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IT News - CxO
5 Risk Management Mistakes CISOs Still Make
CSO Online, May 4th, 2020
"Corporate leaders now rank cybersecurity as a top-level priority, seeing it as a strategic risk that must be managed," notes Mary K. Pratt in CSO Online.

"Yet surveys of executives and board members suggest that they're still falling short on that task.

The 2019 Global Cyber Risk Perception Survey from Marsh and Microsoft found that 79% of respondents put cyber risk as a top five concern for their organization, with 22% saying it is their top concern. Yet only 11% report a high degree of confidence in their organization's cyber resiliency..."

5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles In May
The Enterprisers Project, May 4th, 2020
Carla Rudder writes in The Enterprisers Project, "Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our business library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. The curated pieces below are available now through the end of May.

  • Emotional intelligence: How to beat the stress and distraction cycle
  • The transformer CLO
  • Happiness traps: How we sabotage ourselves at work
  • What to do if you think your job is at risk
  • How to form stronger bonds with people at work

Read on for details.

Logmein CIO: How To Onboard New Hires During A Pandemic
The Enterprisers Project, May 7th, 2020
"When our offices closed six weeks ago, LogMeIn was in the midst of hiring about 150 people," recalls Ian Pitt in The Enterprisers Project.

"Some of them had already accepted positions and were waiting to start their new job, while others completed the interview process virtually.

For many companies, the disruption of a global pandemic might delay the hiring process while new logistics and processes were put into place. Fortunately, our IT organization was prepared to quickly set up these new employees thanks to a zero-touch onboarding model and other processes we quickly stood up..."

Five Takeaways From State CIOs On Pandemic Response
Government Technology, May 4th, 2020
"NASCIO President and New Hampshire CIO Denis Goulet welcomed attendees to a very different gathering of state chief information officers on Monday," notes Noelle Knell in Government Technology.

"For the first time ever, it's a virtual event, with panelists assembling from their home offices across the country in light of travel restrictions and shelter-in-place orders due to COVID-19. While organizations across the globe have stepped up their virtual meeting capabilities in recent weeks, there is perhaps no group better suited to making a successful transition to an online event..."

Nationwide CIO Preps For Return To The Office, Post-Pandemic
CIO, May 4th, 2020
Clint Boulton writes in CIO, "More than a month after the coronavirus crisis forced employees worldwide to work from home, many U.S. companies are now planning the next move: what work life will be like when they return to the office.

This scenario is something for which Nationwide CIO Jim Fowler is actively planning. Since Nationwide ordered its 28,000 employees to work from home in March, Fowler has digitized much of the organization's software development and other activities. Now he's envisioning what the office will look like when staff are asked to return to work, ideally sometime this year. Fowler expects the 'usage of digital tools is going to skyrocket' as employees who have become accustomed to the new way of working expect the same environment when they return to the office. He isn't alone in that sentiment..."

CIO Interview: Andrew Lennon, CIO, Barings, On COVID-19, Data Science And Mergers
ComputerWeekly, May 6th, 2020
"Mention Barings to anyone working in business for the past couple of decades, and they will talk about rogue trader Nick Leeson and the infamous 1995 collapse of a company established in 1762, as a result of his fraudulent trading," notes Sooraj Shah in ComputerWeekly.

"Today, however, Barings is a $338bn international investment management firm, owned since 2005 by US mutual life insurance company MassMutual. It is Britain's oldest investment bank, and once listed Queen Elizabeth II among its clients..."

IT News - Storage
Beat The Software Bottleneck By Improving Storage Performance
SearchStorage, May 7th, 2020
"Storage systems no longer live up to their full potential. Proving this statement requires a little math," writes George Crump in SearchStorage.

"If you add up the raw performance of each drive in an all-flash array and compare it to the stated performance of that array, you will find a significant difference. The math suggests the all-flash system should be able to generate millions of IOPS, yet most can't create more than a few hundred thousand.

Understanding the reason for the performance gap requires understanding storage systems architecture..."

Storage 101: Crash-Consistent Vs Application-Consistent Snapshots
ComputerWeekly, May 5th, 2020
"When it comes to snapshots and backups, it is important to understand and specify whether to take application-consistent or crash-consistent copies," notes Antony Adshead in ComputerWeekly.

"Why does it matter? Because either crash-consistent or application-consistent copies might be just fine for your workloads - or they may not. There are important differences.

A crash-consistent copy is analogous to the state of data at the point at which hardware crashed or the power went down..."

    IT News - AI
    5 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Types, Defined
    The Enterprisers Project, May 7th, 2020
    Stephanie Overby writes in The Enterprisers Project, "Artificial intelligence (AI) is redefining the enterprise's notions about extracting insight from data. Indeed, the vast majority of technology executives (91 percent) and 84 percent of the general public believe that AI is the 'next technology revolution,' according to Edelman's 2019 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Survey. PwC has predicted that AI could contribute $15.7 trillion to the global economy by 2030.

    AI, in short, is a pretty big deal. However, it's not a monolithic entity: There are multiple flavors of cognitive capabilities. Understanding the various types of AI, how they work, and where they might add value to the business is critical for both IT and line-of-business leaders..."

    Are Giant AI Chips The Future Of AI Hardware?
    SearchEnterpriseAI, May 4th, 2020
    "New types of AI chips that adopt different ways of organizing memory, compute and networking could reshape the way leading enterprises design and deploy AI algorithms," opines George Lawton in SearchEnterpriseAI.

    "At least one vendor, Cerebras Systems, has begun testing a single chip about the size of an iPad that moves data around thousands of times faster than existing AI chips. This could open opportunities for developers to experiment with new kinds of AI algorithms..."

    "This is a massive market opportunity and I see a complete rethink of computer architecture in progress," said Ashmeet Sidana, chief engineer at Engineering Capital, a VC firm..."

    Why And How To Build An Effective Voice Bot
    insideBIGDATA, May 8th, 2020
    "Although that prediction may be a bit too optimistic, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is currently widely used across industries to speed-up mundane processes and improve customer relations in the form of virtual assistants, such as chatbots. The next logical step is the implementation of RPA-assisted 'voice bots', however adoption has been slow. So, why don't more organizations and businesses deploy voice assistants to further automate customer interactions?..." - insideBIGDATA
      IT News - FOSS
      5 Open Source Tools IT Leaders Should Know About Now
      The Enterprisers Project, May 6th, 2020
      "As many people in IT know, new problems invent themselves every day," warns Seth Kenlon in The Enterprisers Project. "Luckily, the development of open source solutions is fast and furious (and maybe a little obsessive). Open source embraces the probability that if your organization is facing a problem, then chances are someone else is facing the same thing and has come up with a solution. We've rounded up five projects that answer universal problems that most IT teams encounter.

      Of course, it's important to keep in mind that open source is a collaborative process between systems administrators, developers, and users. Before implementing a tool, give it a trial run. Learn from your users. Find out what they need, and work hard to find the open source solution that delivers it.

      Most of all, let open source play to its strengths: noncompetitive, iterative, and customizable excellence..."

      IT News - Careers
      Over 60? Welcome To Gig Work And Corporate Greed
      Ask The Headhunter, May 7th, 2020
      Source: The Washington Post - By Ray Suarez: "An eye blink ago, I was anchoring a nightly program for the cable news network Al Jazeera America. Before that, I had long tenures with 'PBS NewsHour' and NPR. When I read warnings that workers could face sudden and catastrophic losses of income in their final years of employment, I was empathetic but concluded it could never happen to me. Then the wheels came off..."

      Nick's take

      "Six years ago respected news correspondent Ray Suarez interviewed me on the fledgling Al Jazeera America network about why good people can't find jobs..." - Ask The Headhunter

      vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom
      Wednesday, May 27th, 2020: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
      Online - Zoom

      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.

      After the intros, the rest of meeting will be an informal hangout!

      Please join the live meeting at 6:00PM EST with this Zoom link:

      You can also join by phone:

      • Meeting ID: 792 850 274
      • 646 558 8656 US
      • +16465588656,,792850274# US (New York)

      vBeers@Boca is sponsored by TechLauderdale:

      • "TechLauderdale promotes the growth, connectivity, and awareness of the thriving technology ecosystem in Greater Fort Lauderdale"

      Hosted by John J. McLaughlin

      IT News - Linux
      How To Choose The Right Linux Distro For Your Cloud Server
      Cloud Savvy IT, May 8th, 2020
      "Which distro should you install on your new server?" asks Anthony Heddings in Cloud Savvy IT.

      "What's The Difference Between All These Distros?

      When you're running Linux on a cloud server, you're likely accessing it over SSH, and not a GUI, so differences in the desktop environment don't matter much (if at all). While you can technically run any flavor of Linux on a server, it's best to choose a distro optimized for server use..."

      IT News - MFA
      The Password Problem: How To Use 2FA To Improve Your Online Security
      ZDNet, May 7th, 2020
      Ed Bott writes in ZDNet, "Enable two-factor authentication, a crucial security measure that requires an extra step when signing in to high-value services. In this post, I explain how to set up 2FA and which accounts to focus on first.

      You are one data breach away from having your entire online life turned upside down. The problem is passwords, which are hopelessly fragile ways to secure valuable resources.

      Don't be lulled into a false sense of security by the belief that creating a longer, more complex, harder-to-guess password will somehow make you safer online. You can create a password that is so long and complex it takes you five minutes to type, and it will do nothing to protect you if the service where you use that password stores it improperly and then has their server breached. It regularly happens..."

      Why You Should Be Rushing To Deploy Multi-Factor Authentication To Support Remote Work
      HelpNet Security, May 5th, 2020
      "According to a recent Gartner survey, the biggest barrier to effective remote work is poor technology and/or infrastructure for remote work," writes Dan Conrad in HelpNet Security

      "As organizations work to update their technology and infrastructure to support the ever-growing remote workforce, it's imperative that security isn't left on the backburner. With the separation between an individual's work and private life being blurred between working from home and sheltering in place, it's essential for organizations to implement its first line of security defense. To help mitigate potential risks, CISOs and IT managers should deploy multi-factor authentication (MFA) to ensure their remote workforce is secure..."

      IT News - Security
      Most Attacks Successfully Infiltrate Production Environments Without Detection
      HelpNet Security, May 6th, 2020
      "Additionally, the report includes guidance to help organizations ensure that their security controls perform as expected by implementing a strategy that includes continuous security validation.

      'Every organization wants reliable data that tells them if their security investments are delivering real value and protecting them from becoming the next major cyber-attack headline,' said Chris Key, Senior Vice President at Mandiant Security Validation..." - HelpNet Security

      Remote Access Best Practices Emphasize Security, Ease Of Use
      SearchNetworking, May 6th, 2020
      Andrew Froehlich writes in SearchNetworking, "The COVID-19 pandemic has compelled many employees to work from home, forcing companies to deploy new software and procedures designed to permit remote access to corporate data and applications. IT service desk staff have also seen their roles change. For these employees, it's not just connecting to data and apps. They must also access end users' devices to deliver troubleshooting and support services.

      That's where remote access comes in. In most cases, remote access software is used to capture the at-home user's desktop, where it is then transported across the internet and mirrored on the IT support staffer's desktop. The software lets IT support staff take control of keyboard and mouse inputs to configure or troubleshoot both the remote OS and any applications or data residing on the end user's device..."

      IT News - Operations
      Data Centers Are Shrinking But Not Going Away
      Networkworld, May 5th, 2020
      "The cloud will not kill the data center, but it will transform it," opines Andy Patrizio in Networkworld. "That's one of the takeaways from the 2020 State of the Data Center report from AFCOM, the industry association for data center professionals.

      In the near term, construction will slow way down, which aligns with what IDC analyst Rick Villars told me about data center construction slowing after a big buildout. More than 60% of respondents to the AFCOM report said they have no plans to build a new facility in the next 12 months, although 53% said they'll have at least one data center in the works over the next 36 months..."

      IT Needs Durable Remote Work Strategy To Keep Employees Home
      SearchEnterpriseDesktop, May 6th, 2020
      Mike Gleason writes in SearchEnterpriseDesktop, "Some states are reopening their economies, but it may take more time before employees are comfortable returning to the office -- leaving IT with the task of figuring out how to make remote work continue.

      Given the swift work-from-home orders states enacted to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, IT administrators used whatever means necessary to get employees connected to company applications and data. Now that the initial wave is over, IT admins will have the opportunity to take stock of their remote work needs and build a remote work strategy that addresses the ways to best meet them..."

        IT News - Technology
        Best Speakerphone In 2020 For Working From Home
        CNET, May 4th, 2020
        David Carnoy writes is CNET, "The speakers and microphones on our laptops and mobile devices aren't terrible (by that I mean they're usable), but now that many of us are working from home -- and doing a lot more virtual meetings -- we're looking for a better audio experience.

        One option is to get a set of headphones that are good for makings calls, but the other is to get a speakerphone that's designed expressly for the purpose of making and taking calls. Because these tend to lack a little bass and focus instead on midrange performance (voices), these aren't ideal for playing music or supplying the audio for movie watching, but they do work for that as well, playing louder and sounding fuller than your mobile device's speakers..."

        Should You Use Hdmi, Displayport, Or USB-C For A 4K Monitor?
        How-To Geek, May 4th, 2020
        Tim Brookes writes in How-To Geek, "High Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI, is the most common display interface today. It's used in televisions to connect games consoles and Blu-ray players. It provides a stable digital signal that can be hot-swapped (unplugged and plugged in without turning devices off) at will.

        HDMI 2.1 is the latest standard adopted by device manufacturers, supporting a throughput of 48 Gbps. That's enough to drive a 10K display at 60 frames per second in full 10-bit color. Because we're talking about 4K displays, HDMI 2.1 is more than adequate..."

          IT News - Virtualization
          6 Common Container Security Mistakes To Avoid
          CSO Online, May 7th, 2020
          Bob Violino writes in CSO Online, "As more organizations shift data and workloads to the cloud, many are relying on containers-units of software that package code and its dependencies so that applications run reliably when moving from one computing environment to another. Containerization is heralded as a robust technology for deploying applications and services in a secure manner, says Cole McKnight, cloud architect in the Genetics and Biochemistry Department at Clemson University..."
          IT News - Developer
          The Best Free Programming Courses During Quarantine
          InfoWorld, May 4th, 2020
          "So you want to learn to program, but you can't leave the house," asks Martin Heller in InfoWorld.

          "Fear not. You can take courses online that will teach you the principles of software development along with your first programming language. In my experience, it doesn't really matter what language you learn first, so don't agonize over that. The important step is learning to think like a programmer.

          There are plenty of good programming courses available online, but they're not all free. For instance, LinkedIn Learning (formerly has a bunch of good courses, but you need to pay for LinkedIn (after one free month)..."

          C Passes Java And Becomes Number 1 Programming Language
          Jaxenter, May 4th, 2020
          "In 2019, C won the coveted Programming Language of the Year award. Now, nearly halfway through 2020, is it in line to win the award again?" asks Sarah Schlothauer in Jaxenter.

          "The TIOBE Index updated their rankings for May 2020 and there's a new number one. (Or, should we say an old number one? C was the number one programming language throughout 1985, 1990, in 2000, 2005, and 2015!)..."

            IT News - Humor
            Memory-Lane Monday: Consistency Should Count For Something
            ComputerWorld, May 4th, 2020
            "Every week, this pilot fish's IT group produces a report that's generated from a database by an automated script and distributed to users.

            'One day, someone complained that the report he had just received was identical to the one from the week before,' fish says.

            'We looked into it and discovered that the script was corrupted. It had generated the exact same report for nine months before anybody noticed..." - ComputerWorld

            IT News - Backup
            Top 100 Cloud Backup Companies On May 2020
            Storage Newsletter, May 8th, 2020
            "The top 100 online backup companies, as listed by Backup Review, are grouped into 4 categories, namely:

            • Consumer - for the general consumers
            • Small Medium Business - for SMBs
            • Enterprise - for large enterprise corporations
            • Enablers - for enablers, channel, white label companies

            The ranking also takes into consideration news releases companies publish in the preceding month, server stability, reports from shoppers, own reviews, the company's culture and ethics, users' feedback, company corporate blogs, and more..." - Storage Newsletter

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