Uber has reached a deal with Microsoft to purchase mapping assets including cameras, a Colorado data center, intellectual property and around 100 Bing employees. "[W]e will no longer collect mapping imagery ourselves, and instead will continue to partner with premium content and imagery providers for underlying data while concentrating our resources on the core user experience," Microsoft said.
The Office of Personnel Management's new 15-point cyberdefense strategy is earning praise from some security experts, who say the plan could thwart attacks against the government network. "By publicly demonstrating the leadership of accountability, [OPM will] be able to stay on top of future risks because they will have the structure to drive prevention of issues and learn from incidents that may occur," Cylance's Malcolm Harkins said.
Most businesses have steps in place designed to establish strong data security, but most do not run regular checks to ensure that those steps are being followed, a Shred-it Security Tracker report has found. "The biggest concern was the fact that small and medium-sized businesses don't have a policy or procedure in place to handle secure information," Shred-it Australia's Eric Konicki said.
Hackers will have far more targets by the end of the decade, but experts say that protecting this honeypot is more about developing the right technologies than hiring more guards. Aditya Singh suggests getting a better handle on data using distributed systems and predictive algorithms to spot and confront attacks before they happen.
The Office of Personnel Management has suspended background checks of federal employees and contractors through its Web-based e-Qip system after officials discovered a network vulnerability. OPM released a statement saying the temporary shutdown is "not the direct result of malicious activity."
An abundance of sensitive data and increasing dependence on electronic systems make health care organizations particularly susceptible to network intrusions, Adam Hesse writes. Hesse writes that locking down these systems requires a holistic approach that balances privacy compliance and usability with the need to manage risk.
Cisco is touting 15 products targeting the Internet of Things, with enhanced network connectivity with purpose-built routing, unified physical and logical security, an optimized data-analytics infrastructure and Fog data services built on its IOx platform for data management, including sensors and edge devices.
Businesses have stopped trying to bypass their IT departments to obtain technology and have increased IT spending, a CompTIA study says. There are "notable changes in inter-department dynamics for many organizations ... with the impact of this shift ... also felt in budgeting, decision-making and implementation of new business systems. These changes are occurring in organizations of all sizes," the report said.
Axial Systems is partnering with AlgoSec to offer automated security solutions for the hybrid cloud. "With enterprise networks becoming increasingly complex, we are seeing demand grow for security solutions that automate resource-intensive manual processes and better protect systems and data," said Axial's Mike Simmonds.
Mobile payment systems are quietly making headway against initial skepticism among both retailers and consumers. The push is driven by leading tech companies' desire to "become a crucial part of your life every day," said Osama Bedier, who ran Google Wallet and now operates a mobile-payment terminal company.