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Delta’s Computer Systems Show Their Vulnerability Could Yours Do the Same?

As widely reported in the media, early August was a tough time for Delta Airlines. The firm suffered a major computer systems outage that caused widespread cancellations and stranded hundreds of thousands of passengers—both its own and those of other airlines. Making matters more interesting, it was the not the airline industry’s first computer-systems-related outage that year. The Delta system crash came about three weeks after a router failure at Southwest Airlines caused the cancellation [...]

2016-08-27T11:52:49-04:00August 27, 2016|

Do You Know What’s Running on Your Network? Hackers Do

In an address to IT professionals and others in January at Usenix Enigma 2016, 25-year National Security Agency veteran and “professional hacker” Rob Joyce* pointed out that cybercriminals have the time, patience and skill to understand their victim’s networks far better than organizational leadership—or even IT staff—does. Speaking to IT professionals, academics and others, he said, “You know the technologies you intended to use in that network. We know the technologies that are actually in [...]

2016-12-21T05:37:22-05:00July 15, 2016|

Cloud Security: The Biggest Threat Is Still On-Premise

With cloud adoption continuing to soar, many organizational leaders are considering the issue of cloud security. Virtually all cloud providers will assert that their solutions are more secure than the average on-premise security platform. Should decision makers believe them? Is any cloud security solution secure enough? The reality is that when properly configured, secured, and managed, cloud environments can be more secure than most on-premise systems. And, while cloud platforms do not necessarily come with [...]

2016-12-21T05:37:22-05:00June 23, 2016|

Lessons Learned in App Development, Crowd-sourcing and Tracking the Drew Valley Owl

I live in Drew Valley, a great neighborhood in the northeast area of Atlanta. If you live in Drew Valley, you may have seen me walking my dogs early in the evening, and if you did see me walking my dogs, you might have seen me often stopping to check my phone. Well, I was not checking my phone for calls or emails, I was probably taking a GPS location of an owl that I [...]

2016-12-21T05:37:22-05:00May 5, 2016|

Cloud Adoption Reaches New High—Are You Benefitting?

The latest survey about cloud adoption, usage and perceptions shows that the cloud is really soaring. Still, many firms have yet to reap full benefit from the cloud, and others are putting their organizations at risk in the way they use and manage the cloud. "Diving into Cloud Services," which debuted in March from Spiceworks (an IT networking organization) found that 93 percent of companies are using at least one cloud-based service. Additionally, 30 percent [...]

2016-12-21T05:37:22-05:00April 26, 2016|

Can We Ever Beat Cyberattackers?

With security experts and research organizations announcing that it is impossible to completely defend against cyberattacks, many business leaders may be wondering, will we ever reach a point where the threat of a security breach isn’t ever present? Will businesses ever be safe again? While no one has a crystal ball, most analyses have found that the threat of cybercrime is not going away as long as organizations and individuals use the Internet. With the [...]

2016-12-21T05:37:22-05:00March 31, 2016|

Cloud Stocks Take a Hit, but the Cloud’s Value Continues to Climb

Anyone who follows technology news—or reads Wall Street bulletins—likely has heard that several cloud computing stocks took a beating in the market in early February, as a few companies lowered their guidance for 2016. At first glance, this might cause business leaders to wonder if cloud computing has hit its peak, and whether it is wise to continue moving resources—and technology funding—to the cloud. The answers to these questions are a resounding “No,” and “Yes!” [...]

2016-12-21T05:37:23-05:00February 23, 2016|

Public and Private Sector Entities Face Cybersecurity Budget Crunches in 2016

A few weeks ago, we came across an article in CIO magazine announcing that the National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), a trade group representing Chief Information Officers of U.S. states, plans to ask Congress for help with cybersecurity and regulatory issues this year. Specifically, NASCIO wants the Department of Homeland Security to reinforce its state-level cyber programs. Given media reports about the vulnerability of our nation’s infrastructure and concerns about state (as well as [...]

2016-02-02T14:20:26-05:00February 2, 2016|