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.

Commercial drones take off to deliver new data and business models

5 security practices hackers say make their lives harder

5 security practices hackers say make their lives harder

Hackers believe no password is safe from a determined attacker, but they agree that five key security measures can make it a lot harder to penetrate enterprise networks.

Teradata Accelerators help put IoT on the fast track

Teradata Accelerators help put IoT on the fast track

A new set of technology-agnostic software-and-service solutions from Teradata aim to help companies rapidly transform business models and optimize processes using IoT sensor data streams.

How Adobe uses machine learning to drive marketing success

How Adobe uses machine learning to drive marketing success

Adobe's new data science tool, Segment Comparison for Analysis Workspace, leverages machine learning to help marketers uncover the key characteristics of the audience segments driving KPIs.

Laptops most often stolen from most unlikely place

Laptops most often stolen from most unlikely place

The rise of mobile has led many CIOs to fret about data loss from lost or stolen devices. A new study suggests IT theft in the office should be a primary concern.

Open source R extension simplifies data science with IBM Watson

Open source R extension simplifies data science with IBM Watson

Open source R extension is designed to help data scientists access a bevy of Watson services without leaving their native development environment.

Hortonworks DataFlow 2.0 focuses on enterprise readiness

Hortonworks DataFlow 2.0 focuses on enterprise readiness

Hortonworks updates platform for dataflow management and streaming analytics.

8 tips to get more bang for your big data convergence bucks

8 tips to get more bang for your big data convergence bucks

CIOs can achieve cost savings and productivity gains from the convergence of development, IT ops and BI strategy.

Dell Services innovation lab for SAP-HANA creates superior solutions for customers

Dell Services innovation lab for SAP-HANA creates superior solutions for customers

Dell Services allows customers to analyze the ins and outs of migrating to SAP HANA and the SAP S/4HANA business suite and then jumpstart applications for business transformation.

Connected medical device makers need to step up security

Connected medical device makers need to step up security

The internet of things (IoT) shows huge promise in the healthcare sector, but there are serious security implications. Device manufacturers need to do more to secure devices and hospital CIOs need to demand better security.

Databricks unveils commercial support for Apache Spark 2.0

Databricks unveils commercial support for Apache Spark 2.0

Apache Spark 2.0 is now generally available on the Databricks data platform. The company touts five to 10x performance increases over Spark 1.6 and new support for continuous applications with structured streaming.

Businesses failing to secure privileged accounts

Businesses failing to secure privileged accounts

A new benchmark survey finds that more than half of organizations have a failing grade when it comes to securing privileged accounts that can give attackers access to their entire networks.

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