastructure in place endured the massive shift to remote work with minimal disruption. Add VPN capacity, videoconferencing, and a healthy dose of candid communication, and productivity can remain relatively unscathed.

The really tough part is planning ahead. When you're staring into the crater where the economy used to be, crossing your fingers that the Fed's trillions will fill it, how do you budget for the coming year? Which projects should go forward and which should be scrapped or delayed when so many unanswered business questions loom?..."

8 Actions CIOs Must Take During Coronavirus Pandemic For Financial Survival - Gartner
Information Age, April 29th, 2020
"Many of the financial business implications of Covid-19 will be felt in the IT department, according to Gartner," writes Nick Ismail in Information Age.

"To mitigate this, CIOs should take eight actions to protect or quarantine their IT organisations' cash flow during the coronavirus pandemic.

'Survival, not growth, will be the priority for executives in 2020. Survival will depend on maintaining cash flows and income while continuing to be innovative with technology,' said Stewart Buchanan, research vice president at Gartner.

'Organisations that fail to act may not survive this disruption or will have their subsequent recovery delayed..

The eight action items for CIOs to take, include:..."

vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom
Wednesday, May 6th, 2020: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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vBeers meetups are informal networking events for South Florida Tech professionals.

In-person vBeers are suspended until the COVID-19 thread is diminished and public gathering are again allowed. will host a Virtual vBeers every Wednesday until in-person events resume.

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IT News - Linux
Recovering A Breached Linux System
Red Hat News, April 27th, 2020
"No one wants their systems to be breached," opines Ken Hess in Red Hat News.

"No one wants their data stolen. And no one wants to recover a breached system. Neither discovery nor recovery are fun activities. In fact, I'd have to say that of all the horrible tasks facing you as a sysadmin, recovering a system from a malicious attack is the worst. In this article, I give you 12 steps to system recovery, some post-mortem tips, and a last resort option after you find that one or more of your systems has been compromised or breached..."

IT News - Security
NSA Security Guide: How To Choose Safe Conferencing And Collaboration Tools
ZDNet, May 1st, 2020
"The US National Security Agency (NSA) published last week a security assessment of today's most popular video conferencing, text chatting, and collaboration tools," reports Catalin Cimpanu in ZDNet.

"The guidance contains a list of security criteria that the NSA hopes companies take into consideration when selecting which telework tool/service they want to deploy in their environments.

The NSA document is not only meant for US government and military entities but the private sector as well..."

Data Security Guide: Everything You Need To Know
SearchSercurity, April 28th, 2020
"Data security is one of the most daunting tasks for IT and infosec professionals," opines Sandra Gittlen in SearchSercurity.

"Each year, companies of all sizes spend a sizable portion of their IT security budgets protecting their organizations from hackers intent on gaining access to data through brute force, exploiting vulnerabilities or social engineering. Throughout this guide are links that will help you learn more about the challenges related to securing sensitive data, ensuring compliance with government and industry mandates, and maintaining customer privacy. Along with the challenges, you'll find advice on how to solve them..."

CISO Position Burnout Causes High Churn Rate
SearchSercurity, May 1st, 2020
"John Masserini has had a long and distinguished career as a high-profile CISO, working first for Dow Jones, then the Miami International Securities Exchange and now Millicom Telecommunications in Miami," writes Alissa Irei in SearchSercurity.

"But at one time, he felt so burned out that he said he left the tech industry for a year to run a gas station.

CISO position burnout is a real thing, Masserini said. "When I came back, I was determined to never get like that again."

Research from Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) suggests that, on average, a CISO lasts just two to four years on the job before moving on to another position -- and many point to cybersecurity burnout as a top driver of CISO churn. In another report, from security firm Nominet, 88% of CISOs reported being "moderately or tremendously stressed," with 48% saying the role has negatively affected their mental health..."

The Rise Of Deepfakes And What That Means For Identity Fraud
Dark Reading, April 30th, 2020
Labhesh Patel writes in Dark Reading, "The number of deepfake videos found online doubled from 2018 to 2019 and has continued to rise since then. A deepfake superimposes existing video footage or photographs of a face onto a source head and body using advanced neural network-powered artificial intelligence, and can make fraudulent video and audio content seem incredibly real.

The security industry continues to move away from outdated authentication methods, such as SMS-based two-factor authentication and knowledge-based authentication, which are easily susceptible to fraud. As a result, there has been an increase in more advanced biometric-based authentication methods as a secure alternative, but depending on the sophistication of those biometric systems, the rise of deepfake technology will undoubtedly become a larger concern..."

IT News - BI
24 Best Business Intelligence(BI) Tools List In 2020
Guru99, April 30th, 2020
"BI tools ingest large amounts of structured and unstructured data from varied sources, transform it and help deduce actionable business insights from the data.

Here are the Top BI tools with its popular features and download links. The list contains both open source(free) and commercial(paid) software..." - Guru99

IT News - PM
8 Expert Tips For Remote Project Management
CIO, May 1st, 2020
Christina Wood writes in CIO, "In the past few weeks, you've pulled off a feat you once believed impossible: Without notice, planning, or training you became project manager for a remote team you never see in person.

Managing remotely is a specialized skill, requiring communication and mediation skills, digital tools, and excellent planning and visualization. When built from the ground up, a remote team operates differently from one that works in an office. It would even have different people on it - those who sought and selected a remote job..."

IT News - Cloud
Watch Out For These 5 Hybrid Cloud Security Challenges
SearchCloudComputing, April 30th, 2020
"Many companies that migrate workloads to the cloud still need to retain their data centers due to strict compliance requirements or heavy investment in bare metal infrastructure," notes Ofir Nachmani in SearchCloudComputing. "In cases like these, businesses usually opt for a hybrid cloud model.

However, this model brings additional security complexities to the table. In this article, we'll look at five common hybrid cloud security challenges and the tools and strategies organizations can use to overcome them..."

IT News - DR
Refresh Business Continuity Plans To Lead With Communication And Empathy
CIO, April 27th, 2020
Mark Strassman writes in CIO, "COVID-19' is a wake-up call to organizations that focus on daily operational needs at the expense of investing in digital business and long-term resilience," said Gartner analyst Sandy Shen, in a statement.

"Although most companies likely have some sort of business continuity plans, it's likely they haven't been reviewed in several years. That's no surprise; the economy has been healthy and we have to focus on day-to-day operations. These continuity plans are typically seen as 'break glass' plans, and not something most have to think about the majority of the time..."

IT News - Blockchain
10 Things You Thought You Knew About Blockchain That Are Probably Wrong
TechRepublic, April 28th, 2020
"Even though distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) have matured a lot over the past few years the promise of these technologies has far outpaced the reality of their adoption," notes Allen Bernard in TechRepublic.

"According to a new Forrester research report, Blockchain In 2020: A CIO's Guide To The 10 Most Prevalent Myths, the idea that mathematically immutable repositories of data and information would rapidly replace existing, trust-based models has not come to pass; nor will it anytime soon..."

Every Microsoft Teams Keyboard Shortcut And How To Use Them
How-To Geek, April 27th, 2020
"Become a Teams power user with this cheat sheet of useful hotkeys for Microsoft's workplace (and home) communication tool," suggests Joel Cornell in How-To Geek.

"Hotkeys for Microsoft Teams on Windows

All hotkeys below are for the Teams desktop app on Windows 10 and other versions of Windows. There are some slight differences on the web, so we've noted where the Teams web app's keyboard shortcuts are different..."

IT News - Technology
Review: 5 Top Videoconferencing Services Put To The Test
Computerworld, April 29th, 2020
"As COVID-19 keeps office workers at home, businesses in every country are having to find new ways to help their employees stay in contact with one another," writes Charlotte Trueman in Computerworld.

"Videoconferencing apps, in particular, have seen an unprecedented surge in popularity since the pandemic hit. From catch-up calls with co-workers to virtual company meetings, sales presentations and training sessions, connecting over video is a must-have for workers locked down at home. ..."

How To Use A Digital Camera As A Webcam
How-To Geek, April 27th, 2020
"If you have a high-end mirrorless or DSLR camera, you'll even get a big boost in video quality for your online meetings," notes Tim Brookes in How-To Geek.

"Using Your Camera as a Webcam

The ability to use your camera as a webcam is largely dependent on which camera you own. Some compact point-and-shoot cameras are bundled with first-party software and drivers that allow you to use them as webcams..."

    Intel Launches 10th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor With Perks For Gaming, Video Editors
    ZDNet, April 30th, 2020
    Larry Dignan writes in ZDNet, "Intel has launched new 10th generation Intel Core desktop processors aimed at bolstering gaming experiences as well as enabling 4K video editing for creative pros.

    The desktop processor launches come as more employees are working remote and need to upgrade systems. Intel's launch also comes as the company is in a dogfight with AMD, which has been upping its innovation cadence and powering more systems...."

    Future Laptops Will Be Able To Handle Massive 16K USB-C Monitors, Thanks To DisplayPort 2.0
    reviewgeek, May 1st, 2020
    "The updated DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0 includes support for an enormous amount of video data going over the increasingly standard USB-C cable interface," writes Michael Crider in reviewgeek.

    "The new spec lets some of the rails in the cable previously reserved for data (things like external hard drives or network cards) be dedicated to full video output in the alternate mode. This allows the DisplayPort standard to drive a massive amount of pixels across an array of monitors on a single cable. The maximum resolution for a single monitor would theoretically be 16K at 60 hertz - a total resolution of 15,360 x 8,460. In more relatable terms, that's the same resolution as sixty-four 1080p HD monitors in an 8x8 grid..."

      USB 4 Will Support 8K And 16K Displays. Here's how It'll Work
      CNET, April 30th, 2020
      Stephen Shankland writes in CNET, "USB 4, the next incarnation of the ubiquitous data-transfer technology, will be fast and versatile enough to let you plug a very high resolution 8K display in to your PC. That's because it'll accommodate DisplayPort 2.0, the newer version of a standard widely used to connect external monitors.

      The move, which industry groups announced Thursday, means USB will be a more capable replacement for older-style ports on digital devices -- and that computers will likely rely more on the increasingly versatile port. However, the versatility brings new complications when you're trying to figure out if devices, ports and cables support particular abilities you'd like..."

        IT News - Social Media
        Why Linkedin May Be The Most Effective Social Media Platform Of Our Time
        Business 2 Community, April 27th, 2020
        "We tend to assume that LinkedIn isn't such a valuable place to be and often, even businesses make this mistake, assuming that it would be far more beneficial to focus on their presence on Twitter, for example. There is a logic behind this - LinkedIn is a place for businesses, but I'm looking to advertise to real people, and they are going to be on other, more laid-back platforms, so I might as well go there, too.

        This logic is flawed. Why? We're just about to show you," writes Barion McQueen in Business 2 Community.

          Social Media Trends For 2020
          Business 2 Community, April 27th, 2020
          "Bear in mind, you'll find no reference to COVID-19," notes Daniel Hopper in Business 2 Community. "No quick fix marketing scams here to make a dollar out of this disaster! Many of the trends I will be discussing have been growing for the last couple of years, rather than the flavour of the month.

          Each week, I talk about marketing theory as well as the practical implementation of a different marketing theory or topic. We don't just want to talk about the 'what', we think it's important to understand the 'how' and 'why'..."

            IT News - Developer
            Top 10 Programming Languages In Demand Right Now
            Information Week, April 28th, 2020
            "For both enterprise IT managers and job seekers, a programming language's popularity matters a great deal," notes Cynthia Harvey in Information Week.

            "IT managers often want their teams to use popular programming languages because those languages are more likely to be supported by a variety of platforms and to be around for a long time. In addition, more help is available on the web for popular languages, and it is easier to find developers who know those languages..."

            Why Soft Skills Are Important For Developers
            Jaxenter, April 28th, 2020
            "This is opposed to 'hard skills' which are to do with acquired abilities that require specific knowledge," writes Tom Buckland in Jaxenter. "There are many reasons why soft skills are equally, if not more important than hard skills for software developers...

            Web developers these days need to compete not only with other developers, but also with tools like free website builders. This means they need to have a range of skills in order to remain competitive.

            When we talk about skills for developers, we commonly think about technical skills and knowledge. However, less technical skills can be just as critical, supporting better performance and delivering a much stronger end product..."

            IT News - Humor
            Flashback Friday: 90 Days Same As Cache?
            Computerworld, May 1st, 2020
            "This company is converting its email system to Microsoft Outlook, and at least one user isn't happy with the result, reports an IT pilot fish on the scene.

            User: 'Why does my Deleted Items folder not save anything? Everything from yesterday that I need is gone! I need this setting changed'..." - Computerworld

            IT News - Backup
            7 Remote Data Backup Terms For Protection During A Pandemic
            SearchDataBackup, April 30th, 2020
            "With so many employees working from home, it's important to understand key terms, phrases and procedures around remote data backup," writes Paul Crocetti in SearchDataBackup.

            "The coronavirus pandemic caused some organizations to completely shift how they operate. Employees who previously didn't work from home at all suddenly started working from home full time. The resulting influx of remotely created data spurred the need for proper backup..."

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