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October 12, 2012
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The Game Changer 
 
  • Corporate execs begin to accept inevitability of BYOD
    The corporate world may be embracing bring-your-own-device policies, even if some leaders are less than thrilled about the trend. A poll of 578 top-level corporate executives sponsored by Cisco suggests that while fewer executives are fighting what they see as an inevitable trend, a majority are wary about their companies' mobile data-access policies. "Overall, the results found that although many executives are uneasy about the security of corporate information on mobile devices, the trend is largely unstoppable and proper policies must be initiated to underpin access to this sensitive information," wrote Cisco Senior Vice President Chuck Robbins. eWeek (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
 
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Emerging Tools 
  • Tilera unveils low-power, 9-core processor for networking
    Tilera has introduced the Tile-Gx9, a 64-bit processor with nine cores. The company said the chip is mainly meant for networking applications and can also be used for general-purpose computing, multimedia and storage. Separately, Freescale Semiconductor unveiled four ICs in its QorIQ T1 and T2 lines of 64-bit processors. ZDNet (10/10), eWeek (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Preemptive cybersecurity actions are on the table, says DOD chief
    Leon Panetta became the first defense secretary to speak publicly on cybersecurity policy, telling members of the group Business Executives for National Security that the government has the tools to track and engage cyber-aggressors and isn't afraid to use them preemptively if necessary. Panetta said the nation is faced with the threat of an attack that could significantly disrupt critical infrastructure and said both the private and public sectors can and should be doing more to prevent that from happening. Chicago Tribune/Reuters (free registration) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Avaya targets SMBs with expanded outsourcing program
    Avaya wants to accelerate its push into communications outsourcing to target small and midsize business, which, analysts say, are feeling increasing pressure from complex support systems, multiple vendors and mounting customer demands. The company plans to add a number of new features to its managed hosted communications service -- which was launched in February -- including "express" UC, Unified Messaging and Video solutions and a Managed Assist offering that will provide comprehensive management and troubleshooting of a company's communications infrastructure. Network World (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Bring-your-own-network raises new enterprise security concerns
    As if bring-your-own-device policies didn't create enough security headaches for IT administrators, they are now increasingly facing a new vulnerability: the intersection of enterprise and public wireless networks. So-called bring-your-own-network -- which involves employees connecting to their own networks through a Wi-Fi hotspot -- is becoming more common as device use increases and is forcing companies to develop strategies to mitigate the new risk to their internal networks. "There's no way to ensure the security of that data. People are running corporate apps and processing corporate and client data using networks that may or may not be secure," said Jim Kunick, an attorney with the firm Much Shelist. Computerworld (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • What leaders can learn from their team members
    Leaders often have much to learn from the people who follow them, according to Clive Woodward, a rugby coach who also helped the British Olympic team to achieve success. "My top performers ended up pushing me harder than I pushed them," he said. Yet many managers don't seem to recognize opportunities for learning from their employees, writes Michael Schrage of MIT Sloan School's Center for Digital Business. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Nice bling! Astronomers say Earth-like planet is made of diamond
    Scientists from Yale University have determined that a large planet roughly 40 light-years away from Earth is composed mainly of carbon, meaning that beneath a surface layer of graphite, the planet most likely houses an enormous layer of diamond. The planet -- 55 Cancri e -- is twice as big as Earth and eight times heavier, with a surface temperature approaching 3,900 degrees and an orbit so fast that a year goes by in 18 hours. Yale Daily News (Yale University) (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Editor's Note 
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SmartQuote 
Potential aggressors should be aware that the United States has the capacity to locate them and to hold them accountable for actions that may try to harm America."
--Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, as quoted by Chicago Tribune/Reuters
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