My view is that whether IT is a strategic investment or a utility cost depends on what the company needs information technology to do. If information technology is a key element of the firm’s product, service, operations or strategy, then IT should be viewed as a strategic investment. Wal-mart, which uses information technology to drive …

IT: Strategic investment or cost of doing business?Read More »

With increasing frequency Internet-based attacks are targeting specific applications. The need for security in application development has been discussed/debated for years, and as a result a new breed of security vendors was born (Veracode, Core Security, etc.). to combat these activities. But how is the academic world responding to this need? I am a firm believer that …

Secure Coding and AcademiaRead More »

Year 2009 holds promise…Barack Obama has taken office and he supports spending billions of dollars to increase the use of technology in the medical records (and other) areas; Green IT is getting bigger, expanding beyond desktops and monitors into data centers; virtualization promises to significantly reduce the physical number of systems we need; and so on. But all is …

Security Forecast – 2009Read More »

It is with interest that I read the recommendations for dealing with the latest, albeit critical, vulnerability in Internet Explorer–change to a different browser like Firefox, Safari, Chrome, anything other than IE. While I don’t dispute the criticality of the vulnerability, what I do question is the expectation that large organizations, including federal agencies, are going to …

Internet Explorer Vulnerability Response: Change Browsers?Read More »

Recently I was asked by a manager of a local mid-sized company what I thought the benefits were for a business to pursue Green Information Technology.  After all, it does cost a lot of money to buy new software and equipment. This got me thinking about just how much we don’t understand the impact of “going green.” So what, …

The Benefits of Green Information Technology SolutionsRead More »

A by-product of almost every transaction made by people today is personal data being stored electronically somewhere – usually in several different places such as a retail outlet, bank and credit card companies. According to the Federal Trade Commission, in a 2006 Identity Theft Report by Synovate, during 2005 8.3 million American citizens were victims of …

Are We Ready for a National Data Protection Law?Read More »