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Keeping Pace with DigitalDisruption.com

Here are some of the past week's highlights from DigitalDisruption.com, Acquia's portal for examining the impact of digital disruption.

From CDO to CEO: What’s Driving the Chief Digital Officer to CEO Career Path?

The facts are clear: An increasing number of Chief Digital Officers (CDOs) are being tapped to become CEOs.

Earlier this year, JB Perette, CDO of Discovery Communications, was appointed CEO of Discovery Networks International.

According to the new CDO Talent Map 2014, by CDO Club founder David Mathison, seven Chief Digital Officers became CEOs, and four CDOs became Board Directors in 2013 alone.

That’s a staggering figure, considering there are just a few hundred CDOs to date.

Stunning enough that our original research was quoted by McKinsey & Company, the MIT Sloan Management Review, ZDNet, I-CIO, and CMS Wire, among others.

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The New Snapchat May Revolutionize Viral Social Media

Snapchat has released an update of its app, the first since January. But if that doesn't impress you, the reaction of teens around the world should. With its update, Snapchat is bringing chat and video sharing capabilities to its already viral social media platform. Snapchat saw an opportunity to truly leverage the power of digital to make the next vial social sharing experience platform.

Tracie Schroeder, a high school teacher in Kansas was interviewed by Business Insider about how her students handled the new Snapchat update:

"Today was the first day in a long time I actually took phones away. I have no idea what all was included in the update, but you would have thought it was crack. They seriously could not keep away from it. I even had one girl crawl under the table with her phone.

At that point I took all the phones away and we had a little reminder chat about when it was appropriate to use your phone and when it was not. Also that it was rarely appropriate to hide under the table."

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Locking Down the Cloud: Countering Automated Attacks

At last year’s Cloud Security Alliance Congress, Philip Lieberman raised an issue that brought home to me why automation is now a must-have when it comes to security. Not just for cloud security, for all computer security.

photoIn his talk, Philip, who is the founder and president of Lieberman software, which sells cloud IT administration and privileged identity management tools, detailed some of the techniques employed by a new breed of hackers, who are often backed by nation-states.

These attackers have moved beyond the smash-and-grab-style and are now using a "low and slow" approach, quietly infiltrating a cloud environment without detection, then stealthily monitoring a target's cloud activity for a period of months, or even years.

Because this type of attack is becoming automated, Lieberman advocated for the use of automated password management for access to cloud systems, which makes sense.

This is not the kind of attacker you catch with manual techniques. You have to fight automation with automation.

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The Future of Medicine Through Google Glass

Google Cambridge, MA on April 23, 2014 witnessed an overflow crowd as brilliant minds focused on applications for Google Glass in the medical fields. Over 200 turned out from Physicians, Developers, Hospital Administrators and members of the press. Some even flew in from California for the opportunity to meet with the top minds working on advancing patient care and safety via the wearable heads-up, hands-free tool that is Google Glass.

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