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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...
The InfoSec Perspective for April 2010
It has been a busy month or so for information security.  Apple has patched a vulnerability that was showcased in a recent hacking contest, Microsoft has released a major set of fixes in its most recently Patch Tuesday, and and Oracle (which now 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...
What Software as a Service Really Provides
Software as a Service, or SaaS , is seen and marketed as a way to remove or reduce the complexities and cost associated with local enterprise software deployments, especially where such software has a desktop installation facet to it. As is typical with Read More...
Why Businesses Standardize on Technology
The role of an organization’s technologists are to protect the technology and information assets of the company, while facilitating productivity to move the business forward. This is always a balancing act, as no technology department that I am aware of today has anything resembling an unlimited budget. 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...
Maximizing Business Results Through Effective IT Leadership
Lately, I’ve been getting lots of good ideas for blog entries from my participation in various LinkedIn group discussions .   One recent topic was about what IT should focus on in any organization.   Another was about whether we should 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...
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...
The Compliance Trap
The more things change, the more they remain the same. Almost exactly two years ago, I posted an article about the general organizational obsession with regulatory (or industry) compliance, at the expense of proper information security .  Just today, Read More...
Don't Say You Weren't Warned...
Lately, I've been playing various medieval build/conquest games on Facebook and other places.  My favorites are Knighthood and Tribal Wars . ( PLEASE NOTE : I am especially interested in getting some vassals in Knighthood, so if you're interested Read More...
On Being A Technology Change Agent
  As I think about it, the title is probably misleading, because being a Technology Manager with change-agent responsibility is not the same as being a Technology Change Agent. In my particular case, I'm not looking to change the technology, necessarily.  Read More...
Compliant or Secure?
Does fulfilling your regulatory compliance requirements actually lead you to be more secure? Will your organization automatically attain compliance by pursuing a strict regimen of security practices? In short, is the quest to be compliant complementary, Read More...
News Analysis: Amid hints Bush will change policy, clues that he won't
Here's an interesting piece from the New York Times about the US strategy in Iraq . My particular interest is with the following excerpt: WASHINGTON: The debate that will engulf Washington and much of the United States this week centers on a question Read More...
Change Management: Are You in Control?
This month in CIO Magazine is a very interesting article on Change Management which points out that truly innovative companies value discipline as much, if not more, than they do freedom and flexibility of execution. And the difference between those organizations Read More...
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