October 23, 2013

CISOs' Role Becoming More Strategic, But there Are Growing Pains
When it comes to business practices, the security leaders interviewed by IBM stressed the need for strong business vision, strategy and policies, comprehensive risk management and effective business relations to be impactful in their roles. Understanding the concerns of their C-suite is also critical. More mature security leaders meet regularly with their board and C-suite, thereby improving relations.

The Real Privacy Problem
Thus the balance between privacy and transparency is especially in need of adjustment in times of rapid technological change. That balance itself is a political issue par excellence, to be settled through public debate and always left open for negotiation. It can’t be settled once and for all by some combination of theories, markets, and technologies. As Simitis said: “Far from being considered a constitutive element of a democratic society, privacy appears as a tolerated contradiction, the implications of which must be continuously reconsidered.”

5 Reasons Hadoop is Kicking Can and Taking Names
Hadoop’s momentum is unstoppable as its open source roots grow wildly into enterprises. Its refreshingly unique approach to data management is transforming how companies store, process, analyze, and share big data. Forrester believes that Hadoop will become must-have infrastructure for large enterprises. If you have lots of data, there is a sweet

How leadership can rise above office politics
The confusion between politics and leadership is understandable because both require social interaction. In certain political relationships, there is an expectation that a negative response (failure to complete the circle) comes with a punishment: Do as I say or you’re fired. This kind of power seeks to alter someone’s behavior via threat, intimidation, or coercion.

Freedom is All That Matters
Free software concretely means that the users have the four essential aspects of freedom: Free-dom 1 - freedom to run the program as you wish for whatever purpose; Freedom 2 - freedom to study the source code and to change it to make the computing as per your wish; Freedom 3 – to redistribute exact copies to others and freedom 4 – to redistribute modified copies to others.

Traditional App Development Stifles Government Innovation
It is a pointless practice for government agencies today to code and build single-use applications, or to integrate a dozen different products to deliver a single, specific functionality. Technology vendors now provide efficient platforms to provide such services without the need for coding, creating ready-to-run applications that work on all devices, whether in the cloud, on-premises, or both. The applications built on these new platforms offer simple, intuitive user interfaces to improve collaboration and decision-making, and support better service to internal and external agency customers.

The ins and outs of extending DLP
That being the case, we have two options for monitoring outbound Internet traffic for the enterprise. The first is to install DLP network sensors at each office (or alternatively, to provision virtual servers at all of our remote offices). The problem with this approach is that it provides no visibility into what users do once they take their laptops off the network.

DevOps - Pivoting Beyond Pockets
“You can’t buy a culture transformation. It is hard work from within the Organization”. An uncalculated and solely engineering based approach to DevOps can be less effective and not so sustainable. Operations are generally locked in the fixed mindset with focus on "control" (controlling change, controlling risk, etc.) They often "harden" their controls, under the delusion that they can actually control change and risk. The more Agile the Dev mindset is (and it's always more agile than the ops mindset) - the more tension and the greater the friction.

Maturity models are proxies for value, not value itself
The heart of the problem is that “maturity” is not value. Value is an outcome, and maturity is not an outcome; it’s something we pursue in order to develop the capabilities that make an outcome possible. At best, increasing maturity is a leading indicator for value, not the thing itself. An IT organization that touts its improving “maturity” to an executive team is not talking about value, but about IT activities.

Dubai thinks big with plan to turn itself into a wi-fi connected smart city
Its biggest announcement is a project being driven by Dubai's ruling Sheikh, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and called Dubai Smart City. He wants pervasive wireless across the city. In a series of tweets, he said: "We launched a new project to transform Dubai into a smart city. Education, healthcare and general security will be managed via smart systems. The project aims to provide all Dubai residents with high-speed internet in public places, and live services and information."

Quote for the day:

"The person who seeks all their applause from the outside has their happiness in another's keeping." -- Dale Carnegie

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