China fights back on cybersecurity, blames U.S. for breaches | Senate committee leaders to take up cybersecurity next week | How tech skills shortage may constrain U.S. economic growth
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March 1, 2013
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The Game Changer
China fights back on cybersecurity, blames U.S. for breaches
The Chinese government responded to published reports that its military is responsible for cyberattacks against U.S. business and government interests by leveling some accusations of its own, saying nearly two-thirds of the attacks against two government websites originated in the U.S. Geng Yansheng, a spokesman for the Chinese Defense Ministry, said his agency's site, as well as that of the Chinese military, were the target of 144,000 foreign cyberattacks each month last year, with 62.9% of them traced to the U.S. The Wall Street Journal (2/28)
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Emerging Tools
Big Blue to get bigger-than-expected boost from Big Data
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said the company will have $4 billion more in annual revenue from its data analytics platform during the next two years than previous estimates, as investments in dozens of acquisitions and internal R&D begin to show fruit. In an investor presentation, Rometty said Big Data will generate $20 billion in annual sales through 2015, with high-margin software accounting for more of the company's profits. Bloomberg (2/28)
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Security Update
Senate committee leaders to take up cybersecurity next week
Two Senate committees will hold a joint hearing next week to discuss how to implement President Barack Obama's executive order on cybersecurity and whether additional legislation is necessary. Sens. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and Tom Carper, D-Del., the respective chairs of the Senate commerce and homeland security committees, were among the group of Senate Democrats that pushed for a law last year broadening information sharing and establishing cybersecurity guidelines for the private sector. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (2/28)
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Tech Business
How tech skills shortage may constrain U.S. economic growth
Several IT recruiting experts say the ongoing tech skills shortage will hinder U.S. economic growth and is very likely to get worse before it gets better. "Unlike the fiscal cliff, where we are still peering over the edge, we careened over the 'IT skills cliff' some years ago as our economy digitized, mobilized and further 'technologized' and our IT skilled labor supply failed to keep up," writes Bob Miano, president and CEO of executive search and recruitment firm Harvey Nash, in a paper on the issue. eWeek (2/28)
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Managing IT
Big Data presents big challenges for IT security teams
Culling through data to glean insight to stop threats sounds promising, but some security experts point out it also presents some big challenges given the amount of data and arduous process of analysis. "I don't call it Big Data, I call it garbage data," said Jerry Sto. Tomas, Allergan's director of global information security. Network World (2/28)
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The underrated leadership quality of resilience
Resilience -- physical, emotional and spiritual -- often means the difference between having a great idea and bringing that idea to fruition, writes John McKinley, manager of the Global Fellows Program at Acumen Fund. "We need to remain focused on building leaders who have the resilience to face stubborn problems head on for lasting social impact," McKinley writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (2/26)
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Geeking Out
Researchers demo organic computing using "telepathic" rats
Researchers at Duke University School of Medicine have enabled two rats to "communicate" across thousands of miles by sharing electrical impulses delivered using microelectrodes in their brains. In the experiment, an "encoder" rat in Brazil was prompted by a cue light to conduct a simple task. When the brain waves from the first rat were delivered to a "decoder" rat in North Carolina, the second rodent was able to parrot the task without a visual prompt. "This tells us that it could be possible to create a workable network of animal brains distributed in many different locations," said researcher Miguel Pais-Vieira. TG Daily (3/1)
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We simply cannot afford to wait any longer to adequately protect ourselves."
-- Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, as quoted by The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog
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