US makes $258M bet on exascale computers | Nokia debuts fastest network chips, routers available | Optus seals cloud services deal in Australia
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June 16, 2017
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US makes $258M bet on exascale computers
Six technology companies will share a $258 million federal award over three years to create the world's fastest supercomputers in a race against nations, the US Department of Energy announced. The funding is targeted at furthering the R&D of exascale computers -- capable of processing a quintillion calculations per second -- which China plans to first deploy in 2020 and the US by 2021.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/15) 
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Nokia debuts fastest network chips, routers available
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Nokia has entered the core router market with the release of the world's fastest network chips. The chipset is built into the router, processes data at 2.4 terabits per second and can operate cloud-based internet services and next-generation mobile communications.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers)/Reuters (6/14) 
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IT Channel
Toshiba's board said to be pondering best offers for chip unit
Toshiba's board of directors met Thursday to reportedly consider the top two bids in the global auction of its semiconductor business and is expected to name a winner by June 30. US chipmaker Broadcom has reportedly bid roughly $19.8 billion, and Bain, a private US equity firm, along with two state-supported Japanese investors, is believed to have submitted a bid of about $19 billion for the unit.
Bloomberg (6/16) 
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IT Workforce
Here are the skills cybersecurity professionals need
Being ethical, curious and communicative is important for potential cybersecurity employees, says David Jarvis, head of security and chief information officer at IBM's Institute for Business Value.
TechRepublic (6/14) 
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3 steps entrepreneurs should take after a cyberattack
It is critical for small-business owners and entrepreneurs to know how to repair or minimize the damage from a cyberattack, writes Magnet Solutions Group CEO Adam Levy. Levy offers three steps to take, including documenting and understanding the effects of the attack before taking action.
Entrepreneur online (6/14) 
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Policy Watch
CIA reportedly used implants to hack wireless routers
The CIA has been using implants to hack wireless Wi-Fi routers in homes, offices and public spaces, documents leaked on WikiLeaks indicate. The documents -- which have not been verified -- allege that the CIA has carried out surveillance through routers after developing implants for numerous devices.
CNET (6/15) 
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Sen. Markey argues for autonomous-vehicle security standards
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., at a Senate committee hearing Wednesday called for baseline cybersecurity standards for autonomous vehicles, against industry arguments. "Rather than addressing the cybersecurity problems after a hack has occurred, we must ensure that robust cybersecurity protections are built into the design, the construction, and operation of these transportation technologies," Markey said.
StateScoop (6/14) 
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CompTIA News
Choosing the right cybersecurity solution
Every day there's a new cybersecurity threat, hack or breach. The challenge is figure out what pieces of technology can actually help. The SaaSMAX Cybersecurity Channel Road Show will provide some answers when it comes to Boston on June 28. Join CompTIA's Dean Galbreath and other industry insiders for this important event. Visit SaaSMAX Cybersecurity Channel Road Show to register or for more information.
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Data as currency
It's not uncommon to see data described as the currency of the digital economy. The CompTIA Quick Start Guide to Easing into Big Data examines the data market. Your free copy is available at CompTIA Insight & Tools.
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CompTIA Cybersecurity Hub
The CompTIA Cybersecurity Hub features the latest cybersecurity news, research, product updates from CompTIA and more. IT security pros can use these resources to expand their security know-how, equip themselves with the latest insights and knowledge, and improve their understanding of the security issues important to employers.
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