PARIS ATTACKS: Digital Forensics Critical to the Case, Experts Say. French authorities continue to investigate the Jan. 7 attack in Paris that claimed the lives of a dozen, including journalists and police officers. As they do so, experts with digital forensics and other information security skills will be crucial for continuing to advance the investigation, says Tim Ryan, a former FBI special agent and supervisor who oversaw the bureau’s largest cybersquad. Read more

INCIDENT RESPONSE: Why Digital Forensics In Incident Response Matters More Now. By understanding what happened, when, how, and why, security teams can prevent similar breaches from occurring in the future. Find out more

VULNERABILITIES: Surely, Cybersecurity Must Have Your Attention Now. The question is, why are we still so vulnerable, and why is the industry not banding together to solve this once and for all? Security matters to everyone from governments to finance to private sector companies of all sorts. Nobody wants to be the next JP Morgan, Home Depot or Sony. Yet everybody seems equally vulnerable. That’s why we must work together and put the best minds to bear on the problem to figure this out. The trouble is these are dreadfully difficult problems or we would have solved them by now. Find out more

OPTIMISM: An Optimistic Lens on Cybersecurity. Fortunately, there are many signs that the world is getting better from an informational standpoint. Not only is there Big Data, but also much more interest in and availability of external data, more focus on information that provides context, and more desire for predictive analysis. Being broader in our information focus, trying to turn data into insight, and anticipating events rather than simply responding to them—all these orientations are making both companies and the world at large better places to work and live. Find out more


PROJECT MANAGEMENT:Realizing the value of project management. Government entities, perhaps unfairly, have a reputation of lagging behind their civilian counterparts in understanding the value of formalized project and program management practices. But many federal programs have actually achieved considerable success, and a number of government entities not traditionally associated with a perceived need or demand for project and program management capacity are realizing exceptional value from organizational project management (OPM) practices. Read more

MORE PROJECT MANAGEMENT: How to Align Projects Management With Your Business Strategy. With escalating global competition and complex operating environments, C-level executives will increasingly need to call on their project management offices to ensure all activities align with the overall strategic vision of the business. Read more

TECH SUPPORT: Who Provides Tech Support for the Internet of Things? The Internet of Things (IoT) is a funny phenomenon. While the phrase connotes “interconnectedness,” the truth is that these new gadgets, applications, interfaces, and systems aren’t nearly as interconnected as we expect them to be. Read more


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