Category: Digital Transformation

Digital Transformation

Four IT Security Lessons to Learn From Anonymous’ Stratfor Hack

Four IT Security Lessons to Learn From Anonymous’ Stratfor Hack

On Christmas Eve, while most of us were immersed in the holiday spirit, others were immersed in the sensitive information of Stratfor Global Intelligence Service’s client list. A group of hackers, associated with the collective known as Anonymous, breached Stratfor’s systems, obtaining the credit card numbers, passwords and home addresses of the company’s customers. The group has already used this stolen information to make donations to charities, such as the American Red Cross. (This story keeps evolving as new information is released. For the latest updates, check out The New York Times topic page on Anonymous here.) Breaches like this are happening so frequently (just follow the medical community for the evidence) that they’re becoming ho-hum. But that’s even more reason to question how they can happen in the first place. This is 2011, after all, and technology in organizations should, in almost every case, protect against something like this. To help you ensure you don’t become the next Stratfor, here are four lessons in IT security that you can take to your organization.
What’s Wrong With Today’s Definitions of “The Cloud”

What’s Wrong With Today’s Definitions of “The Cloud”

The Cloud. The iCloud. Cloud Computing. Cloud Power. Global Cloud. Local Cloud. Elastic Clouds. Public Cloud. Community Cloud. Hybrid Cloud. The Intercloud. Things can be “In the cloud” and according to Microsoft, you can go “To the cloud.” Yup, just when we thought the word “cloud” was overused, it became even more overused. It might feel embarrassing, but I think it’s about time somebody asked: What exactly is “The Cloud”? When encouraging me to ask questions, my dad used to say “it’s better to look stupid for a minute than remain stupid for the rest of your life.” This is usually excellent advice. However, I have found that asking “what is The Cloud?” doesn’t usually result in enlightenment. This is best illustrated by the first thing you find on this topic in Wikipedia:
How to Create an RFP for Enterprise Content Management Software – RFP Questions Included

How to Create an RFP for Enterprise Content Management Software – RFP Questions Included

If you’ve ever been involved in making any kind of enterprise software purchase, you know that no step of the process is easy. But, some parts of the process aren’t as well-defined as others, leaving you to guess the best approach to success. Take the later stages of product selection, especially when it comes to enterprise content management (ECM) software. Corporate websites become a blur, and every salesperson talks about how you need a comprehensive strategy for whatever type of software it is you’re looking for. My suggestion to prospects is that instead of trying to guess what your short-listed vendors offer, invest time into creating an RFP with very specific questions designed to differentiate one vendor from another. But, oftentimes the challenge isn’t deciding to do an RFP – it’s positioning the questions in the right way to get at these differentiators that’s the problem.