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Data retention policies: Feeling confused?

Recent news about New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s controversial data retention policy, which mandates that state workers’ emails be deleted after 90 days, caused a considerable media stir. Many pundits questioned whether the new policy was consistent with the broader ideal of government transparency. The news, of course, comes on the heels of the State Department “Emailgate” news concerning emails […]

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Insider threats force balance between security and access

WASHINGTON — There may be no single solution to the complex challenge of protecting against insider threats within the enterprise, but IT leaders can help their cause with prudent policies that put limits on who can access what kinds of data, and working to boost awareness of security issues throughout the organization. So argues Michael […]

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Security for the Internet of Everything: Turning the network into a giant sensor

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter’s approach. The Internet of Everything’s (IoE) promise to create a more connected and transformed world comes closer to reality on a daily basis. Cisco predicts that 50 billion devices will be connected by the […]

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Amazon and Microsoft will tell us a lot about the cloud’s size

When (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) report quarterly results on Thursday, an awful lot of attention will be paid to Amazon’s segment breakout. For the first time, the online retailer will disclose the segment results for its Amazon Web Services, aka AWS, Amazon’s cloud computing business. Don’t be surprised if the business generates several billion […]


Coming soon: The app store for virtualization

The constant push to increase productivity and profit has historically led commercial enterprises to drive some of our world’s most significant technology advances. It was the enterprise push for further development of desktop computer processing that changed the personal computer from a hobbyist activity to a mission-critical tool. Commercial organizations deployed fiber for dedicated computer […]


How big data is changing healthcare

If you want to find out how Big Data is helping to make the world a better place, there’s no better example than the uses being found for it in healthcare. The last decade has seen huge advances in the amount of data we routinely generate and collect in pretty much everything we do, as […]

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Does big data belong up there or down here?

The buzz this week about big data centered on the idea of whether it should be in the cloud or not. Notwithstanding the idea that extremism in technology (all data will be in the cloud, every app will be mobile) is as flawed a notion as extremism in politics, there were arguments on both sides. […]


CIO transforms FedEx into a cloud centric enterprise

Rob Carter is on the short list of the finest CIOs in history anywhere. I have profiled his accomplishments in an interview published roughly one year ago. A few months ago, Carter spoke at the Forbes CIO conference with his CEO, FedEx founder Fred Smith.  First, it was readily apparent how much Smith values Carter’s opinion, […]