Microsoft has added a privacy dashboard to Windows that lets users determine how personal data are gathered and used. The offering increases transparency for browsing, location and search options but does not fully integrate other Microsoft services, such as Skype and Xbox.
Malware, not Russia, likely caused a cybersecurity incident on Arizona's payroll and HR website, state officials say. Phishing and system tampering have been ruled out in the incident, in which password-reset emails were sent to about 100 state employees and officials.
The Hypersuit, a virtual reality suit designed to fully integrate the user into the VR experience, was rolled out as a prototype by a Paris-based startup company of the same name. The suit works through a network of sensors that detect a user's movements, and the company hopes to begin shipping it in June.
Lenovo is facing challenges in revitalizing the Motorola brand, which Lenovo purchased in October 2014 for $2.91 billion. Chief Executive Yang Yuanqing notes that the company may have misjudged the challenges of reintroducing this brand, saying, "We underestimated the differences of the culture and the business model."
BlackBerry's QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Center in Ottawa, Canada, is working to extend the company's growing expertise in automotive authentication technology into the development of connected and autonomous vehicle systems. "Our innovation track record in mobile security, and our demonstrated leadership in automotive software, make us ideally suited to dominate the market for embedded intelligence in the cars of the future," said BlackBerry CEO John Chen.
Health care organizations seeking to reduce cybersecurity vulnerabilities should implement and practice plans for disaster recovery and contingency, train employees, hire a forensic consultant, assess risk and choose business associates or vendors with a proven security track record, experts say. "Many organizations are under the delusion they can detect and respond, and they're not layering their defenses," said James Scott of the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology.
Last year saw 450 reported or disclosed health care data breaches, with 43% found to be insider incidents, according to a study by Protenus and DataBreaches.net. The number of attacks highlights the importance of employee training, security reminders and retraining in health care organizations, study authors say.
Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg finds creating a cybersecurity task force important to protect the tech industry. Rosenberg stresses a need for robust policies to protect and maintain private records and to avoid cyberattacks on state websites.
The Office of Personnel Management has designed a web portal dedicated to federal cybersecurity jobs, despite President-elect Donald Trump's call for a hiring freeze at most federal agencies. The website is part of the office's Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy and includes tools for HR managers.
Intel is banking on the growth of the internet of things and has rolled out a new dedicated platform called the Responsive Retail Platform. The service is part of Intel's attempt to bridge the gap between IoT and physical retail stores.
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