Enterprises are expected to further integrate artificial intelligence into their workplaces, with data from Gartner indicating that 4% of chief information officers have implemented AI in their organizations. Gartner says 24% of companies are incorporating AI into their short-term plans, while 20% are adding it into their middle-term plans.
Russian hacking group Fancy Bear has for months been planning a cyberattack on the US Senate and is looking for information in emails that can be leaked, a Trend Micro report states. Websites set up to look similar to the Senate's internal email system have been linked to digital fingerprints used by the group, the report states.
SoftBank revealed that it may list its Japanese wireless unit for an initial public offering in the hopes of raising $18 billion to give the company more autonomy and more investment opportunities. "It is a way of obtaining capital without adding debt or diluting SoftBank's equity interests in the growth companies," said Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.
FireEye has signed a deal to acquire X15 Software for $15 million in equity and $5 million in cash. FireEye Chief Technology Officer Grady Summers says the company hopes the acquisition will expand its big data capabilities, especially with its Helix security platform.
Visa and other companies are working with tech firm Dynamics on the Wallet Card, an internet of things payment card that features coupon offers and extra alerts. Users will be able to use credit, debit, prepaid, one-time use, multicurrency and loyalty cards via a single card that shows real-time messages and coupons.
Data breach concerns remain high among chief information security officers, with 67% saying their companies will be breached or attacked in 2018, an Opus Global survey has found. A majority of respondents say they are more concerned about breaches than they were a year earlier, while also expressing worries over a "lack of competent in-house staff" and "careless employees."
The cybersecurity skills shortage in IT sector continues to grow, an annual survey conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group has found. Chief information security officers can take steps including automating and consolidating technologies, investing in staff and using advanced analytics, writes Jon Oltsik of ESG.
Smart grids with many connections are at risk from three types of attackers, including common criminals, writes Peter Ray Allison. Additional research needs to be performed to identify potential threats and develop grid-specific technologies, Allison writes.
George Garofano of Connecticut will plead guilty to one count of unauthorized access to a protected computer to obtain information as part of a plea agreement after hundreds of Apple iCloud accounts were hacked. Garofano has been accused of using a phishing scheme to obtain access to over 250 iCloud accounts, including accounts belonging to celebrities.
Apple has confirmed that Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry Development will oversee iCloud services in mainland China starting Feb. 28 to comply with cybersecurity regulations.