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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
  • 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 all (relatively new) technologies – especially in recent years – there comes the inevitable ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 9, 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
  • 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 in playing even a little, be sure to visit my kingdom.) I don't know about you, but I don't ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 19, 2008
  • 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.  In fact, I'm pretty happy with the basic technology infrastructure, at least in ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 12, 2007
  • 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
  • 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 that lurks at the intersection of war strategy and the personality of ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on December 4, 2006
  • 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
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