From the breakout sessions to the lounges to the main stage, at this week’s Fusion CEO/CIO Symposium in Madison, Wis., privacy and cybersecurity were on nearly everyone’s mind. Recent high-profile hacks have brought some much-needed attention to the importance of securing our networked world. Top security experts, former White House CIO Theresa Payton and retired Obama Administration cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt agree the time is now for CIOs and CISOs to step up and do what needs to be done while everyone is still listening — and before it’s too late. In this week’s Searchlight, you’ll find some good examples of why this is so, along with some “lighter fare” on BYOD, IT consumers and more.
It’s a business decision. That’s all it is. Sure, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s decision to pull the plug on telecommuting touches on many other work/life issues, but the bottom line is that it was a business decision. It would be nice to think she would emerge as some kind of champion for working mothers everywhere (and hey, she still could, it’s only been a few months). But for now she’s a CEO running a flailing business, doing the sorts of things CEOs tend to do in these situations — shaking things up, popularity be damned. And in this week’s Searchlight you’ll see I’m not alone in this opinion. Also this week, the Searchlight shines upon major (and majorly cool) innovation at MIT, curious cracks in your cybersecurity armor and more.
Big tech companies like Apple and Facebook are accustomed to encouraging and fostering IT innovation among their employees and getting results. This week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight finds the leaders of some of those businesses are turning their attentions — and their coffers — to areas outside their walls that could use an innovative boost. The Life Sciences Breakthrough Prize is the collective effort of some top names in tech (Zuckerberg and Levinson, to name two) to encourage research biologists to develop cures to diseases and find answers to tough life-science questions. Why? Because they think it will help and they have the means. What a concept! Also this week, read about cyberattacks on the rise and tips on being a leader folks want to follow.
Attention, businesses that aren’t actively making use of social networking sites and tools: Go directly to obscurity, do not pass Go, do not collect market share. For you see, Monopoly game maker Hasbro has proved you you don’t have to be particularly cool or cutting edge to win over the social media masses. This week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight looks at how the company drummed up major publicity with a simple, well-executed bit of outreach to fans of its property-buying board game, and SAP’s Oliver Bussman explains why CIOs like himself ought to care. Also this week, you’ll find out how the the White House is making it easier to complain about the state of the union, why President Obama’s cybersecurity executive order is friendlier to your privacy than the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, and more.
Cruising around the Web this week, I happened upon one of those stories that you just know can’t be serious. I don’t mean that in an Onion-y way, more of a the-writer-is-doing-this-to-get-attention way. Not that there’s anything wrong with that — headlines are supposed to grab the reader. But this one just seemed too outlandish — it questioned whether bring your own device (BYOD) wasn’t already dying. I must admit it made me think. The first thing I thought was “no.” As for my other thoughts, well I’m going to employ another old media “trick” and insist that you click the Searchlight link to find out. (If you do, you’ll also find this week’s roundup includes links to interesting items on data mining, social media and more.)
Technically the public didn’t need to know about the recent information security breach at “The New York Times.” No customer information was compromised and no damage was done to affiliated entities. Yet the paper decided to do what newspapers do best and present an in-depth look at the incident in service of the common good. That’s why this week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight leads off with the piece — it offers insight into how hackers operate and reminds us to be aware that this can and does happen to businesses of all stripes. If you can get past the item about security concerns related to Facebook’s Social Graph, the Searchlight has some less stress-inducing items on the new BlackBerry phones, heartwarming uses for big data and more.
Data mining is often associated with Big Brother-esque marketing tactics: Someone out there is assessing your personal shopping habits and other bits of info in order to sell you something they think you need (or want you to). That’s why we here at SearchCIO.com Searchlight find National Day of Civic Hacking to be a refreshing idea and our favorite find in this week’s roundup. The White House has declared this day (June 1-2) a time for government agencies to make scores of information readily available, and folks are invited to have at it to help find solutions to social issues. Also this week: a reminder of why Twitter is still a social networking force you can’t afford to ignore, the true meaning of enterprise architecture and more.
We are beyond up to our figurative eyeballs in data. Digital information is everywhere and no one can honestly say they’ve figured out just what to do with it. Businesses want to harness and monetize it, some governments want to regulate it – but which information and how and when remain open ended questions. Then there are those who believe access to digital information should be unfettered, that it belongs to everyone. This week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight is in part an homage of sorts to a passionate advocate who believed in the latter and crusaded for the public’s right to access information. For that, tips on streamlining the IT organization and more follow the link.
As the folks at HowStuffWorks tweeted earlier, it seems like half the Internet is home sick today. Here at SearchCIO.com Searchlight, we’re lucky to have a very flexible work-from-home policy that allows us to be home sick and work at the same time! That means our readers still get a great roundup of the week’s lesser-known news and info, and our coworkers don’t get a great big roundup of our germs. It’s a total win-win.
And, speaking of picking up germs, what better way to do so than in a giant convention center full of strangers who’ve most likely arrived from far-flung, germy locales via germ-filled planes? While that paints a rather unpleasant picture, it’s not the (main) reason BuzzFeed’s Matt Buchanan skipped the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. To find out his paradoxical reason, plus the real draw of Vegas, the latest on our “It Girl” DCIM and more, give that link a click.
Every new year it’s the same old thing – everybody calling the next big thing. But heck, who doesn’t enjoy a little crystal ball gazing. In this week’s SearchCIO.com Searchlight we pass that ball to a variety of bloggers and experts for their 2013 technology predictions. The most “interesting” among them had to be 2013 as the year of DCIM (data center infrastructure management). What else did our diverse collection of prognosticator’s find when they peered into the future? You’ll have to click the link to find out.