Saturday, November 30, 2013

Federal court rejects Google definition of Wi-Fi data as "radio communication"

Federal court rejects Google definition of Wi-Fi data as "radio communication"
A federal appeals court has rejected a bid by Google to dismiss a group of lawsuits that accuse it of violating the Federal Wiretap Act, turning aside Google's claim that unencrypted wireless data it collected with its Street View cars counted as "radio communication." The decision means security researchers will need to think twice before capturing data from unencrypted Wi-Fi signals, Hanni Fakhoury writes, and it also means law enforcement agencies will have to obtain a wiretap order to do so.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Study: Computer science offers healthy job compensation

Study: Computer science offers healthy job compensation
A PayScale report says tech majors are among the top 30 when it comes to career pay potential, with computer engineering ranking sixth, computer science landing in eighth place and software engineering listed 12th. The other computer-related majors in the top 30 are management information systems, electrical engineering technology, computer information systems, information systems and information technology. The survey also ranks colleges by resulting midcareer pay of computer science graduates. The top five spots belong to California universities, with alumni of the University of California taking the top spot.

Monday, November 18, 2013

The majority of data breaches happen to companies with fewer than 100 employees.

A troubling trend: The majority of data breaches happen to companies with fewer than 100 employees.
Small-business owners rely on technology to run their businesses more than ever before, from smartphone apps to websites to cloud computing. All of this technology use, however, dramatically raises the odds that a business will get hit by a cyber attack—and face potentially big losses and downtime because of it.
The National Small Business Association's 2013 Small Business Technology Survey looks at how business owners’ technology use and IT security concerns have changed over the past three years. Survey respondents included 845 business owners with fewer than 500 employees who took an online survey in August.
The survey found that business owners are increasingly using all sorts of technology to serve customers, accept payments and manage a remote workforce. For example, 74 percent of business owners surveyed now use a smartphone to run their business, compared with 57 percent in 2010. Far more (45 percent) now conduct meetings using online meeting tools such as WebEx, compared to just 18 percent in 2010. Fifty-nine percent now conduct calls and teleconferences using online technologies like Skype or Voice-Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service, compared to just 28 percent in 2010.
Interestingly, despite all this technology reliance, more business owners (27 percent, up from 9 percent in 2010) now handle IT and web site management themselves, rather than hire outside consultants, the survey found.
This boost in self-reliance and use of technology has led to greater fears over cyber security and the ability to prevent costly attacks by hackers or downloads of malware and other spyware programs that steal sensitive business information. NSBA found that 44 percent of respondents have been victims of a cyber attack, while 94 percent are “somewhat” or “very” concerned about them.
The average cost of an attack was about $8,700 and most were resolved within three days. However, 12 percent of victims said it took their business more than a week to recover.
The new survey’s findings mirror those of other recent reports that also show a marked increase in the number of cyber attacks targeted at small firms. Verizon's 2012 and 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report also found that the majority of data breaches on businesses occur at companies with fewer than 100 employees.
A recent Forbes article featuring IT security expert Vikas Bhatia looks at how small businesses can better protect their data and prevent cyber attacks. Among the tips: Use a password management program, such as LastPass to create stronger passwords; regularly backup data and store it off site; keep antivirus software up-to-date; and find out where and how your cloud-based data is stored to ensure it’s safe.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

CompTIA members benefit from large certification discount

CompTIA members benefit from certification discount
CompTIA solution provider members are eligible to receive a voucher good for an 80% discount on the first certification they purchase and a 15% discount on further certification purchases. Vendor and distributor members are also eligible for the 15% discount. To learn more, contact

Friday, November 08, 2013

Report: IT industry will be a boon to U.K. economy

Report: IT industry will be a boon to U.K. economy
Increasing demand for IT skills will play an integral part in helping the U.K. economy, as a reported 300,000 new workers will be needed to fill jobs in the next decade, a U.K. Commission for Employment and Skills report said. The report noted a dearth of tech skills is hindering digital companies. "To make sure the digital sector really thrives, there’s a clear need for employers to take ownership of the skills agenda and play an active role in training the next generation of IT specialists," said UKCES research manager Rachel Pinto.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Growth ahead for cloud-services industry

Growth ahead for India's cloud-services industryThe public-cloud-services industry in India alone is expected to be worth $434 million this year for a growth rate of 37.5%, said research firm Gartner, which credits increasing adoption of software-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service as the main drivers. The firm predicts a 41.8% increase in IaaS services alone, hitting $62.5 million in 2013, and expects $4.2 billion will be spent on cloud services through 2017.