Cisco Systems announced it will focus more on software and analytics with its internet of things platform to give users more data and visibility. "In our space, what we worry more about is just the sheer volume of data, ensuring that attack surfaces are controlled and policies are set up so that if somebody does take control of a sensor they can't get to anywhere else in the system," says Cisco's chief technical officer of public sector and SE director, Dan Kent.
Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., sent a letter to the CEOs of Intel, Advanced Micro Devices and Arm Holdings, requesting a briefing on the cybersecurity risks posed by the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in microchips. "I am looking to better understand the nature of these critical vulnerabilities, the danger they pose to consumers, and what steps your companies plan to take to protect consumers," he wrote in the letter.
The Pentagon has sent a draft strategy to the White House that would expand the conditions under which the US might launch a nuclear strike. The Nuclear Posture Review would allow for the use of nuclear weapons to counter non-nuclear threats, such as cyberattacks on critical US infrastructure.
Cybersecurity experts discuss the nontraditional and sometimes unintentional ways they got started in the field. Training, curiosity and continuous learning are more important than what your degree is in, they say.
TD Bank has acquired Layer 6, an artificial intelligence startup, to enhance its technology efforts. The bank will focus on marketing, customer service, fraud detection, cybersecurity and underwriting using the company's AI engine.
ICEBRG security researchers have discovered four malicious Chrome extensions in the Chrome Web Store that have affected about 500,000 users. The company says that while the malicious code is most likely used for click fraud, it could be used to access sensitive data.
The Department of Homeland Security will offer "active defense" tools and resources to the private sector for use against cyberattacks, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said. "We do need to continue to work with the private sector to understand if there are any barriers that would prevent them from taking measures to protect themselves and the American people," she said.
Dell EMC is pumping a $2 billion investment into developing storage products and is adding 1,200 storage specialists, each with a channel storage sales quota, to its team. Dell EMC President and Chief Commercial Officer Marius Haas says the company wants to make it clear that it has a "refuse to lose" attitude when it comes to the storage market.
Google has launched an online course for beginners with little or no experience to earn certification for IT support, and has promised to provide financial assistance for more than 10,000 program participants. The program provides hands-on experience for different software and takes between eight and 12 months to complete.
LG has reportedly scrapped its current plans for the G7 flagship smartphone and is rebuilding the phone from scratch, The Korea Herald reports. The phone was expected to be released in March, but the redesign could push the release back to April.
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