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IT News - CxO
Enterprise IT Leaders 'Aggressive' About Shift To The Cloud
They are eager to reap the benefits of the cloud, but face multiple challenges along the way
"IT leaders worldwide are 'aggressively' moving legacy infrastructure into the cloud, eager to achieve the business, technical and financial benefits of the shift.

This is according to a new report from specialist SAP technology consultancy Lemongrass, which claims the move could be 'rough' if organizations don't put the proper measures in place..."

ITProPortal, March 23rd, 2021
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Top IT Spending Priorities For 2021
IT budget priorities reflect the pandemic's ongoing effects, with IT leaders earmarking more for improving remote work, expanding digital initiatives, and enhancing customer experience.
"The pandemic will continue to influence IT budgets in the next 12 months in ways both large and small. Organizations will rely on technology to improve remote work infrastructure, expand digital transformation initiatives, and create or enhance a variety of customer services.

In particular, according to the 2021 State of the CIO survey of 812 IT leaders, IT shops will spend more on data and business analytics (39%), security and risk management (37%), cloud-based enterprise applications (32%), and customer experience technologies, including chatbots and mobile apps (30%)..."

CIO, March 23rd, 2021
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Digital Transformation And Edge Computing: 7 Best Practices
How and where can edge computing help enterprise IT leaders deliver on digital transformation goals? Think about all that data you're crunching, for starters. Experts share best practices
"Digital transformation and edge computing are not mutually exclusive approaches. Quite the contrary, say edge experts. Edge 'is an enabler or accelerator technology' for digital transformation, says Vishnu Andhare, senior consultant with technology research and advisory firm ISG.

That's especially true for Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives which are part of digital transformation efforts. The last mile of these projects -- which are essentially distributed computing defined - used to be a bottleneck. However, when IT organizations apply edge approaches, IoT can be a real game changer. By distributing analytics and processing closer to where data is generated, enterprises can realize real-time use cases while minimizing communications costs..."

The Enterprisers Project, March 24th, 2021
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The Water Cooler: 6 Overplayed IT Trends
From gamification to living in an all-remote world, IT professionals don't always agree with industry predictions
"Every year, the technology community condenses on the technology trends to watch, led by forward-looking executives and analysts. But forecasting which trends will stick can vary as unpredictable disruption occurs, which the COVID-19 pandemic made obvious.

Many technology trends - such as the power of the cloud and importance of security - have proven steadfast, shaping business decisions for years. Yet, too many guiding principles endorsed to IT leaders as the next big thing fall flat.

For a pulse check on overplayed themes in business technology, CIO Dive asked IT executives to share the trends and predictions that they're sick of hearing about:..."

CIODIVE, March 24th, 2021
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The CIO's Shifting Role: Improving Security With Shared Responsibility
CIOs must create a culture centered around cybersecurity that is easily visible and manageable
"Once referred to as the "custodian of technology," today's CIO now serves as a critical bridge that helps connect IT, security, and business revenue. With rapid digitalization and skyrocketing cloud adoption, CIOs must ensure an organization's day-to-day operations, security systems, and cloud operating systems are all functioning smoothly.

Adopting a shared responsibility model, a security framework that balances security governance and clearly outlines the provider and security team's respective obligations, will provide CIOs with the proper insight into day-to-day security operations. As cloud adoptions, transitions, and expansions are expected at a breakneck pace, working together with CISOs, IT executives, and internal security experts will create a stronger security model as long as a clear point of view and intrinsic visibility are well maintained..."

Dark Reading, March 25th, 2021
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How CISOs Limit Downtime Without Impacting Security
In the last decade the role of the chief information security officer (CISO) has evolved considerably. Not long ago, the CISO was considered a part of the IT team and their main focus was on building firewalls, implementing antivirus and keeping spam emails at bay. Today, however, things are very different.
"The huge surge in attacks over the last decade means cybersecurity is the biggest challenge organizations face today, and attacks pose the greatest threat to their survival. This has significantly increased security awareness, and cemented the topic on the CEO's agenda. It is now one of the most important issues discussed at board meetings. Cybersecurity today is about much more than just technology, it is a business enabler, providing key competitive advantages and, with regulatory bodies enforcing seven-figure fines on organizations that gamble with security, it can have significant consequences for the bottom line..."
Security Boulevard, March 25th, 2021
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Why And How The Chief Information Officer Role Is Changing
Business competitiveness rules and technologies are constantly changing, and with them, the role of the CIO
"Today's CIOs should be a strategic asset to their companies. If they're not, then your company has a problem, you've got the wrong person in the position, or both. Businesses are becoming increasingly digitalized and as a result business and IT strategies must be unified.

"The CIO almost becomes a Swiss Army knife in terms of knowing something about the operations of everything because everything involves the technology in some way, shape or form," said Rich Temple, VP and CIO at Deborah Heart and Lung Center. "The CIO is a much more strategically and operationally focused role than I think it ever was."

InformationWeek, March 26th, 2021
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IT News - Storage
Cloud File Vendors Try To Woo Enterprise Storage Buyers
Some enterprises want cloud file storage to complement or replace legacy NAS. Several product enhancements last week target issues of cost, data security and remote shared storage
"Enterprise-ready cloud file storage continues to gain attention, and several vendor products introduced offerings last week that address cost and data security.

File storage in the cloud initially was based on object storage, and while that remains a well-used deployment, it has limitations. Cloud providers AWS, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure all provide file instances, but those systems do not easily scale. Surging creation of dense unstructured data has led to a flurry of products, as vendors try to deliver NAS performance and scalability as a native cloud service..."

SearchStorage, March 22nd, 2021
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IT News - AI
AI Makes Edge And IoT Smarter
Implementing artificial intelligence at the edge can not only reduce latency and networking costs but also improve security and unlock the power of distributed intelligence
Lots of things are being called 'smart' these days - everything from light bulbs to cars. Increasingly, the smarts come from some form of artificial intelligence or machine learning.

AI is no longer limited to big central data centers. By moving it to the edge, enterprises can reduce latency, improve performance, reduce bandwidth requirements, and enable devices to continue to operate even when there's no network connectivity.

CIO, March 25th, 2021
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IT News - Technology
Intel Launches Foundry Biz With $10B Fab Spend, Teams Up With IBM
Gelsinger, who rejoined the company five weeks ago after eight years leading VMware, laid out his plan Tuesday in a webcast titled 'Intel Unleashed - Engineering the Future.'
"The announcement had three thrusts: getting 7nm back on track with EUV technology, launching Intel Foundry Services with a $20 billion investment in two new fabs, and a new research collaboration with IBM. The company also announced it is reviving the spirit of the Intel Developer Forum event with the launch of Intel On, planned for October in San Francisco.

Out of the gate, Gelsinger said that the company's 7nm process issue had been resolved, thanks in large part to Intel's full embrace of EUV, where the company was previously on the wrong side of the EUV maturity curve'..."

HP News, March 24th, 2021
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IT News - HR
Remote Working Is Leading To Higher Job Satisfaction For Many
Employees are happier and more engaged but would appreciate better internet connections and faster IT support
"It appears concerns that remote working would drive mass employee burnout may have be unfounded, because many workers are thriving at home.

This is according to a new report from Lenovo, based on a study of more than 8,000 employees and IT decision-makers across 14 markets.

Almost all remote workers (83 percent) expect to continue operating from the home office for at least half the time, with a significant majority (60 percent) happy to do so. Given the choice, the vast majority (83 percent) would opt for a hybrid working model, whereby their time is split between home and the office.."

ITProPortal, March 24th, 2021
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Employees Must Be Given The Right To Disconnect
As enterprises increasingly turn to workplace monitoring technologies and more of the workforce moves to remote or hybrid working, unions are campaigning for workers' 'right to disconnect' and not engage in digitally enabled work after hours
"According to a recent survey, one in five companies have turned to digital surveillance to keep tabs on their employees, or are planning to do so. We have seen a rush towards technology to keep us safe during Covid, but is there, as this evidence suggests, now a more sinister side that we need to talk about?

The transformative nature of technology is very real. In December 2019, 10 million people were using Zoom daily; by April, that had jumped to 300 million. Whether it is video-conferencing platforms, online collaboration tools or chat groups, our working worlds have been turned upside down by the need to support remote working. But, one year on from the first lockdown, we risk creating a new environment of surveillance that would undermine the benefits of flexibility..."

ComputerWeekly, March 24th, 2021
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IT News - Security
Being a CISO in 2021: How to Be a Business Leader in the Boardroom
With the rise of digital transformation initiatives in 2020, a Chief Information Security Officer's (CISO) already stressful work environment has become even more complex
"A post-pandemic world has spawned other challenges for security professionals with the rise of remote work-like making sure data remained secure in an environment that wasn't constantly monitored, Zoom hacks, secure API integrations, and dozens of other issues. CISO's are facing more scrutiny about security posture from the Board of Directors than ever.

CISO's needed to be on the top of their game - because, in addition to those high-risk challenges, countless businesses found themselves fast-forwarding their digital transformation initiatives to adapt to the new normal. 2020 has been coined as the year of the great accelerator because initiatives that had been put on hold were now suddenly necessary to support remote work. With the lack of in-person face time, combined with security risks, many businesses were playing catch up as threat models and control points changed, and they seemed always to find themselves one step behind..."

Security Boulevard, March 24th, 2021
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How To Build A Strong Information Security Policy
Every organization needs to have security measures and policies in place to safeguard their data. Along with risk management plans and purchasing insurance policies, it's one of the best and most important ways to protect your data, your employees, your customers, and your business
An information security policy brings together all of the policies, procedures, and technology that protect your company's data in one document.

According to Infosec Institute, the main purposes of an information security policy are the following:

  • To establish a general approach to information security.

  • To detect and forestall the compromise of information security such as misuse of data, networks, computer systems, and applications.

  • To protect the reputation of the company with respect to its ethical and legal responsibilities.

  • To observe the rights of the customers; providing effective mechanisms for responding to complaints and queries concerning real or perceived non-compliances with the policy is one way to achieve this objective.

In addition, information security is a key part of many IT-focused compliance frameworks. If you're doing business with large enterprises, healthcare customers, or local, state, or federal government agencies, compliance with standards like SOC 2, HIPAA, and FEDRAMP are a must have and sometimes even contractually required. A detailed information security plan will put you that much closer to compliance with the frameworks that will make you a viable business partner for many organizations.

Security Boulevard, March 26th, 2021
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Hope Is Not A (Security) Strategy
For anyone schooled in the sales discipline, this key tenet-hope is not a strategy-is at the core of consistent, predictable performance
"The book has been around for some time but it still resonates today. This same notion applies to security and risk management. All too often, security teams are reacting to the latest threat, struggling with maintaining policies on their security gateways and buried in alerts and access control issues.

Despite decades of investment in defense-in-depth strategies, many CISOs are hoping they won't be next. This is where isolation comes in. What if, rather than responding to attacks after the fact, businesses can prevent them from reaching workers in the first place? Not only is hope not a strategy, but it's bad for business. The 2020 IBM Data Breach Report put the cost of a breach at $3.86M in damages. Per breach. Seriously..."

Security Boulevard, March 25th, 2021
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IT News - Social Media
10 Social Media Trends You Cannot Ignore In 2021
Gone are the days when social media was used just for socializing. Social media is easily accessible and unavoidable in the 21st century. Anyone can reach you with just one click. Most people spend a lot of time on social media, simply scrolling through it.
"Brands and companies utilize social media to connect with their target audience. We live in a time where technology is moving fast and consumer interests are hard to predict. Hence, it is vital to understand audience preference and foster organic engagement.

As social media platforms are emerging and evolving, it is more than necessary to hop on the bandwagon. With the growing usage of social media, it has become quite essential to make your presence felt. Research shows that 52% of brand discovery happens on Instagram before indicating that it is the customer's first stop before even visiting the company's website..."

Business 2 Community, March 26th, 2021
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IT News - Linux
How To Create A RAM Drive In Linux
In case you are wondering, RAM Drives and tmpfs instances are not the same. This article will explain the difference and show you how to create a RAM drive in Linux using the command line. Setup a fast RAM drive in minutes!
"The RAM chips in your computer can be used to hold a virtual drive. This drive is then not stored on the hard disk but in RAM. Not only will the speed of this virtual disk be significantly faster the a normal disk (and especially when compared with an older type spinning disk, as the physical movement of parts inside a spinning disk cause additional delays), RAM chips do not wear as fast as disks, and again especially and all the more so with older type physical drives..."
CloudSavvy IT, March 26th, 2021
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IT News - FOSS
10 Open Source Tools For Content Creators
Check out these lesser-known web design tools for your next project
"There are a lot of well-known open source applications used in web design, but there are also many great tools that are not as popular. I thought I'd challenge myself to find some obscure options on the chance I might find something useful.

Open source offers a wealth of options, so it's no surprise that I found 10 new applications that I now consider indispensable to my work...", March 26th, 2021
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IT News - Cloud
5 Cloud Security Must-Haves In 2021
Organizations undertaking the move to the cloud face a blizzard of sometimes confusing buzzwords
"There's hybrid cloud, multicloud, digital transformation, microservices and so much more. While these terms can be confusing, the key element to keep in mind is that cloud data security should be an inherent part of business-level strategy and discussion for any successful cloud migration.

The importance of addressing key security and compliance needs weighs heavily on many organizations. It's a very valid concern, as an estimated 990 million cloud servers are misconfigured.

In addition to cloud misconfigurations, some of the most top-of-mind hybrid cloud and multicloud concerns include:..."

SecurityIntelligence, March 24th, 2021
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Two Recommendations To Make Cloud Storage Simple Again
Cloud storage initially emerged to provide organizations with access to simple storage services (S3)
"The more organizations adopted S3 object storage, the more storage choices they requested of those who provided it. However, all these choices had unexpected side effects. Simple storage services became increasingly complex and costly to manage. To make cloud storage simple again, here are two recommendations for organizations to follow..."
DCIG, March 25th, 2021
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An Overview Of The Serverless Computing Architecture Trend
Why run an always-on server in the cloud when you can precisely run just one function when it's needed? That's the promise of serverless computing architecture.
"Tech has no shortage of buzzy new technologies - and cutting through the hype to see what will actually impact the enterprise can be challenging. We're here to help. Starting in 2021, our contributors will give a rundown on an emerging tech and whether or not it'll pay off to pay attention to it. Here, we look at serverless computing architecture..."
Data Center Knowledge, March 24th, 2021
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IT News - Networks
Software Defined Networking (SDN) Advantages
Data center owners of all types can find many advantages in Software-Defined Networking (SDN).
"And, if you are a cloud service provider and want to ensure customers can move their virtualized workloads without requiring much planning, the advantages of Software-Defined Networking SDN may be the answer to your prayers.SDN not only reduces the complexity seen in today's networks but also helps Cloud service providers host millions of virtual networks without the need for common separation isolation methods such as virtual local area networks (VLAN). SDN also enables network administrators to manage network services from a central management tool by virtualizing physical network connectivity into logical network connectivity..."
ServerWatch, March 23rd, 2021
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IT News - IoT
IoT Could Soon Be As Common As Your Daily Commute
Undoubtedly, you have heard of smartphones. More likely than not, you have one in your pocket as you read this.
"Additionally, smart homes and smart home features are likely part of your vocabulary in today's world, including the likes of Ring Doorbells, Nest to remotely handle things like your thermostat, or any number of artificial intelligence (A.I.)-based devices, such as Amazon's Alexa.

But have you yet heard of a 'Smart City?'

Despite having the aforementioned technologies, does the concept of Smart City still sound like something out of a sci-fi movie or Netflix series? It shouldn't, as the technology that encompasses a Smart City is fast becoming a reality, and it is already applied in many ways..."

Business 2 Community, March 23rd, 2021
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IT News - Careers
Top 8 Most In-Demand IT Tech Jobs Of 2021
For job seekers in 2021, it's important to find a role that will be in high demand both now and in the coming years. Here are eight of the most promising jobs in technology.
"For job seekers, the demand for specific jobs should factor into their career decisions -- perhaps now more than ever. With the job market affected by events, such as the global pandemic and its resulting wave of layoffs, it's important to know which jobs are still on the upswing.

Learn about eight of the most in-demand tech jobs and IT jobs 2021 has to offer, as well as general job duties, recommended skills for job seekers, why the position is in demand, and paths to careers for each position listed. Jobs are not ranked in any order.", March 24th, 2021
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Over 80% Of Workers Don't Want To Go Back To The Office Full Time, Survey Finds
Parents with kids at home are more likely to want to return to office life, a study by Harvard Business School finds
"A survey by Harvard Business School has found 81% of people who have been working from home through the COVID-19 pandemic either don't want to go back or prefer a hybrid schedule. Of the 1,500 remote workers surveyed for the study, 27% hope to continue working remotely full time indefinitely, while 61% would prefer to mix working from home with going into the office two or three days a week..."
CNET, March 25th, 2021
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10 Tips For Fostering A Culture Of Continuous Learning
To create and maintain an adaptable, dynamic organization that thrives in ever-changing conditions, IT leaders must encourage staff to continually acquire new skills and embrace new mindsets.
When McAfee CIO Scott Howitt asks prospective hires about their hobbies, he's actually trying to discern whether they're self-motivated learners.

'I purposely look for people for whom learning is a hobby: Do they travel, do they read, are they programming Raspberry Pis on their own? Those are the people I want,' Howitt says.

He hired one applicant who set up a mini data center in his garage to work on networking skills, and he created a position for an HR colleague who shared that she had earned the Global Information Assurance Certification on her own.

CIO, March 24th, 2021
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IT News - Virtualization
Moving From VMs To A Container-Based Enterprise Architecture
As organisations move to a cloud-native architecture, they will need to consider what to do with their existing virtual server estate
"As businesses continue to modernise their server estate and move towards a cloud-native architecture, one of the biggest challenges they face is what to do with their core business applications that cannot easily be re-hosted without significant risk and disruption.

Enterprises previously virtualised their server estates, allowing them to run existing applications on modern hardware. If they needed an additional server, they could have one up and running in a few clicks. And, if it broke, they just deleted it and started again..."

ComputerWeekly, March 23rd, 2021
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IT News - Email
Anti-Spoofing For Email Gains Adoption, But Enforcement Lags
More organizations adopt sender authentication, but strict quarantining or rejection of unauthenticated messages remains uncommon.
"The number of domains using an anti-spoofing technology known as Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance, or DMARC, topped 2.7 million in 2020, yet most domains still fail to specify a policy to delete or quarantine unauthenticated email, according to data from security firms published over the last month.

During the pandemic, email scams and phishing attacks that purported to be from the World Health Organization (WHO) widely targeted businesses and government agencies. DMARC foils one component of such attacks, when the attacker spoofs an organization in an e-mail's From field. As of December 2020, more than 2.7 million domains published a DMARC record, up 43% during the last year, according to the latest adoption report on, based on data from Farsight Security, a cybersecurity intelligence firm..."

Dark Reading, March 23rd, 2021
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IT News - Big Data
New Research Suggests Young Digital Natives Lack The Data Literacy Employers Crave - But Is It All A Big Misunderstanding?
Exasol, a leading high performance analytics database company, launched the findings of its new study into the attitudes and understanding that young people currently in higher education or just entering the world of work have towards data
"The study of 3,000 16- to 21-year-olds (coined D/NATIVES by Exasol because of their everyday digital skills) finds that despite over half of respondents believing that their ability to understand data will be as vital to their future as their ability to read and write - only 43% actually consider themselves to be data literate. Interestingly, a higher proportion (55%) said they can read, work with, analyze and argue with statistics-which are the required skills for data literacy according to MIT's definition..."
insideBIGDATA, March 28th, 2021
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IT News - Developer
Which Coding Language Should You Be Learning? With This Sale, You Can Learn Seven Of The Biggest
These seven apps can help learners understand some of the most popular languages in coding, including Java, JavaScript, Python, R programming, and more.
"If you know English and Spanish, you're in a much better position to understand, communicate with, and get to know many more people than if you only knew one or the other. By that same token, learning a variety of coding languages can open you up to a broadening universe of possibilities.

Knowing more than one coding discipline improves your odds of finding a solution to a programming problem. But maybe more importantly, learning several coding languages can put you in line for even more programming jobs, maximizing your chances to work on projects you enjoy - with an increased paycheck to prove it..."

TheNextWeb, March 25th, 2021
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