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Practice safe software

If you’re in the market for a new house, there’s no shortage of sites providing pointers on what to look for and what to avoid. The same goes for people looking to buy a car.

IT departments shopping for software, however, don’t have it as easy.

The Software Assurance Forum for Excellence in Code (SAFECode) has recently issued a document to change that and make it easier for buyers to avoid software riddled with flaws.

The industry group’s white paper, Principles for Software Assurance Assessment, comes with a list questions that corporate software buyers should ask their suppliers before purchasing a product.

The unconnected life

Have you ever wondered what life would be like without the Internet?

Residents of a small town in B.C. got to find out — and most weren’t exactly happy about the experience.

“It’s the same as going from the car to horse,” said Mayor Galina Durant of the District of Stewart. “To stay without the Internet, it’s like you cut a line of life.”

The northwestern B.C. town of 500 located along the B.C.-Alaska border lost its Internet connection when it failed to find a replacement for the Internet service provided by not-for-profit OneWayOut.net Society, which shut down its service after operating for some 20 years.

The best of expertIP

BYOW in the enterprise — not

Canadians have bought into the wearable technology craze, but enterprises still aren’t sold on it.

That’s the main takeaway from research conducted by IDC Canada on wearable tech adoption.

Only four per cent of Canadian companies use wearables and just 10 per cent have plans to deploy them within the next two years.

The survey hints at two reasons for resistance to the technology: the cost of the devices and lack of applicable apps.

But there’s another factor that might prove to be a stronger deterrent.

The enterprise simply has no need for wearables right now, according to Emily Taylor, IDC Canada’s senior wearables analyst.

Why network admins need to have a feel for emotional intelligence

Tech skills are vital, but IT professionals also need to develop their emotional intelligence (EI) if they want to get ahead in their careers.

EI refers to a person’s ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. And when it comes to hiring or promoting people, companies routinely look through the lens of emotional intelligence, according to Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ.

This means IT professionals who are technically superior, but less socially adept than their colleagues, run the risk of being overlooked for promotions.

DDoS attackers get their game on

Video game developers typically prepare their network for high availability and traffic spikes during the first few weeks and months of a new launch.

This helps ensure 24/7 availability, but also makes the network an attractive target for perpetrators of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.

Martine Robitaille, the Montreal-based technical sales manager for Allstream, says firewalls and intrusion prevention systems are not enough to thwart such attacks.

He recommends network administrators deploy proactive solutions such as APS from Arbor Networks. The solution automatically detects DDoS attacks before they can do any damage.

Of course, your security strategy should include a backup plan.

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