Some experts are questioning the Defense Department's decision to go with a single cloud provider and a complete migration to the cloud for the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure plan. "Research shows that the use case for most companies ... is a hybrid strategy," says Chris Smith, vice president of cloud architecture for Unitas Global.
Cities switching to LED streetlights can add connectivity to help with energy efficiency and to make maintenance easier. Connected streetlights also can serve as a "canopy network" useful for other applications, says Dan Evans of Itron.
Communities looking to innovate and become smart cities must collaborate with their residents and resolve conflict both before and during the process, writes Yung Wu. Important issues to focus on include transparency and data privacy.
Telefonica Germany has signed a contract with BVG, which provides subway service in Berlin, to expand mobile coverage for riders. While Telefonica's customers have had access to LTE service in subway cars and on platforms since 2016, the expansion will extend the service to Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom customers as well.
The Senate has unanimously passed legislation that would make it a federal crime to hack an election system. The bipartisan bill came in response to a Justice Department report that under current law, it would be difficult to prosecute someone for hacking voting machines.
Slack is resetting 100,000 passwords for accounts that were compromised in a 2015 breach in which hackers were able to capture passwords as they were typed. At the time, Slack reset passwords, but after receiving new information through its bug bounty program, it is resetting additional passwords for some of its 10 million users.
Google is significantly increasing its bug bounty rewards in the Chrome Vulnerability Reward Program and the Google Play Security Reward Program. It will increase the maximum baseline reward amount from $5,000 to $15,000; bump the amount from $15,000 to $30,000 for high-quality reports; and move rewards from $500 to $1,000 for bugs found in the Chrome Fuzzer Program.
Successful leaders guide their own choices and seek advancement opportunities instead of waiting for praise or career guidance from a supervisor, Diana Peterson-More writes. "I have long thought that if we all just focused on one career -- our own -- we could do so with precision, accept responsibility for how it unfolds, and be intentional about our actions," she writes.
Hackers are using server-parsed HTML (SHTML) file attachments in phishing emails to direct users to malicious sites in an attempt to get sensitive information. The attacks, which appear to originate in the UK, are targeting financial institutions around the world.
The shortage of cybersecurity professionals has prompted K-12 schools to add classes in cybersecurity strategies and practices. Some high schools offer professional certification and college credit and allow students to serve apprenticeships in which they help schools and districts with their cybersecurity needs.