Female students at Michelangelo Junior High School in the Bronx, N.Y., learned about cybersecurity careers during IBM's Cyber Girls Day on Thursday. Volunteers from IBM worked with the students as part of a program designed to get girls interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The average minority cybersecurity expert is paid $7,000 less than the US average, which is $122,000, an (ISC)2 and International Consortium of Minority Cybersecurity Professionals report states. The report also states that 32% of minorities in the industry have experienced discrimination on the job.
BlackTDS is a cybercrime-as-a-service offering that allows users with no technical knowledge to pull off large-scale malware campaigns and other attacks, Proofpoint researchers say. The cost, simplicity and anonymity make it appealing to would-be hackers, the researchers say.
The Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would provide consumers with free credit freezes, while also providing free monitoring for military personnel. However, the bill -- which still requires House approval -- would also give a break to credit reporting agencies and bar military personnel from pursuing lawsuits in the event of a data breach.
The White House on Thursday accused Russia of attempting a cyberattack on the nation's energy grid. The Trump administration alleges that Russia has been attempting to launch an attack on critical infrastructure since at least March 2016.
In its Android Security Report for 2017, Google reports on the strides it has made in eliminating security issues with Android. Google writes that Android's security "made a significant leap forward in 2017 and many of our protections now lead the industry."
Microsoft's Xbox business is reportedly launching a unit that will allow game-makers to run internet-based products in the cloud. Longtime employee Kareem Choudhry will head the new gaming cloud unit.
The Amazon Echo and Google Home are each the digital assistant-based devices of choice for 44% of US adults, while 12% choose the Apple HomePod, per a study from SmarterHQ. The study also found that about 53% of US adults have more than three connected devices.
Object Theory, a Microsoft Mixed Reality Partner, is working with companies to integrate mixed-reality solutions for a variety of enterprise uses. The company is combining HoloLens and Windows products to to move 3D content off a monitor and make it easier to visualize.
Global smartphone application processor shipments are expected to increase slightly during the next few years, reaching 1.77 billion units by 2021, according to Digitimes Research. However, Qualcomm could see a 1.5% decline in AP shipments this year, the research predicts.
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