Paul Rubens

Freelance techology journalist for BBC, Financial Times, Economist, and many other publications. Editor of

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Enterprise Networking Planet
Adopting Encrypted DNS in Enterprise Environments

The internet was not built with security in mind, and there are few parts of the internet infrastructure where this is more evident than the design of the domain name system (DNS).

BBC News
Minimising the hacker threat

Businesses should stop worrying about preventing intruders getting into their computer networks, and concentrate instead on minimising the damage they cause when they do. That's the view of James Lewis, a cybersecurity expert at the Washington DC-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

What CIOs need to know about open source forking

Picture this: Your company is ticking along nicely, making use of a reliable and well-engineered piece of software to support some important business process, when suddenly it becomes apparent that all is not well in the project's developer community. A fork is in the cards, and the very future of the project hangs in the balance.

BBC News
How playing computer games can make the world safer

Playing computer games can help make the world a safer place. Yes, really. Maybe not blockbusters like Grand Theft Auto, but a new type of game designed to perform another function while you're playing it. Take Binary Fission, for example. It challenges you to sort coloured atomic particles in as few steps as possible.

Where Do M.2 High Capacity SSDs Fit in the Data Center?

There is, they say, more than one way to skin a cat. And if you are after high capacity SSD storage there's more than one way to get it. Put simply, you can go for one big high capacity SSD or lots of little high capacity SSDs.
How 2 Legal Cases May Decide the Future of Open Source Software

The days of open source software free lunches are rapidly coming to an end, and that means enterprises that fail to stick to the terms of open source licenses can expect to be sued. That's the stark warning from Mark Radcliffe, a licensing expert and partner at law firm DLA Piper.

Do APIs Pose a Security Risk?

APIs offer a new and powerful attack vector for hackers. Fortunately, API management products can help organizations boost their API security. Good security has never been more important, yet attack surfaces have ballooned over the past few years. One reason: APIs. Ten years ago enterprises built monolithic enterprise software applications with a limited number of (relatively) easy-to-secure interfaces.
Why it's time to learn COBOL

"When I was in college 30 years ago COBOL was declared dead, but it's still going strong and it's still a very good language." So says Leon Kappelman, a professor of information systems at the University of North Texas (UNT).

BBC Technology of Business
Has the humble password had its day?

Passwords are a pain. We choose simple words that are easy to remember, but equally easy for hackers to guess. Yet we still forget them. And they also get stolen with alarming frequency.

Enterprise Storage Forum
Does 3D XPoint Spell the End for Flash Storage?

If your storage systems are due a refresh and you are planning future purchases, then there's a huge elephant in the room that needs addressing: Intel and Micron's high performance 3D XPoint technology.
How tech giants spread open source programming love

"Go is a programming language designed by Google to help solve Google's problems." So said Rob Pike, one of the Go language's designers. That may be the case, yet the open source language is increasingly being adopted by enterprises around the world for building applications at large scale.

7 ways to get more from Slack

Slack exploded onto the group chat scene almost three years ago, and if you're a developer you've almost certainly come across it. One reason for Slack's popularity with developers - as well as the wider community - is that it's easy to sign in to Slack and use it anywhere, according to Adam Preset, Gartner's research director for digital workplace.
Can citizen developers bring shadow IT into the light?

Citizen developer tools that allow business staff to build applications are becoming increasingly powerful and can lead to important productivity gains. That's the view of Mark Driver, a research director at Gartner. He expects citizen development efforts to expand significantly over the next five years.

BBC News
'Paying by smart watch? That'll do nicely' - BBC News

When hipster customers at Newcomer Wines grab a bottle of Austrian vino, they expect to be able to pay using their Apple smart watches. Cash is decidedly old hat. The ability to accept Apple Pay is important to reinforce the wine merchant's trendy image, says co-founder Peter Honegger.
How to Develop Applications for the Internet of Things

What's the best way to build an application that could do anything from control home appliances remotely to gather meteorological data from sensors to produce a weather forecast? Startups offering data ingestion platforms take much of the hard work out of developing for the Internet of Things.

What are containers and why do you need them?

Docker exploded onto the scene a couple of years ago, and it's been causing excitement in IT circles ever since. The application container technology provided by Docker promises to change the way that IT operations are carried out just as virtualization technology did a few years previously.

BBC Technology of Business
Helping feed the world with big data

The analysis of large volumes of data collected from fields, warehouses, trucks - and even animals' stomachs - may be key to preventing widespread hunger in the coming decades.


BBC Technology of Business
Why IT failures are unlikely to go away

Business deals that have to be aborted, staff who don't receive their wages, invoices that don't get paid on time - companies can face potentially catastrophic disruption when their banks suffer computer system failures.

Enterprise Networking Planet
Ten Tips to Make Your SSL Secure

Does you SSL server have misconfigurations and known vulnerabilities that make it insecure?
10 Things You Should Know About Apple's Swift

Apple recently unveiled Swift, a new language to replace Objective-C for OS X and iOS application development. Apple won't accept submissions built using Swift to the iOS or Mac App Store until the fall, when iOS 8 and the next version of OS X (Yosemite) ship, so there's still some time to learn the ins and outs of this new programming language.

Cybercrime shopping list prices fall

Fancy a bank account with $300,000 (£184,000) in it? If you know where to look and you don't mind dealing with cybercriminals then the going rate is just $300.

BBC Future
Crash tests: Not for dummies

Why the changing shape and weight of the driving population is forcing car manufacturers to look for new ways to test vehicles.



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