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  • 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
  • Recruiting Is Just Another Form of Sales

    There used to be a time when most IT recruiters were pretty capable and diligent about their craft.  Many of them had come from the IT ranks themselves, and understood the technology enough to be able to get good job requirements from employers.  They were also good enough to determine whether or not an item on a resume indicated mere ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 17, 2009
  • Why Won’t You Accept My Network Connection Request?

    I recently read an article by Meg Guiseppi entitled, “14 Reasons I Won’t Follow You on Twitter”, and I found that I shared many of her views on what constitutes a good network connection on Twitter. In my case, however, I am a member of multiple social networks, and I don’t use them all in the same manner, so the guidelines that I follow are ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 11, 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
  • 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
  • Economic Recovery Is In Corporate Hands

    Everyone wants to see the economy recover, and they’re suggesting all sorts of ways that it can get back on track.  As I read the following article from MSN about the fizzled stock market rally, it occurred to me that there are two key points about an economic recovery, particularly in the USA. The actual state of the economy is largely ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 10, 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
  • It’s All Just Hype Until It Actually Ships

    As a technologist, I am always on the lookout for new and exciting products, solutions and discoveries which will be coming to a store near me at some point in the future.  Whenever possible, I look to jump on the beta bandwagon and preview or test drive up-and-coming technology solutions.  Not only is it fun in and of itself, but it ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on July 20, 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
  • Don’t Let The Pressure Get To You

    Good people sometimes do really dumb things, and nothing brings out more stupidity than stress.  The reason behind the stress almost doesn’t matter.  Whether it’s a tight deadline, a personal crisis, the global economic situation, or a seven-game NBA series, stress causes issues, and has a tendency to bring out the worst in people. As ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 13, 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
  • Job Hunting in the 21st Century

    In 2009, there is no time to complain about how tight and unfair the job market is, or how hard it is to get a resume in the door.  There is no more room for complaining about unqualified people using their personal or family connections to get into job opportunities.  These are all surmountable issues. In the past few weeks, I’ve read ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on March 29, 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
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