Hiring the Right Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst for Your Organization


With the coming new year comes new strategies to implement, new budgets to work with, and new threats to prevent from harming your business. I’ve personally seen a shift in the past year where more organizations are moving beyond the basic understanding of what threat intelligence is and moving into a planning and implementation process to start benefitting from the value that good intel can provide.

The first step in planning to add threat intelligence into your security and risk program should really focus around the following key questions:

• What is the goal of the intel we want to have?

• Who are the key stakeholders that the intel should serve?

• What are the assets and information we are most concerned about protecting?

• What decisions and outcomes should the intel impact?

• How will results be measured?

• Are we collecting any internal intel already? If not, this is where we should start.

• Should we outsource our intel operation, build in-house or go with a hybrid approach?


Unlock the cloud’s full value: Make devops mandatory

Unlock the cloud’s full value: Make devops mandatory

Most people who are good with cloud technology are also good with devops. That’s not an accident: It’s impossible to get the full value out of cloud computing unless it’s done in the context of automated devops.

Why is automated devops so important? It’s a competitive advantage that creates faster time to market. Organizations that require weeks or month to deploy software are at a distinct disadvantage.

Is Blockchain the future of Cloud Storage?

Credit Data courtesy Marc Imhoff of NASA GSFC and Christopher Elvidge of NOAA NGDC. Image by Craig Mayhew and Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC. This image of Earth’s city lights was created with data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Operational Linescan System (OLS). Originally designed to view clouds by moonlight, the OLS is also used to map the locations of permanent lights on the Earth’s surface. The brightest areas of the Earth are the most urbanized, but not necessarily the most populated. (Compare western Europe with China and India.) Cities tend to grow along coastlines and transportation networks. Even without the underlying map, the outlines of many continents would still be visible. The United States interstate highway system appears as a lattice connecting the brighter dots of city centers. In Russia, the Trans-Siberian railroad is a thin line stretching from Moscow through the center of Asia to Vladivostok. The Nile River, from the Aswan Dam to the Mediterranean Sea, is another bright thread through an otherwise dark region. Even more than 100 years after the invention of the electric light, some regions remain thinly populated and unlit. Antarctica is entirely dark. The interior jungles of Africa and South America are mostly dark, but lights are beginning to appear there. Deserts in Africa, Arabia, Australia, Mongolia, and the United States are poorly lit as well (except along the coast), along with the boreal forests of Canada and Russia, and the great mountains of the Himalaya.

Do you remember Napster? Napster was a wildly popular song sharing peer-to-peer network before iTunes and Spotify.

Napster’s peer-to-peer or P2P software allowed millions of Internet users to share music files in a globally distributed file sharing system. Every Napster user could find the latest music from other PCs, which had installed Napster’s software.

Blockchain has within a couple of years became a revolutionary new solution to P2P computing. Some people may recognize blockchain as a technology from Bitcoin, which is the first major virtual currency. Bitcoin may be a challenge for the banking industry, but blockchain will probably change the world within next ten years more than the cloud, robotics or many other rapidly evolving technologies.

Blockchain-based computing brings us a new computing world without a middleman. Companies can build with blockchain technology vast distributed computing systems open to anyone. Trust is built-in on blockchain network. It records each transaction anonymously on distributed ledger or database. The blockchain records change in each payment, music file, medical record or other file and keeps them in chronological order forever. Neither can users alter them in secret because each transaction block must refer to preceding block to be valid.


The DevOps Engineer Is An Optical Illusion

IT pros and developers can’t be excellent at everything. Instead, embracing specialization and empowering collaboration in your organization can achieve meaningful and lasting DevOps progress.

Building a collaborative and lightning-quick DevOps organization is a complex but critical business mission today. The technology industry is filled with a host of best practices that promise to help companies achieve this objective. Some of these suggestions make a great deal of sense. But many of the recommendations lead to mediocre results, and organizations simply can’t afford to be half-good when it comes to DevOps.

I’ve been at this a good while, and, as a technology team leader, I’ve found that embracing specialization and empowering collaboration in almost any organization can achieve meaningful and lasting DevOps progress.