Tuesday, April 14, 2015

For my Computer Security and Ethical Hacking students: business is good!
Global cyberattacks on big business up 40 percent in 2014
Cyberattacks and cybercrime against large companies rose 40 percent globally in 2014, according to Symantec's annual Internet Security Threat study published Tuesday.
Five out of every six large companies – those with over 2,500 employees – were targeted with spear-phishing attacks or e-mail fraud in 2014, up 40 percent on year, the report showed. Attacks on small- and medium-sized companies, which accounted for 60 percent of targeted attacks, increased 26 and 30 percent, respectively.
… ransomware attacks, which restrict access to the computer systems they infect, increased 113 percent, driven by an over 4,000 percent increase in crypto-ransomware attacks.

(Related) What will you do when the hackers turn out the lights?
Attacks Against SCADA Systems Doubled in 2014: Dell
Cyber attacks against supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems doubled in 2014, according to Dell’s annual threat report, released Monday.
Dell SonicWALL saw global SCADA attacks increase against its customer base from 91,676 in January 2012 to 163,228 in January 2013, and 675,186 in January 2014.
Whereas the motive behind data-focused attacks is typically financial, SCADA attacks tend to be political in nature, since they target operational capabilities within power plants, factories, and refineries, rather than credit card information, Dell said.
… “Because companies are only required to report data breaches that involve personal or payment information, SCADA attacks often go unreported,” Dell said in its report. “As a result, other industrial companies within the space might not even know a SCADA threat exists until they are targeted themselves.”
A recent report published by the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) showed that while ICS vendors have been targeted by various types of malicious actors, over half of the attacks reported to the agency in 2014 involved advanced persistent threats (APTs).
The full report is available online in PDF format.

I remember reaching the same conclusion in one of my MBA classes. Everyone else was trying to work around a hypothetical change in law, I found it much cheaper in the long run to move out of France.
Zack Whittaker reports:
A number of prominent French tech companies are threatening to pull out of the country in the wake of the introduction of a bill that they argue will put the entire French population “under surveillance.”
Seven companies, including web hosting and technology companies OVH, IDS, and Gandi have said in a letter to the French prime minister Manuel Valls that they will be pushed into de facto “exile” if the French government goes ahead with the “real-time capture of data” by its intelligence agencies.
Read more on ZDNet.

For my Statistics and Analysis students.
Here’s What Scientists Learned In The Largest Systematic Study Of Email Habits
… Even though email has been around for about two decades, researchers didn't have a good idea of how people were using it. For example, what is the average number of emails a person receives? Do people get overwhelmed by too much email? How long do threads go on?
To answer these questions, researchers from Yahoo labs looked at emails of two million participants who sent more than 16 billion messages over the course of several months--by far the largest email study ever conducted. They tracked the identities of the senders and the recipients, the subject lines, when the emails were sent, the lengths of the emails, and the number of attachments. They also looked at the ages of the participants and the devices from which the emails were sent or checked.
They found that the length of a reply and the number of messages sent in a thread were so predictable that algorithms could anticipate it very accurately. Younger people send faster, shorter replies, and men send shorter messages than women. Unsurprisingly, people respond more quickly to messages sent during working hours, and their responses are longer then, too. Emails tapped out on mobile devices were shorter. The more email a person received, the smaller percentage of messages they responded to, and those responses were shorter.

Should amuse my Data Management students to see that their Analysis will have to be “pushed” to mobile devices.
5 Mobile Trends That Are Changing the Way Business Is Done (Infographic)
… According to the Pew Research Center, 64 percent of Americans have a smartphone, up from 35 percent in 2011.
As those numbers continue to rise, an infographic from HR services company Randstad Technologies details some of the mobile trends to watch out for.
… For more on how businesses will work to reach their ideal customers, check out the infographic below.

Homogenizing EU laws? Summarized in one page.
Fair Copyright Reform for Libraries and Archives in Europe
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Apr 13, 2015
The London Manifesto: “Fair copyright across Europe is essential. Without it we will fail to adequately support research, innovation and growth, and hinder the ambition for a digital single market. With it we will better foster knowledge across borders, meet the needs of disabled people and take full advantage of the digital age. We are calling for fair copyright that is fit for purpose and will benefit every European citizen.”

For when my students ask, “Why?”
The Economy Goes to College: The Hidden Promise of Higher Education in the Post-Industrial Service Economy
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Apr 13, 2015
College-Educated Workers Now Produce More Than Half of the Nation’s Annual Economic Value, According to New Georgetown University study: “The findings contradict the fear that good manufacturing jobs of the past are being replaced with low – paid, dead-end service jobs (Washington, D.C., April 13, 2015) – College-educated workers make up only 32 percent of the workforce but now produce more than 50 percent of the nation’s economic output, up from 13 percent in 1967, according to a detailed historical analysis of industry data by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. The dramatic increase in the economic value generated by college-educated workers is directly linked to the rise of a college-educated service economy. The Georgetown study finds that the mass production of standardized goods and services has been replaced by more complex consumer demands that include quality, variety, customization, convenience, production speed, innovation, and novelty. College-educated workers and flexible technologies have allowed the United States to achieve this rich mix of economic value at reasonable prices. The study also provides an explanation for the collapse of high-wage manufacturing jobs that on offered opportunity to high school graduates and the rise of an even greater number of high-wage service jobs that require college degrees. Since the end of World War II, the share of goods-producing jobs plummeted from 50 percent to less than 20 percent of all jobs while the overall economy added more than 80 million new jobs—meaning that the entire growth was due to new jobs in high – wage high – skill service industries such as finance, insurance, advertising, consulting, computers, education, and healthcare. This transition from a goods-producing to a service-oriented economy would not have been possible without tremendous increases in manufacturing productivity. Output per person in manufacturing almost tripled from $100,000 to $300,000 in real terms, while manufacturing employment decreased from 40 percent to 10 percent of all jobs. In turn, manufacturing’s productivity was driven by its better – educated workforce: the proportion of college – educated manufacturing workers grew from 20 percent to more than 50 percent. While the share of jobs in goods-producing industries declined overall since 1967 in the U.S. workforce, the share of workers with a four-year college degree or more increased from 13 percent to32 percent. Over 60 percent of the workforce now has at least some college education, up from just one-quarter of adults. High-wage jobsfor workers with no more than a high school education disappeared with the decline of manufacturing. During the same period the share of college jobs more than doubled and the college wage premium–the average salary of a college graduate compared to a high school graduate–went from 40 percent to 80 percent.”

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Data and Diplomas: On LinkedIn's Acquisition of Lynda.com

There's gotta be something here, I just need to take the time to look for it.
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For my “Make your own textbook” students.
What Makes a Good Programming Tutorial?

Should I turn my Blog into a “talkie?”
Host your Podcasts on Google Drive for Free
… Where do you host the podcast files? If you have signed up for a web hosting account, you can use the rented space to host the podcast files else you may consider using Google Drive – it is free, you can host both audio and video podcast files and there are no known bandwidth restrictions.

For my toolkit. (Okay, maybe I'll tell my students too)
5 Sites with Printable Graph Paper, Puzzles, Maps, & More
PaperKit: Print Your Own Lined Paper
Jauntful: Printable City Guides
Saulify.me: Make a Clutter-Free Version of Any Site
GitPrint: Simple Tool for Printing Markdown
Printable Puzzles: Crosswords, Sudoku and More

Dilbert on “future awesomeness?”

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