Data breach costs in North America have climbed to $1.3 million for large companies and $117,000 for small- and midsize businesses, a Kaspersky Lab and B2B International report states. The primary costs for enterprise recovery come from paying additional staff wages and a decrease in business, but the report notes that most firms are boosting their IT security budgets to handle increasing infrastructure complexity.
Research shows that traditional methods of training employees in cybersecurity aren't effective, which is why some companies are turning to new methods. Games, prizes and rewards for following security protocols, and making employees more comfortable with instructors, are among the updated methods companies are using to boost training and security awareness.
Oracle Chief Technology Officer Larry Ellison has released details -- with more to follow Oct. 1 -- on two programs that reduce the cost of moving workloads to and using services on Oracle Cloud. The Bring Your Own License program permits use of existing software licenses for platform-as-a-service products, while universal credits pay for whatever cloud consumption a customer expects to use under one contract.
Two hundred LED streetlights in Atlanta have been equipped with sensors with the help of AT&T, Georgia Power and Current by GE. The sensors, which connect to a data system, detect gunshots and provide traffic details to address parking and congestion.
The three largest cyberthreats in August were the Roughted malvertising campaign, Globeimposter ransomware and HackerDefender Rootkit, a Check Point report states. These attacks show just how sophisticated attacks are becoming, so it's more important than ever for cybersecurity professionals to remain vigilant in defending against these attacks, says Check Point's Maya Horowitz.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise's Aruba is touting its 360 Security Fabric product, which offers end-to-end enterprise security components such as continuous monitoring of multiple devices, including internet of things endpoints, and a network access control and policy management solution.
The Toshiba board has reportedly cleared the sale of its memory chip business to a consortium led by Bain Capital, a group that includes Apple, Dell, SK Hynix and other tech companies, for about $22 billion. The decision may be complicated by Western Digital's assertion that it has a veto over any change in its chip manufacturing partnership with Toshiba.
Choosing well-designed smart lights can help cities get the most out of such initiatives. Smart lighting systems should be reliable, easy to maintain and upgrade, equipped with over-voltage protection and have the ability to capture data, Yoelit Hieber writes.
At a recent US Conference of Mayors energy-related summit, entrepreneur Chris Rezendes urged mayors to utilize big data. He cited benefits such as lower costs to borrow money and reduced insurance rates when cities use data to prove that they're low-risk.
The EU's plans to give consumers more control over their data through the General Data Protection Regulation means big changes and challenges for businesses. It is up to businesses to know, understand and follow the law to avoid fines and other penalties, and to overcome obstacles such as locating and monitoring data.
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