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Oxford-based company starts graphene association

By JACK WEATHERLY Graphene is the strongest and thinnest material in the world, and an Oxford-based company, New Media Lab LLC, aims to promote its commercial applications by forming the National Graphene Association (NGA). Graphene will eventually find its way into almost every field and will affect many facets of human life, including energy storage, electronics, smart textiles, sensors, medical ...

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WESLEY McGREW — Don’t let cybersecurity wag the dog

When “the tail is wagging the dog”, you know that something has gone wrong. Priorities are not straight, and a part of the system does not understand its role. Providers of offense-oriented security services, such as penetration testing and red team engagements (which I’ve described in previous articles), often make draconian recommendations that, in pursuit of least effort, wind up ...

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TEC appoints Gibson

Beverly Gibson has been appointed Customer Relations Representative at TEC of Jackson, Inc.  In this role, Gibson will be responsible for assisting with promoting, marketing, selling and supporting of TEC products and services. Gibson has more than 22 years of experience in customer service. Gibson lives in Jackson and has a son, Anthony.

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Faster internet in the works in Itawamba County

By ADAM ARMOUR / Itawamba County Times FULTON – Faster internet service is coming to Itawamba County, but it will take some time getting there. In late 2015, Jerry McGee, president of Fulton Telephone Company, told The Itawamba County Times his company was hoping to update its broadband infrastructure, providing faster Internet service to its customers within the next five ...

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TODD SMITH: New AP Style changes announced at editors conference

For the first time, the Associated Press now permits journalists to use “they” as a singular pronoun. The AP announced the style change last week at the American Copy Editors Society conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. The change follows years of questions among copy editors, reporters and editors about the use of language specifically about people who are non-binary and ...

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Attorneys general from 8 states, DC to meet in Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Attorneys general from eight states and the District of Columbia planning to meet in Virginia to discuss technology and emerging threats. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is hosting the top attorneys for a conference Tuesday and Wednesday in Charlottesville. The other attorneys generals planning to attend are from Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, ...

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WESLEY McGREW: Cyber security for the road warrior

In my previous columns, I’ve been describing the benefits of having offense-oriented testing performed on your company’s network. This time around, I want to give some advice for the road warriors among you. Many of you have to travel for work, and present an attractive target to cyber criminals that want to steal trade secrets, customer information, or even infect ...

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TODD SMITH: How Americans decide what news to trust on social media

When we encounter news on social media, how much we trust the content is determined less by who creates the news than by who shares it, according to a new study from the Media Insight Project, a collaboration between the American Press Institute and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Whether readers trust the sharer, indeed, matters more ...

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TEC appoints Cockrell

TEC has appointed Michael Cockrell as Senior Systems Engineer at LecNet, Inc. in Jackson.  Cockrell will provide support for the provisioning and maintenance of broadband communication services and systems. Cockrell has several years of experience in the technology industry. Cockrell lives in Madison with his wife, Stacy, and children, Morgan, Austin, Matthew and Wesley.

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BRAD FULLER — How much should you be spending on cybersecurity?

We often hear clients and prospective clients asking “How much should I be spending on cybersecurity?” That is a very complex question and one that is not easily answered without first having an understanding of what is meant by cybersecurity. There are many different versions of cybersecurity being pushed in the market and there is no “one size fits all” ...

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