Tech Briefs

Report: Tech jobs grew in first half of 2010

TechAmerica, a nonprofit advocacy group, released an employment report today showing an increase in tech-related job hiring for the first half of 2010.

EMET wards off Adobe exploits, Microsoft says

Microsoft is heralding its newly released Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit 2.0 as a fail-safe against hacker incursion methods.

September security patch addresses Windows and Office flaws

IT pros can now get their hands on nine fixes for Windows systems, addressing 11 vulnerabilities.

Self-proclaimed hacker cites Iraq loyalties as reason for releasing virus

In a video posted to YouTube on Sunday, a hacker by the name of "Iraq resistence" has taken credit for the "Here You Have" e-mail virus and has stated the worm has "affected NASA, Coca-Cola, Google and most American [companies]."

Security a bright spot in IT spending

Security spending may have slowed, but it still outpaces spending in other segments.

Microsoft renames Office Communications Server

Microsoft has renamed its Office Communications Server Lync Server 2010 and has posted the release candidate and a planning tool.

Microsoft admits network outages violated service agreements

Microsoft disclosed that its Business Productivity Online Services (BPOS) had three service outages that affected BPOS customers in North America in August and September.

Microsoft releases Dynamics CRM 2011 beta

Microsoft today released a beta of its upcoming customer relationship management (CRM) solution.

Smart phone adoption growing faster than expected

A fierce mobile OS competition will start leveling the field in the next four years, the research firm predicts.

Microsoft plans nine for September Patch Tuesday

For the second month in a row, Microsoft will be rolling out a heavier than usual patch load of nine.

Microsoft releases EMET 2.0 security tool

Microsoft last week released the latest version of a free tool designed to help ward off attacks to legacy software.

Office for Mac 2011 to get web apps functionality

Microsoft continued to dribble out information about the forthcoming Office for Mac 2011 product, announcing four new features on Wednesday.

Microsoft's beta tool mixes virtualization with Windows 7 migration

Microsoft last week described a different way to use desktop virtualization to maintain legacy applications and still move users to Windows 7.

Can you trust your data recovery vendor?

Pressed for time and money, agencies are often lax about vetting third-party data recovery companies. New NIST guidance seeks to correct the problem.

What customers want from data recovery companies -- besides their data back

A DriveSavers survey of 636 information technology security and support personnel asks for criteria in vetting a data recovery company that could wind up handling sensitive data.