March 09, 2013

Enterprise Risk Management: A Holistic Approach
A well defined risk management program cannot achieve high maturity scores without integrating risk management systems across divided organisational units. Organizations must thoroughly understand the true value at risk and ensure their compliance mandates are not geographically siloed. ... Check out this live webinar from GRC Forum.

What to do when the CEO says 'Get it Done!'
“What do you do if the CEO tells you to get it done and f*** the governance? Well you probably go away and just do it, no?” I should have been faster on my feet to say then and there that there are four good reasons why that was not necessarily the best response. These reasons are: Compliance, Efficiency, Risk, Effectiveness

Who ratted out Microsoft on browser ballot absence?
According to Almunia, neither the Commission nor Microsoft -- which had been left to police itself -- was aware that the browser choice screen was AWOL until a third party reported the oversight. The Commission has repeatedly declined to name the complainant. The choice screen, also called the "browser ballot," was not shown to approximately 15.3 million users running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) for more than a year, from May 2011 until July 2012, when the complaint was filed.

Feds Asked to Back Cybersecurity with Legal Protections
“Cybersecurity is largely a voluntary effort, and the task of the government is encouraging companies to participate,” said Gus Coldebella, a former top lawyer at the Department of Homeland Security and a partner in Washington at Goodwin Procter LLP. “If you don’t have liability protection, that task is infinitely harder.”

Don't Establish Data Management Standards
Standards can help control cost. Standards can help reduce complexity. But, in an age when a data management architecture needs to flex and meet the business need for agility, standards are a barrier. The emphasis on standards is what keeps IT in a mode of constant foundation building, playing the role of deli counter, and focused on cost management.

VMware preps vCloud-based public cloud service
The service, which is to be built on VMware's vCloud products, including vCloud Director, according to multiple industry sources, is still a ways away from general availability. In the meantime, VMware loyalists who use public cloud can find service providers with vCloud, so switching to a VMware public cloud wouldn't be necessary.

Patch Tuesday: Microsoft to fix four critical flaws, all versions of IE at risk again
Three of the four 'critical' flaws affect Windows, Internet Explorer, Office, Windows Server and SharePoint, which could all lead to remote code execution—such as allowing hackers access to install malware without user prompts or permission. The flaws rated 'important' could lead to an elevation of user privileges or the disclosure of user data or personal information.

IT Talent Shortage Or Purple Squirrel Hunt?
But a talent shortage may just be another way of describing an unwillingness to pay market rates for talent. As Peter Cappelli, professor of management and director of the Center for Human Resources at the Wharton School, put it in The Wall Street Journal back in October, 2011, "Some of the complaints about skill shortages boil down to the fact that employers can't get candidates to accept jobs at the wages offered. That's an affordability problem, not a skill shortage."

Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us
This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace.

Stop Reinventing Disruption
Disruption is a story of rational responses to a changing environment. It's the sensible retreat from your low margin business towards your more demanding, more profitable customers. At least, it's a sensible retreat until you recognize that you've given away your business and there is nowhere left to run.

Quote for the day:

"Leadership cannot just go along to get along. Leadership must meet the moral challenge of the day." -- Jesse Jackson

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