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November 29, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Why bringing in more IT security pros means recruiting more women
    As demand for cybersecurity expertise increases, the talent pool is small, posing a significant challenge to organizations, especially in the federal IT security sector. Closing the skills gap requires proactive measures to improve recruitment before college graduation, as well as efforts to bring more women into the field, writes Dana Grinshpan, research manager for the Government Business Council. NextGov/Tech Insider blog (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Award-winning author Joshua Ferris shares his secrets of invisibility that inspires his writing success.
Emerging Tools 
  • Alcatel-Lucent doubles down on SDN
    Alcatel-Lucent is bolstering its Application Fluent Network strategy with the goal of broadening its commitment to software-defined networking and virtualization. As part of the initiative, the company introduced a new SDN framework this week that includes enhancements to its OmniSwitches and a plan to release RESTful APIs for the switch line next year. Network World (11/27), Light Reading (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • White House seeks businesses' input on cybersecurity executive order
    President Barack Obama's administration has been holding meetings with business executives, technology experts and privacy advocates, seeking to gain ideas and support for a planned executive order on cybersecurity. The "listening tour" -- which officials say is an unusual precursor to an executive order -- has included sessions with representatives of critical industries, including the energy sector, that would be directly impacted by Obama's action. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Healthy growth ahead for cloud-based software delivery
    An IDC report predicts software-as-a-service will soon beat out conventional software delivery. IDC said the cloud software market had $22.9 billion in revenue last year, a 30.9% increase from 2010. It is expected to be worth $67.3 billion in four years. eWeek (11/28), The VAR Guy (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to BYOD
    The bring-your-own-device IT trend is gaining converts among the world's workforce, but almost half of bosses find it easier to ignore the trend than to embrace it, according to a survey from Ovum in which 46.1% of respondents say their companies turn a blind eye to their mobile device usage. Experts say that by failing to proactively address BYOD with solutions such as mobile device management, enterprise IT shops may be putting their companies at risk. "The thing we find so shocking is that there are such a range of tools out there that make it easy for IT to manage BYOD environments. At the end of the day, chances are you'll have a data loss event with BYOD," said Ovum's Adrian Drury. Computerworld (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Don't gorge yourself on innovation
    Too many companies treat product innovation like an all-you-can-eat buffet, selecting every feature or design element they can dream up, writes Noah McNeely. That leads to bloated products and blown launch schedules, which don't serve the company's best interests. "[I]t makes better sense from a business standpoint to launch a good product, then launch a great one, rather than continuing to develop and overstuff with features in search of the unattainable 'perfect' product," McNeely writes. Product Innovation Blog (U.K.) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Scientists discover black hole 17 million times bigger than the sun
    Astronomers have discovered what they say is the largest black hole ever found -- with a mass 17 million times that of our own sun -- sitting at the center of the NGC1277 galaxy. The team from the University of Texas made the discovery using the Hobby-Eberly Telescope as part of ongoing research into how galaxies and black holes are related. "It's almost all black hole. This could be the first object in a new class of galaxy-black hole systems," scientist Karl Gebhardt said of NGC1277. TG Daily (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
I do think there's an ability to provide input. And we'd like to think it is being listened to by the White House."
--Kevin Richards, senior vice president of federal government affairs at TechAmerica, speaking about an upcoming White House executive order on cybersecurity, as quoted by Politico (Washington, D.C.)
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