Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
It isn't just goblins and trick-or-treaters you need to be afraid of this Halloween. Network and server intrustions are continuing at a too-high rate. A recent VanDyke Software survey found that 25 percent of the respondents had been hit with an intrusion within the last two years. Yet in spite of the high incidence of intrusions, only slightly more than half of the system administrators polled said they had eliminated inse
Stealing From Google
I have a confession to make: I've been stealing from Google. With $1.578 billion in revenue last quarter, the company is unlikely to miss the pennies I've denied it. Still, I feel I owe an explanation: I'm "adnorant," which is to say I ignore online ads.
Shades Of Grey
Thanks in large part to the Internet, enterprise threats are constant and they are everywhere-- viruses, Worms, Trojans, spyware, adware, phishing attacks, and on and on and on. And throw in the growing ubiquity of so-called greynet apps that end users can install without the help -- or approval -- of IT, and the threat worsens. So what is an under-resource
Microsoft Does What The Others Didn't
Microsoft, according to a number of reports, is "evolving its position" on the OpenDocument format. Although Microsoft told the State of Massachusetts last month that Office 12 will not support ODF -- and state officials effectively told Redmond to shove off by endorsing the format anyway -- the company was apparently hedging its bets in a big way.
Messaging Behind Closed Doors
It used to be the case that internally created and internally transmitted messages (the oldest form of e-mail) were of little threat to the security posture of an organization. That was before we actually started monitoring what went on behind closed doors, so to speak.
Organizations started paying a little more attention to internal messages once compliance and legal requirements made it more important to do so. But the focus for e-mail protection has always been on incoming messages, and more
The Future Is (Starting) Now
If the writing wasn't on the wall before it, it certainly is now. IDC numbers published Thursday show that sales of wireless devices without voice communications capabilities slid for the seventh quarter in a row. Given that much of corporate mobile use rose up almost organically, with individuals increasingly using their personal wireless devices for work-related communications, this trend toward consolidation almost certain
In The Money
In the last few days, economic news for IT has been pretty much all good - more funding, more jobs, and now, higher salaries on the horizon. A report issued this week by Robert Half Technology predicts that, on average, next year IT salaries will rise 3 percent versus the .5 average they saw this year. The report goes on to forecast that the most sought after will include lead applications developers, network security admin
Is Google Spreading Itself Too Thin?
Reading the recent news out of Google, I can't help thinking about Netscape. Like Google, Netscape had a dazzling entry into the world of business. At that time, Web browsers were still a new thing; there were literally two dozen commonly available, none of them with decisive market dominance. And none of them presented any significant competition to the Netscape browser, which was decisively smaller, faster and lighter.
Later, Netscape launched the first superstar dotcom IPO.
EULA Be Sorry Someday
Most software licenses serve two purposes: They demand the right to do crazy things, so that the slightly less crazy things they really want to do look reasonable; and they discourage users from thinking too hard about this fact. There's a way to solve the second problem -- and if you own or manage a business, thinking about the first problem might be a very good idea.
Before SOX, Archiving Was Just Good Procedure
For small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), it may be the only procedure.
Security is still the biggest concern for SMBs when it comes to their messaging systems, but archiving is starting to pick up steam as a priority for this group as well as large enterprises.
So says a report just published by the Radicati Group, which contains the results of Radicati's survey of businesses with less than 500 employees.
SureWest Delivers First HDTV Service Over IP
The company has linked more than 80,000 Northern California homes to a fiber-optic network, and plans to deliver 260 video and music channels as well as voice and broadband Internet access.
A Question For All Of You
Let's say a car dealer sells you a new set of wheels. Then, let's say they send a mechanic to your house six months later who yanks out the stereo, replaces it with an AM radio and a coat-hangar antenna, and tells you it's an "upgrade." Most of us would call this behavior insane, stupid, suicidal, or all of the above. Yet here in the tech industry, we call it something else: a business model. Here's my question for all of you: Just how common is it?
The Return Of The Boom Years?
Remember the heady days of the Internet boom and endless technological possibilities? VC funding was plentiful, creativity was soaring, and yes, in the age of the overvalued acquisitions practicality was pretty scarce. But who hasn't missed those times just as little bit as we struggled through uncertain days and leaner years. Well, there certainly aren't any guarantees but it does look like things may be
Being Compliant And Ethical
From time to time, I like to let you know of inexpensive (or sometimes free) tools that might help guide your thinking as you begin or continue to roll out new compliance processes. I noticed a couple interesting new Web-based survey tools that help assess employee attitudes and awareness of integrity and antifraud risks as part of an ethics program evaluation.
I found it interesting because it got me thinking
How Not To Stop Online Bank Fraud
In the name of protecting against phishing, identity theft and other forms of fraud, federal regulators handed banks and consumers an enormous job recently. The work required will make online transactions a great deal more expensive for banks--who will no doubt pass the expense on to customers. The requirement will make online transactions far less convenient for consumers. And it'll be, at best, partially effective.
As reported in a story by my colleague Steve Marlin,
Skype Aims For More Business Customers
The new software will work from a centralized, Web-based management console and let employers provision premium Skype services like voice mail and external calling.
Educating The Masses
Enterprise management software vendors still have a lot of ground to cover when it comes to educating the market on Business Service Management. Last week's Systems Management Pipeline poll shows that while nearly half of the respondants think BSM sounds terrific in theory, they believe the products associated with it are either too expensive or too complex for them to implement. Forty-one percent of the respondents
Group Announces VoIP Security Taxonomy
By defining the kinds and nature of threats, the organization hopes to provide a common reference point to deal systematically with VoIP security issues.
Videocast: Firefox Heading For A Wall
My Web video debut describes how Firefox's stalled market share and the threat of Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 could mean big trouble soon for the plucky, open-source browser. Download the video here (Windows Media format, 2 min., 7 sec, 7.3 MB), or, if you have your podcasting software pointing at this blog, the video should download automatically.
Like I said, this is my first effort, so it's not exactly an awar
Accelerating Skills Development
The trade-off for a business hiring a new, enthusiastic, and relatively cheap college grad is that recruit's lack of practical working experience. In a nutshell, new hires don't have an extensive background in field to draw from for problem solving that can be so crucial. Companies are still willing to give newcomers a chance but businesses are looking for ways to bring their new hires up to speed as rapidly as possible. Businesses looking to accelerate their new hires' skills acquisition wo
Show Me The Value
It's time for corporate America to get specific. Shortly after the SOX legislation was introduced, we heard a lot of drum beating about shareholder value and the rosy, glass-half-full notion that early adopters of compliance management technology would hold a competitive advantage over the kickers and screamers. It seemed plausible at the time—still does, but the examples of that actually happening are few and far between.
So it gets me wondering: In the final analysis, will SOX go down a
IT Job Opportunities Still Abound
Recent economic news has been mixed at best, thanks in large part to soaring oil prices. But the employment picture remains bright. The IT professional, in particular, continues to be a hot commodity as businesses keep looking to technology as a means to drive new revenue opportunities and cut expenses. Monster.com's September local job index showed classif
Apple's Captive Audience
One year ago, Apple Computer dumped iTunes 4.7 on millions of unsuspecting customers. If that sounds like an ominous way to describe a routine software update, it's because this "update" -- or, if you prefer, "trojan horse" -- is more notorious for what it took away from users' systems than for what it added.
Kurzweil: World-Wide Mesh In World-Wide Web's Future
If CIOs think they have a challenging job today, look what's on the horizon.
In the fourth of a five-part interview, the IT innovator and futurist Ray Kurzweil sees the Internet rapidly evolving to a world-wide mesh, tied together by an unimaginable number of devices, including ones embedded in the environment, on our clothing, and inside our bodies. Devices now spokes on the network, such as cell phones and wireless PDAs, wil
Tired Of Crying Wolf
How many of you think life would be so much easier if the brass in your company actually took Sarbanes-Oxley compliance seriously? With all the fear and loathing voiced over the C-level accountability of Section 404, we still hear from IT managers that their bosses still don't take SOX seriously.
The publicized fines levied for non-compliance have been few and far between, and the threat of incarceration for CEOs and CFOs has not been made real. Little wonder, according to some, why their comp
A new Forrester Research study shows that the Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) are literally almost everywhere. With the overwhelming majority of companies either implementing new and upgrading existing VPNs this year, VPNs are at the top of the project list for most IT managers. One of the biggest benefits VPNs promise is added flexibility so it is no surprise that demand for browser-based SSL VPNs that have the potential to
Cisco Expands Security Push To LANs
Cisco will target its NAC strategy on layer 2 of the network by offering support for its Catalyst switches as well as its wireless access points and controller platforms.
Ray Kurzweil: Treating Machines As Living Entities
Let's assume that Ray Kurzweil's prediction comes true, that by mid-century, perhaps sooner, technology advances so rapidly that machines with human intellect, emotion, and self-awareness become a reality.
How do we treat these new beings? Are they alive? Do they have rights?
These are disturbing questions. An equally alarming one: What happens when people of ill will get hold of these machines?
In the third of a five-part podca