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This week in the tech world, hackers steal 5.6 million fingerprint records, Australia announces computer coding curriculum, and IBM introduces new Cloud Security Enforcer.
Fingerprints from 5.6 million people were stolen in huge U.S. data breach – Mashable, September 23
The federal government made a not so pleasant announcement on Wednesday, revealing that of the 21 million government employees who fell victim to a recent cyber attack, about 5.6 million people had their fingerprints stolen. The government initially accounted for 1.1 stolen fingerprints, but another 4.5 million were just reported as part of a continued investigation of the data breach. Employees in the database consisted of those in the Defense Department, including current and former federal employees and individuals who applied for a background check.
Key takeaway: In addition to stolen sets of fingerprints, the hackers managed to take a collection of various confidential data during the cyberattack in May. While federal experts believe the probability of these hackers misusing the fingerprint records is slim, it doesn’t make the situation any less concerning. As technology continues to advance, it’s only a matter of time before hackers are indeed able to misuse these records. Although the government is taking appropriate measures in monitoring potential ways hackers could use these records, it proves not even our government is immune to these types of attacks. The government and businesses alike need to be prepared and safeguard their customers’ data to prevent situations like these from happening.
IBM tackles ‘shadow IT’ with a new cloud security tool for enterprises – ComputerWorld, September 23
Research recently conducted by IBM found that one in three Fortune 1000 employees transfer and share private company information with third-party cloud apps, without any knowledge of doing so. To combat “shadow IT” (bringing outside technologies into the company), IBM revealed Cloud Security Enforcer, a tool designed to protect companies by monitoring external applications used by employees, including mobile apps. Using cloud identity management, the service will scan a corporate network, recognize the app(s) being used and provide a more secure way to access these apps.
Key takeaway: As more companies move to cloud-based services, the necessity for stronger security controls grows higher. The Cloud Security Enforcer allows enterprises to analyze and gain visibility into third-party apps, ensuring better protection against potential threats. Furthermore, this tool will diminish the possibility of “shadow IT” and safeguard enterprises from being targeted.
Australia will teach primary students computer coding – PBS, September 21
It looks like the United States isn’t the only one incorporating computer coding into its national curriculum. Shortly following New York City’s computer science announcement last week, Australia announced its replacement of history and geography with coding. Supported by Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, the addition of computer coding will be introduced in Year 5 while programming will be introduced in Year 7. This new requirement is part of a $12 million investment to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) resources in an effort to build its innovation and financial divisions.
Key takeaway: The request for STEM subjects in primary schools has gained significant traction among countries, including the United Kingdom, Finland, Germany, the United States, and now Australia. Although the UK, Finland, and Germany are a step ahead in implementing computer coding within their curriculum, the US and Australia are both on their way to developing similar programs. In a world run by applications and technology, this new digital technologies curriculum will help better prepare children for the future and ultimately close the digital divide. Do you think coding should be mandatory in primary schooling? Share your thoughts below!
Dialog Semiconductor to buy U.S. peer Atmel for $4.6 billion – Reuters, September 21
British chipmaker manufacturer, Dialog Semiconductor, announced on Sunday its $4.6 billion purchase of U.S. peer Atmel. Already a heavy chip supplier to Apple and Samsung, the purchase is an attempt to expand the company’s industrial product portfolio and expand its target market, a move that will strengthen its presence in the world of Internet of Things (IoT).
Key takeaway: Dialog’s decision to purchase Atmel came as a surprise for some, as many predicted a Chinese company or bigger American manufacturer would be the buyer. However, the semiconductor manufacturing business is bigger than ever, marking 2015 the largest year for chip deals since 2000, as stated by Thomson Reuters data. It will be interesting to see what comes of this partnership and the impact the company will play in IoT.
Amazon cloud snafu impacts Netflix, other sites on Sunday – Fortune, September 20
Netflix fanatics – did you notice any interruptions during your Sunday morning binge-watching Game of Thrones marathon? If so, you’re not the only one. This past Sunday, Amazon Web Services (AWS) experienced issues with its cloud services, specifically its DynamoDB database, at the company’s massive data center in Ashburn, Virginia. Issues continued into the afternoon with the service reporting error rates responding to Application Programming Interface (API) calls. So, what does that mean exactly? Various outside providers dependant on AWS faced connectivity troubles with their own applications. This caused Netflix, IMDB, Amazon Echo, and a multitude of other services to go out.
Key takeaway: Netflix, Tinder, and Reddit users alike were impacted by this recent AWS outage. The outage only lasted for about 6 hours and was treated by Amazon in a timely manner. However, it was a friendly reminder to all that big outages are still possible (even for the big dogs) and customers should prepare for such cloud disruptions. Just in: Amazon experiences another outage this week…
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