Posts Tagged ‘Working With IT People’


Know About this IT Networking Strategy Change

Executives – There is a new strategy to consider moving toward that can save you money, increase security, speed up your networks and help you get ahead of your competition. What should you do about your Cisco stocks? Even the WSJ is talking about… Continue reading ‘Know About this IT Networking Strategy Change’

Executives Give Clues Before Firing IT Firms

Not all top-level executives, owners, and other decision makers are pleased with their outsourced IT firm. What signs should a service provider notice? Continue reading ‘Executives Give Clues Before Firing IT Firms’

Executives – Passwords Cause Very Bad Days

Sitting next to me on the plane today was a member of Oracle’s Security Team. I asked what was the one single best bit of security advice Oracle could give to their customers. “Change your default passwords.” A few weeks ago, I met with a CEO who had lost half-a-million dollars (so far) because his IT pro had set a password in their main application to the exact name of his company. Of course, the CEO had no idea that the password was so basic. Continue reading ‘Executives – Passwords Cause Very Bad Days’

Linksys products – if you use them at home or work – you may be vulnerable to an attack

Your IT professionals are very busy and often don’t have time to keep up with what are called “firmware updates.” It turns out that many manufacturer’s products, including Linksys products that are common in smaller businesses and in homes, are getting hacked.

Ask your IT professional to update your firmware. They may need to disable remote administration, but some of them rely on that service. Tell them you want to be protected from the brand new “Moon Worm.”

Please forward this to all of your friends who may be infected and post your comments below – this is for real.

The Bank Tells Us To Disable Security!

Ask your IT Professionals, “Has any vendor, even the bank, asked us to reduce security levels on any of our machines or the network?” Counterintuitively, the bank often tells your IT professionals to disable important security protection. This happens when your bank gives you a program or web site in order for your users to make online deposits, pay bills, calculate payroll, or do anything else related to banking. Continue reading ‘The Bank Tells Us To Disable Security!’

How to Cause IT to Fail

Many organizations reward IT professionals for solving IT problems. That is not only ineffective, it is counterproductive. Become aware of what you are incentivizing IT to do.
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Executives, Be in the Know!

Executives: When you make decisions, make sure you fully understand the pros and cons of your decisions. If IT is asking for some new technology, how do you know if it is an IT “want” or a “need?”
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Executives, Grab the Reins of IT!

If you aren’t careful, your organization’s IT capabilities may fall behind your competitors. You may wonder what happened. Avoid being on the “bleeding edge” buying every technology as soon as it is released, but your IT advisors may be holding you back out of their own best interests.
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Three secrets about managing IT pros

Of course, you know the solution to managing IT pros, both in-house and out-sourced, should be somewhere between “Give them free range” and “tie their hands.” Here are three key points perhaps nobody has told you before:
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Be cautious about using the cloud

In the last blog post I talked about the big benefits of the cloud. What should you, as an executive, be on the lookout for?
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