Cisco: DeOS, BEC attacks pose big risks for businesses | Microsoft prepares chip for quick AI processing | Facebook may be looking at modular hardware
July 24, 2017
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Cisco: DeOS, BEC attacks pose big risks for businesses
Destruction of service attacks, which affect companies' backups, and business email compromise social engineering hacks are attacks that businesses should be on the lookout for, per Cisco's 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report. The report also found that over the past year, 34% of service providers lost revenue from attacks, while 30% lost opportunities or customers due to attacks.
SDxCentral (7/20) 
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Technology & Trends
Microsoft prepares chip for quick AI processing
Microsoft says it has developed a key solution for artificial intelligence in the form of an on-board processor that allows for quicker response time than is possible with devices that need to send inputs to the cloud. The chip, which is still under development, will be part of Microsoft's Holographic Processing Unit and is slated to be in the next version of HoloLens.
Bloomberg (7/23) 
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Facebook may be looking at modular hardware
A Facebook patent application suggests the company may get into the business of hardware with a modular device that can incorporate a speaker, microphone, touch display and GPS. It's part of the social network's Building 8 research, which currently focuses on machine learning and camera technology.
Business Insider (7/20) 
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From Baby Boomer to Millennial
Michael Parrish Dudell, bestselling author and one of nation's leading Millennial voices, explains why now, more than ever, is the time for businesses to anticipate the rapidly evolving expectations of the new workforce or face the very real threat of irrelevance. Read the brief to get the facts on the huge impact Millennials will and are making in the workplace.
IT Channel
More startups shaping augmented reality landscape
The number of startups focused on augmented reality technologies increased 60% from the first quarter to Q2, The Venture Reality Fund says. With 150 companies active, particularly in the areas of device infrastructure and SDK tool development, AR growth should continue, said Tipatat Chennavasin, the fund's co-founder and general partner.
VentureBeat (7/20) 
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Microsoft's business moves translate into strong fiscal Q4 profits
Microsoft reported cloud revenue increased by $7.43 billion, or 11%, during its fiscal Q4, solidifying its business transition to cloud computing and subscription-based software since CEO Satya Nadella joined the company in 2014. Microsoft's net income increased twofold, to $6.5 billion, in the quarter from a year earlier.
Reuters (7/20) 
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IT Workforce
Small talk is helpful for becoming a better speaker
You can become a better public speaker by approaching speeches more like everyday conversations, Stephanie Scotti writes. "In both types of communication, the higher quality the connection you establish, the more memorable and impactful the interaction," she writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (7/21) 
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Policy Watch
5 senators back energy cybersecurity bill
5 senators back energy cybersecurity bill
(Stefan Zaklin/Getty Images)
Five senators are supporting the Securing Energy Infrastructure Act introduced by Sens. Angus King, I-Maine, and Jim Risch, R-Idaho. The bill would start a two-year pilot program to identify cybersecurity gaps in the energy sector and to seek ways to isolate the power grid from threats.
Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) (tiered subscription model) (7/19) 
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CompTIA News
Celebrate IT Pro Appreciation Week
Information technology professionals around the globe are invited to join CompTIA for a week of activities, contests, information sharing and giveaways to mark IT Pro Appreciation Week July 24 to July 28. To get started, visit CompTIA IT Pro Appreciation Week.
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Rise of the machines
Advances in artificial intelligence offer a rich capacity to transform the way in which businesses are run and engage with consumers. Join CompTIA on July 26 for a free webinar to learn more about the capabilities of AI. Visit CompTIA Events & Training to register.
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Can't miss tech attractions in Austin
Austin is a city like no other, with a tech scene to match. If you're heading to Austin for CompTIA Channel 2017, be sure to read the CompTIA Blog for six favorite spots for those passionate about gaming, gear and all things tech.
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