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Atos And IBM To Collaborate To Build A Secured Infrastructure For The Dutch Ministry Of Defense
New Infrastructure to become the Digital Backbone for the Dutch Ministry as Armed Forces Transforms into an Information-Driven Organization
Atos and IBM announced their plans to collaborate to build a new, highly-advanced digital infrastructure for the Dutch Ministry of Defense. The Dutch Ministry of Defense plans to use advanced technologies, infrastructure services, and expertise from Atos and IBM Global Technology Services to construct new data centers, safeguard its IT system, and build a proprietary broadband mobile network to help ensure classified government information remains protected.

"Our work on Groundbreaking IT (GrIT) marks our continued commitment to building secure infrastructures that help global customers accelerate their digital transformations," said Peter `t Jong, Head of Atos in The Netherlands. "By collaborating with IBM, a world-class partner with deep experience in helping government organizations across the globe modernize with advanced technology, we will help enable the Ministry to build an agile organization based on a reliable, secured, future-ready and flexible digital infrastructure."

IBM News, July 8th, 2021
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Heifer International And IBM Work With Coffee And Cocoa Farmers In Honduras To Increase Access To Data And Global Markets
Smallholder coffee and cocoa farmers use IBM Food Trust blockchain technology and powerful AI in IBM Watson Decision Platform for Agriculture to improve farm-level decision-making and speed up transactions
"Smallholder coffee and cocoa farmers and their cooperatives in Honduras are harnessing the power of technology to access new markets and make better business decisions through IBM Food Trust and IBM Watson Decision Platform for Agriculture, working with Heifer International and IBM (NYSE: IBM).

Small-scale coffee farmers operate at an average of 46-59% loss, with farmers earning less than 1% of the sale of a cup of coffee at a coffee shop. Providing transparency along the supply chain through Food Trust, built on IBM Blockchain technology, will help give coffee buyers who purchase from the COPRANIL cooperative in Honduras and Chocolate Halba, which buys cocoa from farmers in Heifer Honduras' Chocolate4All project, a better understanding of their product supply chains, and enable farmers to secure higher prices..."

IBM News, July 7th, 2021
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IBM To Acquire Premier Hybrid Cloud Consulting Firm
BoxBoat Boosts Container and Kubernetes Strategy and Implementation Services Capability
IBM announced plans to acquire BoxBoat Technologies, a premier DevOps consultancy and enterprise Kubernetes certified service provider. BoxBoat will extend IBM's container strategy and implementation services portfolio to further advance IBM's hybrid cloud strategy and accelerate Red Hat OpenShift adoption globally.

"Our clients require a cloud architecture that allows them to operate across a traditional IT environment, private cloud and public clouds. That's at the heart of our hybrid cloud approach," said John Granger, Senior Vice President, Hybrid Cloud Services at IBM. "No cloud modernization project can succeed without a containerization strategy, and BoxBoat is at the forefront of container services innovation."

IBM News, July 8th, 2021
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Red Hat News
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Automating Performance Analysis
As a system administrator, have you ever found yourself in this situation? Your production systems have been humming along nicely when, out of the blue, the phone rings. "What just happened!? Everything slowed to a crawl, but now it's fine again?"
"Where to even start? Your systems are complex. There are so many moving parts potentially contributing to the problem that root causes can be anywhere-and worse, they can be transient. There are databases, networked storage, firewalls, applications, JVMs, VMs, containers, kernels, power management, backups, live migrations, database schema changes-and that's just on your development laptop! It's even more complex in production datacenters and the cloud, where you've got it all operating on large, real-life data sets.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) provides tools that can help. Let's look at a simple command line technique and tools that will help you as the first responder to a performance emergency-beyond dashboards, beyond top(1) and iostat(1) and pidstat(1) and netstat(1) and vmstat(1) and so on and so forth-to help you to gain deeper understanding and find root causes..."

Red Hat News, July 7th, 2021
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Dive Into Red Hat Enterprise Linux For Edge With Labs
Walkthrough of setting up updates for edge systems running Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), including kickstart files
"With the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.3 last November, Red Hat added support for resilient edge computing architectures based on proven features within RHEL. RHEL for Edge creates operating system images that update "atomically" with automatic rollback on failure.

These operating system images provide efficient updates to RHEL systems by delivering only the deltas to an updated operating system image instead of the complete image. RHEL for Edge enables rapid application of security updates and patches with minimum downtime and continuity of operations if updates should fail..."

Red Hat News, July 8th, 2021
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Friday Five - July 9, 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.
  • CRN - Partners See Red Hat OpenShift Momentum Under Steady Hand Of CEO Paul Cormier
  • Customer Success Stories: DevOps at Scale
  • IDG Connect - Coders Push Back Against Offensive Terminology
  • CY2020 Community Social Responsibility Report
  • ITP - How Red Hat is Helping Drive Telco's RAN Revolution

Read on for details

Red Hat News, July 9th, 2021
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Read About Red Hat's Open Hybrid Cloud Portfolio In This Gartner Report
Gartner published its "2021 Vendor Rating: IBM report1" in early June, and we're pleased to report that Red Hat received an overall positive rating* from Gartner.
"We believe we received the rating because we remain focused on delivering the Red Hat portfolio of open hybrid cloud products and services with IBM as one of many strategic partners that help us deliver the offerings for digital transformation that our customers need.

Red Hat's partner ecosystem is one of our strengths Red Hat has designed its open hybrid cloud portfolio to provide customers with an IT environment that meets today's and tomorrow's needs. That means that we go to market with partners like AWS, Dell, HPE, Microsoft and, yes, IBM.

We believe in working well with our partners to meet our customers where they are today and to help them get where they need to be. To do that, we offer a platform that's consistent across environments from on-premises to cloud to the edge.

Red Hat works with more than 4,900 certified ISVs and we currently have more than 5,500 tested, verified and supported hardware components..."

Red Hat News, July 8th, 2021
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Red Hat Is Still Red Hat
I am so proud of what Red Hat has accomplished this year, and as I look into the future, our path is bright - Paul Cormier
"You've heard me and other Red Hatters say this many times over the last two years. We've proven that we're leaning into that promise time and time again, not only with our words but with our actions. Our neutrality as the open hybrid cloud company is important not only to us but to IBM as a whole. This is how we help our customers connect and scale all clouds and applications.

We're not the only people who believe this. In the 2021 Gartner Vendor Rating: IBM report, IBM received an Overall "Positive" Rating. IBM acquired Red Hat in 2019, so this is the 7th consecutive time that we've received a "Positive" rating, including our prior ratings. Per our understanding, we were evaluated separately from IBM, which in our opinion is an acknowledgment of our neutrality and strategy, thus making it potentially the most meaningful..."

Red Hat News, July 8th, 2021
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IT News - CxO
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7 Hybrid Work Best Practices For IT Leaders
In the hybrid work era, IT leaders have special roles to play in developing culture and best practices for the whole organization - starting with their own teams
"As IT leaders help their organizations move from a remote to a hybrid work environment," writes Eric Bloom in The Enterprisers Project, "they will also be navigating these uncharted waters with their own IT teams. As a result, IT must quickly establish its own hybrid work culture and hybrid work best practices - both to maximize its own internal efficiency and to act as a testbed for other parts of the larger organization.

Plenty of challenges await in the realms of fairness, communication norms, tools, and related matters. Consider these seven best practices when establishing your IT organization's near-term and long-term hybrid work policies and environment..."

The Enterprisers Project, June 29th, 2021
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Changing Role Of CISOs
More needs to be done to create a culture of security and to empower the CISO as a valued leader within the business.
Vishal Salvi writes in ITProPortal, "The past decade has seen a dramatic rise in cyber threats and attacks, catalyzed by a myriad of factors including rapid digital transformation, the demands of the pandemic and the exponential growth of data sharing as consumers demand more personalized and unique experiences from brands. While 'cybersecurity hygiene' has long been the buzzword, a robust cyber strategy is now considered integral to the health of a business, alongside financial and operational controls..."
ITProPortal, July 1st, 2021
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How CIO Roles Will Change: The Future Of Work
Budgets will shift, and IT leaders must collaborate with HR and facilities teams as work moves from office centers to a new work-from-anywhere structure
"Lots of people are taking off their masks, restaurants are filling up, and Bruce Springsteen is back on Broadway," notes Jessica Davis in InformationWeek, "so at first glance it may look like the world is getting back to normal. But look a little closer and you'll notice that there are still stores that are boarded up, restaurants that have gone out of business, and office workers who are still Zooming from home. The pandemic has likely changed some things forever, and one of those things is the role and budget of the CIO..."
InformationWeek, July 1st, 2021
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CXOTALK: Sustainability Playbook For Business Leaders
Sustainability is an important goal for many business leaders and organizations, but what does it mean and where should we start?
The Chief Sustainability Officer of Dassault Systemes, Alice Steenland, answers these questions and shares the leadership skills needed to be successful with sustainability.

The conversation includes these topics:

  • What is the Chief Sustainability Officer role?
  • What is sustainable development?
  • What are the components of sustainability in business?
  • Sustainable business practices: social development and economic development
  • Sustainability and ethical leadership
  • What is the impact of Bitcoin on sustainability?
  • Sustainability principles and data centers
  • Culture change and sustainable practices
  • How to get started with sustainable development

Alice Steenland joined Dassault Systemes in 2020 as the company's first Chief Sustainability Officer. Previously, she was the founding Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer at AXA Group, where she helped the company rise to a leading position in global sustainability rankings, thanks in part to a pioneering responsible investment strategy including the landmark decision to divest from coal and, later, tobacco.

CXOTALK, June 28th, 2021
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Critical CISO Initiatives For The Second Half Of 2021
Saryu Nayyar, CEO at Gurucul, goes over what defenses CISOs need now, and how and why to prioritize the options.
"As we all know," writes Saryu Nayyar in threatpost, "the coronavirus pandemic has affected CISOs and other security and risk-management leaders worldwide. Some of these leaders are developing and implementing security projects which are designed to simultaneously minimize the risk as well as support remote workers. In talking with our customers, here is what they are saying are the top goals for 2021, based on the lessons we have learned from 2020..."
threatpost, June 28th, 2021
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CIOs And CFOs Are Jointly Enabling the Future of Business
Many companies are investing more in IT and infrastructure to hit the ground running in 2021. Here's what CIOs and CFOs need to know to avoid falling behind.
"Business leaders are moving quickly to build new revenue management strategies to help improve their bottom lines throughout the pandemic. Chief information officers and chief financial officers are being showcased in this initiative.

IT spending is projected to reach $4T in 2021 according to Gartner, including a larger spend on devices and enterprise software as businesses continue to invest in comfortable and productive workforce environments. CFOs and CIOs sometimes differ in spending execution as CFOs look to reduce costs. However, both share the same goals of maximizing the value of their investments and optimizing key costs..." - InformationWeek

InformationWeek, June 30th, 2021
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IT News - Storage
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Challenges Of NAS Mirror Backup: Cost, Hardware Constraints
NAS mirror backup is a useful way to back up data, but comes with challenges, such as cost and data replication frequency. Learn how to navigate the constraints of NAS mirror backup
Brien Posey writes in SearchDataBackup, "NAS mirror backup is a simple and effective technique that synchronizes two NAS appliances and ensures both contain duplicate data. Like any other backup technique, there are both advantages and disadvantages to NAS mirror backups.

The main advantage to creating a NAS mirror backup is that the secondary NAS appliance mirrors the primary device. If the primary network-attached storage appliance was to fail, then the secondary NAS could serve as an immediate replacement without the need for a traditional backup restoration. NAS mirroring can be an effective way for an organization to protect its data against hardware failure..."

SearchDataBackup, July 1st, 2021
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IT News - AI
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10 Ways AI And ML Are Evolving
If you think what's happening with artificial intelligence and machine learning is interesting now, just wait
"AI has now made it onto CEOs' agendas," writes Lisa Morgan in InformationWeek.

"While the topic certainly isn't new, CEOs have learned that the idea of AI is far simpler than its effective application. To get there, companies need to start with their business objectives and then use AI in ways that advance those objectives rather than just implementing AI for AI's sake and hoping it can add value later.

Meanwhile, CEO attitudes about AI and machine learning or ML (a subset of AI techniques) have been changing as it relates to digital disruption. In the beginning, it was about understanding what digital disrupters do and how they do it. Now, they're beginning to realize that they need to create value on their own terms. That's not to say that they won't take advantage of some of the accelerators the digital giants have made freely available. However, a me-too only strategy is ultimately a risky proposition..."

InformationWeek, June 28th, 2021
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The State Of AI And Machine Learning
In the 7th edition of its annual State of AI and Machine Learning report, Appen continues to explore the strategies employed by companies large and small in successfully deploying AI
"The reports surveys business leaders and technical practitioners ( referred to as technologists) alike to understand their priorities, their successes, and their bottlenecks when it comes to implementing AI. Collectively, their answers enabled the company to paint a picture of how the AI industry continues to evolve in a world that is more virtual, more tech-savvy, and more globalized than ever..." - insideBIGDATA
insideBIGDATA, July 1st, 2021
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How To Deploy And Scale AI Analytics Across Your Enterprise
AI analytics unlocks effective bottom-up decision-making, while frontline teams are likely to find themselves entrusted with even greater decision-making authority and influence.
"The gap between analytic aspirations and enterprise-scale ability is widening across a number of industries. Successful global market leaders are achieving returns above the cost of capital for their analytics investments, yet many companies are stuck in 'pilot purgatory,' eking out small wins but failing to make an enterprise-wide difference.

The economic shock created by the pandemic and its recovery has already highlighted the competitive advantage of effective deployment of AI analytics. No longer does an enterprise's physical scale translate to margins through procurement and operations..." - eWeek

eWeek, June 30th, 2021
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IT News - Technology
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IBM Becomes First To Demonstrate Advantage Of Quantum Computers In Real-Life Scenario
Before the quantum era can officially begin, scientists must first prove that quantum computers can provide advantages over the classical computers of today which is why IBM researchers recently conducted an experiment to do just that
Anthony Spadafora writes in techradar.pro, "According to a new blog post from IBM Quantum, the company's researchers have, for the first time ever, reported a simultaneous proof along with experimental verification of a new kind of quantum advantage. Specifically they showed that even today's noisy qubits offer 'more value than bits as a medium of storage during computations'.

IBM's quantum team thinks of computing in terms of circuits and at the start of a circuit, there are a number of classical or quantum bits. These bits are set to an initial value and then the circuit progresses forward through a user-written program, made up of gates. While different gates have different effects on these bits, the output of this kind of circuit is a set of zeroes and ones in both the classical and quantum case..."

techradar.pro, July 1st, 2021
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Review: 6 Top Videoconferencing Services Put To The Test
We compared Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Google Meet, BlueJeans, and GoToMeeting in real-world tests to see which videoconferencing platforms perform best for business users. Here's how they stack up.
"Fifteen months after the US and Europe went into lockdown for the first time, many office-based employees have still not returned to their pre-pandemic workplaces," writes Charlotte Trueman in Computerworld.

"During that time, videoconferencing apps have continued to see an unprecedented - and unsurprising - level of popularity. And as conversations about what the workplace of the future might look like gather steam, organizations are increasingly looking to firm up their collaboration technology stack to support a shift to hybrid work.

Since we first reviewed the major videoconferencing platforms last year, Zoom has posted its 2021 first quarter total revenue at $956.2 million, up 191% year over year; Microsoft Teams has 145 million daily active users, up from 75 million last year; and Cisco Webex has rolled out more than 400 new capabilities since September..."

Computerworld, June 28th, 2021
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IT News - Blockchain
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10 Blockchain Use Cases To Watch
Blockchain hit the peak of the hype cycle in 2018. But the technology and its growing open-source community continue to mature
Carey Wodehouse opines in Business 2 Community, "That's especially true in the enterprise world, where innovations really prove viable. An increasing number of decision-makers are exploring how to adopt this still-emerging technology. In a survey by Deloitte, 86% of tech-savvy executive teams said they believe blockchain has huge business potential.

Why? Blockchain is creating a new paradigm defined by transparency, immutability, and reliability-the likes of which we haven't seen before. It's proving ideal for a multitude of industries and processes that need those attributes most. Where fraud, complexity, middlemen, security breaches, or a total lack of trust and transparency exist, the ramifications could be transformative. Here are 10 ways blockchain could transform industries..."

Business 2 Community, June 28th, 2021
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IT News - ERP
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5 Warning Signs Of A Growing Business That's Outgrown Its Legacy ERP
With large, well-known enterprises on one end of the competitive landscape and rising startups emerging on the other, growing businesses face an interesting dilemma
"Every single competitor is working to deliver the best products, 24 x 7 services, and responsive customer experiences. But at a time when time, capital, and resources are extraordinarily tight, growing companies need to make a permanent shift in their ERP strategy to address evolving needs and fuel sustainable growth.

Take, for example, this research finding from IDC. Although revenue growth is understandably a top priority for 41% of surveyed small and medium-size businesses, 35.4% identified legacy applications and custom code as top barriers to meeting that goal.1 And in most cases, the most problematic technology is an ERP system implemented years ago as a system of historical records, outdated insights, and little to no visibility into future opportunities and risks..." - Forbes

Forbes, July 2nd, 2021
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5 Steps To Help You Select The Right ERP System For Your Business
The decision of choosing an ERP system is an important one, yet it is not easy one.
Lucy Bennett writes in iLounge, "Selecting an ERP system is a task that although may be exciting in some ways, has its own demands and complications. It is no small decision and can have a huge impact on your business which is what makes it such a stressful decision. You need to take the time to find a system that can seamlessly integrate into your essential business processes, while ensuring that the software that you choose is the best on the market..."
iLounge, July 1st, 2021
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IT News - HR
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HRIS Trends for 2021: The Future of HR Management
HR management has grown increasingly complex over the years, especially with growing remote work and globalization trends in the workforce
Shelby Hiter writes in CIOinsight, "When your employees all work in different departments, specializations, and locations, the right HR software makes all the difference in organizing and delivering the best user experience to your employees. The drive for HR quality explains why companies' expectations of human resource information systems (HRIS) continue to grow and change.

A traditional HRIS system focuses on managing all of the backend administrative tasks, policies, and checklists for your organization's employees. These features can include anything from recruiting and training to benefits and compensation to performance management. But with a changing workforce and growing technological capabilities, HRIS software is evolving into a more all-encompassing workforce tool. Four particular HRIS trends stand out in 2021, paving the way for the future of HR management..."

CIOinsight, July 1st, 2021
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IT News - Operations
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Spending On Servers Rebounds As Core Systems Remain On-Prem
Following a 7% year-over-year contraction in 2020, server spending will make a comeback in 2021 and grow by 3%, according to a Forrester report released Friday. The firm projects server spend growth will hold steady in 2022.
Roberto Torres writes in CIODIVE, "Cloud drives modern IT infrastructure, as evidenced by relentless growth in the public cloud market. Last year, the overall IaaS market expanded by 40.7%, according to Gartner, representing $64.3 billion in revenue for providers.

But while businesses seek the cloud for its flexibility, IT leaders are still finding an argument for on-premise solutions, especially for parts of core applications in certain industries, said Andrew Bartels, VP and principal analyst at Forrester.

"It's not that the cloud has not made inroads," said Bartels. "The point is that the inroads that the cloud has made are starting to slow."...

CIODIVE, June 29th, 2021
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IT News - Security
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Why Mandatory Password Expirations Don't Make Sense Anymore
Mandatory password changes on a regular timeframe are a fact of life within many organizations.
James Walker writes in CloudSavvy IT, "This age-old practice is upheld by proponents as a good baseline security measure to mitigate the risks of password loss. But is it still relevant decades after it first appeared?

What Does Password Expiration Solve?

First, it's important to understand why enforced password expirations became popular. Most organizations require a password change every 30 or 90 days. This dates from the historical background of simpler password hashes which could be cracked relatively quickly. Back when an attacker could crack a password in a couple of months, security practitioners suggested that changes within that timeframe would help to keep users safe..."

CloudSavvy IT, June 29th, 2021
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Access Control: The 5 Single Sign-On Benefits
In March 2020, many people began working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Ambler Jackson writes in IT Security Guru, "The email to your teammates stating that you were 'working from home' instantly had new meaning. Working from home resulted in additional risk management and security challenges for employees, executive leadership, and information technology (IT) teams. Organizations that had not embarked upon the journey that is IT Modernization or that had not implemented identity and access management (IAM) struggled with business continuity efforts. A huge part of their struggle included the need for an instantaneous remote workforce, working from virtually anywhere, and in many cases, from any device, including unsecured devices..."
IT Security Guru, June 30th, 2021
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3 Ways Cybercriminals Are Undermining MFA
Using multifactor authentication is an excellent security step, but like everything else, it is not foolproof and will never be 100% effective
Atif Mushtaq writes in DARKReading, "Many have heralded multifactor authentication (MFA) as the ultimate cyber defense. Organizations and individuals "feel" safer with it enabled and believe it to be virtually foolproof. After all, an attacker would need the login credentials and access to the secondary device to compromise a system. And yet, that false sense of security is dangerous because it has become relatively easy to get around these protections without extensive technical skills..."
DARKReading, June 29th, 2021
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How To Rank Enterprise Network Security Vulnerabilities
Risk management programs yield massive data on network security vulnerabilities. Infosec pros must rank risks to prioritize remediation efforts
Mike Chapple writes in SearchSecurity, "Soon after initiating a vulnerability management program, enterprises often find themselves facing an intimidating avalanche of data about network security vulnerabilities. Scan results may show hundreds or even thousands of vulnerabilities distributed across a wide variety of systems and applications.

How should security professionals tackle this mountain of risk data? The best way is by using a three-pronged prioritization program that incorporates external criticality assessments, data sensitivity and the existing control environment to help organizations successfully rank vulnerabilities and, in turn, prioritize remediation efforts..."

SearchSecurity, June 30th, 2021
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Users Clueless About Cybersecurity Risks: Study
The return to offices, coupled with uninformed users (including IT pros) has teed up an unprecedented risk of enterprise attack.
Becky Bracken writes in threatpost, "Organizations are facing yet another unprecedented threat to their cybersecurity now that employees are headed back into offices with their personal devices, lax security hygiene and no clue about some of the most catastrophic attacks in history, such as the Colonial Pipeline shutdown.

A new survey from Armis shows the mountains of work ahead for security teams in not just locking down their organizations' systems but also in keeping users from getting duped into handing over the keys to the kingdom..."

threatpost, June 29th, 2021
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IT News - Server
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4 Key Ways To Prevent Server Sprawl
Take steps to cut back on costly and hard-to-manage server sprawl: consolidate your hardware, virtualize your servers, consider software-defined infrastructure and stay organized
"Server sprawl is an inevitable challenge for IT administrators as data centers grow," opines Jacob Roundy in SearchDataCenter. "You might never fully eliminate sprawl, but you can keep costs low by controlling and planning for it.

Maintaining more servers than your organization normally uses might seem like a good way to prepare for large workloads or spikes in demand, but this practice often leads to over-provisioning resources and low server utilization rates. Data centers suffering from server sprawl waste money on cooling and energy as underutilized servers take up space and consume resources..."

SearchDataCenter, June 30th, 2021
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IT News - FOSS
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7 Guides About Open Source To Keep Your Brain Busy This Summer
Download one of our free guides to build a Python-based video game, get organized with open source tools, work on your home automation project, or experiment with your Raspberry Pi homelab
"Start a new Raspberry Pi project," suggests Seth Kenlon in opensouce.com.

"The Raspberry Pi has been capturing the hearts and hands of open source enthusiasts for nearly a decade. There are endless options with what you can do with a Raspberry Pi, whether it's monitoring your garden, setting parental controls (especially handy on those long summer days), or even tracking aircraft from your own backyard. If any of these cool projects perked your interest but your Raspberry Pi is still collecting dust, then you need to download our guide to nudge you to get started. Before you know it, you'll be working with so many Raspberry Pis, you'll need to learn how to manage them all!...

opensouce.com, July 4th, 2021
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IT News - Cloud
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6 Features Your CloudOps Tool Must Have
A cloudops technology stack is easier to define than to design. Here are 6 capabilities to look for
David Linthicum writes in InfoWorld, "We're still defining what cloudops is exactly, as well as clarifying what technology is needed to solve the core problems.

Like all cloud computing situations, it's helpful to break down the core components of a working cloudops solution, such as AIops. Also, to define what the technology needs to do and the value it brings to the table. To this end I picked out six capabilities a cloudops tool should offer: ..."

InfoWorld, June 28th, 2021
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IT News - DR
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Top Disaster Recovery-As-A-Service Solutions
Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) was an inevitable development. 20 years ago
Drew Robb writes in CIOinsight, "IT budgeting might have been able to encompass the building of mirror data centers for DR purposes: just take your existing data center and build an exact replica in another city or state and Viola! Your DR needs are cared for.

Such concepts were technically sound, but few could afford them. Larger operations tried to reduce costs by using their own regional data centers as failover sites. Each data center was replicated elsewhere so that if one went down, the others could cope. But again, this one only appealed to those with deep pockets. Others figured out some kind of DR plan using colocation services or simply made a few tape copies and shipped them off to Iron Mountain..."

CIOinsight, July 2nd, 2021
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IT News - IoT
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Understanding Global IoT Security Regulations
The IoT is maturing rapidly, and surveys show that global IoT spending will achieve a combined annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.3% over the 2020-2024 forecast period
Mike Nelson writes in Security Boulevatd, "It offers promising benefits that are rapidly transforming a variety of industries, including manufacturing, health care, commercial buildings, smart homes, retail and energy.

The huge potential of IoT is becoming a reality, but as adoption accelerates, regulatory bodies and government organizations are realizing the dangers and risks of connected devices if they are not built with proper security in mind-and, in response, are issuing regulations in a variety of forms. They may be specific security mandates, backed by the purchasing power of governments and industry groups, or they may be presented as more voluntary, general guidance on best practices for IoT vendors and end users.

Here is a brief update on some of the latest global standards and their implications for today's manufacturers..."

Security Boulevatd, June 29th, 2021
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The IoT Cloud Market
Cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) have become inseparable when one or the other is discussed and with good reason: You really can't have IoT without the cloud. The cloud, a grander idea that stands on its own, is nonetheless integral to the IoT platform's success
Andy Patrizio writes in Datamation, "The Internet of Things is a system of unrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, and other devices provided with unique identifiers (an IP address) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

Whereas the traditional internet consists of clients - PCs, tablets, and smartphones, primarily - the Internet of Things could be cars, street signs, refrigerators, or watches. Whereas traditional Internet input and interaction relies on human input, IoT is almost totally automated.

Because the bulk of IoT devices are not in traditional data centers and almost all are connected wirelessly, they are reliant on the cloud for connectivity. For example, connected cars that send up terabytes of telemetry aren't always going to be near a data center to transmit their data, so they need cloud connectivity..."

Datamation, July 2nd, 2021
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IT News - Careers
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4 Skills Will Set Apart Tomorrow's Data Scientists
Skilled data scientists are in high demand as businesses adopt data-driven strategies. Certain skills will make them indispensable
"Data scientists are -- unsurprisingly -- in high demand across industries. This year, data science is the seventh most in-demand skill among the workforce," notes Ryan Boyd in Information Age.

"The pandemic accelerated the adoption of data-driven strategies across industries. In retail, companies like Target turned to IoT and location data to inform their drive-up shopping strategies, simplifying the shopping experience and driving revenue in a tough year for brick-and-mortar retailers. Healthcare pivoted entirely, turning to data-driven insights to remain agile and responsive amid shifting medical supplies, filled ER beds, health screenings and other challenges. The financial services industry has utilized data for years to inform business strategies and solve emerging challenges..."

Information Age, June 28th, 2021
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IT News - Email
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Top Private & Secure Email Providers [2021]
When it comes to email providers, some popular companies that come to our mind are Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo Mail, iCloud, etc. In this article, I am going to list the top private & secure email providers in 2021
"Emailing is one of the first digital ways of communication. It's old but still, we use emails for almost everything we do on the Internet. It can be user registration, two-factor authentication, or sending private emails to somebody important.

What's wrong with Gmail?

One might ask, in the times of Google, why are we even thinking about the alternatives. Gmail is the best email out there. Right? Well, no. Not at least for privacy. If you have just started using the Internet, you know Google allows you to create free email accounts. Gmail, no doubt, is the most popular email provider on the earth but it's not a private email at all..."

LinuxAndUbuntu, June 29th, 2021
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