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IT News - CxO
CIO Role: How To Lead Transformation
The Enterprisers Project, October 8th, 2019
"What does it take to deliver higher quality to more customers? How do you challenge yourself to stay one, two, three, and even four steps ahead of where you need to be?" asks Ginny Hamilton in The Enterprisers Project.

"In his CXOTalk interviews, industry analyst Michael Krigsman leads in-depth discussions with business and technology leaders, getting them to share inside stories of their successes and challenges. Recently, Krigsman interviewed longtime Enterpriser Jay Ferro about what it takes for a CIO to become a transformational leader..."

Why Business IT Transformation Requires A New CIO Mindset
CIO, October 8th, 2019
"The average age of an S&P 500 company has now shrunk to less than 20 years, down from 60 years in the 1950s - and this is largely down to widespread technological disruption."

Rohit Nand writes in CIO, "From FinTech to ManufacturingTech and even BeautyTech, established organizations today recognize that they need to be technology-first in order to keep up with digital-native companies, as well as drive agility in how they develop new products, capture new markets and acquire new customers..."

Winning The Security Fight: Tips For Organizations And CISOs
HelpNet Security, October 9th, 2019
Zeljka Zorz writes in HelpNet Security, "If you ask Matthew Rosenquist, a former Cybersecurity Strategist for Intel (now independent), overcoming denial of risk, employing the right cybersecurity leader, and defining clear goals are the three most critical objectives for avoiding a negative outcome.

'Every organization, large and small, begins with a belief they are not at significant risk. This denial is dangerous and can persist even when attacks occur,' he told Help Net Security.

This denial must be addressed with facts and critical thinking and, once leadership accepts the need for cybersecurity and the responsibility for addressing related risks, they must find and employ a good cybersecurity leader..."

IT News - Storage
Guide To Tiered Storage
Oracle News, October 10th, 2019
"Tiered storage is a storage method which involves storing data on a range of different storage media with different characteristics, such as performance, cost, and capacity.

The different storage media are organized into a hierarchy, where the highest performance storage media is deemed to be Tier 0 or Tier 1, followed by Tier 2, Tier 3, and so on.

Tier 0 or Tier 1 is usually made up of flash or 3D XPoint-based solid state drives, while successive tiered storage levels may involve high performance fibre channel or SAS drives (or RAID arrays containing them), lower performance SATA drives, optical disks, tape storage systems, and cloud-based nearline or offline storage systems..." - Oracle News

Storage-As-A-Service Comes Of Age
Storage Newsletter, October 11th, 2019
"It also offers a window into mixed and sometimes conflicting user perceptions; highlighting the potential motivations for deploying STaaS, while pointing out the reasons why users may have misgivings.

Study of Enterprise User Perceptions and Requirements

Potential enterprise end users of STaaS commonly equate it to public cloud storage. Cloud storage is available, offers unlimited capacity, and the ability to spin up/down resources using only what you pay for-all available as a pay-as-you go, managed resource. This has made it a ready alternative to traditional storage..." - Storage Newsletter

    vBeersPlus @ Miami (Keiser University, Pembroke Pines)
    Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
    Keiser University - Pembroke Pines

    vBeersPlus events are vBeers events plus sponsorships - recruitment, community, commercial - plus food and drinks!

    We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month. This location is in South West Broward, with easy to access from Miami (less than 30 minutes from MIA), and Broward (less than 30 minutes from FLL). It is next to I75 (between the Pines Blvd and Miramar Pkwy exits.)

    Food and drinks will be provided, so please register so that we have an accurate headcount and can prepare name badges.

    If you are interested in being a sponsor, please email or call/text Lauren McLaughlin for details at (954) 729 9130.

    Register At Eventbrite

    Hosted by Lauren H. McLaughlin and John J. McLaughlin from vBeers

    IT News - Careers
    The New Core Competencies IT Must Master
    CIO, October 9th, 2019
    "A couple of weeks ago, I had a conversation with Claus Jensen, CTO of CVS Health, about the shifting challenges facing today's IT organizations. He calls the current state of affairs a triple whammy," writes Dan Roberts in CIO.

    "We all know that the environment is changing - the rate of change accelerating. But also, the expectations of large enterprises are changing around social responsibility, consumer expectations, and more. And finally, what we expect of employees is changing: They now need to be more than just good soldiers. They need to be leaders, collaborators, visionaries..."

    IT News - Linux
    Did Linux Kill Commercial Unix?
    How-To Geek, October 10th, 2019
    "Has Linux killed its ancestor by becoming a perfectly viable replacement, like an operating system version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers?" asks Dave McKay in How-To Geek.

    The Beginning of Unix

    "The initial release of Unix occurred fifty years ago in 1969, at Bell Labs, a research and development company owned by AT&T. Happy birthday, Unix. Actually, at that time it was still called Unics, standing for UNIplexed Information and Computing Service. Apparently, no one can recall when the 'cs' became an 'x.' It was written on a DEC PDP/7 computer, in DEC assembly language..."

    7 Steps To Securing Your Linux Server, October 7th, 2019
    Patrick H. Mullins writes in

    • Update your server
    • Create a new privileged user account
    • Upload your SSH key
    • Secure SSH
    • Enable a firewall
    • Install Fail2ban
    • Remove unused network-facing services

    "This tutorial presents the bare minimum needed to harden a Linux server. Additional security layers can and should be enabled depending on how a server is used..."

    IT News - Security
    DNS-over-HTTPS Causes More Problems Than It Solves, Experts Say
    ZDNet, October 6th, 2019
    "The DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) protocol is not the privacy panacea that many have been advocating in recent months," warns Catalin Cimpanu in ZDNet.

    "If we are to listen to networking and cybersecurity experts, the protocol is somewhat useless and causes more problems than it fixes, and criticism has been mounting against DoH and those promoting it as a viable privacy-preserving method..."

    How To Develop And Implement A Network Security Plan
    SearchNetworking, October 10th, 2019
    "With network security, we might think more is better. A common network security plan, for instance, might entail "all we can get", writes Kevin Tolly in SearchNetworking.

    "For starters, though, going overboard on network security is economically impractical. Each layer of security adds Capex and Opex costs. Furthermore, most network security services involve scanning network traffic in real time. As a result, the added latency of each security layer can degrade UX..."

    How To Think Like A Hacker
    Dark Reading, October 9th, 2019
    "Computer security is a very unique field," notes Dr. Giovanni Vigna in Dark Reading.

    "Unlike other fields in which the challenge is to overcome the scale of a problem or the complexity of an algorithm, in computer security the challenge is the wit of another human being who is trying to carry out an attack in order to compromise and disrupt a computing infrastructure.

    Because of its adversarial nature, computer security is in continuous evolution..."

    IT News - CRM
    Now Is The Time For Sales Organizations To Embrace AI
    CRMBuyer, October 11th, 2019
    "Consumers are producing data at record levels. It's estimated we'll produce 463 exabytes per day by 2025. Yet humans aren't equipped to process that complex information," opines Kayleigh Halko in CRMBuyer.

    "We're starting to rely more on AI to interpret massive amounts of consumer and third-party data in real time, and to make it relevant for our uses. As a result, businesses can create personalized and tailored interactions for their customers at every step of the buying journey, delivering unforgettable experiences..."

    IT News - IoT
    7 Ways 5G Mobile Networks Will Change IoT Security, And How To Prepare
    CSO Online, October 7th, 2019
    Maria Korolov writes in CSO Online, "Super-fast 5G mobile networks promise to link not only people more efficiently, but also allow for greater interconnectivity and control of machines, objects and devices. Its high Gbps data transfer rates, low latency and high capacity will be a boon to consumers and businesses alike. That comes with significant new security risks, as one early adopter is learning..."
    IT News - PM
    Agile Project Management: 10 Mistakes To Avoid
    The Enterprisers Project, October 9th, 2019
    "Agile project management holds a lot of promise for leaders," writes Carla Rudder in The Enterprisers Project.

    "Those who have successfully made the switch in their organizations sing agile's praises, like the ability to rapidly course-correct, release software faster, and create happier teams and customers. But if you've been working at it for a while and you still aren't seeing the promised benefits, you might start to think that agile is more hype than substance, or that it isn't right for your organization.

    Consider this: It may not be agile that's to blame - it could be you..."

    IT News - Cloud
    5 Google Cloud Tools You Should Know
    SearchCloudComputing, October 11th, 2019
    Sara Grier writes in SearchCloudComputing, "As one of the top cloud providers, Google must keep up with the competitive nature of the cloud and release services to meet the needs of its customers. Similar to AWS and Azure, there are a range of Google Cloud tools for users to choose from to help ease some of the stress that comes with the public cloud.

    Review five of Google's newer cloud services and tools and determine if they could be useful for your workloads..."

    1 Top Cloud Security Threats
    CSO Online, October 11th, 2019
    "Here are the "Egregious 11," the top security threats organizations face when using cloud services, " writes Bob Violino in CSO Online.

    "Cloud computing continues to transform the way organizations use, store, and share data, applications, and workloads. It has also introduced a host of new security threats and challenges. With so much data going into the cloud - and into public cloud services in particular - these resources become natural targets for bad actors..."

    48% Of All Corporate Data Stored In Cloud
    Storage Newsletter, October 11th, 2019
    "Although nearly half (48%) of corporate data is stored in the cloud, only a third (32%) of organizations admit they employ a security-first approach to storage in the cloud.

    Surveying over 3,000 IT and IT security practitioners in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, India Japan, the UK and the United States, the research found that only one in three (31%) organizations believe that protecting data in the cloud is their own responsibility..." - Storage Newsletter

    IT News - Blockchain
    Most Blockchain Applications Sunk In The 'Trough Of Disillusionment,' Gartner Says
    CIODIVE, October 9th, 2019
    "The analyst firm said most applications are yet to live up to their hype, and that interest in them has waned as applications failed to deliver on their expected outcomes," writes Roberto Torres in CIODIVE.

    "As technology advances and unique use cases for blockchain applications continue to roll out, by 2021 analysts expect the technology will begin to evolve past this phase. But the "digital business revolution" promised by blockchain will need even more time. By 2028, Gartner projects blockchain will become fully scalable technically and operationally..."

    Gartner: Corporate Blockchain Won't Take Off For Another Decade, October 11th, 2019
    Avi Mizrahi writes in, "These claims mostly involved tests that were done only for the sake of publicity, riding the coattails of cryptocurrency, and almost never about actual products. A new report from Gartner asserts that in reality the enterprise solutions behind these projects are still five to ten years away from making an actual impact...

    For enterprise blockchain solutions to become mainstream, Gartner said users shouldn't have to worry about picking the right platform, the right smart contract language, the right system interfaces, and the right consensus algorithms. Additionally, the company explained that concerns about how users will interoperate with partners that use different blockchain platforms for their projects must be rectified..."

    IT News - Operations
    Top Tips For Moving Workloads To Hyper-Converged Technology
    SearchConvergedInfrastructure, October 9th, 2019
    Robert Sheldon writes in SearchConvergedInfrastructure, "Hyper-converged infrastructure can help address many of the challenges that come with implementing today's workloads on a traditional three-tier architecture. Hyper-converged platforms are easier to deploy, manage and scale than typical IT infrastructures, freeing up IT resources for other projects. However, organizations implementing HCI must take into account a number of factors when preparing to migrate workloads to that platform. Here, we look at five important considerations that IT should keep in mind before making the move to HCI..."
    IT News - Technology
    Breaking Down The 10 Need-To-Know Emerging Technologies
    ZDNet, October 10th, 2019
    "The world of emerging tech by nature is fast-moving and ever-changing, and consequently, it's difficult to get a handle on the state of the various markets, not to mention leveraging them in driving business innovation. Forrester's emerging tech spotlights have previously identified and characterized the various emerging technologies that are worth your time.

    To help you figure out how to best consume them, Will McKeon-White and I did our best to help simplify this shifting landscape in our latest report, written as a downloadable PowerPoint file..." - ZDNet

      IT News - Encryption
      Choosing Between an SSL/TLS VPN vs. IPsec VPN
      SearchSecurity, October 10th, 2019
      "If your organization struggles with managing its IPsec VPN, going clientless can sound compelling -- SSL/TLS-based VPNs can be much easier to deploy and manage," writes Lisa Phifer in SearchSecurity.

      "The key is deciding when to use IPsec and when to use SSL/TLS. There isn't necessarily a right or wrong answer. In fact, in many enterprises, it isn't an SSL/TLS VPN vs. IPsec VPN; it's an SSL/TLS VPN and IPsec VPN..."

      IT News - Humor
      Wayback Wednesday: Twice As Nice
      ComputerWorld, October 9th, 2019
      "It's the 1990s, and PCs are coming into the workplace, much to the dismay of some workers. This net admin pilot fish at a big manufacturing plant sees it all firsthand because she's been given the extra duty of chief PC troubleshooter.

      For example, the manager whose secretary calls fish to complain that his drive mappings aren't working. Fish knows that nothing has changed in the login script, and it looks like the manager's account isn't locked out, so she makes a deskside visit..." - ComputerWorld

      A Network? No! It's Just Sharing, Over Wires
      ComputerWorld, October 11th, 2019
      "It's the '90s, and pilot fish is doing some work for a small law firm where the senior partner considers that newfangled internet to be nothing but trouble. And that is the root of the firm's problem with printing, which is very slow.

      The firm has a couple of large laser printers, and the IT consultant who preceded fish in this gig had rigged things with parallel port switches and extenders so that everyone could get to them..." - ComputerWorld

      IT News - Bitcoin
      Experts Weigh In On The Future Of Bitcoin And Blockchain
      NEWSBTC, October 8th, 2019
      Tony Spilotro writes in NEWSBTC, "... but it could also go on to replace all fiat currencies and become the sole digital currency used across the globe.

      With so much potential, even experts have joined in on speculating over the king of speculative assets, and have weighed in on their expectations for the first-ever crypto asset..."

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