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January 19, 2017  4:39 PM

Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)

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Cloud Security

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is a nonprofit organization that promotes research into best practices for securing cloud computing and the ability of cloud technologies to secure other forms of computing. The industry group also provides security education and guidance to companies implementing cloud computing and helps vendors address security in their software delivery models. CSA membership is open to any interested parties with expertise to contribute to the security of cloud computing.

The CSA leads a number of ongoing research initiatives through which it provides white papers, tools and reports to help companies and vendors secure cloud computing services. The CSA GRC Stack, for example, provides a toolkit for assessing private and public clouds against industry-established security best practices. The CloudAudit project seeks to simplify the process of gathering audit data by creating a standard way for cloud providers to communicate how they address security, governance and compliance.

The CSA Security, Trust & Assurance Registry (STAR) program for security assurance in the cloud seeks to reduce or eliminate the per-relationship cost for the provider and customer and increase the consistency of evaluations from assessor to assessor. The basic premise of STAR is that a service provider can voluntarily undertake an objective assessment of its own environment, publish it to a registry and allow the results to be viewed by existing, new, and potential customers. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Cloud customers can be tempted to ignore isolation attacks. This is problematic in the face of a situation like Flip Feng Shui.” – Ed Moyle

Learning Center
How the Flip Feng Shui technique undermines cloud security
Flip Feng Shui leverages Rowhammer and memory deduplication to exploit hypervisors. Here’s what enterprises need to know about it.

CSA cloud metrics validate perceptions on cloud computing risk
Cloud Security Alliance recently released a study revealing in-depth data on cloud adoption and influences. The CSA cloud market maturity study also examined cloud business risk.

Can the Cloud Security Alliance help with comparing cloud providers?
Cloud security expert Dan Sullivan explains how the Cloud Security Alliance’s Privacy Level Agreement for Europe v2 can help U.S. companies with comparing cloud providers.

An introduction to cloud computing security certifications
SearchCloudSecurity’s guide to cloud computing security certifications looks at the top vendor-specific and vendor-neutral cloud security certifications.

CSA Guide to Cloud Computing
In this excerpt of CSA Guide to Cloud Computing, authors Rai Samani, Brian Honan and Jim Reavis review cloud security threats based on research by the CSA’s Top Threats Working Group.

Trending Terms
Trusted Cloud Initiative
software-defined perimeter
CloudTrust Protocol
Cloud Controls Matrix

Writing for Business
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) has worked with European officials to support implementation of the ______ privacy laws and regulations.
A. Unions’
B. Union’s

January 17, 2017  7:39 PM


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ChatOps, Slack

Slack software is cloud-based collaboration software. Originally founded in 2009 as a chat tool for a now-defunct gaming technology, Slack has gained currency among enterprises and is broadening into a collaboration platform with capabilities beyond just messaging. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“As Google continues to regroup after Google+ proved unsuccessful as a general-purpose collaboration environment, it too may find Slack an attractive acquisition candidate.” – Peter O’Kelly

Learning Center
Slack courts developers in team collaboration tools race
Slack is boosting its competitive edge in the team collaboration tools space by offering money to developers who build Slack-first integrated applications.

Team chat apps: Please talk amongst yourselves
Team chat apps such as Slack and Cisco Spark can play an important role in providing a sense of cohesion within organizations.

Slack kicks up dust in collaboration software tool market
Today, Slack is largely an alternative to email and instant messenger. But integrations with Box and other services show a collaboration software tool strategy on the horizon.

Slack vs. Microsoft Teams: Which is best for enterprise collaboration?
Both Slack and Microsoft Teams are trying to gain the upper hand among workers as the leading enterprise collaboration platform.

Why Slack collaboration catches on where others can’t
The Slack collaboration tool features fit many business users’ work processes and integrates with other apps.

Trending Terms
collaboration platform
enterprise collaboration
Microsoft Teams

Writing for Business
Management chose Slack to encourage communication ________ the company’s marketing team and its sales team.
A. between
B. among

January 16, 2017  9:44 PM

predictive analytics

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Deep learning, Predictive Analytics, predictive modeling

Predictive analytics is a form of advanced analytics that uses both new and historical data to forecast future activity, behavior and trends. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The 2016 U.S. presidential election shined a light on the imperfections of predictive models, and their failure to predict its outcome will have an impact on enterprises in 2017.” – Dan Magestro

Learning Center
International Institute for Analytics’ five analytics predictions
The International Institute for Analytics offers up five analytics predictions for 2017.

Predictive analytics in healthcare helps manage high-risk patients
Advanced Plan for Health uses predictive analytics in healthcare to help keep populations healthy as well as help organizations reduce costs.

The trouble with predictive analytics tools
Predictive analytics tools are hailed as the way to increase sales and reduce operational costs. But first, you need to understand what the data indicates.

Don’t let a data-driven approach ax judgment from analytics equation
A data-driven approach to analytics isn’t foolproof. Data scientists and business users have a role to play in assessing the results of analytical models.

Events of 2016 put strain on predictive analytics algorithms
As the world becomes a less predictable place, businesses need to rethink how they implement predictive analytics algorithms in their operations.

Trending Terms
deep learning
prescriptive analytics
predictive personalization
descriptive analytics
predictive modeling
decision tree

Writing for Business
Neither of the content analytics applications _____ backwards compatible.
A. is
B. are

January 12, 2017  9:23 PM

snackable content

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Content Management, Enterprise content management

Snackable content is website content that is designed to be easy for readers to consume and to share.  Continue…

Quote of the Day

“Snackable content is bite-sized, immediately accessible and tuned to your current contexts.” – Geoffrey Bock

Learning Center
Five snackable content ingredients that add flavor to UX
Mobile users need bite-sized content that’s immediately accessible and contextually relevant. Find out how to develop this snackable content.

Content is still king in social media strategy
For media companies like ESPN and Turner Sports, social media strategy is all about placing content front and center, not sending out vapid tweets.

Enterprise content management trends
Technology trends like mobility could disrupt the ECM software market. Check out the 2014 enterprise content management trends that are poised to be game changers.

How can mobile strategy create better digital experiences?
Mobile Web experiences are shifting from a publishing environment to delivery of interactive digital experiences, making information architecture key to mobile strategy.

Is the Drupal content management system right for your business?
The Drupal content management system is open source software that provides users of all skill levels with tools for content development and organization.

Trending Terms
native advertising
gated content/ungated content
intelligent content
dot com disclosures
content generation software
structured content

Writing for Business
Snackable content, _____ Twitter posts, infographics and video clips, can be consumed quickly.
A. i.e.
B. e.g.

January 11, 2017  8:06 PM

exploit kit

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malware, Threat actor

An exploit kit is a programming tool that allows someone who does not have any experience writing software code to create, customize and distribute malware. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Exploit kits make the job of an attacker much easier but can be defended against easily by understanding the vulnerabilities and software they most often target.” – Michael Heller

Learning Center
Five tips for preventing a hospital ransomware attack
Cyberattacks against healthcare organizations are projected to increase in 2017, but these five tips can help IT prevent a hospital ransomware attack.

Exploit kit delivered via malvertising targets unpatched systems
The Stegano exploit kit is now being delivered in a malvertising campaign and has been targeting unpatched systems.

Crypto ransomware lurks in ads on popular websites
Security researchers warn that the major ransomware malvertising campaign that hit popular websites at the weekend may not be over yet.

Exploit kits evolved: How to defend against the latest attack toolkits
How are the biggest automated exploit kits evolving and what can enterprises do to defend against the latest methods employed by these attack toolkits? Expert Nick Lewis discusses.

How to track and prevent crimeware attacks
Preventing crimeware is imperative, especially as attacks are financially motivated. Enterprises need to look at the incidents and launch a formal investigation to prevent crimeware attacks.

Related Terms
threat actor
drive-by download
attack vector

Related Tags
Malware, viruses, trojans and spyware
Hacker tools and techniques, underground sites and hacking groups

January 10, 2017  10:32 PM


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Artificial intelligence, Deep learning, Machine learning

Mechatronics is a branch of engineering that focuses on designing, manufacturing and maintaining products that have both mechanical and electronic components. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“In the past we referenced this collection of [engineering] disciplines as systems engineering, but the term mechatronics is capturing more traction now.” – Jim Devaprasad

Learning Center
3D technologies promise new age of smart, ‘augmented’ product design
Read why some experts say the 3D technologies of 3D scanning, imaging, modeling and printing will transform how products are designed and manufactured

Artificial intelligence implementation: Getting past barriers
Learn about the obstacles to artificial intelligence implementation and how to convince the C-suite to invest in the technology.

Tom Davenport: Getting started on enterprise AI
Enterprise AI is coming to an IT department near you. In this Q&A, Tom Davenport talks about how CIOs can prepare.

Embedded systems and SOA: Strange bedfellows get closer as systems of systems
As the world becomes more computerized, embedded systems and enterprise systems are becoming intermixed.

Manage vendor access for industrial control systems security
Does your company have explicit rules and expectations for vendors to follow when they connect to your industrial control system?

Related Terms
mechanical engineering software
machine learning
machine vision
embedded system
systems thinking

Related Tags
IoT APIs, applications and software
Enterprise artificial intelligence

January 9, 2017  9:21 PM

unit testing

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Automated Testing, Continuous delivery, Unit testing

Unit testing is a software development process in which the smallest testable parts of an application, called units, are individually and independently scrutinized for proper operation. Unit testing can be done manually but is often automated. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The number of combinations one has to test for even the most trivial of programs can be staggering. A pair of nested for loops, for example, can have unique test cases that number in the millions.” – Matt Heusser

Learning Center
Exploring the three major categories of application testing tools
Automation, code coverage, support and bug tracking are the four major categories of application testing tools. Learn about each and how they can help your organization.

DevOps quiz: What IT admins need to know
Considering more DevOps training? Take this DevOps quiz to test how knowledgeable you are about the essential tools and concepts.

What application testing tools does your enterprise need?
Automation, bug tracking and coverage are types of application testing tools that can aid an enterprise in testing efficiencies. These use cases also help determine that need.

A complete beginner’s guide to DevOps best practices
New to DevOps? Expert Matthew Heusser offers an inside look at proven DevOps best practices including what not to do when getting started.

How do we make testing in DevOps happen correctly?
Testing in DevOps has to work, but it’s tricky and not enough attention is being paid to it. Expert Gerie Owen highlights the challenges.

Related Terms
test-driven development
integration testing
Extreme Programming
continuous delivery
automated software testing
walking skeleton

Related Tags
Software testing and QA fundamentals
Software deployment management

January 6, 2017  11:16 PM

two-factor authentication (2FA)

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2FA, Authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a security process in which the user provides two authentication factors to verify they are who they say they are. 2FA can be contrasted with single-factor authentication (SFA), a security process in which the user provides only one factor — typically a password. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Two-factor authentication may not be perfect, but nothing is with security, and it is certainly more secure than any single-form factor method, including biometrics.” – Craig Mathias

Learning Center
How can two-factor authentication systems be used effectively?
SMS is no longer considered secure for use in two-factor authentication systems. Find out what true two-factor authentication is and how to implement it.

What’s the difference between two-step verification and 2FA?
Two-step verification and two-factor authentication are often confused with one another. Find out if there are any real differences between the two.

Why mobile two-factor authentication is better than biometrics
By adding a second criterion to device access, mobile two-factor authentication makes it much more difficult for hackers to access users’ devices.

Take control of virtual desktop access with two-factor authentication
To grant users virtual desktop access, VDI shops need more than passwords. Two-factor authentication can prevent unwanted access to virtual desktops.

Related Terms
authentication factor
multifactor token
single-factor authentication
multifactor authentication
knowledge factor

Related Tags
Two-factor and multifactor authentication strategies
Web authentication and access control

January 5, 2017  6:26 PM

Puppet (Puppet Labs)

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Configuration management, Puppet, Puppet Labs

Puppet is an open source systems management tool for centralizing and automating configuration management. Configuration management is the detailed recording and updating of information that describes an enterprise’s hardware and software. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“As Puppet is seen as a relatively easy tool to learn, it can be used by and benefit organizations of all sizes.” – Clive Longbottom

Learning Center
Look inside an advanced Puppet tutorial
This Puppet tutorial, ‘Extending Puppet’, helps sys admins use the configuration management tool to manage and customize IT infrastructures.

Puppet configuration management tool enables DevOps culture
The Puppet configuration management tool is giving development and production IT at one company ways to work together and move faster.

Why you need and how to use IT configuration management
IT configuration management is critical for organizations today. With rapid change being the new norm, learn how this process can benefit your organization.

Select the best configuration management tools for your company
Configuration management tools are essential for monitoring a modern IT infrastructure. Learn what CM offerings will suit your company best.

Puppet automation shows value in enterprise container management
Puppet automation isn’t just relevant in an enterprise container management environment, it’s essential, argue industry experts.

Related Terms
configuration management
policy-based management

Related Tags
Configuration management and DevOps
Real-time performance monitoring and management

January 4, 2017  8:44 PM

channel partner

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Channel partners, OEM, VARs

A channel partner is a person or organization that provides services or sells products on behalf of a software or hardware vendor. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Looking ahead, partners should focus on four generic technology areas that go ‘hand in hand’ — cloud computing, mobility, security and collaboration.” – Anurag Agrawal

Learning Center
The Trump economy: IT channel weighs business opportunities for 2017
The 2017 Trump economy: IT channel experts consider the impact of changes to taxes, regulations, offshore outsourcing, Brexit and more.

Quiz: The latest on IT channel partner programs
IT channel partner programs, cloud computing trends and emerging technology take center stage in this month’s news quiz.

Channel business model: Transition time for IT partners
Channel business model makeover: Partner firms may need to shake up their approach to the market in order to remain viable over the long haul.

Cloud distributor model makes channel partner inroads
Cloud distributor firms are finding business among channel partner companies that need help breaking into the cloud services market.

IT RFP: How to influence the bid as a channel partner
IT RFP doesn’t have to spell disaster. Channel partners can work to influence bids early on to improve their chances of winning the deal.

Related Terms
management service provider
lead generation
request for proposal

Related Tags
Technology vendors/OEMs
Channel business management strategies

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