Show me the evidence. I think auditors chuckle inside when they say “show me the evidence.” It’s part of their craft to seek and inspect. Over the past several years I’ve been giving documentation and evidence to auditors for various IT controls. With regard to policies, procedures, and standard practices auditors want to see more than a one-time pieces of evidence. They want to see proof that the behavior is happening on a regular basis. It’s the classic audit trail. SharePoint – Love it. Hate it. I’ve had my moments with SharePoint on a few items related to workflow. But one valuable attribute I’ve found with the tool is the ability to version documents and lists. This capability creates the perfect audit trail and evidence proof. Example 1 – Annual Policy Updates I keep version information in two places for policy documents. The first is in the document header. This
How will I pass-down all my digital content? Last January, I penned my thoughts about how I could shape my personal digital legacy. The topic came up again this week during a holiday gathering and I referenced my previous blog post during the discussion. (Doesn’t it sound so geek to cite a blog post during a family discussion?) As we discussed digitizing photos and storing them “in the cloud” it occurred to me that content, such as photos, also need context to provide meaning. I was thinking about all the old family photos I’ve seen over the years. Not only did I not know who many of the people were in the photos but I also didn’t know anything about the event. I relied on my parents or grandparents to tell me who the people were and the story the photos captured. Without context the photos were meaningless to me
Most of the time when I browse and consume content on internet pages I’m trying to scan and read. Ads and videos that automatically start playing are more of a nuisance. They produce noise, delay the page from loading, and require I scroll through the page to stop them. Last year I disabled flash player content from playing automatically in my Chrome browser by disabling plugin in the settings. To do this type following in the web address bar: chrome://plugins/ Then disable the player but make sure the box is checked to allow it to run. Now a page that has videos that automatically load displays this Microsoft, Google, and Mozilla have announced plans to disable flash by default on future releases of their browsers. The reasons that drive this decision are performance and security. I’d like to add nuisance reduction as well 😉 Onward and upward!
Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun. I remember that McDonald’s commercial like it was yesterday. Now, decades later, I’m still fascinated with ‘special sauce’, just not the sauce on a Big Mac. The topic is universal. What makes companies and groups successful? This article from Harvard Business Review about corporate survival examines the increased failure rate of companies that start today versus those that started before 1980. Their research found that, “firms listed after 2000 spent more than twice as much as earlier firms (in percentage terms) on organizational capital and half as much on physical assets…..But that advantage is a double-edged sword, they add: The good news is the newer firms are more nimble. The bad news for these firms is that their days are numbered, unless they continually innovate.” Innovation encompasses special sauce. Some companies find it by creating a
Ack! This story about Eugene Kaspersky complaining about Microsoft including antivirus software with Windows 10 touched a nerve. I had flashbacks to the litigation against Microsoft and Internet Explorer bundling in the late 1990s. Fast forward 16 years later from the browser showdown and we see that Internet Explorer is currently only the third most widely used browser in the market. That doesn’t sound like a monopoly to me. Could there be parallels to this story and a lesson for Kaspersky? What happens when like-products compete on value, ease of use, and reputation in the marketplace? There’s plenty of room for competition in anti-virus software market too. Will the best antivirus packages step forward? Microsoft In my experience helping friends with personal computer issues at home, I found that most have the antivirus installed that was bundled with the computer. But typically the free trial subscription has expired. That’s certainly