IT

Equation Group: Have We Learned Anything New?

Equation Group: Have We Learned Anything New?
February 17, 2015 No Comments »

In 2013, I discussed why NSA surveillance would not stop simply because Edward Snowden disclosed the extent to which the largely unfettered agency spies on citizens and noncitizens alike. Since that time, a series of revelations has shown the extent ... Read More »

Lesson Learned From “The Interview”: Cybersecurity Is No Laughing Matter

Lesson Learned From “The Interview”: Cybersecurity Is No Laughing Matter
February 16, 2015 No Comments »

In recent years, some of the world’s leading retailers and banking institutions have been ravaged by cyberattacks. But unless your personal data was compromised, details of those hacks were lost to the vagaries of the news cycle. Then someone messed ... Read More »

Anthem Security Breach: Who’s to Blame?

Anthem Security Breach: Who’s to Blame?
February 12, 2015 No Comments »

Security breaches at big-name companies have become staples in the news, with the latest being health-insurance provider Anthem. According to the company, the breach exposed data from employees as well as current and former customers, including “names, birthdays, medical IDs/social ... Read More »

When Multiple Data Centers Make Sense

When Multiple Data Centers Make Sense
February 11, 2015 No Comments »

Although many of the largest tech companies are located in Silicon Valley, often their data is not. With greater frequency, startups and large enterprises alike are seeking to store their data outside of California—looking instead at leasing space in data ... Read More »

The Myth and Reality of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

The Myth and Reality of Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)
February 9, 2015 No Comments »

In the IT world, the term disaster recovery is often paired with feelings of angst and frustration. Disaster recovery (DR) has long been viewed as a colossal project that takes enormous amounts of time, money and manpower to complete—and as ... Read More »

Net Neutrality: Curing Crony Capitalism With Corporatism

Net Neutrality: Curing Crony Capitalism With Corporatism
February 5, 2015 No Comments »

In case the joke in the title wasn’t clear, crony capitalism and corporatism are basically the same thing: governments and corporations teaming up at the expense of consumers/citizens and competitors. Unfortunately, many proponents of net neutrality look at crony capitalism ... Read More »

The Promise of Better Network Performance: SDN and NFV

The Promise of Better Network Performance: SDN and NFV
February 4, 2015 No Comments »

SNS Research’s NFV, SDN & Wireless Network Infrastructure Bible: 2014 – 2020 estimates that network-function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) investments on the RAN segment alone will account for over $5 billion by 2020. The report says that by ... Read More »

Is Complexity the Downfall of IT Security?

Is Complexity the Downfall of IT Security?
February 3, 2015 No Comments »

Perhaps the wisest words on the matter of security were spoken by David Lightman (played by Matthew Broderick) in the 1983 movie WarGames: “I don’t believe that any system is totally secure.” Such thinking drives hackers, and it should drive ... Read More »

Cloud-Based Companies and Data Centers: Friends or Foes?

Cloud-Based Companies and Data Centers: Friends or Foes?
February 2, 2015 No Comments »

Recent discussions may suggest that data centers are on the decline, owing to a mass influx of businesses moving to the cloud—a move that is unlikely to change anytime soon. And although it may seem that colocation competes with the ... Read More »

Six Ways Big Data Could Damage Your Business—and What to Do About It

Six Ways Big Data Could Damage Your Business—and What to Do About It
January 28, 2015 No Comments »

As every marketer knows, the era of big data is here, and with it comes a huge smorgasbord of opportunities to connect with customers in amazing new ways. Vast quantities of customer information are now flowing into businesses from social ... Read More »