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TechViews: Starbucks keeps track of your password, The DevOps werewolf; Government mobile bad habits and more!!

TechViews: Starbucks keeps track of your password, The DevOps werewolf; Government mobile bad habits and more!!

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Andi Mann

Big Enterprises Need Big DevOps
By Andi Mann

The more I encounter organizations adopting a DevOps approach, the more I believe that everyone needs DevOps. I increasingly see how it addresses fundamental problems that nearly every IT organization faces. If you ask senior executives if their organizations are doing DevOps, you often get a blank stare. However, ask them if they are doing anything to foster better collaboration and communication between Development and Operations and you will find that there is not a single organization that is not doing something in this effort.

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When it comes to unauthorized SaaS applications, IT professionals are some of the most prolific users, according to a recent survey. This Network Computing article provides evidence that shows how IT pros are the worst offenders.

Mobility

41 percent of the government employees who used the assessment tool from an agency/enterprise-wide perspective are putting themselves and their agencies at risk with existing mobile device habits, according to a Mobile Work Exchange report. This Net Security article highlights all the different Mobile Security pressure points and vulnerabilities that plague the Mobile world.

DevOps

Infrastructure must balance between applications and the network because otherwise werewolves would cease to exist. Makes perfect sense? We didn't think so until reading this Cloud Computing article that gives an interesting SyFy comparison between DevOps infrastructure and the transformation of a werewolf.

Big Data

Enterprises that choose to avoid using Big Data analytics techniques because of the possible dangers, such as security and privacy breaches, may be creating risk of another type. This Information Age article provides different risks you might face if you ignore Big Data.

Cloud

Cloud security incidents often catch the media’s attention as they affect large number of users. For example, recently a large storage service provider suffered an outage lasting two days. However, due to the lack of consistent reporting schemes regarding cloud security incidents, it is hard to understand the causes and impact of these incidents. This Net Security article shares some tips on implementing incident reporting in Cloud computing.

Mobility

Starbucks' mobile app makes it quick and easy for customers to make a purchase -- but it makes it almost as quick and easy for ne'er do wells to unlock user name and password combinations on victims' phones. Just like coffee, this Tech News World article explains how passwords flow freely at Starbucks.

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