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Microsoft Adopts First International Cloud Privacy Standard

Brad Smith, Microsoft's General Counsel and Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs blogs about adoption of  the ISO/IEC 27018 standard about personally identifiable information (PII).

Read the blog posting here. More on the standard here

Get up and running with Swift — swiftly

Brimming with expert advice and easy-to-follow instructions, Swift For Dummies shows new and existing programmers how to quickly port existing Objective-C applications into Swift and get into the swing of the new language like a pro. Designed from the ground up to be a simpler programming language, it's never been easier to get started creating apps for the iPhone or iPad, or applications for Mac OS X.

Inside the book, you'll find out how to set up Xcode for a new Swift application, use operators, objects, and data types, and control program flow with conditional statements. You'll also get the scoop on creating new functions, statements, and declarations, learn useful patterns in an object-oriented environment, and take advantage of frameworks to speed your coding along. Plus, you'll find out how Swift does away with pointer variables and how to reference and dereference variables instead.

  • Set up a playground development environment for Mac, iPhone, iPad, and wearable computers
  • Move an existing Objective-C program to Swift
  • Take advantage of framework components and subcomponents
  • Create an app that uses location, mapping, and social media

Whether you're an existing Objective-C programmer looking to port your code to Swift or you've never programmed for Apple in the past, this fun and friendly guide gets you up to speed swiftly.

Cybersecurity on The Roundtable on WAMC Tuesday Feb. 17, 2015

Join Jesse and Joe as they talk about what's new in Cybersecurity on The Roundtable, Tuesday February 17, 2015 at 11:10 AM. It's time to update our previous chats as more and more people are weighing in on the problems and opportunities of our new digital world (people like President Obama and Tim Cook, CEO of Apple as well as a number of other people and organizations -- see the links later in this blog).

Data Breach Response Guide from Experian

Prevention is best, but even after a hack, there are concrete steps to take. Here's guidance from Experian.

President Obama at the FTC January 12, 2015

Perhaps the most important quote:

If we're going to be connected, then we need to be protected.

Four major action points:

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