When It Comes To The Cloud And Technology, CIOs Should Understand What Got You Here, Will Get You There

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Marshall Goldsmith, an executive coach to the corporate elite, is the author of the very popular book called What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. And while the title may be true as it relates to your individual career path, I have news for C-suite executives everywhere: it is not true when it comes to adopting the cloud and technology. In fact, what got you here – to your current state of success – is precisely what will get you to the next level. The problem is, as CIOs and IT professionals, we sometimes allow ourselves to be pressured into acting contrary to what we know is the right thing to do. Here’s what happens. A CEO approaches a CIO and says (in a nutshell), “What’s our cloud stra … Read more

A Movement Is Needed To Improve Cyber Security For Medical Devices

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At the 2011 Black Hat cyber security conference, a diabetic man named Jerome Radcliffe showed how someone could hack into a wireless insulin pump. Medical devices are just the latest in a growing list of Internet of Things that are at risk for potential hacks. On the surface, it may seem almost foolish to worry that some stranger will want to control a person’s insulin dosage or shut off a pacemaker or manipulate health data, but we also wondered why anyone would want to hack into cloud storage to steal compromising photos of actresses or someone would stage a major attack on an entertainment company in retaliation for a movie. If something can be hacked, it will be hacked. If for no other … Read more

Does Your Information Security Program Depend On Gut Reactions?

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“Go with your gut!” is a phrase spoken in business every day. Many executives responsible for information security programs have learned to trust their intuition and lean on it for both minor and major decisions. After all, not everything can be quantified neatly. The human factor and personal experience can never be (and should never be) completely removed from any business equation. Here’s the problem: when it comes to information security (IS) programs, businesses are too often only going with their gut. Do that, and you’re likely accepting an uncomfortable amount of risk for your organization. Here’s why. Assumptions are deadly Gut feelings are based largely on assumptions. Some … Read more

How To Understand Your Disaster Recovery Services Bill

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I got my electric bill today and read the line “Total Current Charges” (which, when I think about it, is a terrible pun!). Did you ever flip the bill over to read what goes into those “current charges?” For instance, there’s the generation charge, transmission charge, carbon offset fee, energy efficiency fee, working capital fee, governments taxes and fees. There are even more factors that contribute to the bill, but that’s enough to make my point: when I pay for electricity, I’m paying for a lot more than just the kilowatts of energy necessary to light and heat my home. The same is true when it comes to disaster recovery services, but companies sometimes forget that fact. They want a back … Read more

The Top 5 Traits of Successful Digital Enterprises

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Ecommerce is expanding significantly, with U.S. online sales expected to grow from $263 billion in 2013 to $414 billion in 2018, a compound annual growth rate of 9.5 percent, according to Forrester research. This is pushing the need for businesses to continue to transform their business processes, technologies and even organizational structures, and to become “digital enterprises.” Digital enterprises are those organizations who integrate new technology and business models that engage digital customers at every point in the customer experience lifecycle. Now, it’s becoming essential that organizations embrace digital changes to stay competitive. “For businesses to be competitive durin … Read more

9 Cyber Security Buzzwords And Jargon Definitions We Can All Understand

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Hybrid cloud. BYOD. Big Data. Internet of Things. These are terms that have become part of the daily lexicon, not only within the information technology (IT) and cyber security world but also in the main stream. Jargon is integral to IT. They make complicated terms more accessible to the non-technical person, even if they aren’t easier to understand. Buzzwords are commonplace in IT security, as well, but are they truly understood? As Frank Ohlhorst writes in Tech Republic, “it seems that IT security managers are giving too much power to terms and buzzwords, letting them dictate security best practices.” Ohlhorst goes on to point out that while BYOD is just an acronym that means, simply, Brin … Read more

A Recipe For Achieving Successful Business Outcomes When Placing Applications In The Cloud

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A few months ago, at a conference where business leaders were discussing the challenges they are facing in an increasingly competitive world market: a market driven by dynamic applications in the cloud, instant access to mission-critical data, massive amounts of analytical information, and complex social media integration. What was refreshing was that the conversation centered around successes – not obstacles. There was an insurance industry executive who was telling everyone about how his underwriting process became incredibly efficient when his company decided to utilize cloud-based systems to support it. As a result, they are acquiring new clients and experiencing a rapid expansion of t … Read more

The Healthcare Industry Is Fighting Infectious Disease With Innovative Technology

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If you ever watched The Jetsons as a kid, you probably were enthralled by – but also a little skeptical of – the robotic contraptions, holograms, and other crazy-seeming inventions that propelled their lives every day. You can go ahead and suspend that disbelief now, because the next time you visit the hospital, you’ll find that the world of the Jetsons is already here. Take, for instance, Gigi, the germ zapping robot that sweeps patient rooms for lingering infectious disease germs. Gigi, much like Judy from the Jetsons, is operated remotely, blasting a disinfecting ultraviolet light that offers zero chance for any transference of infectious disease. Another futuristic innovation is the Amer … Read more