February 21, 2016

There is no way around Enterprise Architecture

If you acknowledge principles and patters do exist in your enterprise you have to ask yourself if you’re in control of them? Have you defined a structure of principles which guide your organization by performing their tasks and making business decisions? Have you engineered the patterns so you know why they’re there and what their purpose is? Imagine your market is changing, your customers demand other services. Do you know which patterns and principles to change? More specifically, which strategies, processes, responsibilities, artefacts, applications, timelines or locations are involved? Unfortunately, I’ve seen to many enterprises that are not in control. If this article made you aware, why don’t you initiate a way to get in control of your enterprises principles and patterns?

Take-Up of Anti-Phishing Standard DMARC Jumps 24%

Legacy IT infrastructure, convoluted email ecosystems, and risk-aversion were all cited as reasons contributing to the continued slow adoption rates in some industries. That said, 2.5 billion inboxes are now protected by DMARC and most major webmail providers including Yahoo and AOL support the standard. Google is switching DMARC on in June. Although, the report added the following note of caution: “However, it is important to note that enterprise-messaging gateways are in the early stages of rolling out DMARC, and reporting capabilities are still a big hurdle. 2016 will see an increased focus on providing enhanced reporting capabilities that threat intelligence platforms can leverage to identify malicious activity faster.”

Organizational Culture: 9 Tips for Entrepreneurs

An employee is an essential asset for a startup, especially a low-budget one. With my first startup, I hired two college students because I thought they would connect with potential clients better than someone older with experience (we were targeting exchange students for ski trips). I was wrong. They were terrible, and I was essentially paying them the little money that I had to not really do much at all. That money could have gone towards a hundred other things, and I didn’t realize how difficult hardworking people are to find. So, in short, my advice is to hire smart. Get people who will not only work hard to better your startup, but also help create a positive atmosphere. The opposite can ruin a startup.

Top 5 CIO tips for working with the C-Suite

CIOs across all industries must have a deep understanding of the technology deployed in their business. They need to understand the limitations of the current network and applications, the multiple contractual relationships with technology vendors, and the best way to manage both the good and bad in any enterprise IT environment. But as a digital revolution rapidly sweeps across all industries, now is the time for CIOs to be making the case for how IT can be of strategic importance to the business, and to start being heard in the C-suite. Here are five ways in which CIOs can make that happen:

Using Predictive Analytics to Identify Cyber Security Risks

Today’s cyber criminals have learned that snatch-and-grab attacks, where they attempt to quickly steal large amounts of data from a network, are easily detected by network defenses such as firewalls and anti-virus, which will effectively shut down or quarantine access. Therefore, criminals have evolved a more patient approach, constructing layered software that is designed to steal small fragments of data over a longer period of time. ... The industry average before a network breach is detected stands at around 200 days. The result for the victim is death by a thousand cuts. Predictive analytics can detect these data anomalies early on, looking for new patterns of data access, including hidden data that is being exfiltrated into another format and/or encrypted to avoid detection.

The Fifth Amendment and Bitcoin: Why the Battle is About to Begin

Translated to bitcoin private keys, that could mean a person would have to transfer his or her bitcoins to where the government wanted them moved (eg, a government controlled bitcoin wallet) but not tell the government the private key used. So far, no US court has ruled, at least publicly, on whether the Fifth Amendment protects a person from government compelled disclosure of his or her bitcoin private key or keys. ... In the not too distant future, there can be no doubt that a US court will tackle the issue of the application of the Fifth Amendment to bitcoin private keys in a case that undoubtedly will be closely watched like the current Apple case. And that court should uphold one of the Fifth Amendment’s most important protections and not compel disclosure, despite prosecutors urging otherwise.

The five key technology trends businesses must embrace to stay ahead

Technology continues to evolve rapidly, so much so it’s impossible to know for certain where the world will be in five years’ time. For example, at the turn of the millennium, who would have thought there would now be more mobile devices than humans? It is therefore more important than ever for businesses to embrace emerging and disruptive technologies before it is too late - ignoring them now will leave businesses falling behind and questioning what might have been as a potential competitive advantage slips through their fingers. For example, in 2009 Blackberry was named by Fortune as the fasted growing company in the world, yet after remaining stagnant for five years it was forced to play catch-up, not only to Apple but also to the whole mobile industry.

Perspective: A woman in tech in Palestine

One of the core issues as she sees it is that jobs are available in the larger cities but it is not an option for a woman to live alone or be out late at night. “As a result, Palestinian women have one of the lowest rates of workforce participation in the world. Despite this challenge, Palestinian women make up a majority of students in many universities in Palestine,” she says. “I was often told growing up that ‘a woman’s future is in her husband’s kitchen,” she adds. “But, I believe as a woman I can help change the world in my own way, even in tough situations. This motivated me to finish school with high grades. Then I earned a bachelor’s degree in computer systems engineering and graduated with honors.” Despite this, she describes a period of two years where she was completely unemployed with no job prospects.

The promise of predictive analytics for Web content

“Seismic shifts in both technology and consumer behavior during the past decade have produced a granular, virtually infinite record of every action consumers take online,” Wes Nichols explained in the Harvard Business Review. “Add to that the oceans of data from DVRs and digital set-top boxes, retail checkout, credit card transactions, call center logs and myriad other sources, and you find that marketers now have access to a previously unimaginable trove of information about what consumers see and do. The opportunity is clear.” ... The challenge, of course, being that monetization is much more complicated in media companies. And actionability is not clearly defined for digital publishers: Data has mostly provided a rear-view mirror perspective.

Linux Foundation announces Zephyr Project, an open source IoT operating system

First and foremost, being open source, the Zephyr Project will drive innovation for IoT devices through the roof. Startups will no longer have to consider licensing an operating system or developing one on their own as a hurdle for their product. You want to innovate for IoT? Grab the Zephyr Project source and begin. Working with an open source platform also ensures your innovation isn't capped. By its very nature, you will be able to do what you need with the Zephyr Project. This will be the ideal IoT platform, as it will not work "against" the developers. No matter the function or feature, you can roll it in. Developers around the globe will contribute to the project, so you can bet it will grow fast.

Quote for the day:

“Striving to constantly activate all resources all the time is not a recipe for effective operations." --Goldratt

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