Channel partners can empower millennial workers by educating clients on the benefits of their tech solutions, regardless their clients' ages, writes Amy Belcher of Xerox. Channel partners can also tout their products as ways to attract new talent and sell customized connected devices to keep an organization communicating, she adds.
Tourism and city leaders at a World Tourism Organization conference in Valladolid, Spain, discussed how to attract hyperconnected visitors by relying on a well-rounded approach that includes smart city technological advances. Conference participants talked about urban-tourism governance models that went beyond simple promotion strategies to include high-speed transportation and other amenities.
NEC plans to incorporate the Arm Platform Security Architecture into internet of things security devices as it partners with Arm on smart city products. NEC expects to offer a facial-recognition accelerator, which will include an Arm Cortex-A53 processor, that speeds up the identification process and thereby provides analytics faster.
As augmented analytics and the use of artificial intelligence grow in 2019, so will the number of citizen data scientists, predicts research-analysis firm Gartner. The focus on digital privacy, security and ethics will continue in 2019; and blockchain technology will mature and expand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.