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Most executives fear competition from disruptors

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Almost two thirds (65 percent) of C-suite executives believe four in ten (40 percent) of today’s Fortune 500 companies won’t exist in 10 years’ time. This is according to new research from ChristianSteven Software, conducted by GITNS.

It is based on a poll of more than 500 C-suite executives across the United States and Europe. It also says that more than half (53 percent) of those surveyed say they fear competition from industry disruptors. Still, nine in ten (91 percent) say they are hopeful about the future of technology in their business.

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Employees who embrace BYOD feel judged

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There is a strange side-effect to the Bring Your Own Device initiative, and one that's slowing it down. Apparently, many employees refrain from bringing their own devices to work for the fear of being judged.

No, not because their devices are old or slow, but because others will think they're using them for personal instead of professional reasons.

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Dropbox releases open-source Slack bot


Dropbox is looking to tackle unauthorized access and other security incidents in the workplace with a chatbot. Called Securitybot, it that can automatically grab alerts from security monitoring tools and verify incidents with other employers.

The company says that through the use of the chatbot, which is open source, it will no longer be necessary to manually reach out to employees to verify access, every time someone enters a sensitive part of the system.

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Public cloud services market will reach $246.8 billion in 2017

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The global public cloud services market is expected to grow 18 percent this year, according to Gartner’s latest report. Totaling $246.8 billion (up from $209.2bn last year), the growth will mostly come from IaaS, which is expected to grow 36.8 percent and reach $34.6 billion.

The growth will also be fueled by SaaS (20.1 percent increase, to $46.3 billion).

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Organizations failing to address security pain points

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Cyber-attacks against organizations in 2017 will continue to be as successful as they were last year, because organizations aren't addressing the pain points they had last year, a new report says.

Fujitsu's "Blind spots and security basics -- letting your guard down could cost you in 2017" report says that attacks over encrypted channels will continue to be missed, due to the lack of SSL inspection capabilities.

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Windows botnet spreads Mirai malware

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Security researchers from Kaspersky Lab are currently investigating the first Windows-based spreader for the Mirai malware, something that can have huge implications for companies that invested heavily in IoT.

The spreader was apparently built by someone with "more advanced skills" than those that had created the original Mirai malware. This, Kaspersky Lab says, has "worrying implications for the future use and targets of Mirai-based attacks."

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Most CRMs don't generate revenue according to managers


Less than a fifth (17 percent) of customer relationship managers believe their CRM is generating revenue. This is according to a new report by marketing technology company Wiraya, based on a poll of 500 CRM managers.

Despite not having a great image, CRM is still perceived as a key business driver in a third of businesses. The problems, according to the report, lie in the fact that many lack a clear direction and customer insight to support their goals. Without these things, it’s hard to create direct business profitability.

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Windows 10's strong security will make mobile devices a more attractive target

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As enterprises move to Windows 10, and take full advantage of the advanced security features offered in the operating system and in Microsoft Edge, cyber criminals will increasingly look towards the mobile ecosystem for exploits.

This is according to Fujitsu's latest report, which believes 2017 will see an even bigger increase in attacks against the mobile world.

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Why tech companies of all sizes are embracing business-led solutions to IP protection


The tech industry has long been a favorite target for patent trolls. While tech companies strive to innovate, patent trolls see opportunities to monetize the patents they’ve acquired by suing operating tech companies.

Today, patent trolls are responsible for over 84 percent of patent litigation in the U.S. A study published by the Boston University School of Law showed that over six times as many patent lawsuits are filed in recent years  than in 1980. More than 10,000 companies have been sued at least once by a troll and the rates of these suits are growing by double-digits every year. Patent trolls drain over $80 billion in wealth a year, siphoning valuable resources away from initiatives like R&D and product improvement.

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5 things mobile developers need to consider in 2017

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Android or iOS? Or both? It’s a question anyone who’s been involved in building a mobile app will have asked. Android is still the major player in the development world, due to the simple fact of the size of the market, but it’s foolish to write anything that’s grown from Apple off.

As with just about every trend in technology, it appears that flexibility and fluidity is the choice route. Here are five things developers will need to consider to stay relevant in 2017 and beyond.

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European enterprises engage with startups to innovate

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European businesses are among the world's most active when it comes to finding innovation through start-ups. This is according to Samsung's new report, The Open Economy. According to it, businesses are changing the way they’re innovating, and are focusing on bringing in and collaborating with young and inspiring start-ups.

Out of the five countries with the highest number of large companies engaged with start-ups, four are in Europe, the report states. Almost all European corporations surveyed (97 percent) have carefully analyzed the need for open innovation. Not all have acted on their findings just yet.

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Changing business models will create 'ultra freelancers'

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With the significant and imminent changes in the way we do business a new type of freelancers will emerge, according to Samsung. Called "ultra-freelancers", this type of workers will "connect deeply within multiple organizations simultaneously, working with multiple corporate data sets but fiercely protective of the privacy of their own data."

These ultra-freelancers will be mostly Millennials, a cohort that is taking full advantage of the new technologies and the open economy.

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Tech Deals: Get a new Dell XPS Core i7 desktop for just $600, and enjoy the best savings of the year on XPS laptops

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Why pay full price for a new laptop, desktop, or PS4 bundle, when you can get one for a fraction of the cost?

Courtesy of our partners at TechBargains we have yet another selection of fantastic deals, with huge savings to tempt you. Offers include fantastic savings on new Dell laptop and desktop PCs, HDTVs, electronics and components, and much more.

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What's next for containers, unikernels, and coding

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Everyone talks about containers. It became so huge that we think Docker has existed for a long time. The fact is that it has only started. We can observe that by the amount of changes we are seeing. Docker from two years ago is very different than Docker today. Products in its ecosystem are appearing every day and many are disappearing just as quickly. If there is a space we should turn our attention to, that’s containers.

At the same time, we have already switched our focus to other areas. Containers, by themselves, are the old story. We know what they are, we did our proof of concept (PoC), and we adopted them. The real question is what should we focus on now? What will this year bring?

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Security must be a priority in smart offices

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Businesses all over the globe are faced with a tough challenge: to make their "smart offices" as secure and safe as possible. This is according to a new report by Samsung, which says that by 2021, there will be 7.3 billion connected IoT devices.

Each device also represents a security challenge, so it will be "critical" to secure each and every one. Samsung says businesses have up to three years to secure themselves, otherwise they’re risking being left behind as the market moves forward.

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