Autonomous vehicle performance will need to be monitored to ensure that sensors aren't faulty and to alert riders when maintenance is needed. Companies such as Uptake and Preteckt are taking initiative by gathering and creating data sets that can be used for artificial intelligence training for autonomous vehicle maintenance.
Smart transit systems will lead the smart city revolution, writes Colin O'Donnell. Smart transit systems can use the internet to connect people in new ways, have a built-in user base and the ability to scale, and can undergo a transformation using available technology to provide more information and convenience to consumers, he writes.
Employees are still the most vulnerable to cyberattacks, but new technology also provides a false sense of security, per BakerHostetler's 2017 Data Security Incident Response Report. Experts advise training and educating all staff, as well as tightening up access to critical and sensitive data systems.
Consumers venturing for the first time into the market for wearables will be the chief drivers behind predicted growth in the field from $4.8 billion in annual US sales today to $9.1 billion by 2022. That's according to Forrester, which notes that half of internet users over 18 who haven't purchased such devices said they plan to do so sometime in the next five years.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has approved legislation to provide tax incentives for job-creating manufacturing firms while touting a vast array of other laws passed during the recently finished legislative session. Hogan pointed to compromises with key Democratic lawmakers and said the new law will "incentivize and encourage manufacturers to create thousands of jobs in the areas of the state that need them the most."
The manufacturing industry has become more exposed to hacking and data theft as it has relied more on technology and automated and cloud-based systems. Therefore, the need for cyberinsurance has increased for product-based industries.
Argus Cyber Security said that it was able to hack into the controls of a vehicle through the Drivelog Connect dongle, which is used to transmit data through Bluetooth. The company said that it used the Wi-Fi connection and a smartphone app to remotely shut off the fuel pump and disable the vehicle.
Ransomware attacks and malware development targeted at Apple Mac and Android systems are expected to grow and evolve throughout 2017, a Malwarebytes report states. Cerber was the most used ransomware in the first quarter, reaching 90% usage, up from 70% in the previous quarter, the report states.
President Donald Trump in January said he would create a cybersecurity plan within the first 90 days of his administration, but there appear to be no signs of progress on that front. Trump held a cybersecurity-related meeting on Jan. 31, but spokespeople for the National Security Council and the Senate Intelligence Committee have expressed uncertainty regarding any progress toward Trump's plan.
Terbium Labs says that Matchlight, its fully private, fully automated data intelligence system, can locate stolen health care data on the dark web in a matter of hours. The company says Matchlight uses a one-way secure data signature to search for fingerprint matches that indicate when sensitive data appears on the dark web.