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DATA PROTECTION TRENDS 2015: “Data protection” is a big topic with many subsets. Breaking it down to the data center level generates three major DP domains: data loss prevention (DLP), storage system recovery, and data security. Here’s a high-level look at major technology trends from each of these domains. Read more

MICROSOFT AZURE: Microsoft Azure Racks Up Cloud Compliance Certifications. In the U.S. and abroad,
Microsoft is piling on the security and privacy certifications in its bid to attract more enterprise workloads to its cloud platform. Azure has completed an ISO 27001 renewal audit to the 2013 version of the standard, following the ISO [International Organization for Standardization] 27002 best practices for comprehensive information security and risk management. Read more

PENETRATION TESTING: How often should you conduct penetration testing? In a rapidly shifting attack landscape against the backdrop of a hackers’ black market worth billions, if you wait to pentest — you lose. Read more

WINDOWS SERVER: Testing Windows Server resiliency before attackers strike. Security remains a process, not check box on an operating system. Testing Windows Server resiliency is one crucial step in that process. Read more


DATA CENTERS: 4 Steps to a Successful Data Center Migration. As organizations undergo mergers and
acquisitions, on-premise facilities continue to age, and consolidation mandates are handed down, the need arises to migrate data center equipment to new facilities. Whether you colocate or choose the best equipment for a consolidated, company-owned data center, moving IT equipment and workloads between sites is a time-consuming and potentially costly endeavor. These best practices can help you plan for data center migrations. Read more

SOFTWARE SAFETY: Who is responsible for software safety? Nobody is no longer an option. Regulation. While many see it as a dirty word, when you take a look around, regulation has historically only been implemented when addressing public safety, or when industries have failed to self-regulate on their own, leading to unstructured chaos. What about software? Read more

CLOUD: Six ways to avoid cloud missteps. As some companies enter into their first cloud engagements, other organizations already are looking back at ‘legacy cloud’ experiences and defining best practices based on what they might have missed or overlooked the first time around. If you are looking to avoid problems with a cloud vendor, here are a few tips…based on experience: Read more

FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Obama tells agencies to advance sick leave for feds with new children. President Obama signed a memo January 15 directing agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave to federal employees with a new child. He also is urging Congress to pass legislation providing them an additional six weeks of paid administrative leave. Read more


DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE: The federal government wants to make it easier for communities to expand broadband by offering them training programs, technical assistance and guidance for supporting higher Internet speeds. The Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will offer these resources to communities through a new initiative called BroadBandUSA. The NTIA initiative is part of a larger effort President Barack Obama announced this week to promote access to faster, cheaper broadband nationwide. Read


DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Know a student who made federal student loan payments in 2014? He or she may be able to claim up to $2,500 in eligible interest paid on his/her student loan each calendar year. Student loan interest payments are reported both to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and to you on IRS Form 1098-E, Student Loan Interest Statement. Read more

DEPT OF ENERGY: 1 in 78 New Jobs in America is a Solar Job. As of November 2014, the solar industry
employs 173,807 workers, representing a growth rate of nearly 22% over the previous year. The solar industry is adding workers at a rate nearly 20 times faster than the overall economy. Read more


SWIFT: Java and JavaScript rule but use of Apple’s Swift language is skyrocketing. Just a few months after Apple released Swift for iOS, the language has become one of the most popular for developers. Read more

EDUCATION: JavaScript is the one programming language to learn if you can learn only one. JavaScript was recently named the Programming Language of 2014 by the folks behind the TIOBE programming language index. In September 2014, JavaScript was listed in 11.9% of all tech job listings in the U.S. and jobs mentioning it averaged a salary of $93,142. Knowing how to program in JavaScript is a good skill to have. Read more


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