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Why the IoT Creates an Internet of Uncertainty

Why the IoT Creates an Internet of Uncertainty | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

More entry points into the network and lax security measures from manufacturers is a concern for organizations looking to tap the power of the IoT.

IAITAM's insight:

As the IoT grows, a recent study finds that only 1 in 3 organizations are preparing for it and considering the security issues surrounding these new technologies. Is your organization that one?

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How to address the 6 most overlooked causes of data breaches -- GCN

How to address the 6 most overlooked causes of data breaches -- GCN | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

By addressing weaknesses in human factors, agencies can reduce their attack surface and make every employee a soldier in the battle against cyberattacks.

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Considerations when reviewing how the organization manages their breach protocols and the role of we humans in the process.

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The CIO's Influence in the Business Is Growing

The CIO's Influence in the Business Is Growing | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

IT leaders are becoming change instigators and business co-creators in their companies, and are in a good position to influence and support digital initiatives.

IAITAM's insight:

Good news for technologists, their perceived value to the organization appears to be improving.  ITAMs take note.

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Federal prison system halts e-scrap processing at five sites – E-Scrap

Federal prison system halts e-scrap processing at five sites – E-Scrap | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

UNICOR, also known as Federal Prison Industries, has shut down its electronics recycling facilities at several prisons across the country, leaving a sizable gap in the U.S. e-scrap recycling chain.

IAITAM's insight:

In the latest sign of financial turmoil in the e-scrap industry, the US prison system has closed many of the doors of their recycling facilities (UNICOR) – not to criticism for using forced labor as E-Stewards has complained, but most likely due to economic problems.  The event was presaged by the many e-scrap vendors who offered recycling for free who closed their doors in 2014 and 2015.  Of course, the world wide issue with CRTs most likely influenced the situation, as stated in the article. 

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Evaluating Risks to Identity and Access When Moving to the Cloud | SecurityWeek.Com

Evaluating Risks to Identity and Access When Moving to the Cloud | SecurityWeek.Com | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

What are the possible threat vectors if you were doing a threat model assessment for any of cloud passwords management models?

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This article lays out the risks for identity management related to the cloud and Office 365 specifically. 

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2017 IT Budgets: One-Third Goes To Cloud, Hosting Services - InformationWeek

2017 IT Budgets: One-Third Goes To Cloud, Hosting Services - InformationWeek | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

IT professionals and CIOs plan to spend slightly more than a third of their total IT budgets on cloud and hosting services in 2017, according to survey results from 451 Research. While IaaS remains popular, most of the money will be spent on application, management, and security services.

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The article suggests a move to more organized cloud planning as well as a transitioning in how IT people do their jobs. 

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DoJ: What does it take to prosecute federal computer crimes?

DoJ: What does it take to prosecute federal computer crimes? | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

The need for vigorous criminal enforcement of cybercrime laws will only become more important as networked computers and the criminals who target them grow.

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The DoJ has created a blog that demonstrates how they decide to prosecute computer related crimes. Sensitivity of data and impact to national security are two of the key factors.

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2017 breach predictions: The big one is inevitable

2017 breach predictions: The big one is inevitable | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

In 2017, we’ll see more intricate, complex and undetected data integrity attacks and for two main reasons: financial gain and/or political manipulation.

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Though an opinion piece, it’s very revealing noting the progression and maturing of attacks and how they impact the organization’s data integrity. Food for thought for 2017.

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Self-Fund your SAM Program - Snow Software Blog

Thanks in no small part to the confusion between Software Asset Management and compliance, SAM programs are often seen by some less-enlightened stakeholders as a necessary evil. A program that increases operational costs without driving tangible business benefits.  A grudge spend, if you like. 

IAITAM's insight:

Is it time to take the self-service model to the next step and fund SAM directly from the savings that we develop?  Whether you agree with that statement or not, it is important to think about how we heighten perception of ITAM as more than overhead.

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Corporate IT, Security Teams Need to Put Aside Mutual Distrust

Corporate IT, Security Teams Need to Put Aside Mutual Distrust | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

NEWS ANALYSIS: Corporate IT and security specialists need to resolve the mutual mistrust that is keeping them from working together to fend off security breaches.

IAITAM's insight:

Insight into one of the many issues between the two critical groups within the organization is starting to work its way through. Competing viewpoints of the other surrounding trust, perception, budget creates the antagonistic relationship. Here is an area where ITAM can bring the two together for the benefit of both.

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Reaping the benefits of net monitoring and IT consolidation -- GCN

Reaping the benefits of net monitoring and IT consolidation -- GCN | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

For the University of Maryland University College, data center consolidation and cloud migration was made easier with hybrid network monitoring.

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Demonstrated benefits of ITAM whether they call it so or not.  Governance and monitoring the environment leads to elimination of redundancies and creates efficiency throughout.

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China Passes Controversial Cybersecurity Law | SecurityWeek.Com

China Passes Controversial Cybersecurity Law | SecurityWeek.Com | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

China passed a controversial cybersecurity bill tightening restrictions on online freedom of speech and imposing new rules on online service providers, raising concerns it is further cloistering its heavily controlled internet.

IAITAM's insight:

Does your organization have offices or do business in China?  If so, read up on these new restrictions.

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Microsoft Delays Retirement of EMET | SecurityWeek.Com

Microsoft will discontinue support for its Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) and provide no additional updates after July 31, 2018.

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Is your organization behind in operating systems?  That leads to mitigating tools and issues as those tools are pulled.  Is this toolkit in use within your organization? 

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$17k win for man falsely accused of a terrible crime: Downloading an Adam Sandler movie

$17k win for man falsely accused of a terrible crime: Downloading an Adam Sandler movie | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

That's for his legal bills and court costs – not defamation

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The larger picture here is not about taste in movies, it’s as technology is incorporated more and more into our lives, how does the individual defend themselves against unauthorized or hacked actions like this and who’s going to be ultimately responsible for it?

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FBI hacking rights greatly expand after Senate fails to block rule 41

FBI hacking rights greatly expand after Senate fails to block rule 41 | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

Changes in the criminal procedure rule could help the government investigate cybercrime activity, but also pose a potential threat to personal privacy rights. 

IAITAM's insight:

A last ditch effort to block the expansion of authority under the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure gives the FBI more authority over stored data as it applies to a crime has failed.  Some elected officials trying to block the change felt it would violate individual privacy rights.

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How Smart Design Can Solve the E-Waste Challenge

How Smart Design Can Solve the E-Waste Challenge | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

Global concern about the mountains of e-waste generated every year has been rising for quite some time – and with good reason.

IAITAM's insight:

Buying hardware that is more easily recycled benefits the organization as well as the environment.  Considering design features that make recycling easier as acquisition criteria may seem difficult right now, but watch for opportunities.  This article presents Dell’s view and action on what they are doing.

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NIST Computer Security Publications - Drafts

NIST's computer security publications (FIPS, Special Pubs, and NISTIRs) that have been published as drafts, inviting public comments.

IAITAM's insight:

For those managing mobile devices and usage, NIST has released a draft of a document explaining LTE and its security.  Draft Special Publications (SP) 800-187, Guide to LTE Security is available for reading and public comment.  This document manages to lay out architecture without confusion.  Make sure that you technical team has seen it too.

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How to Ace Vendor Audits

How to Ace Vendor Audits | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

Few organizations purposely misuse assets, but many are caught out of compliance due to the increasing complexity of license usage policies.

IAITAM's insight:

When confronted with a vendor audit, having an ITAM program is key.  The results of this survey point to the fact that though organizations find business need for ITAM data, the means to make it usable appears to be quite labor intensive which points to a lack of funding and management support for the program.

 

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AWS Costs: How Much Are You Wasting?

AWS Costs: How Much Are You Wasting? | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

AWS costs can spiral out of control if you don’t optimize them. In this blog, we show you how to determine how much you are wasting and how to fix it.

IAITAM's insight:

Information Week published a summary of Right Scale’s three month study that has a finding of 35% wasteful spending in the public cloud.  Reading the summary is good, but here is a link to the original blog with charts to make the message easy to share.

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IT will spend more than one-third of its budget on cloud in 2017, says new report - TechRepublic

IT will spend more than one-third of its budget on cloud in 2017, says new report - TechRepublic | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

Enterprise IT budgets for hosting and cloud services will rise 6% in 2017, demonstrating an increasing reliance on third party vendors for infrastructure, according to a survey from 451 Research.

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The race to the cloud continues with a projected 6% increase over 2016.

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How We’re Making Good Font Licensing Great

How We’re Making Good Font Licensing Great | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

Licensing is complex & mind-numbing. Here's what we've done to make it easier.

 

IAITAM's insight:

Have you thought about the fonts that are licensed within your organization?  Simple, right?  Nope.  Licensing can be complicated, just like software.  Toby Martin of Extensis, a professional long in IT and ITAM space, directed me to this article from a font “foundry” talking about many of licensing issues that they have seen.  Worth a read, at least to inspire discussion with your website and marketing people.

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Waste Management names new CEO, marking end of Steiner's 12-year run

Waste Management names new CEO, marking end of Steiner's 12-year run | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

James C. Fish Jr. will take over as the company's president and CEO. He was also elected to the Board of Directors.

IAITAM's insight:

Recently, there has been an uptick management changes at the top of the ITAD/Waste/Recycling industry that are worth noting and considering the stresses that the industry that supports ITAD has had in 2015 and 2016.

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A second Privacy Shield legal challenge increases threat to EU-US data flows

A second Privacy Shield legal challenge increases threat to EU-US data flows | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

French digital rights group La Quadrature du Net is seeking to annul the European Commission decision implementing Privacy Shield.

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Now along with Ireland, a French civil liberties organization has filed suit in the EU against the newly enacted privacy shield legislation.

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The long, slow death of private cloud continues

The long, slow death of private cloud continues | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

At some point the economic unviability of private clouds will become clear. Math will win out.

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The financial benefit as this article points to should not be the key factor to private vs. public cloud decisions.

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Speed to drive CIO agenda in 2017

Speed to drive CIO agenda in 2017 | IAITAM News You Can Use | Scoop.it

CIOs will be under pressure to deliver new products and services at a fast pace. Tech spending will increase a modest 2.9% in 2017.

IAITAM's insight:

No longer can IT survive in a bubble.  IT needs to implement business practices into its operations and have a strategic plan to handle the adoption of new technology. Certified ITAMs are prepared to aid in this effort.

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