Breach Detection, Sony Entertainment and Vectra Networks…

Breach Detection, Sony Entertainment and Vectra Networks…

Working in information security for the past 20 years, I have seen a lot. Though there have been many multi-million dollar impact breaches, the recent Sony Pictures hack and subsequent data exposure and extortion is probably the most impactful to a company out of the previous breaches this year. Recent articles revealed that some employees thought that the hack was, “a long time coming,”[1] and stolen information that was released indicated “passwords were easy to find.”[2] There are other articles disclosing various technology issues and outages shortly before the information was released. Though blamed on employee carelessness and technology failure, these ...

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Allgress Insight Risk Management Suite Brings Flexibility and Functionality to IT-GRC

Allgress Insight Risk Management Suite Brings Flexibility and Functionality to IT-GRC

When I started out in security, only very large organizations with a mature set of business processes dared to talk about implementing some form of governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) or enterprise program (e-GRC). They generally did it in an attempt to get ISO or similar certification, or to “move their programs to the next level,” and some, I think, attempted it just to prove they did it. Many of those efforts were monumental, costing millions of dollars and taking years to complete. However, a significant number seemed to end in compromise, yielding a smaller end result or totally failing ...

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Service Automation: Key for Maximizing IT and Business Efficiency

Service Automation: Key for Maximizing IT and Business Efficiency

The dual revolutions of consumerization and cloud have certainly caused much disruption within and around IT. And universally they have also increased the expectations of IT end users. IT-enabled workers and the lines of business they represent are looking for a fast response to new technology needs combined with high levels of service quality—all at a minimum cost. How is it possible for IT to accommodate such demands? Two themes that emerge from both EMA research and practitioner dialogue are “automation” and “service awareness.” Taking a service-centric approach to automation allows the IT organization to both accelerate delivery and improve the ...

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posted by    | January 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Managing IT data is maddening. IT organizations are hamstrung right and left by lack of complete and high quality information, yet approaches to resolve this have been only partially successful – at best! One approach that has had less attention is the idea of a data warehouse for IT data. As big data and analytics get...

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Happy (belated) New Year! (Well, maybe not so happy if you buy shoes online or are having second thoughts about source code escrow.) Like many, I’ve been contemplating my expectations for 2012. But rather than just play armchair quarterback (a popular pastime among NFL fans here in Denver of late), I thought it would be more useful...

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posted by Shawn Rogers   | January 25, 2012 | 0 Comments

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Yesterday I tweeted “Most software CEO’s are technologists at some level. Saylor is a passionate nerd. It’s a compliment.” I’ve covered MicroStrategy for years and have attended many of CEO Michael Saylor‘s keynotes and the reoccurring theme is his deep understanding of emerging technologies and how they will disrupt the business intelligence space. He has...

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Cloud adoption is challenging traditional application management models and the APM solutions that support them. Private Cloud drives new requirements for depth of visibility to virtual environments and to dynamic change. Public Cloud presents unique management challenges since APM solutions engineered for visibility to on-premise-hosted apps often lack visibility to public Cloud environments. Hybrid cloud...

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posted by John Myers   | January 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

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MicroStrategy adds Teradata to list of Cloud Partners This week at the MicroStrategy World 2012 Conference in Miami Teradata and MicroStrategy announced that Teradata Integrated Data Warehouse (IDW) was being added to the lineup of partners for the MicroStrategy Cloud.  The list of partners includes: IBM Netezza Informatica ParAccel With this addition, MicroStrategy Cloud continues to...

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posted by Torsten Volk   | January 23, 2012 | 0 Comments

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IT as a Service is one of the hottest topics these days. In a nutshell, it entails the radical alignment of all IT disciplines around strategic business requirements. Instead of having to beg IT for resources and services, as many of us are accustomed to, we can now pick all the resources and services from...

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For the past few months, I have been “heads down” completing my latest EMA Radar Report—which is why I have been notably absent from the Blog- and Twitter- spheres. Entitled “Application Performance Management (APM) for Cloud”, it discusses the challenges of managing Cloud-based applications, and eighteen APM solutions which can help solve them. So what...

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posted by Tracy Corbo   | January 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

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SOPA highlights the frustration and tension between technology and content providers. Messages flash across television screens as channels are removed due to disputes between service providers and the content providers. Book and magazine publishers offer a mixed bag of digital content. Some opt for PDF version of printed materials while others embrace a full interactive...

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posted by    | January 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

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This parrot is no more. It has ceased to be. It’s expired and gone to meet its maker. This is a late parrot. It’s a stiff. Bereft of life, it rests in peace. If you hadn’t nailed it to the perch, it would be pushing up the daisies. It’s rung down the curtain and joined...

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posted by John Myers   | January 13, 2012 | 0 Comments
In-Memory and Mobile Drive SAP Today, SAP announced their revenues for 2011.  It was a record year in many respects.  In particular, SAP touted growth for their in-memory database HANA and their Mobile Solutions growth – two components I consider important for the development of an organizations Mobile BI capabilities.  Both exceeded expectations. Speed of Analytics From...

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