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Open Source Is Not to Blame for a Lack of Industry Standards

Carol Wilson wrings her hands over the "boring" nature of open source standardization, declaring that "Open source processes can take the fun out of everything, particularly technology wars." Putting aside for a minute the irony of expecting standards to ever be anything more than mind-numbingly...
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2.5 and 5 Gigabit Ethernet Now Official Standards

For most of Ethernet's history, new standards progressively added more bandwidth, expanding the top end of speed. That progression is now changing, as the IEEE has now ratified the 802.3bz standard that defines 2.5 Gbps and 5 Gbps Ethernet speeds. In 2014, multiple groups started efforts to create...
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National Software Reference Library: An Important Digital Tool for Forensic Investigators

The story starts with Stephen M. Cabrinety, the Stanford University Libraries, and NIST's National Software Reference Library (NSRL). Cabrinety collected more than 50,000 pieces of commercial software and nearly 300 functioning microcomputer systems—some dating back to the mid-1980s. Stanford...
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Hitchhiker's Guide to IoT Standards and Protocols

When it comes to IoT protocols, there's no one clear winner. This article outlines communications protocols from MQTT and Wi-Fi to less well-known offerings. In this article, we focus on a framework of how you can think about this problem of standards, protocols, and radios.  The framework of...
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NIST Denounces SMS 2FA - What are the Alternatives?

Towards the end of July 2016, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) started the process of deprecating the use of SMS-based out-of-band authentication. This became clear in the issue of the DRAFT NIST Special Publication 800-63B, Digital Authentication Guideline.  NIST Special...
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Save the Whale: Docker Rightfully Shuns Standardization

You can be forgiven for thinking Docker cares about standardization.  A little more than a year ago Docker donated "its software container format and its runtime, as well as the associated specifications," to the Open Container Project to be housed under the Linux Foundation. In the FAQ, the Linux...
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NIST Declares the Age of SMS-Based 2-Factor Authentication Over

2-factor authentication is a great thing to have, and more and more services are making it a standard feature. But one of the go-to methods for sending 2FA notifications, SMS, is being left in the dust by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. NIST creates national-level guidelines and...
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The Open Container Initiative has been around for more than year now; learn what the project has achieved so far.

What Has the Open Container Initiative Achieved in Its First Year?

The Open Container Initiative (OCI) was formed in June 2015. Their main goal was to  establish common standards for software containers. It was originally named the Open Container Project and later became a Linux Foundation project.  Founding members included CoreOS, Amazon Web Services, Apcera,...
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ONF to Release Guidelines for Deploying Secure SDN Controllers

The Open Networking Foundation’s security working group is preparing to release guidelines for designing and deploying secure software-defined networking (SDN) controllers. The guidelines are currently in review and will be published in June, according to Sandra Scott-Hayward, vice chair of ONF’s...
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Hello HaLow: Your Guide to the Wi-Fi Alliance’s New IoT spec

The Wi-Fi Alliance recently announced a new IEEE specification, 802.11ah, developed explicitly for the Internet of Things (IoT). Dubbed HaLow (pronounced HAY-Low), it’s aimed at connecting everything in the IoT environment, from smart homes to smart cities to smart cars and any other device that...
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