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Here are the Buffalo, NY Top IT News Stories of the Week (Feb. 3rd) as based on the story’s likes, shares, and interactions from our social media sites. The content provided is mainly for Buffalo-Based IT Professionals to help keep them informed as they continue to impact and grow Buffalo’s tech reputation. We provide IT Staffing services and Business Tech Support for businesses in the Buffalo area.

Trump Designing Work Visa Overhaul: Report

Even as his current executive orders regarding immigration continue to draw controversy, U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly plans to issue a new directive that could totally overhaul existing work-visa programs. According to Bloomberg, which claims it obtained a copy of the draft proposal, visa programs for “foreign workers” will be “administered in a manner that protects the civil rights of American workers and current lawful residents.” If enacted, the order will also prioritize “the protection of American workers…Read More

Obama’s Cybersecurity Legacy: Good Intentions, Good Efforts, Limited Results

President Obama is only a couple of weeks out of office, but his legacy on cybersecurity is already getting reviews – mixed reviews. According to a number of experts, Obama said a lot of good things, did a lot of good things and devoted considerable energy to making cybersecurity a priority, but ultimately didn’t accomplish the goal of making either government or the private sector more secure. The most recent, stark illustration was the series of leaks, enabled by hacks that US intelligence agencies attribute to Russia…Read More

Trump Eyes an H-1B Visa Aimed at ‘Best and Brightest’

President Donald Trump is considering a new way of distributing the H-1B visa to ensure they go to the “best and brightest.” The phrase “best and the brightest” has long been used by tech industry groups to champion the H-1B program. It’s greeted with derision by critics, who say the program’s mostly entry-level workers are used to displace U.S. workers. But some critics of the visa, a group that now includes top officials in the Trump administration, are adopting the phrase to advance the idea of a priority-based…Read More

New H-1B Bill Punishes Dependent Companies

H-1B reform hit the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives this week, and it proposes some significant changes to the current program. In response, some Indian tech stocks have dipped. The bill was introduced by Zoe Lofgren, who previously called a different reform bill toothless for not curbing use of the program. Her current bill, dubbed the “High-Skilled Integrity and Fairness Act of 2017,” adds some bite. Lofgren’s bill eliminates the “per country” cap for H-1B visas so “all workers are treated fairly.” That bit has sent…Read More

Trump Immigration Ban Means a War With Tech

The decision by President Donald Trump to impose a broad immigration ban on seven countries may have an impact he didn’t foresee. The ban, a 90-day moratorium on admissions and re-entry in the United States unveiled on Friday, isn’t about H-1B visa-holders specifically. And it doesn’t grow out of the his voiced concerns about the use of that visa to displace U.S. workers. Instead it affects tourists, business and student visas. Those with permanent residency, or green cards, are also affected. Trump’s ban, issued through…Read More

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