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1. Cisco: Poseidon virus threatening point-of-sale systems

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Mar 23, 2015

Cybercriminals are stepping up attacks against retail point-of-sale targets using a new and improved piece of malware known as Poseidon, which includes a keylogger for stealing credit card numbers. "Incidents involving PoS malware have been on the rise, affecting many large organizations as well as small mom-and-pop establishments and garnering a lot of media attention," said Cisco Systems, which uncovered the new strain of malware. (U.K.) (03/23)

2. Flaw in Cisco IP phones makes them vulnerable to hacking

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Mar 24, 2015

A vulnerability in two Cisco IP phone models could give hackers a backdoor into business call systems, says a new company advisory. Cisco says the flaw, which affects its SPA 300 and 500 model IP phones, is tied to improper default authentication settings. (03/23)

3. 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)

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 the cybersecurity talent gap means recruiting more girls

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Mar 23, 2015

As demand for cybersecurity professionals outpaces available talent, the industry is being forced to confront a gender gap in the computer sciences in an effort to bring more women into the field. While females are taking on a larger role in the science, technology and engineering fields in general, they account for about one-in-ten cybersecurity professionals, a gap that some of nation's top technical schools are working to fill. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (03/21)

6. 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)

7. Microsoft steps up UC efforts with Skype for Business

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Mar 23, 2015

Microsoft is replacing its Lync unified communications platform with a Skype platform that will integrate multiple enterprise collaboration features into Office 365. Skype for Business is part of a push by Microsoft to advance mobile video collaboration and stake a claim in a market traditionally dominated by telecom firms. (03/19)

8. 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)

9. Hard-to-manage workers deliver the best results, says A&E CEO

SmartBrief on ExecTech | Mar 23, 2015

The people who are hardest to manage often wind up being your star performers, says Nancy Dubuc, CEO of A&E Networks. "Great managers recognize that there is no one way to manage. You may have to be 10 different managers to get the best out of your team," Dubuc says. New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (03/19)

10. 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)

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