Interesting things we found this week around the web:
- Financial exchanges around the world are teaming up to halt hackers and strengthen the cyber security of capital trading platforms (Fox Business)
We are tasked with a significant goal: to build universal best practices and partner with third-parties to combat systemic cyber abuse to ensure the resiliency and strength of our capital markets.
- Oregon’s tech market is booming, but the state still suffers from a shortage of skilled workers (Oregon Live)
A new study, by Joe Cortright of the Portland economic research firm Impresa, finds that the Portland region has the second-biggest technology output of any metro area in the country — trailing only San Jose — and that its tech output is growing faster than any other region.
- Let’s talk Cloud Sprawl, or, why businesses should implement an approved cloud storage solution before employees do it themselves (Information Management)
Cloud sprawl is the distribution of organizational data across multiple cloud-based applications. For example, having different business departments using different clouds—such as Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, iCloud and others—leads to cloud sprawl. This is not a good situation because the CIO and IT asset managers have lost control, corporate data is scattered about on multiple platforms and data security is at risk.
Compared to the previous report from 2012, we see a 21% growth in total bot traffic, which now represents 61.5% of website visitors. The bulk of that growth is attributed to increased visits by good bots (i.e., certified agents of legitimate software, such as search engines) whose presence increased from 20% to 31% in 2013.
- But a very small minority of web traffic in 2013 originated from… a 27-year-old Mac Plus? (Daily Dot)
No. No surfing yet.
The MacWeb developers apparently took a look at the HTTP 1.0 spec, decided, “Who would ever need name-based virtual hosting?” and left out the feature that 99% of the sites on the modern Web relied on. No support for virtual hostnames meant you got whatever you saw when you used the server’s IP address alone in the HTTP request, and for most sites, that was jack squat. Oh, and HTTPS, cookies, and CSS hadn’t been invented yet.
- Speaking of antiquated technology: For some government agencies, the floppy disk still reigns supreme (NY Times)
Despite creating mobile apps, The Federal Register still requires agencies to submit information on paper, with original signatures, though they can create a digital signature via a secured email system.
Agencies are also permitted to submit the documents on CD-ROMs and floppy disks, but not on flash drives or SD cards.
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