A new ransomware attack, which some are calling "NotPetya," has targeted thousands of PCs globally, including in banks, airports, government agencies and other businesses in the UK, Ukraine and Spain, and has caused many entities to shut down. The attack highlights the importance of good cybersecurity protection, the need to patch vulnerabilities and the shared responsibility to protect businesses, agencies and consumers.
Five cities have been added the Smart Gigabit Communities program in addition to the 19 that were previously selected. Albuquerque, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Tennessee's Jackson Energy Authority; Phoenix; and San Diego are the new members, with two additional cities expected to be selected in coming weeks.
Nvidia has partnered with Volvo and Autoliv to bring its Drive PX platform to self-driving vehicles expected to hit the road in 2021. Separately, the company has also teamed up with Volkswagen to expand the use of deep learning and artificial intelligence beyond the connected car platform.
Former IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano and Illumio's Nathaniel Gleicher discussed recent trends and strategies for cybersecurity on the McKinsey Podcast. Palmisano talked about the benefits of private-public collaborations to provide governments with much-needed cybersecurity skills, while Gleicher highlighted the importance of quantification and segmentation.
Allegations that the federal government hacked Georgia's voting systems are unfounded, Department of Homeland Security Inspector General John Roth wrote in a letter. "[T]he evidence demonstrated normal and appropriate use of Georgia's public website," the letter states.
Toshiba officials are claiming interference and are asking for $1.1 billion in damages in a lawsuit filed against Western Digital in a Japanese court over Toshiba's proposed chip unit sale. Toshiba had hoped to close the deal today but has pushed back the date.
Austin, Texas, is a hub of economic activity and innovation, and city civic and business leaders have shared a five-point agenda that other leaders can apply to strengthen their cities. The strategy focuses on bringing in top talent, investing in tech and research, upgrading physical infrastructure, reforming corporate taxes, and investing in relationships.
Nissan has revealed self-driving features of its Leaf EV, which begins shipping later this year. While the vehicle isn't fully autonomous, the ProPilot assistance system controls steering, braking and acceleration while driving in a single freeway lane.
The definition of a smart city isn't yet clear, but one thing that most people can agree on is our cities aren't quite there yet, said Kansas City, Mo., Chief Innovation Officer Bob Bennett. However, cities that are getting smarter do share some common features, including data sharing, updated infrastructure and looking to other cities for inspiration -- and also know what not to do, he said.
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