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That password you came up with that has a special character and capitalized letter in the middle? It's not as secure as you think it is. And Bill Burr is sorry. 

In 2003, Burr served as a midlevel manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Band wrote “NIST Special Publication 800-63. Appendix A.”

As The Wall Street Journal reports: "The 8-page primer advised people to protect their accounts by inventing awkward new words rife with obscure characters, capital letters and numbers — and to change them regularly." The guide became the industry template for password security at large companies, universities and federal agencies. Now, Burr says he was wrong on both counts.

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IBM on Monday took a stab at keeping the mainframe relevant in today's modern age of cloud computing. The tech giant says its new IBM Z14 mainframe can give companies peace of mind in a major way: If a company’s data is stolen, hackers won't be able to do much with it because it will be encrypted.

The new mainframe, IBM says in a statement, is capable of running more than 12 billion encrypted transactions per day, and also sports a "breakthrough encryption engine that, for the first time, makes it possible to pervasively encrypt data associated with any application, cloud service or database all the time."

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Cisco Systems said on Monday that it plans to acquire software-defined networking startup Viptela, signaling Cisco's desire to expand the SDN capabilities it can provide to its enterprise customers. 

The deal, which is worth $610 million, is expected to close in the second half of 2017. Viptela, founded in 2012 by former Cisco engineers Amir Khan and Khalid Raza, sells software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) technology that lets companies connect their branch offices to corporate data centersas Venturebeat notes

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Think small businesses aren't targets for cyberattacks? Think again. 

A June 2016 study, sponsored by Keeper Security and conducted by the Ponemon Institute, found that more than 50 percent of SMBs were breached in the previous 12 months. The study also found that only 14 percent of the companies surveyed rated their ability to mitigate cyberattacks as “highly effective.”

Why are small and medium-sized businesses attacked so much? Cybersecurity firm FireEye says that there are five main reasons SMBs are frequently attacked by hackers:

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Microsoft said this week that, starting in September, it will roll out major updates to its Windows 10 platform twice per year, every March and September. 

The software company has always positioned Windows 10 as a "Windows as a Service" platform that can be updated and tweaked seamlessly and continuously. 

In a company blog post, , Microsoft's general manager of Windows commercial marketing, said the updates will be on a predictable schedule, aligning with Office 365 ProPlus.

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