Shadow IT: It’s Real — Companies Using Hundreds of Unauthorized Cloud Services

first_imgA study by IBM found that one-third of employees at Fortune 1000 companies share corporate data using third-party apps.  Often they reuse corporate login credentials when setting up these unauthorized accounts.Is it really that bad?  It may be worse.  A recent study by Cisco quantifies the gap between what IT groups think its employees do and what they actually are doing.About one year ago, Cisco asked IT groups how many cloud services that their companies were using.  The average response: 91.As a verification, Cisco next looked at the web traffic of those same companies.  After subtracting out traffic to standard web sites, they found that companies actually were using on average 630 cloud services.  More recently they ran those same tests again and found that the average had now jumped to 1220 web services per company.  The results were similar for almost all types of companies, regardless of the industry  — even manufacturing, oil and gas, financial services and healthcare showed high usages of cloud services.Bob Dimicco, senior director, of advanced services at Cisco, said that “when you step back, Shadow IT has been around for years. What’s new or interesting is that the data here is not from a qualitative survey, it’s the actual traffic to the cloud and the system has enough granularity to differentiate.”last_img read more

Application inventory starts with a definition

first_imgWeb sites without dynamic content, hosted within a dynamic web solution such as Microsoft Sharepoint or created with Microsoft Frontpage or another WYSIWYG client. Enterprise Application Developer Every software project I have worked on always started with some form of conflict and complicated interactions.  This usually resolved itself through the use of a definition regarding roles and responsibilities.  That definition kept people on the same page and helped everyone to understand who was doing what.Now depending on when you happened to look at my job title over the last 13 years, you may have seen one of the following: Hosting Platforms (configuration of hardware and application software) Software Developer This means only that I moved from one department to another, however, the physical tasks I employed were the same.  My output may have had a different installer/wrapper/output, however, it was the same.  I designed, developed, tested and deployed an application into our environment.When it was time to define the characteristic (metadata) of an application, we needed to start with definitions. Not only what an “Application” is but what “Software” is and how (if) it differs from each other and from an “Operating System”.This is vitally important because no matter who you talk to, they will have a difference of opinion in this area.  Let me give you an example that we are currently dealing with.  We are implementing a CMDB (Configuration Management Database) for our Service and Support organization.  As our application data is pumped into that solution we had to decide whether it is an application or software.  The CMDB definitions basically stated that software was the core items used to build a hosting platform whereas an application is the code hosted on that platform.  A very specific definition for their very specific implementation.Our definition was much more simple.If it’s coded, if you develop it, it is a software application simply referred to as an “Application”.  This can be developed internally or purchased.  An application is not an operating system.That means that everything running on our environment, that is loaded on top of an operating system, is an application and needs to be inventories.  That also means if it is a web-based solution, with software code, hosted within a web-hosting solution, however, it is still an application.We did draw a very discreet line in that we did not want to inventory certain things.  Those are items that are “configured” inside of other applications.  Item such as: Software Engineer Templates configured for an application. This minimizes the possibility that we inventory applications that are sitting in a box, not installed on the environment.  It also means that items we paid for, installed, licensed and such, are included.  Whether on a server or on a client, we need to know about them so that we can work towards the simplification of our inventory.Next I will cover how we have gone about gathering this data.  Some approaches work well while others don’t.  Additionally, before you start gathering data you must have a solid review, maintenance and data quality processes in place or the data will be of no use for future analysis.Have you undergone a similiar process?  Are you struggling with doing this inside your company?  Have questions?  Let us know.center_img Installed on Intel (or contracted) hardware? Application Developer Does this have (or has it ever had) a development/support team? Fileshare Does this have (or has it ever had) a development/release process? To put forth some simple rules, that people can evaluate their “Application” before attempting to add it for evaluation, we came up wtih some simple rules.  It has to meet all of these with a yes response. Initially used by more than one person (or application) at Intel?last_img read more

Changing for the better in a year of despair

first_imgThe year gone by has been an unsettling one. In this year we have plumbed the depths of despair as scandal after scandal brought the government to a standstill. But it was also the year of hope and expectations, when the popular movement around Anna Hazare showed the extent of the people’s anger against venal bureaucrats and politicians. This dialectic of despair and hope has produced a synthesis that suggests the country is on the threshold of change – for the better.It has been just a short four years ago, on November 16, 2007, when this newspaper was born. Yet, in terms of what the country has gone through, it seems like several lifetimes. That was a time, with growth riding high, when almost anything was possible. But in the intervening years we have learnt that growth is not an unmixed blessing, and that institutions deemed infallible, too, can fail. More important, we have learnt that there is no limit to the greed of the greedy, and that power corrupts – and absolute power corrupts absolutely.At the outset, I had promised you a newspaper that was irreverent and bold. And even if I say so myself, that is exactly what we have been and remain.Our attitude has been there for all to see. We were not taken in by the hype of the second United Progressive Alliance government’s first year. Neither have we given a free ride to its detractors in its second year. Our coverage of the Anna Hazare movement has been detailed, informative, but always questioning. In my experience, most messiahs sooner or later are found to have feet of clay.advertisementAS IN past years, Mail Today reporters have been in the forefront of exposing scandals and scams that, like worms, seem to keep coming out of the rotten woodwork in the country. Our Bangalore bureau was notable in the series it did on how former chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa’s family benefited from denotifying land in favour of his favourites. In another expose, it revealed how the chief minister who replaced him, D. V. Sadananda Gowda, was building a house in violation of rules in Bangalore. Finally, because of yet another report, this time on the state’s newly appointed Lokayukta, Justice Shivaraj V. Patil, he was compelled to resign when we revealed that he had acquired multiple properties contravening the rules.Not to be left behind, our Mumbai bureau came up with a series of reports that showed how pressure from influential quarters led to the watering down of the chargesheet against Hasan Ali, who has been accused of a multi-billion dollar tax fiddle. The Supreme Court, as a result, hauled up the Enforcement Directorate for short- changing the investigation. Another report in the series revealed that Hasan Ali had given the names of two former chief ministers of Andhra Pradesh and three former chief ministers of Maharashtra as being parties to his moneylaundering operations.Speaking of Andhra Pradesh, it was our reporter who first wrote about the opulent palace that Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy had constructed in Hyderabad and the interest that the CBI was taking in its undervaluation. Reporters in New Delhi revealed the manner in which the government was seeking to muzzle the press in the Kashmir Valley by withdrawing advertising from them. More dramatic, perhaps, was the report of the discovery of unmarked graves in the Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir that came on the heels of earlier reportage on such graves in the Valley.Though scams and crooks were the talk of the year, Mail Today also focused on issues of concern to you, the reader. Perhaps the most telling was the series on the so- called fake pilots scam. It was a Mail Today report on a pilot’s incompetence in landing an aircraft which triggered the investigation that led to the revelation that many of the people at the helm of the flights we take had forged training diplomas.A major report from our science bureau exposed how the poor security practices by banks and credit card companies made Indian consumers vulnerable to fraud. In another story, based on a scientific survey, we held up a mirror to contemporary India which showed that far from being liberal, India was one of the most restrictive societies in the world.FOR Mail Today, this past year has been one of consolidation. We have tried to do better what we did well before. We are, notwithstanding our short years, already seen as an icon of new journalism in the country. This is the paper that seamlessly fuses politics, entertainment, sports, personal finance, health and education in its pages in a manner that many have begun to imitate. But a newspaper’s personality cannot be simply copied, defined as it is by an attitude that has been honed over the past four years. Though the year gone by has been one of drift and missed opportunities, there is every reason to see the one ahead as being one of renewal and growth. The long tussle between the people and the government seems to be yielding positive results, especially in the battle to fight corruption and the government’s sloth. A slew of laws are on the cards, but more important, we have an awakened civil society on the threshold of transforming the politics of this country. This is the transformation for which Mail Today will stand witness to in its iconic way.advertisementAs the years in the story of Mail Today roll, the burden of your expectations on us increases. There’s the accumulation of commitments and the standards to which we must live up to. All I can say is that we will be everything we have been – and more – in the coming year. This is an India, I think, that has been profoundly changed by the churning of the last couple of years and I believe will continue to change rapidly in the year to come. For a newspaper, there is no better news than to report on a fastchanging world.last_img read more

Djokovic and Cilic through to US Open fourth round

first_imgNovak Djokovic and defending champion Marin Cilic took different routes into the fourth round of the US Open while pressure mounted on Serena Williams’ quest for a calendar grand slam on Friday.After two routine wins to open the year’s final slam, Williams was given a major fright by Bethanie Mattek-Sands before the 33-year-old American recovered for a 3-6, 7-5, 6-0 victory.The 21-times grand slam singles winner, who is aiming to join Maureen Connolly (1953), Margaret Court (1970) and Steffi Graf (1988) as the only women to sweep the four grand slams in a single season, next faces fellow American Madison Keys.Looking further ahead is a potential quarter-final clash with older sister Venus. After a week of punishing heat that saw a record 13 players retire, cooler temperatures returned to Flushing Meadows as world number one Djokovic eased to a third round 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 victory over Italian Andreas Seppi.Cilic also kept his title defence on track but not without a scare as the ninth seed needed over four hours to put away Kazakhstan’s 56th-ranked Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7(5), 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-1.The big-hitting Croat stepped onto the Grandstand court having won 16 straight sets at the National Tennis Center but that string quickly came to an end when Kukushkin took the opening set in a tiebreak in what was the start of a long and harrowing afternoon for the defending champion.”I’m happy with the fighting spirit today, just accepting that I wasn’t playing so well,” said Cilic. “For sure (being defending champion always has some weight to it.advertisement”Playing on a big court with a full house, that’s going to give you some extra motivation in the situations like today when I was a set and 5-2 down.”It had been a trouble-free visit to New York for Djokovic, the top seeded Serb not dropping a set while losing just 10 games going into his match against Seppi.But the 25th-ranked Italian at least made Djokovic work for his spot in the round of 16, the world number one needing a tiring two and a half hours at Arthur Ashe Stadium to secure his victory.”Just hanging in there, trying to create my own pace and control the rallies,” Djokovic said.”It was a tough three sets.”Frenchman Jeremy Chardy provided the upset of the day dispatching seventh seeded Spaniard David Ferrer 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 and was joined at the exit by Canadian 10th seed Milos Raonic who was beat 6-2 7-6(4) 6-3 by Spain’s Feliciano Lopez.Venus Williams, who won the second of her two U.S. Open titles 14 years ago, struck a blow for the older set by taming Swiss teen Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4.Venus, 35, produced a vintage power-game performance to beat the 18-year-old in a match-up between the oldest and youngest players left in the women’s draw.”I just wanted to stay aggressive and keep my errors down,” said Venus, who had also beaten Bencic in straight sets in their three previous encounters.Joining the seven-times grand slam singles winner in the fourth round was Russian 13th seed Ekaterina Makarova, who advanced with 6-3, 7-5 victory over 17th seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.last_img read more

England are formidable opponents: Dilip Vengsarkar

first_imgVirat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara’s 226-run partnership on day one of the Vizag Test match has pretty much brought India back to a position of strength that they are so used to, playing at home. (Vizag pitch will turn square from Day 2: Ganguly)But former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar has come out impressed by England’s showing in the Rajkot Test and expects them to be competitive in the series. “I don’t want to stick my neck out and predict anything. England are formidable opponents. I hope India can win the series. Virat Kohli is in great form and a very good captain,” he told India Today.The trio of English spinners Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid and Zafar Ansari exceeded expectations and outperformed their Indian spin counterparts at Rajkot.England’s spin attack is not of the quality they had in 2012 with Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar leading the charge but Alastair Cook’s team is one of the few non subcontinent teams who have been able to field three able spinners in the playing eleven, all of different variety. (Wanted to build a big partnership with Kohli: Pujara)”It has to be said they have picked horses for courses. Their spinners are good and can perform if they get turning wickets,” he said. But finishing wicketless against Kohli and Pujara’s decisive footwork and stroke play on a day one wicket at Vizag would have brought them up to speed with the challenge at hand.Spotting many left handers in the English top order, India have opted to have a second off-spinner in debutant Jayant Yadav. The jury is still out if dropping experienced legspinner Amit Mishra was justified but the Indian team management has rung in changes after a below par showing in the first Test.advertisementBoth the teams are well aware the choice of spinners and how well they bowl will decide the series.last_img read more

CEA to advice certain states on plugging revenue gap post GST rollout

first_imgNew Delhi, May 16 (PTI) With some states facing revenue shortfall even after 10 months of GST rollout, Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian has been tasked with suggesting ways for the laggard states to shore up their tax mop-up.The GST Council in its May 4 meeting had identified about 5 states, including Punjab and Bihar, which face maximum revenue shortfall post implementation of the indirect tax regime from July 1, 2017.Tax officers from Punjab and Bihar are likely to meet Subramanian next week, followed by a meeting with Chhattisgarh officers, an official said.”The GST Council in its last meeting (on May 4)has tasked the Chief Economic Adviser to meet the states which are suffering revenue shortfall post GST implementation to understand the reasons and suggest corrective action,” the official told PTI.As per official data based on revenue collection till February 2018, 11 states were facing maximum revenue shortfall, with shortage in Bihar and Punjab at over 40 per cent. The same for Himachal Pradesh was as high as 50 per cent, while for Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh the shortfall was around 40 per cent and 30 per cent, respectively. While Odisha faced a shortfall of 30 per cent, it was 28 per cent for Madhya Pradesh and 20 per cent for Assam.Besides, Jharkhand, Tripura, Jammu & Kashmir and Puducherry had suffered a revenue gap of over 20 per cent.As per the data, states like Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, and UT Delhi suffered the least shortfall in GST revenue (below 20 per cent) compared to monthly revenue to be protected till February.advertisementAMRG & Associates Partner Rajat Mohan said low GST collections might lead to high fiscal deficit for states and hence tax and non-tax resources available exclusively to states authorities might be tapped. “Tax avenues which may be tapped include stamp duties, registration fees, property taxes and state excise duties. Also, focus could be more on non-tax revenues which include services in the form of state educational institutions, sports facilities, electricity distribution, water supply and sanitation services,” Mohan said. EY Partner Abhishek Jain said concrete reasons for the shortfall in state revenues need a detailed analysis. “Some of the possible reasons could be lower purchasing power of these states (GST revenue being collected by the consumption state), impact of rate change on products with the earlier VAT rates being higher than the SGST component currently, and laxity in tax compliances,” Jain said. In 2017-18, the Centre had released Rs 41,147 crore to the states as GST compensation to ensure that the revenue of the states is protected at the level of 14 per cent over the base year tax collection in 2015-16. The revenue gap of each state is coming down since July and the average revenue gap of all states for last financial year was around 17 per cent, according to the finance ministry. Under GST, a cess is levied on luxury, demerit and sin goods over and above the highest tax rate of 28 per cent and the proceeds are utilised to compensate states for revenue loss. PTI JD ANU ANUlast_img read more

Duchess Of Cornwall Attends Maggies Cancer Caring Centre Event

first_imgThe Duchess of Cornwall thanked readers of a magazine who hosted events in their gardens to raise money for a cancer charity at a tea party last week.Her Royal Highness, who has been President of Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres since 2008, met readers of House and Garden in Vogue House, central London.The Duchess said: “I’m incredibly proud to be a patron of Maggie’s. It’s the most amazing organisation – it’s life-saving for a lot of people.“People come out of big hospitals and they don’t know where to go, and there is this haven.“I want to say thank you to everyone for supporting it.”Last summer the magazine’s readers hosted plant sales, picnics, children’s tea parties and fetes, raising £70,000 for Maggie’s.The charity has drop-in centres across the country, as well as one in Hong Kong, which anyone who has been affected by cancer, including families and friends of sufferers, can access for free.House and Garden chose to support Maggie’s in part because each centre sits within landscaped gardens and are designed by renowned architects, including Sir Richard MacCormac and Frank Gehry, who also designed the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain.Maggie’s chief executive Laura Lee said she was “incredibly grateful” for the support of the magazine’s readers and The Duchess.“Not only did they help raise a fantastic amount of money, but by publishing all these stories the magazine has helped raise awareness of Maggie’s and what we do,” she said. “The work The Duchess puts in means so much, we are incredibly grateful. She is always telling me that her diary is full but then she always finds the time to come to events like this and to give us her support.”The Duchess first visited the Edinburgh centre in July 2008, after which she was approached to become President.Her Royal Highness said she became “smitten” with the centre and the charity, and “when I was asked to be President I couldn’t really say no”.Maggie’s Centres are the vision of designer and landscape architect Maggie Keswick Jencks, which resulted from her own experience of cancer.Maggie died in 1995, one year before the first centre in Edinburgh opened. Her daughter, Lily Jencks, who is also a landscape architect and gardener, said her mother would have been “so excited and surprised if she knew of The Duchess’s support and had known Maggie’s would become so successful.”Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uklast_img read more

10 years later and still no money to fix Slate Falls water

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Nishnawbe Aski Nation is made up of 49 First Nations in northern Ontario.Over 30 of those communities are fly-in.The isolation causes many issues, including access to clean drinking water.The Slate Falls First Nation has been on a boil water advisory for the last 10 years.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has this story.last_img

Hitman Shoots Kills MoroccanSpanish Businessman in Marbella

Rabat – A Moroccan-Spanish businessman, Marco Yaqout, was shot dead as he was driving his Bentley into his garage at around 3:30 a.m. on Monday morning in Marbella, a city in southern Spain.The 49-year-old businessman, according to international media, owns five famous nightclubs in Puerto Banucs, including Linekers and TIBU.According to Euro Weekly news, the shooting occured after a hitman entered the garage of  the wealthy businessman. El Confidential reported that more than 20 shots were fired.The hitman then escaped the crime scene.Read Also: Moroccan-Spanish Suspect Arrested in Tangier for Spreading ‘Terrorist Propaganda’TIBU was a favorite of stars in “The Only Way is Essex” (TOWIE) , a British reality television series.Former TOWIE star Mark Wright held a boat party at TIBU in 2014.The marketing manager at Linekers Group, Lina Hodgkins, said that she was shocked when she received the news of Yaqout’s death.“The phone call at 5 am this morning will stay with me forever,” Lina wrote on Facebook.She added, “My boss of 14 years MARCO was killed. We argued like husband and wife over the years. Today remembering the good times of which there were many! Heartfelt sympathy to all the family. God bless. read more