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April 16, 2015 Leah Bortz

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Journos Need Secure Passwords, Too


Photo Matt Buchanan

With the increasing media coverage on the importance of cyber security, those who work in the media should also consider the impact.

In an article published by the BBC, it’s suggested that words in passwords should not exist in the dictionary, and dates should not be important or relevant.

In fact, the author suggests taking a long quote or phrase and using the  initial letters of each word.

Take the quote, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife,” from Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. 

The password would look like:


Of course, this is after adding some “rare” characters.

Fitting Millennials into Tech Careers

Executive Career Coach, Jeff Snyder offered his opinion on what millennials can bring to the technology and cyber security careers table for Security Recruiter. 

According to Snyder, millennials are

  • Smart, teachable & hungry for more

Snyder said millennials seek coaching for resumes, personal branding, and general career guidance from him frequently, which shows a hunger to learn more.

  • They want your jobs

Basically, Snyder asserts that these young folks want to take on more, and eventually be in leadership positions.

 President Obama Approves Sanctions on Cyber Criminals


USA Today reported recently of President Obama’s authorization of new sanctions that would penalize cyber criminals that “engage in malicious cyber-enabled activities” and undermines U.S. security and financial stability.

Specifically, cyber attacks that harm critical infrastructure, or impact trade secrets and personal financial information.

“Cyber threats pose one of the most serious economic and national security challenges to the United States, and my Administration is pursuing a comprehensive strategy to confront them,” Obama said in a written statement announcing the new sanctions regime.

Healthcare Providers Using Wearable Technology

We’ve read about wearable technology and seen what can be accomplished. But can they impact someone’s life?


Photo courtesy NEC Corp of America

In an article and study by Technology Advice, researchers found that while some individuals lose interest in their Fitbits or Apple Watchs, they would be interested in the technology if it was suggested by their healthcare provider, or even could lower health insurance premiums.

The next step for healthcare providers would be to solve the challenges related to data in Electronic Health Records (EHR)s.

After all, the article also shared that there are currently tens of thousands of these apps and devices- a statistic that the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says  will grow by 25 percent a year. And by 2018, 1.7 billion people worldwide will download a health app.

 This Just In: Big Data Trends

Big Data News boasts 13 trends that the data science field can expect to see.

  • The rise of data plumbing along with data plumbers, system architects & system analysts

The goal being to make big data run smoothly, safely, reliably.

  • The rise of “right-sized data”
  • Increased awareness of data security against business hackers
  • The rise of the “automated statistician”

Click here to read the full list of suggested trends by Big Data News. 

Media We Link To:

 “Cyber security for journalists: How to devise the perfect password” – BBC News

“Where do millennial-aged professionals fit into technology and cyber security careers?” – Security Recruiter 

“Obama authorizes sanctions on cyber criminals” – USA Today 

“How Can Providers Use Wearable Technology to Improve Patient Care?” – Technology Advice 

“13 New Trends in Big Data and Data Science” – Big Data News


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