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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5 tips for managing negative online comments
The Internet gives your customers a voice online, but what can you do when that voice is yelling negative comments? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

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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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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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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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Combating Identity Theft in a Mobile, Social World
Mobile connectivity threats extend from consumers to the business environment. But who is really responsible for securing sensitive information? Smart business leaders are becoming proactive on the matter. Learn how to get protected in this white paper. Download the white paper now.

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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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Whitepaper: SDN: How do you get there from here?
Are the growing data needs of mobile, cloud, big data and social threatening today's enterprise networks? Scalable processes, a phased integration approach and the appetite to optimize over time are key components of a modern network. It's how agile organizations prepare for the data needs of tomorrow.
Explore the whitepaper to start down the path toward SDN.

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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