Fixing the Skills Gap Starts with PC Building at Sierra College

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Projection models by Delloitte predict that 2 million US manufacturing jobs will go unfilled 10 years from now—more half of the 3.5 million available. Sierra College’s Mechatronics department in the foothills of northern California and its Real Jobs Real Skills program. The training fuses robotics, automation, and process control—aligning curriculum to real-life workforce needs.

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‘Fileless’ Malware Hides in Server Hardware Components, Stealing Silently

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A recent update for the popular security application CCleaner erupted into a cyber scandal. Millions of users downloaded the latest version of the disk clean-up program as prescribed, and with it, a computer virus. Owner of the CCleaner brand, Avast, found the breach, discovering that it entered and lingered in host servers without detection for months.

The servers belonged to Piriform, a software development company that sold CCleaner rights and hardware to Avast. The company suspects malware came bundled with Piriform server infrastructure. Not the value add Avast wanted.

Either way, the CCleaner debacle has two teachable lessons.

  • 1. Anyone can get hacked, even companies that wrote the book on cybersecurity.
  • 2. Fileless malware is a problem that affects a lot of business infrastructure.

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