Major cyberattacks over the last year have opened up new opportunities for small businesses and startups, writes Gene Marks. Companies such as Menlo Security are cashing in as the cybersecurity job gap continues to grow and the need for security technology increases, Marks writes.
In a letter to US senators, Uber wrote that there's no evidence that credit card numbers, bank account information or Social Security numbers were accessed by hackers in the breach the company disclosed last month. In addition to names, phone numbers and email addresses, hackers had access to location data and encoded passwords in some cases, Uber wrote.
A White House report said the federal government needs to better protect data and eliminate barriers to using commercial cloud-based technology. "Federal agencies must consolidate their IT investments and place more trust in services and infrastructure operated by others," a White House report said.
All developers now have access to Microsoft's Azure Bot Service and Cognitive Language Understanding service. The new option "extends the capabilities of developers to build custom models that can naturally interpret the intentions of people conversing with bots," said Lili Cheng, corporate vice president in the company's artificial-intelligence and research division.
A vulnerability in DIRECTV wireless video bridges puts customers at risk of being hacked, says Trend Micro's Ricky Lawshae. The vulnerability makes it possible for hackers to gain root access to steal data or lock devices, Lawshae says.
A UK court ruling that found Wm Morrisons Supermarket liable for a data breach that occurred after information was shared by a former employee means companies can still be on the hook even when proper security measures are in place. Paul Hastings partner Suzanne Horne warns that companies should look more closely at their employee oversight and data security approaches.
The Ministry of Defence in Singapore has announced the Mindef Bug Bounty Programme. The initiative, which begins Jan. 15, will reward white-hat hackers for uncovering bugs across eight government systems.
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.
Deloitte's 2018 Technology, Media & Telecommunications report predicts use of machine learning technology will double by the end of next year. "As impressive as it is today, in 50 years' time the ML abilities of 2018 will be considered baby steps in the history of this technology," the report said.
Building on their pay-per-use infrastructure as a managed service announcement this week, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Rackspace said enterprises will see value in having access to a private cloud. "If you listen to the press everything is going to the public cloud, but if you look at what enterprises are doing, they are looking at which platform is optimal. For many the economics is better for private clouds," said Scott Crenshaw of Rackspace.
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