IntSights' Guy Nizan discusses the problem of fake social accounts that claim to be official brand or CEO accounts, with the primary goals of damaging a brand's reputation or obtaining financial gain. Nizan says the best way to detect these type of accounts is through automated technology, and he notes that Facebook is especially efficient at removal of fake accounts when requested.
Uber has hired former NSA general counsel Matt Olsen to serve as the company's chief trust and security officer beginning next month. Olsen will replace Joe Sullivan, who left the company after a massive data breach was disclosed, while chief legal officer Tony West noted that "trust" was added to the title to emphasize the company's commitment to protecting customer data.
The longer the incident response time when responding to a breach, the worse the effects can be, writes Pete Burke. He offers tips for reducing your company's incident response time, including streamlining your procedures and using the right security tools.
Google is improving the quality of its Wear OS apps by introducing new standards for app-makers. The review process to place an app in the Play Store used to be optional, but now developers will have to pass the review to add their app.
Apple is reportedly being investigated by Japanese authorities for allegedly interfering in Yahoo Japan's online game development operations. While both companies declined to comment, Yahoo both cut its budget for its online gaming platform and stopped prominently advertising it as well.
Virtual reality features could be used as a form of vision correction, per a team of researchers at Stanford. The team, led by Nitish Padmanaban, has developed a prototype that can automatically adjust based on what the user is looking at, though the research is still in its early stages.
President Donald Trump has reversed Presidential Policy Directive 20, a set of regulations from the Obama administration that required an interagency process before the US could engage in cyberattacks. While Trump's reversal will ease some of the restrictions on an offensive approach to cybersecurity, critics warn the change could make the process to launch a cyberattack longer.
Advantix has acquired the managed mobility business of TeraNova. The companies will continue to operate under their own names in their respective areas of expertise, while teaming up to launch iXtera, an internet of things and telecom expense management channel-enabled supplier.
The US Treasury Department issued a report encouraging regulators to support technology that will make the financial system more competitive, particularly with innovations in artificial intelligence, blockchain and machine learning. The report also called on government officials to remove barriers to allow financial corporations to experiment with cutting-edge processes.
The sheer number of technology conferences have made it difficult for organizations to differentiate their events, write Ed Sperling and Katherine Derbyshire. Within the semiconductor industry, new markets that cut through a number of segments make it harder to group events under one theme, they add.