How involved should corporate boards be with cyber security? How much information should the CIO or CISO provide to the board and how should they frame it? Is the board getting the right information and enough or it?
I almost never publish an entire press release, but this one about hardware based security vulnerabilities from MIT's Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science is a warranted exception. This vulnerability afflicts the cloud, in particular.
MIT researchers claim hackers can know what data is in memory by intercepting fetch patterns between the CPU and others chips with memory. They do not have to see the data to actually know what it is. The researchers have developed a chip that disguises "memory access patterns."
Here's a piece by our former colleague Gary Beach, Bill. It argues for lifting the H1-B visa gap. It's got 152 comments and one argues and it strikes me as a good idea that IT jobs be limited to 20% of the isued H1-B visas. I remember two years ago that two Indian outsourcing firms grabbed the lion's share of the H1-B visa.
There again, I count my blessings that I was born in this country.
Virgil, I agree with your message but for the life of me, I cannot figure why you have tabs on your site for Cruz and Cornyn. That takes the air out of it for me.
There's probably no well-established playbook about how CIOs directly link technology projects and to the bottom line. For sure, it's not always possible.
But in today's business driven world, so-called IT projects tend are or should be driven by business initiatives. As a CIO once said, "there are no IT projects. There's just business projects of which IT is a part."
In other words, the discussion to adopt new technology does not begin with IT's role. Rather a business need must be established first. Technology is subservient to that need.
Google’s Panda (aka Farmer) is now in version 3.0 and it continues to cause noticeable effects on Google pagerank and web site rankings and in turn search results and site traffic ever since it began in February. That is why CIO’s must be engaged directly on enterprise search, search engine optimization (SEO) and search engine marketing (SEM) instead of leaving it to the marketing department.
The decision to lease vs. buy is a recurring challenge for CIOs struggling with financing IT equipment. Adding to the challenge is the increasing number of options to accomplish IT projects using cloud computing or vendor hosted managed services. Often CIO’s and CFO’s get tangled in the buy vs. lease decision prematurely which can lead to a bad decision with lasting effects.
We have IT cartels! Really? Well at least that is according to outgoing US Federal CIO Vivek Kundra in his remarks before the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Vivek said in his remarks before the council “that we almost have an IT cartel within federal IT” which is served by “very few companies” who benefit from government spending “because they understand the procurement process better than anyone else.”
Amazon has released AWS GovCloud as its latest cloud offering aimed at addressing the highly specialized need of government agencies subject to export control regulations. The AWS GovCloud offering allows US government agencies to purchase existing AWS Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2), Simple Storage Solution (S3), and Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) services that are maintained in physically and logically separated areas.