Infrastructure strategies for 2006
Network Magazine's June 2006 issue make interesting
reading for a CIO. You brought out what is on the mind of a CIO, and on his
agenda, through various survey results.
Some additional areas which could have been covered have also come to my mind.
The first is on internal security threats, and what CIOs are doing to protect
the organisation's information assets from this. The second is on the deployment
of network and infrastructure management tools. Thanks and regards.
General Manager, IT
Thank you very much for your encouraging feedback and the
highly relevant suggestions that you have made. We will surely incorporate these
inputs in the next edition of Infrastructure Strategies as well as in other
similar endeavours that Network Magazine will undertake in the future. Please
do keep us updated on how we can make Network Magazine's content more relevant
for the CIO.
Network Magazines February 2006 issues
article by Parthasarathy Rangarajan titled Mentoring your team made for good
reading. It was interesting to hear first-hand from a CIO the crucial aspect
of team mentoring.
In todays workplace the right skill-sets are difficult to find and even
more difficult to retain. In this context it is high time that CIOs started
mentoring their teams. I would like to suggest the importance of skill-set enhancement
in connection with this. While monetary benefits are good for motivation and
retention of personnel, they alone are not enough. Many a time IT personnel
jump jobs because the learning opportunities are better at the new workplace.
This is why CIOs have to ensure that their team members get the chance to constantly
enhance their skill-sets.
This can be done by simple techniques such as periodic job rotation and giving
advanced responsibilities to the right people. On an advanced scale it can be
achieved by sponsoring relevant internal and external training. This will help
retain the right talent for the organisation.
Christopher Lewis, Bangalore
Your take on providing learning opportunities is very relevant
in todays organisational context. As you rightly mentioned, constant skill-set
upgradation opportunities can go a long way in mentoring and thereby retaining
IT talent which is the most difficult-to-come-by resource today. Please do stay
in touch and keep the feedback coming.
Rootkit and botnet menace
I chanced to come across your Techscope 2006 issue at the
Network Magazine India website. As you have mentioned,
the latest security threats are rootkits and botnets.
Things are only going to get worse.
It is very worrying that few security solutions can detect such malware. While
a few forensic tools are available in the public domain, it is still not easy
to sort out the rootkit issue. It is still highly cumbersome and time-consuming
to even identify if a machine is infected or not.
The issue of botnets is even worse. It is very heart-rending to see innocent
users and their computers being exploited for nefarious purposes such as DDoS
and extortion. This is going to get worse if organisations and their users do
not become aware of the dangerous security and legal implications involved.
I would like you as a magazine to take up the criticality of issues such as
these. The magazine should also act as a platform to ensure public awareness
and thereby get application and security vendors to focus more on such issues.
Arshad Mohammed, Kochi
Rootkits and botnets are indeed a great security risk today.
With actual numbers of infected PCs very hard to come by, there needs to be
a concerted effort from vendors, organisations and users to battle this menace.
We intend to take up issues such as these using the magazine as a medium. For
this we will also require your feedback.
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