IBM has announced added upgrades to its Spectrum Storage line, including a software-defined network attached storage, data compression software and added security for VMware virtual machines. Chief Marketing Officer Eric Herzog said the company wants to add more partners to expand to even more features.
Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University have partnered on the Internet of Things Collaborative to develop and test IoT projects and technology to make the region smarter. A $1.75 million Cleveland Foundation grant is helping to fund the initiative, which focuses on health care, manufacturing, energy and other areas.
A North Korean hacking group known as Reaper has been spying on multinational corporations, according to a FireEye report. While the affected organizations weren't named, FireEye's John Hultquist says that Fortune 500 companies are being targeted and predicts that the hackers will become more aggressive.
An unsecured open-source Kubernetes cloud platform used by Tesla exposed credentials for the company's Amazon Web Services resources. Mining scripts used for cryptojacking were discovered, and sensitive data was exposed, researchers found.
Organizations are moving toward a compliance-first strategy, and while compliance is important, it should be a subset of the security strategy, writes Jim Kennedy. "Instead of firewalls, network protocols and IoT gateways, organizations should consider data assets and applications; and then determine which user roles require access to those assets," he writes.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the creation of a task force that would focus on global cyberthreats to election systems and critical infrastructure. Representatives from the Department of Justice will be part of the task force and will report their findings in June.
Apple is considering a proposal to purchase large quantities of cobalt for its device batteries directly from miners instead of purchasing the metal from battery companies, sources say. More than 55,000 tons of cobalt were used in lithium-ion batteries last year, and that number is expected to reach more than 324,000 tons by 2030, according to Darton Commodities.
Cybersecurity firm Carbon Black has named former Trend Micro executive Tom Kellermann as the company's chief cybersecurity officer. Carbon Black is reportedly looking to issue an initial public offering soon or be acquired a company such as IBM or Microsoft.
AT&T is partnering with Ericsson to offer Global Device Certification for its internet of things devices, adding consulting, application and life cycle solution support for IoT customers. The company also announced it is launching the first phase in its edge computing test zone, working with developers and other organizations to solve low-latency edge cloud issues.
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