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Should companies practice data retention or data destruction?

By Ellen Messmer, Network World | August 21st, 2014 Many businesses focus on record retention, but here’s why one lawyer says “Destroy!”. Many businesses spend a lot of time thinking about how to retain and store data, but there’s another idea: Think about how to destroy your data. Why? According to one attorney who advocates …

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Virtual hard drives: The IT pro trick that lets you back up your data for free

By Jon L. Jacobi, PC World | August 19th, 2014 IT professionals have used virtual hard drives for years in servers and virtual machines, but you can also use VHDs to back up your data. Once you finally start backing up your data (like you’ve been told to over, and over again), consider using a …

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Community Health Systems blames China for recent data breach

By Steve Ragan, CSO | August 18th, 2014 Community Hospital Systems (CHS), which operates just over 200 hospitals in 29 states, reported a data breach impacting about 4.5 million people on Monday. The incident, blamed on actors in China, was made public via an 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The 8-K …

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How hackers used Google in stealing corporate data

By Antone Gonsalves, CSO | August 7th, 2014 A group of innovative hackers used free services from Google and an Internet infrastructure company to disguise data stolen from corporate and government computers, a security firm reported. FireEye discovered the campaign, dubbed Poisoned Hurricane, in March while analyzing traffic originating from systems infected with a remote …

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Architectural Firm Puts Giant Data Files in the Cloud

By Bob Violino, CIO | July 30th, 2014 A global architectural firm sees big advantages in putting building design data in a cloud storage service. Perkins and Will, like many other global architectural firms, is struggling to manage ever-growing volumes of information. Data-intensive applications such as building information modeling (BIM) produce enormous files on a …

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Majority of large ISPs now using monthly data caps, GAO says

By Grant Gross, IDG News Service | July 29th, 2014 Many broadband subscribers are confused about the amount of data they use and broadband plan options, a study says. U.S. broadband providers appear to be embracing monthly data caps, but customers are confused about the amount of data they use and broadband plan options, according …

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MIT invention to speed up data centers should cheer developers

By Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service | July 18th, 2014 Fastpass uses parallel processing to eliminate the need for complicated network queues, researchers say. A breakthrough by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could change the way Web and mobile apps are written and help companies like Facebook keep the cat videos coming. Their …

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Cisco, Microsoft chasing clouds

By Jim Duffy, Network World | July 18th, 2014 Companies extend data center integration work with 3 year GTM agreement. Cisco this week expanded its data center arrangement with Microsoft with a multiyear sales and go-to-market effort for integrated products. The deal builds upon one agreed to 15 months ago, when the two companies combined …

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Jesse Jackson demands Twitter release employee diversity data

By John Ribeiro, IDG News Service | July 18th, 2014 Jackson said black underrepresentation in tech companies cannot be explained by a lack of technical skills. U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson has called on Twitter to release its employee diversity information, which its Silicon Valley peers such as Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn and Facebook …

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NSA defends collecting data from U.S. residents not suspected of terrorist activities

By Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld | July 7th, 2014 Spokeswoman says spy agency has long said some of the data it intercepts belonging to non-suspects. The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) Monday defended its data collection practices amid revelations that almost 90% of the data it sweeps up involves ordinary Internet users not suspected of crimes. …

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