February 11, 2013
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The Game Changer
Obama executive order on cybersecurity could come this week
The White House is expected to unveil its controversial order on cybersecurity in the days following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday. The directive, which will establish a set of voluntary guidelines for businesses, has been in the works since last fall and comes after congressional gridlock on cybersecurity. Last week, the European Union issued its own sweeping directive that requires companies involved in many critical fields to report cybersecurity incidents to authorities. Bloomberg (2/8)
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Emerging Tools
Cisco, Juniper follow divergent paths to SDN
Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks are both betting on software-defined networking for their emerging enterprise platforms, but while their solutions are similar, they rely on different strategies to bring their offerings to market, analysts observe. Cisco places a strong emphasis on hardware and is advancing its products across multiple fronts. Juniper is dedicated to a software-centric approach and has limited its commercial push to data centers. Network World (2/7)
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Security Update
Microsoft calls for international cooperation on cybersecurity
Microsoft says research it recently conducted with The George Washington University shows nations that are willing to cooperate with one another on cybersecurity strategy are the victims of fewer attacks. The report, which calls for greater cooperation in the international community, attributes the difference in part to certain prerequisites countries are asked to meet before signing treaties, which can affect the number of computers cleaned per mile. PCWorld/IDG News Service (2/10)
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Tech Business
Google chairman to divest 40% stake in company
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, announced plans to sell 3.2 million shares of stock during the next year, amounting to more than 40% of his total holdings, as part of a long-term diversification strategy. Schmidt, whose net worth is reported to be $7.5 billion, is known for rarely letting go of his Google shares. The sale would cut Schmidt's ownership of Google from 2.3% to 1.3%, although he would control 5% of the company's voting power. The Wall Street Journal (2/8)
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Managing IT
Report exposes the disruptive force of BYOD
The bring-your-own-device trend is revolutionizing the enterprise workspace, but the benefits of allowing workers to use their own tablets and smartphones don't come without a cost, according to IT administrators. A survey of 477 IT executives conducted by iPass and mobile device management provider MobileIron found the average company spends about $96 a month managing a host of devices, but less than half of IT managers say they have control over mobile spending. The Register (U.K.) (2/11), Apps Tech (2/11)
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Geeking Out
Renowned pianist can't get turtles to mate
Efforts to use music to woo a rare Galapagos tortoise to mate with one of four available females proved unsuccessful recently at the London Zoo. Zookeepers brought in the famous French pianist Richard Clayderman, who has sold more than 20 million albums, hoping his romantic melodies would put the 70-year-old tortoise, Dirk, in the mood. Popular Science (2/8), The Guardian (London) (2/8)
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SmartQuote
You're safer than you were, but you're not yet safe. Certainly, there are a lot of painful things happening in the world right now."
-- Paul Nicholas, senior director of global security strategy and diplomacy at Microsoft, as quoted by PC World/IDG News Service
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