Given the breadth and pace of innovation, all signs point to a widening skills gap, putting further pressure on organizations to rethink their workforce strategies. A recent CompTIA research report defines the IT skills gap and sets the stage for tackling the related challenges. To download a free copy, visit CompTIA Insight & Tools.
India led the way among major nations in terms of internet speed improvement with a 77% gain this year, contributing to a 30% improvement in performance globally, according to internet speed-test company Ookla. Faster speeds were evident across a wide array of countries, with Norway posting the fastest speeds while the US ranked 44th.
Apple is investing $390 million into a company that makes the type of laser used in Apple's facial recognition technology. The Finisar investment comes as Apple plans even greater use of the technology, possibly for a future rear-facing iPhone feature.
Addressing a variety of major cybersecurity breaches at US companies, a House-approved bill would allow companies to work more easily with the Department of Homeland Security to combat future threats. The bill will now move to the Senate for approval.
An unauthorized user accessed the personal information of 47,000 clients of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, including names, dates of birth, addresses and Social Security numbers. Officials did not find evidence that any data was downloaded from the computer server at Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Okla., where a computer that had been used in a state assessment was accessed in April 2016.
AIG has launched a computerized analysis system that gauges companies' security risks based on current threats, plus safeguards that are in place. AIG's system provides reports that show how a business could be affected by attacks and what costs could be incurred.
EBay last weekend experienced a privacy leak: Customer names, search dates and purchases were exposed on Google Shopping's site. Customer information was posted in product reviews, but once that was discovered, the reviews were disabled on the site.
Google plans to open an artificial intelligence research lab in Beijing and will allow the research team to collaborate with AI teams in cities such as London, New York and Zurich, despite the fact that Google's search engine is currently banned in China. The research center will be the first of its kind in Asia, and the company is hoping to tap into the talented tech employees in the country, notes Fei-Fei Li, chief scientist at Google Cloud.
Apple is expected to release the iMac Pro desktop computer Thursday, offering users a maximum of an 18-core Xeon processor, 128GB of memory and 4TB of storage. The desktop has been touted as the company's best device to use for editing 4K video and 3D graphics.