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IBM News
IBM Acquires Leading Adobe Workfront Consultancy
Enhances business transformation expertise to automate marketing workflows with AI
IBM announced plans to acquire the Adobe Workfront consulting unit and assets from Rego Consulting Corporation to further its hybrid cloud and AI strategy. Building on IBM's strategic partnership with Adobe, the consultancy specializes in work management software consulting for enterprise clients.
IBM News, October 21st, 2021
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IBM Report Reveals Potential Rebound For Travel And Event Spending, End Of Traditional Shopping Season
Due to Waning Vaccination and Safety Measures, Many Surveyed Consumers' Return to Public Life Has Been Indefinitely Delayed
According to the findings of a new global consumer study released by IBM's (NYSE: IBM) Institute for Business Value (IBV), respondents are feeling slightly more festive for the 2021 holiday season than they were in 2020, and are reporting higher household budget allocation for travel and local activities. However, the survey suggests COVID-19 pandemic-related concerns are hindering the return of the traditional shopping season
IBM News, October 21st, 2021
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IBM Reports 2021 Third-Quarter Results
Revenue Performance Led by Consulting and Software; Solid Cash Generation
  • Revenue of $17.6 billion, up 0.3 percent (down 0.2 percent adjusting for divested businesses and currency)
  • Revenue, up 2.5 percent (up 1.9 percent adjusting for divested businesses and currency), normalized to exclude Kyndryl to be separated in November
  • Net cash from operating activities of $16.1 billion and adjusted free cash flow of $11.1 billion, both up $0.3 billion over last 12 months

IBM announced third-quarter 2021 earnings results.

'With the separation of Kyndryl early next month, IBM takes the next step in our evolution as a platform-centric hybrid cloud and AI company," said Arvind Krishna, IBM chairman and chief executive officer. "We continue to make progress in our software and consulting businesses, which represent our higher growth opportunities. With our increased focus and agility to better serve clients, we are confident in achieving our medium-term objectives of mid-single digit revenue growth and strong free cash flow generation.'

IBM News, October 21st, 2021
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Red Hat News
How Security Has Changed In The Era Of Cloud Computing
Technologies come and go, but one concept has remained at the forefront of IT conversations for decades: Security
"While security remains a perennial top priority for IT departments, what it means to be secure, and the processes required, continue to change. Let's talk about how security, open source, and cloud computing can co-exist.

Open doesn't mean insecure

It may seem counterintuitive, but open source code isn't inherently less secure than proprietary code. Security by obscurity can be a good practice in some cases (the less attackers know about your organization's IT architecture, the better) but hiding source code isn't going to prevent attackers from finding vulnerabilities..."

Red Hat News, October 19th, 2021
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Friday Five - October 22, 2021
The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye
  • Introducing Node.js 17
  • Container Journal - Red Hat Bolsters Cloud-Native and Edge Portfolio
  • Meet single node OpenShift: Our newest small OpenShift footprint for edge architectures
  • Forbes - Software's Big Skill-Up, Learning The Way To Cloud-Native
  • Awards roll call: August to October 2021

Read on for details.

Red Hat News, October 22nd, 2021
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Announcing Language Support For Java By Red Hat 1.0 For Visual Studio Code
Red Hat is excited to announce that today we are shipping the 1.0 release of Language Support for Java by Red Hat on Visual Studio Code
"The 1.0 release includes support for Java 17, type hierarchy and a number of performance improvements.

This is the product of a multi-year collaboration between Red Hat, Microsoft, and members of the Java developer community at large. This release would not have been possible without your help, and we appreciate everyone who has given us feedback or contributed to the project.

Since the start of the "Language Support for Java by Red Hat" (vscode-java) extension for VS Code, the goal has always been to provide the kind of Java support one would expect from any IDE. As we release version 1.0.0, it's a great opportunity to look back at how this project started, what has been accomplished, and plans for the future..."

Red Hat News, October 20th, 2021
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Automotive Transformation To Software-Defined Vehicles: Red Hat Point Of View And Synergies With State-Of-The-Art IT
Get an overview of what software-defined means, particularly when it comes to a vehicle.
"Building a dream car doesn't just revolve around factors like horsepower and interior finishes anymore. The automotive industry is going through some big changes as the electric vehicle market revs up and edge computing extends new capabilities for vehicle connectivity.

At Red Hat, we are working to enable a number of edge use cases-from telecommunications use cases with core network infrastructure for radio access networks to distributed computing for retail environments and manufacturing environments..."

Red Hat News, October 21st, 2021
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IT News - CxO
5 Benefits Of Developing A Digital Transformation Strategy
More business is conducted online than ever, and companies that recognize the need to develop a digital transformation strategy to meet Millennials and younger people where they are can benefit
"Companies and institutions of every size have been affected by the pandemic and challenged to take a hard look at developing a digital transformation strategy faster than anticipated," writes Moira Alexander in TechRepublic.

"For those that choose to make this strategic shift, there are some undeniable benefits.

How important is digital transformation across all sectors?

Developing a digital transformation strategy involves rethinking and reimagining how work gets done and how you reach your customers. It involves your people, processes and the tools or technologies you use. Does it impact all sectors? The answer, for the most part, is yes..."

TechRepublic, October 11th, 2021
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9 Common Risk Management Failures And How To Avoid Them
As enterprises rework post-pandemic business models at unprecedented speeds, failure to mitigate risks due to governance, transparency and cultural issues is costly but avoidable
George Lawton writes in SearchCIO, "Enterprises are making massive changes to their business models at a faster rate than ever before due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain disruptions and environmental mandates. While risks alone are only one cost of doing business, the added costs associated with mitigating these risks and the fallout from doing it poorly, if at all, have increased substantially.

Risk management failures are often depicted as the result of unfortunate events, reckless behavior or bad judgment. But a deeper analysis often reveals systemic problems that might have been addressed with a more proactive and ongoing enterprise risk management program. Many of these problems can lead to any of nine common risk management failures..."

SearchCIO, October 12th, 2021
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8 Top Enterprise Risk Management Trends In 2021
Several emerging trends are reshaping the risk management landscape, including GRC platforms, maturity frameworks, risk appetite statements, CIO roles and ERM's competitive advantage.
"Enterprise risk management has taken center stage as organizations grapple with the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic," opines George Lawton in SearchCIO.

"Executives quickly realized that stronger ERM programs were required to remain competitive in these rapidly shifting times. Risk leaders viewed the pandemic as a call to explore enterprise risk management as a competitive differentiator to take advantage of new opportunities when circumstances dictate change..."

SearchCIO, October 12th, 2021
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NASCIO 2021: State CIO Survey Details Tech Priorities Post-Pandemic
In an annual study, IT leaders plan to expand digital services, fraud detection, and identity and access management solutions
"The COVID-19 pandemic sped digital transformation across state governments," writes Mickey McCarter in StateTech, "and many of the innovations will continue into the future, agreed state CIOs at the annual conference of the National Association of State Chief Information Officers on Monday.

Speaking during a panel on the release of 'Driving Digital Acceleration: The 2021 State CIO Survey' from NASCIO, Grant Thornton and CompTIA, Ohio CIO Katrina Flory and Illinois Acting CIO Jennifer Ricker observed that the pandemic stressed the importance of investments in digital services, collaboration tools, broadband expansion and other areas..."

StateTech, October 12th, 2021
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5 Ways CIOs Are Redefining Teamwork For A Hybrid World
From smaller teams, to video tech that creates more equitable meetings, to a rebalanced brain trust in the office, CIOs are trying out new approaches to IT teamwork.
Stacy Collett writes in CIO, "CIO Paul Blowers describes the past 16 months at accounting firm Plante Moran as 'a grand experiment' in getting work done. Throughout, Blowers has flexed, reconfigured, and stress-tested his mostly remote, 120-persona IT team to determine how productivity, creativity, and culture would hold up through the pandemic.

The experiment proved successful, and the company is making hybrid work permanent. Now Blowers has an eye on the long-term effects that permanent hybrid work will have on teamwork..."

CIO, October 13th, 2021
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Your First 90 Days As CISO - 9 Steps To Success
The challenges faced by new CISOs aren't just logistical. They include securing their environment from both known and unknown threats, dealing with stakeholders with unique needs and demands.
"Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) are an essential pillar of an organization's defense, and they must account for a lot. Especially for new CISOs, this can be a daunting task. The first 90 days for a new CISO are crucial in setting up their security team, so there is little time to waste, and much to accomplish.

A new guide by XDR provider Cynet (download here) looks to give new and veteran CISOs a durable foundation to build a successful security organization. The challenges faced by new CISOs aren't just logistical. They include securing their environment from both known and unknown threats, dealing with stakeholders with unique needs and demands, and interfacing with management to show the value of strong security..." - CISO MAG

CISO MAG, October 16th, 2021
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10 Phishing Stats That'll Make Your C-Suite Think
Wanting to run a phishing simulation is one thing, but persuading colleagues of the importance of doing so is another.
"You need to keep your organization safe," writes Nik Hewitt in Security Boulevard, "not just satisfy basic compliance requirements. You need to improve security awareness and colleague behaviors, throughout your organization, to make a real difference to your ongoing cybersecurity.

We've collated a few facts, figures, and bullet points to help busy security teams convince those who hold the purse strings, to make them realize running phishing tests and raising cybersecurity awareness is an important and valuable use of security team resources...."

Security Boulevard, October 12th, 2021
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Leadership On Demand: The Portfolio CIO
How can enterprises make the most of the rising tide of 'on-demand' technology leadership
"Digital transformation is far from a level playing field," opines Jaco Vermuelen in ITProPortal. "For many small or medium businesses the path to modernization includes several barriers. These obstacles are often even more pronounced for that business in non-technology sectors such as logistics, distribution, manufacturing, retail, education, engineering services, facilities management, health care operations and professional services.

These barriers can usually be summarised in terms of the understanding of digital transformation by the existing executive team, and the subsequent capacity to engage in such projects..."

ITProPortal, October 14th, 2021
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IT News - Storage
Enterprise Data Storage Environments Riddled With Vulnerabilities
Many organizations are not properly protecting their storage and backup systems from compromise, new study finds
"Despite a dramatic increase in ransomware attacks, enterprise storage and backup environments have a dangerously weaker security posture than the compute and network layers of the IT infrastructure, new research shows," reports Jai Vijayan in Dark Reading.

"Continuity recently analyzed data gathered from 423 storage systems belonging to customers in the banking, financial services, transportation, healthcare, and other sectors. Systems that were analyzed included storage area network/network-attached storage (SAN/NAS) systems, storage management servers, virtual SANs, virtual storage systems, and data protection appliances..."

Dark Reading, October 14th, 2021
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Hitachi Vantara's New VSP 5600 Hits 33 Million Iops
Hitachi Vantara launched new VSP 5000 models and added storage options to its E Series. The products may help enable storage consolidation for customers
Adam Armstrong writes in SearchStorage, "Hitachi Vantara has expanded its storage portfolio with new Virtual Storage Platform 5000 models that dramatically speed up throughout and performance and added new storage options to its E-Series platform. The storage vendor, which unveiled the products Tuesday at its digital infrastructure event, also said it wants to help simplify customer storage management.

Hitachi added the Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) 5600 and 5200 to its enterprise flagship storage platform. The new arrays still have end-to-end NVMe but now provide a 42% improvement in data reduction efficiency, according to Hitachi..."

SearchStorage, October 12th, 2021
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Gartner Magic Quadrant For Distributed File Systems And Object Storage
With several bizarre elements, some absences and questionnable presences
"As an annual rendez-vous, Gartner unveils its Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage on October 1, 2021 and it invites to make comments, remarks and even critics. The exercice is not easy even for analysts as the market changed rapidly.

And of course, many companies immediately published a press release claiming victory or proudness to be listed and we can understand why especially for small players. We find Nutanix, Pure Storage, Qumulo, Scality and Weka promotional content or press release...", October 11th, 2021
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IT News - AI
The Ethics Of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Humans continue to pose questions about artificial intelligence (AI) and ethics.
Sarah Hunt writes in Datamation, "Back 1951, when Christopher Strachey launched his AI-driven checkers program at the University of Manchester in England, people were questioning the implications of human-mimicking machines.

Today, depending on who is giving the answer, AI is either the key to driving society toward a peaceful, harmonious future or the biggest potential threat to humankind.

We can find examples to support both perspectives in the business world and beyond. But reaching a consensus about the ethical bounds of AI is an endless societal debate that will morph as AI applications evolve, becoming more sophisticated - and more human-like.

Here, we examine a series of questions on and AI and ethics society will wrestle with for the foreseeable future:...

Datamation, October 11th, 2021
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How Can You Use Machine Learning To Optimize Pricing In Fintech?
Fintech companies can't afford to ignore the importance of machine learning technology in making pricing decisions
"FinTech is about connecting with customers," writes Jaros&#322;aw in SmartDataCollective. "They expect something different from classically understood banking. The more you know about your audience, the more you can offer them. It's similar to prices - price optimization through machine learning is a great tool to grow your revenue. What can you learn from real-market examples?

Figuring out the best pricing model can be tricky. Especially with a newly developed product, when you have to convince people to set up accounts and trust you with both: data and money. That's where machine learning algorithms come into place. By processing and analyzing big amounts of data, they can help you establish optimized pricing plans. How exactly?..."

SmartDataCollective, October 13th, 2021
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IT News - Technology
Paving The Way For Terabit Ethernet
A Q&A with Tim Klein, CEO at the storage connectivity company ATTO
"Despite advancements in Wi-Fi technology and the recent introduction of Wi-Fi 6, Ethernet is still the go to technology businesses utilize when they need to move large amounts of data quickly, particularly in data centers. While the technology behind Ethernet is now more than 40 years old, new protocols have been developed over the years that enable even more gigabytes of data to be sent over it." -, October 13th, 2021
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6 Tech Trends Defining Future Cities
Sustainable neighborhoods, a supercharged infrastructure and inclusive innovation that strikes back at surveillance capitalism - these will be the mainstays that shape the future of urban technology, according to a report from the Jacobs Institute's Urban Tech Hub at Cornell Tech
Shourjya Mookerjee writes in GCN, "For the report, the research team conducted a 10-year horizon scan, scouring thousands of published journals, news articles and blogs to identify the most relevant and important trends. The raw data was synthesized to reveal 217 unique perspectives and 49 trends that describe the direction of urban tech in the next decade.

Anthony Townsend, the project lead, says the report could serve as a blueprint for the future..."

GCN, October 13th, 2021
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IT News - ERP
3 Ways To Get ERP Benefits Faster
A variety of factors can lead to long ROI timelines for ERP. Here are the keys to accelerating the benefits seen from a new system
"A new ERP system can be a mess to implement. The ERP system must keep track of all the moving parts and internal processes, making it crucial that the ERP system be set up to touch all aspects of your firm. This takes a long time but you need to reap the benefits quickly.

ERP Benefits

What are the benefits of ERP? Well, this all depends on your goals and how long you are willing to wait for them. Within 5 years of implementation, you can expect to see the following benefits:..." - Industrial Distribution

Industrial Distribution, October 14th, 2021
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IT News - HR
The Future Of Work Is Flexible
It feels cliche to open any article with 'the world of work has changed since the global pandemic' but it's true.
"The world of work has changed since the global pandemic," opines Alice Corner in Business 2 Community. "Since March 2020 many salaried and tech workers have been forced to work from their own home, whilst performing caring responsibilities, juggling the burn out and the threat of their companies going under, and generally adapting to a 'new normal'.

Many big companies have announced they're closing their permanent offices forever, work has become home and home has become work..."

Business 2 Community, October 16th, 2021
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8 Ways To Attract And Hire The Best Nontraditional Candidates On The Market
If your company only seriously considers candidates who have conventionally impressive resumes, you're doing yourself a huge disservice.
"As talent leaders know firsthand, nontraditional candidates often turn out to be incredible employees too - whether they have unconventional work histories and educational backgrounds, they're returning to paid work after a hiatus, or they're looking to move into a new career. Plus, these types of workers can increase diversity for your organization, offering new voices, skill sets, and perspectives.

Here are a few low-risk strategies for attracting, assessing, and hiring high-potential nontraditional candidates:..."

HRDIVE, October 11th, 2021
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IT News - Operations
What Is DCIM? Data Center Infrastructure Management
Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is a set of best practices that provide centralized management of data centers
"With the right tools, the data center operators can monitor their system operation status and manage equipment and wiring seamlessly," writes Al Mahmud in ServerWatch.

"DCIM makes the operation management of data centers easier and more flexible.

In this article, we discuss DCIM, why it is necessary, and its benefits..."

ServerWatch, October 11th, 2021
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Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Next Big Issue For CIOs
Google, Salesforce, SAP, and others are making it easier for CIOs to manage greenhouse gas emissions, not just in the server room but across the whole enterprise.
"CIOs have a significant role to play in helping enterprises report and reduce greenhouse gas emission," writes Peter Sayer in CIO, "and it goes way beyond switching to energy-efficient cloud computing or turning off the office PCs at night.

That's the message coming out of recent customer events put on by software and IT services vendors including SAP, Salesforce, and Google, which this week is making sustainability a big feature of its Next 21 cloud computing event..."

CIO, October 13th, 2021
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IT News - Security
Data Breach Numbers, Costs And Impacts All Rise In
By almost any measure, the breadth, depth and impact of data breaches have dramatically increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's a roundup of the numbers.
"Last week, we examined new legislation that would mandate reporting of critical infrastructure data breaches," writes Dan Lohrmann in Security Boulevard.

"But that blog raised many follow-up questions and comments from readers, like:

  • Are ransomware attacks considered data breaches?
  • Show me the numbers - where are the documented increases, and what did they truly cost?
  • How is the U.S. different from the rest of the world when it comes to data breaches and related costs to organizations?


Let's start by addressing the last two questions..."

Security Boulevard, October 11th, 2021
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Why CISOs Need A New Approach To Cloud Security
While the last decade has seen a number of enterprises experimenting with cloud, the pandemic has accelerated cloud adoption significantly, in part due to the surge of remote work
Sohini Bagchi writes in, "Today cloud represents a new way of doing business, alongside new rules around ownership and responsibility, and new cybersecurity considerations to take into account. In fact, one of the key challenges that often remains unaddressed is the phenomenal rise of cyber security incidents, including data theft, cryptomining, and ransomware, among others. The need of the hour is to protect organizations from cyber attacks, whether they are in the initial stages of cloud adoption or in a mature and steady environment. In a recent interaction with CXOToday, Kapil Makhija, Head-Technology Cloud Business, Oracle India, explains how CISOs should learn to defend against cyber-attacks and gear up for a cloud-first world...", October 11th, 2021
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The Changing Role Of The CISO
Back in the early days of networking, many companies assigned all of the responsibilities to anyone who showed any aptitude towards operating a computer
Michelle Gunter writes in Tripwire, "In many companies, this was an accountant or someone else who also managed sensitive financial information. The assumption was that the person managing the corporate books was the most trustworthy person in the organization. This is perhaps true of finance, but as you can imagine, not only were the networks poorly managed, but the security consisted of whatever the software manufacturer put into place.

As computer science evolved not only as a discipline but also as a career, more companies recognized the need for more qualified individuals to manage the machines. Along with the evolution of computing, security slowly emerged. However, it creeped along with the same approach as the early networking days, that is, it was trusted to the network administrators..."

Tripwire, October 11th, 2021
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Increased Security Spending To Support Distributed Workforce
Security leaders are deploying or actively considering cloud security, threat intel, and XDR technologies
"With the easing of pandemic-related restrictions, many organizations are embracing a hybrid workforce - with some employees returning to the office full time, part time, or remaining fully remote.

As a result, security leaders are interested in remote worker technology, cloud security products such as cloud access security broker (CASB), and integrated risk management technologies. Data from the Dark Reading and Omdia Enterprise Security in a Post-Pandemic World report shows many security leaders expect cybersecurity spending to increase over the next few months. Interest is also high in capabilities that are critical to support a distributed workforce and increased cloud adoption..."

Dark Reading, October 14th, 2021
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Analysis Of 80 Million Ransomware Samples Reveals A World Under Attack
Google has released a report taking a close look at the more than 80 million ransomware samples uploaded to its VirusTotal service in the last year and a half.
"Each day, approximately 150,000 ransomware samples were analysed by the free VirusTotal service after being submitted by suspicious computer users," reports Graham Cluley in tripwire, "and shared with the security community to enhance their threat intelligence and improve anti-virus products.

VirusTotal's first Ransomware Activity Report reveals that it received ransomware submissions from 140 different countries around the world, and discovered at least 130 different ransomware families had been active since January 2020.

During deeper analysis of a smaller, curated and representative set of around one million double-checked ransomware samples, VirusTotal determined that the Gandcrab ransomware-as-a-service operation rules the chart for the most commonly seen family of ransomware by number of samples delivered, thanks largely to a surge in activity in early 2020:..."

tripwire, October 14th, 2021
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IT News - Linux
How Windows NTFS Finally Made It Into Linux
Microsoft's New Technology File System has been with us for decades and at long, long last it's going to be fully supported for penguins
"Love it or hate it, Linux users in a Windows world must deal with Microsoft's New Technology File System (NTFS)," writes Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols in The Register "This has always been a pain in the rump. Even after Microsoft finally gave up on its anti-Linux rhetoric and released its patents to the open-source community and expressively opened up its exFAT patents, we still couldn't get into NTFS.

Things have changed. Starting with the Linux 5.15 kernel, NTFS is finally being fully supported in Linux. This journey hasn't been easy..."

The Register, October 13th, 2021
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The Best Part Of Windows 11 Is A Revamped Windows Subsystem For Linux
WSL is finally easy to install-and offers automatic sound/graphics support
Jim Salter writes in Ars Technica, "In our main Windows 11 review posted earlier this week, we covered the majority of new features and design decisions in Microsoft's newest consumer OS-and it feels reasonable to characterize the overall impression given there as "lukewarm." The good news is that we still hadn't covered the best part of Windows 11: Linux..."
Ars Technica, October 11th, 2021
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IT News - FOSS
Open Source Security Foundation Raises $10 Million In New Commitments To Secure Software Supply Chains
Industry leaders from technology, financial services, telecom, and cybersecurity sectors respond to Biden's Executive Order, commit to a more secure future for software; open source luminary Brian Behlendorf becomes general manager
"The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced it has raised $10 million in new investments to expand and support the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF), a cross-industry collaboration that brings together multiple open source software initiatives under one umbrella to identify and fix cybersecurity vulnerabilities in open source software and develop improved tooling, training, research, best practices, and vulnerability disclosure practices..."
The Linux Foundation, October 13th, 2021
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5 Open Source Offensive Security Tools For Red Teaming
To be an effective red teamer, you need the right tools in your arsenal. These are five of the open source offensive security tools worth learning
Ed Moyle writes in SearchSecurity, "One of the harder cybersecurity areas to develop and maintain a skill base for is the red team. For those on the offense side of the security equation -- for example, penetration testers -- it can be challenging to establish an initial set of skills and keep them sharp over the long term.

Other than large companies, few organizations can afford full-time red teams. So, unless you're employed by a service provider such as a consultancy or MSSP that offers offense-based services to clients, there are few positions relative to defenders..."

SearchSecurity, October 11th, 2021
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IT News - Careers
12 Top Paying IT Certifications For 2021
ITCareerFinder examines salary data and hiring trends to determine the top paying IT certifications and why they demand a premium
"Do IT certifications really pay off? It depends," writes Leslie Stevens-Huffman in IT Career Finder.

"According to the IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index published by renowned analyst firm Foote Partners LLC, tech certifications continued their three-year plunge in value during the third quarter of 2021 and are now at their lowest point since early 2013.

However, there are still some IT certificates that employers are willing to pay extra for.

To ensure that you invest in the training and certifications that offer the highest potential return, here are 12 of the highest paying IT certifications for 2021..."

IT Career Finder, October 11th, 2021
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IT Certification Mistakes To Avoid
Certifications can be a real boon to your career or those of your staff - unless you fall prey to these common pitfalls.
"Marko Djakovic knew that getting a formal tech certification could help his career," writes Josh Fruhlinger in CIO. "He finished an AWS course and got the accompanying certification, but that was only going to be the first step. 'I planned to pass more courses and become a cloud architect,' says Djakovic, who works as a digital project manager at Best Response Media. 'That way, I would become the only one in the company with that knowledge.'

But there was a catch: After he started on this path, he realized he didn't like where it was going. 'As it turned out,' he says, 'to become a cloud architect, I would have to change my job to involve more coding, which I don't want to do. So I don't use the knowledge I gained, and probably never will.'

CIO, October 15th, 2021
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IT News - Email
MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions)
MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions) is an extension of the original Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) email protocol. It lets users exchange different kinds of data files, including audio, video, images and application programs, over email.
"Unlike SMTP, MIME supports sending both ASCII text and non-ASCII data via email," notes Rahul Awati in

"For text in character sets other than ASCII, the MIME protocol is required.

Drawbacks of SMTP

SMTP, which emerged in 1981, is a standard protocol for delivering messages via email. However, the original SMTP protocol supported only 7-bit ASCII text communications that were both unauthenticated and unencrypted. With only 94 printable characters in ASCII, the system cannot deal with binary files or characters in non-English languages that use different writing systems, accented letters, etc.

Pure SMTP also does not accommodate sending video or audio data...", October 14th, 2021
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IT News - Backup
Top 5 Large Enterprise vSphere Backup Solutions
Cobalt Iron Compass, Commvault Complete Data Protection, HYCU for VMware, Unitrends Unified BCDR, Veritas NetBackup
"DCIG announced the availability of the inaugural 2022-23 DCIG TOP 5 Large Enterprise vSphere Backup Solutions report.

This report unveils the top 5 large enterprise backup solutions that organizations should consider for protecting their applications, data, and workloads hosted on vSphere.

vSphere Leads in Enterprise Server Virtualization

Analyst market reports that track server virtualization software indicate it will continue to grow for the foreseeable future. These reports also find vSphere maintains its lead as the server virtualization platform large enterprises most use...", October 14th, 2021
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