Penetration testers, chief information security officers and cybersecurity engineers are the three most in-demand cybersecurity roles this year, staffing agency Mondo reports. These positions will continue to be in-demand through 2018, the agency predicts, with many companies offering perks, benefits and higher salaries to fill the roles.
A fleet-wide cyberattack on autonomous cars is a serious concern of Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and Space X. "It is my top concern from a security standpoint -- that Tesla is making sure that a fleet-wide hack or any vehicle-specific hack can't occur," Musk said at the National Governors Association summer meeting.
A global ransomware attack in June affected many businesses, including courier service FedEx, which suffered the shutdown of many critical systems, including its TNT Express subsidiary. The company isn't yet clear on what the attack will cost it.
Four new IBM Cloud data centers are open for business in the US, London and Australia to accommodate the company's growing cloud business, which in Q2 saw revenue rise 17% to $3.9 billion over last year.
Reference hardware, vehicle platforms and cloud-based computing will come together in a new alliance between Microsoft and China's Baidu to develop self-driving vehicles. The alliance, named after the Apollo moon missions, also brings together 50 partners for mapping, navigation and other functions, as well as a Singapore-based ride-hailing service.
A recent security breach in which Dow Jones accounts were exposed within the Amazon Web Services S3 data drive has highlighted the risk of poor security where S3 storage is used. The Verizon and GOP leaks also featured data stored within these S3 banks, causing experts to speculate that a rush to join the cloud led to failings in security.
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tested whether artificial intelligence objects around self-driving cars could be hacked; their study concluded that "fake" stop signs could not fool autonomous cars. However, a study from OpenAI challenged this claim, with the research team creating a printed picture in five days that was able to fool an autonomous vehicle.
Global spending on public cloud services and infrastructure is poised to reach $266 billion in four years, with the US projected as the largest market accounting for more than 60% of worldwide revenues, IDC said. Software-as-a-service and cloud apps will take up the majority of the spending this year, IDC said, with SaaS spending increasing to 60% in four years.
Some legislative officials are urging leaders to rethink part of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, saying companies should have the freedom to crash the servers that perpetrate data breaches. However, for such a strategy to work, there must be an authorization process to approve counter-hacking measures, says California Polytechnic State University professor Patrick Lin.
StackRox, a 3-year-old cybersecurity startup whose chief executive, Sameer Bhalotra, was the White House senior director for cybersecurity under the Obama administration, has raised $14 million to expand its sales team and continue product development. It also has rolled out its first product: software that provides security for digital "containers," which improve the efficiency of multiple applications running on the same operating system.
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