Microsoft has added a privacy dashboard to Windows that lets users determine how personal data are gathered and used. The offering increases transparency for browsing, location and search options but does not fully integrate other Microsoft services, such as Skype and Xbox.
Malware, not Russia, likely caused a cybersecurity incident on Arizona's payroll and HR website, state officials say. Phishing and system tampering have been ruled out in the incident, in which password-reset emails were sent to about 100 state employees and officials.
BlackBerry's QNX Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Center in Ottawa, Canada, is working to extend the company's growing expertise in automotive authentication technology into the development of connected and autonomous vehicle systems. "Our innovation track record in mobile security, and our demonstrated leadership in automotive software, make us ideally suited to dominate the market for embedded intelligence in the cars of the future," said BlackBerry CEO John Chen.
Health care organizations seeking to reduce cybersecurity vulnerabilities should implement and practice plans for disaster recovery and contingency, train employees, hire a forensic consultant, assess risk and choose business associates or vendors with a proven security track record, experts say. "Many organizations are under the delusion they can detect and respond, and they're not layering their defenses," said James Scott of the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology.
Last year saw 450 reported or disclosed health care data breaches, with 43% found to be insider incidents, according to a study by Protenus and DataBreaches.net. The number of attacks highlights the importance of employee training, security reminders and retraining in health care organizations, study authors say.
Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg finds creating a cybersecurity task force important to protect the tech industry. Rosenberg stresses a need for robust policies to protect and maintain private records and to avoid cyberattacks on state websites.
The Office of Personnel Management has designed a web portal dedicated to federal cybersecurity jobs, despite President-elect Donald Trump's call for a hiring freeze at most federal agencies. The website is part of the office's Federal Cybersecurity Workforce Strategy and includes tools for HR managers.
A report from the Center for Strategic & International Studies Cyber Policy Task Force highlights a need for government incentives for accountability and responsibility from software developers. Cybersecurity insurance is another critical area that needs incentives, according to the report.
Live-streaming of crisis situations, increasing cybersecurity and workplace violence concerns, and the growing use of alternative platforms besides Twitter to spread news and information are among the top crisis management trends to follow this year, writes Melissa Agnes. "Being crisis-ready means understanding all aspects that will impact your crisis preparedness and crisis management, and taking proactive steps, every day, to be prepared, vigilant and resilient," she writes.
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