|By Peter Silva||
|January 7, 2014 12:38 PM EST||
So I’ve been staring at this blinking cursor for the last 5 minutes wondering what story to tell. ‘Once upon a time, there was a….‘ No that won’t work. ‘It was a dark and dreary night as our protagonist grudgingly dragged his feet toward the impending…‘ No, not that either. How about, ‘The waves were big, mean and fast that day…the kind of day where Eddie would go.’ Nah, too local boy.
After a few weeks break and with so much going on within information technology, I sometimes find it difficult to zero in on something interesting with so many choices. So I decided to do a mini blog buffet….the best in town, I say!
The big news this week seems to be the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). From connected and driverless cars to interactive kitchens to wearable technology to the massive ultra HD televisions to even toothbrushes, the Internet of Things is certainly poised to take over the world in 2014. There are, of course, risks with all these embedded systems.
There was the Target breach right at the height of the holiday shopping season nailing 40 some thousand credit and debit cards in the process. I had a browser tab The 10 Worst Data Breaches of 2013 saved since before the new year for an article but this most recent debacle will certainly make all of 2014′s lists. I was in Target a couple days ago retuning something and the person in front of me was asked, ‘Do you want cash or credited back on the card?‘ He dryly answered, ‘Well, I got a letter from my bank this week saying they are replacing my card due to your breach, so I’ll just take the cash.’ Mine was an even exchange.
There was the FireEye – Mandiant deal struck slightly before the ball dropped and announced after the 12th ding. Interesting blend of attack detection along with attack response. The timing seemed perfect in the wake of the Target news.
And finally, our very own John McAdam earned Puget Sound Business Journal Executive of the Year for 2013. I first met John when I joined F5 in 2004. We had less than 1000 employees at the time and our sales conference that year was at a local Seattle hotel. During one of the breaks, Ken Salchow took me over to introduce me to McAdam, who was sitting in a chair fiddling with his blackberry. Now you’d think that the first time meeting your CEO you’d be all proper, business-like…Sir. Not me. As Ken did the formalities, the first words out of my mouth were, ‘What’s your high score on brick breaker?‘ John’s face lit up with a smile, a determination in his eye and without missing a beat, shoved his phone in my face and taunted, ‘Can you beat that?’ It was wonderful and crushing at the same time since his score trounced mine. This was well before internet on planes and playing brick breaker was a way to pass time in the air. For the next several months as we did our individual business travel, we would send each other our high score(s) wrapped in a bit of bragging. There was actually a few of us on the thread, all hoping to blast the others. Then one day, one of the competitors (who had been on an overseas flight if I remember correctly) sent a score that blew everyone away. That was it, game over. But I’ll never forget how the CEO included a relatively new guy into a fun little group of folks trying to one up each other. I’ve been here ever since.
Welcome to the Year of the Horse!
- Top 10 products revealed at CES 2014 so far
- Customers paying the price after Target breach
- The 10 Worst Data Breaches of 2013
- The Internet of Things and DNS
- Looking to 2014
- Executive of Year: F5 Networks CEO John McAdam strikes the perfect balance
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