SDN offers benefits but can allow cyberattacks | Deloitte acquisition nets solid contracts, engineering talent | Cisco beefs up Spark with new business collaboration features
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March 28, 2017
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SDN offers benefits but can allow cyberattacks
Software-defined networking provides fixes for network operations but still lacks a security focus, writes Kacy Zurkus. Companies implementing SDN must get input from cybersecurity professionals to prevent cyberattacks, she writes.
CSO (3/27) 
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Deloitte acquisition nets solid contracts, engineering talent
Deloitte's acquisition of Day1 Solutions will allow the global consulting giant to assume established public contracting and subcontracting work and add 3,000 engineers. Virginia-based Day1 Solutions provides a variety of cloud-based technology services for both government and corporate clients.
Washington Technology (3/27) 
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Cisco beefs up Spark with new business collaboration features
Cisco has added to its cloud-based Spark business communications and collaboration platform. The changes make the platform easier to use for meetings and videoconferencing, give customers options to manage encryption keys and provide customer care via chat and other methods.
ZDNet (3/27) 
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Mobile & Wireless
Samsung to bring refurbished Note7s to market
Samsung to offer refurbished Note7s
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Samsung has announced plans to sell refurbished Galaxy Note7 phones. The company also intends to sell many components in the Note7 devices, including camera modules and chips, and recover such metals as copper, silver and nickel.
Reuters (3/28) 
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Security & Privacy
Nokia: Malware sees record-breaking increase in 2016
Malware saw a record-breaking increase last year, with smartphone infections jumping almost 400% and internet of things devices becoming a growing concern, Nokia's Threat Intelligence Report said. Smartphones made up 85% of infected mobile devices, with Android phones accounting for 81% of attacks, the report found.
TechRepublic (3/27) 
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Effective security programs need tech, communication skills
A good security-awareness program identifies the likely security missteps employees are susceptible to and aggressively targets them, said Masha Sedova, co-founder of Elevate Security. Employees tasked with creating security-awareness programs should have a good mix of technical and communications skills, Sedova said.
ZDNet (3/27) 
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Government IT
NATO outlines $3.2B plan for enhanced cybersecurity, satellite communications
NATO outlines $3.2B plan for enhanced cybersecurity, satellite communications
(Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images)
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's plan to spend more than $3.2 billion to bolster its satellite communications and cybersecurity program is pending approval from 28 governments. Approximately $1.8 billion of the budget would go toward satellite capabilities, while more than $315 million would be allotted to cybersecurity enhancements and $180 million to upgrade software.
Newsweek (3/27),  Reuters (3/27),  Bloomberg (3/27) 
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Seeking SSD Community speakers
One of the greatest benefits of SIIA membership is the opportunity to use SIIA as a platform to showcase your thought leadership; enhance your credibility; market your products, skills and services; and make valuable connections. We are seeking SSD Community members in Marketing, Customer Success, Finance, IoT and Product Management to facilitate our upcoming SSD Community Virtual Forums taking place throughout 2017. If you are interested in leading a community discussion, please contact Jenn Carl.
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