US officials say no sensitive data was stolen by a hacker who gained access to information on thousands of Homeland Security and Justice Department employees. The information appears to have been stolen from internal directories.
As part of his annual budget proposal, President Barack Obama is expected to ask for a 35% increase in the cybersecurity budget. Last year, the administration asked for only 8% more. The administration will use the funds in part to establish a cybersecurity commission, as well as to hire a senior federal cybersecurity official.
Nike is bringing its shoe-shopping SNKRS app to Android, a year after the app went live for iOS devices. The app notifies shoppers ahead of the latest releases to give shoe lovers a chance to order the newest designs before they sell out.
Cisco rolled out a series of upgrades for its enterprise Catalyst switches, alongside an anticipated 6Tbps supervisor engine with 4 gigabytes of memory. The enhancements were designed specifically for the Catalyst 6800, 4500-E and 3650 lines to increase performance of business applications. Cisco also unveiled the Catalyst 3650 "Mini," designed for retail sites and small office spaces, as part of the upgrades.
Dell has debuted its cloud-based BIOS verification solution, which scans PCs for malware when they start up, aiming to spot attacks from the cloud that can slip past on-device security software. Cybersecurity expert Kevin Curran said Dell's move was positive and the first of its kind from a "mainstream" PC manufacturer.
CBS said its live-streaming coverage of Sunday's Super Bowl 50 set records, with 3.96 million unique viewers tuning in to the game across all devices. The livestream averaged 1.4 million viewers per minute, a record for Super Bowl coverage.
An aggressive form of malware Carbanak is being used for advanced persistent threats that target banking and other sectors, says Sergey Golovanov, principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab. He recommends that banks look closely for malware on their networks and for any unusual activity.
Information technology professionals say that the growing importance of Big Data will drive a push toward innovation as companies seek to draw actionable intelligence out of the deluge and protect data from unauthorized access. That was the message from attendees at a recent CIO networking conference, where cybersecurity, data integration and the ability to channel digital information in value-added services for clients took center stage.
Health care facilities can't expect to enjoy improved data security until they have fully reassessed existing practices and policies -- including the potential vulnerability of medical devices and the level of loss coverage provided under insurance contracts. Geri Aston writes that "thorough and consistent response plan testing and review" is critical to ongoing cybersecurity of hospitals.
Adobe has introduced its Flash Professional replacement, "Animate CC." The animation-and-design app adds Creative Cloud features such as libraries support and Adobe Stock integration, among others.
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