Motivations towards Shadow IT

A logical place to understand the problems posed by shadow IT is to understand why the practice exists in the first place. One must know the users’ needs and motivations for getting external cloud infrastructure solutions instead of obtaining resources that are found in-house. Business Pressures In a competitive global business environment, employees are increasingly … [Read more...]

Shadow IT: A Security Policy and Governance Perspective

Shadow IT, or sometimes called “rogue IT” or “stealth IT,” is the purchase or development of technology services outside the control or oversight of a company’s IT department. It may occur because a business unit believes it has unique needs not met by the company’s standardized computing services, or wants a quicker implementation than it would get from the IT department.[1] … [Read more...]

Outsourcing Cybersecurity

With the incessant stream of malware, data breaches, and online fraud, there’s no doubt that information security is one of the main worries of IT and business executives today. To make matters worse, top executives are constantly under pressure to cut costs and increase profitability in their companies. Added to that is the difficulty in hiring competent cybersecurity … [Read more...]

Managing an Offshore Team

In one of my previous jobs, I was tasked to manage an offshore team composed of five staff members all located in India. During my interview for that position, one of the IT executives asked me how I handle/manage an offshore team based in India. That was not the first time I was asked that question during a job interview. Outsourcing and offshoring have gone mainstream, so it … [Read more...]

Creepy Advertising, Part 2

Advertisers love online behavioral advertising because targeted ads are more effective than generic, untargeted ads, and thus, fetch higher prices. Behavioral targeting has been shown to produce higher click-through rates compared to no targeting. The estimates of the extent of improvement in click-through rates, as found in several studies, vary from 20% to a factor of six. … [Read more...]