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IT News - CxO
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How The Most (And Least) Successful CEOs Spend Their Workdays
"What you do before your workday kicks off and after it winds down can have a big impact on how productive you are during the hours in between," opines Pavithra Mohan in Fast Company.

If you've ever tried adopting one, you know that no productivity hack, habit, or routine is universal. What works for one person doesn't always work for another. But that means it's usually worthwhile to hear a lot of different ways other people organize their workdays, since it means more options for you to try on for size.

And since the way you kick off your day and the way you wind it down can have a huge impact on how productive you are during the hours in between, Fast Company asked some top business leaders and execs to share their morning and nighttime routines. Here are our favorites..."

Fast Company, October 30th, 2017
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Hilton Was Fined $700K For A Data Breach. Under GDPR It Would Be $420M
"Consider $2 per lost record versus $1,200 per lost record. That's the difference between what Hilton will pay to New York State versus what it will pay to EU regulators once the GDPR takes effect in May," reports Paul Roberts in Digital Guardian.

"Companies have long shrugged off light fines from regulators and authorities after losing control of customer or employee data - it's just the cost of doing business in the digital age. But the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is poised to slap some zeros onto the per-record cost of data breaches. Just consider the case of Hilton Domestic Operating Company, Inc., formerly known as Hilton Worldwide, Inc. a.k.a. 'Hilton')

On Tuesday, the New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman slapped a $700,000 fine on the hotel giant for two, 2015 incidents in which the company was hacked, spilling credit card and other information for 350,000 customers..."

Digital Guardian, November 2nd, 2017
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How An Insurance CIO Brought A Revenue Focus To IT
Kristin Burnham writes in The Enterprisers Project, "AmWINS CIO Todd Atwood, named Global CIO of the Year by the Charlotte CIO Leadership Association, discusses his group's transformation...

The AmWINS IT department, led by CIO Todd Atwood, achieved a significant transformation during the past year, improving platform resiliency while completing a massive data center move, cloud migration, and hardware overhaul. In addition, the department increased its delivery velocity and time-to-market, and set plans in place to reduce operational expenses by more than 30 percent..."

The Enterprisers Project, November 2nd, 2017
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IT News - Storage
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Gartner Magic Quadrant For Enterprise Information Archiving
"Compliance, discovery and preservation are key drivers of the enterprise information archiving market, which now covers email, social media, IM, file, SMS and voice. I&O leaders should leverage this research to assess vendors' products, services and capabilities before sourcing EIA solutions.

Originally designed for file and email retention, enterprise information archiving (EIA) now incorporates products and solutions for handling a far wider range of user messaging content. In addition to email, this includes instant messaging (IM), as well as public and business social media data. In recent years, the scope has widened further to include other data types, such as enterprise file synchronization and sharing (EFSS), Microsoft SharePoint documents, SMS, voice and website content..." - StorageNewsletter.com

StorageNewsletter.com, November 3rd, 2017
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Are You Ready For NVMe Storage And The Future Of Flash?
Scott Sinclair suggests in SearchStorage that there are "Three factors to consider beyond technical capabilities before designing and investing money and resources in a low-latency NVMe flash storage network...

Flash storage has radically changed the IT landscape. While the most obvious benefit is improved application performance, Enterprise Strategy Group research shows flash users have experienced improved reliability and resource utilization, as well as reduced TCO. Solid-state storage continues to transform the data center, but what's next? Nonvolatile memory express, or NVMe storage, is one technology to watch..."

SearchStorage, November 3rd, 2017
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IT News - AI
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The Automated Office: 8 Ways Companies Are Using AITo Increase Productivity
Olivia Krauth writes in TechRepublic, "More offices are adopting artificial intelligence to streamline processes and increase employee productivity. Here are eight ways to integrate AI into your workplace...

Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to create millions of new jobs within the coming years, with some of the most in-demand jobs in trending fields like self-driving cars and deep learning.

But the technology is also becoming integrated into the preexisting technology industry, with tech business leaders using everything from Alexa skills to humanoid robots to streamline in-office affairs, increasing efficiency and productivity in the process..."

TechRepublic, October 31st, 2017
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Artificial Intelligence Is About Machine Reasoning - Or When Machine Learning Is Just A Fancy Plugin
Rene Buest writes in CIO, "Why machine learning helps you to get results out of tons of data, but also lets you jump into it again and again...

Machine learning, deep learning, cognitive computing, robotic process automation (RPA), natural language processing (NLP), machine perception, predictive APIs, image recognition, speech recognition, virtual agent, intelligent assistant, personal advisor, chatbot, semantic search.

Did I miss anything? I am sure I did. However, I guess I provide a good list for your next round of artificial intelligence (AI) buzzword bingo.

Oh, one last thing - machine reasoning! If you've never heard about this term before, just read until the end and you will get its idea and importance for AI..."

CIO, November 3rd, 2017
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IT News - Technology
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Atto, Boy! Eggheads Fire Laser For 43 Attoseconds, Fastest Man-Made Spurt
Katyanna Quach writes in The Register, "Physicists have whittled down the world's shortest laser pulse to just 43 attoseconds (4.3 x 10^-17 seconds), fast enough to observe electrons moving during chemical reactions in slow motion for the first time.

The blip 'is the shortest controlled event that has ever been created by humans,' the boffins bragged. The infinitesimal flutter beat previous records of 67 attoseconds held by a team of eggheads from the University of Central Florida, in the USA, and the Chinese National University of Defense Technology, in 2012, and the 2017 53-attosecond Florida screamer..."

The Register, November 2nd, 2017
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IT News - Bitcoin
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New To Bitcoin? Welcome! Here's How To Take Those First Steps
C. Edward Kelso writes in bitcoin.com, "Four years into its popular adoption, even a well-regarded economist like Paul Krugman thought little of the Internet's potential, predicting, 'The growth of the Internet will slow drastically,' he wrote, 'most people have nothing to say to each other! By 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet's impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine's.'

It's fair to look back and acknowledge not everyone fully appreciates a technology at the time of its inception or early years..."

bitcoin.com, November 4th, 2017
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IT News - Operations
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Goodbye Legacy Systems, Hello 'Composable IT'
Paul Haverfield writes in Networks Asia, "We all remember how much fun it was to build stuff with Lego blocks, right? Imagine how much more fun it would be if the blocks could duplicate themselves whenever you wanted, and if they were programed so that you could quickly construct, say, an ocean liner, then deconstruct it at the touch of a button and turn it into a skyscraper..."
Networks Asia, November 1st, 2017
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IT News - Security
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10 Mistakes End Users Make That Drive Security Managers Crazy
"There's so much news about major hacks from nation-states such as Russia, North Korea, Iran, and various criminal gangs in Eastern Europe," reports Steve Zurier in Dark Reading.

"But what's less understood is that an important percentage of breaches stem from insiders. Forrester Research found that nearly 40% of all data breaches are caused by insiders. And of those insider breaches, 26% are caused by abuse or malicious intent by insiders, and 56% are caused by inadvertent misuse or sheer accidents by employees..."

Dark Reading, November 2nd, 2017
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3 Tips To Reduce Cybersecurity Gaps
Carin Hughes writes in CSO Online, "Cybercriminals' successes are escalating. Whether it's mining new vulnerabilities or exploiting twists on tried-and-true tactics, bad actors are negatively impacting business worldwide.

But while business leaders now recognize the dangers inherent in a growing threat landscape, critical gaps can still exist in their cyberdefense strategies. In the latest AT&T Cybersecurity Insights report, about 80 percent of surveyed organizations acknowledged that they had been impacted by a cyberbreach in the past 12 months. Clearly, enterprise needs to do more to help reduce their risks..."

CSO Online, November 3rd, 2017
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IT News - FOSS
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LibreOffice 5.3.7
"The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.3.7, the seventh and last minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, targeted at enterprises, government bodies and individual users in production environments.

TDF suggests deploying LibreOffice in production environments with the backing of professional support by certified developers, migrators and trainers.

LibreOffice 5.3.7 is immediately available for download..." - The Document Foundation

The Document Foundation, November 2nd, 2017
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IT News - Networks
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IPv6 Addressing for Enterprises
"About to embark on deploying IPv6? First, you need to know some key differences in IPv6 address formats," suggests Scott Hogg in Network World.

"Don't be deterred by the intimidating appearance of those long IP version 6 (IPv6) addresses. Instead, think back to that steep learning curve you conquered with IPv4 setup - all those complicated subnetting rules and awkward /27s and /29s. After a few hours it all made sense, and it will be the same with IPv6 - except this time you'll discover that IPv6 can actually be simpler than IPv4 and, as a result, easier to configure and maintain..."

Network World, November 2nd, 2017
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Your VPN Needs These Eight Essential Features
Jonas DeMuro writes in CIO Today, "Given the large number of VPN services available, it can be challenging deciding which one to sign up for. While the websites of VPN providers are useful up to a point in terms of highlighting important features (and indeed limitations), sometimes more crucial info is buried deep in the site.

So to avoid any danger of you being razzle-dazzled by a VPN's fancy website, we've put together this article which looks at the truly important features to bear in mind when picking the best VPN service for you..."

CIO Today, October 31st, 2017
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IT News - Careers
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12 Emerging IT Job Titles With A Bright Future
"What does the next wave of IT hiring hold?" asks Kevin Casey in The Enterprisers Project.

"New titles reflect shift in the very nature of IT and move to cross-functional teams...

When you see an IT trend with staying power, you can expect new job titles and roles to follow. Take cloud computing: Today, titles like 'cloud architect' or 'cloud engineer' (and many variations thereof) abound on the IT job market. 10 years ago? Not so much.

So it shouldn't stop you in your tracks that many of today's emerging IT job titles - and the related responsibilities - connect to some of the most-hyped technologies and trends. Think IoT, machine learning, data analysis, and more..."

The Enterprisers Project, November 1st, 2017
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11 Habits Of Supremely Happy People
Travis Bradberry writes in The Ladders, "We're always chasing something - be it a promotion, a new car, or a significant other. This leads to the belief that, 'When (blank) happens, I'll finally be happy.'

While these major events do make us happy at first, research shows this happiness doesn't last. A study from Northwestern University measured the happiness levels of regular people against those who had won large lottery prizes the year prior. The researchers were surprised to discover that the happiness ratings of both groups were practically identical..."

The Ladders, October 31st, 2017
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The 7 Most In-Demand Tech Jobs For 2018 - And How To Hire For Them
"From data scientists to data security pros, the battle for the best in IT talent will wage on next year," opines Sarah K. White in CIO. "Here's what to look for when you're hiring for the 7 most in-demand jobs for 2018 - and how much you should offer based on experience.

As companies scramble to adapt to the modern workforce, they're doing whatever they can to attract top tech talent. For some that may mean getting a head start in filling next year's most in-demand roles, which range from data-focused to security-related positions, according to Robert Half Technology's 2018 IT salary report. The survey also reveals the average salaries for each role based off experience..."

CIO, November 3rd, 2017
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IT News - Email
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Dmarc Email Validation - We're Doing It All Wrong
"Dmarc is a hugely important way to reduce email fraud - just ask HMRC - but it also makes email marketing campaigns far more effective," writes Ed Tucker in ComputerWeekly.

"The Dmarc email validation system has been around for a long time - I was speaking about its virtues at conferences over four years ago as a means to combat the scourge of fraudulent email.

Phishing has been around for longer than most people in security care to remember, and all the time we had an opportunity to make a serious dent into it, and start to reclaim email as an effective communication channel..."

ComputerWeekly, November 2nd, 2017
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IT News - Mobile
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The 10 Best Ways To Secure Your Android Phone
"Malware makers, phishers, they really are all out to get you. Here's how to stop them in their tracks, writes Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols in ZDNet.

"The most secure smartphones are Android smartphones. Don't buy that? Apple's latest version of iOS 11 was cracked a day -- a day! -- after it was released.

So Android is perfect? Heck no!

Android is under constant attack and older versions are far more vulnerable than new ones. Way too many smartphone vendors still don't issue Google's monthly Android security patches in a timely fashion, or at all. And, zero-day attacks still pop up..."

ZDNet, November 3rd, 2017
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IT News - Java
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Top 10 Java stories of October: Angular 5, JDK 9, ML and more
"There's a definite chill in the air as the days grow shorter and shorter. October is over, so let's check in and see what happened. Last month, we read everything there is to read on Angular in anticipation of the release of 5.0. Also, the latest JDK 9 news, code repositories, and more!

1. On the road to Angular 5: It's here!

Our regular work-in-progress post was the clear winner for the month of October, thanks to regular updates as we inched our way towards the latest version of Angular..." - Jaxenter

Jaxenter, November 3rd, 2017
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IT News - Developer
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Why Go Is Skyrocketing In Popularity
"In only two years, Golang leaped from the 65th most popular programming language to #17. Here's what's behind its rapid growth," writes Jeff Rouse in opensouce.com.

"The Go programming language, sometimes referred to as Google's golang, is making strong gains in popularity. While languages such as Java and C continue to dominate programming, new models have emerged that are better suited to modern computing, particularly in the cloud..."

opensouce.com, November 2nd, 2017
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