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Don’t forget the people

Some statistics claim that 90% of security breaches involve human error. That means human error is the biggest cyber security risk for your company.

The pandemic and remote working make this even more critical than before. There’s been a huge increase in attacks since the start of the pandemic. Working from home has a different set of risks. And your friendly IT support person is no longer a desk away.

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What's next?

Virtual training and our next “new reality”

There is no comfort zone in our current Covid-centric reality.

We know life is uncertain, but we used to believe we could plan for the future. The pandemic proved us wrong.

That lack of certainty about the future has kept us off-balance. We all had to find ways to deal with the uncertainty. Some of us hoped that it would end soon and everything would go back to normal.

But it didn’t end soon and life hasn’t gone back to normal. Now that vaccinations are (almost) a reality, everyone is wondering:

“What will life post-Covid look like?”

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Hairdressers and Programmers

We’ve all had to learn new ways to do things during the pandemic. Before the hair salons re-opened, many people decided to cut their own hair. Youtube has about 50,000 matches for the search “cut your own hair during lockdown”.

Of course, Youtube also has a few thousand videos about disastrous lockdown haircuts. Because it takes more than a few videos to build competence.

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Beware of rabbit holes!

You might have heard the expression “to go down the rabbit hole”.

It comes from the novel “Alice in Wonderland” written by Lewis Carroll in the 19th century. Alice falls down a rabbit hole, has quite a long trip, and lands in a strange place called Wonderland.

A rabbit hole can be a metaphor for something that transports you into a wonderful (or peculiar) place. But what we usually mean, is that we got extremely distracted. When we “go down the rabbit hole,” it means we spend a lot more time than we planned on something.

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Two things we get wrong

A few days ago, ITWeb published an article about a program for software graduates. This upskilling programme will give seven interns a chance to work with senior developers over nine months.

It’s a great idea. But it highlights two problems in the South African IT industry. Both problems are favourite topics of mine, so I’m going to indulge in a little ranting this week.

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The benefits of a (REAL) classroom

One of the delegates on a recent SQL course made this comment on her course evaluation form:

Having tried numerous online courses, this is the first time I understood SQL and was able to write queries. 😊 Thank you”

This is not the first time this year we’ve had a comment along these lines. The past few years have seen an increase in the use of online learning. Some of our clients have no budget for classroom-based training. Instead they have bought packages from organisations like Udemy, and their employees have only e-learning as an option.

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Oops! Mistake.

It’s Not Actually a Bug

Programmers need to be trained. Just because they can do something, doesn’t mean they can’t do it better.

If you don’t know how something works, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. It just means you don’t know how it works.

In the 17th century, Alexander Pope famously said: “A little learning is a dangerous thing.”

Who would have thought that his words would apply so well to 21st century systems? Continue reading