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December 13, 2012
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  • Hackers have U.S. financial sector in the cross hairs, experts warn
    The U.S. financial industry could face a wave of cyberattacks next year when a little-known sleeper malware wakes up and may start siphoning funds from as many as 30 banks, security expects said in a report. According to McAfee Labs, the malware is part of a four-year cyberfraud campaign, Project Blitzkrieg, promoted by a Russian hacker known as "vorVzakone." The campaign will reach its full potential in the spring of 2013 when dormant aspects of the malware become active. The Washington Post (12/12) , CNN/Security Clearance blog (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cloud Computing 
  • Analysis: How SaaS is winning the battle for the enterprise
    Software-as-a-service offerings are being implemented in various parts of the enterprise, displacing installed software, Cormac Foster writes. The trend is being recognized by the big suppliers of enterprise software, some of which are putting their applications in a cloud and marketing them as SaaS. "To be true SaaS, a company needs to design the application from the ground up to support parallel development of multiple projects, invest millions in scalable and secure infrastructure, and have services that go beyond fixing what's broken," CrownPeak CEO Jim Howard said. ReadWrite (12/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile & Wireless 
  • OpenKit will offer open-source platform for developing social games
    Gree's decision to close its OpenFeint social-gaming platform has inspired Peter Relan of YouWeb to initiate the OpenKit project, which promises to provide an open-source platform for developers to create social games, Dean Takahashi writes. OpenKit will be designed to function with Facebook, Game Center, Google+, Gree, Twitter and other social networks. VentureBeat (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microsoft: Interest in Windows Phone apps is on the rise
    Microsoft reports that applications submitted for the Windows Phone store are up 40% since the October launch of Windows Phone 8. The company says it will keep its full Windows Phone store staff working through the holidays to process app submissions. No app testing will be done on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day, however. (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Security & Privacy 
  • Oracle introduces unified security platform for databases
    Oracle announced it is bolstering its database security platform by merging two existing products into a single, software appliance-based solution. Oracle Audit Vault and Database Firewall -- a combination of its two namesakes -- provides unified auditing and monitoring and is designed to lower the cost of providing security across the enterprise. ZDNet/Between the Lines blog (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Facebook's latest privacy change causes some concern
    Facebook has tweaked its privacy settings to make them easier to understand and manage, but the removal of the option that allowed users to hide their timelines from the main search tool has some privacy advocates concerned. "Many people posted stuff on their timelines that they did not expect to be publicly searchable," said Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center. The Wall Street Journal (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  Government IT 
  • Negotiations at telecom conference reach a stalemate
    Negotiations at the World Conference on International Telecommunications went deep into the night on Wednesday without achieving a resolution. Amid the extended talks, China, Russia and other nations submitted a revised version of their proposal that would give signatories to the proposed treaty the right to control all naming, numbering, addressing and identification resources within their territories. Bloomberg (12/13) , Bloomberg (12/12) , Computerworld/IDG News Service (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SIIA News 
  • Save the Date for Premier Government IT Conference, CloudGOV 2013
    Save the dates and plan to join us at next year's CloudGOV conference on Feb. 12 in Washington, D.C. Learn how Cloud First, FedRAMP, data center consolidation, and mobile strategies will influence agency procurement going forward and see the latest innovations from service providers. Take advantage of leftover budget by considering a sponsorship or saving with early-bird registration. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Vision from the Top 2012: John Herr, Adaptive Planning
    Structural changes in our global economy and the way we communicate are presenting a perfect storm for cloud and mobile to intersect. These two powerful platforms are disrupting the technology landscape and will prove to be the single most impactful advancement over the next eight years. Read more from John Herr of Adaptive Planning's interview in SIIA's Vision From the Top. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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