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Hacking and the Internet of Things - It's Not Just About the Data ‘FDA tells hospitals to stop using a pump that is vulnerable to hackers.'.This headline was all over the internet and news this weekend, with the pump in question being a medical infusion pump that automatically administers dosages of medication to patients in a hospital. A vulnerability was identified that would give ‘hackers the ability to access the pump remotely through a hospital's network,' according to the FDA. A hacker would be able to take remote control of the device and change the dosage of medication being administered. As part of the reporting, many of the cable news shows started showing a clip from the Showtime TV show Homeland. In the episode, terrorists hack into the Vice President's pacemaker, force his heart rate to increase, and effectively assassinate him via remote control. My wi... (more)

Containers and Cloud and Security By @EFeatherston | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Dorothy the CIO was walking the yellow brick road of planning. She was on her way to the Emerald City to ask the great wizard of the agile data center for advice. Along the way she met two other CIOs who joined her on the journey, nicknamed Tin Man and Scarecrow. Their travels brought them to the edge of the dark forest of datacenter hype and fear. ‘‘Do you think we'll meet any wild technologies and fears in there?'' she asked her companions. ‘‘We might.'' responded Tin Man. ‘One's that devour IT projects?'' whispered Scarecrow. ‘‘Possibly.' said the Tin Man, ‘‘but mostly contain... (more)

Sailing the Great Big Data Lakes | @CloudExpo [#BigData #IoT]

In my younger days (we won't discuss how long ago that was) I decided to take up sailing. I had always been fascinated watching sailboats, gliding smoothly along the water, with nothing but wind as their engine. My first lesson on the water was an exhilarating and eye opening experience. The instructor took me out on a 17-foot day sailer. It was a brisk New England April afternoon, what seemed like a perfect day to be sailing. The instructor explained the different techniques and maneuvers required to traverse the lake, which I executed, though somewhat nervously. We were moving ... (more)

Are the Barbarians at the Gate? By @EFeatherston | @CloudExpo [#Cloud]

The Cloud, Security and Breaches – Are the Barbarians at the Gate? Target. Home Depot. Community Health Systems. Nieman Marcus. Their names have been all in the news over the past year, though probably not in a way they would like. All have had very public data breaches affecting anywhere from 350,000 (Nieman Marcus) to 4.5 million (Community Health Systems) customers. Add the recent high-profile celebrity nude photo hacking scandal and cloud security has become the trending topic in all the news and social media. Some of the discussions reminded me of a line from a short-lived TV... (more)

Cloud Wars – How Many 800lb Gorillas Can Fit in the Room?

There is a common phrase, often attributed as a Chinese proverb/curse, "May you live in interesting times." For those following the cloud technology space, we are definitely living in interesting times. In their latest magic quadrant report on IaaS, Gartner describes the market as still evolving and maturing. This would imply the market leadership is in flux, yet according to Gartner "AWS is the overwhelming market share leader, with more than five times the compute capacity in use than the aggregate total of the other fourteen providers in this Magic Quadrant." I would say that ... (more)