Thor Olavsrud

Senior Writer

Thor Olavsrud covers IT security, big data, open source technology, Microsoft tools and servers for CIO.com. He resides in New York.

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Digital transformation forces businesses to rethink cybersecurity

Digital transformation forces businesses to rethink cybersecurity

Enterprises are increasingly bringing together security professionals with operations teams and developers.

Security tops app services priority list

Security tops app services priority list

Organizations are increasingly deploying application services to keep their applications humming, and for the first time, they are prioritizing security services over availability services.

5 data breach predictions for 2017

5 data breach predictions for 2017

To help you stay ahead of emerging threats, here are five key data breach trends that you should anticipate in 2017.

Millennials push for public cloud, innovation

Millennials push for public cloud, innovation

Millennials are moving into IT decision-maker roles in their organizations. A study by Microsoft and Wakefield Research suggests they are more likely than their non-millennial peers to push their organizations to embrace the public...

4 information security threats that will dominate 2017

4 information security threats that will dominate 2017

Cybercriminals are becoming more sophisticated and collaborative with every coming year. To combat the threat in 2017, information security professionals must understand these four global security threats.

Top 5 internet of things trends of 2016

Top 5 internet of things trends of 2016

The internet of things (IoT) promises to change our world --- and 2016 was the year it began to realize that potential.

Analytics 50: How big data innovators reap results

Analytics 50: How big data innovators reap results

Five winners of the 2016 CIO.com and Drexel University Analytics 50 awards share details of their projects, lessons learned and advice.

Top 4 big data and analytics trends of 2016

Top 4 big data and analytics trends of 2016

Big data and advanced analytics continued to make inroads in the enterprise in 2016 as organizations learned how to interrogate data to better understand their customers and drive efficiencies.

Top 4 security trends of 2016

Top 4 security trends of 2016

As digital transformation overtook the enterprise in 2016, security professionals have struggled to keep up with a shifting technology and cultural landscape while keeping one eye ahead on the threat horizon.

Businesses eye cloud for big data deployments

Businesses eye cloud for big data deployments

Big data cloud deployments have surged over the past year and business intelligence is now the number 1 big data workload, according to a new survey of big data professionals.

MariaDB adds support for big data analytics

MariaDB adds support for big data analytics

MariaDB announces general availability of MariaDB ColumnStore 1.0, which is designed to provide a single SQL interface for analytic and transactional workloads.

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