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New ransomware tactics emerging to maximize profit: Cisco

The Cisco 2016 Midyear Cybersecurity Report (MCR) released today has found that organizations are unprepared for future strains of more sophisticated ransomware. Fragile infrastructure, poor network hygiene, and slow detection rates are providing ample time and air cover for adversaries to operate, the firm said. » Read full article

ITU releases 2016 ICT figures: Half the world still offline

New data released by ITU, the UN specialized agency for information and communication technology (ICT), show that 3.9 billion people remain cut-off from the vast resources available on the Internet, despite falling prices for ICT services. » Read full article

Ericsson's Vestberg out as CEO, search for replacement begins

Ericsson's board of directors today announced that Hans Vestberg has stepped down as president and CEO of Ericsson “with immediate effect.” Jan Frykhammar, executive vice president and CFO, will assume the CEO position until a new CEO is in office. » Read full article
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Greenlee Communication

Greenlee’s AirScout troubleshoots Wi-Fi services

Greenlee Communication’s AirScout is, the company says, the only distributed test system on the market for the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of Wi-Fi services. Utilizing multiple sensors, the system creates a heat map of the Wi-Fi user experience so that the technician can properly set up Wi-Fi services for the customer.
Rather than just presenting signal levels and channel graphs, the system intelligently selects the best channel, the optimal access point and range extender locations, and provides application level throughput measurements that ensure the Wi-Fi experience meets the needs of the customer. The results are then wrapped up in a birth certificate and uploaded to the cloud for enhanced support services.
The AirScout helps the technician set up and troubleshoot Wi-Fi properly and also educates the subscriber about where their dead zones or performance edges are within their network. » read more
Xuron pliers

Xuron pliers perform multitude of tasks

A line of industrial-grade, precision ergonomic pliers for a wide range of specific tasks such as wire bending, forming, holding, and opening split rings are now available from Xuron Corp. of Saco, Maine.
Xuron Precision Pliers include 12 different head styles that are designed for specialized tasks such as wire bending, forming, holding, positioning, opening split rings, and reaching into confined spaces. Some have serrated blades for added holding power and the Model 450 Tweezer Nose can even pick up a human hair, while the Model 496 opens a split ring and holds it, the company says.
Made of heat-treated high carbon steel with an eye-friendly glare eliminating black finish, Light-Touch return springs, and Xuro-Rubber cushioned hand grips, the pliers were developed for holding delicate parts including thin metals, wire leads, and precision parts.
They are priced from US$15.50 depending on the model. » read more

BICSI Fall Conference

Sept. 11-15
Location: San Antonio, Tex. » more info

Microsoft Ignite

Sept. 26-30
Location: Atlanta, Ga. » more info

Canadian Wireless Trade Show

Oct. 26-27
Location: Toronto, Ont. » more info