Venafi research: Twenty-one percent of websites are still using insecure SHA-1 certificates and putting users at risk

03/15/2017
New research from Venafi Labs shows that 21 percent of the world’s websites are still using certificates signed with the vulnerable Secure Hash Algorithm, SHA-1. On February 23, 2017, Google affiliated security researchers announced they cracked the SHA-1 security standard using a collision attack. The incident proved that the deprecated cryptographic secure hash algorithm still […]

2017 Cybersecurity Conference: Protecting our national and economic security

03/09/2017
Cybersecurity is becoming a fiercely debated issue following attacks in the political realm to breaking news on information leaks in the private sector. As the world becomes more interconnected government, business, and individuals are becoming more vulnerable to cyber threats. Every day, new tools and techniques are developed to resolve challenges in our security, but […]

Utah Non-compete study results now available

03/02/2017
The Salt Lake Chamber in collaboration with a working group of legislators and members of the business community, released the findings from a study conducted in response to the passage of H.B. 251, post-employment restrictions amendments, during the 2016 Utah General Legislative Session. The findings release key issues concerning non-compete agreements to better inform policymakers and […]

Utahns remain confident in economy as employment gains remain strong

03/01/2017
The Zions Bank Utah Consumer Attitude Index remained roughly the same, declining a statistically marginal 2.9 points to 114.7 in February. The small decrease resulted from a slightly less positive outlook on the current economy and the economy over the next six months. The overall CAI currently sits 8.9 points higher than its level 12 […]

The economic impact of solar; Utah ranks 6th in the nation

03/01/2017
Once referred to as a form of “alternative” energy, solar power has become a mainstream energy resource in Utah and a soaring economic driver for the state, thanks to falling prices and environmentally-conscious businesses and residents who are concerned about energy independence and improving the state’s air quality. The Solar Energy Industry Association recently reported […]

USTAR Technology Acceleration Program grant application opens to start-ups, Monday

03/01/2017
The Utah Science Technology and Research initiative will open the second round of their Technology Acceleration Program for applications on Monday, February 27, 2017. Letters of intent, which are not required, are due March 13, 2017, and submissions close March 29, 2017. TAP is a competitive research grant program, designed for start-ups and early stage […]

Introducing the Skyline Challenge: A partnership with Salt Lake City

02/22/2017
When we think about Utah’s air quality challenges, we often focus on vehicle emissions, but don’t often consider the contribution our own homes and office buildings have to local air pollution. These contributors are called area sources. From 2008 to 2014, the Utah Division of Air Quality reported a 7% increase in area source contributions […]

Complying with U.S. export controls

02/21/2017
Join Salt Lake Community College, the Bureau of Industry and Security and the Utah District Export Council for a two-day, in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations. The program will cover what exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements, including: What items and activities are subject to the EAR Steps to […]

Utah Jazz and Qualtrics partner to revolutionize fan experience and analytics and accelerate efforts to eradicate cancer

02/17/2017
The Utah Jazz and Qualtrics announced a partnership where the world’s leading customer experience management software will become the team’s exclusive Fan Experience Insights and Analytics Partner. Qualtrics, a fast-growing tech unicorn based in Utah, will also be the team’s jersey patch partner in a first-of-its-kind partnership among North American professional sports teams. Rather than placing […]

InMoment’s Explore: Real-time exploration of customer conversations at your fingertips

02/14/2017
Customer comments contain some of the richest, most actionable insights of any data. The challenge comes in effectively analyzing and accessing those insights when and where you need them. InMoment’s Explore eliminates that challenge. Leveraging InMoment’s highly accurate, CX-tuned and real-time text analytics, Explore empowers business users to mine customer comments from any source—social, web […]

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From Utah’s Classrooms to Utah’s Workforce: Talent Development and Retention

      We all know how important a talented workforce is to the health of Utah’s businesses and overall economy. With the growth of Silicon Slopes, Utah industries are going to require more and more highly-skilled and highly educated workers in the coming years. Fortunately for us, Utah has a strong and vibrant system […]

Computer Science: Every Classroom, Every Age

  It was last October that I sat across from Aaron Skonnard, CEO of Pluralsight and former UTC board member, as he shared his vision for Utah’s educational future. The goal: computer science offered in every classroom at every age. As our economy changes, our education must change as well. Utah needs to invest in […]

Why I will be at Silicon Slopes 2018 Tech Summit

We’ve all gone to those conferences where, by the end of the first morning, we are questioning why we haven’t already made our way to the hotel pool to avoid one more droning conversation, one more irrelevant presentation or less than dynamic speaker. The lighting is mediocre, the chairs are uncomfortable, and you’ve been staring […]