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November 30, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Businesses confront a changing cyberthreat landscape in 2013
    The proliferation of cloud and mobile technologies will create new security challenges for enterprises as they head into 2013, according to this survey of the emerging threat environment. Among other things, analysts expect hackers to dedicate more effort to targeting e-commerce on social networks as they seek to steal payment information and customer credentials through schemes such as phishing. Companies can also expect to see an increase in mobile malware and so-called ransomware, according to security firms Symantec and Websense. eWeek (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • IEEE taps 5 GHz band for superfast Wi-Fi
    The IEEE is in the process of advancing Wi-Fi rates beyond the current speeds supported by the next-generation 802.11n protocol by using frequencies outside the crowded 2.4 GHz band. By migrating to the 5 GHz spectrum, the group says it is on its way to supporting capacities as high as 7 Gbps by 2015, when the final 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard will be operational. InformationWeek (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Verizon takes aim at retail cybercrime
    The retail sector is one of the primary targets for cybercriminals, but adhering to Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards can go a long way toward helping companies mitigate risk, according to Verizon Communications. The telecom -- which is offering retailers advice on how to protect themselves during the holiday shopping season -- says the PCI-DSS regimen of file-integrity monitoring, vulnerability scanning and annual penetration testing coupled with password protection can help ensure the integrity of point-of-sale systems and online sales channels. Business Standard (India) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • IBM targets Big Data talent drought with research center
    IBM is teaming up with The Ohio State University to launch a research center near Columbus, Ohio, to address the lack of available analysts to fill positions in the emerging Big Data sector. In addition to hiring 500 consultants and researchers during the next three years to staff the center, Big Blue will work with the university to develop curriculum in business analytics and mathematics and bring Big Data professionals into the classroom. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • Tech chiefs turn to IT for innovative new sales strategies
    Forward-thinking chief information officers from a wide variety of industries are testing innovative strategies for improving sales by leveraging technology to adapt to customer trends, manage resources, forge beneficial partnerships and streamline product and service delivery, among other things. Examples include Hovnanian Enterprises' recently launched Style Suite, a cutting-edge online design platform for homebuyers, and tire and automotive retailer TBC Corp.'s cloud-based NITRO system, which enables sales associates to identify customer needs using nothing more than a vehicle identification number. CIO.com (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • The secrets of productive communicators
    Effective communicators tend to share certain traits, writes Susan Tardanico, CEO of The Authentic Leadership Alliance. These traits include distilling complex thoughts into simple terms, using language that is distinctly your own and communicating face to face instead of hiding behind electronic channels. Finally, effective communicators remember that communication is a two-way street, Tardanico writes. "It's easy to be so focused on getting your message out -- or persuading others -- that you don't tune in to what you see and hear." Forbes (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Brain model can perceive, react to visual information
    Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada have developed a new computer model of the brain called Spaun that can simulate about 2.5 million brain cells, enabling it to sense, process and react to visual stimuli. However, researchers said Spaun does not have the capability to learn a new task. Los Angeles Times/Science Now blog (tiered subscription model) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
SmartQuote 
The common language of business is not going to be Chinese or Spanish. It's going to be math."
--Michael Rhodin, senior vice president at IBM, as quoted by The New York Times/Bits blog
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