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1. Fiber rollouts boost U.S. broadband profile, report finds

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Mar 25, 2015

Thanks to new infrastructure investments from Internet service providers, the U.S. now ranks 27th out of 199 countries in the global broadband race, with average speeds exceeding 33 Mbps, states a new report from Ookla. The firm's latest speed test, from March 2015, shows that the average U.S. household now outranks several leading European nations but still sits far below South Korean and Japan. Engadget (03/24)

2. FCC official: Evolving threats require new ways of thinking about cybersecurity

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Mar 27, 2015

The roughly 7 billion connected devices in use around the world have created a cyberthreat environment unlike anything else we've experienced and will require new ways of thinking about computer security, said David Bray, tech chief at the Federal Communications Commission. Bray said that with new and unknown daily threats, companies need to move beyond simply building defensive perimeters and consider ways of improving resiliency and working together. (03/27)

3. British Airways responds to hacking of frequent flyer accounts

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Mar 30, 2015

Thousands of regular flyers of British Airways had their private data targeted by hackers, who breached the airline's networks probing for security vulnerabilities. British Airways said that while no data were stolen in the attack, the cleanup process requires freezing some accounts, temporarily preventing some travelers from using their frequent flyer miles. International Business Times (03/30)

4. Analysis: Driverless cars will affect business, road safety

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Mar 26, 2015

Self-driving cars have the potential to significantly reduce traffic accidents, the majority of which are the result of human error, Tim Smedley writes. Driverless cars also will likely be adopted by businesses at a faster rate due to fleet turnover, as at least 50% of new vehicle registrations are submitted by businesses, Smedley writes. Guardian (London), The (03/24)

5. Tackling computer security's weakest link means educating users

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Mar 26, 2015

Companies can install the most cutting-edge computer security platform on the market, but it won't do much good if the people using it continue to engage in risky behavior, experts say. "Users are both the greatest asset and the weakest link when it comes to security. Users 'know' what is really happening in terms of processes and policies that are followed and those that are ignored -- they can be a great barometer for gauging the effectiveness of security measures," says Guy Bunker of Clearswift. (03/25)

6. Security flaw affects Android devices despite patch

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Mar 27, 2015

A security researcher at Palo Alto Networks has discovered a vulnerability in the Android operating system that makes it possible for hackers to slip malware in masquerading as a legitimate application. While Google has released patches to correct the problem, the flaw is still thought to affect nearly 50% of Android devices, Zhi Xu says. IT PRO (London) (03/25)

7. Senate to consider bipartisan compromise on Net neutrality

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Mar 30, 2015

Senate Republicans on Thursday agreed to modify a nonbinding budget amendment in hopes of finding middle ground on Net neutrality legislation in the aftermath of the Federal Communications Commission's action on the matter. Republican members on the Senate Commerce Committee were seeking support from Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., the panel's ranking member. Separately, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure showed support for the FCC's new rules, which Claure believes are essential to the carrier's survival. Hill, The (03/26) CNET (03/26)

8. IT leaders test new organizational models

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Mar 31, 2015

The need to remain competitive in a market focused on innovation is leading some IT managers to try out new departmental structures that reflect a shifting corporate culture in the digital age. As a result, more chief information officers are experimenting with so-called "holacracies," which dispense with the standard top-down bureaucratic structure in favor of more ad hoc power distribution. (03/30)

9. New cyber bill promises privacy improvements over previous legislation

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Mar 25, 2015

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced a new cybersecurity package that seeks to address some of the privacy concerns evoked by previous legislative efforts. The bipartisan effort from members of the House Intelligence Committee, dubbed The Protecting Cyber Networks Act, would improve public-private information sharing, and it would also place oversight in the hands of civilian agencies instead of the National Security Agency. USA Today (03/24)

10. HP touts ready-made private-cloud platform

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Mar 26, 2015

Hewlett-Packard has released a pre-configured private-cloud platform. "The most common use for this will be businesses looking to deploy their first OpenStack cloud. We see that happening a lot on midsize businesses and departments within large businesses," HP's Ken Won says. ZDNet (03/24) (U.K.) (03/24) Computerworld (03/24) Data Center Knowledge (03/24)

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