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With QR codes, even security pros play the fool

The codes are a known tool for delivering malware, but a recent experiment showed that security pros will risk a scan for an iPad.

Was 'Sneakers' right about secret government IT?

The movie that inspired a lot of people to become government techies might have been real, just a little.

Why the Big Three for servers aren't quite as big

Dell, HP and IBM are getting nipped at by smaller competitors and an emerging trend toward custom hardware.

A secure alternative to cloud-based file sharing?

Axwat MailGate combines security and policy enforcement for sharing files via the cloud.

Upgrade or die: Old vulnerabilities are prime targets

Research at Fortinet confirms that old vulnerabilities are the most exploited. You might want to consider replacing XP with Windows 8, or at least 7.

Ultrabooks get tough with the X1

ThinkPad X1 Ultrabook combines speed, performance and security with a rugged design.

How analytics can make education a learning experience for teachers

Data mining, analytics and Web dashboards can help fill gaps in education by letting educators study how students learn, a Brookings report says.

How Windows 8 gets in the games

The new OS provides an easy connection to Xbox Live, though that might not be popular with network admins.

The perils of bad patch management

Known vulnerabilities provide the most frequently attacked targets in commonly used software. NIST offers updated guidance for handling this crucial and challenging chore.

Government's 7 top challenges to embracing the cloud

The Government Accountability Office recently released a report that assessed the progress seven agencies have made in implementing the Cloud First policy and came up with their seven top challenges.

Google mystery Pluto switch

Cloak, dagger and Google: 'Pluto' switch remains a mystery

A different kind of networking switch that turned up in Iowa has been returned to Google — with no questions answered.

Can the cloud really keep a (government) secret?

National security and emergency preparedness can be shifted safely to the cloud, experts say, provided agencies pay proper attention to details.

Panasonic soups up the Toughbook 19

The re-released rugged laptop includes has a faster chipset, expanded storage and an innovative light sensor.

Aurora gang steps up attacks, with 'seemingly unlimited' zero-day exploits

Symantec says the well-funded hackers behind the 2009 Google attacks are still very active in gathering intelligence, while an NSA official says nations are getting "reckless" with their attacks.

A Simpson-Bowles panel for government IT?

The long-standing deadlock on government spectrum and cybersecurity policies could use input from some serious deal-makers.