It feels like the last few weeks have been busier than any during my tenure at PowerTech. Numerous services engagements are running concurrently—some product related, some operating system security—as well as preparations for at least four different conferences (WMCPA, NEUGC, COMMON, and Help/Systems’ own Solutions Summit). We’re also putting the final touches to some product updates and preparing the 2012 State of IBM i Security Study.
More than 120 servers contributed data to this year’s study and, unfortunately, many of them exhibited the same security vulnerabilities found in prior years. While awareness of security is undeniably on the rise, many organizations are still failing to put the necessary safeguards in place to reduce the risk of a data breach. While the average cost of a breach might be down from prior years, it is still not a situation you want to find yourself in. Stay tuned for the formal release—and more insight into the findings—in the next few weeks.
Next week, I’ll be out in the Boston area visiting customers and then teaching four security sessions at the Northeast User Groups Conference, a technical conference hosted by the power systems users groups of Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont. If you’re signed up to attend, please stop by the Help/Systems booth and say “Hi!”
I haven’t been to Boston for almost twenty years. The last time was for a Daly & Wolcott conference (now Infor). I still remember how beautiful the city was and how strangely self-conscious I was to be a British citizen—what with the “whites of their eyes” and all that. I’m really excited to be back in “Beantown” and I’ll try to return with some new photographs to share with you.
I was made aware this week that my blog was #8 on Alex Woodie’s “Best i Blog Bets: A Top 10 List.” I’m honored to have made the cut, as did Tom Huntington, my colleague here at Help/Systems. He slid in at #7, so we won’t be speaking any time soon! Just kidding Tom; after all, you’ve spent waaaay more years in the industry than me ☺ I love ya, Mr. Robot!
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