It’s nearly 2019, and what it takes for CIOs and other technology executives to be successful looks a lot different than it did as recently as say, 2014. Recently, I was quoted by two major technology news outlets about the role of technology executives in the success of their organizations:
The amount of information in the world today is almost unfathomable, and it’s increasing at a blistering pace. Analysts estimate that 90 percent of data in existence was created only in the last two years. What’s more, research group IDC predicts that by 2025, the world will be creating 163 zettabytes (163 trillion gigabytes) of data every year.
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From Hurricane Irene in 2011 to the “blizzard of 2013” that dumped two feet of snow across much of the state, Connecticut has seen its fair share of extreme weather. Not only do these natural disasters disrupt people’s daily lives and prevent them from coming into work, they also disable or damage critical business infrastructure and utilities such as power, electricity, and heating.
Not too long ago, I was interviewed for a Comcast Business blog post and Inc.com article about Wi-Fi security. As long as the Wi-Fi is up and running, the security of it isn’t something the average person gives a lot of thought to, but improperly secured Wi-Fi networks present a number of unique vulnerabilities hackers can exploit to gain access to sensitive data. To understand Wi-Fi security, it helps to know about these strategies that hackers use.
Earlier this week, the FBI urged thousands of small business and home office internet users to reboot their routers to prevent the impact of VPNFilter, the latest malware threat to businesses and consumers. Hours after the story broke, I was invited to WTNH News 8's studios to do a Facebook live Q&A.
Facebook is the latest highly recognizable company to make headlines for a data scandal with a staggering number attached. This time, it’s the profile data of 50 87 million users that was given without their consent to a third party who used their data to influence an election. In the cannon of major data breaches—Equifax, Target, Anthem, etc.—Facebook’s is a unique case with its own set of takeaways for businesses.
If you’re the IT director at your organization, you’re likely the first one to see the need for managed services such as Cybersecurity-as-a-Service and Network-as-a-Service. However, it can be tricky to convince your boss, who may be the CEO, CFO, or COO, that outsourcing part of the company’s IT to an independent vendor will be more than merely a new expense. Here’s a step-by-step guide to organizing and presenting your thoughts on managed service providers.
Backing up your data is a necessity. There are simply too many ways in which data can be lost, ransomed, or compromised in some way. Your original information can get deleted - by accident or on purpose. Your system or network can fail. A hurricane or tornado can strike. That’s why you have another copy safe and sound. It’s why you also have a disaster recovery plan in place to make sure your data is safe. You do have a disaster recovery plan, right?