news-online-resizedAre You Ready for the GDPR?

It’s not like CIOs and CISOs don’t have enough to worry about. Now, more regulatory hassles are looming, courtesy of the European Union. Organizations that run afoul of the new regulations can face fines of up to 4 percent of their annual global turnover.

“Time is quickly running out for businesses not prepared for May 2018 introduction of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has the potential to impact any business that interacts with customers that are members of the EU,” writes Frank J. Ohlhorst in the SD Times. “Preparing for compliance means that CISOs (or other IT professionals) will have to act quickly to prevent their businesses from racking up large fines.”

I’m sure you’ve been staying ahead of the curve on the GDPR; but if you still have questions or concerns, now’s the time to consult with your corporate legal team and make certain you’re in compliance. For some quick background, here’s the link to the Wikipedia entry on the GDPR. 

Ouch! Musk Takes Zuckerberg to School on AI 

By now, I’m sure most of you have read or heard about Elon Musk’s dismissive comments regarding Mark Zuckerberg’s opinions on artificial intelligence. It’s always entertaining to see titans of tech sparring, and Musk’s attempted takedown of Zuckerberg was definitely newsworthy.

But it’s also refreshing to see smart people arguing over important topics. There’s no question that AI has the potential to radically transform our world and our lives. Some of the changes will be good, and some of the changes will be bad. Musk is worried; Zuckerberg is optimistic. Personally, I’m glad they’re arguing, even if it’s only through social media.

The point isn’t that Musk and Zuckerberg don’t see eye-to-eye. The point is that all of us should be involved in the discussion, since all of us will ultimately experience the impact of the AI transformation on our daily lives.

Good Explainer on Containers vs. Virtualization

Containerization has been a hot topic for while and the introduction of Docker in 2013 really turned up the heat. But containers can be confusing, and many IT leaders are unsure about the differences between containers and virtualization.

Fortunately, there’s a great explainer posted on HPE’s enterprise.nxt blog, and I highly recommend it. Essentially, containers have lots of advantages over virtual machines, except in one critical area – security.

“Docker was (and is) built on several existing Unix/Linux elements, starting with cgroups. These isolate a set of processes resources – CPU, memory, disk I/O, network, etc. – and can be nested within each other,” writes Steve Vaughan-Nichols. “All this nesting means you can run containers within containers without a big effect on performance.”

That’s good news, of course, but be aware of the security concerns. Containers have more attack surfaces than VMs, and that can definitely pose problems down the road.