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December 12, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Why governments should pay more for cybersecurity talent
    If governments want to recruit the best and the brightest to join their national cybersecurity efforts, they're going to have to start paying them more, according to Bob Ayers, a former U.S. intelligence officer, who says salary discrepancies between the public and private sectors exacerbate an already troubling skills shortage. Ayers says that while recruitment and education are important tools for improving cybersecurity readiness, they'll have little long-term impact without focusing on retention through competitive salaries. Computing (U.K.) (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • SuVolta chips are said to use one-half less power
    SuVolta has developed a technology called Deeply Depleted Channel that it touts as capable of reducing a chip's power usage by up to 50%, making such chips suitable for use in smartphones and tablet computers. Fujitsu Semiconductor is fabricating chips for the venture-funded startup, which expects to offer its products for sale in the first half of next year. VentureBeat (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • Spending on smart grid security to surge through 2020
    The task of securing the U.S. energy infrastructure will bring lucrative business to the cybersecurity sector, according to a report that predicts spending on smart grid security will increase from $369 million this year to more than $600 million over the next eight years. Pike Research says many utilities will choose to improve their cybersecurity once they realize how much a breach would cost them. (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Alca-Lu bets on SDN with new spinoff, Nuage Networks
    Alcatel-Lucent is launching a venture to focus on the company's software-defined networking solutions, including the 7750 Service Router and related products. The spinoff, called Nuage Networks after the French term for "cloud," is led by a vice president of Alca-Lu's IP division, Sunil Khandekar, who served as a product manager for TiMetra before it was acquired by Alca-Lu. Light Reading (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Managing IT 
  • How social media makes companies more innovative
    Social media is potentially a powerful innovation-driver, writes Alexandra Samuel. Social chatter doesn't just provide real-time data -- it also creates pressure for change while highlighting "an area of business opportunity or vulnerability," she writes. "[I]f we do better with social today, we'll be better prepared to change and adapt tomorrow," Samuel adds. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • How many monitors do you use?
    2  59.42%
    1  32.61%
    More than 2  7.97%
  • Does anyone at your company use an alternative style of desk, such as a standing desk, treadmill desk or a desk with a balance ball instead of a chair?

Geeking Out 
  • There's gold in that there poop!
    Gold is becoming harder to find in Australia, but scientists have discovered tiny stone-like deposits of gold in termite excrement, which means the insects could be used to find new gold deposits near their mounds. According to entomologist Aaron Stewart, "The insects bring up small particles that contain gold from the deposit's fingerprint, or halo, and effectively stockpile it in their mounds." TG Daily (12/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story

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The skills required to be a security professional in the past three decades are not the same as now. It's much more of a business focus and about risk management than a technical focus."
--Mark Brown, director of information security at Ernst & Young, as quoted by Computing (U.K.)
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