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IT News - CxO
Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2023: Gartner
CIO, September 14th, 2022
Cutting costs by optimizing IT, scaling networks to deliver business value and growth, and changing the direction of the business itself are among the top 10 technology trends Gartner predicts for 2023.

There is growing uncertainty on how to move past the most recent challenges resulting from supply chain issues, war in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, difficulty finding talent, and the evolving financial crisis. To overcome those, some businesses will cut costs, others will continue with existing expansion plans, and some will change the direction of their business strategy completely.

What Is ESG And How Does It Apply To My Business?
TechRepublic, September 14th, 2022
Investors, customers and other stakeholders are beginning to contend with new risk factors when it comes to their data, including climate change, demographic shifts, cybersecurity issues and regulatory pressures. These complex changes have resulted in a new approach to evaluating enterprise data and business strategies: Environmental, social and corporate governance.
UTSA Rebooted Its IT Department, Erasing 10 Years Of Technical Debt
CIODIVE, September 12th, 2022
When shifting the focus of an IT department from outage management to driving innovation, organizations must rethink how to scale, increase visibility and integrate applications - a task the University of Texas at San Antonio took on.

Nassos Galiopoulos, CTO and deputy CIO of UTSA, described the transformation goal as striving to be a digital backpack that students could reach into and pull out whatever they need to be successful. However, to get to that level, some things had to change.

Why Digital Transformation Projects Fail; How Data Architecture Can Help
Architechure & Governance, September 12th, 2022
Among these technologies are predictive analytics and decision-support systems, which have the potential to transform the traditional focus of IT from saving costs and solving technical constraints to proactively creating value and opportunities across the organization.

However, implementation challenges mean many of these digital transformation projects end in ruins, leading to huge financial losses for the companies involved.

How CIOs Can Learn From Mastercard's Five Cs For Building IT Teams
CIO, September 15th, 2022
All indications are that Mastercard's vision for creating teams built around the so-called 'Five Cs' - community, common vision, cross-functionality, culture, and Cutting edge - works.

Two years after its opening, the 230 employees at Mastercard's Global Intelligence and Cyber Centre of Excellence in Vancouver have already submitted 30 patents and some of their products are in use around the world, helping to protect both commercial businesses and consumers from cybercriminals.

    How To Become A CISO
    SearchSecurity, September 13th, 2022
    Cybersecurity issues continue to pervade all areas of business, which means having a great security organization -- and a capable CISO to lead it -- is essential for almost every company. But it takes a certain kind of person, with a special set of capabilities, to thrive in the demanding, tense environments in which CISOs often find themselves.
    Why A Data Privacy Officer Should Be Your Company's Next Hire
    InformationAge, September 13th, 2022
    In the same way that the financial crisis created a more financially astute public, data security breaches, privacy stories and scandals are making people more aware of their data privacy rights - and more concerned about how companies and the government use their data.

    Data breaches affect all organisations. Those that have been hit by major breaches in the last five years range from tech corporations such as Facebook (April 2019) and Alibaba (November 2019), to hotel chain Marriott International (September 2018) and airlines British Airways (September 2018) and EasyJet (May 2020)

    What Is GRC?
    TechRepublic, September 14th, 2022
    The concept of GRC can be traced back to 2003, but the topic was first extensively discussed in a peer-reviewed paper by Scott L. Mitchell, published in the International Journal of Disclosure and Governance in 2007. In this guide, we discuss what GRC is and what it can mean for your business.
    IT News - Storage
    Why Object Storage Is Best For Cloud-Native Apps, September 12th, 2022
    Unlike other choices like compute runtimes-Lambda/serverless, containers or virtual machines-data storage choice is highly sticky and makes future application improvements and migrations much harder.

    All three hyperscalers have storage services that present block, file and object-based data access. Each of these storage services are mature and offer different advantages, making the choice even harder. Though block and file-based storage has existed for multiple decades, in this article we will illustrate some key differentiators that should make object storage your default storage choice for new applications written in the cloud.

    6 Traits Of Data-Driven Enterprises
    CIO, September 14th, 2022
    Companies have learned to thrive - and in some cases survive - by leveraging data for competitive advantage. But how many organizations are truly data-driven enterprises?

    'Data is becoming increasingly valuable, especially from a business perspective,' says Lakshmanan Chidambaram, president of Americas strategic verticals at global IT consulting firm Tech Mahindra. 'Afterall, data can tell us a lot about a company's processes and activities. It shows whether one is moving in the right direction, identifies areas of improvement, and suggests an appropriate process to make those improvements.'

      Backblaze Thinks SSDs Are More Reliable Than Hard Drives
      The Register, September 13th, 2022
      Cloudy backup and storage provider Backblaze has found that flash SSDs are more reliable than hard drives, at least as far as the boot drives deployed in its datacenters go, but cautions this could change in future as the SSDs age.

      These findings come from Backblaze's latest report detailing reliability statistics on the drives used in its infrastructure, and in this case it is only the second such report to focus on SSDs, following one the company published in March.

      Backblaze Rides Nautilus Data Center Wave For More Than 1EB, September 12th, 2022
      This data center, owned and developed by Nautilus Data Technologies, Inc., is nice and cool inside. Built with a mix of maritime and industrial water-cooling technologies that use river water to cool everything inside-racks, servers, switches, and people-this data center is environmentally awesome, secure, fascinating, and other such w
        Scale-Out Storage, September 12th, 2022
        In a scale-out system, new hardware can be added and configured as the need arises. When a scale-out system reaches its storage limit, another array can be added to expand the system capacity. Scale-out storage can harness the extra storage added across arrays and use added devices to increase network storage capacity, adding performance and addressing the need for additional storage.

        Before scale-out storage became popular, enterprises often bought storage arrays much larger than needed to ensure that plenty of disk space would be available for future expansion. If that expansion never occurred or the storage needs turned out to be less than anticipated, much of the originally purchased disk space went to waste.

        IT News - AI
        Worldwide Spending On AI-Centric Systems Will Pass $300 Billion By 2026, According To IDC
        AiTHORITY, September 12th, 2022
        A new forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Artificial Intelligence Spending Guide shows that global spending on artificial intelligence (AI), including software, hardware, and services for AI-centric systems*, will reach nearly $118 billion in 2022 and surpass $300 billion in 2026. The ongoing incorporation of AI into a wide range of products will drive a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.5% over the 2022-2026 forecast. This is more than four times greater than the five-year CAGR of 6.3% for worldwide IT spending over the same period.
        Best Practices For Developing Cloud-Based Machine Learning Platforms
        ITCloud Demand, September 13th, 2022
        Many people are familiar with leading technology platforms like Windows, iOS, and AWS. Platforms are a group of technologies that serve as a base from which other applications are built and scaled. These platforms enable most of today's advanced technology capabilities and help organizations deliver cutting-edge customer experiences.

        In a bid to maintain pace with the scale and complexity of the technological capabilities brought by big data, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and machine learning, many organizations are building sophisticated internal platforms. Businesses are beginning to understand that investing in the infrastructure requires training, testing, and deploying models and is crucial for long-term viability.

        IDC: Worldwide AI Spending Grew Over 20% In 2021, Will Reach $450B In 2022
        datanami, September 15th, 2022
        According to IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Artificial Intelligence Tracker, worldwide revenues for AI software, hardware, and services totaled $383.3 billion in 2021 for an increase of 20.7% over 2020.

        The largest sector of the overall AI market was AI software in four categories: AI applications delivery and deployment, AI applications, AI system infrastructure software, and AI platforms. These categories combined to reach over $340 billion in market value in 2021 with AI applications accounting for nearly half. AI platforms demonstrated a YoY growth rate of 36.6%.

        Google's Deepmind Has A Long-Term Goal Of Artificial General Intelligence
        HPCWire, September 14th, 2022
        Instead, the company started off AI research with computer games. Every score and win was a measuring stick of success, and pointed to DeepMind's AI going in the right direction.

        'Five years ago, we conquered the game of Go. This was a great moment,' said Colin Murdoch, the chief business officer, during a fireside chat on Tuesday at the AI Hardware Summit being held in Santa Clara, California.

        Many years on, the gaming experiment has now turned into a much more ambitious AI effort to solve massive problems in areas that include protein folding, nuclear fusion and quantum chemistry.

        NVIDIA, Qualcomm Shine In Mlperf Inference; Intel's Sapphire Rapids Makes An Appearance.
        EnterpriseAI, September 13th, 2022
        Twenty-one organizations submitted 5,300 performance results and 2,400 power measurement. While Nvidia again dominated, showcasing its new H100 GPU, Qualcomm impressed on both performance and power consumption metrics. Intel ran a Sapphire Rapids CPU-based system, albeit in the preview category. AI start-ups Biren, Moffet AI, Neural Magic, Sapeon were among the entrants.
        The Business Value Of NLP: 5 Success Stories
        CIO, September 16th, 2022
        Data is now one of the most valuable enterprise commodities. According to's State of the CIO 2022 report, 35% of IT leaders say that data and business analytics will drive the most IT investment at their organization this year, and 58% say their involvement with data analysis will increase over the next year.

        While data comes in many forms, perhaps the largest pool of untapped data consists of text. Patents, product specifications, academic publications, market research, news, not to mention social feeds, all have text as a primary component and the volume of text is constantly growing. According to Foundry's Data and Analytics Study 2022, 36% of IT leaders consider managing this unstructured data to be one of their biggest challenges.

        IT News - Linux
        CrossOver Review: The 'Premium Wine' To Run Windows Software On Linux
        It's FOSS, September 14th, 2022
        It is not an emulator program. Instead, it provides a compatibility layer on top of your host operating system to make it possible to run Windows software.

        In other words, it adds components that windows software needs to run on any supported OS.

        But how well does it work? Can you run all Windows software using it? Is it a viable solution for you to ditch Windows for good?

        Here, I shall share my experience with using CrossOver on Linux and sharing my experience with it.

        IT News - Security
        What is SOC2 Compliance?
        Security Boulevard, September 13th, 2022
        As organizations build and develop new features and expand their presence in the cloud, they must not only contend with the ability to continually grow their security coverage, but likewise align with any changes to compliance and regulatory requirements. Additionally, and importantly to SaaS companies, security programs must also demonstrate verifiable proof of a robust security program. One way to probably demonstrate security controls is with a SOC 2 report.
        ISACA's State Of Digital Trust 2022 Report Highlights Gaps In What Businesses Are Doing And What They Should Do To Win Customer Trust In Digital Ecosystem, September 16th, 2022
        47% say digital trust will be much more important in the next five years; however, 57% say their organizations do not provide staff training in digital trust.

        Most significant obstacles to digital trust are lack of skills and training (56%), lack of leadership buy-in (49%), lack of alignment of digital trust and enterprise goals (49%), lack of technological resources (47%) and insufficient processes and/or governance practices (41%).

          5 Priorities For A Modern IT Security Team
          Solutions Review, September 14th, 2022
          Like a medieval castle, protecting our IT assets used to be about digging deeper and wider moats to keep away invaders. Today, there is no castle. Our people and information are as scattered as the attackers attempting to exploit them- and like an old moat with nothing to guard, traditional methods of protection are largely obsolete against modern forms of attack.

          Over the last 12 years, we have seen an explosion of new security solutions springing up to combat these new types of threats.

          5 Best Practices For Building Your Data Loss Prevention Strategy
          DARK Reading, September 15th, 2022
          Several recent high-profile instances of data loss serve as cautionary tales for organizations handling sensitive data - including a recent case where the personal data of nearly half a million Japanese citizens was put in a compromising position when the USB drive on which it was stored was mislaid.
            The ClubCISO Report Reveals A Fundamental Shift In Security Culture
            tripwire, September 12th, 2022
            Once overlooked or viewed as a mere afterthought, today it has become a business-critical necessity. As a result, organizations across industry lines are racing to improve their security postures. Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) are at the core of this transformation, spearheading a wave of proactive and future-forward cybersecurity change while enabling security-first innovation.
            The Challenge Of Securing Critical Operational Technology Systems At The Ground Level
            Decipher, September 15th, 2022
            The Biden administration over the past year has spearheaded several initiatives that aim to better secure industrial control systems (ICS), including a National Security Memorandum passed last July, which directed the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to work with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to develop a number of security performance goals for critical infrastructure sectors.

            But at a Thursday hearing called 'Building on our Baseline: Securing Industrial Control Systems Against Cyberattacks,' government officials discussed further security improvements needed at the ground level to secure critical infrastructure environments and the particularly complex challenge of building security into the design of OT systems.

            How to Prepare for New PCI DSS 4.0 Requirements
            InformatiionWeek, September 15th, 2022
            The upcoming changes to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) will affect every organization that stores, transmits, or processes cardholder data and/or sensitive authentication data.

            Effective starting in March 2024, the new standard, known as PCI DSS 4.0, spans dozens of changes in areas including risk assessment, how keys and certificates are managed, and what can be accessed remotely.

            The update will also impact identity and access management (IAM) and the technologies used for email filtering, anti-malware, multi-factor authentication (MFA), security information and event management (SIEM), as well as application development.

            To Improve Cybersecurity, Assume Vulnerability
            HYPR, September 15th, 2022
            Understanding the nature of vulnerabilities allows a company to address them in a proactive manner. Google understood phishing was a preventable problem, and famously implemented FIDO to good effect; they have not been successfully phished since. But their choice is an exception rather than the rule.

            Thus far, market adoption of cybersecurity best practices has been an exercise in corrective maintenance, not preventative.

            Phishing Attacks: What You Need To Know Now - Arkose Labs
            Security Boulevard, September 15th, 2022
            The latest phishing attack, EvilProxy, allows even inexperienced criminals to use reverse proxy and cookie-injection methods to provide a way around two factor authenticated (2FA) sessions on a large scale.

            What is a phishing attack?

            Phishing is the practice of attackers sending malicious emails meant to lead users to fall for a scam. Phishing attacks attempt to trick users into clicking on web links that will download malware or redirect to a malicious website with the intent of gathering private information such as login credentials, multifactor authentication (MFA) tokens, and financial information.

              IT News - CRM
              The Top CRM Software For Non-Profit Organizations To Consider
              Solutions Review, September 13th, 2022
              Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is an important technology for companies across industries. For example, non-profits need an affordable, scalable, and easily deployable CRM solution that can adapt to the changing needs of their business. With that in mind, the editors at Solutions Review spotlighted the following CRM software solutions for non-profits to consider. These solutions can help non-profit companies of all sizes manage customer data, track interactions, maintain relationships, and, ultimately, provide meaningful experiences.
              IT News - HR
              The Skills of Mass Disruption: Building a Future-Ready IT Workforce
              Ouellette & Associate, September 11th, 2022
              But even if you're ready to lead with a people-first approach, you can't build your future-ready workforce if you don't know what it should look like.

              For O&A CEO Dan Roberts' CIO Whisperers column, Will Markow, VP of Applied Research and Talent at Emsi Burning Glass, outlined the future-ready skills that will give your organization 'first-mover advantage.' He also explains how you can maximize your re-skilling ROI and optimize your workforce planning roadmap around 'the 4 Bs' of talent management.

              IT News - Cloud
              5 Ways To Improve Your Cloud Security Posture
              SearchSecurity, September 14th, 2022
              Organizations are increasingly moving applications to the cloud to better serve their customers, partners and employees. The ability to quickly deploy applications to the cloud so employees, partners and customers can connect to companies for business transactions and services gives organizations a competitive advantage.
                Your Organization Has Cloud Sprawl
                Security Boulevard, September 15th, 2022
                And how can you address the problem before it becomes unmanageable?

                Business growth is usually an excellent indicator of success. The accompanying cloud growth often fulfills business needs to result in positive outcomes; however, the unstoppable forces of an ephemeral cloud and agile development are driving momentous changes in how enterprises secure applications. These shifts have many implications, among them is cloud sprawl. In fact, according to research by the Cloud Security Alliance, cloud sprawl is one of the top security threats organizations face today.

                IT News - Operations
                How To Conduct An IT Compliance Review In 6 Steps
                Security Boulevard, September 15th, 2022
                That's an easy question: of course not. If you fail your IT compliance audits, you could face these consequences and more.

                Conducting your own IT compliance review to identify weak points upfront can give you time to solve them before audit time rolls around. Instead of waiting to discover the flaws in your cybersecurity and IT compliance efforts until it's too late, get a jump-start on the process today.

                This post will give you a simple, step-by-step guide you and your team can follow to conduct an IT compliance review for your organization.

                IT News - Email
                How Do I Display My Brand's Logo In Emails?
                Security Boulevard, September 15th, 2022
                If your answer to any of these questions is yes, here's the solution you're looking for: Verified Mark Certificates (VMCs), digital certificates that make it all possible. Conceptualized and primarily developed by Entrust, VMCs enable organizations to display their registered trademark logo alongside emails in their customer's inbox. BIMI (Brand Indicators for Message Identification) are the guidelines that standardize how to get your logo to appear on email.
                  IT News - Big Data
                  Top Data Governance Tools Of 2022
                  TechRepublic, September 12th, 2022
                  As companies continue to grow and rely on data to make business decisions, it is more important than ever for them to implement a strategy for their data management.

                  Organizations today can't afford downtime caused by ineffective data governance strategies. With so much on the line, businesses must use appropriate data governance tools and software to maintain control of their company's most valuable asset: data.

                  IT News - Encryption
                  Organizations Are Struggling To Keep Up With Ever-Expanding Cloud Attack Surfaces And Increasing Multicloud Complexity, According To Orca Security Research.
                  CSO Online, September 13th, 2022
                  While most organizations list cloud security as one of their top IT priorities, they continue to ignore basic security hygiene when it comes to data in the cloud, according to Orca's latest public cloud security report. The report revealed that 36% of organizations have unencrypted sensitive data such as company secrets and personally identifiable information in their cloud assets.
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