Inside CTO/CIO - March 5th, 2019 |

Inside CTO/CIO (Mar 5th, 2019)

RSAC recap, Alphabet Chronicle launches, MariaDB lashes out at Oracle

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1. RSAC 2019 opened its biggest year so far with hot startups, AI fears, and the IT talent shortage. Axonius won “Most Innovative Startup" selected from a group of 10 finalists. Monday's big seminar addressed the theme of a widely-cited ESG survey that concluded “Cyber security is one of the top areas of IT skills shortages.” Early RSAC coverage also includes info that most consumers reject data privacy practices that hassle them, and concerns about automation enabling crime. This year's conference highlights why C-suite pros need to make sure CISOs are connected to the rest of the company. Meanwhile, exhibitors are weirder than ever. RSAC continues all week, until Friday, March 8. --RSA CONFERENCE

2. Google's Alphabet launched its enterprise cybersecurity company. The company, called Chronicle, is described as "Google Photos but for business’ network security," according to Chronicle CEO Stephen Gillett. Chronicle's inaugural service, Backstory, stores a company's infrastructure data, such as domain name servers or employee laptops and phones. Then it is placed into a Chronicle-installed collection of servers on a customer’s premises, where the info is organized and made searchable.  --FORBES

3. MariaDB's CEO has accused large cloud vendors Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Oracle of strip-mining open source. At user and developer conference MariaDB OpenWorks in Manhattan's Financial District, CEO Michael Howard said the company believes proprietary and closed licenses are dead. Those were not just fighting words: MariaDB saw five times the number of Oracle migrations happening over the last year. This includes one of the largest banks in the world, Development Bank of Singapore, and fresh news of the Walgreens-Boots move to MariaDB in its new open-source push. --ZDNET

4. IBM interns have found 19 vulnerabilities in automated systems that corporations use to check visitors into their facilities. According to CyberScoop's report, some vendors of the poorly-secured guest management systems are readying patches -- but some are not. The attacks can be used to establish a foothold and attack corporate networks via kiosk environment breakouts, as well as leading to data exfiltration, network access, and even physical access. --CYBERSCOOP

5. Red Hat's new will be an online public registry for finding Kubernetes Operator services. Red Hat, which is being acquired by IBM, last week joined forces with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft to launch the Kubernetes clearinghouse. --DATA KNOWLEDGE CENTER

6. There are 15 non-obvious HPC experts worth following on Twitter if you want to stay up to date on high-performance computing. Like it or not, Twitter is IT's public water cooler, so this extremely helpful list of news, technical authorities, and data scientists is the best way to stay current. --ENTERPRISE.NTX

7. A new report finds that two-fifths of Europe’s AI start-ups do not use any artificial intelligence programs in their products. Highlighting the hype, London-based investment firm MMC Ventures could not find any evidence of AI apps in 40 percent of 2,830 companies claiming to be AI-focused. --FINANCIAL TIMES

8. For the first time in its history Apple is hiring more software people than hardware people. In a twist for the hardware company, this month "Software and Services" (previously Software Engineering) is the biggest category for which Apple is hiring. --THINKNUM

9. Rackspace and Pure Storage have partnered to create a high-performance block storage offering. The companies combine strengths in cloud infrastructure and enterprise storage, providing a cost-effective foundation for easier hybrid mobility, fast block storage, and easing migration headaches. --CHANNEL FUTURES

10. A glitch accidentally admitted 15K people to Y Combinator's 3K Startup School: now it'll make the same “mistake” on purpose. Based on value, the accelerator program discarded its application program to transform a selective program into a massive open online course.  --RECODE

This newsletter is curated and authored by author and reporter Violet Blue, who covers security and privacy for outlets ranging from CBS News and CNET to Financial Times and ZDNet. Ms. Blue has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN, she writes the Engadget column "Bad Password," and she is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. Violet is on the Advisory Board for privacy nonprofit Without My Consent and a member of the Internet Press Guild. Find her sharing thoughts on Twitter @violetblue.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (managing editor at Inside, a Pittsburgh-based journalist with recent bylines in the NYTimes and Columbia Journalism Review.) and Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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