Patrick Thibodeau

Senior Editor

Patrick Thibodeau covers Internet of Things, enterprise applications, outsourcing, government IT policies, data centers and IT workforce issues for Computerworld.

5 reasons why China will rule tech, 2017 edition

Cobol plays major role in U.S. government breaches

Cobol plays major role in U.S. government breaches

New research is turning on its head the idea that legacy systems -- such as Cobol and Fortran -- are more secure because hackers are unfamiliar with the technology.

Trump immigration ban means a war with tech

Trump immigration ban means a war with tech

President Donald Trump's move to impose a broad immigration ban on seven countries may affect industries like tech in ways he didn't anticipate.

FTC sets $25,000 prize for automatic IoT patching

FTC sets $25,000 prize for automatic IoT patching

The tool, at minimum, will “help protect consumers from security vulnerabilities caused by out-of-date software,” said the U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Trump threatens electronic rights, EFF warns

Trump threatens electronic rights, EFF warns

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is advising the tech sector to use end-to-end encryption for every transaction by default, and to scrub logs.

U.S. says cybersecurity skills shortage is a myth

U.S. says cybersecurity skills shortage is a myth

The U.S. government has released what it says is myth-busting data about the shortage of cybersecurity professionals.

Friday's IoT-based DDoS attack has security experts worried

Friday's IoT-based DDoS attack has security experts worried

The cybersecurity attack that relied on connected devices, or the Internet of Things, was serious, unusual and historic.

Politics keeps the U.S. from securing private-sector networks, says former CIA chief Robert Gates

Politics keeps the U.S. from securing private-sector networks, says former CIA chief Robert Gates

Gates, also a former U.S. Secretary of Defense, also regaled the IT audience at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo with tales of old tech, including helicopter pilots having to grab film capsules before they hit the ground.

Microsoft’s Nadella takes on privacy fears about LinkedIn, Cortana

Microsoft’s Nadella takes on privacy fears about LinkedIn, Cortana

One Gartner analyst called Cortana "Big Brother" combined with productivity, and asked some pointed questions about Microsoft's intentions.

University IT employees fighting for jobs question security

University IT employees fighting for jobs question security

The IT employees say workers in India will have access to University of California at San Francisco medical and financial information as well as to files with research and study data.

One election-system vendor uses developers in Serbia

One election-system vendor uses developers in Serbia

But even an all-U.S. team is no guarantee of security.

If the election is hacked, we may never know

If the election is hacked, we may never know

At particular risk are touch-screen voting machines that have no paper trails. If those are hacked or a hack is even suspected, it will be difficult to prove -- and impossible to reconstruct the real tally.

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