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  • My Workplace Technology Wish List

    It is not every day that one gets an opportunity to put together a wish list of technology solutions that could be used to drive a modern, highly productive workplace. So, let’s begin our If Money Were No Object quest… Every office has desktops and notebooks, and they’ll continue to be useful for quite some time. To make them even more useful, ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 29, 2011
  • Where Netflix Went Wrong: Corporate Communications

    The good folks at Netflix recently announced a huge price hike for their customers, as they separate their DVD and streaming businesses into distinct product offerings.  If you look at the comments on the blog post where they made the announcement, you will see that the vast majority of comments fall into two categories: This no longer ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on July 13, 2011
  • Just ask Sony…

    Why should you take your organization’s information security posture seriously? Just ask Sony.  It has been estimated that Sony will spend more than $170 million dollars due to the recent breaches they have suffered.  Personally, I think that the $170M figure is too conservative.  I expect it to get much closer to $300M than ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 31, 2011
  • Managing Technology-based Risks

    Risks exist. You would think that this is so obvious as to not need saying, but too many people appear to operate as though downplaying or ignoring risks have any impact on their reality. That sign announcing “bridge out” isn’t really concerned with how much you believe it or agree with it.  It doesn’t care if you are too busy to deal with ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 3, 2011
  • Reactive Security: Feel the pain in 2011+

    We are only one third of the way into 2011, but we have had some of the largest information security breaches of the decade – and the trend does not appear to be slowing down. Here are just a few of the biggest reports for the year: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/RSA-SecurID-Breach-Shows-Why-Everybody-Must-Stay-Vigilant-595858/ ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 29, 2011
  • Maintaining Good Security Practices

    Security is not just a state of being. We are often called to provide an assessment about our present security posture, and usually, the person asking the question is doing so within a very narrow context – one that the may or may not have shared with you. Answering such a question is difficult at best. Imagine walking up to your doctor and ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on March 31, 2011
  • Why Your New Technology Purchase Might Disappoint - Part 2

    Last time, I mentioned that inadequate planning is one of the key reasons why your new technology purchase might prove to be disappointing.  This is true not only of planning that occurs once the project has been authorized and assigned an official “Project Manager”, but it also refers to the planning that is used to determine the validity of ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on February 15, 2011
  • Why Your New Technology Purchase Might Disappoint

    Technology continues to provide many benefits for individuals and businesses, and our increasing dependence upon it is a testament to its overall usefulness.  Each day, many, many people make a good living from designing and deploying business solutions which are based on some technology. That said, many businesses fail to derive the value ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 31, 2011
  • 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
  • Apple vs Adobe = Pot vs Kettle

    It is quite amusing to see Apple and Steve Jobs go out of their way to lambast Adobe about the “closed” platform of Flash, and to suggest that it is buggy, insecure and obsolete. Flash is definitely buggy.  Or, more precisely, there are many buggy Flash-based apps out there.  Nothing kills browsers better than buggy flash ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 30, 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
  • Expanding Your Reach with Good Technology Partners

    I recently read an opinion piece on ComputerWorld about the post-Cloud IT landscape, and it I had a couple thoughts: The author makes a good point that little mention is made of what the world will look like when cloud is the norm… We (both business and technology folks) spend a lot of time focusing on the flavor of the day, and not ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 13, 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
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