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For big raises in IT, look to mobile, security, big data

IT salaries will remain mostly stagnant in 2015, except for workers with highly coveted skill sets, according to a report tracking IT salaries and skills demand in the coming years.

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Backoff malware linked to data breaches is spreading

The number of computers in North America infected by the Backoff malware has risen sharply.

Researcher creates proof-of-concept worm for network-attached storage devices

Network-attached storage (NAS) devices are riddled with vulnerabilities that can put the security of sensitive data and networks at risk, a researcher has found. To prove his point, he has created a proof-of-concept worm that can...

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Can the iPhone 6 really defeat the NSA?

There are loopholes in Apple’s claim, and law enforcement’s outrage seems disingenuous.

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Researcher builds system to protect against malicious insiders

When an employee turns on his own company, the results -- damaged networks, data theft and even work stoppage -- could be devastating. Virginia Tech's Daphne Yao hopes the algorithms she's working on can stop that kind of attack.

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What to consider when choosing a password manager

Many security experts think passwords are no longer sufficient to keep online accounts safe from hackers. But we're still a long way from widespread adoption of biometrics and alternatives.

IT industry group slams burdens imposed by proposed EU privacy policy

A proposal by EU justice ministers to relax data protection rules for low-risk personal data doesn't go far enough, industry lobbyists say.

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5 techniques for securing your enterprise data

The pros and cons of new techniques and tools, such as cloud access security brokers, adaptive access control and pervasive sandboxing.

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Fallout from the JPMorgan Chase breach

What's the fallout from the Chase bank breach? Phishing of course, but phone calls and snail mail can also be abused. I was targeted by a snail mail billing scam. Most website rating systems fail to warn about the site involved in the...

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Microsoft researchers create a secure haven in the cloud

Microsoft researchers have figured out how to keep data and applications secure in the cloud -- by cordoning them off in memory from the underlying infrastructure.

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Four-digit passcodes are a weak point in iOS 8 data encryption

The strength of Apple's revised encryption scheme in iOS 8 hinges on users choosing a strong passcode or password, something they rarely do.

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Data leak releases account information from bond insurer MBIA

A data leak from the Municipal Bond Insurance Association has exposed a large amount of customer information including account numbers, balances and account holder names, according to the blog KrebsOnSecurity.

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AT&T fires employee who improperly accessed customer accounts

AT&T fired an employee who improperly accessed about 1,600 customer accounts and could have viewed customers' Social Security and driver's license numbers.

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Artificial intelligence system can predict data theft by scanning email

The UBIC system searches for signs of disgruntled or cash-strapped workers.

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EPIC seeks enforcement action over Arizona data breaches

A privacy watchdog filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission against a community college district in Arizona that lost the personal data of 2.5 million students and employees in two data breaches.

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Second cyberattack hits SuperValu grocery stores' payment systems

SuperValu, the grocery store operator hit by a cyberattack in June and July, has suffered a second attack on its payment processing system, it said Monday.

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Data breach that hit Jimmy John's is larger than first thought

Signature Systems says the breach of its point-of-sales system that hit 216 Jimmy John's sandwich shops is 50% larger than originally thought.

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5 cybersecurity tips for consumers: Lessons learned in the enterprise

So many of our everyday consumer business processes -- finance, healthcare, etc. -- are now online. They’ve become de-facto mission critical computing processes. We need them constantly accessible, available and secure.

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