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IT News - CxO
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10 Ways To Influence IT Purchases When You Don't Control The Spend
Business line leaders control bigger and bigger amounts of enterprise technology spend, but CIOs should aim to impact those budget decisions
Mary K. Pratt writes in CIO, "Like most CIOs, Ian Pitt must ensure the availability and performance of all the systems in the IT stack. But he doesn't select or even buy all the software that his department supports, instead seeing more of that decision-making falling to his business-line counterparts.

Pitt's experience isn't unique..."

CIO, April 27th, 2020
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Most IT Leaders Believe Remote Workers Are A Security Risk
57 percent of UK IT decision makers still believe that remote workers are a security risk, and that they will expose their organization to the threat of a data breach, according to a survey by Apricorn
"This figure has inclined steadily from 44 percent in 2018 and 50 percent in 2019. The rise could reflect a corresponding increase in the number of remote workers, or an enhanced awareness of the risks of doing so as the UK's workforce began to follow government guidelines to work from home.

In 2019, 47 percent admitted that their remote workers had already knowingly put corporate data at risk of a breach in the last year; this has now dropped slightly to 44 percent..." - HelpNet Security

HelpNet Security, April 27th, 2020
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Things Keeping Cisos Up At Night During The COVID-19 Pandemic
Insights from discussions with more than 20 CISOs, CEOs, CTOs, and security leaders
"Every cybersecurity professional knows that crisis often breeds threats," opines Dennis Thankachan in Dark Reading.

"That said, the anecdotes we're seeing during the COVID-19 pandemic are uniquely frightening: health agencies getting attacked, growth in mass phishing operations, and the discovery of security flaws in leading communications platforms are just a few worth highlighting.

As an IT professional myself, I set out to discover what was unique about the current threat landscape through discussions with cybersecurity professionals on the battlefield's front lines. After discussions with more than 20 CISOs, CEOs, CTOs, and security leaders, I found six recurring core themes worth highlighting..."

Dark Reading, April 30th, 2020
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Exclusive Survey: What 400 IT Leaders Really Think About The COVID-19 Crisis
How did IT leaders respond to a world turned upside-down? And how has the coronavirus pandemic changed spending plans over the next year? A fresh CIO survey offers illuminating answers.
"A crisis on the scale of the one we're facing demands decisive action," writes Eric Knorr in CIO. "Luckily for many IT leaders, the first move was easy: When COVID-19 work-from-home mandates hit, those with the right policies and infrastructure in place endured the massive shift to remote work with minimal disruption. Add VPN capacity, videoconferencing, and a healthy dose of candid communication, and productivity can remain relatively unscathed.

The really tough part is planning ahead. When you're staring into the crater where the economy used to be, crossing your fingers that the Fed's trillions will fill it, how do you budget for the coming year? Which projects should go forward and which should be scrapped or delayed when so many unanswered business questions loom?..."

CIO, April 30th, 2020
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8 Actions CIOs Must Take During Coronavirus Pandemic For Financial Survival - Gartner
Gartner has provided eight actions that CIOs must take during the coronavirus pandemic to ensure financial survival for their organisations
"Many of the financial business implications of Covid-19 will be felt in the IT department, according to Gartner," writes Nick Ismail in Information Age.

"To mitigate this, CIOs should take eight actions to protect or quarantine their IT organisations' cash flow during the coronavirus pandemic.

'Survival, not growth, will be the priority for executives in 2020. Survival will depend on maintaining cash flows and income while continuing to be innovative with technology,' said Stewart Buchanan, research vice president at Gartner.

'Organisations that fail to act may not survive this disruption or will have their subsequent recovery delayed..

The eight action items for CIOs to take, include:..."

Information Age, April 29th, 2020
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IT News - Technology
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Review: 5 Top Videoconferencing Services Put To The Test
We compared Zoom, Cisco Webex, Microsoft Teams, GoToMeeting, and Google Meet in real-world tests to see which videoconferencing platforms perform best for business users. Here's how they stack up
"As COVID-19 keeps office workers at home, businesses in every country are having to find new ways to help their employees stay in contact with one another," writes Charlotte Trueman in Computerworld.

"Videoconferencing apps, in particular, have seen an unprecedented surge in popularity since the pandemic hit. From catch-up calls with co-workers to virtual company meetings, sales presentations and training sessions, connecting over video is a must-have for workers locked down at home. ..."

Computerworld, April 29th, 2020
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How To Use A Digital Camera As A Webcam
Good webcams can be hard to find. Fortunately, you can use many digital cameras as makeshift webcams
"If you have a high-end mirrorless or DSLR camera, you'll even get a big boost in video quality for your online meetings," notes Tim Brookes in How-To Geek.

"Using Your Camera as a Webcam

The ability to use your camera as a webcam is largely dependent on which camera you own. Some compact point-and-shoot cameras are bundled with first-party software and drivers that allow you to use them as webcams..."

How-To Geek, April 27th, 2020
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Intel Launches 10th Gen Intel Core Desktop Processor With Perks For Gaming, Video Editors
Intel's launch comes as the company is in a dogfight with AMD, which has been upping its innovation cadence and powering more systems
Larry Dignan writes in ZDNet, "Intel has launched new 10th generation Intel Core desktop processors aimed at bolstering gaming experiences as well as enabling 4K video editing for creative pros.

The desktop processor launches come as more employees are working remote and need to upgrade systems. Intel's launch also comes as the company is in a dogfight with AMD, which has been upping its innovation cadence and powering more systems...."

ZDNet, April 30th, 2020
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Future Laptops Will Be Able To Handle Massive 16K USB-C Monitors, Thanks To DisplayPort 2.0
If you're hoping to one day drive a full Iron Man-style monitor array with just an inexpensive laptop sitting on your desk, you should check out the latest standards published by VESA
"The updated DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0 includes support for an enormous amount of video data going over the increasingly standard USB-C cable interface," writes Michael Crider in reviewgeek.

"The new spec lets some of the rails in the cable previously reserved for data (things like external hard drives or network cards) be dedicated to full video output in the alternate mode. This allows the DisplayPort standard to drive a massive amount of pixels across an array of monitors on a single cable. The maximum resolution for a single monitor would theoretically be 16K at 60 hertz - a total resolution of 15,360 x 8,460. In more relatable terms, that's the same resolution as sixty-four 1080p HD monitors in an 8x8 grid..."

reviewgeek, May 1st, 2020
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USB 4 Will Support 8K And 16K Displays. Here's how It'll Work
With DisplayPort 2.0 support, next-generation USB technology should help PC makers banish another port starting in 2021
Stephen Shankland writes in CNET, "USB 4, the next incarnation of the ubiquitous data-transfer technology, will be fast and versatile enough to let you plug a very high resolution 8K display in to your PC. That's because it'll accommodate DisplayPort 2.0, the newer version of a standard widely used to connect external monitors.

The move, which industry groups announced Thursday, means USB will be a more capable replacement for older-style ports on digital devices -- and that computers will likely rely more on the increasingly versatile port. However, the versatility brings new complications when you're trying to figure out if devices, ports and cables support particular abilities you'd like..."

CNET, April 30th, 2020
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IT News - Blockchain
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10 Things You Thought You Knew About Blockchain That Are Probably Wrong
Not so long ago blockchain was being touted as the hyper-secure, single source of truth that would solve all manner of business problems. Some of that was overhyped
"Even though distributed ledger technologies (DLTs) have matured a lot over the past few years the promise of these technologies has far outpaced the reality of their adoption," notes Allen Bernard in TechRepublic.

"According to a new Forrester research report, Blockchain In 2020: A CIO's Guide To The 10 Most Prevalent Myths, the idea that mathematically immutable repositories of data and information would rapidly replace existing, trust-based models has not come to pass; nor will it anytime soon..."

TechRepublic, April 28th, 2020
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Every Microsoft Teams Keyboard Shortcut And How To Use Them
Like other Microsoft applications, Microsoft Teams is packed with useful keyboard shortcuts
"Become a Teams power user with this cheat sheet of useful hotkeys for Microsoft's workplace (and home) communication tool," suggests Joel Cornell in How-To Geek.

"Hotkeys for Microsoft Teams on Windows

All hotkeys below are for the Teams desktop app on Windows 10 and other versions of Windows. There are some slight differences on the web, so we've noted where the Teams web app's keyboard shortcuts are different..."

How-To Geek, April 27th, 2020
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IT News - PM
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8 Expert Tips For Remote Project Management
Seasoned remote project managers offer next-level tips and tricks from the virtual trenches for coordinating the output and productivity of remote teams
Christina Wood writes in CIO, "In the past few weeks, you've pulled off a feat you once believed impossible: Without notice, planning, or training you became project manager for a remote team you never see in person.

Managing remotely is a specialized skill, requiring communication and mediation skills, digital tools, and excellent planning and visualization. When built from the ground up, a remote team operates differently from one that works in an office. It would even have different people on it - those who sought and selected a remote job..."

CIO, May 1st, 2020
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IT News - BI
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24 Best Business Intelligence(BI) Tools List In 2020
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE (BI) tools are software that collects, transforms, presents data to help decision-makers drive business growth
"BI tools ingest large amounts of structured and unstructured data from varied sources, transform it and help deduce actionable business insights from the data.

Here are the Top BI tools with its popular features and download links. The list contains both open source(free) and commercial(paid) software..." - Guru99

Guru99, April 30th, 2020
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IT News - Security
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NSA Security Guide: How To Choose Safe Conferencing And Collaboration Tools
NSA publishes guidance on choosing a secure teleworking service. Assessed tools include Slack, Zoom, Signal, Skype, more
"The US National Security Agency (NSA) published last week a security assessment of today's most popular video conferencing, text chatting, and collaboration tools," reports Catalin Cimpanu in ZDNet.

"The guidance contains a list of security criteria that the NSA hopes companies take into consideration when selecting which telework tool/service they want to deploy in their environments.

The NSA document is not only meant for US government and military entities but the private sector as well..."

ZDNet, May 1st, 2020
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Data Security Guide: Everything You Need To Know
This data security guide digs into data protection and privacy compliance, explaining how to construct a proactive security strategy strengthened by best practices
"Data security is one of the most daunting tasks for IT and infosec professionals," opines Sandra Gittlen in SearchSercurity.

"Each year, companies of all sizes spend a sizable portion of their IT security budgets protecting their organizations from hackers intent on gaining access to data through brute force, exploiting vulnerabilities or social engineering. Throughout this guide are links that will help you learn more about the challenges related to securing sensitive data, ensuring compliance with government and industry mandates, and maintaining customer privacy. Along with the challenges, you'll find advice on how to solve them..."

SearchSercurity, April 28th, 2020
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CISO Position Burnout Causes High Churn Rate
The nature of the CISO role can take a toll, say industry vets, with frustration and stress contributing to high turnover rates and burnout. Learn how to make it work
"John Masserini has had a long and distinguished career as a high-profile CISO, working first for Dow Jones, then the Miami International Securities Exchange and now Millicom Telecommunications in Miami," writes Alissa Irei in SearchSercurity.

"But at one time, he felt so burned out that he said he left the tech industry for a year to run a gas station.

CISO position burnout is a real thing, Masserini said. "When I came back, I was determined to never get like that again."

Research from Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) suggests that, on average, a CISO lasts just two to four years on the job before moving on to another position -- and many point to cybersecurity burnout as a top driver of CISO churn. In another report, from security firm Nominet, 88% of CISOs reported being "moderately or tremendously stressed," with 48% saying the role has negatively affected their mental health..."

SearchSercurity, May 1st, 2020
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The Rise Of Deepfakes And What That Means For Identity Fraud
Convincing deepfakes are a real concern, but there are ways of fighting back
Labhesh Patel writes in Dark Reading, "The number of deepfake videos found online doubled from 2018 to 2019 and has continued to rise since then. A deepfake superimposes existing video footage or photographs of a face onto a source head and body using advanced neural network-powered artificial intelligence, and can make fraudulent video and audio content seem incredibly real.

The security industry continues to move away from outdated authentication methods, such as SMS-based two-factor authentication and knowledge-based authentication, which are easily susceptible to fraud. As a result, there has been an increase in more advanced biometric-based authentication methods as a secure alternative, but depending on the sophistication of those biometric systems, the rise of deepfake technology will undoubtedly become a larger concern..."

Dark Reading, April 30th, 2020
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IT News - Social Media
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Why Linkedin May Be The Most Effective Social Media Platform Of Our Time
When most people talk about social media, they're usually referring to platforms like Facebook or Instagram, but rarely think of LinkedIn as part of the vast array of social media platforms available
"We tend to assume that LinkedIn isn't such a valuable place to be and often, even businesses make this mistake, assuming that it would be far more beneficial to focus on their presence on Twitter, for example. There is a logic behind this - LinkedIn is a place for businesses, but I'm looking to advertise to real people, and they are going to be on other, more laid-back platforms, so I might as well go there, too.

This logic is flawed. Why? We're just about to show you," writes Barion McQueen in Business 2 Community.

Business 2 Community, April 27th, 2020
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Social Media Trends For 2020
As a marketer or small business, it's important to stay on top of all the latest trends in the fast-evolving world of social media
"Bear in mind, you'll find no reference to COVID-19," notes Daniel Hopper in Business 2 Community. "No quick fix marketing scams here to make a dollar out of this disaster! Many of the trends I will be discussing have been growing for the last couple of years, rather than the flavour of the month.

Each week, I talk about marketing theory as well as the practical implementation of a different marketing theory or topic. We don't just want to talk about the 'what', we think it's important to understand the 'how' and 'why'..."

Business 2 Community, April 27th, 2020
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IT News - Linux
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Recovering A Breached Linux System
Discovering a system breach is scary and recovering one might be even scarier still. Here are the steps to recovery
"No one wants their systems to be breached," opines Ken Hess in Red Hat News.

"No one wants their data stolen. And no one wants to recover a breached system. Neither discovery nor recovery are fun activities. In fact, I'd have to say that of all the horrible tasks facing you as a sysadmin, recovering a system from a malicious attack is the worst. In this article, I give you 12 steps to system recovery, some post-mortem tips, and a last resort option after you find that one or more of your systems has been compromised or breached..."

Red Hat News, April 27th, 2020
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IT News - Cloud
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Watch Out For These 5 Hybrid Cloud Security Challenges
Protect your hybrid cloud environment against these five common security vulnerabilities. Avoid the risks with established strategies and public cloud tools
"Many companies that migrate workloads to the cloud still need to retain their data centers due to strict compliance requirements or heavy investment in bare metal infrastructure," notes Ofir Nachmani in SearchCloudComputing. "In cases like these, businesses usually opt for a hybrid cloud model.

However, this model brings additional security complexities to the table. In this article, we'll look at five common hybrid cloud security challenges and the tools and strategies organizations can use to overcome them..."

SearchCloudComputing, April 30th, 2020
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IT News - DR
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Refresh Business Continuity Plans To Lead With Communication And Empathy
For many companies, the recent pandemic has put fresh perspective on the need for continuity planning.
Mark Strassman writes in CIO, "COVID-19' is a wake-up call to organizations that focus on daily operational needs at the expense of investing in digital business and long-term resilience," said Gartner analyst Sandy Shen, in a statement.

"Although most companies likely have some sort of business continuity plans, it's likely they haven't been reviewed in several years. That's no surprise; the economy has been healthy and we have to focus on day-to-day operations. These continuity plans are typically seen as 'break glass' plans, and not something most have to think about the majority of the time..."

CIO, April 27th, 2020
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IT News - Backup
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7 Remote Data Backup Terms For Protection During A Pandemic
In this glossary, you'll find important background information on remote backup. It's crucial to think about everything from network connections to backup devices and sites
"With so many employees working from home, it's important to understand key terms, phrases and procedures around remote data backup," writes Paul Crocetti in SearchDataBackup.

"The coronavirus pandemic caused some organizations to completely shift how they operate. Employees who previously didn't work from home at all suddenly started working from home full time. The resulting influx of remotely created data spurred the need for proper backup..."

SearchDataBackup, April 30th, 2020
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IT News - Developer
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Top 10 Programming Languages In Demand Right Now
These are the programming languages most likely to be used in enterprise IT and most likely to help you get a job
"For both enterprise IT managers and job seekers, a programming language's popularity matters a great deal," notes Cynthia Harvey in Information Week.

"IT managers often want their teams to use popular programming languages because those languages are more likely to be supported by a variety of platforms and to be around for a long time. In addition, more help is available on the web for popular languages, and it is easier to find developers who know those languages..."

Information Week, April 28th, 2020
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Why Soft Skills Are Important For Developers
Soft skills are all to do with how we interact with other people
"This is opposed to 'hard skills' which are to do with acquired abilities that require specific knowledge," writes Tom Buckland in Jaxenter. "There are many reasons why soft skills are equally, if not more important than hard skills for software developers...

Web developers these days need to compete not only with other developers, but also with tools like free website builders. This means they need to have a range of skills in order to remain competitive.

When we talk about skills for developers, we commonly think about technical skills and knowledge. However, less technical skills can be just as critical, supporting better performance and delivering a much stronger end product..."

Jaxenter, April 28th, 2020
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