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November
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Google, Microsoft Announce Plans for Search Term Blockage

An announcement from Google and the Microsoft Corporation outlined their plans to launch software which promises to prevent specific search terms related to online child sexual abuse from producing results, according to a news article posted by The Web Hosting Industry Review. The article states that the software – which initially will be introduced in the UK – promises to prevent approximately 100,000 related search terms from producing results. A number of experts in child protection have assisted in building a list of unambiguous terms which Google and Microsoft will translate into over 150 languages, according to this report. The article states that Google assigned 200 employees to developing this preventative technology and will continue to work with law enforcement…

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November
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Cybercrime Costs Rocket to $113B

Businesses that continue to operate without the proper security training remain vulnerable to attacks and security breaches, according to recent information documented by security awareness professionals in an article on the Digital Journal web site. In the article, the firm KnowBe4 said that this lack of training and preparedness can result in “future class-action law suits.” The cost per “cybercrime” victim has increased 50 percent, according to the article, and has been labeled the number one threat to security in the nation – leaving the total cost at $113 billion globally. The article continues to state that according to recent studies, cybercrime costs have climbed by an average of 78 percent since 2009. The amount of time needed to recover…

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November
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Report Says IRS Virtual Servers Need Auto Monitoring

A report released by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) has determined that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) needs to address the security of their virtual servers, according to an article published by Accounting Today. The TIGTA report examined the organization’s virtual server technology and reviewed the overall security of their virtual environment. According to the article, this report discovered that the comprehensive policy developed by the IRS establishes “minimum security controls to prevent unauthorized access to IRS information systems hosted in its virtual environment.” The article goes on to state that “security configuration settings on hosts were not in accordance with IRS policy”, according to the TIGTA report, even though the IRS has created a process to…

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November
18
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IBM Power Servers to Support Nvidia GPUs in 2014

Computer manufacturer IBM announced that they will begin to use the Nvidia Tesla graphic chips in servers configured with their Power chips, according to an article published on the Computer World website. According to this report, IBM wants to increase the capabilities of their higher level server offerings by exploring graphic processing. IBM will use these chips – which were built into supercomputers like Sequoia and the famous Watson computer – beginning in 2014, according to Computer World. The article states that “the combination of Power processors and Nvidia GPUs could speed up mainframes used for critical tasks like financial transaction processing.” Sean Tetpon, a spokesman for IBM, was quoted in the article to say, “The addition of Tesla to…

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November
18
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Group Proposes Encryption for All Web Traffic

A recommendation to make revisions to the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) will lead to the encryption of a large portion of the world’s web traffic, according to a recent article published by Ars Technica. The article states that a recent letter was published by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) announcing this proposal in the wake of concerns due to the recent information leak controversy involving former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and documents regarding government surveillance of Internet communications. Mark Nottingham, chair of the HTTPbis working group, the IETF body charged with designing the next-generation HTTP 2.0 specification, was quoted in the article to have said in this letter, “There seems to be strong consensus to increase the…

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November
13
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Tips: The Server Maintenance Checklist

Professionals in the technology industry today know the sophistication behind data center servers and how they require regularly scheduled maintenance. In a recent article posted on Tech Target, technology veteran and author Stephen J. Bigelow writes how simple, scheduled maintenance procedures will extend the life of these sophisticated machines. In the article, Bigelow discusses a five point checklist that can lower the rate of serious service issues. “Even with the performance and redundant features of modern servers, increased workload consolidation and reliability expectations can take a toll on your fleet. Your server maintenance checklist should cover physical elements, as well as the system’s critical configuration”, Bigelow writes. Sticking to a routine is the first item on the list according to…

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November
13
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Insight: Server Innovation Moves Slow

Commentary from some technology professionals can give the impression that enterprise users might be investing their time with plans and strategies targeting big data but no time purchasing the next generation appliances to support the plan, according to an article recently posted on Information Week. The article’s author and IT veteran, Art Wittmann, creates some interesting questions by stating, “A reading of the headlines of the day…will leave you certain that IT shops everywhere are storing and processing big data…then surely they’re instrumenting every machine they have in a bid to capitalize on emerging Internet of things technology to improve manufacturing or predict part failures before they happen, right?” The report notes that this time in history is rare and…

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November
13
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Improving Network and Data Center Efficiency

Many technology professionals believe that the enterprise data infrastructure will greatly expand or become nonexistent in the next decades, according to a recent article written by Art Cole for Enterprise Networking Planet. Cole explains to enterprise users, “You’ll either have to massively scale your architecture up or out, or you’ll be leasing capacity on someone else’s”, according to his report. Within the article, Cole evaluates hardware and software solutions that are focused on the optimization of energy consumption and how this improves the efficiency of a network infrastructure and data center for the enterprise user. As he projects his evaluation further in the article, Cole states, “Much of this growth will take place on the logical/virtual layer, but at some…

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November
12
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Wikipedia Founder Speaks Out About Surveillance

The founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales has recently commented about the National Security Agency (NSA) and its alleged PRISM surveillance program, according to an article posted by the Web Hosting Industry Review. Wales was reported in the article to say that PRISM “hurts confidence in United States cloud computing services and gives oppressive regimes the grounds for greater censorship.” At a Norwegian Information Technology event called Digital Winners, Wales made comments about US privacy concerns during his presentation regarding mobile access to Wikipedia in developing countries, according to the report. Wales was quoted in the article to say, “It’s going to have a big impact on the cloud computing industry as people are afraid to put data in the U.S.,…

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November
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Fujitsu Demo Shows New Data Transfer Method

The Japanese manufacturer Fujitsu conducted a demonstration of new server technology at the Fujitsu Forum in Munich, Germany on November 6th and 7th, according to an article published by Computer World. The article indicates that the demonstration highlighted multiple servers using light and laser technology to transfer data. The manufacturer demonstrated two Primergy RX200 servers configured with expansion units and optical cable using light – instead of copper wire – to transfer data between the systems, according to the report. As the article outlines, it was Fujitsu’s goal to successfully demonstrate how high-speed connections with fiber optical cables can give multiple processing and storage components the ability to be decoupled from a server and moved to alternate containment. The article states that each Primergy expansion box…

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