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January 30, 2013
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The Game Changer 
Emerging Tools 
  • Cisco targets converged networks with Catalyst 3850 switch
    Cisco Systems has introduced an integrated switch and WLAN controller combo to meet the demands of the bring-your-own-device community by making it easier to unify the management of converged wireless and wireline networks. The Catalyst 3850 Unified Access Switch is powered by a specialized programmable ASIC called Unified Access Data Plane and includes a built-in 40G WLAN controller and support for Cisco's software-defined networking architecture. Network World (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • U.S. businesses warm to voluntary cybersecurity rules, senator says
    Most large U.S. businesses would support a law instituting voluntary cybersecurity guidelines, despite persistent opposition to legislative efforts to do so by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. That's according to an informal poll of hundreds of CEOs conducted by Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., which found overwhelming backing for voluntary standards. A U.S. Chamber of Commerce official said the respondents "probably didn't fully understand the implications" of what they were being asked. The Wall Street Journal (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Judge upholds $1.05B patent ruling against Samsung on Apple appeal
    A federal judge upheld an August jury ruling requiring Samsung to shell out $1.05 billion following Apple's claim that Samsung violated its patents. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh denied a motion from Apple asking for potentially triple that amount. Koh rejected Apple's argument that it deserved a larger award because Samsung "willfully" infringed on its intellectual property rights, accepting the South Korean company's assertion that it didn't think the patents were valid to begin with. CNNMoney/Fortune (1/30), ZDNet/Between the Lines blog (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Why IT can't solve the data privacy dilemma alone
    Having a strategy in place for securing customer data assets is essential for small-business survival, but expecting IT alone to get the job done is shortsighted, experts say. According to Craig Spiezle of the Online Trust Alliance, companies looking to improve data privacy do need to rely on IT resources such as encryption, but they must also look beyond the technical processes of data security to explore how and where information is being used within the organization and ensure interdepartmental coordination. InformationWeek SMB (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartPulse 
  • Are you using a 4G LTE mobile device?
    Yes  58.71%
    No  41.29%
  • Do you believe voluntary corporate efforts will prove sufficient to address cybersecurity issues?
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Geeking Out 
  • DOD pioneering dissolving devices for use on battlefield
    With next-generation devices becoming ubiquitous on the battlefield, the Defense Department is experimenting with a new generation of "transient electronics" that will dissolve on command if left behind to ensure they don't fall into enemy hands. The Vanishing Programmable Resources project, managed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is still in the early development stages and will be the focus of a Proposer's Day on Feb. 14 in a bid to secure industry and academic backing. Geek.com (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
[SMBs] have to view data protection and privacy as a holistic, company-wide effort. If they only focus on it as an IT issue, they will most likely fail."
--Craig Spiezle, executive director and president of the Online Trust Alliance, as quoted by InformationWeek SMB
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