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?
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.
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.
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.