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​Serious NTP security holes have appeared and are being exploited

Yes, I know, you’re a hardworking system or network administrator and you want to go home for the holidays. Too bad, so sad. ISC-CERT is reporting that several major network time protocol (NTP) security holes have been uncovered and that there are already public exploits in the wild. The NTP exploit clock is ticking and you don’t have much time… Read more →

Staples: 1.16 million cards possibly vulnerable in data attack

As Sony continues to take heat everywhere from Hollywood to Washington, Staples provided an update about its own security breach sustained earlier this year. The electronics retail giant published a more detailed timeline on Friday following an investigation that launched this fall. Read this 10 top security threats of 2014 (so far) Read More Investigators believe malware penetrated Staples’ point-of-sale… Read more →

Microsoft pays VirnetX $23 million to settle expanded patent case

Microsoft has agreed to pay VirnetX another $23 million to settle an expanded patent dispute between the two companies, the pair announced on December 19. Microsoft and VirnetX signed an amended settlement and license agreement on December 17 that settled their pending patent disputes, according to the press release announcing the deal. This isn’t the first time Microsoft tangled with… Read more →

Sony debacle shows how not to handle a hack

In some debates it may matter whether North Korea was involved in the Sony hack, but from an IT and corporate perspective it has little bearing on what lessons there are to learn. Sony Pictures Entertainment seems to have mishandled its situation from the start including poor security standards and sloppy IT procedures, bad public relations judgment, and ultimately a… Read more →

Microsoft confirms it is dropping Public Website feature from SharePoint Online

The rumors were right. Microsoft is dropping the Public Website feature from SharePoint Online as of January 2015. New customers signing up for Office 365 as of January next year won’t have access to Public Websites in SharePoint Online, Microsoft officials acknowledged in a new Knowledge Base support article published on December 19. Existing customers using SharePoint Online Public Website… Read more →

Rent the Runway, a Designer Fashion Start-Up, Raises $60 Million

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Alabama College picks Unidesk to manage VDI complexity

I find it really useful to hear from people who have selected a product and are using it as part of their IT operations. These conversations often turn up information that is seldom part of a supplier’s marketing messages. This time, Jonathan Hataway, infrastructure engineer at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM), took the time to answer my questions… Read more →

Should IT execs lead the business? Or should business execs lead IT?

Are information technology decisions being usurped by business-side managers? Or are IT managers increasingly being put in charge of business decisions? Photo: USDA Both scenarios seem to be playing out in today’s organizations. Bernard Golden, a seasoned industry observer, points out that “more than ever, IT will become a C-level discussion,” adding that “IT is the future of every company…. Read more →

FBI says North Korea is ‘responsible’ for Sony hack, as White House mulls response

The FBI’s headquarters in Washington DC (Image via CNET) North Korea is the prime suspect in the hacking of Sony Pictures’ networks last month, a U.S. investigation has concluded. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Friday, shortly before the president’s end-of-year address, that it had “enough information to conclude” the rogue state is responsible for the attack. Read this… Read more →

FBI says North Korea is ‘responsible’ for Sony hack, as White House mulls response

The FBI’s headquarters in Washington DC (Image via CNET) North Korea is the prime suspect in the hacking of Sony Pictures’ networks last month, a U.S. investigation has concluded. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Friday, shortly before the president’s end-of-year address, that it had “enough information to conclude” the rogue state is responsible for the attack. Read this… Read more →

​Did the browser wars finally end in 2014?

The modern browser wars began in earnest in 2004, when Mozilla Firefox challenged Internet Explorer’s complete and utter market dominance, successfully growing from zero to several hundred million users in less than five years. Google took over in 2008, introducing its Chrome browser, which caught up with Firefox by 2012. The fighting might have finally ended in 2014. Over the… Read more →