Microsoft has reportedly signed a deal to make its full Office 365 suite available to 17 US intelligence agencies. The agreement could help the company's bid for a billion-dollar Pentagon cloud-computing contract, experts believe.
The Pentagon's Defense Science Board issued a report 10 years ago showing that military installations are dependent on a power grid and attacks on this grid put installations at risk. Nothing has been done since to address this risk, and dangers have grown as foreign countries continue to probe the electric grid, writes Loren Thompson, leaving the military with limited defenses to defend against an outage.
Passwords continue to pose a challenge for organizations when it comes to protecting sensitive data, writes WWPass Vice President Perry Chaffee. He offers six easy-to-adopt protocols for protecting data, including eliminating passwords, enabling two-factor authentication and exercising caution when using biometrics.
The Department of Homeland Security is on track to add all 23 major federal agencies to the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center dashboard by early June. Fifteen of 23 agencies have been added to the dashboard, which is seen as critical to providing cyberthreat protection to federal networks.
Global investments for blockchain technology have reached more than $1.3 billion this year, and experts estimate that VC funding for blockchain will surpass 2017 amounts. Circle recently raised $110 million during a series E funding round, while startup company Orbs raised $118 million this year.
A group of 500 companies, working together under the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, released an open-source framework for developing blockchain networks. The Enterprise Ethereum Client Specification 1.0 provides developers with specifications to create a securer, more efficient decentralized network.
Sprint unveiled its IoT Factory, a digital marketplace for internet of things products. The company says the platform will help channel partners to purchase IoT solutions and sell them to their consumers.
Alphabet's CapitalG hosted a machine learning boot camp for companies that Alphabet has invested in to train employees on best practices for integrating artificial intelligence into their business models. Participating companies included Lyft, AirBnb, Stripe and CrowdStrike.
Barcelona's smart city strategy has considered technology before the needs of the people, critics say. However, the city is proposing taking a new approach, beginning with repurposing its data infrastructure to put citizens more in control of their data and to put their needs first.
Israeli self-driving technology company Mobileye is testing a camera-based system for automotive navigation, with a fleet of 100 vehicles now on the streets of Jerusalem. The Intel subsidiary is testing and validating its "perception" and "policy" systems separately.
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