The US and Japan released a joint statement Monday confirming that the Department of Homeland Security will assist with cybersecurity efforts during the 2020 Olympic Games. The two governments also said they would establish a joint training program to protect industrial control systems.
Apple has identified a "potentially serious" threat to iOS devices and Mac computers. A patch has been released to thwart the attack, with a similar fix already released this month for Android devices.
Reckitt Benckiser has confirmed, in the aftermath of the Petya ransomware attacks, that some of its operations will not be restored until next month. Other companies, including FedEx, are still dealing with the fallout from the attacks, which occurred last month.
The Internet Bug Bounty has received $300,000 in new financing from Facebook, the Ford Foundation and GitHub, each of which donated $100,000. The IBB, which uses the funds to reward security researchers, said that during the past year alone, it has awarded $150,000 to researchers, who have found more than 250 flaws in open-source software.
Current cybersecurity tools are not working against today's threats, which is why the industry is considering "next-generation" security, said John Muir Health Chief Information Officer Jon Russell. Microsegmentation, endpoint technology and data backups are key to the company's protection of its systems, Russell said.
Among US retailers, 88% report feeling vulnerable to cyberattacks and concerned about securing sensitive data, though their cyberbreach rate has actually fallen in the past year. A report by 451 Research shows that 77% of companies have increased spending on cybersecurity since last year.
Software-defined networking offers one of the most cost-effective solutions for government agencies that need to update their networks, writes Vish Chanda, AT&T's director of technology and strategy. SDN allows users to virtualize their network infrastructure and services, enables service chaining to be developed on a per-packet flow basis, and boosts security, among other benefits, Chanda writes.
Certification is important for differentiating an already-skilled storage professional from the pack, writes Ann Bednarz, who outlines vendor-neutral and vendor-specific certifications, current high-demand sectors and salary trends, as well some available certification options that exist in the storage market.
Nationwide has partnered with Amazon to improve its SmartRide program, which tracks a driver's habits to offer future insurance savings. Under the partnership, Nationwide customers can receive personalized information captured by their plug-in devices by activating the Nationwide skill on Alexa-enabled devices.
A team of researchers from IOActive discovered that the Ninebot by Segway miniPRO can be hacked remotely through Bluetooth and a modified version of Nordic UART. The researchers were able to reverse engineer the firmware update mechanism to monitor scooter locations, stop the vehicles and lock riders out.
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