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SC Magazine, July 11, 2017

Women in IT Security: Influencers

When Donna Dodson first became interested in security, there weren't any cybersecurity courses to be found and the definitive book for security pros was Dorothy Denning's 1982 tome, Cryptography and Data Security. Since then the topic has continued to grow as has the role of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) where Dodson is chief cybersecurity adviser and the IT Laboratory associate director for cybersecurity.
SC Magazine, July 10, 2017

Priming the Pipeline: Education

From a young age, Serita Sargent was always interested in technology and would take apart her mom's old Nokia phones for fun. But it wasn't until her freshman year of high school that her hobby turned into a passion. She found her calling in life when she participated one week in Hour of Code, a nonprofit organization that aims to encourage students and others to learn computer science.
New York Post, July 10, 2017

First robots came for our jobs, now they’re coming for our kids

Does your child have a question? There’s a smart toy for that. Welcome to the Internet of toys — an age that promises a cute animatronic to take on even the most tedious of parental tasks. You can now buy a WiFi-connected Smart Toy Monkey ($100) to tell your children a bedtime story, or the toy dinosaur Dino ($120) to answer those endless questions that start with, “Why?.” Edwin ($100), an app-connected duck, that can lull your newborn off to sleep with songs or placate your kindergartner with educational quizzes. Soon, you’ll even be able to give your 5-year-old a cute digital personal assistant called Smarty to nag them gently about their homework or turn out their lights.
Kiplinger, July 2017

Beware Fraudsters When You Go Online

For some seniors, going online links them to a larger community for support. But there’s a downside as well, says Velasquez, who is also president of the Identity Theft Resource Center, a nonprofit that educates consumers about online fraud. Fake e-mails and other scams abound in the virtual world.
The Week, June 16, 2017

The robot in the family

When you hear the word "robot," you may envision something like the Terminator, Wall-E, or even Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots. But robots are no longer just out of sci-fi movies or children's toys — there's a new class of robots meant to engage with humans in everyday activities and eventually be considered part of the family.