The House of Representatives on Monday passed two bills to boost small business cybersecurity; companion bills are waiting in the Senate. One bill requires counselors at small business development centers to be certified in cybersecurity before they may work with small businesses on cyberattack prevention and response, and the other calls on the Small Business Administration to inform Congress of cyberattacks on the agency within seven days of the attack and to submit to Congress an annual report on its IT quality.
Increases in streaming services, artificial intelligence-enabled devices and in-vehicle technology are the main sources of 2.2% year-over-year growth in the US consumer technology market, which is on track to exceed $400 billion in retail revenue in 2019. The Consumer Technology Association's biannual US Consumer Technology Sales and Forecasts report was based on US factory sales to dealers for more than 300 products.
The Walt Disney Co.'s theme park resorts have greatly benefited from data gathered through the company's smartphone apps and MagicBand technology. Not only did the company's smartphone-based virtual reservation system help reduce wait times, but its guest-tracking technology also helped to inform future investments by gleaning trends regarding families' preferred rides and franchises at the park.
A RedSeal survey has revealed that 54% of security personnel think their CEO is putting the company at risk of cyberattacks by ignoring their recommendations to improve cybersecurity. And 10% of respondents said their CEO or other high-level executives have made decisions that put the company at risk.
Seven new database server fixes are included in the Critical Patch Update to be released by Oracle today. The patch addresses 322 vulnerabilities affecting the integrity, availability and confidentiality of data.
Penobscot Community Health Care in Bangor, Maine, has informed patients that a third-party vendor experienced a data breach, exposing the personal and financial data of an unknown number of patients. Records were accessed by an unauthorized person between August 2018 and March 2019 at American Medical Collection Agency, an entity the hospital no long does business with.
A survey by the Investment Adviser Association and ACA Compliance Group found that the biggest compliance worry among 83% of registered investment adviser firms is cybersecurity. Among those responding, 70% said they have boosted compliance testing in the past 12 months.
DISH has unveiled the AirTV Mini, a streaming dongle powered by Android TV; the company says the device has more memory and a faster processor than comparable products from Amazon, Google and Roku. The AirTV Mini is 4K high dynamic range-compatible and offers Sling TV, Netflix and over-the-air channels.
Kwikset has unveiled a commercial-grade smart lock, the SmartCode 955, which is geared toward security for facility managers, residential and commercial property owners, and small-business owners. The SmartCode 955, which retails for $119, also allows for rekeying the locks to make lost, loaned or unreturned keys unusable.
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