Wednesday, November 27, 2013

U.K. to build a cybersecurity military unit

U.K. to build a cybersecurity military unit
The U.K. government says it plans to develop a military unit that will work to protect networks and data from cyberattacks. One official reportedly termed the unit a "laptop army" and predicted that future combat could be tech-driven. "People think of military as land, sea and air. We long ago recognized a fourth domain -- space. Now there's a fifth -- cyber," defense secretary Philip Hammond said.

Friday, November 22, 2013

CompTIA Cloud+ Certification Now Available Worldwide

CompTIA Cloud+ Certification Now Available Worldwide
 A new professional-level skills certification for IT workers immersed in the fast-growing environment of cloud computing was launched this week by CompTIA. CompTIA Cloud+ certification validates the knowledge and best practices required of IT practitioners who must understand and deliver cloud infrastructure solutions. “As cloud-based applications proliferate and network architectures become more diverse, networking and technical sales professionals must become proficient in new skills,” said Terry Erdle, executive vice president, skills certification, CompTIA.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Feds retool national cybersecurity education guidelines

Feds retool national cybersecurity education guidelines
The federal government is updating the criteria it uses to certify cybersecurity programs at U.S. colleges and universities in an effort to better address the modern threat environment. Changes to the National Centers of Academic Excellence program include the replacement of rigid standards with more flexible "knowledge units" and will likely affect the 181 schools in the program. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free content)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Tech industry faces massive readjustment tied to mobility, cloud

Tech industry faces massive readjustment tied to mobility, cloud
Emerging mobile, virtualization and software-defined networking technologies are fueling the most significant disruption the IT industry has experienced in nearly three decades, Michael Friedenberg writes. IDC says the sector is entering a "third platform" of existence -- characterized by the ascendency of mobile and cloud-based Big Data and social-networking architectures -- that Cisco Systems CEO John Chambers says could leave one-third of tech companies in the dust. CIO.com

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Researcher: Malware can reside in peripheral components

Researcher: Malware can reside in peripheral components
Malware writers are developing sophisticated bugs that attack a computer's direct memory access from within peripheral components, including graphics and network cards, researcher Patrick Stewin says. Stewin says he has developed a way to root out one such virus, dubbed DAGGER, that targets 32- and 64-bit Windows and Linux systems. "DMA-based attacks launched from peripherals are capable of compromising the host without exploiting vulnerabilities present in the operating system running on the host," Stewin wrote in a paper. "Therefore they present a highly critical threat to system security and integrity."

Friday, November 1, 2013

Cisco touts new "Internet of Everything" products

Cisco touts new "Internet of Everything" products
Cisco Systems is touting network-fabric offerings that run on its new nPower X1 chip. The products are part of the company's Network Convergence System, which Cisco hopes will become the standard platform as things take root in what the company calls the "Internet of Everything."

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