November 22, 2013

Box, Dropbox get down to business with new enterprise cloud services
It's the latest area of specific enterprise ecosystem offerings from Box following the release of similar platforms for education, health care and financial, among others. Box's rival, Dropbox, also revamped its Dropbox for Businessto attract greater enterprise use. Features include 1,000 GB of space to start, file recovery and versioning, 256-bit AES encryption, remote wipe, two-step verification and more.


Privacy groups urge UN to adopt digital surveillance resolution
"Indiscriminate mass surveillance, which tramples individuals' right to privacy and undermines the social contract we all have with the State, must come to end immediately," they wrote, adding that if the resolution is adopted this would be the first major statement by the UN on privacy in 25 years. The draft resolution says states should create conditions to prevent such violations and ensure that relevant national legislation complies with their obligations under international human rights law.


10 old-school technology strategies that CIOs should not forget
A host of new and reformed practices have IT departments reinventing themselves ... Nevertheless, the fundamental requirements for quality systems that work right the first time are not going to go away. The rudiments of IT asset protection, disaster recovery, and business continuation also remain. Consequently, many tried and proven “old school” IT practices still make venerable companion strategies for emerging IT trends. Here are ten “old school” technology strategies that CIOs should not forget


Face detection using HTML5, javascript, webrtc, websockets, Jetty and OpenCV
With the webrtc specification it will become easier to create pure HTML/Javascript real-time video/audio related applications where you can access a user's microphone or webcam and share this data with other peers on the internet. For instance you can create video conferencing software that doesn't require a plugin, create a baby monitor using your mobile phone or more easily facilitate webcasts. All using cross-browser features without the use of a single plugin.


The End of Private Cloud – 5 Stages of Loss and Grief
No matter how good you think you are, you’ll never have the resources, skills or need to be as good as Amazon. AWS deploys enough computing capacity every day to run Amazon.com when it was a $7B online retailer. How many servers will you rack and stack today? How many petabytes of storage will you deploy this weekend? How many features did you update this year ... In her seminal work, “On Death and Dying,” Elisabeth K├╝bler-Ross articulated the 5 Stages of Loss and Grief. I think it’s time to look at this for private clouds.


Indian Engg Students Have Almost Zero Skills In InfoSec: Report
A mere 13 per cent of engineering students were found to be trainable in the InfoSec domain with nearly 86 per cent unskilled even on InfoSec basics. Speaking on these findings, Jay Bavisi, President and Co-Founder, EC-Council said, “The world is recognizing vulnerabilities leading to cyber threats and attacks and India holds a key position in the global IT-ITeS map. Every country is taking steps towards building a talent pipeline towards a secured future and we urge the Indian industry and academia to address the concerns to retain their leadership in the domain.”


Taking responsibility for national cybersecurity
During her ISSA keynote, The Right Honorable Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones, U.K. special government representative to business for cybersecurity, outlined the steps already underway between the U.K. government and private sector companies to make this partnership happen. ... "The government needs to form relationships with the private sector because it's the private sector that owns most of the wealth creation in the economy, and they are the operators of the critical national infrastructure," she said.


Lies, damned lies and big data: How firms get analytics wrong – and how to get it right
In companies where internal politicking is rife, people will deliberately bend analytics so the figures back up the course of action they support, warns Srikanth Velamakanni, founder and CEO of Fractal Analytics. Even where there's no bias from vested interests, it's common to find errors caused by poor data or flawed analysis, he said. "If you don't do analytics in the right manner, you can come up with some very wrong conclusions ..." Velamakanni said.


Only half of large companies have strong mobile strategies
"The mobile challenges that organizations are wrestling with are much the like the challenges they saw when dealing with the emerging Internet 15 years ago," said Eric Lesser, an author of the study and a research director at IBM's Institute for Business Value. Only 50% of the organizations surveyed agreed that their mobile strategy is aligned with the overall business strategy.


Health IT Execs Reveal 2014 Technology Priorities
For this annual year-end feature, Health Data Management posed a simple question to CIOs and other executives facing payment reform, dwindling reimbursements and pressure from patients, payers and employers for increased transparency around quality and cost: What I.T. do you need most in the year ahead, and beyond?



Quote for the day:

"Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent success." -- Napoleon Hill