Data breach costs in North America have climbed to $1.3 million for large companies and $117,000 for small- and midsize businesses, a Kaspersky Lab and B2B International report states. The primary costs for enterprise recovery come from paying additional staff wages and a decrease in business, but the report notes that most firms are boosting their IT security budgets to handle increasing infrastructure complexity.
Research shows that traditional methods of training employees in cybersecurity aren't effective, which is why some companies are turning to new methods. Games, prizes and rewards for following security protocols, and making employees more comfortable with instructors, are among the updated methods companies are using to boost training and security awareness.
Apple's iOS 11 is now available for all compatible iPads and iPhones, and it includes updates to the App Store and to Siri, Apple's virtual assistant. Siri has been redesigned to allow for rapid translation and a more natural voice, while the App Store was reorganized to better differentiate between apps and games.
Oracle Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison has released details -- with more to follow Oct. 1 -- on two programs that reduce the cost of moving workloads to and using services on Oracle Cloud. The Bring Your Own License program permits use of existing software licenses for platform-as-a-service products, while universal credits pay for whatever cloud consumption a customer expects to use under one contract.
Two hundred LED streetlights in Atlanta have been equipped with sensors with the help of AT&T, Georgia Power and Current by GE. The sensors, which connect to a data system, detect gunshots and provide traffic details to address parking and congestion.
Hilton's Honors app, introduced in 2014, now accounts for 20% of all bookings for all the company's brands. The loyalty app offers a range of conveniences, including the ability to find and book rooms at more than 5,000 Hilton properties globally.
Developers and business executive can work together on consumer engagement apps using Twilio's new Twilio Studio. The company claims Studio can cut development time for apps such as messaging bots and interactive voice systems from weeks to a matter of minutes.
Uber is alerting US officials to payments said to be made by staff in Indonesia amid a federal investigation into whether the ride-hailing company broke laws against foreign bribery. Uber is also reviewing its operations across Asia and is cooperating with investigators.
The three largest cyberthreats in August were the Roughted malvertising campaign, Globeimposter ransomware and HackerDefender Rootkit, a Check Point report states. These attacks show just how sophisticated attacks are becoming, so it's more important than ever for cybersecurity professionals to remain vigilant in defending against these attacks, says Check Point's Maya Horowitz.
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