In a decision issued March 14, Judge Susan Illston ruled that NSLs are unconstitutional, and she ordered the FBI to cease issuing the letters and stop enforcing the gag orders that accompany them.
The IT agenda this year centers on reducing complexity, improving analytics and putting IT's strategic contribution front and center, the research found. The aim is to show that IT is not only the bedrock of the organization, but also a vehicle for enabling new ways to generate revenue.
Distractions that reduce productivity and creativity should be eliminated from the work environment, but it's important to recognize that they can come in all shapes and sizes. For some people, they could be in the form of the TV set, unattended children or the beckoning of the refrigerator. For others, they could be in the form of the prattle of office gossip, the drone of fluorescent lights overhead or sitting in traffic two hours a day.
Last week in this space I questioned the need for greater government intrusion into private computer networks in the name of cybersecurity, when so little seems to be taking place to fix one of the biggest security culprits: insecure software. This week, I am pleasantly surprised to report on an important first step the government has taken to address that very culprit.
Last week was a banner week for cybersecurity policy in Washington. After years of incessant talk in the capital, there appears to be some momentum toward defending the nation's computer systems and networks, but unfortunately it's not all heading in the right direction.
No longer aiming to satisfy the quarterly earnings demands of Wall Street, Dell appears to be aiming sharply at satisfying the enterprise. Having shed one set of pressures, it will have to navigate a new set very carefully.
Super Bowl XLVII was notable for a number of firsts, including the first time two brothers coached the opposing teams and the first time the game was delayed because of a power outage in the stadium. The game also marked a number of firsts in the technology realm worth noting.
With the celebration of President Barack Obama's second inauguration, the election season is definitively behind us, along with the high-pitched anti-offshoring rhetoric that tends to accompany presidential campaigns. This does not mean that it's back to outsourcing as usual, though. For a variety of reasons that have nothing to do with politics, companies are pursuing new sourcing models to meet needs that go well beyond cost-cutting.
For many companies even today, information security investments are driven largely by compliance demands rather than by business strategy. However, three industries may be leading the way in changing that dynamic.