Many workers trudge back to the office on the Monday after Thanksgiving, turn on their computers and, instead of working, start shopping for bargains, writes Bill Brenner. That makes "Cyber Monday" the perfect time for hackers to strike, Brenner notes, so IT professionals need to be at the top of their game. He advises turning on all security systems, monitoring networks for unusual activity and training employees to recognize scams and malicious sites.
Far too few chief information officers spend time evaluating new technologies, Thornton A. May writes. "I know times are hard. ... But are we done with new technologies? ... Has an obsession with cost killed our capacity for exploration?" May writes. Venture capitalists and startup CEOs continue to champion new technologies, he notes, but the IT crowd needs to make an effort to build bridges between the startup and technology communities.