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IT News - CxO
5 Tips For Leading IT Through Crisis
CIO, May 26th, 2021
"Technology teams played the parts of corporate superheroes during the COVID-19 pandemic," writes Clint Boulton in CIO, "accelerating digital strategies to ensure that their enterprises remained operational. IT leaders get the credit for the exceptional execution, but CIOs know that success is fleeting and stability is tenuous.

In fact, 68% of 500 CIOs surveyed say their departments are not completely prepared to help their companies withstand another major business disruption, according to a recent survey conducted by professional services firm Genpact and the MIT CIO Sloan Symposium. The poll was intended to gauge the lessons IT leaders learned in weathering the storm of the pandemic, along with their preparedness for the journey forward..."

6 Ways IT Leaders Are Jumpstarting Innovation Post-COVID
CIO, May 24th, 2021
Stacy Collett writes in CIO, "Even as COVID restrictions begin to lift, IT teams may still get little reprieve from the breakneck pace they've maintained throughout the pandemic to orchestrate technical change. That's because, most IT executives don't believe the dust has fully settled - instead viewing IT's next phase as being primed for innovation.

'We think there's still a lot more disruption, and we see changes in early adoption on things like robotics and delivery,' says Joseph Park, chief innovation officer at Yum Brands, parent company to KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut. 'What that means for us is a doubling down on our pipeline of innovations'..."

Chief Information Officer: Enterprise AI And The CIO
CXOTALK, May 25th, 2021
"Every CIO must consider these questions from both enterprise technology and business leadership perspectives.

Author and AI investor Ash Fontana explains the CIO role and CIO responsibilities when developing organizational capabilities for AI, which he calls the AI-first company.

The conversation covers these essential topics:

  • What are the CIO's first steps to adopting enterprise AI?
  • How should CIOs start with enterprise AI?
  • How much technical knowledge about machine learning models should business leaders possess?
  • What are 'data learning effects'?
  • What is Lean AI?
  • Should the CIO or CTO be responsible for investments in AI?
  • Culture change and AI adoption
  • Enterprise AI investment and financial return
  • How to overcome obstacles to AI adoption in the enterprise?

Ash Fontana is author of the book The AI-First Company. He is an investor focused on AI-first companies at Zetta Venture Partners since 2014. Before Zetta, Ash launched syndicates at AngelList - the biggest startup investing platform in the world that now manages over $2B. Simultaneously, Ash made investments in Canva, Mixmax and others..."

How CIOs Used AI, RPA To Solve Pandemic Pain Points
CIODIVE, May 25th, 2021
"The financial crunch of the pandemic placed banks in a tricky spot last year," writes Roberto Torres in CIODIVE.

"They simultaneously needed to manage major operational changes while processing an avalanche of loan requests through the Paycheck Protection Program.

"There was a high degree of stress because the product had to be available to all these customers who were actually facing a severe economic crisis here," said Amala Duggirala, senior executive VP and chief operations and technology officer at Regions Bank, speaking Thursday at the Forbes CIO Summit.

The bank used natural language processing (NLP) to validate documents in real time. Because some of the loans went to existing customers, the bank also turned to in-house systems and data to speed the application process..."

Information Security Governance Guide For The CISO
CISO MAG, May 26th, 2021
"Information governance is a corporation's core information policy. The IT Governance Institute (ITGI) defines governance as:

'The set of responsibilities and practices exercised by the board and executive management to provide strategic direction, ensure that objectives are achieved, ascertaining that risk is managed appropriately and verifying that the enterprise's resources are used responsibly.'

The method of organizing, guiding, monitoring, and affecting strategic decisions, activities, and behaviors is known as information security governance (ISG). One of the goals of information security governance is to assure that the security framework is correct and reaches the organizational vision..." - CISO MAG

Winning CIOs Crack The Code Of Business-IT Alignment
SearchCIO, May 26th, 2021
Linda Tucci writes in SearchCIO, "Money -- how to make it, save it, grow it: If there's a thread that ties together the five finalists for this year's MIT Sloan CIO Leadership Award, it's their grasp of a fundamental reality of the commercial world -- businesses are in business to make money..."

"When we talk about IT or digital technology, my team's focus is to raise margins, increase sales and improve the productivity of the entire organization." That was how Anupam Khare, CIO at OshKosh Corp., a 104-year-old maker of vehicles and equipment for military, firefighting and business uses, described his IT organization in the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium's online session showcasing the award finalists. His advice to aspiring CIOs? "Learn how the business makes money."

IT News - AI
5 Sure-Fire Tips How AI Is Going To Improve Fintech In 2021
SmartDataCollective, May 24th, 2021
"AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ML (Machine Learning) will bring improvement in Fintech in 2021," opines Sean Parker in SmartDataCollective, "as the accuracy and personalization of payment, lending, and insurance services while also assisting in the discovery of new client pools.

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are two technologies that use digital technology to improve conventional financial services and solutions. Because of their exceptional ability to enable efficient processes, better financial analysis, and customer interaction, AI and ML are becoming Fintech trends..."

8 Secrets Of Successful AI Projects
CIO, May 27th, 2021
"Business leaders at every level see the value of using artificial intelligence, but using AI well is where the true value lies," writes Maria Korolov in CIO.

"And the stakes are high. According to a Deloitte survey released last summer, 61% of companies expect AI to transform their industry over the next three years. Companies with effective leaders, a high level of commitment to AI projects, and a clear AI vision and strategy are positioned to benefit the most from this shift, according to a McKinsey survey released last November..."

Using Data Science And Artificial Intelligence In Your Tech Company
SmartDataCollective, May 24th, 2021
"As a tech company," writes Matt James in SmartDataCollective, "you will always be looking for ways to develop. Using data science and artificial intelligence can be useful for this type of growth. While they share some similarities, there are also some differences between the two. You may be surprised to hear about the amazing benefits that AI offers for startups, especially those in the tech sector.

Artificial intelligence

You may have heard artificial intelligence being referred to as AI in countless movies and TV shows. In real life, it's used for creating improvement rather than turning on humanity, as it is so often shown to be doing on screen, even though this makes interesting viewing..."

IT News - Careers
Friction Between Employers & Recruiters Hurts You
Ask The Headhunter, May 24th, 2021
"As proven by their public website, this company's HR department has made itself the one and only gateway through which employment is granted. Such policies about recruiters are how internal HR politics often eliminate A-player candidates..."

"Nick's Reply:

recruitersBefore I address your ire, I want to explain why this problem is relevant to all job seekers: Know how frustrated and upset you get when a recruiter gets you on the hook about a 'perfect' job - then the 'opportunity' goes nowhere? Some of the time, it's because the recruiter has no contract with the employer, and thus no authorization, to submit candidates like you. The employer simply refuses to interview you. And the recruiter is simply using the job as bait to gather more information about you so they can submit you for other jobs that aren't so perfect and waste more of your time..." - Ask The Headhunter

Top 5 Most In-Demand Skills In The Post-COVID Times
CXOtoday, May 28th, 2021
"But ironically, the year 2019 alone stood witness to a time when 53% of Indian businesses were incapable of recruiting personnel owing to a dearth of future-focused skill-sets. With the terrible pandemic at large, the employment figures have dwindled even further. The inherent skill gap that is prevalent amongst the industry and the academia with respect to future skills was recognized as the primary cause for this vast surfeit of unfilled positions in the corporate industry..." - CXOtoday
    vBeers South Florida - In Person @ Funky Buddha June 9th
    Wednesday, June 9th, 2021: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    vBeers meetups are informal networking events for South Florida Tech professionals.

    In-person, after work vBeers resumed in June!


    • 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

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    In Person: vBeers South Florida (Biergarten Boca) June 16th
    Wednesday, June 16th, 2021: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    vBeers meetups are informal networking events for South Florida Tech professionals.

    In-person, after work vBeers resumed in June!


    • 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
    2021 Cybersecurity: Mitigating Mobile Security Risks For CISOs
    Security Boulevard, May 25th, 2021
    "As a result, there has been a consistent rise in tactics and technologies used to combat these threats. These methods fulfill the need for better, smarter ways to augment enterprise-level security and minimize mobile security risks.

    Due to the increase in new kinds of cyber attacks, traditional security methods are no longer enough for protecting enterprise data. This is especially true since malicious activity is now targeted towards remote workers and mobile devices.

    This article will explore how remote work has changed the way businesses view and analyze enterprise security and why there is a need for CISOs worldwide to put greater emphasis on securing the mobile work environments..." - Security Boulevard

    5 Free Ways To Get Better Business Security
    Computerworld, May 25th, 2021
    "Ransomware to the left of you, malware to the right-what's a small business stuck in the middle to do?" asks Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols in Computerworld

    "We all know that securing your company isn't easy or cheap. As Christopher Krebs, former director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and Matthew Masterson, former CISA Senior Cybersecurity Advisor, both recently pointed out: we're "now in the midst of a new normal of cyber-enabled malicious activity."

    That's bad enough..."

    5 Tips For Building A Cloud Security Architecture
    Network Computing, May 24th, 2021
    Sagar Nangare writes in Network Computing, "With organizations increasingly shifting data and applications to the cloud, the security architecture is becoming critical in ensuring workloads are secure. A cloud security architecture is a framework that defines how an organization approaches cloud security for each cloud model it operates and what solutions and technologies it intends to use to create a secure environment.

    Cloud security best practices should be a starting point for a cloud security architecture. Possible sources for standards are documents published by cloud providers, compliance standards by organizations like the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), or security research organizations like the Center for Internet Security (CIS)..."

    Businesses Are At Risk Of Cybersecurity Breaches Due To Worker Error
    AiTHORITY, May 26th, 2021
    "Some 95% of cybersecurity breaches are due to human error. Questionmark, the online assessment provider, has launched a new cybersecurity skills test, with cybersecurity workforce development specialists CyberVista, to help firms meet this challenge.

    The average data breach costs firms $3.86m according to research by IBM Security. Despite these costs, many firms do not have people with the right skills to protect them. CyberVista estimates the global cybersecurity workforce needs to expand by 89%. Organizations have a crucial role to play by upskilling existing or new employees..."

    ISACA Survey: Only A Third Of Us Organizations Say They Are Highly Prepared For A Ransomware Attack
    Continuity Central, May 25th, 2021
    "The Colonial Pipeline attack caused massive disruptions to gasoline distribution in parts of the US this month. Colonial reportedly authorized a ransom payment of US $4.4 million. In the ISACA survey, four out of five survey respondents say they do not think their organization would pay the ransom if a ransomware attack hit their organization. Only 22 percent say a critical infrastructure organization should pay the ransom if attacked.

    'In a vacuum, the guidance not to pay makes total sense. We don't want to negotiate with criminals,' said Dustin Brewer, senior director of emerging technology and innovation at ISACA. 'But when you need to get your business back online, a cost/benefit analysis is going to come into play, and a company is going to do what it needs to do to have continuity. Good cyber hygiene has to be a focus to avoid getting to this point.'

    The survey's other key findings included:..."

    Try These Best Practices To Counter Common Cybersecurity Risks
    SecurityIntelligence, May 25th, 2021
    Abhishek Sengar writes in SecurityIntelligence, "Meanwhile, millions of people have shifted from working in offices to working remotely. Organizations are increasingly relying on video conferencing, virtual private networks (VPNs) and remote desktop protocol admin tools.

    Many employers believe that, to cut down on these risks, they should invest in new and bigger solutions. However, it's also important that they review common best practices like password policies, least privilege access, patching and more..."

      IT News - Cloud
      3 Reasons To Process Closer To The Edge
      Network Computing, May 28th, 2021
      "Over the years," writes Jim Demetrius in Network Computing, "we have seen many different types of computing evolve and affect our daily lives and industries. When computers were first developed, they occupied entire buildings, consumed large amounts of electricity, and produced great amounts of heat. The first computers developed in the 1930s were massive machines using vacuum tubes, weighing almost 50 tons and occupying about 1,800 square feet. Today we hold our smartphones in our hands which can process millions of transactions, unbelievable when you think of the computers used to send men to the moon. Smartphones today are more powerful than the supercomputers of the 1980s..."
        Clouds For AI And HPC
        CIO, May 26th, 2021
        "The unmitigated growth of data, along with the need to glean insights from that data, is driving the convergence of artificial intelligence (AI), high performance computing (HPC) and cloud, highlighting the advantages of a hybrid, multi-cloud IT operating model. Organizations looking to adopt data science practices using AI and HPC stand to benefit greatly from multi-cloud choice, efficiency, and scalability..." - CIO
        Five Most Common Cloud Threats
        Security Boulevard, May 25th, 2021
        Or Azarzar reports in Security Boulevard, "A recent study by McAfee concluded that there's been a 630% rise in cyberattacks on cloud services since January 2020. According to industry research, cloud breaches cost organizations $5 trillion over the past two years. From our experience, here are the five most common cloud threats.

        S3 Buckets

        Misconfigured AWS S3 buckets are among the most common causes of data breaches. Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) provides the ability to store and access content organized in 'buckets,' or logical containers, which are accessed by a static URL. Often, administrators allow public access to these buckets to store and share files between employees, and to host internet-facing services, thereby unintentionally exposing server backups, company documents and contracts. Magecart hackers exploited misconfigured AWS S3 buckets to hit 17,000 domains including 2,000 of the biggest sites in the world..."

        Impact of GDPR on Cloud Service Providers
        Tripwire, May 24th, 2021
        "However, the cloud industry has been facing huge challenges when it comes to complying with various data protection and data privacy standards. With the enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a lot has changed for most businesses. The enforcement of GDPR has had significant implications on cloud service providers and their businesses including their implementation of operations and security control mechanisms.

        Cloud service providers are now required to understand their obligations towards data protection and privacy to accordingly adapt and amend their services, contracts and processes. With the enforcement of stringent rules under GDPR, it is clear that cloud service providers are acting in the capacity of controllers and processors and cannot avoid their responsibility towards data protection. This idea is worthy of deeper elaboration..." - Tripwire

        'Network Security' The Biggest Concern For Public Cloud Adoption, Reveals Survey
        Security Boulevard, May 24th, 2021
        "For example," writes David Bisson in Security Boulevard, "a 2020 report found that 91% of cloud deployments contained at least one misconfiguration that left organizations exposed to potential digital threats. Those weaknesses contributed to more than 200 data breaches between 2018 and 2020, noted SC Magazine, with those security incidents exposing more than 30 billion records.

        Another 2020 report found that misconfigurations were the underlying cause of 196 data breaches during the 2019 calendar year alone. According to that study, those security incidents exposed more than 33 billion records over a two-year period. TechRepublic put the total cost of those security incidents at $5 trillion using 2019 data from the Ponemon Institute..."

        IT News - Operations
        Why Is Patch Management So Difficult To Master?
        HelpNet Security, May 26th, 2021
        "Each month these teams struggle to keep up with the number of patches issued by the myriad of vendors in their technology stack," writes Juan Pablo in HelpNet Security.

        "And it's not a small problem. According to a Ponemon Institute report, more than 40% of IT and security workers indicated they suffered a data breach in the last two years due to unpatched vulnerabilities.

        To get a better handle on the never-ending cascade of patches, let's first address some of the problems organizations face today..."

        IT News - Technology
        Quantum Computers Could Crack Today's Encrypted Messages. That's A Problem
        CNET, May 24th, 2021
        Stephen Shankland writes in CNET, "Quantum computers, if they mature enough, will be able to crack much of today's encryption. That'll lay bare private communications, company data and military secrets.

        Today's quantum computers are far too primitive to do so. But data surreptitiously gathered now could still be sensitive when more powerful quantum computers come online in a few years..."

        This 700 TB Optical Disc Could Store Almost All Of Netflix
        Wonderful Engineering, May 28th, 2021
        "The optical disk market has kind of stagnated ever since digital platforms have taken up most of the market," writes Abdullah Nasir in Wonderful Engineering.

        "Taking care of your stack of disks just isn't appealing anymore. Not to mention the fixed storage capacities. Blu-ray disks can store a good amount of data, around 50 GBs but that's like a single 4k movie nowadays. However, these researchers have just managed to pack 700 terabytes of data onto a single disk showing that there is still potential in these things..."

          When The Chips Are Down And Prices Go Up
          The Next Platform, May 25th, 2021
          "The laws of supply and demand - and the resiliency of the global economy - are going to be severely stress tested by the semiconductor shortage," writes Timothy Prickett Morgan in The Next Platform.

          "An eventual rise in chip costs is expected due to the slowdown in rate of shrinkage in chip transistor sizes - and therefore the proportional lowering in the cost of the transistors - that is happening as Moore's Law runs out of gas, in large part due to the very small sizes of these transistors relative to the size of a copper or silicon atom but also driven by the increasing costs of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography equipment and the number of steps it takes to etch a chip using EUV techniques..."

            IT News - Virtualization
            Where To Run Containers? Bare Metal vs Virtual Machines
            ComputerWeekly, May 25th, 2021
            "Containers are a serious and emerging contender as a method of application delivery," writes Antony Adshead in ComputerWeekly. "Although they are by no means in use universally yet, most enterprises have deployed containers somewhere or are investigating their capabilities.

            Their advantages centre on the ability to abstract everything needed to run applications away from the hardware, and with the potential for many - very many, in fact - container instances to be created and run on demand, they are supremely scalable.

            Of course, quite often container clusters and orchestration are run in virtual server environments, but they don't have to be. They can also directly run on bare metal servers. In this article, we'll look at bare metal vs virtual machines (VMs) and where to run containers..."

            IT News - Social Media
            4 Social Media Marketing Tools To Cover Your Bases
            Business 2 Community, May 26th, 2021
            Jock Breitwieser writes in Business 2 Community, "They give social sellers the ability to analyze the effectiveness of their efforts, schedule and automate portions of their social presence, and discover new and interesting content to share with their following. But social sellers often have limited budgets and it is so important that you invest in the right tools to put yourself in the best position for success.

            As the prominence of social selling has grown, more competition has entered the ring. To get ahead, you need an edge. In this article, we'll cover four of the best social media marketing tools that will help you to discover new prospects, schedule your social posts, find new and interesting content sources, and measure the effectiveness of your campaigns. It's a crowded arena..."

              IT News - Humor
              The Server Is Down, Money Is Not Being Made, And You Want Me To Fix What?
              The Register, May 28th, 2021
              Richard Speed writes in The Register, "A reminder of who is really in charge and how one should set one's priorities awaits in today's episode of On Call.

              The story comes from "Aziz" and tells of the time he was working for a New York private equity firm that, according to our reader, "managed obscene sums of money and expected its upper echelon staff to be treated with a degree of reverence most often reserved for saints and dictators."

              We know just the sort of place..."

              IT News - HPC
              Perlmutter, Said To Be The World's Fastest AI Supercomputer, Comes Online
              siliconANGLE, May 27th, 2021
              Mike Wheatley reports in siliconANGLE, "The Perlmutter system, according to Nvidia Corp., whose graphics chips it uses in large numbers, is the 'fastest on the planet' when it comes to handling the 16- and 32-bit mixed-phase precision math that's used by AI applications. It will be tasked with tackling some of the most difficult science challenges in astrophysics and climate science, such as creating a 3D map of the universe and probing subatomic interactions for green energy sources, Nvidia said.

              The system is a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.-built Cray supercomputer that boasts some serious processing power. It's powered by a whopping 6,159 Nvidia A100 Tensor Core graphics processing units, which are the most advanced graphics processing units Nvidia has built..."

              The Rapidly Expanding And Swiftly Rising HPC Market
              The Next Platform, May 27th, 2021
              Timothy Prickett Morgan writes in The Next Platform, "Perhaps since Seymour Cray launched the Cray-1 back in 1975. Perhaps even earlier than that. No matter where you draw the line, it has been difficult to watch companies struggle to bring advanced systems to market and not really make any money. Vendors usually did not have much net income left after they did the hard work of designing and building supercomputers.

              That could be changing as the HPC market is expanding with new types of work, adding AI and data analytics to traditional simulation and modeling..."

              This Supercomputer Is Getting The World's Fastest Storage
    , May 24th, 2021
              Mayank Sharma reports in, "The world's first 1.5 ExaFLOPS supercomputer is about to be paired with an equally trailblazing storage subsystem that offers about 700 Petabytes (PB) of storage, 75 TB/s of throughput, and 15 billion input/output operations per second of performance.

              The Frontier exascale supercomputer is being assembled by the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) and is set to go online in late 2021..."

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