Wait, who’s in charge of the cloud anyway?

The cloud has flattened the IT world. Where once every purchase decision needed to be run by IT first, now other business units are taking matters into their own hands – then going to IT when they run into problems. 

IT has conflicting views on security: 4 ways to close the gap

Some fundamental disagreements in IT could be putting your organization at risk. Because while most IT departments are fairly cohesive groups where differences in opinion are accepted and encouraged, it turns out there’s a substantial gap in how front-line and upper-level IT pros think about security. 

A majority of workplace apps could be shadow IT

What you don’t know can and will hurt you. A recent study finds that your users are probably using more cloud apps than IT knows about, and that many of these apps carry serious security risks.

Flash alert: Time to disable popular plug-in

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before: It may be time to seriously consider blocking Adobe Flash for all your users. 

Breaches have companies spooked, investing in security

It’s only natural: Following a major security breach, IT is going to be pretty concerned that they could be next. And judging by increases in spending, plenty of decision-makers are worried as well.

Creating better passwords (that users can actually remember)

Just about every day there’s a news story that the age of passwords is almost over. Something – anything – more secure and easier to use is about to replace them once and for all. We won’t hold our breath. 

Microsoft and Google fight, we all lose

Conflicting policies on how and when to address patches left IT with the possibility of a zero-day attack. The cause of that gap in protection: Microsoft and Google didn’t quite see eye-to-eye on when patches need to be made available.

Insider leak: 350,000 financial accounts compromised

An employee at a branch office of a major financial institution has been fired for compromising 10% of its customers’ data. Here’s what you need to know to avoid a similar fate.

10 business tech predictions for 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, just about everybody is making their predictions for what the new year will hold. Some are continuations of trends we’ve already seen and some are brand new and sure to cause headaches. 

The Top 10 tech stories of 2014

Before we look ahead to next year’s challenges and promising developments, let’s take a look back at 2014’s biggest headlines.