February 28, 2014

Five Essentials for Successful Information Security Training
The hype over the latest security breach in the headlines always fades away. Business executives, network users, and even IT professionals talk the talk when the topic is hot – making promises to do better. In a very predictable fashion, people get back to their old ways of doing things. They then proceed to let their guard down. And then it happens, again. Another big security breach. If there’s anything positive that comes from this common mode of operation it’s that small, incremental changes are often put in place, both through people, business processes, and technical controls.

Security researchers urge tech companies to explain their cryptographic choices
Fourteen prominent security and cryptography experts have signed an open letter to technology companies urging them to take steps to regain users' trust following reports over the past year that vendors collaborated with government agencies to undermine consumer security and facilitate mass surveillance. ... The letter was an initiative of the advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation and outlines 10 principles, both technical and legal, to which signatories believe technology companies should adhere.

10 public cloud security concerns you shouldn’t ignore
It’s not news that businesses are moving more of their data to the cloud. But even as cloud storage and computing have hit the mainstream, there are a lot of questions around the public cloud – ones that not everyone is asking. For Mark Russinovich, technical fellow of Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Azure cloud platform group, the public cloud has helped businesses grow, but there are still many concerns for data security and privacy. He pulled together a list of 10 concerns that security professionals should consider when putting their organization’s data into a public cloud.

ThoughtWorks Interview: Agile Principles & Global South
Many people are extremely passionate about Agile software development. It is a model which strives to be collaborative and is based on solid democratic principles of sharing expertise. The Agile Manifesto describes how: “We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it.” In fact, at over a decade old Agile still generates a bizarre mix of either excitement or fear in a lot of organisations.

China’s President Will Lead a New Effort on Cybersecurity
“Efforts should be made to build our country into a cyberpower,” Mr. Xi said in a statement released after the first meeting of the group on Thursday, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. The announcement comes as Mr. Xi is solidifying power, mounting a bold crackdown on corruption at the top of the Communist Party and pushing through overhauls aimed at strengthening and restructuring the country’s economy.

10 tips for surviving your new leadership role
Being dropped into a role of leadership is both a compliment and burden. And it can be a bit overwhelming, too. With expectations coming at you from the top and bottom, it's difficult to know where to start. Here are 10 tips garnered from colleagues and personal experience, each one vitally important in successfully managing both campaigns and staff.

Google Android chief: Android may be open, but it is not less secure
Naturally, responding in such a self-critical fashion would have raised a few eyebrows. However, Google has provided a full transcript of the executive's commentary -- one which sheds a very different light on the issue. Instead of Android not being geared towards security, Pichai actually said that the open nature of the platform gives the OS better scope in threat protection -- as many minds, developers and security experts can pitch in and both fix problems and shore up defenses.

Cloud security concerns are overblown, experts say
Today, though, security concerns are still the major inhibitor of cloud adoption at many large companies. The concerns are most significant among those IT executives considering a cloud migration. Those who have already made the leap appear mostly satisfied with cloud security, the panel agreed. An Intermap survey of 250 decision makers at medium and large companies found that 40% of those who described themselves as "cloud-wary" cited security as their biggest impediment to adoption. In contrast only about 15% of "cloud-wise" respondents felt the same way.

Four Tips for Walking Your Innovation Talk
Employees at all levels take their cues from management, which makes it essential that senior executives practice what they preach. And that means a climate of innovation must start at the top, ideally with senior leaders who are both inspiring and dedicated. Through years of innovation training for the world’s foremost companies, my firm, futurethink, has identified an effective formula for leadership role modeling.

How to be recognized as a young leader
“What are some good ways to get recognized as an emerging young leader in your organization without sounding like you’re trying to toot your own horn?” My mother always told me if you just kept your head down and did good work, you would get ahead in your career. While there is certainly some truth to that advice, there’s a lot more to it when it comes to getting noticed for your leadership potential.

Quote for the day:

"I don't think you can ever do your best. Doing your best is a process of trying to do your best." -- Townes Van Zandt

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