October 18, 2021
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Omdia predicts the SD-WAN market will reach $5.5 billion in 2025, a $100 million increase from its previous forecast in June. The worldwide SD-WAN product market totaled $844 million during the second quarter of this year, an increase of more than 30% from a year earlier, according to the market research firm.
Full Story: Light Reading (10/15) 
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West Virginia and Wisconsin officials announced major investments in rural broadband funding with West Virginia allocating $1 billion from federal, state and private matching funds to link roughly 200,000 homes and businesses. The Wisconsin state Public Service Commission will mete out about $100 million from the American Rescue Plan Act to connect nearly 30,000 locations.
Full Story: The State Journal (Charleston, W.Va.) (10/18),  Wisconsin Public Radio (10/15) 
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US financial firms reported nearly $600 million in possible ransomware transactions through June, which compares to $416 million in transaction in full-year 2020 with the number of incidents climbing 30% from all of last year, the US Treasury Department said. On top of that, the agency cited about $5.2 billion in suspicious bitcoin activity.
Full Story: CyberScoop (10/15),  The Wall Street Journal (10/15) 
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The US is trying to enhance cybersecurity training by using the framework of esports and will send a team of 25 to the first International Cybersecurity Challenge, to be held in Greece in June. The participants range in age from 18 to 26 and will be competing for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, a US National Institute of Standards and Technology program.
Full Story: The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/15) 
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The number of US broadband subscribers that had viewed an ad-supported video-on-demand service in the month before responding to a survey doubled to 34% in the third quarter from the previous year, Ampere reports. The research firm pointed to especially heavy uptake among viewers between 18 and 24 years old, with usage more than tripling to 30% in the period.
Full Story: MediaPost Communications (free registration) (10/15) 
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Researchers at the University of Central Florida will study how to improve the quality of telehealth services through artificial intelligence by trying to boost physicians' ability to diagnose patients. The National Science Foundation is backing the project in which researchers will use AI to ensure the accuracy of patient signs and symptoms.
Full Story: mHealth Intelligence (10/15) 
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Nearly 7 in 10 executives surveyed expect to increase their cybersecurity budgets in 2022, per the new "2022 Global Digital Trust Insights" from PwC. But the reading, from more than 3,600 security, business and tech professionals, is that many feel their dollars haven't always been spent wisely, so this article includes tips.
Full Story: TechRepublic (10/13) 
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