November 11, 2013

7 Stages for Effective Data Governance
The data governance structure is formed to ensure that authority to manage data is properly delegated from the senior-most levels, and that parties are held accountable for executing governance policies as required by their respective mandates. This authorization, in turn, is accomplished by instituting processes to understand the cause and effect of poor data in an organization. Then solutions can be developed to correct the problem and a means for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of these solutions can be adopted.


British Spies Reportedly Spoofed Linkedin, Slashdot to Target Network Engineers
Special teams from GCHQ's My Network Operations Centre (MyNOC) division identified key employees doing network maintenance and security at the targeted companies and determined which of them were users of LinkedIn or Slashdot.org. The teams then directed the targeted individuals to fake versions of those sites which contained malicious code designed to install malware on their computers, German magazine Der Spiegel reported based on secret GCHQ documents leaked by former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden.


Emotional Intelligence Is critical to Good Leadership
The term, emotional intelligence was coined around 1995 in the popular book, Emotional Intelligence, Why it Can Matter More Than IQ. A Key take away from the book, was the fact that factors such as empathy, self-awareness and self-discipline determine both professional and personal success. In this study, Emotional Intelligence was measured with the Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Assessment OR SEI.


Portugal Telecom’s High-Concept Green Data Center
The PT facility is built to be sustainable, featuring a rain water collection system (which forms a moat around the data center building), an on-site photovoltaic solar power generation, and a garden with more than 600 trees. Portugal Telecom is seeking Gold LEED certification for the data center building, and LEED Platinum status for the attached office building. Covilhã was chosen for the location because it’s the coldest place in Portugal, with a climate that will allow PT to use fresh air cooling for 99 percent of the year, with chillers expected to be used four days a year.


CryptoLocker is Bad News
For the most part, CryptoLocker is spreading via various phishing campaigns, including some from legitimate businesses, or through phony Federal Express or UPS tracking notifications. Some victims said CryptoLocker has appeared after a separate botnet infection as well. According to Kaspersky’s Costin Raiu, this malware primarily targets users from US and UK, with India, Canada, Australia and France being second-tier targets.


Secure Integration of Convergent Technologies – a Challenge for Open Platform
Open Platform 3.0 is an initiative that will advance The Open Group vision of Boundaryless Information Flow™ by helping enterprises to use them. The survey confirms the value of an open platform to protect users of these technologies from vendor lock-in. It also shows that security is a key concern that must be addressed, that the platform must make the technologies easy to use, and that it must enable them to be used in combination.


Snowden serves up another lesson on insider threats
The latest news sheds a more light on how Snowden managed to lay his hands on what has turned out to be a staggering amount of classified information on the NSA's spying activities around the world and in the U.S. His success in getting access to the documents and spiriting them out of the agency have provoked questions about the NSA's apparent lack of controls for preventing such theft.


Working alone won’t solve our cyber security problems: NICTA’s Dr Jodi Steel
There are no silver bullets. Our adversaries are well organised and well skilled, says Steel. “You can buy malware kits online – and they have 24 hour phone support. You can buy hacking services, botnets by the hour. Yet the organisations that are under attack tend to be disinclined to share information because of embarrassment, reputation or share price – or on the solution side, because of competitive advantage," says Steel.


Embracing the Millennials’ Mind-Set at Work
Millennials are becoming more aware of their rising worth. Coupling their ability to learn quickly with their insistence on having a say, they pack a powerful punch. But rather than complaining, it’s time to embrace millennials for what they can offer, to add experience from older workers to the mix, and to watch innovation explode.


Good Governance: The Role of the Board Chair
In the face of all of these responsibilities today’s board chair has one more important job—prepare the other officers to be a good chair someday. The days of waiting until one is elected chairperson to begin studying the role are over. Board officers should be encouraged to take workshops and study the governance work on the role of board leadership before they decide to accept the chair’s job. Dedicated development of board officers is a missing piece in today’s credit union governance—it may be time to add this to the list.



Quote for the day:

"Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get" -- Ray Kroc