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Every 10 years, something comes along in the world of IT that is so big, so important, that shrewd people build wildly successful careers on just that one event. Past examples have included ERP system implementation, “Y2K”, and cloud computing. The brass ring is coming around again and this time it’s called “cyber security”.

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“We’re gathering threat data from hundreds of thousands of customers and network security appliances,” said Corey Nachreiner, CTO at WatchGuard Technologies. “We have different types of malware detection services, including a signature and heuristic-based gateway antivirus. What we found was that 30 percent of the malware would have been missed by the signature-based antiviruses.”

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After Congress on Tuesday approved a resolution that would toss out significant online privacy protections, one Internet user decided to do something about it. Adam McElhaney, who calls himself a privacy activist and net neutrality advocate, created a website and a GoFundMe page to raise money to buy the internet histories of the legislators.

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The FBI warns that attackers are targeting vulnerable FTP servers used by small medical and dental offices as a way to obtain medical records and other sensitive personal information. While the dangers of placing sensitive data on these servers is well known, smaller businesses may not have the expertise or motivation to upgrade.

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