December, 2023

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It’s not all doom and gloom: When cybersecurity gave us hope in 2023

TechCrunch

A funny — but true — joke at TechCrunch is that the security desk might as well be called the Department of Bad News, since, well, have you seen what we’ve covered of late? There is a never-ending supply of devastating breaches, pervasive surveillance and dodgy startups flogging the downright dangerous. Sometimes though — albeit […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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AI, the story of the year, told in numbers

The Hustle

No doubt about it, the whole world had its eyes on artificial intelligence in 2023. The groundbreaking tech touched every industry, from agriculture and medicine to retail, food, and finance. We feared its impact on our livelihoods and revered its ability to generate images, text, sound, and data as well as — or better than — any human. Let’s take a look back through the key numbers: 1m+: The number of people who used ChatGPT within its first five days.

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You Need More Than Data to Understand Your Customers

Harvard Business Review

Today we have more data than ever before, yet marketers still struggle to understand their customers. That’s because today’s marketers have mistaken information for intimacy. The author, who ran strategy for Wieden+Kennedy, describes an ethnographic research campaign his team conducted on behalf of McDonald’s. They produced a cultural bible of sorts that chronicled a series of beliefs, artifacts, behavioral rituals, and language that constitute the McDonald’s fandom.

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AI and generative AI are revolutionizing manufacturing…here’s how

CIO

Manufacturing has been a longstanding pillar of progress for humankind. From the Industrial Revolution over 200 years ago to today, manufacturing has had a profound impact on our lives, made possible by its unrelenting innovation. Now, manufacturing is facing one of the most exciting, unmatched, and daunting transformations in its history due to artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI (GenAI).

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10 Rules for Managing Apache Cassandra

It’s no surprise that Apache Cassandra has emerged as a popular choice for organizations of all sizes seeking a powerful solution to manage their data at a scale—but with great power comes great responsibility. Due to the inherent complexity of distributed databases, this white paper will uncover the 10 rules you’ll want to know when managing Apache Cassandra.

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Hackers stole $2 billion in crypto in 2023, data shows

TechCrunch

For yet another year, hackers stole billions of dollars in crypto. But for the first time since 2020, the trend is downwards, according to crypto security firms. This year, hackers stole around $2 billion dollars in crypto across dozens of cyberattacks and thefts, according to De.FI, the web3 security firm that runs the REKT database. […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Three Buckets of Courage

QAspire

There is no growth without courage. In my career of 25+ years, I had several moments that required me to exhibit courage. I was a functional head in year 2008 when my growth had plateaued. I walked up to my boss and sought his able counsel. He was very clear, “If you want to grow further, you need to demonstrably contribute to topline growth or significantly increase your bottomline impact.

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CIOs in financial services embrace gen AI — but with caution

CIO

Highly regulated, customer-centric, and dependent on layers of human involvement and manual processes, financial services are ripe for automation through artificial intelligence (AI). Those same characteristics, however, reveal the risks AI pose to this sector. So business technology leaders in financial services are carefully navigating a path toward AI.

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The Crunchbase Tech Layoffs Tracker

Crunchbase News

Methodology This tracker includes layoffs conducted by U.S.-based companies or those with a strong U.S. presence and is updated at least weekly. We’ve included both startups and publicly traded, tech-heavy companies. We’ve also included companies based elsewhere that have a sizable team in the United States, such as Klarna , even when it’s unclear how much of the U.S. workforce has been affected by layoffs.

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Championing Change: How Board Chair Coaching Drives Growth

N2Growth Blog

Board Chair Coaching: A Catalyst for Organizational Growth As a firm that works with top executives in some of the world’s largest companies, we have witnessed firsthand the transformative power of board chair coaching in driving organizational growth. The board chair plays a crucial role in shaping the strategic direction of an organization and ensuring its long-term success.

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Generative AI Deep Dive: Advancing from Proof of Concept to Production

Speaker: Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks & Tony Karrer, CTO at Aggregage

Executive leaders and board members are pushing their teams to adopt Generative AI to gain a competitive edge, save money, and otherwise take advantage of the promise of this new era of artificial intelligence. There's no question that it is challenging to figure out where to focus and how to advance when it’s a new field that is evolving everyday. 💡 This new webinar featuring Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks, will explore a practical framework to transform Generative AI pr

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Electric scooter company Bird files for bankruptcy

TechCrunch

Bird has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, capping off a turbulent year for the electric scooter company. In a press release today, Bird confirmed that it had entered into a “financial restructuring process aimed at strengthening its balance sheet,” with the company continuing to operate as normal in pursuit of “long-term, sustainable growth.” Founded in […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Richelieu Dennis Advocating For His Community: An Equitable Ecosystem for Black Entrepreneurs

CEO Insider

Richelieu Dennis has made a name in the brand marketing and entrepreneurship world as a beacon of hope for marginalized communities. After founding Sundial Brands — which was acquired by Unilever in 2017 — Dennis went on to launch various startups and brands, including Essence Ventures. He also established the New Voices Fund, a $100 […] The post Richelieu Dennis Advocating For His Community: An Equitable Ecosystem for Black Entrepreneurs appeared first on CEOWORLD magazine.

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Why we built it: Inside the mind of application security innovator Christien Rioux

Lacework

Welcome back to our Q&A series where we spotlight some of the innovative experts behind our code security solution. Today, we’re featuring Christien Rioux, an application security expert with more than 30 years of computer programming and software engineering experience. Christien co-founded and was previously Chief Scientist at Veracode, an on-demand application security services provider, where he was responsible for the technical vision and design of their advanced security technology.

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3 key digital transformation priorities for 2024

CIO

The analyst reports tell CIOs that generative AI should occupy the top slot on their digital transformation priorities in the coming year. Moreover, the CEOs and boards that CIOs report to don’t want to be left behind by generative AI, and many employees want to experiment with the latest generative AI capabilities in their workflows. This year’s technology darling and other machine learning investments have already impacted digital transformation strategies in 2023 , and boards will expect CIOs

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Embedding BI: Architectural Considerations and Technical Requirements

While data platforms, artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and programming platforms have evolved to leverage big data and streaming data, the front-end user experience has not kept up. Holding onto old BI technology while everything else moves forward is holding back organizations. Traditional Business Intelligence (BI) aren’t built for modern data platforms and don’t work on modern architectures.

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8 Essential Qualities of Successful Leaders

Harvard Business Review

Becoming a great leader is a journey of continuous learning and growth. It’s a process — one that thrives on embracing challenges, seeking feedback, fostering connections, and cultivating understanding. In this article, the author outlines the eight most essential leadership qualities, according to Harvard Business School professor Linda Hill, one of the world’s top experts on leadership.

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How Leading AI Startup Investors Approached Artificial Intelligence In 2023

Crunchbase News

Editor’s note: In 2023, Crunchbase News interviewed active startup investors in artificial intelligence. Below, we publish highlights from those interviews. Read the full interviews with General Catalyst , Bessemer Venture Partners , Accel , Insight Partners , Index Ventures , Sequoia Capital , Section 32 , M12 and Sapphire Ventures. Over the past year, we’ve chatted with more than a half-dozen leading investors about the AI space and where they are focusing their efforts.

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Google’s best Gemini demo was faked

TechCrunch

Google’s new Gemini AI model is getting a mixed reception after its big debut yesterday, but users may have less confidence in the company’s tech or integrity after finding out that the most impressive demo of Gemini was pretty much faked. A video called “Hands-on with Gemini: Interacting with multimodal AI” hit a million views […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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These Are The 50 Highest-Rated Celebrity Books

CEO Insider

In the contemporary landscape of literature and popular culture, celebrity-authored books have garnered significant attention. This phenomenon intersects the realms of literature, fame, and personal narrative, offering a unique window into the lives and thoughts of some of the world’s most recognized figures. A recent study conducted by CEOWORLD magazine serves as a testament to […] The post These Are The 50 Highest-Rated Celebrity Books appeared first on CEOWORLD magazine.

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Get Better Network Graphs & Save Analysts Time

Many organizations today are unlocking the power of their data by using graph databases to feed downstream analytics, enahance visualizations, and more. Yet, when different graph nodes represent the same entity, graphs get messy. Watch this essential video with Senzing CEO Jeff Jonas on how adding entity resolution to a graph database condenses network graphs to improve analytics and save your analysts time.

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Welcoming the next class of security leaders to the Modern CISO Network: Board Book

Lacework

I’m thrilled to introduce the second edition of the Modern CISO Network: Board Book , a directory of 216 experienced CISOs and cybersecurity leaders ready to share their expertise with corporate boards. Since we launched the first edition of the book in June, bringing CISOs to the boardroom has only become increasingly important. New rules from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will go into effect next week, requiring companies to disclose impactful cybersecurity incidents.

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9 tips for achieving IT service delivery excellence

CIO

Service delivery excellence is an attribute that far too many IT leaders fail to prioritize. That’s unfortunate given how much of smooth business operations depends on the efficient delivery of IT services today. IT service delivery enables an organization to give end users access to essential IT services by designing, developing, and deploying key technology resources, including applications and data.

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Are You a “Bottleneck Boss”?

Harvard Business Review

More often than not, a firm that’s losing great employees year after year is being negatively affected by a leader’s bottleneck-style behaviors. These leaders don’t think they’re bottlenecks, but they’re often standing in the way of high-potential employees’ progress. To remove these bottlenecks in businesses, the author outlines the signs of a bottleneck leader and three strategies to delegate responsibilities and allow high-potential employees to take on more ownership: 1) Figure out who your

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The Kids Aren’t Alright: Vulnerabilities in Edulog Portal Revealed K-12 Student Location Data

Tenable

Tenable Research discovered security flaws in a popular transportation management app that allowed access to student location data. While these issues have been fixed, the findings again prove the importance of strong authentication and access control. On December 13, 2023, Tenable Research publicly disclosed security flaws uncovered in Edulog’s Parent Portal suite of products.

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Streamlining Database Compliance with CI/CD Integration

IT leaders know the importance of compliance at every level, but the database often gets left behind as other environments are automated for robust protection. This whitepaper emphasizes the importance of robust, auditable, and secure database change management practices for safeguarding organizational compliance. Learn how automating database compliance: Mitigates risk Protects against security vulnerabilities Helps avoid regulatory penalties Aligns database workflows with app lifecycle Turns d

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Senator Warren calls out Apple for shutting down Beeper’s ‘iMessage to Android’ solution

TechCrunch

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is throwing her weight behind Beeper, the app that allowed Android users to message iPhone users via iMessage, until Apple shut it down. Warren, an advocate for stricter antitrust enforcement, posted her support for Beeper on X (formerly Twitter) and questioned why Apple would restrict a competitor. The post indicates […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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Investing in Security Awareness Training Arms Employees as the Last Line of Defense Against Cyberattacks

CEO Insider

Astonishingly, 90% of cyberattacks start with a phishing email, making your employees the last line of defense in this battleground. Updated findings from annual surveys conducted by IBM and Verizon indicate a growing frequency and intensity in cyberattacks that include ransomware extortion, CEO fraud, investment scams and false impersonations. A staggering 74% of data breaches involve a human element, transforming employees from potential victims to unwitting […] The post Investing in Sec

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Lacework enhances threat detection with data-driven, ML-enhanced capabilities

Lacework

Why did the ML model break up with the cloud? The model couldn’t handle its altitude. Navigating the complexity of cloud security In ever-expanding cloud environments, security teams grapple with a significant challenge: discerning regular or “normal” activities from those that are risky or suspicious. The dynamic nature of these environments often leaves teams unsure of where to direct focus.

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8 big IT failures of 2023

CIO

IT provides the plumbing for just about every company in existence today. Most of the time, that plumbing works fine — but when something goes wrong, it can be more embarrassing (and more expensive) than the most extravagantly overflowing toilet. We’ve gathered eight instances of big tech failures that struck companies and other organizations in 2023.

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Top 5 Challenges in Designing a Data Warehouse for Multi-Tenant Analytics

Multi-tenant architecture allows software vendors to realize tremendous efficiencies by maintaining a single application stack instead of separate database instances while meeting data privacy needs. When you use a data warehouse to power your multi-tenant analytics, the proper approach is vital. Multi-tenant analytics is NOT the primary use case with traditional data warehouses, causing data security challenges.

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Our Favorite Management Tips of 2023

Harvard Business Review

Our Management Tip of the Day newsletter continues to be one of HBR’s most popular newsletters. In this article, we list 10 of our favorites from 2023 — covering topics like how to get your mojo back if you’re feeling disengaged at work, questions to ask your boss in your next check-in, talking to your team about using AI, giving hard feedback, speaking with confidence when you’re put on the spot — and more.

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Making Flink Serverless, With Queries for Less Than a Penny

Confluent

Dive into the serverless architecture of Confluent Cloud for Apache Flink and explore its benefits like reduced infrastructure costs, increased reliability, & seamless adoption.

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Comcast says hackers stole data of close to 36 million Xfinity customers

TechCrunch

Comcast has confirmed that hackers exploiting a critical-rated security vulnerability accessed the sensitive information of almost 36 million Xfinity customers. This vulnerability, known as “CitrixBleed,” is found in Citrix networking devices often used by big corporations and has been under mass-exploitation by hackers since late August. Citrix made patches available in early October, but many […] © 2023 TechCrunch.

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