While President Donald Trump's appointment of a cybersecurity coordinator is a step in the right direction, the critical role of chief information security officer remains unfilled, experts say. "The federal CISO is concerned much more than the White House," says Sanjay Beri of Netskope, adding, "But with the entire federal infrastructure."
Intel has established the Artificial Intelligence Products Group, pulling together its AI efforts in one organization, including chips by Movidius and Nervana Systems, companies Intel acquired in 2016. Naveen Rao, the former Nervana CEO, will serve as vice president and general manager of the new group.
Philadelphia will be using money from a Smart Cities Council grant to move forward with smart city projects. The city will also be working with a consultant to create a road map on how to tackle current projects, including the installation of speed sensors on roads, gunshot detection technology and a smart water meter system.
Federal agencies, local lawmakers and schools across the country are addressing the need for workers skilled in cybersecurity, cryptography and related fields through new curricula and programs. At the high-school level, some cybersecurity initiatives involve blending hands-on technical skills such as network programming with humanities-focused lessons on cybersecurity law and ethics.
In a letter, bipartisan lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform and Education and the Workforce committees pressed the Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Education about security concerns after an IRS tool was removed from the federal student aid application. The letter asked about IRS-Education Department communications on recommendations for the classification of the incident, and it also probed the agencies about post-incident recovery services.
Cloud-based workload is expected to reach 68% by 2019, up from 63%, according to a Dimension Data report. Seven in 10 respondents expect to use multiple cloud providers, and reasons for hybrid-cloud deployment include cost, data-center capacity and user demand.
Prevention is best to reduce website hacking, Google says, and part of that is knowing how hackers gain access. The company has outlined in a blog post hackers' top tactics, which involve social engineering, data leaks, missed security updates and compromised passwords.
NEC at this year's Mobile World Congress showcased some of its new technology, which can be used to enhance public spaces and smart cities. This includes the Cloud City Operation Center for urban management, NeoFace Watch facial recognition and crowd behavior video surveillance.
Neuroscience and psychology can be used to enhance the design of smart cities, says Dr. Hugo Spiers of University College London. Tracking reactions through EEG devices and, during the design phase, considering how air, temperature and light affect cognition are just two ways this knowledge could be implemented.
Mobile sensors installed in vehicles can gather a significant amount of data that could be used for machine-learning algorithms to better understand the environment. Startups are beginning to utilize this technology, such as Nauto's data set that includes changes in road conditions and UrbanLogiq's platform for using data for responsive traffic lights.
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