This post was written by Fran Sales, SearchCIO’s associate editor.
This week, media outlets (and all my friends and coworkers) have been abuzz with news and speculation about the so-called Heartbleed bug, an OpenSSL security flaw that has existed in as many as two-thirds of (the loooong list of) websites we use and in our consumer devices — from cable boxes and Internet routers to IT equipment and networking hardware — for almost two years.
To add insult to injury, security experts’ advice varies depending on whether you’re a consumer or an IT leader. If you’re in the latter party, they say, assume that your company’s systems have been infected, and put Internet-facing systems at the top of your priority list. But don’t throw yourself into a tizzy just yet: Check out our coverage in this week’s Searchlight and see what resources you can provide your consumers — and check out yourselves — to still your hearts over Heartbleed.
Also this week: It ain’t easy for CIOs at technology firms; is everyone really all that GaGa for Twitter’s new Facebook-esque profile pages?; a bid for one Swiss team’s solar plane to fly around the world — without fuel; and more.
Head over to SearchCIO’s Searchlight column!