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12 bad habits that slow IT to a crawl

12 bad habits that slow IT to a crawl

It seems like the more that we learn, the more we realize that the most effective key to security, productivity and practice in this world of “Modern IT” that we live in comes down to training, process and procedure. Again, we see here that the reasons that your IT department is too slow boils down to the way that the people either manage themselves or are being managed by their superiors.

Take a look at the list of bottlenecks in this great article from CIO.com and let us know if you see any of these issues applying to you and your department.

It’s time to face a cold, hard fact: Your IT department is too slow. It’s the result of good intentions gone bad, but in business, intentions don’t matter. When is IT too slow? Whenever any part of the business has to wait for IT to deliver the goods, that’s when. The magic buzz phrase these days may be “time to value,” but the true guiding principle is “ahead of your competitors.” If IT keeps that from happening, you can bet your organization’s business executives have lost patience with you. [ Beware the 12 ‘best practices’ IT should avoid at all costs while heeding the 9 forces shaping the future of IT work . | Get an inside look at 10 real-world digital transformations . | Get the latest insights by signing up for our CIO daily newsletter . ] Want to speed up your IT department? Start by getting rid of what slows it down — in a word, its bottlenecks. Here are a dozen places to start your search. Ignore at your peril. IT bottleneck No. 1: Governance Committees are the old governance. As governance sets the pace for everything IT does, and committees slow down everything they […]

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IoT security for healthcare is in critical condition

IoT security for healthcare is in critical condition

It seems like collectively as an industry, we’ve determined medical and healthcare information as one of the most important segments of data to protect, and rightfully so. As medical IoT starts to become more and more standard, now we’re not only protecting people’s personal data, we’re now responsible for protecting their actual health and, in some cases, their lives. Is that something that network security managers are ready to take on?

IoT security is a headache, a mess and several other flavors of annoying for any enterprise, but in healthcare, it can be literally life and death. Compromising any connected device has two main consequences – one is to enlist devices into a botnet, like the security camera-capturing Mirai, and the other is to offer a passage deeper into any infrastructure the device is connected to. +ALSO ON NETWORK WORLD: What is IoT? + Bluetooth Mesh takes aim at enterprise IoT, but hasn’t taken flight But medical IoT poses additional security risks. For one thing, connected records systems and anything that contains personal information are attractive targets for identity thieves – your Social Security number is all over your medical records. Compromising a medical IoT device and pivoting to other targets on the network could result in a breach of these records, researchers have found . Under certain circumstances, an attacker could exercise direct control over medical equipment , with potentially fatal consequences – witness the infamous hacked insulin pump, which first made headlines all the way back in 2011. The key difference between traditional security and IoT security is visibility, according to Xu Zou, CEO and co-founder at IoT […]

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4 Signs Your IT Strategy is Off Track

4 Signs Your IT Strategy is Off Track

Your IT strategy can be a fickle beast if it’s not planned and managed correctly. The plans are typically crafted pretty well but, as the best laid plans do, they often go awry – and you my not even realize it. Here’s a good article on four things to look for to find out if your strategy has gone off the rails and needs to be reigned in.

Whether the cause is immature technology, outdated processes and skills, or a shift in corporate mindset, IT projects can go wrong at midstream. Having an IT strategy that is fully aligned with business goals is a differentiator that can lead to competitive advantages. Unfortunately, as those of you who have been involved in IT road mapping understand, it is too easy to get off track. The difficult part, is trying to identify exactly what sent you down the wrong path so it can be corrected. When an IT project initially kicks off, there is a clear path to reach the technical goal — and an even clearer vision on how the technology will positively impact the business. Yet somewhere along the line, things go awry and you end up with a technology that no longer aligns with the business. Today, we’re going to look at four potential signs showing where your strategy went off the tracks while chasing some of the latest technology trends. If, by chance, you read this and can relate to one or more scenarios, it may be a sign that it’s time to reassess and rework projects so they properly align with business goals. 1. […]

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