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10/16/2018

IBM has unveiled a new traveling educational facility designed to help companies learn how to respond in the event of a cyberattack. IBM built the mobile range because an on-site facility proved so popular that it generated an eight-month waiting list.

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IBM
10/16/2018

Twilio is reportedly acquiring SendGrid in a nearly $2 billion stock deal that is expected to close during 2019. The deal will allow Twilio to add email delivery to its offerings, while SendGrid would operate as an independent unit.

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Twilio, SendGrid
10/16/2018

Because Transport Layer Security 1.0 and TLS 1.1 have gone unmodified for 20 years, the top four web browsers will disable the technology in 2020. While specific security threats have not been detected, "[t]wo decades is a long time for a security technology to stand unmodified," says Kyle Pflug of Microsoft.

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Microsoft
10/16/2018

While it took only 55 days on average to identify data breaches in the health care sector, compared with 197 days among all organizations, health care organizations took 1,037 days on average to contain a data breach, an IBM survey has found. The survey also found that just 1% of data breaches were attributed to health care organizations, compared with 16% in financial services, 14% in manufacturing and 13% in technology.

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IBM
10/16/2018

A safety alert has been issued by the Food and Drug Administration for two programmers that are used to control Medtronic pacemakers. The devices' internet connections were found to be vulnerable, putting the devices at risk of cyberattack.

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Health IT Security
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FDA
10/16/2018

CyberPolicy research shows that cyberinsurance among small and medium businesses has grown 69% on average each quarter over the past year, making it the fastest-growing insurance market for small-business owners. Nearly half of SMBs say the main reason for purchasing cyberinsurance is vendor contract requirements, while the price of cyberinsurance has dropped substantially in recent months.

10/16/2018

Onslow County, N.C., has been targeted by hackers in a ransomware scheme. No customers were affected by the attack, but officials said many databases would have to be rebuilt from scratch.

10/16/2018

Credit card numbers and other personal data were accessed this month by hackers who targeted the Defense Department. The information of an estimated 30,000 employees was accessed through a third-party provider that is believed to handle travel information.

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Forbes
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Department of Defense
10/16/2018

Cisco has promoted Andrew Sage, vice president of Americas distribution, to serve as the vice president of global distribution sales. Sage helped expand the company's two-tier business in the Americas year-over-year for the past three fiscal years.

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Channel Futures
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Andrew Sage, Cisco
10/16/2018

MIT is launching a college for artificial intelligence education and training for other disciplines, including biology, chemistry, linguistics and history. The school plans to secure $1 billion in funding for faculty and an on-campus presence.

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Quartz
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MIT, AI