Aberdeen Angus im Gadental an den Steilhängen des Muttawangjoch oder auch Mutterwangjoch genannt. Im Hintegrund die Südflanke des Feuerstein 2271m. (c) Böhringer Friedrich (CC BY-SA 3.0 AT)

Risky Monocultures: In Agriculture or IT Systems, It’s Bad Risk Taking

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You wouldn’t think that books discussing agronomics would have much to say relevant to Organizational Structure, IT Management or Knowledge Management. You’d be wrong, of course, but you can see how people would think that. I’d like to show how some of the ideas being debated in the agricultural industry’s fringes can illuminate our own issues. James C. Scott, in …

Epipremnum pinnatum (refused entry sticker on box). (c) Forest & Kim Starr. (CC BY 3.0)

Role Based Access Control (RBAC) vs. Access Control Lists (ACLs)

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Executive Summary From a security perspective, RBAC always provides superior security to ACLs. However, there are places where the cost of using RBAC would be too high. These include: the security of Windows file systems, Oracle/Sybase/SQL Server DBA and employee-specific functions such as where an employee manages his or her own 401(k). Developers should use RBAC in almost all cases. …