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IT News - CxO
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How 4 CISOs Handle Stress On The Job
Nearly 90% of CISOs say they are under moderate or high stress, according to a Nominet survey
"Regardless of the company, industry or geographic location, the chief information security officer role is not for the faint of heart," opines Samantha Ann Schwartz in CIODive.

"Nearly 90% of CISOs say they are under moderate or high stress, according to a Nominet survey of C-suite executives and CISOs. Of those CISOs, 48% say stress took a toll on their mental health.

Cybersecurity jobs might as well have stress built into the job description..."

CIODive, February 25th, 2020
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97% Of IT Leaders Worried About Insider Data Breaches
A staggering 97% of IT leaders say insider breach risk is a significant concern, according to a survey by Egress
"78% think employees have put data at risk accidentally in the past 12 months and 75% think employees have put data at risk intentionally. When asked about the implications of these breaches, 41% say financial damage would be the area of greatest impact.

More than 500 IT leaders and 5000 employees were surveyed across the UK, US and Benelux regions..." - HelpNet Security

HelpNet Security, February 24th, 2020
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5 Key Trends Enterprises Must Address In 2020
It's become tougher to be a technology customer in the wake of privacy scandals and ethical problems. Here are 5 key trends enterprises must address for 2020, according to Accenture
"Are your enterprise's partners, customers, and employees growing weary of unfulfilled technology and innovation promises?" asks Jessica Davis in InformationWeek.

"Maybe there's a sense of resentment about technologies that don't work as promised. Or perhaps there's some concern about what's being sacrificed to pave the way for this technological progress.

Fueled by headlines about the questionable ethics of big tech platforms such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon, this "techlash," or backlash, is directed against Silicon Valley tech firms and innovation..."

InformationWeek, February 27th, 2020
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Cisco 2020 Ciso Benchmark Report Shows Increased Investment In Cloud Security And Automation Technologies To Combat Complexity
Cisco published its sixth annual CISO Benchmark Report surveying the security posture of 2,800 security professionals from 13 countries around the globe
"Digital transformation continues to present itself as an opportunity for IT and security leaders to innovate and gain competitive advantage. But it also carries a tsunami of infrastructure change, which often creates new challenges for security professionals with defeating unknown sophisticated threats looming as a top concern.

In today's security landscape, the average company uses more than 20 security technologies. While vendor consolidation is steadily increasing with 86 percent of organizations using between 1 and 20 vendors, more than 20 percent feel that managing a multi-vendor environment is very challenging, which has increased by 8 percent since 2017. Other notable findings:..." - AiTHORITY

AiTHORITY, February 25th, 2020
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IT News - MFA
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Making The Move To Multifactor Authentication
Over the last few years, multifactor authentication (MFA) has come a long way
"In the past, MFA required that you carry a hard token on you at all times, but now, it has become a simple, one-touch endeavor," writes Patrick Kinsella in Security Boulevard.

"However, many still perceive MFA as a cumbersome addition to security that impacts both productivity and enjoyment. To make matters worse, experts have marketed MFA as a security necessity we should invest in, whether we like it or not..."

Security Boulevard, February 29th, 2020
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IT News - Storage
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SSD Reliability In The Enterprise: This Survey Yields A Few Surprises
Solid state drives (SSDs) have remade the storage industry in the last decade
"They're costly, fast, and power efficient, but just how reliable are they?" asks Robin Harris in ZDNet.

"A new study of almost 1.4 million SSDs offers some surprising answers.

Thanks to a collaboration between long-time reliability researcher Prof. Bianca Schroeder and enterprise storage leader NetApp, we now have the results of an in-depth study, presented in a paper at this week's Usenix File And Storage Technology (FAST 20) conference..."

ZDNet, February 25th, 2020
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7 Predictive Storage Analytics Tools Compared
Learn how storage management tools from Hitachi, Infinidat, Pure Storage and other vendors use AI to improve array operation and storage administration efficiency
"AI has become mainstream with its use of machine learning, computational statistics and various deep learning models," opines Kurt Marko in SearchStorage.

"Social networks, search engines and shopping websites use lots of AI applications, including personalization and product recommendation engines, clickstream analysis, image feature identification and classification, and ad price optimization..."

SearchStorage, February 27th, 2020
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IT Priorities 2020: Cloud Storage Key But SAN/NAS Alive And Well
In the Computer Weekly/TechTarget IT Priorities survey cloud dominates storage spending priorities for 2020, but on-premise technologies such as SAN and NAS are still key to IT
"Use of the cloud will dominate storage and backup projects in 2020," opine Antony Adshead in ComputerWeekly.

"That's according to questions about storage and backup in the Computer Weekly/TechTarget IT Priorities survey, which asked around 3,500 IT decision-makers worldwide, and 383 in the UK, about likely spending in 2020.

Asked what storage technologies they expected to deploy in 2020, the largest number of UK respondents (44%) said cloud storage..."

ComputerWeekly, February 25th, 2020
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5 Storage Class Memory Queries Answered
Find out if emerging SCM technology is right for your organization with this look at the benefits, uses and products, as well as what to assess when considering it
"Storage class memory is a new class of non-volatile memory worth paying attention to," writes Stacey Peterson in SearchStorage.

"It aims to fill the gap between existing storage and memory technologies, bringing together the best of both in a way that could fundamentally change data storage.

On one end, dynamic RAM, or DRAM, is fast and efficient, but it's expensive, isn't persistent and has scalability limits. On the other end, traditional storage is cheaper, persistent and can handle large amounts of data, but it isn't as fast and doesn't last as long as DRAM..."

SearchStorage, February 25th, 2020
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IT News - AI
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Experts Debunk The Biggest Myths About AI In Business
To succeed and fully understand the capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI), it's important to know and debunk the biggest myths about AI in business
"The market for AI is growing at an unprecedented rate," notes Sean Mallon in SmartDataCollective. "Market Watch released a report last year showing that the market size is growing about 55% a year over the course of the decade between 2016 and 2025.

The sudden growth of AI is not at all surprising. Businesses in all industries are starting to realize the potential AI (artificial intelligence) can bring to their sectors, strengthening decision-making while automating complex and time-consuming tasks..."

SmartDataCollective, February 28th, 2020
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The World Of Neural Network And AI: What We Need To Know
Geoffrey Hinton, Yann LeCun, Yoshua Bengio- these three names don't need a separate introduction
Pratip Biswas writes in Business 2 Community, "Best known as the godfathers of AI or godfathers of Deep learning, they came together during the 34th annual AAAI conference, speaking to a group of reporters about many AI-related topics, from ethics in the Artificial intelligence world and how to fix the flaws in the field. And these are the highlights of the entire discussion..."
Business 2 Community, February 26th, 2020
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IT News - Technology
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Top 10 Breakthrough Technologies Of 2020
These are technologies that are expected to have widespread consequences for human life in the coming year
Bernard Marr writes in TechRepublic, "Here's a rundown of the amazing technologies for 2020:..."

  • Satellite Mega-Constellations
  • Tiny AI
  • AI-Discovered Molecules
  • Quantum Supremacy
  • Climate Change Attribution
  • Anti-Aging Drugs
  • Unhackable Internet
  • Digital Money
  • Hyper-Personalized Medicine
  • Differential Privacy

Read on for details.

TechRepublic, February 26th, 2020
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IT News - BI
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Top Business Intelligence Software Trends For 2020
What's in store for the BI software industry in 2020
"Despite becoming staples in the past few years, analytics and business intelligence are still a hot topic these days," writes Ralph Tkatchuk in ITProPortal.

"Faster and more accurate whilst growing in complexity, BI software continues to highlight the fact that data is an asset - one that can easily be labelled as a top priority for companies across the board..."

ITProPortal, February 28th, 2020
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IT News - Operations
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6 Tips To Avoid Automation Disaster
If your automated DevOps pipeline or robotic process automation is flawed, it can spawn endless headaches, as these hard-learned real-world lessons attest
"In 2015, senior software engineer Benjamin Willenbring was excited when his employer, Autodesk, introduced automated software testing," reports Josh Fruhlinger in CIO.

"That excitement didn't last long. The small automation team didn't communicate much with his division. And when the tests reached production, they weren't what anyone hoped for.

"My teammates were talking about tests failing non-deterministically, and not really having a lot of confidence in the test," Willenbring says. He found that "to get to actually run the test was very, very difficult. It wasn't documented. You had to talk to someone. And there were an enormous amount of files and I didn't really understand why."

CIO, February 24th, 2020
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IT News - Security
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Cybersecurity Hiring Challenges And Retention Issues Demand New Talent Pipelines
Cybersecurity teams continue to struggle with hiring and retention, and very little improvement has been achieved in these areas since last year, according to ISACA
"Understaffed and lacking diversity

ISACA's 2020 State of Cybersecurity survey report, unveiled at RSA Conference 2020, finds that enterprises are short-staffed, have difficulty identifying enough qualified talent and don't believe their HR teams adequately understand their hiring needs..." - HelpNet Security

HelpNet Security, February 25th, 2020
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IT News - DevOps
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A Beginner's Guide To Everything DevOps
Take a fresh look at why DevOps is important, what it means for IT professionals, and its methods, frameworks, and tools
"A great deal has happened since DevOps became a common term in the IT world," notes Sameer S Paradkar in opensouce.com.

"With so much of the ecosystem being open source, it's important to review why it started and what it means to IT careers.

What is DevOps?

While there is no single definition, I consider DevOps to be a process framework that ensures collaboration between development and operations teams to deploy code to production environments faster in a repeatable and automated way. We will spend the rest of this article unpacking that statement..."

opensouce.com, February 27th, 2020
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State Of DevOps Report Finds Maturity Varies Widely By Industry
Puppet's 2019 State of DevOps Report Card gives high marks to the technology industry for DevOps practices and security integration, but the government sector didn't fare so well
Sean Michael Kerner writes in ITProPortal, "There are a number of development and operational practices that are part of DevOps, and not every industry is adopting all of those practices at the same rate. That's one of the key findings in the 2019 State of DevOps: Industry Report Card, released at the end of January by DevOps vendor Puppet.

The 40-page report is based on Puppet's 8th annual State of DevOps survey, which benefits from the input of 3,000 technical professionals. Alanna Brown, senior director of community and developer relations at Puppet, told ITPro Today that the State of DevOps: Industry Report Card slices Puppet's 2019 survey data by industry and grades each industry based on their DevOps practices and security integration. The industries analyzed were financial services, retail, telecom, government and technology..."

ITProPortal, February 24th, 2020
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IT News - Cloud
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The Birth Of The Distributed Cloud
There is a seismic shift that is about to reshape enterprise IT
"Due to key trends like AI and IoT, applications and data as encapsulated in their supporting infrastructure are increasingly being spread across multiple datacenters - some on premises and some in multiple clouds - and edge sites," writes Ankur Singla in TheNextPlatform.

"This is a sharp demarcation from today's IT environment, where organizations rely largely on traditional datacenters and individual clouds. According to Gartner, over half of enterprise-generated data will be produced and processed outside traditional datacenters or a single centralized cloud by 2022, compared to just 10 percent today. By 2025, they forecast that number will climb as high as 75 percent to 90 percent..."

TheNextPlatform, February 25th, 2020
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Compare Serverless Tools And Services In The Public Cloud
Don't let your IT teams get consumed by infrastructure management tasks. Review these serverless compute offerings for more efficient application development
Sarah Neenan writes in SearchCloudComputing, "Infrastructure management and server maintenance can bog down IT teams and pull their focus away from more critical and complex tasks. Serverless computing removes those hurdles by shifting infrastructure management responsibilities to the cloud provider.

Serverless computing -- also referred to as function as a service (FaaS) -- is an event-driven model in which functions are units of code that execute in response to predefined or on-demand triggers. Serverless functions can be used to run code, build mobile and web applications, manage containers and handle other cloud computing tasks..."

SearchCloudComputing, February 26th, 2020
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16 Tips To Manage Cloud Costs
Looking for ways to manage cloud costs?
"If you use the cloud, the answer should always be yes," writes Nicole Bavis in Business 2 Community.

"If you don't have proper management of your cloud spend, then you could end up spending more than you actually need to. We've compiled a list of tips/best practices that will help guide you to track and rightsize cloud spend and align capacity and performance to actual demand so your cloud environment is optimized..."

Business 2 Community, February 28th, 2020
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IT News - Networks
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Security, Networking Collaboration Cuts Breach Cost
CISOs report increases in alert fatigue and the number of records breached, as well as the struggle to secure mobile devices in a new Cisco study
Kelly Sheridan writes in Dark Reading, "The security team, instead of operating in silos, can lower overall post-breach costs if it collaborates with other teams across the organization.

Cybersecurity is still a top priority for executive leadership, researchers say in Cisco's "2020 CISO Benchmark Report." The survey of 2,800 IT decision-makers reveals key trends and pain points as companies face issues such as alert fatigue, mobile security, and private cloud security..."

Dark Reading, February 24th, 2020
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IT News - Careers
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Should I Accept A Job Offer With A Salary Cut?
In the February 25, 2020 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter a reader asks whether it's possible to recover after accepting a job offer with a salary cut.

"I've been unemployed for six weeks. Was earning around $120K. Have been offered a position at $85K and, quite frankly, I need the money. Even more important, I recognize that my self-esteem is too bound up in my career: I need to work for more than just the money. Am seriously considering accepting this lower offer, because I believe these folks cannot afford to pay more. Will my chances of negotiating another position at a higher salary be irrevocably damaged if I accept a salary cut? Advice, please, and thanks in advance..." - Ask The Headhunter

Ask The Headhunter, February 24th, 2020
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IT Talent: 4 Tips To Update Your Recruitment Strategy
Are you placing too much emphasis on tech degrees? Is your benefits package competitive? In a tight IT talent market, consider shaking up your approach
"In 2019, U.S. employers spent an average of 65 days to hire a new tech employee - 23 days longer for all other types of hires, according to iCIMS data," writes Al Smith in The Enterprisers Project.

"This trend is expected to grow each year. To win the best tech candidates in the market, organizations need innovative recruiting practices.

As enterprises increasingly apply technological innovations like artificial intelligence, machine learning, and virtual reality, the future will be won by those with the strongest IT teams. For companies looking to find top IT candidates in today's competitive job market, the following four practices encourage decision-makers to think outside the box..."

The Enterprisers Project, February 25th, 2020
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IT News - Compliance
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Too Much Data Privacy Regulation Too Fast?
While the California Consumer Protection Act is a step in the right direction in the war for data privacy, are the hurdles that businesses are forced to jump effective and cost-worthy?
Vivek Lakshman writes in InformationWeek, "There's no sweeping federal US consumer data privacy law, and so far, all the action has been at the state level. The California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), which went live last month, is similar to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in regard to increasing consumer access and control over personal information. But it goes further, enabling consumers to find out what information a company collects about them, and to sue companies if they believe the law has been violated, even if there is no data breach..."
InformationWeek, February 24th, 2020
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IT News - Backup
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Top 10 VM Backup Tools For VMware And Hyper-V
Admins who rely on VMware and Hyper-V workloads might have trouble choosing the right backup tool for their VMs. Admins can use this article to better inform their purchasing decisions
Brien Posey writes in SearchServerVirtualization, "When it comes to VM backups, administrators' biggest challenge might be deciding between different backup products, such as Veeam's Backup and Replication, Altaro's VM Backup and Cohesity's DataProtect. Admins must understand the benefits and use cases of VM backup tools, such as instant recovery capabilities and public cloud support, prior to adoption to ensure successful VM management..."
SearchServerVirtualization, February 25th, 2020
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For Secure Data Backup, Here's How To Do The 3-2-1 Rule Righ
The venerable 3-2-1 rule for backing up data remains a tried-and-true method for insuring the integrity of copied data that is essential to disaster recovery efforts, but it has to be done properly
W. Curtis Preston writes in Networkworld, "As the number of places where we store data increases, the basic concept of what is referred to as the 3-2-1 rule often gets forgotten. This is a problem, because the 3-2-1 rule is easily one of the most foundational concepts for designing data protection. It's important to understand why the rule was created, and how it's currently being interpreted in an increasingly tapeless world..."
Networkworld, February 25th, 2020
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IT News - Java
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Java Trends: Top 10 Frameworks In 2020
Our JAXenter survey about current trends in the Java ecosystem is in full swing. Time to take a look at the preliminary results
Hartmut Schlosser writes in jaxenter, "In our survey, we want to know what technologies will be particularly relevant for you this year. The areas in question are:

  • Programming languages
  • Frameworks
  • UI & web technologies
  • CI/CD, containers, microservices
  • Cloud technologies
  • Software architecture
  • Data processing & storage

You can choose from various topics and tools, which you can rate from 'very interesting' to 'neutral' to 'not interesting at all..."

jaxenter, February 25th, 2020
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