The Broadband Forum has released a new standard to deploy, implement and manage internet of things devices operating on a broadband-enabled home network. The User Services Platform standard will allow service providers to offer more devices to consumers and create more revenue.
Cities around the world are using sensors, technology and data to improve public health through smart city initiatives. Chicago uses sensors to monitor environmental data that can be used to enhance sustainability and public health; Washington, D.C., has deployed underground sensors to monitor wastewaster and runoff; and some cities in Europe are using mobile sensors on bikes and buses to monitor environmental conditions.
Government officials in the US and the UK say Russia is launching state-sponsored attacks on homes and businesses in the US, and individuals and corporations are being advised to protect themselves. Millions of networks are being attacked through equipment including routers and switches, officials warn.
The Department of Commerce has banned sales from US companies to ZTE, the second-largest manufacturer of telecommunications products in China. The ban, which will last for seven years, came as a result of ZTE employee violations of US sanctions on North Korea and Iran.
Cisco has announced upgrades to its Advanced Malware Protection for Endpoints, as well as two email security investments: Cisco Advanced Phishing Protection and Cisco Domain Protection. The email upgrades are designed to stop malicious emails from being sent and to assess the risk of incoming email.
Google's new website for research, Semantic Experiences, uses word vector machine learning to search more than 100,000 books. The search capability is made possible by Talk to Books, which uses algorithms to analyze related terms, synonyms, antonyms and context to find answers without using keywords.
Correcting a team member in front of others, neglecting to offer career development and forever finding fault with staff are some of the ways leadership shuts down motivation, writes Joel Garfinkle. Give your team the chance to make important decisions and develop individual work styles, he writes.
Eighty-two percent of US consumers reported being more worried about cybersecurity today than they were five years ago, while 63% indicated being more concerned about cybersecurity than a possible war in the next year, per a poll of nearly 10,000 consumers worldwide that was commissioned by IBM and conducted by The Harris Poll. Researchers also found that 68% of US consumers expressed concerns of being hacked within the next five years, and 67% agreed with the statement, "The bad guys are winning over the good guys in the cybersecurity war."
IKEA's TaskRabbit marketplace is offline temporarily after experiencing a cybersecurity incident. The company is working with investigators to find out more about the incident, while also promising to compensate workers and reschedule uncompleted tasks after Monday's outage.
White House cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce has announced that he will be stepping down from the role and will return to the National Security Agency, where he was previously employed for more than 25 years. Joyce will stay on until a new cybersecurity official transitions into the role, although that person has not yet been named.