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The Futility of Blaming IT
In recent years, it has become popular sport to blame information technology (IT) departments and IT leaders for failures – real or imagined – which adversely impact business operations.  Even some technology trade journals seem unable to get through Read More...
It’s Time to Re-evaluate Host-based Security
I’ve said it for a few years now, but host-based antivirus is really not working out anymore.  Not with its reliance on signatures to detect malware. Recently, several prominent antivirus vendors have experienced problems with faulty virus definitions:  Read More...
Making Business Sense
Long ago, in days or yore, it was common to complain that most information technology leaders and staff were too focused on deploying cool technology just for the sake of technology rather than ensuring that there was valid business justification for Read More...
The Job Hunting Conundrum
Based on a number of surveys taken since the recent economic downturn began, it would appear that there is a fairly substantial disconnect between how employers and employees view the job market and the joys of employment. Within the past two years, many Read More...
Charting the Right Course: The IT Manager’s First 90 Days
Starting a new position is always an interesting challenge, especially if you have a leadership role. It should go without saying that it is very important to start things off on the right foot. While it is possible to recover from all but the most egregious Read More...
Contributing in Online Business Communities
Online communities are an excellent way for people to interact with other individuals who they can help or who can help them.  For business and technology professionals, they also represent a way keep an eye on trends and thought leadership within Read More...
Lessons from 2009: Functionality still trumps Security
Yes, you heard me correctly… We still think about personal and corporate security only as an afterthought. Despite all the regulatory and industry compliance that has been created and updated in the past 15 years, as we close out this decade, we are hardly Read More...
Getting Real Benefit from your IT Department
Earlier this month, I came across a provocative article in ComputerWorld that outlined some of the reasons why many organizations get inconsistent results from their Information Technology departments.  Later, this article was made the source of Read More...
Where Simplicity and Technology Really Intersect
The prevailing wisdom says that technology is supposed to be getting simpler all the time.  This belief appears to be pervasive with many corporate leaders who insist that there should be less of a need for expensive technology experts in an organization Read More...
Searching for Return on Security Investments
There are several major challenges to the successful implementation of good information security in many organizations today.  It is not because business owners do not think that security is important.  No, the issues exist because they do not Read More...
Is Security by way of Diversity Still Effective?
It has long been accepted that Information Security should be implemented in layers: Defense in Depth . The idea being that you should add overlapping protection mechanisms to either stop or slow down an intruder.  To use a simple analogy, if you Read More...
CIO: It’s Not A Dead-End Job After All
For many years, there’s been an interesting joke that the CIO position is a dead-end role.  Some have even suggested that the acronym means C areer I s O ver. Recently, I have even seen several LinkedIn discussions that have insinuated that if a Read More...
We Have Found the Enemy -- and It Is Us
I just finished reading a provocative Computer World article about the PCI compliance process, entitled “Will the Real Enemy of Security Please Stand Up?” , and it highlights a common misconception about the role of auditing and auditors in the compliance Read More...
Key Principles for Maximizing IT Value
I just came across the following article while checking through my LinkedIn group discussions:  Some IT Leadership Principles for CEO's & Business Leaders It is definitely a worthy read, and requires very little commentary.  These simply Read More...
The Business of Information Technology
There is an excellent discussion taking place on the LinkedIn group for CIO magazine under the heading of: Some thoughts on IT-Business Alignment from the Chase Zander IT Director Forum (as influenced by CIO Forum members) So far, there are over 35 responses, Read More...
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