Thursday, July 24, 2014
Friday, July 18, 2014
Bugs are, and always have been, a fact of life for the software developer. However, if Microsoft researcher Andrew Begel has his way, they could be a thing of the past. Last month a paper entitled 'Using Psycho-Physiological Measures to Assess Task Difficulty in Software Development' was published which Begel co-authored. This week, Begel spoke at the annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit on the subject. Basically what Begel and his research colleagues are saying is that the existing work looking at dealing with programming errors tends to focus on the "post hoc identification of correlations between bug fixes and code" and this isn't working. Instead, his team suggests, a new approach is needed to address the very real and very costly problem of code bugs. The new approach in question being to try and "detect when software developers are experiencing difficulty while they work on their programming tasks" and then, of course, stop them before they can go on to introduce bugs into their code.
The term APT is often flagged by vendors as some kind of bogeyman problem to scare you into buying the solution. It reminds me, more often than not, of a salesmen shouting 'FIRE! FIRE!' through your letterbox before embarking on a sales pitch for fire extinguishers.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
A formal information security policy is not an optional item for your business; that's pretty much accepted as a given. Yet when your company migrates to the cloud, in any capacity from data storage through to application delivery, it's often mistakenly accepted that the existing policy will cover this new ground.
Sunday, July 13, 2014
According to research commissioned by security vendor Bit9 + Carbon Black, nearly half (49%) of the organisations questioned admitted they simply didn't know if their businesses had been compromised or not. This uncertainty regarding cyber-attack detection ability comes in stark contrast to the 32% who confirmed they had been attacked during the previous 12 months and the 64% expecting to be targeted in the next 12 months.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
The average car is increasingly becoming a vehicle for the Internet; but does this also make it a vehicle for cybercrime? Security vendor Kaspersky Lab, in cahoots with Spanish digital media outfit IAB, reckons that software updates, in-car mobile apps and privacy are all areas which have ripe potential for the car crook to launch an attack.
Monday, July 07, 2014
There is no doubt that SEO is an important part of the online marketing machine. Lest we forget, SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization and only a fool would imagine that they could do business online without being indexed by the Gods of Search (Google, Bing, Yahoo!) However, there is more to marketing your business than making it search engine friendly; and blowing your entire marketing budget on SEO could prove a costly mistake.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
My IT Pro musings usually reflect my opinion about something that happened during the previous week, not a couple of years ago. So why have I been driven to respond to Facebook conducting a social experiment with unknowing users back in 2012? Well, like most people, I only became aware of it towards the end of last week.