Editor’s note: There is a lot going on in the world of IT, from emerging technologies to digital transformation and new cybersecurity threats. However, we can’t possibly cover it all, so we’ll bring you This Week in IT, a curated summary of IT and enterprise technology stories each week.
The difficulties of vulnerability management in DevSecOps
New research from vulnerability management platform company Rezilion shows that 66% of organizations are dealing with a massive backlog of vulnerabilities, with 66% saying their backlog consists of more than 100,000 security bugs. Further, more than three-quarters of respondents say detecting and remediating just one vulnerability in takes at least 21 minutes, and 80% say their organizations spend more than 16 minutes to detect just one bug in production.
CISA, NSA publish advisory on operational technology and industrial control system defense
The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency along with the National Security Agency have issued an advisory about control system defense for operational technology and industrial control systems to give owners and operators an understanding of tactics, techniques and procedures used by threat actors. The information builds on previous guidance released in 2021 and 2020.
The agencies say the advisory is designed to help secure critical infrastructure and protect assets from cyberattacks, including from nation-state groups and others that target these systems to achieve political gains, economic advantages or destructive effects.
SMBs investing in tech to support innovation
A new report from CompTIA shows that U.S. small and mid-sized businesses are shifting their tech investment strategies and are hiring skilled tech workers to drive innovation. The study shows that 28% of SMBs want to spend on tech that boosts innovation, compared with just 19% in 2021. Further, 39% want to hire additional tech staff this year, compared to just 25% that said the same in 2021.
About half of SMBs surveyed say their tech spending level if just right, 22% say it’s too high, and a quarter don’t believe they’re spending enough on tech.
Gartner IT Symposium/Xpo set for next month
The Gartner IT symposium/Xpo will be held Oct. 17-20 at the Walt Diskey World Swan and Dolphin Resort. The IT research giant says over 8,000 CIOs and IT leaders will attend the four-day conference to hear from over 140 Gartner experts and 185 solution providers in more than 500 sessions. Keynotes will include
- Julie Sweet, Chair and CEO, Accenture
- General David H. Petraeus, Director, CIA (2011-2012), Commander of U.S. and International Security Assistance Forces-Afghanistan (2010-2011); Partner, KKR
- Mike Krzyzewski, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Duke University (1980 – 2022)
- Nicole Malachowski, First Woman Thunderbird Pilot; Combat Veteran, Fighter Squadron Commander; White House Fellow and Adviser
- Emmanuel Acho, NYT Bestselling Author, Emmy Award Winner, Host & Fox Sports Analyst