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  • Data breaches, such as those that recently impacted Target, the Internal Revenue Service, Children's Mercy Hospital and many others, are happening with increased frequency. In fact, the security research group Identify Theft Resource Center reported 480 data breaches in the past week in the United States alone. Studies show that companies are attacked, on average, an astounding 16,856 times per year, and many of those attacks result in a quantifiable data loss. Concerns over how to manage data breaches have now moved beyond corporate IT teams to board members or the C-suite, who are no longer exempt from issues regarding a lapse in computer security and data protection. So, what can your enterprise do to minimize damage? Based on eWEEK reporting and Experian Data Breach Resolution's experience servicing some of the largest data breaches to date, this slide show offers 10 lessons from the trenches, offering guidance for successfully managing a data breach before, during and after an incident occurs.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: At VMworld 2014, host VMware is saying that it is ready to bridge the gap between the traditional IT and hybrid cloud systems and the software-defined data center.

  • The new Chrome 37 Web browser includes security and performance fixes, as well as new features aimed at improving the open-source browser for users.

  • If the reports are true, Microsoft will roll out Windows 9 in just a few short weeks. Those reports say Microsoft will hold a special press event on Sept. 30 and give users access to a preview build soon after. Those users will be able to see all that Windows 9 has to offer and get a chance to try it out before its full-scale launch next year. But the current situation is remarkably similar to the situation that existed six years ago before the release of the still-popular Windows 7, which was the follow-up to the disaster that was Windows Vista. The same might be said for Windows 8. Windows 7 brought back the older features Microsoft ditched in Windows Vista and made it more appealing. Windows 9 is expected to do the same. Windows 7 allowed enterprises to start moving beyond Windows XP, which was a tried and true desktop operating system that PC users were comfortable with. Windows 9 needs to do the same thing—give enterprise PC users incentives to move beyond Windows 7 and modernize their stocks of desktops, laptops and notebooks. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at what Microsoft can learn from the successful Windows 7 as it tries to work its way out of the mess created by Windows 8.

  • The Linux Foundation hosted its LinuxCon North America conference from Aug. 20 to 22 in Chicago, providing attendees with insight into the latest and greatest advancement in the Linux and open-source worlds. The event kicked off with the Linux Foundation's executive director, Jim Zemlin, announcing a new Linux certification program. The two new designations are the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator (LFCS) and Linux Foundation Certified Engineer (LFCE). During his keynote address, Zemlin also provided insight into what the Linux Foundation does and what his role is within the Linux community. The highlight for many attendees at any LinuxCon event is the opportunity to see and hear Linux creator Linus Torvalds speak. At the 2014 event, Torvalds, speaking on a Linux kernel developer panel, declared that he is still interested in seeing the Linux desktop succeed. Looking beyond just Linux, the CEO of education platform edX explained why the future of education is open and how his company has fully embraced the open-source model. An open model of collaboration is also being embraced in the automotive industry by startup Local Motors. Jay Rogers, CEO of Local Motors, explained how his company is aiming to revolutionize the automotive industry with crowdsourcing techniques. In this slide show, eWEEK looks back on some of the highlights of the LinuxCon North America 2014 event.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Malware that captured millions of credit card numbers from Target and infected hundreds of other companies could have been thwarted just by using good security practices.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Google, Microsoft and Facebook, among other companies, are building databases with the promised goal of freeing our minds by serving as our collective memories.

  • After banning Windows 8 from its government's PCs, China is reportedly preparing a desktop operating system of its own.

  • The company ports two SharePoint Server 2013 features to its cloud-based counterpart to provide a better search-driven navigation experience.

  • Windows 9 is coming to the marketplace soon, according to some recent reports. Earlier this month, one report said that Microsoft would show off its upcoming operating system, currently known as Threshold, toward the end of September or early October. A more recent report said Microsoft is, in fact, planning to hold a special press event on Sept. 30 and will launch the preview build of its operating system soon after. With Windows 9 now just weeks away from its initial launch, many consumers and enterprise customers are likely wondering what the future holds for the operating system. Windows 8 has been a nightmare for Microsoft and its customers, and so Windows 9 must be the operating system that bridges the gap between Windows 7 and an updated OS that Windows 8 couldn't fill. In other words, Windows 9 cannot be a misstep the way Windows 8 was. Microsoft, from all appearances, is doing everything it can to make sure that doesn't happen. Several rumors, in fact, have suggested that Microsoft will be delivering a wide range of improvements and new features to make Windows 9 what Windows 8 should have been in the first place. In the following slide show, eWEEK takes a look at features users should expect to find in Windows 9.

  • Microsoft lets the public take its new cloud-based NoSQL document service for a spin and launches a preview of its search-as-a-service offering.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: The business community of Windows users is stuck between a rock and a hard place with Windows, what with XP gone and Windows 7 fading.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: A pair of new reports takes aim at Android security, but there are steps users can take and the sky isn't falling.

  • Steve Ballmer is officially out at Microsoft. After a tenure that saw him move up the ranks at the technology giant and eventually reach the top, Ballmer has stepped down from the company's board to focus on his National Basketball Association team, the Los Angeles Clippers. It's an end of an era of sorts for Microsoft, and that it's news that he has left the company speaks to the important role he has played at the software giant and the indelible mark he left on it over the last several decades. Given that, and given the importance of Ballmer to the technology industry as a whole, it's a good time to take a look back at his career at Microsoft and the many events that made his tenure special. From being the first employee to impress Bill Gates enough to become chief executive to watching the mobile movement overtake his strategic plan, Ballmer has had his fair share of ups and downs. In the following slides, eWEEK examines those ups and downs and talks about the key events in Ballmer's career that made him such a polarizing figure for so many people across the globe.

  • CA Technologies and IT services provider Wipro announce a partnership to deliver testing solutions for DevOps.

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