The White House is considering measures to punish China and other countries that hack US computer networks, including economic sanctions and other restrictions on doing business in the US. Officials must tread carefully, however, to avoid an all-out information war, John Walcott writes.
Samsung Electronics on Thursday will unveil the seventh version of its smartwatch, the Gear S2 equipped with 3G connectivity, a round display and a battery the company claims will last two to three days. Samsung's Tizen-based smartwatch will compete with the Apple Watch and be available in two styles: the sporty Gear S2 and the S2 Classic.
The National Science Foundation for the past five years has awarded funding to programs aiming to boost the number of skilled cybersecurity professionals. Pace University in New York was awarded a five-year, $2.5 million grant for student support, cybersecurity outreach, research and training.
A court ruling that upheld the Federal Trade Commission's right to sue companies for poor cybersecurity practices is stoking fear in the business community. Some are worried that an emboldened FTC will embark on a wave of regulation that could end up being counterproductive.
Uber has added security experts to its Advanced Technologies Center "to continue building out a world-class safety and security program," a spokeswoman said. Charlie Miller, who worked at Twitter, and Chris Valasek, who worked at IOActive, are the two white-hat hackers who recently took control of a Jeep Cherokee in a hacking demonstration. They begin work at the Uber this week.
As automakers move to increase car connectivity and include features that allow drivers to make purchases while on the road, identity theft risk will rise, predicts Thilo Koslowski, Gartner's VP of auto practice. Optiv's Ryan Smith adds, "When payment systems come online inside of cars, it will be an attack surface that attackers will start looking at and poking at."
The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration is orchestrating a collective effort among cybersecurity researchers and vendors to develop improved protocols around the disclosure of product and software vulnerabilities. The agency is hosting a series of meetings starting in September that it hopes will facilitate an industry consensus.
Federal regulators are urging banks to take advantage of a series of simulations and exercises designed to teach them best practices for data recovery following a breach. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. used its "Supervisory Insights" summer 2015 report to draw attention to its "cyberchallenge" program, which encourages banks to invest in disaster recovery as part of cybersecurity.
Hewlett-Packard says it will team with VMware to sell and support the NSX virtualization platform in an effort to compete with Cisco Systems' software-defined-networking platform, ACI. HP will also provide converged and all-flash storage systems for VMware's vSphere cloud platform and work with the company to make the HP FlexFabric 5930 switch compatible with NSX.
CloudMunch is touting an end-to-end hybrid-cloud management service, CloudOps, and its first big partner is VMware, Chris Preimesberger writes. CEO Pradeep Prabhu says CloudOps allows easy movement of applications "between public cloud and private cloud -- performing dev-test in a public cloud, while running production in a private cloud or Web servers in public cloud with database servers in private cloud."
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