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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 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
  • 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 owns Sun) has not yet committed to patching a Java vulnerability on Windows that has been ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 15, 2010
  • 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
  • Why Businesses Standardize on Technology

    I experienced a wide range of emotions as I read this allegedly tech savvy article in the Wall Street Journal, written by someone who is deemed a journalist for reasons which clearly have no basis in reality.  Mostly, I was surprised, because this is not the caliber of information that I expect from a publication such as the Wall Street ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 23, 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
  • 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 be working harder or smarter. The title I have selected for this post also happens to be ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 21, 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
  • 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
  • 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, I read an article on the CIOzone that asks: Does PCI Compliance Work? The point being made ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on March 12, 2009
  • 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, unconnected or mutually exclusive with the quest to be secure? This is the heart of a ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on March 29, 2007
  • 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 that had high levels of innovation vs. those that didn't is ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 21, 2006
  • Microsoft and Novell: The Odd Couple

    The tech news is all abuzz about the announcement that Microsoft and Novell are working together on product integration, including integration between Windows and Linux technologies. Several people have already commented that this is a strategic move by Microsoft to combat Oracle's Linux play, and also to somewhat blunt the threat the Linux poses ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 2, 2006
  • Innovation Takes More than Inspiration; It Takes Investment, and Persistence

    http://www.cioinsight.com/article2/0,1397,1913188,00.asp Moore's new book, Dealing with Darwin: How Great Companies Innovate at Every Phase of Their Evolution, just published by Portfolio, argues that innovation by itself is not enough. Innovation also requires an investment strategy that puts your resources where they count, and a people ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on July 3, 2006
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