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February 8, 2013
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  • SIIA: EU cybersecurity proposal misses the mark
    Proposed EU cybersecurity regulations are being criticized by the Software and Information Industry Association and other trade groups. SIIA's Mark MacCarthy says the rules could "prevent the very kind of innovation [companies] need to respond to the ever-changing threats," adding that "cybersecurity is a global problem and the solution should be global." The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Adding Intelligence to Your Core Network
Service providers are challenged with data growth and signaling traffic. Until recently, SPs were using L1-3 IP routing technologies to manage traffic. For an enhanced experience, SPs need to look farther up the stack. With access to granular context-based information, layer 4-7 networking devices enable SPs to take advantage of more relevant information.
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  Mobile & Wireless 
 
  • IBM exec: Mobile, social apps could run on mainframes
    Mainframe computers could take the place of servers in running applications for mobile devices and social networks, says Doug Balog, general manager of IBM's System z mainframe business. He adds, "I'm still trying to figure out where social-mobile come together on z. There's clearly a play there, and we've got to do some more work around that." ITWorld.com/IDG News Service (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rising costs of BYOD worry IT departments, survey says
    The cost of supporting multiple mobile devices used by employees is a concern of IT professionals, a survey indicates. More than half of respondents said they expect to pay more for mobile-data roaming this year. Enterprise support increased for iOS and Android devices last year, while fewer organizations supported BlackBerry smartphones. RCR Wireless News (2/7)
  • Toy-app combinations try to invent a new way to play
    Nine out of 10 toy-industry efforts at combining real-world toys with applications were unsuccessful in 2012, says Jim Silver, editor in chief of TimetoPlayMag.com. "Kids looked at these plastic toys used to run digital games and said, 'Why bother when I can just use my thumbs?' " Silver says. Jakks Pacific recently unveiled an enhanced-reality app that, through a device's camera and display, made Disney characters appear to be interacting with toys. But industry observers are split on whether it will be successful, and they are concerned that tacking technology onto old ideas shows desperation. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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.

  Security & Privacy 
 
  • PCI issues procedures for payment-card data housed in the cloud
    The PCI Security Standards Council has issued protocols regarding payment-card data housed by cloud services to help enterprises adhere to regulations. The guide details how security controls are applied, but doesn't replace the PCI standard, says Bob Russo, general manager of the council. Network World (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

  Government IT 
  • Software-patent debate lands on appeals court's agenda
    The debate on patenting software moves into a federal appeals court today and promises to be an interesting one, given the divide it has created in the tech industry. On one side, tech titans think patent rules need greater scrutiny. On the other, software-makers and information technology vendors, including IBM, fear innovation will be hurt by a tighter standard. The Wall Street Journal (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  SIIA News 
  • Calling all young and innovative tech companies
     
    The SIIA is excited to launch our NextGen program for its 8th year. This program showcases the competitive nature of what truly makes a company the next generation of young companies to watch. We are calling all companies that are transforming the software and services industry to apply today for AATC 2013's NextGen program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Critical Success Factors for an Enterprise Mobile Strategy
    Organizations must fully develop an enterprise mobile strategy that considers both employee and customer facing aspects of today's continually expanding use of mobile technologies. It is important to consider the customer experience as they launch new products, services, and applications. Listen to this pre-recorded webcast featuring Grant Thornton as they share their experience of working with a broad array of companies highlighting the leading practices and some of the pitfalls that companies should guard against. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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