Web server issue resulted in data breach, Equifax says | Forecast: NAND flash market to hit $65B in 2020 | Bluetooth-enabled devices face new threat
September 15, 2017
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Web server issue resulted in data breach, Equifax says
Equifax says the cause of a data breach affecting 143 million people stems from its web server's open-source software. CEO Richard Smith is scheduled to give testimony regarding the breach to House lawmakers on Oct. 3.
Reuters (9/14) 
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Technology & Trends
Forecast: NAND flash market to hit $65B in 2020
ChinaFlashMarket.com forecasts the worldwide market for NAND flash memory devices will exceed $65 billion in 2020, compared with $40 billion this year. Sales of all memory chips will rise from $95 billion in 2017 to $120 billion in three years, it is predicted.
DigiTimes (9/12) 
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Bluetooth-enabled devices face new threat
Bluetooth-enabled devices face new threat
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Billions of Bluetooth-enabled devices, including smartphones, smart TVs and smartwatches, are at risk of an attack dubbed BlueBorne. Data can be intercepted and malware can be installed through silent "man in the middle" attacks, researchers discovered.
International Business Times (9/12),  Fortune (9/12) 
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Gartner Symposium/ITxpo
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IT Channel
Sale of chipmaker to China-backed group halted by Trump
President Donald Trump has barred an investor group that includes Chinese backers from acquiring US chipmaker Lattice Semiconductor, which makes programmable logic chips. The White House said the national-security concerns raised by the deal include "the Chinese government's role in supporting this transaction, the importance of semiconductor supply chain integrity to the United States government, and the use of Lattice products by the United States government."
Bloomberg (9/14),  MarketWatch (9/14) 
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VeloCloud's Tier 1 and Tier 2 service provider total reaches 50
Fifty Tier 1 and Tier 2 service providers now have partnered with VeloCloud Networks. The company also has 1,000 SD-WAN customers.
Light Reading (9/13) 
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IT Workforce
Report: Chief financial officers most likely targets in spoof attacks
Report: Chief financial officers most likely targets in spoof attacks
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CEOs and managing directors are most likely to have their email addresses faked by hackers, but the most likely targets are company chief financial officers, a Trend Micro report states. To avoid attacks, companies should use filters and other email solutions, while also training their staff on how to identify the threats.
TechRepublic (9/12) 
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Policy Watch
EU pledges funding, new agency to fight cyberthreats
The EU is poised to create a security agency focused on cybersecurity and develop an emergency response fund. A proposed research center will focus on new technologies and encryption methods.
Reuters (9/13) 
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MIIT requires Chinese companies to add threat data to central repository
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has announced the development of a central database that will be used by online companies for reporting cybersecurity threats and data breaches. Failure to report these threats will result in fines, warnings and other penalties.
International Business Times (9/13) 
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CompTIA News
Corporate recruiting: An inside look
Recruiting in IT is fast becoming a lucrative industry with tons of demand for new talent. Top professionals share their secrets in this CompTIA Blog entry.
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Your next move: Help desk technician
If you like to solve technical issues and work with people, then help desk technician may be a good next step for you. The next installment of the CompTIA series, "Your Next Move," explores the duties and responsibilities of a help desk technician. Visit CompTIA IT Career news to learn more.
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Balancing work and life
In a new edition of CompTIA's Volley podcast researchers Carolyn April and Seth Robinson discuss a recent New York Times article on the work-life balance (or lack thereof) in many Silicon Valley firms. They also previewed upcoming CompTIA research that looks at how traditional channel firms are incorporating SaaS into their portfolios. Volley is available from Apple iTunes and SoundCloud.
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