Despite speculation, Apple CEO Tim Cook indicated this week Apple will not merge operating systems for iOS and Mac. He says merging them would require "trade-offs and compromises" and that "I don't think that's what users want."
LocalBlox, a social networking data aggregator, left 48 million records scraped from Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook open for anyone to view, according to Upguard, a security business that discovered the records. Upguard said the problem was caused by a misconfigured AWS S3 storage bucket, and LocalBlox secured the data after being contacted by Upguard.
Forbes Technology Council members highlight nine big trends that businesses should consider for bolstering cybersecurity. Biometrics, internet of things device security, increased visibility and blockchain are among the most up-to-date ways to secure data.
The restructuring of White House cybersecurity staff after the departure of two officials could cause disruption in the development of cyberpolicy, says former cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel. The departures of Tom Bossert and Rob Joyce have caused concern and uncertainty among private sector representatives.
The key to bolstering cybersecurity among employees is to teach them to do the right things outside of the office, writes Bill Duenges of Aircastle Advisors LLC. Learning the basics, such as creating strong passwords and knowing how to identify spam email without the protection of a corporate network, is critical to good cyberhygiene at work, Duenges writes.
TaskRabbit's website and app are back online after a "cybersecurity incident," and while the investigation is still ongoing, early evidence shows that identifiable information may have been accessed, says CEO Stacy Brown-Philpot. TaskRabbit says it will implement new security measures, including reducing the amount of customer data it keeps and making its login process more secure.
The Department of Homeland Security has partnered with Red Hat to create a tool that helps make government apps more secure. The technology notifies app owners of malware and other vulnerabilities throughout the app's life cycle.
China's ZTE has responded to the Department of Commerce's seven-year ban on doing business with American companies, calling it "unacceptable" and "extremely unfair." ZTE is planning to fight the ban, which was put in place after sanction violations, through negotiations with the US and potential legal action.
Although cloud services sales are expected to climb from $160 billion this year to $277 billion by 2021, according to IDC data, estimates suggest only half of that revenue is driven by the channel. At the Channel Partners Conference & Expo on Thursday, representatives of four master agents and distributors gave advice on successful strategies to boost cloud service sales.
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