Businesses looking to protect themselves from online threats have to consider more than just cyberinsurance, writes Barbara Kay. Kay adds that insurance does not replace the need for detection and prevention tools -- known as due care -- which can help reduce insurance fees.
Longtime video console rivals Microsoft and Sony have joined forces to work on cloud solutions for game and content streaming services. The deal allows Sony to consider using Microsoft's Azure cloud service for streaming game content; it also permits possible collaboration on Microsoft's artificial intelligence and Sony's image-sensor chips.
Virtustream and Dell executive Rory Read recently echoed a Forrester report that states that most organizations use multicloud providers for important applications. "What they're looking for with the Virtustream software stack is to begin to be able to manage that ecosystem across clouds," Read said in response to a Forrester survey in which 97% of 719 respondents said migrating mission-critical applications was part of their multicloud strategies.
The federal Smart Cities and Communities Act, which was reintroduced recently, aims to help local governments implement smart city technologies, promote federal coordination of related programs, and authorize $200 million for smart city investments over five years. City officials say that collaborating on projects improves them, and this legislation would encourage national and international collaboration.
A ransomware attack shut down much of Baltimore's government, so officials have formed the Committee on Cybersecurity and Emergency Preparedness to devise ways to prevent future attacks. The city has been working with the FBI and other experts, but Baltimore City Council President Brandon Scott said there is still no evidence regarding who is behind the attack, the city's second in under a year.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards is getting serious about state cybersecurity. At a ceremony this week opening the Cyber Innovation Center in Bossier City, Edwards announced plans for the new Cyber Center Hub of North Louisiana, a collaboration among the state, Cybint Solutions and several higher education institutions.
Though company safety depends on them, educational sessions and other ways to address cybersecurity among employees can become so common that employees fail to appreciate the seriousness of protecting company -- and customer -- data. Nudging workers' behavior, such as by using sensors and lights, can remind them to exercise good cybersecurity judgment, experts say.
Washington County, Fla., which had residents come out in droves in support of President Donald Trump, is one of two Florida counties that Russia hacked in 2016. The FBI has not released the name of the second county, but the recent Mueller report, which revealed that voter information records were infiltrated, states that two Florida counties were hacked.
The demand for smart watches, bands and rings will continue to grow and be enhanced by artificial intelligence and virtual reality, researcher Technavio reports. The wearables market is expected to grow 15% a year until 2023 but will require the industry to develop components synced with usage rather than downsizing features from larger devices, the report said.
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