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Amazon takes on YouTube, launches Amazon Video Direct

First Amazon took on Netflix, but now the company is taking aim at YouTube by launching Amazon Video Direct (AVD); it’s a self-service program for video creators to make their content available to Amazon customers, including those with Prime memberships – which is nothing to scoff at since Prime was estimated to be in about half of all U.S. households ... and that was before Prime started offering $9 monthly subscriptions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Geeky ways to celebrate Friday the 13th

You're in luckWe've cobbled together a slew of things for the geeky among you to do on Jan. 13 -- Friday the 13th that isth. And we suggest you do it up because you won’t get another chance until Oct. 13, 2017.Don’t miss the day!Mobile apps exist solely for the purpose of reminding you when Friday the 13th is coming up. Pocketkai’s free iOS app will remind you of the one to three Friday the 13ths coming up each year for the next 50 years. The Bogeyman’s Android app will do likewise, for the next 10 Friday the 13ths.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

High-demand cybersecurity skill sets

Back to one of my pet issues, the global cybersecurity skills shortage.According to ESG research, 46 percent of organizations say they have a “problematic shortage” of cybersecurity skills in 2016 (note: I am an ESG employee). By comparison, 28 percent of organizations claimed to have a “problematic shortage” of cybersecurity skills in 2015. That means we’ve seen an 18 percent year-over-year increase.So, there is a universal shortage of infused talent, but where are these deficiencies most acute? According to a survey of 299 IT and cybersecurity professionals: 33% of organizations say they have a shortage of cloud security specialists.  This makes sense, as it combines the shortage of cybersecurity skills with evolution of cloud computing. Other ESG research also indicates that large organizations are creating jobs for cloud security architects, so demand is especially high. Cybersecurity professionals should think about pursuing a cloud security certification from CSA or SANS as part of their career development plan.  There are more jobs than people, and enterprise organizations are tripping over each other to hire talent as quickly as they can.  28% of organizations say they have a shortage of network security specialists. To me, this really reinforces Continue reading

High-Demand Cybersecurity Skill Sets

Back to one of my pet issues, the global cybersecurity skills shortage.  According to ESG research, 46% of organizations say they have a “problematic shortage” of cybersecurity skills in 2016 (note: I am an ESG employee).  By comparison, 28% of organizations claimed to have a “problematic shortage” of cybersecurity skills in 2015, so we’ve seen an 18% year-over-year increase.So there is a universal shortage of infosec talent but where are these deficiencies most acute?  According to a survey of 299 IT and cybersecurity professionals: 33% of organizations say they have a shortage of cloud security specialists.  This makes sense as it combines the shortage of cybersecurity skills with evolution of cloud computing.  Other ESG research also indicates that large organizations are creating jobs for cloud security architects so demand is especially high.  Cybersecurity professionals should think about pursuing a cloud security certification from CSA or SANS as part of their career development plan.  There are more jobs than people and enterprise organizations are tripping over each other to hire talent as quickly as they can.  28% of organizations say they have a shortage of network security specialists.  To me, this Continue reading

18 most powerful wireless networking companies

Wireless big shotsIt’s a wireless world, of course, and one only likely to get less dependent on physical connectivity in the future – but what that future looks like will depend a lot on the companies exerting the strongest influence on the industry. We checked in with analysts and tapped our own institutional expertise to create this list of the companies that, in our opinion, are the biggest influencers in enterprise wireless networking and beyond.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

The Oracle-Google jury includes at least one person with an aversion to tech

A lawyer, an accountant and a retired CFO are among the eight women and two men who were selected Monday to decide Oracle’s huge copyright infringement case against Google. With the 10-member jury sworn in, lawyers for each side will make their opening statements Tuesday morning, kicking off a high-profile trial that’s expected to last four weeks. It's a technical case, and at least one of the jurors seems likely to have trouble keeping up. She’s a retired woman from Berkeley who said she struggles with technology and thought the case would not be a good one for her to hear.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

How the skills shortage is transforming big data

In the early days of computing, developers were often jacks of all trades, handling virtually any task needed for software to get made. As the field matured, jobs grew more specialized. Now we're seeing a similar pattern in a brand-new domain: big data.That's according to P.K. Agarwal, regional dean and CEO of Northeastern University's recently formed Silicon Valley campus, who says big-data professionals so far have commonly handled everything from data cleaning to analytics, and from Hadoop to Apache Spark.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

41% off HP OfficeJet Pro 8620 All-in-One Wireless Photo Printer – Deal Alert

The OfficeJet Pro 8620 copies, scans, prints and faxes. It averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 1,100 people (read reviews).  With a regular list price of $299.99, the 8620 has been reduced by 41% to just $177.87.Easily print from anywhere using your phone or tablet (Airprint on iPhone or iPad). Speedy print speeds of 21 pages/minute black and white, or 16.5 pages/minute color. Also capable of borderless and double-sided printing. Save up to 50% on Ink with HP Instant Ink: ordered by your printer and delivered to your door before you run out (optional subscription required).  See the discounted OfficeJet Pro 8620 on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

FCC, FTC launch inquiry into smartphone security updates

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission have opened parallel inquiries into the way smartphone security updates are issued and handled by major mobile carriers and device makers.The two agencies say they are responding to the growing amount of personal information held in smartphones and a recent rise in the attacks on the security of that information.The FCC has sent letters to AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular asking for information on their processes for reviewing and releasing security updates for mobile devices. The  FTC has asked for similar information from Apple, Blackberry, Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft, Motorola, and Samsung.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

SIEM review: Splunk, ArcSight, LogRhythm and QRadar

IT and security managers in the IT Central Station online community say that the most important characteristics of security information and event management (SIEM) products is the ability to combine information from several sources and the ability to do intelligent queries on that information.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)

HPE/Aruba buys networking analysis company Rasa Networks

HPE/Aruba confirmed today that the company has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Rasa Networks, a network performance management and analytics startup, for an undisclosed amount.As Network World reported last month, HPE/Aruba had been planning the move for several weeks. An internal communique to employees stated that Rasa’s technology would become a part of the company’s Clarity wireless management software, and that Rasa workers would be integrated into Aruba’s R&D team, reporting to CTO and co-founder Keerti Melkote.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

FTC orders Apple, Google, Microsoft, Blackberry, Samsung to divulge mobile security practices

The Federal Trade Commission today said it issued a 10-page letter to eight leading players in the mobile communications arena requiring them to tell the agency how they issue security updates to address vulnerabilities in smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices.+More on Network World: FTC: Best Practices for businesses facing Internet of Things onslaught+To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

29% off Seagate 4TB Portable External Hard Drive with 200GB of Cloud Storage – Deal Alert

The Seagate Backup Plus portable drive offers the mobility of a portable drive with the high capacity of a desktop drive. With this 29% off deal you get a staggering 4TB physical storage + 200GB cloud storage for just $127 (list price $179.99). The unit averages 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon from over 7,500 people (read reviews).  To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Take a look at Boston’s runaway train barreling through two stops without a driver

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) has released surveillance camera video of an unintentionally driverless Red Line train zipping through two commuter stops in December, a potential catastrophe triggered by the operator’s decision to wrap a rubber cord around the vehicle’s accelerator before stepping out to address a signal problem. The train left without him and travelled through a total of four stations before stopping after power was cut to the third rail.While the episode itself was dramatic, to say to the least, the video – even this edited version from WCVB Channel 5 TV -- is underwhelming. Even the people on the platforms didn’t seem to realize anything was wrong.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

How Microsoft keeps the bad guys out of Azure

Microsoft has published its latest Security Intelligence Report (SIR), which it does twice a year, covering security issues for the prior six months. This latest edition covers the second half of 2015, analyzing the threat landscape of exploits, vulnerabilities and malware using data from Internet services and over 600 million computers worldwide.It is a massive effort, with dozens of Microsoft staff from different groups contributing. For the first time, they looked at not only PC malware but threats to its Azure cloud service as well, which the company says "reveals how we are leveraging an intelligent security graph to inform how we protect endpoints, better detect attacks and accelerate our response, to help protect our customers."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

That massive reported ‘data breach’ was just hype, Mail.ru says

Hold Security made quite a splash in the security world on Wednesday when it claimed to have recovered 272 million stolen email credentials from a much larger trove, but on Friday the email provider most strongly affected called the report an effort to create media hype.Hold suggested that nearly 57 million of the stolen email accounts uncovered were from the popular Russian service Mail.ru. But more than 99.9 percent of the Mail.ru account credentials in a sample examined by the provider are invalid, the Russian company said.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

What does the future of the Apache Software Foundation hold?

The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) will hold its second annual Apache: Big Data North America conference in Vancouver, BC, starting Monday next week. Alongside keynotes from companies like Netflix and IBM, and panels on a huge range of topics — from security and storage to managing distributed systems and machine learning — the foundation will also host a forum that looks to cut to the heart of its community model and how private companies should be involved in its work. On Wednesday afternoon, Jim Jagielski, senior director in the Tech Fellows program at Capital One and one of the developers and founders of the Apache Software Foundation (ASF),  and John Mertic director of Program Management for ODPi and Open Mainframe Project at The Linux Foundation, will host a panel dubbed ODPi and ASF Collaboration: Ask Us Anything!.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

The Oracle-Google trial over Android starts Monday. Here’s what you need to know

Oracle’s legal fight with Google over its use of Java in Android goes to a jury trial for the second time next week, and the stakes are even higher than when the two sides met in court four years ago.Oracle wants a whopping $8.8 billion in damages from Google, much more than the first time around, making it one of the biggest copyright cases ever, and it's anyone’s guess which way the jury will go.MORE: 10 mobile startups to watch The timing is awkward for Google – its I/O conference comes smack in the middle of the trial -- and developers at that event should pay attention to the outcome. If Oracle wins, Google could be forced to make changes to the way people build apps for Android, or else swallow a royalty fee for continued use of Oracle's technology.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Google, Honeywell resolve patent dispute over Nest thermostats

Google and Honeywell have signed a patent cross-license agreement that resolves a long-standing patent dispute over thermostats made by Nest Labs, the home automation startup the Internet giant acquired.The proceedings in the case have been pending in court for about four years, awaiting the results of a reexamination of the patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, according to court records. The companies said Thursday they believe that the patent accord “promotes product innovation and consumer choice in the market for smart home products.” The financial and other details of the deal between the two companies were not disclosed.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here