David Strom

David Strom is an old hand at enterprise IT, having worked in the industry from the early days of the PC. He has developed numerous print and Web publications for IT managers and developers and runs the Dice Security Technical Community here.

Coping with Too Much Data: How Boeing, Nike and Others Did It

Having too much data to store and analyze can present problems for any organization, especially when it results in conflicting metrics. continue…

Europeans Flog Themselves with Cyber Attacks

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A massive denial of service attack hit more than 300 European public and private institutions this week, including major government agencies such as the UK’s spy agencies MI5 and MI6 and several banks. The interesting thing is that the assault wasn’t by some hacker. It was a coordinated attempt by the agencies and businesses themselves. Welcome to the latest round of defensive planning for the next real cyber war. The Cyber Europe 2012 exercise was run by the European Network… continue…

How B.I. and Data Make a More Efficient Farm

Business intelligence: it’s not just for big-city businesses anymore. continue…

How Fast Internet Pipes Choke On Full HD Video

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Just because your home or office has a fast Internet pipe doesn’t mean that you can watch full HD video content online. This is according to a new survey published in August by Wistia, a video hosting service based in San Francisco. “Almost a fifth of all video views in the U.S. are not capable of seamlessly streaming HD content. These views are spread out across the nation and affect people in many different places, including businesses large and small.… continue…

Lessons Learned From Boeing’s Data Analytics Experiments

Boeing’s adventures in data analytics and cloud computing can teach any company some valuable lessons. continue…

Software Testing’s Undervalued Role in IT Security

Matt Heusser’s report on this summer’s Conference for the Association for Software Testing (CAST) is worth a careful read. Don’t think that you as a security professional have much to do with software testing? Think again. As he says in a blog post on SmartBear’s website, “so many companies downplay the importance of software testing. Quality assurance gets little time, energy and attention until something goes wrong.” Too often security professionals just see themselves as dealing with the security issues… continue…

Email-Based Attacks Made Scary Gains in First Half

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This year’s first and second quarters saw a 56 percent increase in email-based attacks that penetrated traditional security mechanisms, the security firm FireEye says in its Advanced Persistent Threat Report, released today. During the first half of the year, the company saw continued increases of malicious infection activity and an intensified danger of email-based attacks as cybercriminals increasingly employ throw-away domains to infiltrate enterprise networks. The report is based on data from the FireEye Malware Protection Cloud, a service powered… continue…

Do You Need a Chief Data Officer?

More organizations are selecting Chief Data Officers to help wrangle internal and external data. But is a CDO good for everyone? continue…

Public Data: Where to Test Your Next Big Data App

Using unfamiliar public data can help test and perfect the algorithms underlying your app. continue…

Is It Time to Get Serious About Hyper-V?

Hyper-V has been available for some time, but it seems as if Microsoft’s finally getting serious about using it to compete against VMware. continue…