Where does security sit?

How old is the IT security industry?

According to Bob Tarzey on Computer Weekly (http://bit.ly/1UjI3Zd) it’s 25 years. “Of course, there has been a need for IT security for longer than this, but the release of HTML and the birth of the web in 1991, which saw widespread internet use take-off, was a game changer.”

That’s a good point. When the web was created in 1991 it marked the start of the golden age of IT communication and so, I suppose, the need to secure our systems.

RFID, NFC, IoT, AI – it’s an acronym roadshow

I was talking to a colleague recently about the number of different ways there are to finance major business purchases – multi-million dollar plant and equipment, that sort of thing.

It’s the high value bit that is the key. Businesses need to invest in the equipment in order to meet market opportunities, but rarely have they the reserves to pay for these items outright. Using a variety of credit, loan and contract schemes, these major purchases can be made, and offset against the extra revenues – and profit – they will generate.

Sugar lumps and helium

These are interesting times, as they say, in the world of data storage.

Many expect the all-flash data centre to become the norm very soon, with the old spinning disks consigned to the IT museum. The manufacturers are fighting back with helium-filled HDDs, which allow for faster data recall and capacity (as more disks can be used in each casing) and (as there is less friction), lower energy costs.

Then there is the tiny optical disc being pioneered by the University of Southampton, as mentioned on the Mission Critical Systems Forum at this post at http://bit.ly/1WXIMRL. About the size of a button, these discs can store 360TB of data for, well, forever.

Big issues and beacons

I’m looking forward to reading replies to a debate recently posted on the Mission Critical Systems Forum at http://bit.ly/26wGTzN: ‘What is the biggest issue that will occupy CIOs and CTOs in the coming six months?’

Will there be any consensus? Is there one big challenge – security, staff shortages, legacy kit, data storage, mobility? Or will it differ from sector to sector?

Whatever the replies, they will hopefully each spawn a whole new debating thread on the forum.

There is already a plethora of subjects up for discussion. Here’s taster of some of the recent additions: ‘Is your disaster recovery plan fit for purpose?’ at http://bit.ly/1WsteoC

Game changing technology – are you ready for the AI/ VR/ chatbot revolution?

I remember the first time I saw email. It was in an IBM office back in the late 1980s. It was green screen, and very basic, but still incredibly futuristic and impressive.

The first website I saw, in the mid-1990s, was not nearly as impressive. By then a dedicated emailer, I thought the Courier typeface on offer was a tad basic-looking. If only I’d realised the impact the web was about to have.

Then I recall the first time I came across Web 2.0. Remember that – in the mid-2000s? That was revolutionary in that it was the beginnings of the interactive internet – user generated content – which spawned the whole era of social media and, to a degree, the mobile revolution.