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IT News - CxO
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What Are The Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2020?
Business Intelligence (BI) and data analytics software vendors need to keep themselves updated on the latest strategic technology trends to create more effective and useful BI solutions
"Similarly, business users should also be aware of the newest technology disruptions so they can make better use of their installed business intelligence solutions. We help them in this article by detailing the vital technology trends that are expected to rule the roost in 2020," writes Chanakya Kyatham in Business 2 Community. "They include artificial intelligence (AI) security, blockchain, hyper-automation, and others.

Improved AI security

Growing technologies like hyper-automation present transformational avenues for businesses. However, they also produce security concerns by presenting new points for potential attacks. Security experts need to tackle these challenges by learning about the impact of AI on security..."

Business 2 Community, February 19th, 2020
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5 Things You Should Know About Cybersecurity Insurance
Understanding what it can and can't do for your business is critical to getting the most out of a cyber insurance policy
J.M. Porup writes in CSO, "You leave kerosene-soaked rags all around your house. You chain smoke. One day, while relaxing in front of an episode of CSI:Cyber, your hand slips and a lit cigarette sets your sofa on fire. Your house burns down. The insurance company pays out your fire insurance..."
CSO , February 17th, 2020
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10 Tough Questions CEOs Are Asking CISOs
CEOs today are prepared with better questions than 'Are we secure,' and chief information security officers had better be ready to answer.
"CISOs are now getting plenty of face time with executive management," writes Joan Goodchild in Dark Reading. "In fact, a study from ISC2 finds 43% of CISOs report to the CEO and 14% report to the board directly. And those dynamics are expected to shift even more. According to Gartner, 100% of CISOs at large enterprises are on pace to report to their boards on cybersecurity and technology risk at least annually..."
Dark Reading, February 20th, 2020
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The 12 CIO Skills Every Company Wants
How one executive recruiter assesses the talent market
"At the risk of letting you all guess how old I actually am (somewhere between 27 and 108), I will tell you that I have been advising CIOs on their careers for more than 20 years and recruiting them into their roles for 15," writes Martha Heller in CIO.

"With all of that CIO executive search experience, along with two decades of writing for CIO.com and CIO magazine (remember print?), I must have interviewed thousands of CIOs. Along the way, I have learned to differentiate the operational CIOs from the strategic, the project managers from the team leaders, and the isolationists from the collaborators. I have learned to ask the right questions to elicit what I really want to know and then turn around to Heller Search clients and advise them on which CIO to hire..."

CIO, February 20th, 2020
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IT News - Storage
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Storage In The Exabyte Era
Back in 2010, a petabyte was considered a lot of data for a single company to have. But today, petabyte is child's play, and the biggest enterprises are managing data stored in the exabyte range
"Finding economical ways to store all that data - let alone manage it in a way that lets enterprises get value from it through analytics - will require all the tricks we've learned up to this point, as well as a few new ones," writes Alex Woodie in datanami

"Getting a firm grasp on the amount of data that is generated and stored every day, week month, and year is a notoriously difficult task. It's been said that Facebook generates 4PB of data per day, most of which are photos and videos. A single connected car generates over 120TB of data per month, while the entire fleet of wearable devices will generate 335PB of data per month in 2020, according to Statista..."

datanami, February 19th, 2020
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Best Hyper-Converged Systems Win Products Of The Year 2019
Datrium, Western Digital and HiveIO win praise for ground-breaking products that led the way in a year of hyper-converged and composable infrastructure evolution and change
Dave Raffo writes in SearchConvergedInfrastructure, "The definition of hyper-converged systems expanded in 2019, and the winners of this year's Storage magazine and SearchStorage Products of the Year awards in the hyper-converged and composable infrastructures category reflect that change.

Some call it hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) 2.0, while others see hyper-converged systems evolving into composable infrastructure. Another hyper-converged segment emerged as disaggregated convergence, a seeming contradiction in terms, but an answer to a desire to independently scale storage and compute..."

SearchConvergedInfrastructure, February 17th, 2020
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IT News - AI
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How AI Is Impacting The Workplace
AI two main use cases today, decision support and chat bots, are helping employees do their jobs better, not replacing them
Allen Bernard writes in TechRepublic that, "Artificial intelligence is a hot topic these days. Headlines touting its use in everything from drug discovery to the integration of voice-activated virtual assistants into the workplace seem to pop up daily. Along with these headlines comes no small amount of concern that this technology is on the verge of displacing millions of workers..."
TechRepublic, February 18th, 2020
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IT News - Technology
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Volvo VNR Electric Semi Truck First Drive: More Than Just A Truck
Volvo's EV semi is part of the Lights program, a massive public-private effort to create an entire electrified ecosystem in Southern California
"If you want to sell an electric truck, you're going to need more than just the truck itself," writes Andrew Krok in Read / Show.

"Electrification has the potential to bring some big benefits to society, and not merely through the adoption of electric cars. So much of our existence is propped up on the backs of trucks that criss-cross the country, delivering goods like food, medicine -- pretty much everything you consume was likely moved on a truck..."

Read / Show, February 17th, 2020
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Google Teaches AI To Play The Game Of Chip Design
"If it wasn't bad enough that Moore's Law improvements in the density and cost of transistors is slowing. At the same time, the cost of designing chips and of the factories that are used to etch them is also on the rise. Any savings on any of these fronts will be most welcome to keep IT innovation leaping ahead," writes Timothy Prickett Morgan in The Next Platform.

"One of the promising frontiers of research right now in chip design is using machine learning techniques to actually help with some of the tasks in the design process..."

The Next Platform, February 20th, 2020
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IT News - PM
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9 Ways To Enhance Your Project Management Skills In 2020
Smart project managers know that meeting and exceeding their goals and objectives is the key to their success
"Timely delivery of projects helps to create trust and credibility among the clients," writes Roberto Garvin in Business 2 Community.

"Not only that, they help organizations to get more business.

Project management skills are extremely important for professionals working in technology companies, especially for people who interact with the client and are responsible for project deliveries.

As businesses are getting competitive by the day, project managers will find it difficult to adapt if they don't sharpen their skills in 2020.

Today we will discuss how you can increase your efficiency in managing projects if you are in a similar role as well..."

Business 2 Community, February 19th, 2020
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Are Your Project Managers 'Professional Babysitters'?
Having been an agency PM on six-figure projects, I'd say his self-management assumption is good in theory. but hard in practice
"A coaching client wrote: 'I've always seen project managers as glorified babysitters. Why do agency employees need a 'professional babysitter' to tell them what to do at work?'" asks Karl Sakas in Business 2 Community.

"A few months earlier, he'd noted: 'I feel like 'PMs' are 'work babysitters' and people should be adults about completing what they committed to do.'

Having been an agency PM on six-figure projects, I'd say his self-management assumption is good in theory. but hard in practice.

How so?..."

Business 2 Community, February 17th, 2020
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How To Become A Project Manager In 2020
How to become a project manager? This guide answers all your questions about becoming a project manager and landing a great job
"Great pay, exciting work, unlimited growth opportunities - does this sound like an ideal career to you?" asks Hannah Cohen in Business 2 Community.

"If yes, then you should consider becoming a project manager.

A project manager manages, well, projects. They're the go-to people for getting work done in any kind of project-based organization (which is most organizations). Construction companies have project managers, as do marketing agencies and tech startups..."

Business 2 Community, February 18th, 2020
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IT News - Security
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11 Penetration Testing Tools The Pros Use
Beginners looking to skill up, here's where to start
"Penetration testing is a simulated cyber attack where professional ethical hackers break into corporate networks to find weaknesses ... before attackers do," writes J.M. Porup in CSO .

"It's like in the movie Sneakers, where hacker-consultants break into your corporate networks to find weaknesses before attackers do. It's a simulated cyber attack where the pentester or ethical hacker uses the tools and techniques available to malicious hackers..."

CSO , February 21st, 2020
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8 Things Users Do That Make Security Pros Miserable
When a user interacts with an enterprise system, the result can be productivity or disaster. Here are eight opportunities for the disaster side to win out over the productive
"IT security would be so much easier were it not for users," opines Curtis Franklin Jr. in Dark Reading.

"To be specific, it would be easier if users didn't insist on doing things with their computers and devices. Unfortunately for security teams, it's hard to have a productive workforce if all they do is sit and stare at their lovely, perfectly safe computers, so security professionals have to constantly take into account users and their risk behaviors.

Not all user interactions are risky, fortunately, and not all risky interactions are equally risky. So which of the unfortunate interactions are most likely to send security professionals diving for their quart-sized bottle of bright pink antacid beverage?..."

Dark Reading, February 18th, 2020
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Security Think Tank: Ask Yourself If Zero Trust Is Right For You
In theory, the elimination of trust on the network simplifies IT security, but zero trust also brings new complications and new challenges
"How should CISOs go about moving their organisations from traditional network security to a zero-trust architecture?" asks Simon Persin in ComputerWeekly.

"Digital transformation means today's organisation is no longer limited to undertaking its operations within the confines of its own network. But this paradigm shift, which includes adopting cloud-hosted systems and services and outsourcing core business processes to expert technology partners, blurs the lines of control and responsibility for the devices, systems and applications that reside on this extended network. The result is an exponential increase in security challenges..."

ComputerWeekly, February 17th, 2020
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IT News - Cloud
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Cloud Spending Said To Top $30B In Q4 As Amazon, Microsoft Battle For Market Share
We all know the cloud infrastructure market is extremely lucrative; analyst firm Canalys reports that the sector reached $30.2 billion in revenue for Q4 2019
"Cloud numbers are hard to parse because companies often lump cloud revenue into a single bucket regardless of whether it's generated by infrastructure or software," reports Ron Miller in Techcrunch.

"What's interesting about Canalys's numbers is that it attempts to measure the pure infrastructure results themselves without other cloud incomes mixed in:..."

Techcrunch, February 18th, 2020
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IT News - Wireless
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Getting Up To Speed On 5G
The 5G rollout is underway. How will this next-generation wireless technology impact you and your organization?
"The wait is over," notes John Edwards in Network Computing.

"5G service is finally becoming available across the U.S., with city-by-city rollouts being launched by virtually every major wireless telecommunications service provider. Asia isn't far behind, although trade tensions and the impact of the coronavirus epidemic could result in rollout delays in China and other countries. Adoption in Europe will likely be relatively slow, a result of the region's high population density and lower-cost broadband infrastructure..."

Network Computing, February 21st, 2020
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IT News - Careers
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6 Tools You Need To Manage Your Remote Teams
Today, remote work and work-from-home options are more common than ever before
"Advances in technology make it possible for both businesses and individuals to benefit from remote working," notes Thomas Griffin in Business 2 Community.

"Remote work allows employees to balance their personal life and professional life effectively. They have higher morale and feel greater loyalty to a business that gives them the flexibility to work from anywhere.

Businesses benefit since they can save on expenses related to office space, electricity, and more by having remote teams. You can hire talent from anywhere in the world which means that there's always have someone online to manage projects and customers..."

Business 2 Community, February 20th, 2020
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Three ISACA Credentials Among The IT Industry's Top-Paying Certifications
Three ISACA credentials are among the IT industry's top-paying certifications, according to recently released data from the Global Knowledge 2020 IT Skills and Salary Survey
"Each of the three ISACA credentials recognized - Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) - landed in the top half of Global Knowledge's 2020 list of top-paying certifications.

CISM ranks third on the list, which tracks the highest-paying certifications in the United States. CISM, the top-paying enterprise security management and cybersecurity certification on the list, provides professionals with a credential that allows them to transition from security technologist roles to enterprise information security management..." - HelpNet Security

HelpNet Security, February 17th, 2020
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IT News - Virtualization
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Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.4 Now Available!
This is a maintenance release
Simon Coter writes:

Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.4 release includes improvements and regression fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.1.

Notable bug fixes are:

VBoxManage: Restore old "--clipboard" option for modifyvm command, issue that affected mostly Vagrant users.

Linux guests: Support Linux Kernel 5.5 added

Windows host: Restore the ability to run VMs through Hyper-V, at the expense of performance

Oracle News, February 20th, 2020
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IT News - Backup
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Cloud Key To Top 2019 Data Backup And Disaster Recovery Products
Commvault, Cohesity and Actifio make the podium in our Products of the Year competition for backup and DR. Cloud Daddy wins the new Judges' Choice award
Paul Crocetti writes in SearchDataBackup, "From as-a-service platforms to protection of cloud-based data, the cloud remains a dominant player in top data backup and disaster recovery products. The cream of the crop, though, offers a wide-ranging data protection platform that can handle many kinds of workloads.

The gold winner in the data backup and disaster recovery hardware, software and services category in the Storage magazine and SearchStorage 2019 Products of the Year competition, Commvault Complete Backup & Recovery, protects and restores data 'wherever,' according to the vendor, and judges praised its comprehensive nature..."

SearchDataBackup, February 17th, 2020
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IT News - Encryption
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What Is An Encryption Backdoor?
You might have heard the term 'encryption backdoor' in the news recently. We'll explain what it is
"Most of the systems consumers use today have some form of encryption," notes Vann Vicente in How-To Geek. "To get past it, you have to provide some kind of authentication. For example, if your phone is locked, you have to use a password, your fingerprint, or facial recognition to access your apps and data.

These systems generally do an excellent job of protecting your personal data. Even if someone takes your phone, he can't gain access to your information unless he figures out your passcode. Plus, most phones can wipe their storage or become unusable for a time if someone tries to force them to unlock..."

How-To Geek, February 20th, 2020
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