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IT News - CxO
How CIOs Can Become Indispensable To The Board: 3 Tips
As the COVID-19 pandemic forced enterprises to speed up digital transformation, the CIO role has become pivotal to business strategy. Consider these tips to improve interaction and understanding with the board of directors
"We have entered an era in which the CIO has become an essential advisor in the boardroom," opines Rich Penkoski in The Enterprisers Project.

"Let that sink in for a moment. Over the years, the CIO role has certainly evolved - remember when it was unusual for a technology professional to even be a member of the C-suite? Now the CIO is a vital and visible voice in the decision-making process for formulating and advancing corporate strategy through technology..."

The Enterprisers Project, January 5th, 2021
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Gartner: CIOs Now Judged On Emotional Intelligence Over Technical Skill
Soft skills will become the most in-demand
"As the pandemic rolls on, technical skills are no longer the most important qualities for prospective CIOs," notes Sead in ITProPortal. "Instead, emotional intelligence and soft skills have taken precedence.

This is according to a new report from analyst house Gartner, which claims that organizations now understand that their CIOs need to be able to make timely decisions, regardless how tough they are, while also showing empathy and support for fellow co-workers..."

ITProPortal, January 4th, 2021
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9 IT Resolutions For 2021
IT leaders share their visions on how they hope to transform their teams, their organizations, and themselves in the new year.
Mary K. Pratt writes in CIO, "Tanya Hannah has an ambitious agenda for the upcoming year, seeing in the months ahead the opportunity to use technology to change how work gets done and how constituent needs get fulfilled.

Hannah, CIO for King County, Wash., sees 2021 as a time to reimagine: how the county operates, how it delivers services, and how it serves the people who live and work within its boundaries..."

CIO, January 4th, 2021
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5 Questions CISOs Should Ask Prospective Corporate Lawyers
Where can you find an attorney with the knowledge and insight to help you navigate thorny privacy and security issues? These five questions will help you find the right match
John Edwards writes in CSO Online, "Every CISO needs access to skilled legal counsel, a trusted advisor who can address the challenge of protecting enterprise and customer data as well as complying with an ever-growing maze of international industry and government mandates. Finding an attorney who understands the serious issues CISOs face can be a formidable task. Only a relative handful are knowledgeable in technology, security and privacy issues..."
CSO Online, January 4th, 2021
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2021 IT Priorities Require Security Considerations
AI, IoT and 5G are among the top IT priorities for CIOs and CTOs in 2021. Is your team prepared to address each tech's security needs?
"CIOs and CTOs are hitting the ground running when it comes to IT priorities for 2021," writes Sharon Shea in SearchSecurity. "For these priorities to be successful, however, security cannot be put on the back burner.

A recent IEEE survey of CIOs and CTOs from across the globe found AI, IoT, 5G and the cloud are expected to be major growth areas this year, along with a narrowed focus on COVID-19 pandemic response and the future of the workplace.

As organizations adopt these 2021 IT priorities, security teams need to be in the know to ensure adoption, deployment and management are done securely. Each IT priority has its own set of security requirements and introduces challenges that must be addressed by infosec teams..."

SearchSecurity, January 8th, 2021
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New Year, New You: 5 Data Resolutions To Help CIOs Create A Game-Changing IT Department
Follow these tips to optimize data management in the new year
"We did it!" writes Ezat Dayeh in, "we made it through 2020 and all that it entailed, but now it's 2021 and it's time to sort out how your business wishes to use data over the year ahead. So we've created a list of new year resolutions that we think IT leaders should adopt (if they don't already) to make 2021 and beyond an easier and more effective time to manage your data.

Over the past twelve months, IT teams have operated under extreme conditions. They've had to deal with reduced teams and tech budgets, enabling staff to work from home, fast-changing organisational priorities, and increased threats in terms of business continuity and information security...", January 6th, 2021
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6 Trends To Manage The New Enterprise IT Reality
In 2021, we'll see six trends take shape as more enterprises learn to manage a new level of reliance on external networks and services
"Enterprise IT architectures have seen a seismic shift in the last few years as organizations increasingly migrate to SaaS applications and build more of their applications on IaaS and PaaS platforms," notes Angelique Medina in Network Computing.

"With this shift, the IT perimeter has moved well beyond the four walls of the enterprise and into external networks and services out of the direct control of IT. In this new model, network paths are more dynamic and include segments across both LAN, WAN, Internet, and SaaS and cloud networks..."

Network Computing, January 8th, 2021
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IT News - AI
12 Dark Secrets Of AI
With the drumbeat for AI across all industries only getting louder, IT leaders must come to grips with the dark secrets of working with artificial intelligence to glean business insights
"Humanity have always dreamed of some omniscient, omnipotent genie that can shoulder its workloads," writes Peter Wayner in CIO.

"Now, thanks to the hard work of computer scientists in the labs, we have our answer in artificial intelligence, which if you buy into the hype can do just about anything your company needs done - at least some of it, some of the time.

Yes, the AI innovations are amazing. Virtual helpers like Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant would seem magical to a time traveler from as recently as 10 to 15 years ago. Your word is their command, and unlike voice recognition tools from the 1990s, they often come up with the right answer - if you avoid curveball questions like asking how many angels can dance on the head of a pin..."

CIO, January 6th, 2021
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What Is An AI Chip? Everything You Need To Know
All your questions about AI chips, answered
Albert Liu writes in, "Many of the smart/IoT devices you'll purchase are powered by some form of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-be it voice assistants, facial recognition cameras, or even your PC. These don't work via magic, however, and need something to power all of the data-processing they do. For some devices that could be done in the cloud, by vast datacentres. Other devices will do all their processing on the devices themselves, through an AI chip.

But what is an AI chip? And how does it differ from the various other chips you may find in a device? This article will highlight the importance of AI chips, the different kinds of AI chips that are used for different applications, and the benefits of using AI chips in devices...", January 5th, 2021
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2021 AI Predictions: More Edge AI, Rise Of 'Data Mutinies,' Wider Use Of 'Snitch Software'
With growing demand and wider adoption due to affordability and accessibility, 2021 will bring broader deployment of AI at the edge solutions across various industries
aitrends: "AI and edge computing will play a crucial role for businesses in alleviating the growing strain of managing large amounts of data since processing data right at the edge versus needing to transfer it to the cloud, creating more powerful, versatile, responsive and secure solutions.

AI at the edge will make it more efficient to process large amounts of data and complete time and resource demanding tasks for industries that rely on dozens of cameras, such as smart retail and industry 4.0. Edge processing will help process video streams coming from multiple cameras in real time. Camera-attached processing in addition to collective, multiple stream processing will remove the need for huge, in-store servers while also reducing communication costs. Overall, various industries will benefit from edge processing due to its reduction in network bandwidth costs and improvement on issues related to privacy, latency, and efficiency. 2021 will be a transformative year for enterprises leveraging computer vision for automation, with fast and smart adopters of edge AI becoming industry leaders for years to come..."

aitrends, January 7th, 2021
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Understanding AI: The Good, Bad And Ugly
Although it's still in the early stage of adoption, the use of artificial intelligence in the public sector has vast potential
Seth Cutler writes in GCN, "According to McKinsey & Company, AI can help to identify tax-evasion patterns, sort through infrastructure data to target bridge inspections, sift through health and social-service data to prioritize cases for child welfare and support or even predict the spread of infectious diseases.

Yet as the promises of AI grow increasingly obtainable, so do the risks associated with it.

Public-sector organizations, which house and protect sensitive data, must be even more alert and prepared for attacks than other businesses. Plus, as technology becomes more complex and integrated into users' personal and professional lives, agencies can't ignore the possibility of more sophisticated attacks, including those that leverage AI..."

GCN, January 8th, 2021
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2020's Biggest Stories In AI
2020 provided a glimpse of just how much AI is beginning to penetrate everyday life. It seems likely that in the next few years we'll regularly (and unknowingly) see AI-generated text in our social media feeds, advertisements, and news outlets
insideBIGDATA: "The implications of AI being used in the real world raise important questions about the ethical use of AI as well.

So as we look forward to 2021, it is worth taking a moment to look back at the biggest stories in AI over the past year..."

insideBIGDATA, January 7th, 2021
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IT News - Technology
10 Must-Read Technology Books For 2021
Gain a new perspective on core and emerging technologies - from robotics to virtual reality - and the related leadership challenges. Put these technology books on your reading list
"Let's hope - for all the curveballs that 2020 threw our way," writes Stephanie Overby in The Enterprisers Project, "that one of the unexpected benefits of this tumultuous year has been a little more time to tick some books off your reading list. Last year at this time, we recommended a number of then-forthcoming titles for CIOs looking to take a deeper dive into technology topics, from AI to the ins and outs of technology experimentation and innovation.

This year, we are again offering up our recommended technology reads for the new year, beginning with an overview of the technology likely to top the agenda in 2021..."

The Enterprisers Project, January 4th, 2021
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The Shape Of Edge Computing In 2021
Edge computing is hyped as the next destination for cloud computing, but complexity and security may squeeze out some of the benefits.
David Linthicum writes in Infoworld, "In 2019 and 2020, edge computing received a lot of attention because most centralized cloud computing challenges involve latency issues that are difficult to mediate. You can tell the cloud providers to build points of presence closer to your users-and new points of presence continue to show up all the time and all over the world-but latency continues to be a common problem. Why?..."
Infoworld, January 6th, 2021
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Best Raspberry Pi Distros In 2021
Make the most out of your Pi
Shashank Sharma, Nick Peers, Nate Drake, Mayank Sharma writes in, "Believe it or not, the Raspberry Pi is now eight years old. In this relatively short period the Pi has ushered in a new revolution in computing that stretches far beyond its original remit which was to promote basic computer science education in schools.

These are the best Linux training providers and online courses There have been several Pi developments over the past few years...", January 4th, 2021
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Top Five Technology Trends For The Year Ahead
IT underwent a major change in 2020 as organizations were forced to quickly adopt strategies to handle new cybersecurity threats and increased remote working and collaboration needs, according to Matrix Integration
HelpNet Security: Cybersecurity remains a top concern for 2021, as attackers continue to threaten organizations, particularly in energy/utilities, government, and manufacturing.

'Although every organization is putting more money towards cybersecurity, the ground is always shifting,' said Rob Wildman, VP of professional services at Matrix Integration.

HelpNet Security, January 5th, 2021
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IT News - HR
9 Tips For Successful Remote Communications For HR Professionals
Human resources is contending with an upheaval to the traditional way of doing things by conducting interviews and onboarding online, and managing the emotional and mental state of staff.
N.F. Mendoza writes in TechRepublic, "For many Americans, there was work, and there was home (with a commute in between). When COVID-19 swept across the country starting in March last year, all of that changed when millions went from brick-and-mortar offices into remote, work-from-home situations. Issues of immediacy were relegated to IT, which dealt with Wi-Fi and firewall issues, prioritizing. Theirs was not an easy task, but one so topically critical the bulk of the changes were addressed within the first few weeks..."
TechRepublic, January 5th, 2021
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Employee Burnout Remains A Major Concern For Employers
Although the challenge of employee burnout existed before the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic, employee wellness became a major concern for many employers in 2020. As the pandemic continues into 2021, employee burnout remains top of mind.
Sheryl Estrada writes in HRDive, "For example, some workplace health experts in the U.K. are anticipating a "burnout spike" in January following the disruption of regular holiday plans, according to a recent report by Distinctly. Google searches in the U.K. related to burnout are expected to be greater in January 2021, with search terms including "signs of burnout" having already increased by 24% throughout 2020, the search marketing agency found. As many companies moved remote in response to the pandemic, some employees in the U.S. have even experienced video call fatigue, according to a recent Robert Half survey..."
HRDive, January 8th, 2021
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Survey: Most HR Leaders Seek To Expand Remote Work Despite Vaccine Availability
The gradual availability of coronavirus vaccines may not have diminished HR professionals' plans for remote work moving forward, according to data from a survey of HR leaders published by Gartner Dec. 15
"Of 130 HR leaders surveyed," writes Ryan Golden in HRDive, "90% said their organizations planned to allow employees to work remotely at least part of the time even after a vaccine is widely adopted, and 65% said their organizations would continue to offer employees scheduling flexibility. Moreover, nearly one-third of 118 respondents said they would relax some protocols, such as mask-wearing requirements, once a vaccine is widely available..."
HRDive, January 4th, 2021
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IT News - Security
Secure A Remote Workforce By Killing VPN
VPN served its purpose well, but Zero Trust Network Access is now transforming the definition of remote access solutions
"Since the 90s, providing remote employees with access to IT resources has been defined by the VPN," notes Joe Gleinser in Network Computing.

"Stacks of expensive, proprietary VPN appliances filled data centers and allowed users to tunnel into the network to access everything from email to ERP systems. These tunnels provided a simple way to give employees access to the tools they needed, but often at the cost of weak visibility and complex configuration. As applications migrated to the cloud and the number of remote users grew at an exponential rate, VPN failed to keep up with customer demands..."

Network Computing, January 4th, 2021
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10 Of The Biggest Cyber Attacks Of 2020
Here is a list of 10 of the largest cyber attacks of a pandemic-dominated 2020, including several devastating ransomware incidents and a massive supply chain attack
"A pandemic-focused year made the events of 2020 unprecedented in numerous ways, and the cyber attacks were no different," writes Arielle Waldman in SearchSecurity.

"As the world transitioned to virtual everything -- work, school, meetings and family gatherings -- attackers took notice. Attackers embraced new techniques and a hurried switch to remote access increased cyberthreats across the board. For example, K-12 schools took a brunt of the hit, and new lows were reached like the exfiltration of student data. The list of top cyber attacks from 2020 include ransomware, phishing, data leaks, breaches and a devastating supply chain attack with a scope like no other. The virtually-dominated year raised new concerns around security postures and practices, which will continue into 2021..."

SearchSecurity, January 5th, 2021
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IT Security: 10 Essentials For CIOs In 2021
Our rapid adoption of new digital tools during the past year makes security more important than ever. These best practices will help keep your data safe in 2021 and beyond
"The boundaries between traditional IT and cybersecurity are all but gone," opines Brad LaPorte in The Enterprisers Project.

"Every key leader now has a stake in maintaining cyber resilience. But no role is more affected than the CIO. Here are some straightforward tactics to keep you grounded as you navigate security dangers in 2021.

1. Keep an adaptable mindset

One of the most effective and efficient things a CIO can do is to plan for rapid change and learn to improvise, adapt, and overcome any challenge. The evolving threat landscape is dynamic and evolves constantly. Criminals are well-resourced and well-coordinated, and they have an army of automated tools at their fingertips to exploit the global economy. CIOs must remain vigilant at all times to ensure they are not next to be publicly called out for a breach that could have been prevented..."

The Enterprisers Project, January 6th, 2021
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10 Cybersecurity Best Practices And Tips For Businesses
Looking to improve your business's security program? Our top-10 list of cybersecurity advice breaks out best practices and tips for security professionals and for employees
"Each employee of a business, from end users to security professionals to executives, has a role in protecting their business from cyber attacks," writes Karen Scarfone in SearchSecurity.

"The actions that each employee takes -- or doesn't take -- can make the difference between "just another day" and a major security breach that harms the business's reputation and costs the business a lot of money.

To help businesses improve their security practices, we've compiled a list of cybersecurity best practices for security professionals to follow, and a list of cybersecurity tips for all employees to keep in mind. These lists focus on particularly important things for businesses today to address..."

SearchSecurity, January 6th, 2021
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Best Practices For Securing Modern Data Architecture
Today's cloud-native data management platforms can help businesses unlock the potential of their data
Rajesh Venkatasubbu writes in SecurityIntelligence, "These modern data management and storage platforms are designed to deliver lean, high-performance architecture for agile application teams to ensure solid business outcomes, such as rapid time to market. Modern platforms, built for the cloud and in the cloud, offer benefits that make them easier to use and maintain. This helps reduce the total cost of ownership. Newer data services can often support global tasks like credit card payments and health care claims..."
SecurityIntelligence, January 4th, 2021
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Predictions 2021: IT Security And Personal Data Privacy
With the sun rising on 2021, security pros are turning their attention toward another year of trying to catch up with the bad actors
"In the past 12 months, the IT security industry saw a resurgence in malware, an increase in rogue phishing scams and much more," writes Chris Preimesberger in eWeek.

"But with the sun rising on 2021, security pros are turning their attention toward another year of trying to catch up with the bad actors.

In it, they see a future with a threat landscape not all that much different from the present--but with a few changes in scenery..."

eWeek, January 4th, 2021
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IT News - Cloud
What To Consider When Migrating To The Cloud
What should businesses consider when embarking on their migration journey?
Hiren Parekh writes in ITProPortal, "This year has seen an unprecedented number of businesses migrate to the cloud - either transitioning a greater volume of data than before or migrating for the first time. With remote working here to stay in one form or another, it's clear that cloud technology will continue to play an important role in businesses' data management as we enter 2021 and beyond.

Transitioning to the cloud can be complex - especially when there are so many options out there - so what should businesses consider when embarking on their migration journey?..."

ITProPortal, January 8th, 2021
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Hybrid Cloud: The Best Of Both Worlds
The benefits of hybrid cloud
"If 2020 taught us anything it is that you never know what is around the corner," writes Terry Storrar on, "but in truth businesses have always had to deal with peaks, troughs, highs, lows, famine and feast. All of these obstacles and pathways have one thing in common and that is the need for businesses to adapt to changes which are both planned and unplanned in order to maximize or minimize the impact that these opportunities or threats pose...", January 8th, 2021
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2021 Predictions From Capgemini: The Rise Of Cloud Economics
Research by Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) shows that the cloud has delivered results for over 90% of organisations during the past year, when tackling the challenges that COVID presented
Kees Birkhoff writes in CloudTech, "CIF also points out that over the past few months, digital transformation across a majority of enterprises sped up by 69% - with 91% of decision-makers stating that cloud formed an important part of this transformation, and 40% describing the role of the cloud as crucial.

But this growth does not stop at the end of 2020. More cloud adoption and digital transformation is expected in 2021. CIF says 88% of organisations expect cloud service adoption to increase in the next 12 months. As this growth continues, we expect cloud technologies to enable organisations to operate with greater agility, resilience and adaptability compared to a few years ago. Naturally, this is good news, but where is the cloud heading in 2021? What are the trends to watch out for?..."

CloudTech, January 5th, 2021
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IT News - Careers
IT Hiring: 5 Truths About Executive Search Firms
Looking to fill a key IT leadership role?If you're retaining a search firm for help, here's what you need to know
"So you've decided to use a retained executive search firm to fill a technology leadership role," notes Somer Hackley in The Enterprisers Project.

"Perhaps you've collected a list of firms to consider from your personal network, your head of HR, and your talent acquisition team.

Like many employers, you might then narrow your list to three firms, ask each one to pitch, and review each firm's track record, processes, and fees. But this is an important hire - how can you be confident you're choosing the right firm to partner with?..."

The Enterprisers Project, January 8th, 2021
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