A group of internet providers including AT&T, Comcast and Verizon filed a lawsuit against Vermont over rules barring companies from receiving state contracts if they don't offer net neutrality protections. The companies argue that states cannot regulate "indirectly through their spending, procurement, or other commercial powers what they are forbidden from regulating directly."
As urbanization and smart technology grow, public planners should set their sights on constructing smart regions composed of cities, suburbs and rural areas. Making globalization and digitalization accessible to all would be good for the economy and would enhance unity, say Forbes contributing writers Ellis Talton and Remington Tonar.
The use of smart packaging is in its infancy, but industry leaders are turning toward three key applications: inventory, product integrity and user experience, according to a study from Deloitte. "Producers, which include packagers, material producers, and technology providers, stand to gain by designing and/or manufacturing all or part of the solutions," write Mike Armstrong, Francesco Fazio, Daniel Herrmann and David Duckworth.
Even as cybercriminals grow more sophisticated, small businesses are not concerned enough about the very real risks they face if their companies are targeted, experts say. The risks are so significant, notes Daniel Castro, vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, that the costs of recovery could bankrupt a small company.
The recent data breach that affected 30 million Facebook accounts was the work of spammers rather than foreign nationals, a company investigation has found. The FBI is investigating the breach, which is believed to be the work of spammers disguised as a digital marketing company.
Estimates indicate that protecting businesses from cyberattacks will take more than 1 million more cybersecurity experts. A better approach, given the shortage in expertise, would be to ensure that all IT departments are trained to recognize and potentially stop cyberthreats before they happen, writes Mac McMillan, president and CEO of consulting firm CynergisTek.
For more than a year, the Democratic National Committee has been working to shore up its digital security in advance of the midterm elections. In 2015, an alert from the FBI regarding a Russian cyberattack was believed to be a hoax, but the DNC's IT department is better prepared this year.
The Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Homeland Security are teaming up to strengthen areas where medical devices might be vulnerable to cyberattacks. The efforts are especially important as technological advances make devices more vulnerable to threats.
IBM released a Kubernetes-based Multi-Cloud Manager that allows users to manage cloud services from outside providers. The management service also keeps Kubernetes applications compliant with enterprise security while allowing users to determine how the applications are deployed and backed up.