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1. Microsoft sets July 29 launch for Windows 10

SIIA Software SmartBrief | Jun 01, 2015

Microsoft has set the launch date of Windows 10 for July 29. Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and 8.1 users, and will include Microsoft's new Web browser and voice assistant. CNET (06/01) Bloomberg (06/01)


2. Google: Hackers can easily crack many security questions

SIIA Software SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Many common security questions can be guessed within 10 tries, with a 20% chance of accuracy on the first shot, Google researchers say. Google instead suggests two-factor authentication, such as codes texted to a phone. Digital Trends (05/25)


3. Justice Department OKs file sharing via Box

SIIA Software SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

The Justice Department says it has authorized employees' use of Box as a file-sharing service. "There is an increasing need to securely connect and enable processes across agencies and jurisdictions as well as to connect government employees with their data, content and stakeholders," Box CEO Aaron Levie says. ZDNet (05/27) V3.co.uk (U.K.) (05/28)


4. BlackBerry layoffs point to company's new direction

SIIA Software SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

BlackBerry will cut an undisclosed number of jobs in its device unit to focus more on its more profitable mobile-management and security software lines. Also, PC-Tablet reported that Microsoft has contacted investment companies about possibly making a bid for BlackBerry. AppleInsider (05/25) The VAR Guy (05/24) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (05/22)


5. Best practices for identity and access management in the cloud

SIIA Software SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Developing mature identity and access management capabilities for the cloud can reduce costs and make an enterprise "significantly more agile in supporting new business initiatives," David Linthicum writes. Best practices include choosing IAM that supports both cloud and on-premises usage, opening up the system for testing and consolidating to a single security model, Linthicum writes. InfoWorld (05/22)


6. Report: Firefox to be faster with "tracking protection"

SIIA Software SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Mozilla Firefox users who manually turn on "tracking protection" will see faster Web-browsing speeds, a research paper says. The new option cuts down on page-load times and data usage by hiding browsing data from companies such as Facebook, the report says. VentureBeat (05/24) Digital Trends (05/25)


7. IRS cites organized crime in theft of taxpayer data

SIIA Software SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

The IRS says the thieves who stole the personal information of 104,000 taxpayers and used it to file fake returns worth up to $50 million in refunds are part of an organized crime group. The IRS has temporarily removed the function that lets users access past returns on its website. Bloomberg (05/26)


8. Dozens of flaws cited in home routers, enterprise D-Link devices

SIIA Software SmartBrief | Jun 01, 2015

At least 53 security vulnerabilities in four D-Link enterprise devices and another 60 flaws in small-office and home routers were highlighted by researchers at Search Labs and the Universidad Europea de Madrid. ZDNet (06/01)


9. Scrutiny falls on IRS staffing cuts in wake of data breach

SIIA Software SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

The Internal Revenue Service is spending more on cybersecurity but using fewer employees to do the job, a budget data assessment indicates. The agency, which recently suffered a network breach exposing 100,000 taxpayer accounts, saw its cybersecurity headcount drop by 11% from 2011 to 2014, which some analysts say may signify a stronger commitment to outsourcing. Computerworld (05/28)


10. Apigee offers free beta of API service

SIIA Software SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

Apigee is giving developers a free beta platform to create, test and share REST-based APIs, Margi Murphy writes. Fujitsu says it will use Apigee's platform as it migrates 640 systems and 13,000 servers to the cloud over five years. Techworld (U.K.) (05/22)




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