The theft of Cisco Systems' source code, which runs much of the company's networking gear, poses security risks, but how high is uncertain. If enough code was stolen, hackers could trick companies into downloading back doors or Trojan horse applications, says Gartner security analyst John Pescatore. Cisco declined to provide details on the stolen code, parts of which appeared in a report on a Russian security firm's Web site. The risk for companies running Cisco gear depends on how much, and what type, of source code was pilfered, says Stuart McClure, president and chief technology officer at information-security company Foundstone Inc. "If it's complete modules or large chunks of code," he says, "the risk is substantially higher."
The Business of Going DigitalDigital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard TruthsThey say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.