Cyberattacks on municipal governments in the US appear to be increasing, with the Ponemon Institute estimating that 38% of the government entities it samples will get hit this year, up from 31% last year and 13% in 2016. The attacks leave governments with the tough choice of whether to pay the ransom demanded by the hackers or try to restore the data on their own.
The rise of hacking and online scams makes it more important than ever to be proactive about protecting yourself online. Kim Komando offers 10 tips for online protection, such as using unique passwords, using firewalls and two-factor authentication, and securing all devices.
Natural gas pipelines aren't subject to the same standards outlined by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, but increasing risks mean it's time to implement rules, write FERC Commissioners Neil Chatterjee and Richard Glick. The Department of Energy would be an appropriate agency to implement these standards, although that decision would have to be made by Congress, they write.
Eighty-six percent of executives say that data breaches are more likely to occur with remote workers, per Shred-it's State of the Industry Report. Respondents to the survey listed their top best practices for remote workers, including taking care when sharing devices and reporting lost or stolen devices.
Worldwide shipments of virtual reality and augmented reality headsets declined more than 30% year over year, a report finds, but experts predict the technology will soon make a comeback. International Data Corp. expects the industry will see a 6% growth this year, with vendors targeting commercial markets.
The sudden departure of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich for violating the chip company's non-fraternization policy raises questions about the chipmaker's history of high-level executives marrying employees, Dean Takahashi writes. "There are so many other issues swirling around Krzanich," he adds, as the executive promoted diversity among Intel's employees while also spending $1.2 million on "personal security arrangements" to deal with a stalker.
Confidence in cybersecurity could simply be misplaced complacency, writes Jim Kennedy. He outlines signs that your organization may be becoming complacent and highlights why evolution is a necessity for cyberprotection.
Chicago Public Schools has apologized after an employee sent private student data to over 3,700 families. Names, phone numbers, email addresses and student ID numbers were among the data emailed to families that were invited to apply to selective enrollment schools.
An Oregon state employee clicked on a phishing email, resulting in problems for the state's email system. More than 8 million spam emails were sent from an Oregon.gov email address, while thousands of state employees are unable to contact the public using certain email providers.
Through an update, Google Home smart speaker owners will be able to trigger the devices for ongoing conversations without having to use the wakeup words "OK Google" each time. The Continued Conversation feature is available on Home, Home Mini and Home Max smart speakers.
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