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IT News - CxO
Top 9 Questions CIOs Should Be Prepared To Answer About Cybersecurity Readiness
CIO, September 21st, 2022
With the threat landscape evolving to be more dangerous and sophisticated, board members may wonder where their own organizations stand when it comes to cybersecurity readiness against threats such as ransomware and data breaches. After all, board members have a duty to ensure their organization protects itself against cyberattacks and accidental data leaks.

Here's a list of questions CIOs should be prepared to answer to ensure the organization is making the right strategic investments in cybersecurity.

10 Mistakes Rookie CIOs Make - And How To Avoid Them
CIO, September 19th, 2022
Newly minted CIOs have a wealth of guidebooks, white papers, and blogs to help set themselves up for success from day one, as the first 100 days of a new leadership role are crucial.

But theory can only take a new leader so far. Practice is how leaders are made, and as anyone who has gone through this challenging process knows, those first months on the job as a CIO are likely to be rife with mistakes.

Facing Pressure, CIOs Tap Managed Service Providers To Deliver Efficiency
CIODIVE, September 19th, 2022
Economic uncertainty driven by inflation, a tight labor market and foreign-exchange pressures may push CIOs to rethink investment priorities, but demand for managed services is expected to continue to grow.

The urgency to advance technology-modernization will drive demand for third-party managed services, helping firms digitize and reduce costs through faster integrations, access to talent and tailored services, according to analysts.

What Is The Role Of The Data Manager?
InformationAge, September 23rd, 2022
Data is continuing to explode. According to predictions, the amount of data created globally will surge to more than 180 zettabytes by 2025. This is a double-edged sword for businesses. While data helps to gain insights to serve customers better, ever-expanding amounts of information need to be properly managed and protected.

Enter the data manager, whose job is to oversee the organisation's data strategy, as well as ensuring it is compliant with regulation such as the EU general update to data protection regulation (GDPR) and UK data protection act.

How You Can Manage And Eliminate Technical Debt
Security Boulevard, September 21st, 2022
All are culprits that cause technical debt (or 'tech debt') to pile up.

Technical debt is a lot like financial debt - you're acquiring an asset now and promising to pay for it later. Sonatype CEO Wayne Jackson notes that ignoring tech debt is like a 'sugar high' during a software release. It allows you to ship more software faster, with all sorts of bells and whistles, making both customers and investors happy.

Until, of course, something vital breaks. This can lead to significant rework and refactoring, increasing your costs and, critically, slowing a development organization's productivity to a crawl.

6 Tactics To Boost Creativity On Your IT Team
The Enterprisers Project, September 21st, 2022
For IT teams, creativity is not just about looking toward the future; it also involves examining the present. Creativity is necessary for productivity.

In IT, there are many Information Technology Infrastructure Library- (ITIL) and Capability Maturity Model (CMM)-based processes that provide a framework for carrying out certain tasks. At times, employees fall back on these processes to boost productivity. But in the end, it's the creative companies - the ones that are developing leaner, more efficient, and more flexible processes within those frameworks - that come out on top.

The CIO's Shortcut To Leading In The New Era Of Work
CIO, September 19th, 2022
If you've been struggling to adapt to our new era of work, you're not alone. The strategic and practical challenges of our new era of work - from inflation and supply chain headaches to finding and retaining talent, and more - have required much of information technology leaders.

Here's your chance to get up to speed.

    Cyber Security: The Message That Never Makes It Up To The Board
    Technative, September 21st, 2022
    For the past 20 years, cyber security - information security in its early days - has been seen primarily as a technical matter, to be solved by technologists using technology means.

    In most organisations, it has never been 'owned' as such at Board level in spite of the tidal wave of cyber-attacks which have rocked most industries across the last decade, and the false pretence by many that it's on their agenda.

    5 Pillars Of Modern Digital Transformation
    The Enterprisers Project, September 20th, 2022
    Companies today need to continuously reimagine themselves to stay relevant. In a hypercompetitive, fast-moving business landscape, we cannot rest on our laurels or put off digital transformation projects for a better time. This mindset is critical to surviving at a time when digital transformation is flipping traditional business models to better enable digital engagement and the use of digital products and services.

    Throughout my career as a technology executive in both the public and private sectors, I've led and been heavily involved in several transformation projects, including the implementation of a new association management system last year at ISACA. Having experienced the highs and lows of these often complex, technology-centric projects, here are what I consider to be the major pillars of successful modern digital transformation:

    IT News - Storage
    NAS vs. Cloud Storage: Which Is Better For Your Business?
    SearchStorage, September 23rd, 2022
    For many companies, their first foray into networked and shared data storage comes with the deployment of their first network-attached storage system. NAS offers a logical and relatively painless transition from server- and client-based storage with processes and operations familiar to the most popular server OSes -- Windows and a variety of Linux distributions. Most NAS gear runs atop one of those ubiquitous OSes, giving system admins a user-friendly leg up on the networked storage learning curve.
    5 Ways Data Storage IT Pros Enable Business User Self-Service
    Dataversity, September 22nd, 2022
    Meanwhile, these tasks have become more complex. Hybrid, multi-cloud, and edge infrastructure means that data increasingly lives across many different silos and is difficult to find and move when needed. The data storage administrator or architect must navigate many decisions and do the right analysis to ensure that data is protected and where it needs to be for both users and budget requirements.

    Of course, users and executives don't care much about these details. They want cost-efficient storage and fast and secure access to the right data sets to facilitate better decisions and new ideas. Data storage IT teams have an important role in collaborating with departments and end-users to help everyone meet their goals. Rather than focusing solely on data storage technology procurement, configuration, and spend management, storage professionals now must focus on right-placing data and empowering line-of-business users to help themselves.

    Consider The Advantages And Disadvantages Of NAS
    SearchStorage, September 19th, 2022
    In storage architecture, organizations must consider the type of data they want to store, in addition to criteria such as cost, performance and ease of management. One popular option for storage is NAS.

    NAS is a type of networked storage that enables organizations to share and store files from centralized disks. There are many advantages to NAS, including lower costs than other storage devices and the ability to easily produce backups. However, NAS may be less scalable and may not perform as well as other storage options. When considering NAS, weigh the advantages and disadvantages.

    PCIe 5.0 Arriving and to Invade SSDs, September 20th, 2022
    It is the dominant bus for connecting expansion cards and devices (alongside USB, used for externally connected devices). When PCIe is used for storage, the NVMe storage protocol is typically used

    I/O bandwidth doubles about every 3 years for this popular interface for SSDs.

    But, on its side, PCIe 5.0 doubles PCIe 4.0 spec bandwidth in less than 2 years.

      IT News - AI
      OpenAI Open-Sources Whisper, A Multilingual Speech Recognition System
      TechCrunch, September 21st, 2022
      Countless organizations have developed highly capable speech recognition systems, which sit at the core of software and services from tech giants like Google, Amazon and Meta. But what makes Whisper different, according to OpenAI, is that it was trained on 680,000 hours of multilingual and 'multitask' data collected from the web, which lead to improved recognition of unique accents, background noise and technical jargon.
      IT News - Linux
      3 Free Linux Security Training Courses You Can Take Right Now
      Help Net Security, September 21st, 2022
      Learning how to effectively navigate and interact with Linux can be an important part of your learning journey in cybersecurity. This crash course walks you through the basics including how to configure your own Linux environment, navigate the command line, and apply our basic knowledge to a security use.

      Why are we learning about how to change and create new directories, create new files, and file permissions? Part of the learning process before transitioning into the specific use cases for cybersecurity is learning the very basics. Once you get the basics down, you can start to apply your knowledge and run specific programs for security.

      IT News - Security
      The Cost Of Single Sign-On (SSO) And Password Management
      Security Boulevard, September 20th, 2022
      Naturally, most security teams are seeking ways to fortify their organization's evolving, dynamic SaaS estate-many times, turning to legacy solutions like cloud access security brokers (CASB) or identity and access management (IAM) providers.

      Far too often, IAM, SSO, and password management tools have the same fate as CASB, with their decade-long run of failure. And just as CASB failed to keep pace with the changing SaaS service layer, identity and password management solutions have failed to keep pace security needs for identities.

      Security Buzzwords To Avoid And What To Say Instead, September 20th, 2022
      Technology is a little famous for coming up with "buzzwords." Other industries do it, too, of course. "Story-driven" and "rules light" tabletop games are a big thing right now, "deconstructed" burgers and burritos are a big deal in fine dining. The problem with buzzwords in tech, though, is that they potentially actually affect your life. When somebody calls an application "secure," to influence you to use their product, there's an implicit promise being made. "Secure" must mean that something's secure. It's safe for you to use and trust. The problem is, the word "secure" can actually refer to any number of things, and the tech industry often uses it as such a general term that it becomes meaningless.
        Poor Identity Management Amplifies Ransomware
        Cyber Defense Magazine, September 19th, 2022
        Ransomware is a data-centric threat; that is, ransomware preys on corporate data. Cunning and successful ransomware attacks hijack user access with an aim to encrypt sensitive files, stealing data. So, if ransomware is all about the data and the hijacking of user access to get to the data, then the more data a user can access, the more attractive target the user is for the attacker.
          The Top 6 Identity And Access Management Trends From The Gartner IAM Summit
          Security Boulevard, September 19th, 2022
          Not surprisingly, that was one of the key themes of Gartner's 2022 IAM Summit, held in Las Vegas. The event promised to share valuable insights on privileged access management (PAM), IAM programs and strategy, single sign-on, multi-factor authentication (MFA), passwordless methods, and more - and it delivered all that and then some.

          I was lucky enough to attend the event and have the opportunity to speak with a variety of IAM leaders while there. Based on my discussions and the insights Gartner shared, here are the top IAM trends for the year ahead.

          Top 5 Attack Surface Challenges Related To Security Operations
          CSO Online, September 21st, 2022
          According to newly published ESG research, just over half of all organizations (52%) say that security operations are more difficult today than they were two years ago. When asked why, 41% pointed to an evolving and dangerous threat landscape, 38% identified a growing and changing attack surface, 37% said that alert volume and complexity are driving this change, and 34% blamed growing use of public cloud computing services.
          IT News - Cloud
          3 Wins And 3 Losses For Cloud Computing
          InforWorld, September 20th, 2022
          I often go through my old presentations from 2008 and before to review talks about the promise of cloud computing. Keep in mind, I've worked in the cloud computing field in one way or another since 1999, and I've seen a lot of changes. The most changes are in perception.

          In the early days, cloud computing was seen as just another way to consume an application. Those applications (now called software as a service) covered tasks such as salesforce management, accounting, inventory control, etc. Cloud was not really viewed as that revolutionary because this type of app consumption had existed for decades in more primitive forms.

          IT News - Operations
          Data Center Outages Are Now Less Disruptive - But Are Costing More
, September 22nd, 2022
          Data center outages can cause havoc for businesses, but they may at least be becoming less common according to a report by the Uptime Institute.

          In 2022, 60% of data center operators they surveyed said they had an outage in the past three years - down from 69% in 2021 and 78% in 2020

          In addition, outages in the "serious or severe" categories fell to 14% in 2022, or to just one in six among those who had an outage in the past three years.

            Best GDPR Compliance Software For CTOs
            InformationAge, September 23rd, 2022
            The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now well-established as a global standard for international companies to comply with when it comes to securing and managing their data, and their customers' and partners' data.

            Non-compliance with GDPR in relation to any data breaches or leaks can also result in potentially big fines.

            Here we look at the key types of GDPR compliance software available for chief technology officers and their colleagues.

            The Advantages Of Using A Cloud-Based DCIM Software
            Security Boulevard, September 21st, 2022
            Perhaps the most significant advantage is the fact that you can access your DCIM software solution from anywhere in the world, as long as you have an internet connection. This means that you can manage your data center infrastructure from anywhere, at any time. This is incredibly valuable, especially in the current climate where many people are working remotely.
            IT News - Technology
            The 'Hopper' GPU Compute Ramp Finally Starts
            The Next Platform, September 21st, 2022
            And that is why Nvidia can afford to milk its prior generation 'Ampere' GA100 GPUs and take its time getting the 'Hopper' GH100 follow-ons, announced back in March, into the field.

            The gaming and cryptocurrency parts of the Nvidia business are taking it on the chin right now, but the datacenter business, driven largely by AI training and inference with a smattering of traditional HPC simulation and modeling, is doing just fine.

            4 Major Telecom Carriers Pilot Holographic Phone Calls
            AI Business, September 23rd, 2022
            Europe's four largest telecom carriers piloted a platform that lets users make holographic phone calls - so the caller seems to be in the same room as the person receiving the call.

            Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone - which together serve 1.3 billion customers globally &#8722; worked with AI deep tech company Matsuko to develop this 3D platform.

            ARM Is The New RISC/Unix, RISC-V Is The New ARM
            The Next Platform, September 22nd, 2022
            And after more than a decade of sustained struggle, Arm Ltd and its platoons of licensees have finally stormed the glass house - well, more of a data warehouse (literally) than a cathedral with windows to show off technological prowess as early mainframe datacenters were - and are firmly encamped on the no longer tiled, but concrete, floors.
            IT News - Email
            How To Do Email Blast Right? [+5 Tools]
            Geekflare, September 23th, 2022
            Even in this era of social media, the effectiveness of email marketing is still on. An email can reach the inbox of the recipients, making it a fruitful marketing channel for large businesses.

            Using the email blast approach, you can reach thousands of potential customers. Let's dive in to know more about this email marketing component

              Should You Bother With An Email Signature?
              How-To Geek, September 19th, 2022
              You may have seen them embedded at the bottom of an incoming email like a business card you didn't ask for. Sometimes they feature contact information, sometimes there's also a website URL and logo, and sometimes email signatures are longer than the email itself, telling you the whole journey of that person and their email, with a motivational quote or company slogan, a Hallmark-type picture, and something else that thankfully doesn't load.
                IT News - Big Data
                An Introduction Guide To MapReduce In Big Data
                Geekflare, September 21st, 2022
                This model utilizes advanced concepts such as parallel processing, data locality, etc., to provide lots of benefits to programmers and organizations.

                But there are so many programming models and frameworks in the market available that it becomes difficult to choose.

                And when it comes to Big Data, you can't just choose anything. You must choose such technologies that can handle large chunks of data.

                MapReduce is a great solution to that.

                In this article, I'll discuss what MapReduce really is and how it can be beneficial.

                Let's start!

                Forget Digital Transformation: Data Transformation Is What You Need
                InformationAge, September 21st, 2022
                Digital transformation is a key mantra for organisations looking to keep pace with their digital age competitors. Businesses need to find ways to modernise and streamline their operations to stay ahead of the game. To that end, there has been much buzz around digital transformation in recent years. It's one of the most prevalent business trends right now, as more and more companies look to leverage the power of technology to transform their services and processes.
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