Apple and IBM are set to collaborate on an artificial intelligence service that will simplify the app-making process for corporate developers. Watson Services for Core ML combines IBM's Watson data processing capability with Apple's Core ML tools for developers to enable companies to build better smartphone apps.
Cambridge Analytica gaining access to data from 50 million Facebook users raises questions about privacy and security on social media platforms. National Cyber Security Alliance Executive Director Russ Schrader offers six "common sense tips" for protecting social media accounts, including being careful about what you share and using two-step verification.
The Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday will hold an open hearing centered on securing upcoming elections. Likely topics during the meeting will include the security of state voting machines and the Homeland Security Department's efforts to secure election infrastructure.
Blackberry and Microsoft are partnering to allow consumers to run Microsoft's Office 365 apps in Blackberry's secure Dynamics app container. The offering is targeted at banks, governments and health care organizations.
Sungard Availability Services and Dell EMC are expanding a hosted private-cloud offering that utilizes VMware's NSX network virtualization platform. The product will provide "scalability and agility of a cloud with the security and performance advantages of fully dedicated server, storage and network devices," a statement from Sungard AS said.
Managed service providers are struggling to find qualified IT professionals to fill job openings, with CompTIA's "Assessing the Skills Gap" report indicating that nearly 50% of companies say the skills gap has grown since 2016. "The first-world economies have had education systems on the decline in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and third-world economies are rapidly on the rise," Continuum CEO Michael George said.
A federal judge has ruled that BlackBerry must face a lawsuit that alleges the company misled shareholders regarding sales prospects for the BlackBerry 10. An earlier version of the case was dismissed three years ago, but the judge cited a new Supreme Court standard that could make it easier for plaintiffs to demonstrate that statements were misleading.
Each successful cyberattack costs health care organizations $4 million, a report from Ponemon Institute indicates. Forty-six percent of health care companies are not educating employees about best security practices, and 79% say they struggle to recruit security pros, it adds.
Google's Sidewalk Labs has outlined its plans for its future smart neighborhood in Toronto in a 200-page document. The company plans to create "a truly complete community" by launching multiple smart initiatives, including crafting buildings from eco-friendly materials, creating transportation options to eliminate the need for private cars and installing adaptive traffic lights.
Microsoft has removed the block on security updates for Windows 10 PCs that did not have approved antivirus software, a feature that was added as a protection against the Meltdown and Spectre flaws. "Our recent work with our antivirus (AV) partners on compatibility with Windows updates has now reached a sustained level of broad ecosystem compatibility," the company said.