Thursday, October 30, 2008

[TechRepublic] Dumb business decisions; Microsoft social engineering?

October 30, 2008

Dumb business decisions that can take down a company

Sanity Savers for IT Executives

Big egos and a lack of foresight kill lots of companies -- both small and large. However, IT leaders can learn from these misguided decisions and keep from suffering the same fate. This episode of Sanity Savers for IT executives discusses some of the most common bad decisions that can hurt good companies.

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Social engineering or Microsoft marketing research?
Tom Olzak
: I don't expect my largest operating system and general information processing product vendor to call asking the same questions I'd expect during a social engineering phone call, even if ostensibly conducting a phone survey.

The 7 most important communication skills an IT leader should have
Everyone wants to tell IT pros that they need to develop people skills, but no one really tells what those skills are. Here are the most important skills an IT leader should have and how to develop them.

Costs and benefits of projects: Looking beyond the dollar signs
You need to consider the costs and benefits of any proposal or business case in a broader sense than simply dollars and cents. The ability to identify and demonstrate them is a skill that fuels innovation and positions one as a thought leader.

Techno messes
Jay Rollins: Here are some tips for what to include in your IT policies regarding smartphones and laptops.

Consider running the browser service on Windows Server 2008 DCs
Although NetBIOS is reportedly on the way out, it is still a critical part of most Windows Server environments. Rick Vanover explains why, in some configurations, the browser service should be running to facilitate NetBIOS.

Use application firewalls to secure browser-based solutions
The application firewall is not a replacement for other layers in the controls framework. It supplements them. So what is it and why do you need it? How do you make a business case for another security control?

How supercomputers still influence programming
Justin James makes the case that the supercomputing's legacy is playing a greater role in the way programmers write software today.

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