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When to hire--and forgive--a CISO

A growing awareness of cyber threats has many organizations adding the role of chief security officer or chief information security officer. Bob West shares his thoughts on when you need one, and what you should hold them accountable for.

News Scan: Female IT execs earn $25,000 less than male counterparts; Utility IT leaders report no sense of cyber security; more

The top news stories for July 22, 2014.

Microsoft: Ditch password managers and strong passwords

Rather than trying to use unique, complex passwords for every single Web service or computer system, a paper from Microsoft suggests you use simple password for sites and services that don't provide access to sensitive or valuable data.

Bon appetit: Restaurants can document who you're dining with

Restaurant chains tout them as a customer convenience that you can use to order your food, pay your tab, and even buy games to keep your kids occupied at the table. But there's one more thing those tablets can be used for that you should be mindful of--they can collect data on your visit from pictures or videos of who you sat down at the table with to what you ate and drank to who paid the bill.

Announcing my new book Data Divination: Big Data Strategies

Data Divination: Big Data Strategies was written to focus entirely on strategy from how to accurately calculate ROI, present a winning business case and empower your workforce from the CEO down, to developing overall and project-specific strategies that actually work.

Google finally addresses battery-eating bug in Chrome

Google has finally responded to a bug in Chrome for Windows that has been quietly zapping up the battery life of some laptops for years.

How serious is the newly reported Active Directory design loophole?

A design flaw in Active Directory that could potentially be used to compromise enterprise systems has been uncovered, says cybersecurity firm Aorato.

Just one year left for an estimated 15M Windows Server 2003 deployments

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 will cease to be supported by Microsoft as of July 14, 2014--less than a year from today.    

GCHQ leak reveals digital hacking tools spies can access

A document--which appears to list a large number of cyber tools developed by the GCHQ--offers a glimpse of the digital arsenal that spies have at their disposal.

Oracle releases 113 security patches across 14 products

Oracle has released a major Critical Patch Update this week, consisting of over a total of 113 security patches spread over 14 different products.