Blockchain is another example of an exponential hard trend that is becoming disruptive rather quickly. Not only are we seeing the projected influence of Blockchain in our daily lives, but the implications for its use in business are incredible.
I want to share with you a number of resources about Blockchain that I have found to be very interesting, but also groundbreaking for me. As an IT leader you must get a handle on this technology that has the potential to revolutionize, well, everything.
My guest this week is Alex Tapscott. Alex is the co-author of the critically acclaimed non-fiction bestseller Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World. A Definitive Guide for Business IT Leaders, this book is “on how to survive and thrive in this next wave of technology-driven disruption. Likely to become one of the iconic books of our time.” (Clay Christensen, author of The Innovator’s Dilemma)
During a recent security assessment RedZone asked the customer a standard question about password management:
“Are your passwords being changed on this outsourced web server?”
With Heartbleed,WordPress, and SSL vulnerabilities, an assessor must ask this question. The customer was insistent that the passwords are being changed frequently. That same day the customer received notification from the FBI that their site was hacked, and was being used as spam relay. Vast quantities of data were being hoisted from their site. Why? Because they had not recently changed their passwords. They had made the process of guessing the password easy. The attacker literally had to do nothing except guess a password.