Symantec: Chinese hacking campaign targets US satellites | The benefits of early blockchain adoption | Wireless providers end pacts with data providers that revealed customer locations
June 20, 2018
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Symantec: Chinese hacking campaign targets US satellites
Symantec: Chinese hacking campaign targets US satellites
A hacking campaign launched from computers in China has targeted satellite operators, telecommunications companies and defense contractors, Symantec reports. The attacks could lead to disruptions in civilian and military services, the company warns.
Reuters (6/19) 
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The benefits of early blockchain adoption
Blockchain can offer companies a number of benefits, though 80% of executives say they have no plans to incorporate the technology into their businesses in the near future, according to a Gartner study. Blockchain can help reduce operational overhead costs, improve transparency, analytics and verification, and even expedite cross-border transactions, writes Ralph Tkatchuk.
InformationWeek (6/19) 
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Wireless providers end pacts with data providers that revealed customer locations
After data companies revealed customer locations, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint said they would selling consumer location information to LocationSmart and Zumigo. The moves come after reports surfaced that LocationSmart, a prison phone service provider, had created a website that enabled law enforcement to get access to customer information without court approval.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/19) 
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IT Channel
HP Enterprise's Aruba offers software-defined branch system
Hewlett Packard Enterprise-owned Aruba has unveiled a software-defined branch solution that utilizes SD-WAN, LAN and security to help branch offices manage security, WAN and Wi-Fi infrastructure. "Customers had to deal with a lot of complexity in terms of having to manage those domain areas as separate entities without any integration of tools that go along with that," says Lissa Hollinger of Aruba.
Channel Partners (6/19) 
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IT Workforce
HR managers recommend hiring flexible workers, "re-skilling" current employees
Sixty-two percent of HR managers attributed a growing skills gap as a main reason for companies to hire a more flexible workforce, such as freelance workers, temps and agency employees, according to a survey from Upwork. The majority of HR employees also recommended companies focus on "re-skilling" their current workers to keep them up-to-date with new practices.
TechRepublic (6/19) 
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10 ways leaders cause doubt in their teams
Leadership behaviors that hurt your credibility include failing to follow through and giving negative feedback publicly, writes John R. Stoker. He lists eight other behaviors to watch out for, including a lack of emotional control.
SmartBrief/Leadership (6/19) 
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Policy Watch
Senators propose bipartisan supply chain security bill
Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and James Lankford, R-Okla., have proposed a bill that would create a council to monitor and evaluate supply chain risks that could affect national security. The Federal Acquisition Supply Chain Security Act would also assign agencies clear roles in addressing any detected threats.
The Hill (6/19) 
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CompTIA News
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Taking on tech's gender gap
The Women in Technology Summit (WiTS) -- a series of conferences across the U.S. to empower women of all ages -- recently visited Chicago. The program was part of the WiTS mission "to support the community of women currently working in technology and to help pave the way for women, and young women, who want to enter the industry." The CompTIA Blog has a complete report on the Chicago session.
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