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Red Hat Introduces Latest Update To Red Hat Process Automation
The goal of Red Hat Process Automation has always been to empower enterprise business and IT users to collaborate, successfully document, simulate, manage, automate, and monitor business processes and decisions
"We are excited to announce the latest release of Red Hat Process Automation, which delivers new developer tooling, extended support for eventing and streaming for event-driven architectures (EDA) through integration with Apache Kafka, and new monitoring capabilities through heatmap dashboards.

Red Hat Process Automation is an open source business automation platform that combines business process management (BPM), case management, business rules management, and resource planning. It enables IT organizations to better create, manage, validate, and deploy business processes, cases, and business rules. Red Hat Process Automation also uses a centralized repository where all resources are stored. This allows for consistency, transparency, and the ability to audit across the business. The latest release of the platform introduces and expands on a number of key capabilities..."

Red Hat News, March 3rd, 2021
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Friday Five - March 5, 2021
The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye
  • Siemens, IBM, Red Hat Launch Hybrid Cloud Initiative to Increase Real-time Value of Industrial IoT Data
  • Scaling with Partners in 2021: How Partner Momentum is Driving Red Hat Success
  • Red Hat Delivers a More Secure Foundation for Modern Applications with First FIPS 140-2 Validation for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
  • InfoWorld - IT Leaders See Open Source as Higher Quality
  • Introducing Red Hat Vulnerability Scanner Certification

Read on for details

Red Hat News, March 5th, 2021
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Delivering More Flexible And Tailored Cloud-Native Management With The Latest Version Of Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management For Kubernetes
Today, we're pleased to announce the general availability of Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes 2.2, which delivers even greater integration and customization to how enterprises manage cloud-native workloads and environments
"This latest release simplifies and streamlines operations and captures additional performance metrics to ensure optimization of Red Hat OpenShift clusters.

Introduced in the summer of 2020, Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes enables organizations to manage multiple Kubernetes clusters and automate multi-cluster application deployments across the hybrid cloud. As the industry's leading enterprise Kubernetes platform, Red Hat OpenShift is a crucial component in how organizations build a more agile hybrid cloud, and Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes helps these enterprises get the most out of these deployments by extending and scaling Red Hat OpenShift clusters..."

Red Hat News, March 4th, 2021
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Harvard Business Analytic Services: Banking Transformation Originates From A Strong Core
The new normal in banking increasingly includes digital self-service, as customer expectations and demands have increased with the "consumerization" of banking on multiple devices
"Highly available digital products and services are dependent upon flexible distribution channels used to meet the banking needs of customers. Indeed, it requires more than an interactive interface.

Banking leaders surveyed in a Harvard Business Analytic Services report, sponsored by Red Hat, say they can't rely on more and more layers of customization to legacy core systems to provide the data and adaptability they now need.

Eighty percent of those banking leaders surveyed responded that they plan to invest in core system modernization over the next year to provide faster, more convenient service for customers (53%) and bring new products and services to market more quickly (50%)..."

Red Hat News, March 4th, 2021
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IBM News
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IBM And The Recording Academy Debut New Fan Experience Powered By Watson And IBM Cloud
Launch of GRAMMY Debates with Watson, First-Ever AI-driven Debates about Music Industry; Transition of GRAMMY.com workloads onto the IBM Cloud, designed to enable an improved viewing experience
IBM announced today the launch of GRAMMY Debates with Watson, a new digital fan experience, powered by IBM Watson's natural language processing (NLP) capabilities and cloud technologies. In addition to this new fan experience, the Recording Academy announced it is transitioning its consumer-facing online platform, GRAMMY Backstage, to a digital environment running on IBM Cloud that will seamlessly host the preshow, the GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony, and additional show content. GRAMMY Debates with Watson will run through the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards, taking place on March 14...
IBM News, March 2nd, 2021
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IBM Cloud Satellite Enables Clients To Deliver Cloud Securely In Any Environment Including At The Edge
Lumen Technologies is a key edge compute partner to integrate IBM Cloud Satellite for 180,000 enterprise locations
IBM announced that its hybrid cloud services are now generally available in any environment -- on any cloud, on premises or at the edge -- via IBM Cloud Satellite. Lumen Technologies and IBM have integrated IBM Cloud Satellite with the Lumen edge platform to enable clients to harness hybrid cloud services in near real-time and build innovative solutions at the edge.

IBM Cloud Satellite brings a secured, unifying layer of cloud services for clients across environments, regardless of where their data resides. This is essential to help address critical data privacy and data sovereignty requirements. Industries including telecommunications, financial services, healthcare and government can now benefit from reduced latency that comes with analyzing data securely at the edge. Workloads related to online learning, remote work, telehealth services and more can now be delivered with increased efficiency and security with IBM Cloud Satellite. As workloads shift to the edge, IBM Cloud Satellite will help clients deliver low latency, while still enabling them to have the same levels of security, data privacy, interoperability and open standards found in hybrid cloud environments...

IBM News, March 1st, 2021
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Moderna And IBM Plan To Collaborate On COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Chain And Distribution Data Sharing
Initial focus on technologies aiming to bolster trust and help reduce community spread
Moderna and IBM announced their intentions to explore technologies, including artificial intelligence, blockchain and hybrid cloud, that could help support smarter COVID-19 vaccine management. Central to the effort will be a pilot of open, standardized, technology-enabled vaccine distribution approaches aimed to improve supply chain visibility and foster near real-time tracking of vaccine administration.

The aim is to identify ways technology can be used to help accelerate secure, information sharing between governments, healthcare providers, life science organizations and individuals. In so doing, Moderna and IBM seek to improve confidence in vaccine programs and increase rates of vaccination, thereby reducing community spread...

IBM News, March 4th, 2021
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IT News - CxO
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Calculating Cloud Migration Costs: What CIOs Need To Consider
As CIOs make the move to the cloud, they first must ensure they have the budget to do so. Here, we're diving into the pre-migration, migration and post-migration costs to consider
"Most CIOs are still in the process of migrating workloads from on-premises data centers into IaaS environments," notes John Burke in SearchCIO, "whether it's to get strategic and take IT out of the data center business, shift costs from capital to operating budgets, minimize risk or improve agility and scalability.

Whatever the motivation, one crucial component of the migration process is calculating cloud computing costs. More specifically, the costs of preparing for migration, the costs of cloud migration itself and the post-migration operating costs of the migrated workloads..."

SearchCIO, February 22th, 2021
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The New And Evolving Role Of The Chief Data Officer
CDO could become one of the most influential roles in the C-Suite
"More and more enterprises understand today that the most profitable asset of their business is data. That's why the newest title in the C-Suite is the CDO: Chief Data Officer," suggests Ken Grohe in techradar.pro.

"As of 2018, almost 68 percent of Fortune 1000 companies have a CDO, yet according to Gartner, 'the Chief Data Officer role is still new, untested, and amorphous'.

CDOs have a range of responsibilities including risk mitigation, governance, analytics, and value creation..."

techradar.pro, February 23rd, 2021
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XDR is coming: 5 steps CISOs should take today
Beyond threat detection and response, CISOs should think of XDR as an opportunity to modernize the SOC, automating processes, and improving staff productivity
"Here's your XDR game plan for 2021," offers Jon Oltsik in CSO Online.

"According to ESG research on The Impact of XDR in the Modern SOC, improving detection of advanced cyberthreats is the highest priority for enterprise security operations, with 83% of organizations planning to increase threat detection and response spending over the next 12 to 18 months. This is no surprise: threat detection and response is always a high priority.

Unfortunately, the data reveals something else as well..."

CSO Online, February 25th, 2021
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Can Enterprises Move Fast Without Breaking IT?
We all know that the current pandemic has greatly accelerated digital transformation, but new survey data from McKinsey starkly illustrates the true scale of change.
Anirban Chatterjee writes in eWeek, "No matter how tired people are of the term 'digital transformation,' it still represents an imperative strategy for enterprises wishing to survive in today's dynamic business environment, let alone see growth and increased market value. Companies wishing to reduce operating costs, improve their performance and increase their business velocity must transform..."
eWeek, February 22th, 2021
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How A CISO's Executive Role Has Changed
Ever since the role of the chief information security officer (CISO) was first created in 1994, the position has been treated like the pesky youngest sibling in the C-suite family
"In the office, the CISO wasn't given the same voice as the chief information officer (CIO) or other executives," writes Sue Poremba in SecurityIntelligence. "During meetings of the board of directors, the CISO often wasn't given a place at the table, and digital defense wasn't treated as highly important for the business.

Now that CISOs have greater access, directors and other C-suite members are more willing to see that their domain isn't a separate entity but needs to be part of overall business plans. So, how has this change come about? How did the CISO come to gain a seat at the table with the rest of the C-suite? And, what do they need to do in order to succeed there?..."

SecurityIntelligence, February 22th, 2021
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IT News - Storage
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No, NAND Will Not Displace Nearline HDDs in 2026
An HDD Industry Milestone and A Path to the Future
"2020 was a heck of a crazy year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, severely impacting global economies and affecting nearly all businesses. As reported in Trendfocus' CQ420 reports, consumer PC demand skyrocketed to support remote work and education, but the benefit went primarily to client SSDs as attach rates, especially in notebook PC models, climbed to the mid-80% range for the year.

Enterprise IT spend plunged in the face of uncertain economic conditions causing a drag in storage demand for traditional on-premises applications, with HDDs improving somewhat at the end of the year while SSD demand for the segment eroded sharply in 4CQ20..." - StorageNewsletter

StorageNewsletter, February 22th, 2021
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Toshiba MG09 Series SATA/SAS 3.5-Inch HDD at 18TB
9-disk (aka 'platter') helium-sealed design and FC-MAMR technology
"Toshiba Electronics Europe GmbH (TEE) has announced the MG09 Series, which comprises the company's first HDD models to feature energy-assisted magnetic recording.

The MG09 Series is based on the firm's proprietary third-gen, 9-disk helium-sealed design and incorporates game-changing Flux Control - Microwave Assisted Magnetic Recording (FC-MAMR) technology. Thanks to these advances,CMR density has been raised to 2TB per disk, thereby achieving a total capacity of 18TB..." - StorageNewsletter

StorageNewsletter, February 26th, 2021
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IT News - AI
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Artificial Intelligence (AI) And Privacy: 3 Key Security Practices
Before you implement an AI strategy, consider these techniques to help protect privacy and ensure compliance with security standards
"If you are involved in next-generation digital product engineering," writes Jiani Zhang in The Enterprisers Project, "experimenting with artificial intelligence (AI) will help you imagine new business models, revenue streams, and experiences.

But you should be wary of wild headlines about cutting-edge AI breakthroughs. For every AlphaFold that solves a 50-year-old problem about protein folding, there are dozens of less glitzy but perhaps more impactful business AI advances that are helping to make it more responsible and privacy-conscious..."

The Enterprisers Project, February 22th, 2021
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AI In Cybersecurity: Six Considerations For 2021
Heading into 2021, the future of artificial intelligence (AI) in technology and cybersecurity will only continue to evolve as more organizations adopt new and innovative techniques
"According to one recent survey, two-thirds of organizations are already using the intelligent technology for cybersecurity purposes. Using these tools allows for companies to be more prepared for the innovative attacks that cybercriminals continue to develop - also using AI technologies. For example, just last year, criminals employed AI-based software to replicate a CEO's voice to command a cash transfer of 220,000 Euros (approximately $243,000).

For businesses looking to implement more AI into their security stack in 2021, it's important to follow these six steps to ensure the effective use of AI - without compromising security anywhere else down the line..." - insideBIGDATA

insideBIGDATA, February 25th, 2021
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Top Five Artificial Intelligence Predictions For 2021
How will businesses address AI autonomy in 2021?
Vince Jeffs writes in ITProPortal, "As AI becomes more ubiquitous, it's also become more autonomous -- able to act on its own without human supervision. This demonstrates progress, but it also introduces concerns around control over AI. The AI Arms Race has driven organizations everywhere to deliver the most sophisticated algorithms around, but this can come at a price, ignoring cultural and ethical values that are critical to responsible AI. Here are five predictions on what we should expect to see in AI in 2021:..."
ITProPortal, February 25th, 2021
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To Spot Ideal AI Use Cases, Look For Trouble - And Data
To locate where AI can help companies gain efficiency, organizations should identify problem areas and the data that can power AI systems, according to AI author and entrepreneur Tom Taulli, speaking Tuesday at Laserfiche Empower 2021
Roberto Torres writes in CIODIVE, "Organizations that "start off the project saying, 'let's do something cool,'" are in "big, big trouble," said Taulli. Instead, companies need to direct their AI efforts toward solving tedious problems within critical company processes, Taulli said.

AI projects frequently fail when organizations rush to employ data scientists and invest in AI capabilities without first confirming they have access to the data that can help them improve on a specific pain point, according to Taulli..."

CIODIVE, February 23rd, 2021
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IT News - Technology
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16 Technology Winners And Losers, Post-COVID
The coronavirus crisis has shaken up business as usual, with some IT strategies and tools rising to the occasion and others in line for a rethink or tough recovery post-pandemic
"The COVID-19 pandemic has delivered a mixture of blessings and curses to the tech world," opines Peter Wayner in CIO. "Some companies such as those specializing in videoconferencing turned out to be saviors, making it possible for society to function - and occasionally thrive - while working at a distance. Others, however, like dev shops that build theatrical lighting control systems, have faced a world where demand for their services have dropped precipitously, sometimes to zero.

While it's a bit early to know which shifts in usage and IT tactics will remain permanent, we can glean which companies are thriving now and are likely to continue doing so even after the pandemic fades."

CIO, February 25th, 2021
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Forget macOS - It's Chrome OS vs. Windows For Desktop Domination
As we move to cloud-based Desktop-as-a-Service, it shouldn't come as a surprise to see Chrome OS, the original DaaS, moving past macOS as the No. 2 desktop.
"I've been saying for ages now that Google's Chrome OS would become Microsoft's Windows top competitor," writes Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols in Computerworld.

"I had the timing wrong, but my prediction that "most of us will be moving to cloud-oriented operating systems" is finally coming true. According to IDC's latest PC sales numbers, by 2020's fourth quarter, Chromebooks were outselling Macs by two-to-one.

Specifically, in the fourth quarter of last year, Windows had 76.7% of the market (it's in no danger of losing its top ranking this decade); macOS had 7.7%; and Chrome OS had 14.4%. For 2020 year-over-year compared to 2019, Windows lost 4.9 percentage points, from 85.4% to 80.5%; macOS was up 0.8 percentage points, from 6.7% to 7.5%; and Chrome OS established itself firmly in second place by jumping 4.4 points, from 6.4% to 10.8%..."

Computerworld, February 26th, 2021
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MyHeritage Now Lets You Animate Old Family Photos Using Deepfakery
AI-enabled synthetic media is being used as a tool for manipulating real emotions and capturing user data by genealogy service MyHeritage
Natasha Lomas reports in TechCrunch that "MyHeritage has just launched a new feature - called 'deep nostalgia' - that lets users upload a photo of a person (or several people) to see individual faces animated by algorithm.

The Black Mirror-style pull of seeing long-lost relatives - or famous people from another era - brought to a synthetic approximation of life, eyes swivelling, faces tilting as if they're wondering why they're stuck inside this useless digital photo frame, has led to an inexorable stream of social shares since it was unveiled yesterday at a family history conference...

TechCrunch, February 26th, 2021
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IT News - ERP
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15 Best ERP Solutions For Ecommerce
Between 2017 and 2022, the enterprise resource planning (ERP) market is expected to accumulate $47 billion in revenue
Richard Conn writes in Business 2 Community, "A compound annual growth rate of 7% is anticipated. The sector isn't just for huge global corporations. ERP solutions are a valuable tool for small, medium, and large outfits, too.

All modern organizations need structures in place to manage their operations. That applies to online businesses, bricks and mortar companies, and multinational enterprises.

For that reason, ERP has become increasingly important for ecommerce ventures. Plus, competition is fierce and operators are seeking ways to stand out from the crowd.

Moreover, the way people shop has changed. With more shoppers buying goods online, ecommerce is an expanding industry..."

Business 2 Community, February 25th, 2021
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Moving Your ERP To The Cloud? There's An Easier Way
Moving an ERP to the cloud is like walking into a room and seeing 100 buttons you could push - but 90 of those buttons may cause security problems or increased costs. What's the answer?
"Companies are increasingly moving their enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suites to the public cloud. This is because the move brings two major benefits: a new layer of security to ERP installations, and a reduction in long-term hardware purchase and maintenance costs.

In addition, cloud-based ERP systems can offer companies more flexibility, enabling them to more easily embrace DevOps for related software builds. As with other moves to the cloud, a well-implemented cloud ERP system can increase your organization's agility while reducing costs..." - CIO News

CIO News, February 24th, 2021
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IT News - BI
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BI Today vs. BITomorrow: Three Predictions For A Future Of Actionable Insights
Three predictions for a future of actionable insights
"The move towards cloud computing and analytics is creating a world in which every possible cut and aggregation of a dataset can be done automatically," notes Charles Zhu in ITProPortal.

"The problem is that while analytic engines can scale infinitely, human attention does not.

With hundreds of possible models to apply, and infinite possible insights from each, the process to go from statistical results to clear action is painful, murky, and lacking a common language for relaying insights. In the end, models with even the highest accuracy will run into a wall of objection - 'What am I supposed to do with this?..."

ITProPortal, February 25th, 2021
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24 Best Business Intelligence(BI) Tools List In 2021
BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE (BI) tools are software that collects, transforms, presents data to help decision-makers drive business growth
"BI tools ingest large amounts of structured and unstructured data from varied sources, transform it and help deduce actionable business insights from the data.

Here are the Top BI tools with its popular features and download links. The list contains both open source(free) and commercial(paid) software..."

Guru 99, February 22th, 2021
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IT News - HR
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How HR And IT Teams Can Collaborate To Support A High-Performing Distributed Workforce
HR and IT teams must work hard to create positive and frictionless employee experiences
"Without question, 2020 was the year of the remote workforce," writes Adam Harding in ITProPortal, "with many organizations forced to rethink how they work and how they deliver for their employees and customers at a moment's notice. Heroically, IT and HR teams across the globe got it done quickly and dynamically.

Over the past 12 months, a significant cultural shift has taken place across industries, one which is likely to remain in place long after the Covid-19 pandemic. This rapid transformation to distributed work meant many organizations had to give ground on employee experience and security to deliver workstyle flexibility..."

ITProPortal, February 24th, 2021
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The Hybrid Workplace Is A Reality, But The Office Is Not Dead
The flexibility to support teams cycling through in-person and remote work highlights the need for investment in cloud-based services to support the workflows of the future at scale.
"In a post-COVID world, the ability to create flexible workspaces with scalable, cloud-based technology on a large scale will not just be helpful," writes Ranjan Singh in InformationWeek, "it will be critical to a company's success in supporting the hybrid workplace as offices re-open or prepare for future infrastructure changes.

Prior to the pandemic, cloud-based technology in the enterprise was already being widely adopted for use in offloading applications to the cloud to support agility, scalability, disaster recovery, and other key operational functions within an organization..."

InformationWeek, February 26th, 2021
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IT News - PM
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10 Top Project Management Courses And Certifications For 2021
Obtain skills and certifications that demonstrate competence in the growing in-demand field of IT project management to further your career or change course
"Project management is hot," writes Steve Zurier in Whatis.com. "In fact, research by the Project Management Institute has found that employers will have to fill some 2.2 million new project-oriented roles every year through 2027. Whether it's software development projects, network infrastructure deployments, or PC and system upgrades, that's a lot of opportunity across the IT landscape for those with the right IT project management certifications and courses under their belt.

Whether you simply want to gain more control of your projects or are looking for a career change into IT-based project management, there are any number of certifications that can help you meet your goals. Many of them are offered by the PMI, and some are offered by international organizations such as the Global Association for Quality Management (GAQM). There are even some free courses that are worth checking out for those with tight budgets looking to get started in project management..."

Whatis.com, February 25th, 2021
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Leading Change: The Project Management Office (PMO)
Whether it's seizing upon a new growth opportunity, solving a current business obstacle, or implementing a companywide change, companies are never short on things to do. They do, however, often struggle to find the resources to get it all done
Engelina Jaspers writes in Business 2 Community, "Not wanting to 'staff up. or disrupt ongoing business, leaders face three choices: (1) over-burden an existing functional team, (2) hire an outside consulting firm, or (3) anoint an internal task force.

Whether you form a task force, committee, project team, working group or project management office (PMO), cross-functional teams have become popular in recent years for three primary reasons: they build a collaborative culture, improve coordination and integration, and spur innovative ideas.

In fact, organizations rely more on cross-functional teams than they did five years ago..."

Business 2 Community, February 25th, 2021
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IT News - Security
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6 Ways To Prevent Cybersecurity Burnout
Consider investing in training for new employees, offering mentoring and setting goals, automating where possible and more to help prevent cybersecurity burnout
"We're in the midst of a cybersecurity staffing crisis," opines Nabil Hannan in SearchSecurity. "Many major news outlets, such as The New York Times, have reported that unfilled jobs in the industry are expected to reach up to 3.5 million this year -- leaving existing security teams stretched thin and burnt out.

To make matters worse, attackers have increased their activity since the beginning of the pandemic and continue to take advantage of the prolonged crisis. In this new year, CISOs everywhere will need to shift their talent management practices in order to attract new candidates to the field and prevent employee burnout. How? Here are a few ideas..."

SearchSecurity, February 26th, 2021
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8 Ways Ransomware Operators Target Your Network
Security researchers explore how criminals are expanding their arsenals with new, more subtle, and more effective ransomware attack techniques
"Ransomware continues to plague IT security teams as attackers rework their campaigns to be more subtle, more effective, and much more expensive for the organizations they hit," writes Kelly Sheridan in Dark Reading.

"Security experts predict the pace of ransomware attacks will accelerate this year as operators continue to succeed in extorting ransoms. As campaigns grow more organized and targeted, and the tools they require become easier to access, the future looks ominous for defenders..."

Dark Reading, February 22th, 2021
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5 Cyber Threat Intelligence Feeds To Evaluate
Cyber threat intelligence feeds help organizations up their security game. While the 'best' feeds vary depending on a company's needs, here are five leading services to consider.
Johna Till Johnson writes in SearchSecurity, "Organizations that are successful in their cybersecurity efforts are 58% more likely to subscribe to threat intelligence feeds than their less successful peers, according to Nemertes' 2019-2020 Cloud and Cybersecurity Research Study. This result alone makes subscribing to cyber threat intelligence feeds or services one of the practices that correlates most with an organization's cybersecurity success..."
SearchSecurity, February 25th, 2021
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From Zero To Zero Trust: Five Tips To Simplify Your Journey
Let's say you're committed to implementing Zero Trust architecture. Where should you begin?
"It's a daunting task," notes Mitesh Shah in Security Boulevard, "but it's not as if you have to blaze a new trail. In fact, the trail has been paved by legions of security and IT professionals who have already succeeded in getting from point A (porous, 'hope-for-the-best' security infrastructure) to a locked-down Zero Trust implementation and the peace of mind that comes with it.

In talks with folks - customers, contractors and colleagues - who can proudly say they've been there and done that, these five steps to successful Zero Trust planning and deployment come up time and time again. While you don't need to use the Forescout platform to perform these steps, you can save considerable time getting to Zero Trust if you do..."

Security Boulevard, February 23rd, 2021
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Digital Threat Actors: Organized Criminals
Whenever there is an opportunity or a racket to run, organized criminals will naturally appear. And appear they have over the last decade
"As more people and devices become connected in the wake of the digital transformation, more opportunities to profit emerge," writes Daniel Smith in Security Boulevard.

"The sad reality is that crime always has and always will pay. In fact, financial related crime is so rampant nowadays that even Nation-State threat actors seem to be monetizing their activities by re-victimizing and extorting their targets for personal profit.

Even the old school criminals who used to hustle on the streets have evolved and learned new ways to profit online. For example, drug dealers have grown past the need to stand on a corner with the advent of encrypted phones, proxies, and darknet marketplaces. Today, dealers have reduced their exposure dramatically and can anonymously sell drugs online for cryptocurrency without fear of being on the streets or even identified by their customers. In fact, the only risk these groups now face is delivering or receiving a package in the mail. And if they want to take out their competition, you ask?..."

Security Boulevard, February 25th, 2021
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Top 100 Cybersecurity Breaches
Looking back over the past year, it's impossible not to recognize the widespread data breaches that have caused such chaos
"Secret and sensitive data of hundreds of millions of people and companies has been decrypted and exposed and then sold. Data breaches are a terrifying trend in the world of cybercrime, which shows no signs of slowing down just yet. We're looking at billions of records stolen and this trend is only getting worse. Here are the Top 100 Cybersecurity Breaches, so far:..."
Cyber Defense Magazine, February 21st, 2021
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IT News - Networks
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Five Things To Look Out For In A Good VPN
Picking the right VPN is all about deciding on the features that matter most and weighing these up against the cost of the subscription
Niels Bosch writes in Among Tech, "There are lots of different features to get your head around, and it can be a bit of a minefield for novices or self-proclaimed tech illiterate folks. The following article will aim to simplify the decision-making process by highlighting five key things to look out for when choosing your VPN..."
Among Tech, February 24th, 2021
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IT News - Careers
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IT Skills 2021: Adaptability Tops The Most-Wanted List
The challenges organizations faced in 2020 sharpened the focus on the importance of soft skills like adaptability. If you are looking for your next job opportunity, consider this advice
Bernie Gracy writes in The Enterprisers Project, "If 2020 taught us anything, it's that we don't know what the year will bring, and businesses need people with a range of skills - particularly the ability to roll with the punches. For that reason, adaptability is one of the most important skills for IT professionals in 2021.

Of course, core technology skills have always been table stakes, and these will continue to be more important than ever as companies shift to new digital models. Experience with native cloud development, serverless technology, programming with Python, React frameworks, and more will be essential. But just as important will be soft skills like communication, collaboration, and creative problem-solving..."

The Enterprisers Project, February 24th, 2021
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