Posted by: Wendy Schuchart
CIO, data center cooling, data security, IT/business alignment
We’ve scoured the Web and compiled a crib sheet for the best and most interesting tidbits from around the IT blogosphere last week, including must-know information on Dropbox security, Android’s encryption woes and executive strategies being compromised by fear-based decisions. Here’s what you might have missed:
- Your gut instinct in business might be misleading, suggests Tony Schwartz, CEO of The Energy Project. He suggests that our inherent flight-or-fight response is causing us to make poor decisions, similar to those that led to the recession. Entirely interesting points to consider the next time your CFO asks you to justify a huge purchase.
- Your data center is cold enough to keep ice cream from melting, but data center airflow issues can mean the premature death of your pricey racks and lead to wasted energy, Rajesh Nair, CTO of Degree Controls, writes.
- Your employees like to take matters into their own hands, so a breach in Dropbox security can mean disaster on your network. A new suit to the FTC alleges that Dropbox security might not be all that is promised. Ouch.
- Speaking of data security, it turns out that 99% of Android phones have a huge data vulnerability that can give hackers access to your passwords but never fear! Google was extremely quick to issue a credentials patch, and here’s how to encrypt your Android data with just a rooted Android phone, an SSH server and an SSH tunnel. We promise that it’s not as difficult as it sounds.
- A recent study found that when an Apple devotee is shown the Apple logo, the same part of the brain lights up as when religious people are shown religious imagery. Every CIO admits that Steve Jobs is something of a mastermind, and his recent advice to Nike CEO Mike Parker is brilliant in its simplicity. The key to Apple’s success, according to Jobs, is “get rid of the crappy stuff.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.