Dell EMC has rolled out its updated VxBlock storage and data systems and Ready Stack, a converged infrastructure product line. VxBlock is designed to deliver cloud operations more efficiently, while Ready Stack allows companies to select and configure specific components for storage tasks.
The US Supreme Court dismissed a 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld a $8.5 million settlement Google made with users in a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit accused Google of violating privacy by sharing users' search queries with other websites.
Global aluminum manufacturer Norsk Hydro ASA is beginning to pick up the pieces after a ransomware attack forced the company to revert to manual operations when its system was locked. The company is expected to have many functions restored today, but the problems caused by the attack are far-reaching, as only a handful of firms in the aluminum industry are capable of the technical finesse Norsk Hydro provides.
In the wake of laying off 4,400 staff, business software company SAP has signaled that it will shift its focus from legacy software to cloud operations. SAP aims to produce $40 billion in revenue by 2023 as it competes with the likes of Oracle and Salesforce.com.
Cities are getting a taste of the autonomous future of municipal maintenance, thanks to devices like the SnowBot Pro, which clears sidewalks of snow and applies de-icer. Maintenance departments expect further advances in automated mowing, sweeping and other tasks, which will free up human staffers for less dangerous roles with more regular hours.
Strong cybersecurity starts with top-down support from the CEO and must be accompanied by investment, effective management and the right talent, says Raytheon CEO Thomas Kennedy. "Cyber-aware employees then become your best line of defense and a critical component of your organization's cyber resiliency," he says.
If companies are going to invest enough money to adequately defend against cyberthreats, chief information security officers need to approach boards with a clear picture of the risks they are taking if they don't have tight security in place. In meetings, anticipate questions, be transparent about existing vulnerabilities and focus on the potential business impacts of investments in security, as well as the potential risks of inaction.
The use of artificial intelligence will allow insurance companies to more accurately model risk, prevent fraud and reduce cyberthreats, writes Guidewire's Michael Anderson. Advanced analytics being used to speed up claims and underwriting, and data listening technology getting tapped to hedge against cyberbreaches, are two of the six key ways AI will be deployed this year, Anderson writes.
Almost three-fourths of businesses are struggling to maintain a strong cybersecurity platform due to a lack of experienced workers and an increased workload for those with cyberskills. With fewer workers in place to manage platforms, adversaries are having an easier time infiltrating loosely protected businesses, experts said at the recent RSA Conference 2019.
In a pivot from recent years, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in her State of Homeland Security address that government can more effectively create cyberdefenses by teaming up with the private sector to merge tools and ideas. "It's not just US troops and government agents on the front lines anymore," Nielsen said, adding that foreign adversaries are targeting virtually everyone, using "our own innovation against us."