May 18, 2013

Researchers uncover 'SafeNet,' a new global cyberespionage operation
"While determining the intent and identity of the attackers often remains difficult to ascertain, we determined that the SafeNet campaign is targeted and uses malware developed by a professional software engineer that may be connected to the cybercriminal underground in China," the Trend Micro researchers said in their paper.

The Journey from Big Data to Big Promise
While much around big data remains hype, many companies are in the fledging stages of drawing value from their big data corpus, and given an army of discussions and opinions around the topic, it’s still hard to find a clear roadmap to arrive at the Big Promise. ... basically analytics can be categorized into three categories functionally, they are Descriptive Analytics, Relationship Analytics, Prescriptive Analytics.

Why an Internet sales tax is such an incomprehensibly bad idea
It will result in further damaging our economy while also causing the loss of jobs while also causing states and the federal government to collect less revenue, not more. It's not just that consumers will buy less online if their purchases are taxed. It's that operating an online store that deals with sales tax accounting is a very non-trivial task.

When Rule Books Block the Road, Throw Them Out
“We’re not going to be governed by a culture that defines a set of rules. We’re going to be governed by a culture in which we hold ourselves accountable for great performance, and for understanding that we trust each other enough that people are going to make good decisions because they’re here for the right reasons.”

10 key questions about software-defined networking
SDN as a network solution is not nearly as far along as virtualization in the server and storage worlds. Nevertheless, SDN is coming — and the more IT decision-makers and business leaders know about it, the better they’ll be able to determine where and when to introduce it to their data centers. Here are 10 of the questions they’re asking about SDN.

9 takeaways from Google I/O that matter to users
Google held its sixth annual I/O developers conference this week. During a nearly four-hour keynote address Google executives outlined some of the more enhanced features they are working on, several of which are available now. While many were geared specifically toward developers, most of them apply directly to consumers. Here are some of the more intriguing announcements.

How the consumerization of the enterprise has affected two firms
The companies' approaches to the consumerization of the enterprise were as different as the size and distribution of their workforces: Slalom has about 2,000 employees spread out across the country, whereas Huber's previous employer had 45,000 global employees. Huber shared his perspectives on how two companies handle consumerization differently, from mobility management to cloud support and more:

Innovation Isn't Working At 4 Out Of 5 Companies
Alon thinks the questions left plenty of wiggle room for execs to give their innovation programs the benefit of the doubt. "We didn't frame it as 'everlasting' competitive advantage," Alon said. Another metric in the study shows that for every one of 15 different innovation areas, execs were less likely than they were three years ago to rate them "very satisfied." "Commercialization and launch" and "consistent innovation performance" fared particularly badly.

Pushdo botnet is evolving, becomes more resilient to takedown attempts
In March, security researchers from Damballa identified new malicious traffic patterns and were able to trace them back to a new variant of the Pushdo malware. "The latest variant of PushDo adds another dimension by using domain fluxing with Domain Generation Algorithms (DGAs) as a fallback mechanism to its normal command-and-control (C&C) communication methods," the Damballa researchers said Wednesday in a blog post.

The Immune System is Risk
An effective risk management system is the immune system of the organisation. It is built to identify and mitigate against the “bad” viruses (problems) and to ensure the promotion and proliferation of the benefits. It also provides processes to continuously monitor the effective performance of the organisation in mitigating the “bad” viruses.

Quote for the day:

"Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Try, instead, to work with what you've got." -- Peter Drucker