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Controversial Plan Urges DoD to Recruit Tech Pros to WFHOctober 2, 2020The United States Defense Innovation Board has recommended that the Pentagon hire civilians to work from home who can handle classified information as a way of attracting people with technology expertise. The individuals sought "will have technical degrees and/or highly specialized skills in digital…
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Controversial Plan Urges DoD to Recruit Tech Pros to WFH

October 2, 2020

The United States Defense Innovation Board recommend the Pentagon hire civilians to work from home

The United States Defense Innovation Board has recommended that the Pentagon hire civilians to work from home who can handle classified information as a way of attracting people with technology expertise. The individuals sought “will have technical degrees and/or highly specialized skills in digital technologies and innovation needed across the U.S. Department of Defense,” which is undergoing digital transformation. [More…]

Cybersecurity Assessment and the Zero Trust Model

October 1, 2020

zero trust cybersecurity principles

Instead of legacy security models that differentiate a “trusted” interior from an untrusted external one, zero trust instead assumes that all networks and hosts are equally untrustworthy. Once this fundamental shift in assumptions is made, you start to make different decisions about what, who, and when to trust, and acceptable validation methods to confirm a request or transaction is allowed. [More…]

The Risks and Consequences of Lax Patch Management

September 29, 2020

cybersecurity patch management policies

Earlier this month, a woman with a life-threatening condition passed away after hackers crashed the IT systems of a major hospital in the city of Dusseldorf. Incidents like this raise the question of why corporations do not patch vulnerabilities as soon as software manufacturers issue a fix. [More…]

Microsoft Ignite and Dominating the Future of Tech the Right Way

September 28, 2020

Microsoft Ignite 2020 Satya Nadella

At Microsoft Ignite last week, the breadth and focus that Microsoft demonstrated were arguably well beyond what any other company is capable of doing. This lesson is worth remembering because Microsoft, unlike its peers facing antitrust action, is showing how to become powerful without becoming a threat. The result is far more powerful and far less risky than the company’s prior path. [More…]

Cybersecurity Conundrum: Who’s Responsible for Securing IoT Networks?

September 24, 2020

cybersecurity of IoT networks

Surely spurred by the work-from-home necessities of 2020, people have connected a multitude of non-business devices to their corporate networks, making it progressively difficult to implement cybersecurity because every device is a potential weak point. So, who will ultimately be responsible for cybersecurity of an IoT network? [More…]

Hucksters Rake In $500K With Android, iOS Adware Scam Apps

September 23, 2020

Android and iOS scamware

Seven scamware apps found in Google Play and Apple’s App Store corralled more than half a million dollars for their developers, according to Avast. The company discovered the malicious apps after a 12-year-old girl flagged a suspicious app promoted on a TikTok profile through its “Be Safe Online” project. [More…]

Lenovo Expands Linux-Ready Computer Line

September 23, 2020

Lenovo Thinkstation P920 with Ubuntu

As the next step in its Linux expansion program, Lenovo has launched Linux-ready ThinkPad and ThinkStation PCs pre-installed with Canonical’s Ubuntu technology. The company also now brings Linux certification to its ThinkPad and ThinkStation Workstation portfolio, along with easing deployment for developers and data scientists, as it moves to certify the full workstation portfolio for top Linux distributions from both Ubuntu and Red Hat. [More…]

Cloud Gaming Revenues to Soar to $12B by 2025

September 22, 2020

cloud gaming revenues are forecasted to increase substantially by 2025

According to gaming experts, 2021 is shaping up to be a big year for cloud gaming. When markets grow, it can be at the expense of others in the market. That won’t be the case for cloud gaming, at least for the next five years. A proliferation of cloud gaming services will be launched next year, which is projected to brighten the sector’s revenue picture. [More…]

Nvidia + Arm Will Dramatically Change the Technology Landscape

September 21, 2020

nvidia acquires arm

Nvidia last week announced they are buying Arm, which will result in some exciting changes. This merger will open up opportunities for the company to create new, innovative, and compelling products across the technology ecosystem. Let’s talk about that this week, and we’ll close with my product of the week — a new business class notebook from HP, the EliteBook 840 G7. [More…]

Do’s and Don’ts for SMB Cybersecurity Safety

September 17, 2020

cybersecurity advice for SMBs

The stampede from offices to working from home has strained IT security teams to their limits. As a result, SMBs find they need to get more bang for fewer bucks to fight off cybersecurity threats. However, even IT departments with limited resources can implement foundational strategies to address network security issues, and lay the groundwork for future investments. [More…]

Apple Reveals New Watches, Muscular Tablet at Online Event

September 16, 2020

Tim Cook kicks off Apple's September 2020 online event

Apple pulled the wraps off two new Apple Watches, two iPads and several services bundles at an event Tuesday held online. The new watches include the Series 6, which boasts performance improvements over the previous generation of the product, and the SE, an economy watch model. Apple also refreshed its basic iPad and the iPad Air, which is now based on the new A14 processor, a five-nanometer fabricated powerhouse. [More…]

Tech Job Market Hot for the Near Future

September 15, 2020

Computer systems design and related services added 13,000 jobs, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s August jobs report. IT employment in July was up by more than 203,000 positions since the COVID-19 outbreak; and there were more than 235,000 job postings by U.S. employers, according to the Computing Technology Industry Association. [More…]

Microsoft Surface Duo: Rethinking the Smartphone

September 14, 2020

Microsoft Surface Duo

For many of us a phone should predominantly be a way to communicate and aid productivity, as opposed to being a device of distractions. Though we communicate far differently these days, and the apps we use to communicate seem to prefer larger screens. This brings us to Microsoft’s Surface Duo, which has twin screens and is very different from the foldable phones with which it will compete. [More…]

The Perils of IT Security Hubris

September 10, 2020

cybersecurity hubris puts businesses at risk

Corporate cybersecurity has been increasingly compromised since organizations began implementing work-from-home policies in March as the pandemic continued its spread. In addition to the risks created by increased stress on personnel and depleted staff, IT leaders might be overconfident about the cybersecurity protocols and procedures they have in place. [More…]

Google’s New Phone App Feature ID’s Legit Business Calls

September 9, 2020

Verified Calls help identify calls from legitimate businesses

Google has taken a step toward controlling spam voice calls on Android devices with a new addition to its phone app. The “Verified Calls” feature will display a caller’s name, logo, reason for calling and a verification symbol indicating a business has been verified by Google. The service will initially roll out in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, Spain and India, with more countries to follow. [More…]

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