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5/23/2019

The 2019 IoT Threats Report, a study of enterprise organizations with a respondent base that topped 1,000, found 270 distinct internet of things device profiles, with 153 manufacturers supplying the technology, a range that could expose companies to a wide range of attacks. "Many of the devices are employee-owned, and this is just one of the reasons they are a security concern," noted the study.

5/23/2019

Studies show that creative people are always connected to the dorsomedial default network, allowing them to dream up new ideas and scenarios further into the future than their noncreative peers. Researchers hope to discover whether this part of the brain is malleable and others can be trained to access it.

5/23/2019

Baltimore municipal computers remain frozen and officials are working closely with the FBI as the May 7 RobbinHood ransomware attack enters its third week, with the culprits demanding payment in bitcoin to unlock the city's files. The Baltimore attack and a similar one that hit Greenville, N.C., in April are the latest variants on a decades-old crime -- the first ransomware attack was delivered via disk in 1989, and it instructed victims to mail checks to Panama.

5/23/2019

Stories about real cybersecurity breaches may make hospital board members more receptive to addressing their organizations' cyberrisks, a report from Deloitte states. The report, aimed at chief information security officers, also notes the increased risks posed by the shift toward mobile tools and services.

5/23/2019

The US should require more stringent security reviews of subway and rail cars built by Chinese-owned company CRRC, says Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. To ease concerns, the company has planned what it calls a security summit for the summer; the meeting will include roundtable discussions.

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5/23/2019

Moody's has downgraded Equifax, specifically citing the 2017 breach of customer data and resulting $690 million charge, as well as ongoing litigation and regulation. Moody's projects "that higher cybersecurity costs will continue to hurt the company's profit and free cash flow for the foreseeable future."

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5/23/2019

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has announced a review, but without details, of the security of state and county election systems after learning two counties were breached by Russian military intelligence during the 2016 elections. The FBI has refused to name the two counties.

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5/23/2019

Wisconsin's data breach law needs updating to match what other states have and to penalize companies that don't notify consumers or the state, argues the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

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5/23/2019

The increased IT resilience promised by the Zerto 7.0 disaster recovery application has caught the attention of partners and analysts, writes Todd Weiss. Matt VanderZwaag of cloud infrastructure company US Signal said that previously, "users could only keep that data for 30 days [with Zerto 6], and now data retention is up to seven years."

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Channel Futures
5/23/2019

Technology/business evangelists can extend the life of a company and polish its reputation, writes Robin Austin. Evangelists can offer their communication skills across every level, from product development to sales and marketing to stakeholders, Austin adds.