December 15, 2012

Official document reveals the rules of Oracle's cloud
Customers should be mindful of other policies, such as one that allows Oracle to turn off access to accounts in the event of a dispute or account violation. "Customers may want to get clarity on the type of incidents that would result in a temporary turn-off of service," Wang said.

A decision maker's guide to organizational records management strategy
In the past, unless you were being sued or were part of some niche industry, records management strategy was often left on the back burner. ... "A lot of organizations don't do a very good job of it, if they do anything at all," said Jim Just, a partner at Imerge Consulting Inc., about the lack of respect for records management. "They just sort of let it roll along at its own impetus. They need to get control of it, and they are starting to realize it."

Computing and the Law: The America Invents Act
The twelfth in a series of articles in Computer magazine provides basic information on legal issues facing people and businesses that operate in computing-related markets discusses employment law issues faced by new companies.

SMS stealing apps uploaded to Google Play by Carberp banking malware gang
Several malicious Android apps designed to steal mobile transaction authentication numbers (mTANs) sent by banks to their customers over SMS (Short Message Service) were found on Google Play by researchers from antivirus vendor Kaspersky Lab.

With JOBS Act, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance likely won't get easier
With the arrival of the JOBS Act, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance requirements are bound to change, or are they? As with many compliance questions, the answer is, “It depends.” In this tip, we'll first take a look at the general provisions of SOX as they apply to IT controls, and then, in that context, discuss the impact of the JOBS Act.

Cybersecurity firm identifies ‘credible threat’ to 30 U.S. banks
The report, scheduled to be released Thursday by McAfee Labs, warns the financial industry to be wary of software that creates fraudulent online banking transactions. Hackers could create fake bank transactions, or skim a portion of high-dollar bank transfers, the report said.

Dell software aims to automate mobile device management
The Dell KACE K3000 Mobile Management Appliance combines the new software with a rack-mounted Dell server. The K3000 appliance handles jobs such as over-the-air provisioning of iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, enforcing through user profiles a range of security and management policies, tracking hardware software inventories and managing distribution of enterprise mobile apps.

Why You Must Develop the Right Talent Channels
At an early stage company, hiring is the CEO’s job. It should not be outsourced, delegated or de-prioritized. The assumption is that the CEO has defined company culture and is hiring within that cultural norm. As Brad Feld wrote, focusing on cultural fit is a must. ... The CEO probably should be spending between 40% and 70% of their time hiring in the early stages.

The role of software-defined networks in cloud computing
Given the elasticity of views about what a software-defined network is, it's hardly surprising that SDN's specific role in the cloud is elusive. There are two software-defined networking models and two different SDN missions in cloud computing. Since networks create the cloud, managing the interplay between these two factors could be the key to cloud efficiency and success.

IT Outsourcing Hits Nine-Year Low In Q3
The U.K.-based research group pegged the total contract value of deals signed worldwide during the period at $18.9 billion, down 33% from the same time a year ago.The analyst blamed the tech services downturn on the weak global economy. Looking to the fourth quarter, "There will need to be a significant upturn in both TCV and deal volume if last year's performance is to be matched," said Thomas.

Quote for the day:

"It is a mistake to look too far ahead. Only one link in the chain of destiny can be handled at a time." -- Winston Churchill

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