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November 22nd, 2021 — November 28th, 2021
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IBM News
November 22, 2021
Article #110953
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IBM Survey: Consumers Care about Sustainability, But Speed and Convenience Prevail in Daily Transit Choices
IBM News, November 22nd, 2021

"Mobility and transportation consume 20 percent of the world's energy - most of which is powered by fossil fuels. With the growing trend of mass urbanization comes increased congestion especially as more cities emerge out of lockdown, which can rapidly accelerate the energy demand and emissions driven by transportation. Reducing carbon emissions is an imperative for us all, and thus: the future of mobility must be sustainable..." more

Red Hat News
November 23, 2021
Article #110909
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Build UBI Containers In Github Actions With Buildah And Podman
Red Hat News, November 23rd, 2021

"It also offers a container registry with repositories where you can push containers and serve them to anyone on the internet.

By combining these capabilities with Red Hat's Universal Base Image (UBI) and container technologies such as Podman and Buildah, you can build your own containers on top of a stable Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) base in GitHub Actions.

The code shown in this post is already in the major/ubi-flask repository in GitHub..." more

November 26, 2021
Article #110935
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Friday Five - November 26, 2021
Red Hat News, November 26th, 2021

  • Red Hat Bolsters Partner Ecosystem to Accelerate Data Science Pipelines Across the Open Hybrid Cloud
  • Red Hat Open Innovation Labs: The power of doing transformation instead of just talking about it
  • Command Line Heroes: Humans as Robot Caretakers
  • SDxCentral - Diversity in the Tech Industry: 'We Have a Long Way to Go'
  • Why 2022 will be the year for edge automation

Read on for details more

November 24, 2021
Article #111001
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Red Hat News
 

Veeam Ransomware Protection With Red Hat Enterprise Linux As The Immutable Repository
Red Hat News, November 24th, 2021

"Ransomware attacks continue to be damaging and costly events for all sizes of companies. Immutable backups are just one component in an overall business continuity strategy to protect against these types of revenue and reputation draining catastrophes.

Linux is key to this strategy, and specifically Red Hat Enterprise Linux, can act as that immutable backup repository-whether on-premise, or in the cloud as part of your hybrid-cloud implementation..." more

IT News - CxO
November 28, 2021
Article #110803
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CIOs Talk Agile: Failing Fast And Learning Faster
eWeek, November 17th, 2021

Myles Suer writes in eWeek, "In a recent Harvard Business Review, K. Gardner and Alia Crocker wrote that 'for Agile to work, leaders need to pick the right people.' Otherwise, organizations will 'not only fail to meet their goals but also cause disruption within an organization.

A poorly managed initiative can miss critical deadlines, slow product development, and lead to staff burnout, the loss of key talent, and infighting among teams.' Since IT organizations typically lead in the move to Agile, what do CIOs think about this methodology? And where are they in the adoption? A recent CIOChat event addressed this topic..." more

November 28, 2021
Article #110806
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6 Emerging Technologies To Watch From The Current Gartner Hype Cycle
IT Business Edge, November 19th, 2021

"Gartner has used it since 1995 to help clients understand how new developments in IT affect their business.

The cycle includes five phases: Innovation Trigger, Peak of Inflated Expectations, Trough of Disillusionment, Slope of Enlightenment, and Plateau of Productivity. Companies need to know where they are on this curve as it will offer insight into what opportunities exist now and what challenges may arise if they wait too long before implementing changes.

Below are six emerging technologies from the current hype cycle..." more

November 28, 2021
Article #110807
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How CISOs Escape The Cost Center Trap
CSO Online, November 18th, 2021

"The increasing number and sophistication of cyberattacks have companies boosting their cybersecurity budgets-again-in the upcoming year.

PwC's Global Digital Trust Insights Survey found that 69% of organizations expect to boost cyber spending in 2022; 26% will see their security budget up by 10% or more..." more

November 28, 2021
Article #110808
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CISO as a service (vCISO, virtual CISO, fractional CISO)
SearchSecurity, November 18th, 2021

"A CISO as a service (CISOaaS) is the outsourcing of CISO (chief information security officer) and information security leadership responsibilities to a third-party provider. By hiring a third-party provider to manage its security program remotely, an organization gains access to staff and resources that it doesn't have in house, allowing it to better keep up with information security and compliance demands.

CISOaaS is often paid for on a subscription or per-use basis, like many XaaS models. Also like many XaaS models, CISOaaS offerings may be entirely remote, or may be a hybrid model in which the provider's experts work with an organization's existing security team both remotely and onsite..." more

November 28, 2021
Article #110809
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Air Products CIO Overhauls IT To Support Business Transformation
CIO, November 17th, 2021

"I recently caught up with Galovich to learn about the business transformation underway at Air Products, how the IT organization is changing to help drive that transformation, lessons he's learned along the way, and more. Following is an edited version of that conversation...

Brian Galovich: When Seifi Ghasemi became Air Products' Chairman, President and CEO seven years ago, he began to divest the chemicals business and focus on the core business of industrial gases..." more

November 28, 2021
Article #110810
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The CIO's Role In Strengthening Information Security
SearchCIO, November 20th, 2021

Kevin Beaver writes in SearchCIO, "These are trying times for IT professionals. With such a reliance on technology combined with so many people now working remotely, the organization's security hangs in the balance like never before.

There's not only pressure to perform but to get security right every time. Ensuring good network and system security is tricky enough for technical staff. When overall business resilience falls under your domain as the CIO, it's even more to take on and can seem insurmountable..." more

IT News - Storage
November 28, 2021
Article #110830
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What Are 3 Best Practices For Storage Encryption At Rest?
SearchStorage, November 16th, 2021

Encryption is one of the most fundamental practices for keeping data secure. However, there is more to using storage encryption than just its enablement.

Here are three best practices for working with storage encryption at rest.

Review access control permissions

Regularly review the access control permissions for data. Although this best practice might seem to have little to do with storage encryption at rest, there is a reason for its inclusion here. Excessively permissive access control policies can undermine the security benefits gained with storage encryption.

If access policies grant everyone -- including unauthenticated users -- access to the data, then encryption becomes meaningless... more

November 28, 2021
Article #110831
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Western Digital Unveils 20TB Hard Drives
techradar.pro, November 16th, 2021

Western Digital has unveiled not one but two 20TB hard disk drives (HDDs) with its new Ultrastar DC HC560 and WD Gold HDD.

Both of the company's new large capacity drives are available in the standard 3.5-inch form factor and feature its proprietary OptiNAND technology. OptiNAND integrates INAND Universal Flash Storage (UFS) Embedded Flash Drive (EFD) with traditional spinning disks which allows a total of 20TB to be packed onto nine platters with each platter containing 2.2TB of storage. more

November 28, 2021
Article #110832
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Server Lifecycle Approach Lowers Risk, Raises App Performance
SearchConvergedInfrastructure, November 16th, 2021

At no time has there been greater pressure for data-driven enterprises to streamline processes, sustain supply chains, monetize vast amounts of data, improve customer and employee engagements, and drive business outcomes. To gain a competitive edge, huge investments in advanced technologies have been among the highest priorities for businesses.

But there comes a time when companies digitally transforming at unprecedented speeds need to pause, evaluate their business models, validate their ROIs, and intelligently assess which technology equipment needs to be refreshed, replaced, recycled or abandoned. Racks of aging servers housed in physical data centers are no exception. more

November 28, 2021
Article #110833
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How To Effectively Plan Cloud Storage Scalability
SearchStorage, November 15th, 2021

"Changes to an organization, such as a merger, acquisition or release of a new product, can result in a domino effect on the firm's IT infrastructure. These changes can specifically affect the data storage infrastructure and require additional capacity in a short time frame.

As a result, the ability to scale storage resources to accommodate a business need is essential. That's where cloud storage scalability has become a key piece of the planning process..." more

November 28, 2021
Article #110835
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5 Steps To Reduce Your Data Storage Headaches
Business 2 Community, November 16th, 2021

Yet, managing increased amounts of critical business data, complex workloads, and distributed storage environments can be challenging for organizations. Here are five specific steps you can take to reduce the most common data storage headaches.

Scale with Object Storage

As companies continue to store vast volumes of unstructured data for analysis and insights, scalability must be front of mind. Because data grows exponentially, you can't always predict what your future storage needs will look like. Storage needs can change suddenly, overwhelming your current data storage capacity. As a result, you need storage that you can rapidly scale out or up to meet changing requirements. more

IT News - AI
November 28, 2021
Article #110812
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Artificial Intelligence: Everyone Wants IT, But Not Everyone Is Ready
ZDNet, November 16th, 2021

Artificial intelligence technologies have reached impressive levels of adoption, and are seen as a competitive differentiator. But there comes a point when technology becomes so ubiquitous that it is no longer a competitive differentiator -- think of the cloud. Going forward, those organizations succeeding with AI, then, will be those that apply human innovation and business sense to their AI foundations.

Such is the challenge identified in a study released by RELX, which finds the use of AI technologies, at least in the United States, has reached 81% of enterprises, up 33 percentage points from 48% since a previous RELX survey in 2018. more

November 28, 2021
Article #110816
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Machine Learning: The Key To Unlocking Unstructured Data
Business 2 Community, November 17th, 2021

Machine learning (ML) is a type of data analysis based on the concept that systems can use data to learn with little to no human effort needed. ML systems process data to identify patterns, ferret out anomalies, and recognize subtle correlations that people wouldn't notice. It gives organizations deeper insight into how and why some workflows are profitable or efficient and others aren't. It can help prevent fraud, eliminate production bottlenecks, inform sales and marketing professionals of what tactics work with which target audiences, and so much more. more

November 28, 2021
Article #110817
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How To Build Scalable Edge AI Systems
SearchEnterpriseAI, November 16th, 2021

Another challenge is training edge AI models.

"The approach today for edge AI is to do the inference very close to the data source," Mishali said.

He added that for training, data needs to be captured and then sent to a central data center or to the cloud. This requires a lot of power, and a lot of GPUs, to do effective training.

"This can be a real challenge for scaling applications," Mishali continued, adding that enterprises face the difficult challenge of making sure that data flows smoothly among numerous endpoints and bandwidths. more

November 28, 2021
Article #110827
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What Does Explainable AI Mean For Your Business?
IT Business Edge, November 19th, 2021

"The tough competition in the market and success stories surrounding AI adoption are among the few major factors that compel more and more enterprises to adopt AI in various aspects of their business.

Machine learning (ML), the key component of AI technology, has become powerful to the level of displaying superhuman capabilities on most human tasks. However, this superhuman performance comes with higher complexity in the AI and ML models, turning them into a 'black box,' a decision-making model too complex to be understood by humans..." more

November 28, 2021
Article #110829
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5 Questions To Ask Before Buying AI Products
CIODIVE, November 18th, 2021

Consumers and employees are growing accustomed to the benefits of AI-supported products, putting pressure on executives with purchasing power.

Employees want to find AI products in their work toolkit that can make workflows easier and amplify their efficiency. Consumers want the companies they patronize to be speedy and accurate in everything from customer service to e-commerce suggestion engines. more

IT News - Technology
November 28, 2021
Article #110825
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Automation By The Numbers: 11 Stats To Know
The Enterprisers Project, November 15th, 2021

"Automation pervades most other contemporary IT trends. Cloud and cloud-native? You're talking about automation. Security and DevSecOps? Again, you're talking about automation. Talent and culture? Yep, you're still talking about automation.

IT is both in the midst of its own automation transformation and also an indispensable catalyst of organization-wide automation strategies. It's actually difficult to exaggerate the role that automation is playing in businesses and industries of all kinds today. (The 'automate all the things' meme has a kernel of truth to it.)..." more

IT News - Security
November 28, 2021
Article #110814
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Termination Gap: A Major Insider Threat
Security Boulevard, November 18th, 2021

That length of time between an employee leaving their role and their user access being de-provisioned is when dangerous activities can occur - including a malicious breach by that internal user - and the truth is organizations aren't worrying enough about it.

What is the termination gap?

The termination gap is exactly what it sounds like: an insider threat caused by the gap of time between an employee's termination (or a change in their job role and function), and a de-provisioning of their role-based access credentials to critical access points and assets. According to the Ponemon Institute 2020 Cost of Insider Threats: Global Study, there were 4,716 insider incidents recorded across the globe. In addition, criminal insiders made up 14% of insider breaches last year with a price tag of over $4 million-this caused by improper user access provisioning. more

November 28, 2021
Article #110815
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3 Takeaways From The Gartner Risk Management Summit
DARKReading, November 19th, 2021

"Treating cybersecurity as a business function was a recurring theme throughout Gartner's Security and Risk Management Summit this week.

Security leaders focusing on innovation, forward-looking strategy, and the role of security in supporting digital transformation efforts will be viewed as critical business partners supporting business value creation, said Tina Nunno, distinguished research vice president and Gartner Fellow. As security leaders establish closer working relationships with stakeholders across the enterprise, including executive leaders as well as line-of-business leaders, they will be viewed as partners and not treated as service providers within the organization..." more

November 28, 2021
Article #110818
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3 Top Tools For Defending Against Phishing Attacks
threatpost, November 18th, 2021

Even with the most sophisticated email scanning and phishing detection system available, phishing emails are still a very common intrusion vector for cybercriminals to use to introduce malware, including ransomware, to a business' network. That's because 1) increasingly, legitimate systems are used; and 2) phishing emails can also be effective even when employees are highly educated and are good at spotting and reporting them.

Fortunately, there are tactics to protect your network even when the emails can't be stopped outright. more

November 28, 2021
Article #110819
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Theresa Payton's Cybersecurity Tips And Predictions
Security Boulevard, November 20th, 2021

"With so much at stake, business leaders and security professionals must initiate meaningful change to overcome present-day challenges in the cybersecurity industry. A recent study by Stanford University has shown that at least 88 percent of breaches in the past 12-24 months were a result of human error. With this statistic in mind, former White House CIO Theresa Payton highlights the ways organizations can strengthen their cybersecurity strategy and tactics by 'designing for the human.'..." more

November 28, 2021
Article #110820
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Top Challenges To Managing Insider Threats
Security Boulevard, November 16th, 2021

During this conversation, top security executives from Gilead Sciences, Eaton Corporation, and NBN Australia shared their expert knowledge around insider risk management solutions.

Our previous post touched on some of the ways organizations can determine what to protect and who to protect it from. In today's post, we're going to explore the biggest challenges to managing insider risk-let's dive into the good stuff. more

November 28, 2021
Article #110822
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Gartner Identifies Three Steps For Security And Risk Leaders To Lead From An Offensive Position
Gartner, November 16th, 2021

To respond to an ever-changing threat landscape and increase impact among executive leadership, security and risk leaders should take a three-step approach to shift from a defensive to an offensive leadership position, according to Gartner, Inc.

'This is a time of extraordinarily high visibility for security leadership,' said Tina Nunno, distinguished research vice president and Gartner Fellow. 'By embracing an offensive mindset, security leaders have an opportunity to permanently shift their role from a service provider to a coach who provides critical strategy and guidance to support business value creation.' more

November 28, 2021
Article #110823
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The Next Big Thing In Network Security?
CIO, November 15th, 2021

"It's no surprise, but the security threat landscape is rapidly becoming more sophisticated, as evidenced by the Colonial Pipeline, Kaseya, and SolarWinds attacks earlier this year. Considering the pace of digital transformation in today's business, a single cyberattack can bring a company's operations to a standstill. In June, FBI Christopher Wray commented that the cyber threat is increasing 'almost exponentially' and the FBI was looking into more than 100 different ransomware variants, a three-fold increase from the previous year..." more

November 28, 2021
Article #110824
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Implementing Best Practices For Data Loss Prevention
IT Business Edge, November 19th, 2021

This includes all of the strategic tools and processes that will help a business avoid having their data lost, mishandled, or accessed by someone who shouldn't have access.

Whether your goal is to protect customer data, intellectual property, or corporate data, your DLP policy should be crafted and implemented with great care. Failure to do so could result in catastrophe. more

IT News - Linux
November 28, 2021
Article #110821
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Best Linux Desktops For Beginners 2021
ZDNet, November 17th, 2021

"Some people still insist that using Linux is hard. Sure, it was difficult -- when I started with the Linux desktop back in the 1990s. But that was a long time ago. Today, the easiest desktop of all, Chrome OS, is simply Linux with the Chrome web browser on top of it. The more full-featured Linux desktop distributions are as easy to use in 2021 as Windows or macOS.

Yes, you can get a lot more from Linux if you know how to do shell programming and the like. But that's also true of Windows and PowerShell. With both operating systems, you don't need to know the deep ins and outs of either one to get your work done..." more

IT News - Cloud
November 28, 2021
Article #110834
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Top Cloud Migration And Adoption Trends For 2022 And Beyond
SearchCloudComputing, November 18th, 2021

"The last couple of years have brought a significant shift in how enterprises think and use the cloud -- and the pandemic only hastened these cloud migration initiatives.

Companies that only explored how to migrate apps and workloads to the cloud have dramatically accelerated those plans to stay relevant and survive in an era of upheaval to the economic environment, supply chains and new business models.

As organizations continue to shift gears to match strategic plans and respond to macroeconomic factors, expect these nine key trends to drive cloud migration in 2022 and beyond..." more

IT News - IoT
November 28, 2021
Article #110813
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How The Cloud And Internet Of Things (IoT) Are Used By DOW, DHL Supply Chain, Thermo Fisher, Coca-Cola Icecek, And Deep Sky Vineyard: Case Studies
Datamation, November 20th, 2021

The case studies below illustrate how several companies integrate their IoT devices with the cloud to improve their businesses

5 IoT Cloud Case Studies

  • Coca-Cola Icecek
  • Deep Sky Vineyard
  • DHL Supply Chain
  • DOW
  • Thermo Fisher

Read on for details more

November 28, 2021
Article #110826
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Internet of Things (IoT) in Retail
Datamation, November 20th, 2021

"However, self-checkout kiosks and hyper-personalized in-aisle advertising displays are just a small sampling of the current customer-facing retail IoT innovations.

Behind the scenes, in the stock rooms, warehouses, and fulfillment centers, IoT innovations have also radically transformed the way customers' orders are assembled, handled, and shipped..." more

November 28, 2021
Article #110828
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Internet of Things (IoT) Use Cases 2021
Datamation, November 19th, 2021

Companies across industries are tapping into IoT to deliver new capabilities to their customers, and the use cases, partly driven by 5G and edge computing, continue to grow along with the IoT market.

7 Applications Of IoT

  • Entertainment: augmented reality (AR)
  • Health care: remote monitoring and patient care
  • Government: smart cities
  • Transportation: fleet management
  • Real estate: smart security
  • Human resources: worker safety monitoring
  • Education: improving digital access for students

Learn about industrial IoT use cases: Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Use Cases more

IT News - Careers
November 28, 2021
Article #110811
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Are College Degree Requirements Unreasonable?
Ask The Headhunter, November 15th, 2021

In today's job market, is it reasonable for an employer to treat a college degree as an indicator of ability to do a job? Or is this people filter just an inadequate proxy for more effective candidate assessment methods? ...

My contribution to Solman's story is that perhaps we shouldn't read too much into the keywords 'college degree required.' In general - even if a job really would benefit from a degree - the degree requirement is often just another way for employers to filter what comes out of the digital fire hose of job applicants. In other words, if you don't have the degree, ignore the requirement, because it serves more to reject you than to select viable candidates..." more

IT News - Backup
November 28, 2021
Article #110804
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Top Rated Data Center Backup Products
IT Central Station, November 17th, 2021

"As architectures grow more complex, so too can the demands on backup and recovery packages. IT Central Station members comment on what selection factors are best to consider when looking at the purchase of backup/recovery solution.

Members cite performance as an important selection criterion for backup and recovery software tools. Reviewers explain that they want their backup and restore to be fast and easy to use. Instant recovery is prized. Users want a simple GUI, too. Many members put forth a powerful, simple idea, though, which is that backup success is all that counts - that no number of features can ever compensate for a failure to restore missing data..." more

IT News - Big Data
November 28, 2021
Article #110805
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Big Data In IoT Market To Reach $50.9 Billion By 2026
HelpNet Security, November 19th, 2021

Emphasis is placed on leveraging IoT data for process improvement, new and improved products, and ultimately enterprise IoT data syndication.

  • The state of the big data in IoT market
  • The overall global market for big data in IoT will reach $50.9 billion by 2026.
  • Data analytics is the largest segment by product and service in the big data IoT market.
  • Big data in IoT as a service will reach $7.3 billion by 2026 with North America leading the market.
  • Storage of big data in IoT will reach $16.2 billion by 2026, driven by low-cost cloud-based solutions.
  • Big data in IoT within the government sector will exceed $6 billion by 2026, fueled by military and public safety initiatives.
  • Financial services, government, telecom, retail, healthcare, manufacturing, building automation, consumer electronics, and transport and cargo are some of the major industry verticals for the big data in the IoT market.

Data that is uncorrelated and does not have a pre-defined data model and is not organized in a predefined manner requires special handling and analytics techniques. more