The number of data records hacked or stolen last year almost doubled to nearly 1.4 billion, while approximately 4 million data records were compromised every day, Gemalto's Breach Level Index Report said. Hacking attempts and other cyberattacks accounted for two-thirds of breaches, the report found.
Telstra has said it will release a managed security services system this summer that is built on an open-source platform and is designed to make companies more resilient more cost-effectively. The company will also open two cybersecurity centers in Melbourne and Sydney.
Students at North Dakota State University are developing cybersecurity solutions for use in self-driving vehicles. The students are testing the software in model vehicles and via computer simulations funded by the university.
A helpline is available, and the Department of Labor has announced that a call center has been established, to assist Delaware Job Link users affected by a recent data breach. The American JobLink Alliance will also provide three years of free credit reports and will pay up to $25,000 for identity restoration for users whose identities are stolen.
Two Democrats have written a letter asking the Federal Communications Commission to step in to take "swift action" on security threats on mobile phones, actions the agency says are not the FCC's responsibility. Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Ted Lieu have recommended that the FCC promote end-to-end encryption apps, inform consumers about data tracking and force mobile providers to tackle system vulnerabilities.
Cisco is focusing on small to midsized businesses that operate with less IT resources with its new Aironet wireless and Mobility Express software offerings. The products help SMBs easily deploy and manage wireless networks to deal effectively with increasing traffic generated by networked devices and mobile business apps.
Companies can address the lack of cybersecurity professionals by prioritizing the skills needed and paying competitive salaries, writes Alison DeNisco. Cross-training current employees, creating internship programs with local universities, and providing flexible hours and remote working opportunities are other ways to build a pool of cybersecurity talent, she writes.
The Department of Health and Human Services moved 18.5% of its system to the cloud last year and aims to move 30% during the next year. Federal agencies have been encouraged since 2009 to use the cloud, but the complexity of HHS data and oversight have slowed progress, says Beth Killoran, chief information officer at HHS.
Salesforce is using artificial intelligence software Einstein to strengthen the Financial Services Cloud, introduced last year. The upgrade lets financial advisers analyze client data more completely, leading to actionable insight and increasing sales and service opportunities.
Key takeaways from IBM Security's 2017 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index include an estimated roughly $1 billion in ransomware profit for cybercriminals, breaches involving up to 1.5 billion records and a 566% increase in compromised records overall. The report also notes that attackers are targeting smaller companies and agencies.
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