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IT News - CxO
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Ransomworm: The Next Level Of Cybersecurity Nastiness
"2017 could see further evil innovations of ransomware," warns Ryan Francis in CSO Online.

"As if holding your data hostage and seeking cash payment weren't harsh enough, security experts foresee the next stage of ransomware to be even worse.

Scott Millis, CTO at mobile security company Cyber adAPT, expects ransomware to spin out of control in the year ahead. That is an astounding statement when you consider that there were more than 4,000 ransomware attacks daily in 2016, according to Symantec's Security Response group..."

CSO Online, December 27th, 2016
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Who Controls The Marketing Tech Stack In 2017: The CIO Or CMO?
Dion Hinchcliffe writes in ZDNet, "A funny thing happened along the way to using technology to better connect with the marketplace: The CIO and CMO both decided to have a hand in it. How will they agree and align in 2017 as digital becomes central to the end-to-end customer experience?

Much has been made in the last several years for the need of the CIO and CMO to align on technology plans, as marketing strategy increasingly must be realized largely or entirely within digital experiences.

While the CIO has long owned the overall technology stack inside of the enterprise, the CMO has certainly had a say in it in most organizations since the rise of digital marketing in the 1990s..."

ZDNet, December 31st, 2016
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4 Information Security Threats That Will Dominate 2017
"Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated and collaborative with every coming year," notes Thor Olavsrud in CIO. "To combat the threat in 2017, information security professionals must understand these four global security threats.

As with previous years, 2016 saw no shortage of data breaches. Looking ahead to 2017, the Information Security Forum (ISF), a global, independent information security body that focuses on cyber security and information risk management, forecasts businesses will face four key global security threats in 2017..."

CIO, December 29th, 2016
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IT News - Storage
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Storage In 2017: Big Improvements Are On The Way
"If 2016 wasn't tumultuous enough for you - the world's largest storage company sold itself to Dell - you ain't seen nothin' yet," opines Robin Harris in ZDNet.

"The pace of change in the storage industry is accelerating - and that's good for us...

The pace of storage change continues to accelerate, and its impact on us continues to grow. Digital storage is central to a digital civilization, and as we grow more digital, we grow more dependent on improvements in storage. Here's what to expect in 2017..."

ZDNet, December 30th, 2016
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NVMe and NVMs: What To Expect
Umesh Maheshwari writes in Network Computing, "NVMe is a relatively new protocol for accessing data stored on solid-state drives. Unlike spinning disks, SSDs store data on some form of non-volatile memory (NVM). This NVM can be either flash (NAND) or a next-generation NVM such as 3D XPoint (3DXP). Note that NVMe, the protocol, is different from NVM, the storage medium.

NVMe (the "e" stands for express) is designed to be leaner and faster than its predecessors, SAS and SATA. It shaves off about 20us from the latency added by the I/O stack..."

Network Computing, December 28th, 2016
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IT News - AI
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2017 Will Be Big Year For AI Thanks To Tech Giants
"Technology's leading companies drove the evolution of artificial intelligence in 2016, and Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are all expected to push AI much further in 2017," writes Matt Kapko in CIO.

"Machine learning and other variations of artificial intelligence (AI) are expected to proliferate in the enterprise in 2017. The majority of IT players, including today's leading technology companies, have invested in the space and plan to increase efforts for the foreseeable future, according to analysts who cover the market.

However, while machine learning has generated tremendous interest throughout the enterprise, a wide gap still exists between research and beneficial use cases in the real world. And only a small number of companies have the resources to actually drive AI innovation and deliver it to the masses, sources say..."

CIO, December 29th, 2016
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What Really Is AI? Setting The Record Straight
"AI is already ingrained in our personal lives, but why have enterprises been slow to adopt the technology in the workplace?" asks Nick Ismail in Information Age.

"Enterprise artificial intelligence has reached a tipping point. Whatever you call it - machine learning, predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, cognitive computing - this phenomenon is not only dominating our news feeds, but our business conversations also.

It would probably be helpful to start with a baseline definition..."

Information Age, December 28th, 2016
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IT News - Bitcoin
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How Blockchain Can Create The World's Biggest Supercomputer
Ben Dickson writes in TechCrunch, "As our desktop computers, laptops, mobile devices, etc. stand idly by for a huge portion of the day, the need for computing resources is growing at a fast pace. Large IoT ecosystems, machine learning and deep learning algorithms and other sophisticated solutions being deployed in every domain and industry are raising the demand for stronger cloud servers and more bandwidth to address the minute needs of enterprises and businesses.

So how can we make a more economic and efficient use of all the computing power that's going to waste? Blockchain, the distributed ledger that's gaining traction across various domains, might have the answer to the dilemma by providing a platform that enables participants to lend and borrow computing resources - and make money in the process..."

TechCrunch, December 27th, 2016
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IT News - Security
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10 Things Infosec Pros Can Celebrate About 2016
"There were a few items that passed for good news this year," writes Sara Peters in Dark Reading.

"Let's not rehash all the miserable DDoSes of the past several months or predict the horrors IoT has in store for us next year. For now, let's snuggle up with some hot chocolate and think comforting thoughts. Let's prepare our champagne toasts for New Year's Eve and celebrate the good times (or what passed for good times in this industry) from 2016: ..."

Dark Reading, December 29th, 2016
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8 Boldest Security Predictions For 2017
Ericka Chickowski writes in Dark Reading, "The end of the year may mean ugly sweaters and epic office holiday parties for some. But for us here at Dark Reading, nothing signals winter solstice more certainly than an email inbox stuffed full of IT security predictions for the coming year. We're talking a denial-of-service-level flood of communiques - a near endless cavalcade of thought leaders and laggards chiming in with their thoughts on how attacks, defenses and the business of cybersecurity will shake out after the New Year.

Among the hundreds of predictions, the majority are either inane or obvious enough to get a "Well, duh" response from anyone who has been in infosec for any length of time. But every year we get a few that raise our eyebrows, elicit a chuckle or at least get us thinking speculatively about possibilities for the months to come. This year was no different, so we'll spare you all those predictions about phishing being the next big attack vector and skip straight to the good stuff..."

Dark Reading, December 27th, 2016
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Test Systems - The Soft Underbelly Of System Security
"Test systems are the guts of your overall system design," notes Apollo Catlin in Business 2 Community. "Test systems embody an incredible amount of the history of how your team's code and development practices turn into the tools, applications, and services you provide to your users. Most importantly, these systems show how your systems, tools, and applications mature and refine, and every brilliant and embarrassing decision your team made to create your product can often be found there..."
Business 2 Community, December 30th, 2016
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IT News - Linux
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Top 10 Linux News Stories Of 2016
Scott Nesbitt writes in opensouce.com, "The past year was packed with Linux anniversaries and announcements. Which ones made our top 10 list? Read on to find out. ..

  • Linux turns 25
  • Fedora 25 becomes the first major Linux distro to ship with Wayland enabled by default
  • Microsoft cozies up to Linux

... read on for details

opensouce.com, December 27th, 2016
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IT News - DevOps
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DevOps: People First, Process Second
"Why better collaboration and teamwork is the end destination for any DevOps journey," writes Neal Riley in ITProPortal.

"Today businesses are working in more agile and digitally connected ways. What's more in the case of new software development projects, DevOps is a buzzword that chimes with this sentiment. But what does it mean and how should we view it? Is it a job role? Is it a team? A product? A vision?

Quite simply, DevOps is a mind-set...."

ITProPortal, December 27th, 2016
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IT News - Cloud
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Cloud Computing Explained: SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS
"Cloud computing is an invaluable resource that all modern businesses should consider as part of their strategy," notes Luke Robbins in Business 2 Community. "But many people hesitate to act because they don't quite understand it - what it is, what it does, or how they can use it to improve their business and their bottom line. That's quite understandable, since the topic can be somewhat confusing and the term has been appropriated by some businesses for unrelated purposes in order to take advantage of cloud computing's popularity.

So today, we're clearing the air, clearing away the obscurity of the cloud to see what's really going on at ground level..."

Business 2 Community, December 28th, 2016
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How And Why Is Your Industry Adopting Cloud?
"It's no secret that companies of all sizes, regions and industries are using the cloud in a variety of ways," writes Nick Ismail in Information Age.

"It's a well-known fact that the cloud is revolutionising every industry and sector. Although the benefits of cloud were once hotly contested - with some experts arguing that the cloud was less secure than on-prem - now, those myths have dissipated.

In fact, in this increasingly digital world, the cloud is now integral to an organisation's survival. A recent Progress study revealed that 85% of IT leaders feel that they have two years to advance their digital transformation strategy before falling behind their competitors or suffering financially..."

Information Age, December 29th, 2016
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7 New Guides And Tips For Openstack
"Familiarity with OpenStack is likely to continue to be one of the most in-demand job skills in the new year, both for developers and system administrators," writes Jason Baker in opensouce.com. "But OpenStack is a huge area, encompassing dozens of individual projects with varying degrees of complexity. Building and keeping up your skills can be a challenge.

Fortunately, there are lots of resources out there to help you learn what you need to know. In addition to the official documentation, numerous training and certification programs, books, and other resources, there are also plenty of community-created tutorials, guides, and how-tos out there created by OpenStack developers and users who wish to share their first-hand knowledge..."

opensouce.com, December 29th, 2016
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IT News - DR
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2016's Top Business Continuity Disasters Are A Reminder To Plan Ahead
"While you might not be able to predict exactly what incidents 2017 will bring, you can think ahead and prepare," writes Matt Kingswood in ITProPortal.

"From severe storms to power cuts to local fires, 2016 has brought its share of business continuity interruptions, testing businesses' continuity strategies and putting their revenues at risk.

In an effort to raise awareness of why it is important for UK businesses of all sizes to have a business continuity strategy in place, nationwide managed services provider (MSP) IT Specialists (ITS) has put together research highlighting some of the biggest threats to business continuity during 2016. The incidents include the following:..."

ITProPortal, December 31st, 2016
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IT News - Networks
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Why IT Monitoring Tools Are Not Stopping Outages (Slideshow)
"Most organizations are still using network monitoring solutions that aren't very effective in predicting network performance issues and/or outages, according to a recent survey from Veriflow," writes Dennis McCafferty in CIO Insight.

"The accompanying report, 'Network Complexity, Change and Human Factors are Failing the Business,' indicates that, in many cases, it's the users who end up reporting an outage or service disruption, and that delay can negatively impact business for an hour or more..."

CIO Insight, December 29th, 2016
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Networking Guide To CIDR Notation And Configuration
"One of the key concepts in network routing that any Linux professional should be familiar with is network notation," opines David Both in opensouce.com. "This article was inspired by a request from a reader of my article, An introduction to Linux network routing, to explain more about CIDR notation and how it works. CIDR stands for Classless-Inter Domain Routing; it defines a notation methodology for network addressing that is used to specify the network portion of an IP address..."
opensouce.com, December 30th, 2016
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IT News - Developer
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Hot Programming Trends In 2016
"Take a look at the year's hottest languages for AI projects and containers, new languages, and more programming trends," writes Rachel Roumeliotis in opensouce.com.

"Technology is constantly moving forward - well, maybe not always forward, but always moving. Even for someone who keeps an eye on the trends and their effect on programmers, discerning exactly where things are headed can be a challenge. My clearest glimpse into open source programming trends always comes in the fall when I work with my fellow chairs, Kelsey Hightower and Scott Hanselman, and our fantastic programming committee to sculpt the coming year's OSCON (O'Reilly Open Source Convention). The proposals that we get and the number focused on specific topics turn out to be good indicators of hot trends in the open source world. What follows is an overview of the top programming trends we saw in 2016..."

opensouce.com, December 30th, 2016
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