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4/28/2017

Businesses focus too much on being defensive and need to take a more proactive approach to cybersecurity to find and mitigate risks, a CompTIA report states. Most businesses also focus too much on vulnerabilities they are familiar with, while they should also be keeping an eye out for emerging threats, the report notes.

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TechRepublic
4/28/2017

Mayor Jim Kenney recognizes the potential for Philadelphia to become a leading US smart city, and his support of technology and fostering of the city's "brotherly love" philosophy could turn potential into reality. The city recently received a Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant and Readiness Workshop to push innovation and investment in its smart city initiatives.

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Smart Cities Council, Jim Kenney
4/28/2017

General Motors is teaming up with Lyft to bring self-driving vehicles to the streets through a series of tests in 2018. Thousands of autonomous vehicles will be deployed through Lyft and GM's Maven car-sharing service and may potentially pick up members of the public.

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4/28/2017

Using a "lessons learned" approach to recognizing and correcting errors is a common but flawed approach, writes Adriano Pianesi. Instead, meet before a project to forecast potential issues, or use recurring meetings during the project to address problems as they occur.

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SmartBrief/Leadership
4/28/2017

The average ransomware demand tripled in 2016 to surpass $1,000, and it has continued to increase this year, Symantec reports. The increase is attributed to victims paying attackers in 64% of the cases in the US, while inexpensive ransomware kits make it easier for hackers to launch attacks.

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4/28/2017

The executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance said cybersecurity education needs to be a more important part of workplace culture. Michael Kaiser made his comments after the release last week of a Dell End-User Security Survey, which found that 72% of workers are willing to share confidential information from their company without regard for data security protocols.

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Computerworld
4/28/2017

Juniper reported that its cloud revenue rose 25% this year over the year before, and the company sees cloud as the aspect driving the market. "As the industry evolves, cloud architectures are no longer the exclusive domain of the cloud providers," said Juniper CEO Rami Rahim, adding, "Customers across all verticals are developing strategies for moving to cloud service delivery models."

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Juniper
4/28/2017

City officials in Cincinnati are using data to clean up green spaces, respond more quickly to city problems and improve residents' quality of life. Future plans include citywide broadband and public Wi-Fi, traffic-light management, gunshot detectors and air-quality alerts.

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Wi-Fi
4/27/2017

Chipotle has announced that it is working with law enforcement and cybersecurity experts to look into unauthorized activity on its credit card payment system. The company is investigating transactions from March 24 to April 18, and it will release details on the timeline and affected restaurants as the investigation continues.

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4/27/2017

The federal government and private businesses need to open up conversations and explore regulations for the security of autonomous vehicles, National Institute of Standards and Technology fellow Ron Ross said. Without these discussions, connected vehicles are left vulnerable to distributed-denial-of-service attacks.

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The Hill