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IT News - CxO
50% Of Ex-Employees Can Still Access Corporate Apps
"When employees are terminated or move on to new roles, they're often taking access to corporate data with them. For some companies, this access leads to a data breach," notes Kelly Sheridan in Dark Reading.

"Researchers at identity management firm OneLogin polled 500 IT decision makers to learn about how they provision and deprovision, or terminate, staff login information in-house. Results indicate most aren't doing enough to protect against the threat of ex-employees.

Twenty percent of respondents report their failure to deprovision employees from corporate applications has contributed to a data breach at their organization. Of those, 47% say more than 10% of all data breaches have been the result of ex-employees..."

Dark Reading, August 18th, 2017
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The CISO & The Board: A Love-Hate Relationship?
"A third of CISOs aren't involved at all with their company's key strategic business decisions. It is clear something has to change," opines Marc Lueck in ITProPortal.

"Today, it seems like you are unable to pick up a paper without reading about a high profile hack, data breach or cyber criminal arrest. In the past, information security teams within large enterprises have always been the unsung heroes, working behind the scenes, often in isolation, to keep their businesses safe against these types of news stories - and maintaining a relatively low profile in the process. However, at a time when organisational security is getting compromised more and more, it is only natural that infosec professionals are finding their practices analysed and criticised more than ever..."

ITProPortal, August 18th, 2017
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Make Your CIO More Relevant Using Business Architecture
"To succeed, CIOs need to focus more resources in communicating and building business architecture change maps that will involve business executives, business architects and obviously the CIO," notes Daniel Lambert in CIO.

"According to a Logicalis Global CIO survey[i], the likelihood that CIOs are left out of the IT purchasing decision process has grown every year since 2013 with only 60% of CIOs controlling technology spending in 2016. This trend will most probably continue in the future. Even more troubling, over 60% organizations created at least one new mobile app in 2015 without any IT involvement..."

CIO, August 16th, 2017
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IT News - Storage
NVMe Will Not Replacing but Complementing Flash
Greg Schulz writes in, "There has been some recent industry marketing buzz generated by a start-up to get some attention by claiming via a study sponsored by including the start-up that NVMe will replace Flash storage. Granted, many IT customers as well as vendors are still confused by NVMe thinking it is a storage medium as opposed to an interface used for accessing fast storage devices such as NAND flash among other SSDs. Part of that confusion can be tied to common SSD based devices rely on NVM that are persistent memory retaining data when powered off (unlike the memory in your computer)...", August 18th, 2017
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Why Object Storage Is Coming Of Age In The Big Data Era
Chris Preimesberger writes in eWeek, "If IT were a television show, it would be 'Hoarders.' Organizations are creating and storing more and more data every day. According to research by IDC, by 2020 total data volumes will hit a mind-boggling 44 zettabytes, with about 80 percent of the data stored outside of structured databases.

With such unprecedented data growth, IT teams are looking for flexible, scalable and easily manageable ways to preserve and protect that data. This is where object storage shines. Object storage manages data as objects rather than as a hierarchy of files, tables, columns and rows, or block storage, which manages data as blocks within sectors and tracks. This slide show, using industry information from Clayton Weise, cloud architect for Key Information Systems, looks at trends in the industry that are encouraging businesses to consider the object storage approach..."

eWeek, August 14th, 2017
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IT News - AI
Why AI Is More Important Than Big Data For IoT Development
"Artificial intelligence won't solve every problem, but its current applications are already fundamentally reshaping the way we do business and collect data," writes Gary Eastwood in Network World.

"While the development of the internet of things has revolutionized heavy industry, online shopping, localized data collection and virtually every other aspect of modern life and business, innovators are still struggling over the future of the IoT, and how they'll get there. While many see big data as the driving engine behind the IoT, savvy investors and entrepreneurs have shown that the real power behind the interconnectivity phenomenon is artificial intelligence...."

Network World, August 14th, 2017
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Medical AI Isn't Just Beneficial - It's Becoming Necessary
Larry Alton writes in SmartDataCollective, "Few technological advancements have been as divisive as artificial intelligence (AI), especially in matters where human lives could hang in the balance. For example, AI is already seeing increased use in the medical industry, but many consumers view AI as unpredictable, or even dangerous, not to mention entirely superfluous.

For reference, AI refers to any machine or automated process that's designed to imitate human intelligence, usually in the realms of learning, reasoning, or self-correction. Modern AI algorithms often fall into the category of machine learning, where complex algorithms can 'teach' themselves to improve certain skills, such as recognizing diagnostic criteria for certain diseases..."

SmartDataCollective, August 19th, 2017
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IT News - Bitcoin
Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies Fulfill Paypal's Original Goal, Says Ex Paypal COO
"Bitcoin has slowly been challenging PayPal," opines Francisco Memoria in CryptoCoinsNews. "Recently, CCN reported that bitcoin topped PayPal's market cap after breaking $4,000 for the first time, and soaring past a $70 billion market cap. Back in 2016, PayPal announced it appointed the founder and CEO of Xapo, Wences Casares, to its board of directors.

As bitcoin surpasses PayPal, CNBC's Eric Jackson caught up with former PayPal COO David Sacks, known in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur and an early investor in various companies such as Facebook, SpaceX, Uber, and Airbnb..."

CryptoCoinsNews, August 18th, 2017
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Bitcoin Price To Reach $6,000 In 2018, Predicts Wall Street Strategist
Josiah Wilmoth writes in CryptoCoinsNews, "The bitcoin price pulled back from its all-time high this weekend, weighed down by a bitcoin cash price surge and disagreements over the SegWit2x scaling proposal.

However, Wall Street strategist Tom Lee believes that the long-term prospects of the bitcoin price remain quite promising. As CNBC reports, Lee - who co-founded Fundstrat Global Advisors and is bearish on the outlook for the stock market - wrote a note to clients establishing a mid-2018 bitcoin price target of $6,000. He also forecasts that it could rise as high as $25,000 by 2022..."

CryptoCoinsNews, August 19th, 2017
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Making Sense Of Cryptoeconomics
Josh Stark writes in CoinDesk, "A few months ago Parker Thompson, a well known Silicon Valley VC, tweeted that 'the concept of crypto-economics is stupid. It's economics. Inventing your own word is just an excuse to ignore well-understood concepts.'

The term 'cryptoeconomics' causes a lot of confusion and people are often unclear on what it is supposed to mean. The word itself can be misleading, as it suggests that there is a parallel 'crypto' version of the whole of economics. This is wrong, and Parker is right to mock such a generalization.

In simple terms, cryptoeconomics is the use of incentives and cryptography to design new kinds of systems, applications, and networks. Cryptoeconomics is specifically about building things, and has most in common with mechanism design - an area of mathematics and economic theory..."

CoinDesk, August 19th, 2017
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IT News - Operations
What Is ITIL? It Infrastructure Library Definitions And Solutions
Sarah K. White and Lynn Greiner write in CIO, "ITIL is a framework of best practices for delivering IT services. ITIL's systematic approach to IT service management can help businesses manage risk, strengthen customer relations, establish cost-effective practices, and build a stable IT environment that allows for growth, scale and change..."
CIO, August 15th, 2017
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IT News - Security
Could The Security Industry Have It All Wrong?
"Shifting focus from perimeters to people is crucial for success in the new era of mobility and cloud," notes Matthew Moynahan in CSO Online.

"For decades, enterprises have focused on securing valuable data and IP by building 'walls and moats' to keep out bad actors. Yet despite growing investments in defensive technologies, cyber breaches continue to proliferate. The threat landscape becomes even more complex as perimeters effectively evaporate thanks to ever-increasing systems (e.g., cloud, mobile) over which an enterprise has limited, if any, control..."

CSO Online, August 16th, 2017
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Why Employees Hide Cyber-Security Incidents (Slideshow)
Karen A. Frenkel writes in CIO Insight, "Workers are hiding cyber-security incidents from their employers, according to a new study, thereby increasing overall damage. The consequences can be dire. Just one unreported incident may indicate a much larger breach, and security teams must be able to quickly identify threats in order to choose the right mitigation tactics.

The report, 'The Human Factor In IT Security: How Employees Are Making Businesses Vulnerable From Within,' was conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International. 'If employees are hiding incidents, there must be a reason why,' said Slava Borilin, security education program manager at Kaspersky Lab..."

CIO Insight, August 14th, 2017
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5 IAM Metrics That Every Retail Organization Should Be Tracking
"The easiest way to show success is through tangible measurement," notes Scott Kortright in Business 2 Community. "When you roll out a new project or implement a new system, you can say that you think it's working, but without evidence, you really can't be sure.

That is why metrics are so important to a business. Metrics enable an organization to know if productivity is up or if costs are down. They can also measure whether security has improved and identify opportunities to enhance processes. These reasons are precisely why it is so crucial to track identity and access management (IAM) metrics..."

Business 2 Community, August 18th, 2017
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IT News - Server
Serverless Architecture Could Cure Devops Pain
"IT organizations struggling to transition to DevOps should take heart. Serverless architecture can provide many of the same benefits without the steep learning curve," suggests Andrew Froehlich in InformationWeek.

"Technology has a way of being disrupted the moment you grow accustomed to a new set of processes and procedures. Dealing with change in enterprise IT is simply the nature of the business, and DevOps may be the latest victim of disruption. The application delivery process that you have implemented or are working toward implementing will likely have to be retooled. Or it may need to be scrapped altogether, thanks to a shift towards serverless computing..."

InformationWeek, August 16th, 2017
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IT News - Cloud
Public Vs. Private Cloud Cost Comparison Finds Enterprise Winners
Robert Gates writes in SearchDataCenter, "Nearly half of enterprises do not save money with the public cloud, and say they have figured out how to beat public cloud costs with their own private cloud.

A fresh batch of evidence shows that more companies than you may think can run a private cloud for less money than it costs to run the same number of virtual machines in the public cloud..."

SearchDataCenter, August 18th, 2017
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Oligopoly Forms Amid SaaS Market Consolidation
"Large application vendors have essentially cornered the cloud CRM market, Forrester says, bringing more risks than rewards. But that doesn't mean CIOs should keep from the cloud," opines Jason Sparapani in Search CIO.

"Oligopoly is not a word most people use every day, but it has gained currency at Forrester Research.

The technology market research company used the term, which refers to a market segment dominated by just a few vendors, to characterize dwindling competition in the cloud computing market..."

Search CIO, August 18th, 2017
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IT News - DR
Business Continuity Is The Ultimate Killer Application For Cloud
"As cloud approaches its second decade in enterprises, IT managers find it to be an ideal backup environment, two new surveys confirm," reports Joe McKendrick in ZDNet.

"A couple of decades back, I had the opportunity to tour a World War II-era tank factory that had been converted to an IT disaster recovery center. It had all the amenities: sleeping quarters, kitchen, and of course, every system conceivable for the two-day process of bringing an enterprise's operations back online from tapes.

Now, cloud compresses that whole process to seconds. No cots or tapes needed..."

ZDNet, August 19th, 2017
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IT News - Careers
8 Job Features That Appeal To Millennial Employees
"Millennials are entering the workforce in droves," notes Lanre Onibalusi in Business 2 Community. "They're eager, they're enthusiastic, they're enterprising, and as most employers can tell you, they don't, as a whole, act the same way as the generations before them did. These are the new young professionals, and unlike Baby Boomers or Gen X'ers, they have a whole new set of priorities when it comes to what they want out of their careers.

If you're an employer looking to recruit and retain top young talent, it's crucial to know what motivates millennials and gets them fired up. Unlike the generations of employees that have come before them, millennials aren't swayed by a paycheck alone. Instead, they're looking for more. Take note: here are eight job features that appeal to millennial employees..."

Business 2 Community, August 18th, 2017
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Never Say These 11 Things During A Job Interview (Unless You Don't Want The Job)
Lilian Childress writes in Fast Company, "The hiring manager has already sifted through resumes and decided that they want to meet you. Now it's your turn to make an impression. And, unfortunately for you, every sentence you utter during the job interview is going to be a part of that impression. The best way to prepare for potential embarrassment? Know what's off limits.

Avoid these 11 statements next time you're up for a job, and you'll be well on your way to wowing your interviewer..."

Fast Company, August 14th, 2017
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AskTheHeadHunter: Library Vacation Beats Internet When Job Hunting
A reader of the "Ask The Headhunter Newsletter" asks Nick at , "I purchased and read two of your books, 'How To Work With Headhunters' and 'How Can I Change Careers? 'You have a great business here. Kudos to you!

I have a question about your coaching regarding 'The Library Vacation' in How Can I Change Careers? (pp. 15-22). You advise actually going to libraries to explore job and career possibilities.

Given that technology and the Internet have changed significantly since you wrote your book, do you still recommend going to a library versus working on the Internet to explore careers, employers and jobs?..."

Nick's Reply ..., August 14th, 2017
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IT News - Encryption
How Security Pros Look At Encryption Backdoors
"The majority of IT security professionals believe encryption backdoors are ineffective and potentially dangerous, with 91 percent saying cybercriminals could take advantage of government-mandated encryption backdoors.

72 percent of the respondents do not believe encryption backdoors would make their nations safer from terrorists, according to a Venafi survey of 296 IT security pros, conducted at Black Hat USA 2017..." - Help Net Security

Help Net Security, August 18th, 2017
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