In a recap of a live session, columnist Emma Featherstone discusses what it takes to keep your business secure. Training your staff is key, as are things such as keeping your data as private as possible and using secure Wi-Fi networks.
A survey of 100 chief information officers in Singapore found that one-third see the greatest security risk as emerging from their employees.
Apple CEO Tim Cook reported record sales for the Apple Watch during the kickoff week of the holiday shopping season and said the current quarter may be the best ever for the device. Cook did not reveal specific sales numbers, but a recent IDC report states that the watch is fourth in its market, behind Fitbit, Xiaomi and Garmin.
Google's Trusted Contacts app allows users to tag friends and family so they can keep them informed during emergencies, such as an earthquake or a car accident. The app also displays activity status, which indicates when the phone was last moving, and it tracks the user's location.
Finland's Nokia is reportedly ready to return to the smartphone market next year with models produced with considerable input from Google. However, the phones will be made by another Finnish company, HMD Global, in cooperation with Foxconn subsidiary FIH.
The health care industry received an overall "D" grade on Tenable's global cybersecurity report card, getting failing grades in risk assessment scores for containerization platforms, mobile devices and development and operations environments. The report card gave the industry a "B-" for measuring security effectiveness, monitoring network risks continuously and communicating risks to executives and board members.
Laboratories must ensure that their organizations have cybersecurity plans, since they have access to patients' sensitive medical test results, demographic information and Social Security numbers, writes Sarah C.P. Williams. Experts recommend taking advantage of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's discussion guide for health care cybersecurity, hiring outside experts to evaluate security and ensuring that all staff participate in cyberdefense preparation drills.
Twitter, YouTube and Facebook have announced that they will be sharing databases to prevent terrorist groups from using the sites to post content and recruit. "There is no place for content that promotes terrorism on our hosted consumer services," the companies said in a joint statement.
Leap Motion has announced a new platform designed for mobile-based virtual-reality headsets that will allow users to use their hands to handle objects in VR. The system was adapted to be used with less powerful VR devices, and it offers a 180-by-180-degree view.
Wearables shipments reached 23 million in the third quarter, leading to 3.1% year-over-year growth, per an International Data Corp. report. "[W]e need to see more intuitive user interfaces, seamless user experiences, standalone connectivity, and applications that go beyond health and fitness and into personal and professional productivity," IDC's Ramon Llamas said.
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