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Big Data: Security Experts Alert Execs About Stockpiled Zero-Day Bugs
writes "“So everybody knows there are zero days, but when we talk to C-Level executives, very often we find that these guys don’t have a clue, because they tell us, ‘Yeah, but we’ve never been compromised...And we always ask them, ‘How do you know?’”...three pieces of advice for C-Level executives...:"
CIO: Microsoft's Password Strength Tool is Clever
writes "[by Melanie Pinola]...Microsoft's Telepathwords is a clever way to test if your passwords are predictable...one step closer to true password security knowledge..."
CIO: 7 Security Predictions Financial Services Need to Keep Their Eye On
Bank Systems Tech
writes "[by Jonathan Camhi]...The consulting group [Booz Allen Hamitlon] previewed some of the important trends in cyber security that financial services firms need to keep their eye on in 2014...Here are the consultancy’s seven top trends to watch in cyber security in 2014:..."
CIO: IT Service Desks Balancing Act Doing More with Less
writes "[by Darren Williams] Two opposing forces are placing additional pressure on the modern IT service desk; the continual need to stretch resources further is challenging the ability to meet growing end-user expectations, which now includes a wide range of devices and services. Combine this with growing concerns over data security..."
Mobility: Companies Missing out on Mobile Social Tools
writes "[by Dennis McCafferty]...the accompanying report, "Organizing for Change Through Social Technologies," indicates that leadership also needs to do a better job of formalizing social-technology execution strategies and policies. For starters, C-level executives can address the reality that—while a majority of executives say their companies freely engage with customers via social media—they do so with only a minority of their customers..."
Enterprise Social: Some Very Well Known High Tech Execs Avoid Social Media
writes "[by Sharon Gaudin]...Only 30% of the CEOs at the top companies traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange are active on social media sites, gathering spots for millions of potential customers...Many companies require legal approval before a CEO can send out social media posts..."
CIO: Serious Blog Landed on ZeroAccess Botnet
writes "[by Lee Munson]...Although this is a victory to be celebrated it does not, regrettably, mean the end of ZeroAccess...The servers targeted in this intervention are associated with the click fraud element of the software. Taking them down will undoubtedly cause disruption and a loss of revenue to the people behind ZeroAccess but the botnet itself is still in tact..."
Big Data: Sobering Picture Portrays Challenges Confronting Cybersecurity Professionals
writes "Does an effective Advanced Cyber Defense strategy impinge on the protection of personal information? This is the central question examined in depth in a very important report released by KPMG Germany in October of this year..."
Platform for Business Evolution- Connected Experiences
writes "Through Microsoft’s big data offering delivered through SQL Server 2012, hotels can turn the guest and operational data they collect into profitable insights and actions. Aligning the company with customers through this data makes it easier to eliminate silos and more easily integrate and share data..."
Innovation: Why the Word 'Innovation' Feels so Empty
writes "What does the word even mean anymore?...Words matter — in business and in life. I’ve always found that companies that aspire to do extraordinary things, leaders who aim to challenge the limits of what’s possible in their fields, develop a “vocabulary of competition”..."
Mobility: New Corporate Culture Pivots on Mobile
writes "[by Daniel Newman]...Smart organizations and fast companies are embracing mobile to put the best teams in the most opportune position to deliver better results than expected. Ubiquitous access to data is a not a Millennial thing, it’s a “Get it done” revolution. And mobility makes it so..."
Mobility- Why Go Mobile? BT Financial Group's CIO
writes "Richard Holmes, CIO of Westpac’s BT Financial Group, gave a live interview with Bloomberg TV...with an overview of the technological changes many industries are facing, noting it has caused firms like Australia’s Westpac to get in front of issues like mobility, security and the cloud..."
Mobility: Enterprise Mobile Development Siloed Slowing Growth
writes "[by Al Sacco]...The key to understanding ROI for mobile investments is understanding the new revenue stream that is created through real-time collaboration, access to critical enterprise resources and data from the road, and the ability to get answers to customers more quickly and accurately...CIOs should expect to see more and more key mobile device features integrated with enterprise apps..."
Platform for Business Evolution: Structured IT App Strategy Based on 3 Layers
writes "[by John Wheeler]...risk management organizations need an organized, structured IT application strategy. What we recommend is a pace-layered application strategy for [governance, risk, Compliance] GRC that classifies your software applications into three primary layers – systems of record, systems of differentiation and systems of innovation..."
Innovation: IT Project Success Pivots on Cost-Cutting Perceptions
writes "[by Sharon Florentine]...Fifty percent of businesses had an IT project fail during the last year...Consolidation and cost-cutting have really taken their toll...we don't have the people or resources to manage them properly..."
New Paper Offers Sweeping Plan to Decarbonize the Global Economy
Yale Environment 360
writes "[by Fen Montaigne]...Eighteen prominent international climate scientists and economists have authored a paper that seeks to answer the most vexing environmental question facing the planet: How to reverse soaring carbon dioxide emissions and prevent the world from experiencing destabilizing climate change"
CIO: Learn the Difference Between Commanding Versus Leading
writes "My leadership task is to limit work to the right work, attempting to buffer my staff from the mayhem of competition for scarce IT resources....With all the tensions and anxieties...wht drives me to do it?..."
CIO: Fed CIOs Gain Authority Become Aligned with Business Leaders
writes "[by Kenneth Corbin]...the ideal CIO would be "somebody who was supposed to be well-versed in business operations. It was not a technology-centric role. It was really about what can be done to measurably improve mission performance...The role of the federal CIO has been a recurring subject of debate as departments and agencies across the government have embarked on a number of major IT initiatives..."
Enterprise Social: There is a Bigger Picture of Social Business Beyond the Technology
writes "...pushing for social adoption because of technology misses the point of change. The true catalyst isn’t whatever the latest trend in social media is this week. That’s reactive and almost impossible to leapfrog. The truth is that change is fueled by the affect that social media, mobile, and other forms of disruptive technologies have on customer behavior...the challenge is that social media strategists may actually be hampering its potential by not helping executives see the bigger picture beyond the technology."
Mobility- How to Build a Consumerization of IT Strategy
writes "[by Arno Harteveld]...As technology becomes more central in people’s personal lives, consumer technologies have been steadily entering into the workplace and increasingly blurring the lines between home and work...This white paper is one part of the “Microsoft Recommendations for a Consumerization of IT Strategy” series....including strategies for supporting the proliferation of devices in the workplace and supporting work tasks on personal devices at diverse locations..."
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