June 2, 2021

BrandPost: IT Services Should Save You Time … Not Take Up More of It

What would you do with one more hour in your workday?The possibilities seem endless. You could finally take that online course to hone a new skill. Or dig into that not-so-urgent project that has lingered too long on your to-do list. Maybe you would take the time to ponder new approaches to problem-solving or creative planning that you never have time to consider.I’d choose … all of the above. Wouldn’t you?But why even bother thinking about what you’d do with extra time when you NEVER have extra time. There are fires to be extinguished, projects that face sudden roadblocks, clunky time-consuming processes, and I-need-that-now demands from leaders that disrupt your well-ordered (or so you thought) days.To read this article in full, please click here

NASA is ending its 30-year Venus drought with two new missions

The last time NASA launched a dedicated mission to Venus was in 1989. The Magellan orbiter spent four years studying Venus before it was allowed to crash into the planet’s surface. For almost 30 years, NASA has given Venus the cold shoulder.  All of that is about to change with a double feature. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson announced Wednesday that the agency has selected two new missions to explore Venus: DAVINCI+ and VERITAS. In the words of planetary scientist Paul Byrne from North Carolina State University, “we have gone from a drought to a banquet.” It’s honestly a bit hard to understand why NASA has not been more bullish about going to back to Venus in such a long time. It’s true that Venus has always been a tough bugger to explore due to its hostile environment. The surface boasts temperatures of up to 471°C (hot enough to melt lead) and ambient pressures 89 times greater than those on Earth. The atmosphere is 96% carbon dioxide. And the planet is covered in thick clouds of sulfuric acid. When the Soviet Union landed the Venera 13 probe on the planet in 1982, it only lasted 127 minutes before it was destroyed. And yet, we know that conditions there weren’t always so harsh! Venus and Earth are known to have started as similar worlds with similar masses, and both reside in the habitable zone of the sun (the region where it’s possible for liquid water to exist on a planet’s surface).

Podcast: CIO Leadership Live with Alan Cullop, SVP & CIO, DaVita

Alan Cullop, SVP & CIO at DaVita, joins Maryfran Johnson for this CIO Leadership Live interview, which is jointly produced by CIO.com and the CIO Executive Council. They discuss AI in telemedicine, return-to-office strategies and more. This episode is sponsored by Cisco. Discover more at newsroom.cisco.com. To read this article in full, please click here

As cybersecurity evolves, so should your board

But how many directors get lost in the technicalities of technology? The challenge for a chief information security officer (CISO) is talking to the board of directors in a way they can understand and support the company. It’s drilled into the heads of board directors and the C-suite by scary data-breach headlines, lawyers, lawsuits, and risk managers: cybersecurity is high-risk. It’s got to be on the list of a company’s top priorities. Niall Browne, senior vice president and chief information security officer at Palo Alto Networks, says that you can look at the CISO-board discussion as being a classic sales pitch: successful CISOs will know how to close the deal just like the best salespeople do. “That’s what makes a really good salesperson: the person that has the pitch to close” he says. “They have the ability to close the deal. So they ask for something.” “For ages,” Browne says, CISOs have had two big problems with boards. First, they haven’t been able speak the same language so that the board could understand what the issues were. The second problem: “There was no ask.” You can go in front of a board and give your presentation, and the directors can look like they’re in agreement, nodding or shaking their heads, and you can think to yourself, “Job done. They’re updated.” But that doesn’t necessarily mean that the business’s security posture is any better. That’s why it’s important for CISOs to raise the board’s understanding to the level

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