CLOUD COMPUTING: Amazon Releases New Encryption Options for RDS. Encryption isn’t always easy to deal with in the cloud (or in any other way, actually), but Amazon Web Services (AWS) is hoping to make encryption simpler for its customers. The company unveiled new encryption options for its Relational Database Service. Read more

MOBILE SECURITY: Google Under Fire For Quietly Killing Critical Android Security Updates For Nearly One Billion. Android smartphone owners who aren’t running the latest version of their operating system might get some nasty surprises from malicious hackers in 2015. That’s because one of the core components of their phones won’t be getting any security updates from Google. Read more


IT MANAGEMENT: 4 Ways for IT to Connect Better with Customers. If you walk by an IT office these days, the only sounds you’re likely to hear are the dull whir of laptop fans and the gentle hum of servers — barely a warm body to be found. The IT staff is on the loose. Read more

STRATEGY: 11 Tips for Creating an OSS Policy. More and more companies rely on open-source software (OSS), and in this software-driven economy, an open-source policy is critical. It sets guidelines regarding use, license compliance and how to mitigate against operational risks. OSS’s ever-increasing complexity also makes it necessary to have clearly defined policies. Read more


JUSTICE DEPT: DOJ Asks Court To Dismiss Twitter Lawsuit. The Justice Department is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Twitter that claims the social media company’s First Amendment rights were violated. Read more

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: Shared Services: Beyond Consolidation. Federal agencies spend over $120 billion a year on managing their finances, human resources, and supply chains, as well as information technology and other mission support services. Read more


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