Using encryption technologies and an end-to-end cybersecurity strategy is critical for mitigating data breach threats, writes Nick Jovanovic of Thales eSecurity Federal. Although there is no "silver bullet" for breach mitigation, encryption combined with cybersecurity training, updated policies and technologies can bolster the security of sensitive data, Jovanovic writes.
Facebook has hired former Google executive Shahriar Rabii to serve as the social platform's vice president and head of silicon, working to develop virtual and augmented reality features. Experts say the hire is part of Facebook's larger push to enter the custom chip market.
After receiving backlash from a recent contract, Microsoft is calling on governments to create regulations for artificial intelligence-based facial-recognition software to keep organizations from abusing the technology. "While we appreciate that some people today are calling for tech companies to make these decisions -- and we recognize a clear need for our own exercise of responsibility -- we believe this is an inadequate substitute for decision making by the public and its representatives in a democratic republic," Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a recent blog post.
Uber and Alphabet are making big bets on the electric-scooter market with Lime -- an app that allows users to rent scooters nearby in urban areas -- with investments totaling $335 million so far. Similar apps are seeing an increase in interest from riders and investors who see the potential in the scooter-rental industry, with Lime alone already valued at $1.1 billion.
Part of Facebook's campaign to clamp down on fake news involves sharing user data with a research group. The Electronic Privacy Information Center is calling on the Federal Trade Commission to block the move, saying it likely runs afoul of a consent decree barring Facebook from compromising privacy without user consent.
Purdue University will launch an Innovation Hub as part of its Discovery Park. It will be used to research topics surrounding autonomous vehicles, including cybersecurity, public policy and artificial intelligence.
The Department of Justice has indicted 12 Russian Main Intelligence Directorate officials for their alleged involvement in the 2016 hack on the Democratic National Committee. The office of US special counsel Robert Mueller filed the indictments, with charges including aggravated identity theft and criminal conspiracy.
Cyberthreats against the US are on the rise and have reached a "critical point," says Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. Coats identified China, Iran, North Korea and Russia as the biggest threats, saying that they are targeting federal agencies, state and local governments, businesses and other groups every day.
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