Cybersecurity experts recommend that WannaCry victims not pay the requested ransom, but they also believe that every organization should consider all available options before proceeding. The FBI and CIA encouraged victims to report attacks, while Kaspersky Lab discussed the availability of decryption tools for those affected.
CIOs still retain control of corporate tech purchases, but other business executives also are making decisions on what digital products to buy, according to reports from CompTIA and Forrester Research. CompTIA said 36% of businesses are letting executives other than CIOs provide input on purchasing decisions.
The WannaCry ransomware attacks highlight the importance of having a personal cybersecurity policy to keep data secure. Tips for securing data include making strong passwords, refusing to respond to email requests for personal information, using antivirus software and avoiding unsecured networks.
Marc Elsberg's "Blackout" is a story of hackers infecting electrical grids with malware, a scenario that is possible in today's world, writes Marty Munford. The lack of cooperation and universal regulations needs to be addressed to secure our systems, including electrical grids and smart home technology, Munford writes.
Google hired channel partner Agosto to design a crucial piece of its new internet of things service. Minneapolis-based IoT specialist Agosto last year developed the open-source MQTT broker that runs Google's Cloud IoT Core.
A digital transformation strategy that aligns business strategies and IT innovation will allow cloud users to both meet customer needs and sustain long-term business growth, Manek Dubash writes. "From a technology point of view, from fixed infrastructure and proprietary IT, businesses using cloud are free to take more risks and are able to respond quickly to changing market conditions," Aspect Software's Stephen Ball said.
The Dubai Design District has executed a variety of smart city actions and will continue that momentum with plans to launch 21 initiatives and 45 services through 2022. Items on the agenda include deploying an app that hosts light-fidelity technology that will work in concert with a smart Wi-Fi system, as well as installing smart meters and solar panels.
The Arizona Department of Transportation is using in-road sensors as a solution for traffic congestion. The sensors transmit data to highway signs that give passengers estimated travel times, while the collected data will also be able to be used for future road projects and improvements.
Samsung at the IoT World 2017 conference introduced its Artik platform that will allow companies to design technology, compile data and bring internet of things products to market. The platform includes Wi-Fi-based IoT modules for connecting directly to the Artik Cloud open data exchange platform.
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