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IT News - CxO
3 Takeaways From 2020 For CISOs To Guide This Year's Strategy
CISO MAG, May 20th, 2021
"Last year cast a shockingly bright spotlight on cybersecurity with the risks that surfaced due to the rise of remote work. The year was capped off by one of the most significant supply chain hacks. This incident, coupled with the onslaught of ransomware and other cyberattacks in 2020, provides an opportunity for some deep insight into where the focus of cybersecurity efforts needs to be in order to prepare for the future..." - CISO MAG
5 Ways To Help Teams Step Outside Their Comfort Zone: Colorado CIO Of The Year Winners
The Enterprisers Project, May 17th, 2021
"Once you're wrapped in a warm blanket of security and familiarity, it can be challenging to pull back the covers and step into the crisp air of change," writes Ginny Hamilton in The Enterprisers Project.

"But there can be big benefits for expanding your comfort zone, especially when you work in IT where change is constant.

We caught up with CIOs who recently won the 2021 Colorado CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards to learn how they're encouraging their teams to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. The awards were presented by the Colorado CIO Leadership Association, a professional community that annually recognizes CIOs for their excellence in technology leadership..."

What Lessons Can CIOs Learn From The Colonial Pipeline Hack?
CIOinsight, May 20th, 2021
"No ransomware attack has captured the imagination of the public like the Colonial Pipeline debacle," opines Drew Robb in CIOinsight.

"Millions paid in ransom, long lines at gas stations, soaring prices, federal government dallying, even a public explanation from CEO Joseph Blount as to why the company paid the ransom - this one has so many avenues to explore.

Investigators are delving into the exact causes. Whatever the specifics in the Colonial Pipeline hack, the contributing factors are unlikely to fall outside of these familiar vulnerabilities, each of which CIOs need to pay close attention to..."

Making The Leap From IT Expert To IT Leader
CIO, May 20th, 2021
Sarah K. White writes in CIO, "The leap to leadership is a big one - especially in IT. That's because the transition from IT expert to IT leader requires a significant shift in skills and a new mindset about the role technology plays in the business.

In becoming an IT leader, your technical knowledge still matters, but you'll also need to develop a deeper understanding of the business side of the organization - and acquire the skills necessary to collaborate directly with other, non-technical leaders in the organization..."

5 Questions Every CISO Should Ask Before Moving Company
CISO MAG, May 19th, 2021
"The role of a Chief Information Security Officer is a much-coveted position that blends extensive technical know-how, managerial excellence, and strong leadership skills. It's no surprise that finding individuals with all of these skill sets in equal measure is a major challenge. Companies are in a war for the best CISO talent, meaning candidates are likely faced with multiple offers at any one time.

With this in mind, here are the five questions every CISO should ask before moving company..." - CISO MAG

Can You Depend On Your Cyber Insurance?
CloudSavvy IT, May 20th, 2021
Dave McKay writes in CloudSavvy IT, "Cyber liability insurance is a specific form of insurance that covers financial losses that arise from cyberincidents. Typically these are cyberattacks and data breaches. As with all insurance policies, you'll harbor two hopes. One is you never have to use it. The second is that if you do need to make a claim the insurance company accepts your claim and pay out.

There's a lot you can do to make your organization as safe as possible. However, there's always a risk that a new vulnerability is discovered and exploited by threat actors before it is identified by the manufacturer and a patch issued to address that vulnerability. This is one form of zero-day vulnerability..."

CISOs: Missing An Opportunity To Partner With Your CDO?
eWeek, May 18th, 2021
"Recently," writes Myles Suer in eWeek "I was talking with a major analyst firm about data and security. The name of the firm will not be mentioned to protect the not-so-innocent. During this call, I was amazed to learn that most CISOs remain focused - even with their increasing board level visibility - on protecting their enterprises from outside intrusion or compromise, but not on protecting their enterprise's most valuable asset - data - from threats internal and external..."
IT News - Storage
Seagate May Have Just Unveiled The World's Fastest HDD, May 22nd, 2021
"Seagate has finally disclosed the official specs of its first dual-actuator hard disk drive (HDD) the Mach.2 Exos 2X14 and listed it on its website," reports Anthony Spadafora in

"Although SSDs have now become the standard for business laptops and workstations, HDDs still have a place in data centers due to their ability to store large amounts of data relatively cheaply. However, Seagate's Mach.2 multi-actuator technology aims to speed up the rate at which HDDs can transfer data without sacrificing their storage capacity..."

12 Ways To Manage Your Data Storage Strategy
SearchStorage, May 17th, 2021
"Businesses run on data," opines Rich Castagna in SearchStorage. "With more data collection sources and opportunities than ever, coupled with advanced analytics that turn raw data into useful, actionable information in real time, protecting data storage resources is more critical than ever.

Data must be easy to access but stored in a secure enough manner to protect it from malicious attacks, machine failures or human errors that could jeopardize its integrity. Under any circumstances, those requisites might be tough to satisfy, but given the deluge of data that most companies must contend with, the job might seem insurmountable..."

IT News - AI
Artificial Intelligence (AI): How To Plan A Pilot Project
The Enterprisers Project, May 20th, 2021
David Talby writes in The Enterprisers Project, "Artificial Intelligence (AI) presents an opportunity for businesses in nearly every industry to evolve and improve business operations. The numbers speak for themselves: Data from Fortune Business Insights shows that the AI market size was valued at $27 billion in 2019 - a figure projected to reach $267 billion by 2027. It's no wonder enterprises are grappling to get involved in what is likely the most prolific technology of our time.

But implementing an AI strategy is challenging, especially for legacy organizations and those who simply don't know where to begin..."

Easing Machine Learning For Developers, Google's Vertex AI Managed ML Platform Now Available
EnterpriseAI, May 19th, 2021
Todd R. Weiss opines in EnterpriseAI, "But as the tools proliferated, the AI and ML workflows, modeling, experimentation and more began getting complicated. Something was needed to make sense of the mess.

With just such a fix in mind, Google Cloud has unveiled its new Vertex AI managed ML platform, which is designed to streamline and accelerate ML modeling and maintenance to help overwhelmed enterprises get a better handle of their ML and AI initiatives. The platform is now generally available..."

AI Of Autonomous Cars Finding Its Way Into Conventional Cars, A Big Crossover
AI Trends, May 20th, 2021
Lance Eliot writes in AI Trends, "A more modern and altogether familiar version is the assertion that what is good for the goose is good for the gander. That's a saying that we all know well. In today's world, this ostensibly suggests that something applicable in one instance is likely applicable in another (consult your favored online dictionary for further elaboration).

I often highlight cutting-edge technology bringing about AI-based true self-driving cars. I like to highlight foundational R&D work taking place in research labs that are focused on creating autonomous vehicles..."

Taking Inventory - Where Do We Stand With AI And ML In Cyber Security?
Security Boulevard, May 20th, 2021
Raffael Marty writes in Security Boulevard, "Artificial Intelligence (AI), as the term is used today, is the overarching concept covering machine learning (supervised, including Deep Learning, and unsupervised), as well as other algorithmic approaches that are more than just simple statistics. These other algorithms include the fields of natural language processing (NLP), natural language understanding (NLU), reinforcement learning, and knowledge representation. These are the most relevant approaches in cyber security.

Given this definition, how evolved are cyber security products when it comes to using AI and ML?..."

vBeers South Florida - Monthly Virtual Meetups via Zoom June 2nd 2021
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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n-person, after work vBeers resumes in June!

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vBeers South Florida - In Person @ Funky Buddha
Wednesday, June 9th, 2021: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
vBeers meetups are informal networking events for South Florida Tech professionals.

n-person, after work vBeers resumes in June!

May - Every Wed - Zoom June 2nd - Zoom June 9th - Funky Buddha, Oakland Park June 16th - Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton June 23rd - Mike's at Venetia, Miami

July 7th - Zoom July 14th - Funky Buddha, Oakland Park July 21st - Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton July 28th - Mike's at Venetia, Miami

Hang out with IT colleagues after work!

Don't forget to have a look at my weekly newsletters:

IT News And Events

IT Vendor News

IT Sales and Marketing News

South Florida IT Events

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 - Security
CMMC Is Not As Scary As You Think
Security Boulevard, May 20th, 2021
Jim Delorenzo reports in Security Boulevard, "According to the U.S. Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition & Sustainment (OUSD(A&S)):

'DoD is migrating to the new CMMC framework in order to assess and enhance the cybersecurity posture of the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) sector. The CMMC is intended to serve as a verification mechanism to ensure that DIB companies implement appropriate cybersecurity practices and processes to protect Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) within their unclassified networks.'

And yes, that means that if contractors are not certified at the proper level, they will be unable to bid on federal contracts..."

10 Legal Questions You Should Be Asking About Ransomware
CISO MAG, May 21st, 2021
"Data extortion through cyber means is an insidious threat that thousands of companies throughout the world experience firsthand. For many bad actors, it is the attack of choice owing to its ease of execution, low risk of detection, and huge financial upside. According to Coveware Inc., the average ransom payment ($111,605) has increased by 33% from Q4 2019 to Q1 2020. Companies big and small have suffered from ransomware attacks leaving them with an unimaginable business interruption..." - CISO MAG
Defend Against Insider Threats From Remote Workers
CSO Online, May 19th, 2021
Renee Tarun writes in CSO Online, "Security and IT teams have adjusted their strategies to contend with these changes, but one area that is often underestimated is the potential impact of insider threats. Remote work isn't likely to go away any time soon. In fact, 54% of employed adults who say that their job responsibilities can mostly be done from home say that they want to work from home all or most of the time when the coronavirus pandemic is over.

Businesses face significant risks from insider threats, but damage from insider sources can be difficult to track down because these threats cover such a wide range of behaviors and motives. It's even more difficult when employees aren't on site. Threats might come from a disgruntled staffer who wants to disrupt operations, an employee who sells customer data to get some extra cash, or a careless co-worker who ignores a company policy..."

Infosec Experts: Threat Landscape Is Worst In 60 Years
SearchSecurity, May 20th, 2021
"Ransomware is now a bigger threat to global security than nation-state campaigns, two infosec experts divulged during an RSA keynote Thursday," reports Arielle Waldman in SearchSecurity.

"Dmitri Alperovitch, chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator, and Sandra Joyce, executive vice president and head of global intelligence at FireEye, led a discussion on the current global threat landscape, and ransomware attacks topped the list. While nation-state groups instill fear by taking advantage of the global pandemic or targeting things like critical infrastructures, and new trends like DNS hijacking are returning, they said ransomware is affecting everyone. The risk has only advanced over the years, as ransomware gangs turn to extortion and double extortion tactics. During the keynote, Alperovitch and Joyce revealed that the next step in ransomware's evolution may be far more dangerous..."

5 Dangerous Beliefs Companies Hold About Cybercrime
Security Boulevard, May 19th, 2021
"Bad actors continue an unrelenting cyber assault that the pandemic did nothing to diminish," writes Melody Kaufmann in Security Boulevard.

"In fact, cybercrime has been on the rise. Open-source software supply chain attacks have surged by 430% in the past year, cyberattacks on healthcare organizations have risen by 45% since November 2020, and credential theft accounts for about 56% of attacks organizations experience. Companies like Colonial Pipeline, SolarWinds, and Experian keep showing up in the headlines because organizations still refuse to read the writing that has been on the proverbial wall for over a decade..."

User Behavior Analytics: What It Is And How It Advances Digital Security
Security Intelligence, May 19th, 2021
"Take insider threats, as an example," suggests David Bisson in Security Intelligence.

"In a 2020 report, 68% of IT and security experts felt their employers were somewhat or very at risk to insider attacks. Over half (53%) said it had become at least somewhat harder to detect an insider attack after migrating to the cloud. About the same proportion admitted that it was more difficult to detect insider threats than external attacks. When asked why, 59% said it was because insiders already had credential access to the network and services. User behavior analytics (UBA) presents one way to solve these problems..."

Cybersecurity Training: Raising Awareness And Securing Your Business
Tripwire, May 17th, 2021
"To mitigate the risks posed by cyber criminals, organizations must secure and protect their proprietary and sensitive information. They must also commit to training their employees to do their part to protect proprietary and sensitive information. Cybersecurity awareness and training programs educate employees about cybersecurity threats, risks and best practices as well as how to navigate the ever-changing and evolving threat landscape..."
Why Anti-Phishing Training Isn't Enough
Dark Reading, May 18th, 2021
Aviv Grafi writes in Dark Reading, "It's time we take a hard look at why we rely so much on end users to catch phishing scams that can jeopardize an entire company. As hackers continue to advance their social engineering techniques, phishing attacks are becoming harder to detect and are missed 39% of the time. While you might think your anti-phishing training program is up to date, your organization will continue to be at risk as long as email is necessary for business operations.

Because we all engage with email daily, we have a degree of blind trust despite continuous, sophisticated anti-phishing training. On many occasions, hackers scheme to elicit emotional responses from their target - for example, by sending urgent messages "from" human resources or the CEO. These are more likely to result in improper downloads or email responses that can damage the entire organization..."

IT News - HR
What Are CIOs Looking For In Current IT Grads?
CIOinsitght, May 19th, 2021
Shelby Hiter writes in CIOinsitght, "IT roles, particularly in the areas of cloud computing, big data, and information security, are expected to grow by 531,200 jobs from 2019 to 2029, which bodes well for IT graduates entering the job market.

But in a booming IT job market, are IT graduates truly prepared for the work that they're heading toward? Do they possess both the technical and pragmatic skills to succeed when pitted against more experienced IT professionals? We connected with more than 50 CIOs and other IT leaders to learn more about what they're looking for in new hires. Here's what they had to say..."

'Tension' Emerges Between Employers, Employees On Hybrid Work Preferences
HR Dive, May 20th, 2021
"While 4% of employers estimated that most employees prefer to come back full time for in-person work, 28% said they expected to require such an arrangement regardless," reports Emilie Shumway in HR Dive.

"Future workplace structure has been top of mind for employers as more employees become vaccinated against the coronavirus and the CDC updates its guidelines to clear fully vaccinated people to safely associate without social distancing or wearing a mask..."

    4 Strategies For Retaining IT Talent
    CIO, May 20th, 2021
    "Some are calling it the turnover tsunami," writes Dan Roberts in CIO, "One in four workers plans to quit their current jobs once the pandemic is over. That number jumps to one in three for Millennials and employees with children. As for the IT profession, a new survey by Blind, an anonymous social network popular with tech workers, found that almost half of their users (49%) plan to land a new position this year.

    The headlines are attention-grabbing, but this has been a long time in the making. In fact, many companies were already dealing with high turnover before the pandemic. The past year may have delayed some employees' plans, but renewed confidence in the future has them looking ahead and considering their options. Now that organizations have adjusted to the idea of remote and hybrid workforces, top IT talent has more opportunities to choose from than ever before..."

    IT News - Cloud
    How To Build A Cloud Security Observability Strategy
    SearchCloudSecurity, May 19th, 2021
    Dave Shackleford writes in SearchCloudSecurity, "Public cloud adoption is complicated. It typically requires a significant focus on threat detection and the retooling of workflows and playbooks for security event management, monitoring, detection and response.

    Fortunately, a wide variety of third-party and cloud-native tools and services offer capabilities that enable effective cloud event collection, aggregation and analysis. Many organizations are considering the use of observability and security event orientation and decision-making in their cloud monitoring, detection and response strategies. The observability approach may aid in developing sound metrics and tracking to ensure security operations improve over time..."

    IT News - Operations
    Do Private Data Centers Make Sense Anymore?
    Network Computing, May 21st, 2021
    "Hybrid architectures have been a popular choice for enterprise organizations for years," writes Andrew Froehlich in Network Computing, "but a mainstay of such infrastructure might be facing its sunset.

    While the rational for a split public/private infrastructure may still exist, the logic behind doing so is dwindling thanks to new service models offered through public cloud service providers (CSPs). Let's look at reasons why enterprises still choose to operate private data centers in 2021, the downside of going this route, and why new edge computing solutions may signal the end of the private data center..."

    Data Center Threats: Turning Remote Access Into Money
    VMware, May 20th, 2021
    Giovanni Vigna blogs for vmware, VMware, "Even though they may be more difficult to compromise than the home computer of a kid playing Fortnite or the laptop of a sales representative connecting to a random wireless network, they can bring very large rewards: databases with millions of records containing financial and personal information, substantial computational resources that can be used to mine cryptocurrencies, and access to key assets that can be held for ransom..."
    Dealing With Software IT Hasn't Approved - Shadow IT
    Information Age, May 20th, 2021
    "Shadow IT has become more common within companies in various industries," opines Aaron Hurst in Information Age, "mainly through remotely based employees deviating from tools provided by the IT department and looking for more agile alternatives. But while making use of new software and applications may lead to tasks being completed faster, shadow IT does coe with the risk of vulnerabilities. In this article, we explore how IT teams can deal with shadow IT, and mitigate security risks while continuing to maintain high performance..."
    Semiconductor Shortage Hurts Network Equipment Makers And Customers
    Network Computing, May 20th, 2021
    "The global semiconductor shortage is forcing many tech manufacturers to slow or even halt production," writes John Edwards in Network Computing.

    "Makers of PCs, servers, mobile devices, gaming consoles, vehicles, and industrial machines are all scrambling to find the chips they need to fulfill orders amid surging demand for their products. Network equipment manufacturers are also feeling the impact of the ongoing chip scarcity, and relief may still be months away.

    Bill Wyckoff, vice president of hardware and advanced solutions at technology equipment provider SHI International, said he's seeing shipping delays afflicting a wide range of manufacturers. "Conservative production forecasts in response to the global uncertainty of 2020 didn't anticipate the sharp and surprising increase in demand from sectors like 5G infrastructure, automotive, mobile, cloud, and consumer products, creating a perfectly disconnected storm between supply and demand," he explained..."

    IT News - Technology
    Ampere Altra Max 128-Core Server Processor Available As Company Lays Out 5 nm Roadmap
    Zdnet, May 19th, 2021
    "Ampere said its Altra Max 128-core server processor is now available, and the company outlined its roadmap for its next-generation chips," writes Larry Dignan in Zdnet.

    "The chipmaker, which makes Arm-based server processors for hyperscale cloud deployments, also said its next-gen products will use cores developed by the company. The 5nm process Ampere chips will debut in 2022 with a follow up in 2023..."

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