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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 a single issue without finding some point upon which to lambast a CTO or CIO for not ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 21, 2013
  • 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:  Faulty McAfee update burns IT execs BitDefender update breaks 64-bit Windows ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 10, 2010
  • 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 what they evaluated and implemented.  CIOs and IT leaders were told to learn the language of ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 6, 2010
  • 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 business owners and leaders have made decisions to control their organizations costs in ways ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 3, 2010
  • 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 of mistakes in the early going, you really want to take advantage of whatever honeymoon ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on February 11, 2010
  • 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 ones industry that can help solve a company’s issues. They also provide one element of career ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 27, 2010
  • 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 any closer to proactively applying security guidelines in our personal or professional ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 31, 2009
  • 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 discussion on a LinkedIn CIO group, where many different points of view were presented. As is ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 16, 2009
  • 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 over time, since technology is becoming simpler and less error prone. I touched on this ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 16, 2009
  • 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 grasp the complexities that embody the Information Security profession, and thus make decisions ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 30, 2009
  • 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 store valuables in your home, you’re not just going to have a safe to keep them in, but you will ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 30, 2009
  • 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 Career Is Over. Recently, I have even seen several LinkedIn discussions that have insinuated that if a CIO does not eventually make it into a COO or CEO role, that they have somehow failed.  I could ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 11, 2009
  • 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 process. The article is a follow-up to an interview with the CEO of Heartland Payment Systems ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on August 14, 2009
  • 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 stated principles encompass a wealth of information which organizations would do well to ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on June 14, 2009
  • 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, and many of them are really good.  A couple of them got me to thinking about where ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 6, 2009
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