Around The IT Industry 10/31 – 11/04

by Modis on November 3, 2011

US and EU hold day-long cybersecurity exercise

In an effort to see how the U.S. and EU would cooperate if a cyber attack happened on their information infrastructures, they used the Cyber Atlantic 2011 exercise to simulate relevant scenarios. Lessons that they learned through this activity will help them plan future exercises.

Microsoft’s adding business-intelligence SKU to its SQL Server 2012 database offering

The server will launch sometime during the first couple of months of 2012, and there will be three main editions: Enterprise, Business Intelligence and Standard. Three current SKUs will be eliminated during the 2012 launch.

IBM’s M2M proposal may not have bandwidth it needs, according to study

The bandwidth required for the asynchronous protocol for machine-to-machine Internet communication is a 100,000% increase in broadband device-generated traffic, and that vast amount of bandwidth will not be easily accessible, according to a study from the University of California San Diego’s Global Information Industry Center.

New open-source hardware the size of a credit card runs Linux OS

The $89 hardware runs on a 720MHz Cortex-A8 processor and can be used for gaming, robotics, and medical devices.  The BeagleBone development board has a full-featured web server and runs full Linux OS.

Microsoft says it’ll issue four Windows security updates next week

The updates will patch four vulnerabilities in Windows, one labeled “critical,” two labeled “important,” and one labeled “moderate.” Only Windows Vista, Windows 7, Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2 are affected by the current vulnerability.

U.S. government reports stolen economic secrets via cyberspace

The top U.S. counterintelligence agency released a report about stolen economic secrets and tries to identify the culprit. The government points fingers at the capabilities of cyber theft by China and Russia. This is the first year a report has emphasized “foreign collectors” exploits.


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