Representatives of some of the largest trade groups representing the communications industry, including the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and American Cable Association, are urging the Federal Communications Commission not to disrupt long-standing rules on consumer privacy. Under Open Internet rules, the FCC has more authority over digital privacy, a domain traditionally governed by the Federal Trade Commission.
Android users run the risk of downloading malicious apps if they frequent any of four third-party Android stores, Trend Micro reports. The security company says the offending apps contain components that seek root access to users' devices.
The private social media lives of Wyoming students would be off-limits to teachers and administrators under a proposed law that recently passed unanimously through the state Senate's education committee. The bill would exempt social media accounts engaged in school business and would not stop teachers from scouring public accounts.
The Internet is one step closer to permanent protection from taxes after the US Senate voted to approve the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act on Thursday. The act, which is headed to the White House for final approval, would prevent the government from enforcing taxes for things such as e-mail and bandwidth but would not apply to sales tax for goods bought online.
Rackspace says it will now offer cloud support to Red Hat OpenStack platforms as part of its "fanatical support" pledge announced last year. In addition to hosting its own public and private clouds, Rackspace also provides support for Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure public cloud.
VMware is aiming to make its network virtualization platform, dubbed NSX, the company's biggest win since its vSphere server virtualization offerings that claim 80% of the market in enterprise data centers. CEO Pat Gelsinger noted NSX will run on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure clouds, and called the transition to NSX "more important" than vSphere was.
Firewall security veteran Shlomo Kramer, formerly of Check Point Software Technologies, is starting up Cato Networks, a company with a cloud-based solution for encrypting and protecting enterprise data. "Business today is very fluid; it's not being done from a single location but from everywhere," Kramer said.
CHIME and the Association for Executives in Healthcare Information Security have sent a letter to the National Institute of Standards and Technology to compliment the proposed cybersecurity framework the agency unveiled in December. The organizations reminded the NIST that despite the importance of the framework to address cybersecurity problems, it is only part of a greater risk analysis and risk management effort that should be undertaken to address the issues faced by many providers in the country. The groups said that providers need to be more educated about the framework to ensure that it is implemented successfully.
The US Department of Transportation says it is focusing on improving the safety of America's roads as part of a 30-year effort dubbed, "Beyond Traffic," which will rely heavily on new technologies. The effort includes tackling emerging cybersecurity issues, with $15 million earmarked for that task under President Barack Obama's recently released 2017 budget.
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