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7/30/2021

The microchip shortages that are affecting Apple, Volkswagen Group and many other companies are likely to remain in place for about 18 more months, the CEO of STMicroelectronics predicts. "Things will improve in 2022 gradually, but we will return to a normal situation...not before the first half of 2023," ST's Jean-Marc Chery said in an interview this week.

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7/30/2021

Taylor Howard has become Dynasty Financial Partners' first chief digital officer, and Frank Coates is the new chief technology officer. The company announced that Howard will lead artificial intelligence, machine learning and digital architecture initiatives, while Coates will work on data integration and both will improve information access.

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WealthManagement
7/30/2021

Google Assistant reportedly is testing a "fast checkout" prompt, automatically filling out payment information and addresses to streamline the shopping experience. The feature appears to still be in the pilot stage.

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7/30/2021

Mini-gaming handheld Panic met a 20,000-unit preorder goal for 2021 within the first 20 minutes of opening sales. Units sold after the initial batch of preorders won't start shipping until 2022.

7/30/2021

Vendors of compliance software should take security as seriously as you do, writes Dale Sanders of StarCompliance. Sanders outlines four areas to cover and suggests using a vendor that submits to independent audits because "it's a strong indication that they're likely committed to and prioritizing their own security as well as yours."

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7/30/2021

With more companies looking to hire chief information security officers, salaries have risen, reports search firm Heidrick & Struggles International. The median salary this year is $509,000, up from $473,000 in 2020, the company reports after surveying 354 CISOs.

7/30/2021

About 43% of phishing attacks try to impersonate Microsoft, security solutions provider Barracuda reports after studying 12 million attacks. "Cybercriminals are getting sneakier about who they target with their attacks, often targeting employees outside the finance and executive teams, looking for a weak link in your organization," says Barracuda executive Don MacLennan.

7/30/2021

The zero-trust architecture has been accepted by almost every one of the 1,200 decision-makers surveyed by Microsoft. "The shift to hybrid work, accelerated by COVID-19, is also driving the move towards broader adoption of Zero Trust with 81% of organizations having already begun the move toward a hybrid workplace," writes Microsoft executive Vasu Jakkal.

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ZDNet
7/30/2021

When it comes to recruiting cybersecurity talent, organizations must get away from assigning "focused monkeys" types of tasks, says Keith Martin, a professor at the UK's Royal Holloway University. In this video interview, Martin also explains how university doctorate programs are keeping up with the worldwide threat landscape.

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7/30/2021

The parking authority that oversees a large number of spots in Calgary, Alberta, has reportedly exposed drivers' information in the cloud by accident. The authority blames human error for the lapse, which was brought to its attention by a website.