Virginia Smart Communities has published recommendations for helping the state become a hub for smart communities. Interoperability, scalability, cybersecurity, equity, and public and private support are important factors for creating a "replicable model" for smart communities, the group said.
House Democrats on the independent election security task force are floating the idea of using $400 million left over from the 2002 Help America Vote Act to help bolster election security. The funds could be used to replace outdated voting machines, the group wrote in a letter to the House Appropriations Committee.
Amazon Web Services Secret Region has launched to handle classified information for US intelligence agencies. Access to the secure cloud feature is part of an existing contract worth $600 million with spy agencies.
Augmented reality has the potential to change how people interact with everyday environments, particularly in urban settings. Three AR entrepreneurs share their thoughts on this future, including AR's ability to bring the 2D information available on the internet into a 3D setting that intersects with the real world.
Businesses that have employees use their own devices or corporate mobile devices have an average of 54 mobile malware attempts each year, according to a Check Point report. Every business studied was exposed to mobile malware, and 94% of security professionals expect the number of attacks to increase.
CEOs and company boards have growing concerns about cybersecurity, leading many to look more thoroughly into the security skills and experience of chief information officer candidates, Korn/Ferry International's Gerry McNamara said. Also, potential new hires should do their own due diligence about cybersecurity skills requirements before accepting job offers, McNamara noted.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced that the state will launch the Cyber Oregon initiative to improve cybersecurity as part of a bill that called for the development of a Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. Companies in the state have reported 165 data breaches since Jan. 1, 2016.
Sixty-five percent of millennials are not aware or concerned about security risks involved with the purchase of internet of things toys and devices, according to Keeper Security. The survey of 1,000 US adults age 25 to 34 found 53% of respondents intend to purchase an IoT toy.
Face ID on the iPhone X may not exactly be a breakthrough, especially for payments with which other options are already working well, writes Madhvi Mavadiya. This is particularly true in a world in which security concerns remain a priority, and consumers often prefer to stick with traditional payment methods even when more convenient options are available, Mavadiya writes.