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Security skills of IT workforce lacking, survey finds

A majority of organizations are in need of IT workers with security, firewall and data privacy skills, but more than 40 per cent surveyed by the Computing Technology Industry Association in the US said their IT employees are not proficient in such sk...

HP user groups join forces

There is strength in numbers, according to the leaders of three HP user groups, who this week announced they will seek approval to join forces and pool resources to better serve more than 50,000 members worldwide.

MIT, TI debut energy-efficient microchip

Mobile phones running low on battery power could be a thing of the past if new chip technology co-developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Texas Instruments lives up to its promise.

DNS tools play key role in Hollywood thriller 'Untraceable'

When the FBI agents in Sony Pictures' upcoming "Untraceable" movie need to catch a killer, they turn to network technologies IT pros have been using for years, such as whois domain name lookup, traceroute and ping, via products developed by DNS tools...

Hollywood's 'Untraceable': Fact or fiction?

Former FBI Special Agent Ernest E.J. Hilbert II learned a lot about cybercrime before signing on to be the director of security enforcement at MySpace.com and when asked to look over a Hollywood script about cybercrime, he took on the challenge. The ...

How to keep virtual test environments in check

Virtual server technologies used in preproduction environments promise cost, time and labor savings, yet the same tools left unchecked can result in complex configurations, wasted resources and management nightmares for IT staff.

How dangerous user behavior puts networks at risk

As CIO at Bunker Hill Community College, Bret Moeller embraces students experimenting with technology as part of their education, but he'd prefer if their independent studies didn't involve hacking into the college's network.

Survey: trusted users pose significant security threats

It probably doesn't give security managers much comfort to hear that the majority of internal employees that pose a significant threat to network security are well-meaning, innocent offenders -- as opposed to those with malice on the mind.

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MSI GS75

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Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

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