Daily Tech Digest – October 09, 2019


Blockchain: Why the revolution is still a decade awayAccording to Adrian Lee, who researched the report, this was caused by a “lack of industry consensus” on key features of the technology, such as product concept, application requirements or target market. In other words, blockchain has been a victim of its own hype. Its potential benefits raised huge expectations, but in reality it is not mature enough yet to be efficiently implemented at scale. Litan compares this to the adoption of the internet: users don’t have to worry about understanding protocols such as DNS or TCP/IP. This is why browsing the web is scalable, and it is why it became so mainstream. But if an enterprise wants to implement blockchain, it’s a whole different story. Individual companies have to worry about picking a platform, coming up with a smart contract language, or using a specific system interface and consensus algorithms. … Avivah Litan, research vice-president at Gartner, doesn’t see this happening before 2028, which is when she expects the technology to be fully scalable.7 Considerations Before Adopting Security StandardsISO 27001. PCI DSS. GDPR. When it comes to business and security standards, it’s easy to get lost in the alphabet soup of acronyms. How can you discern which ones are right for your organization? Start by asking some high-level questions as to what you hope to accomplish by adopting them – and how adhering to standards can help your growth, says Khushbu Pratap, a senior principal analyst at Gartner who covers risk and compliance. “The most important questions to ask [are]: Are your customers asking for it, and do your stakeholders think a particular standard is important?” says Pratap. Assuming the answers are yes, there are additional factors to think through before moving ahead with a strategy for compliance. The seven practical tips outlined in this feature will help. Heavily regulated organizations typically have special teams that work on these standards, but even for them, use this list as a chance to take a step back and better target your standards compliance and certification teams.Developers’ Code Reuse Security Conundrum: Cut, Paste, FailFor writing more secure code, culture remains another challenge. Stu Hirst, principal cloud security engineer at British online food order and delivery service Just Eat, speaking at last week’s ScotSoft conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, advocated literally showing developers the risks that poor or poor-quality reBlockchain: Why the revolution is still a decade awayAccording to Adrian Lee, who researched the report, this was caused by a “lack of industry consensus” on key features of the technology, such as product concept, application requirements or target market. In other words, blockchain has been a victim of its own hype. Its potential benefits raised huge expectations, but in reality it is not mature enough yet to be efficiently implemented at scale. Litan compares this to the adoption of the internet: users don’t have to worry about understanding protocols such as DNS or TCP/IP. This is why browsing the web is scalable, and it is why it became so mainstream. But if an enterprise wants to implement blockchain, it’s a whole different story. Individual companies have to worry about picking a platform, coming up with a smart contract language, or using a specific system interface and consensus algorithms. … Avivah Litan, research vice-president at Gartner, doesn’t see this happening before 2028, which is when she expects the technology to be fully scalable.7 Considerations Before Adopting Security StandardsISO 27001. PCI DSS. GDPR. When it comes to business and security standards, it’s easy to get lost in the alphabet soup of acronyms. How can you discern which ones are right for your organization? Start by asking some high-level questions as to what you hope to accomplish by adopting them – and how adhering to standards can help your growth, says Khushbu Pratap, a senior principal analyst at Gartner who covers risk and compliance. “The most important questions to ask [are]: Are your customers asking for it, and do your stakeholders think a particular standard is important?” says Pratap. Assuming the answers are yes, there are additional factors to think through before moving ahead with a strategy for compliance. The seven practical tips outlined in this feature will help. Heavily regulated organizations typically have special teams that work on these standards, but even for them, use this list as a chance to take a step back and better target your standards compliance and certification teams.Developers’ Code Reuse Security Conundrum: Cut, Paste, FailFor writing more secure code, culture remains another challenge. Stu Hirst, principal cloud security engineer at British online food order and delivery service Just Eat, speaking at last week’s ScotSoft conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, advocated literally showing developers the risks that poor or poor-quality reRead More

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