What New NIST Guidelines Mean for Passwords

More than 80 percent of all data breaches appear to take advantage of stolen or weak password credentials. In this CIOInsight.com article, Brett McDowell discusses the new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recommendations on “strong passwords” designed to make password creation more secure for everyone. 

McDowell explains the three basic types, or levels, of application protection, the vulnerabilities of one-time passcodes (OTPs), and authentication methods the NIST recommends now in light of today’s increasingly sophisticated cyberthreat horizon. 

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In Wisconsin’s Quest to Produce More Workers and Startups, Don’t Forget Liberal Arts

What do employers expect from college graduates they hire? Do they want an emphasis on STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering and math – or a liberal arts background that may be more adaptable?

In this new article, the president of the Wisconsin Technology Council discusses some of the employment trade-offs, plans for curriculum changes at UW-Madison and LifeMapping, a soon-to-be incorporated company tied to the UW-Madison Department of Geography to help students explore their options.

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HIMSS18 Takeaway: Big Energy for New Innovation, but Many Old Hurdles Still Standing

The HIMSS18 Global Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas has wound up. In the latest issue of Healthcare IT News, Mike Miliard gives us an overview of the hot topics of the week.

Acknowledging that the post-EHR era has fully arrived, he writes, “There was the day-long Machine Learning & AI for Healthcare event and the Blockchain Forum, HIMSS VentureConnect and Rockstars of Emerging Healthcare Technology. The Innovation Live showcase in Hall G was populated with leading-edge companies touting AI, augmented reality, biometrics, IoT and much more. And far from theoretical, many of those technologies are already on the minds of leading CIOs.”

Even if you were one of the “nearly 45,000” attendees, you couldn’t have taken it all in. Here’s a good wrap-up overview of the major ideas, innovations and initiatives that are shaping healthcare today. 

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Near the end of last year, the Commodity Futures Trade Commission (CFTC) proposed a seemingly esoteric new rule that would define the term “actual delivery” for retail commodity transactions in virtual currency. Learn more about the CFTC’s new “functional approach” to actual delivery of virtual currency and make your opinions known to the CFTC before they define the final rule.

This new article presented by Blockchain + The Law considers the issues from a variety of perspectives, and you can comment to the CFTC before the closing date of March 20, 2018.

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Macro and Micro Benefits of the Industrial Internet of Things

A glimpse into the near future: By applying the transformative advantages of IoT operations, “smart factories” will bring vast changes and benefits to the price of goods, job types and locations and end-to-end supply chain responsiveness.

This insightful article by Monica Ricci, an Associate Researcher at MachNation is brought to you by IoT Business News. Here, Ricci, who is an IoT business model specialist, focuses on four categories of change targeted by IoT applications:

* Delivering automation and digitization of information
* Asset management and maintenance on the factory floor
* Plant management
* Increased customer satisfaction and competitive differentiation

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Continued Progress on Wisconsin Broadband Will Require a Mix of Technologies

Wisconsin’s internet connections, from its most rural settings to under-served neighborhoods in its largest cities, may benefit from a diverse range of broadband technologies, soon to make their way to the Wisconsin Legislature.

In a new article, Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, describes two examples of technologies getting attention in Wisconsin and elsewhere because of their potential for improved connections.

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The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Law Is Coming: What You Need to Know

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) law, which takes effect on May 25, 2018 – just two months away – imposes a strict set of requirements on how and why companies collect and use the personal data of EU individuals. 

For example, this worldwide requirement enables individuals in the EU to limit and control how international businesses collect, process and use their personal information. It allows them to decide what information they share, and it provides individuals with the “right to be forgotten.”

If you currently have EU customer information and don’t comply with the GDPR requirements, you could face fines of €20 million or 4 percent of your global annual revenue, whichever is higher.

If you have EU clients or customers, chances are it will affect you. Read up on GDPR in Adweek this week.

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Look Out UPS and FedEx: Amazon May Open Delivery Service

Rumors have it that Amazon is planning a new service called “Shipping With Amazon,” which will pick up packages from manufacturers and retailers and deliver them to consumers. The implication is that UPS and FedEx will face diminishing orders from Amazon while having to gear up to compete with them. Meanwhile, shares of both delivery companies are down.

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The Eight Biggest IT Management Mistakes

Read up to learn “some of the most common IT gaffes include becoming trapped in a relationship with a vendor you can’t shake loose, hiring or promoting the wrong people, and hiding problems from top management until it’s too late to recover,” at CIO.com. 

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What Are the In-Demand Tech Jobs for 2018

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of computer and information technology jobs is growing faster than the average for any other occupation. CIO Today tells us what talent they expect to see in 2018. Most in demand: data science, programming, security, content, and social media marketing. 

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