IBM closed 2017 with a 24% increase in revenue for cloud computing, bringing the company's total cloud revenue to $17 billion, more than 20% of the organization's total revenue. "2018 will be all about reinforcing IBM's leadership position in key high-value segments of the IT industry, including cloud, AI, security and blockchain," Chief Financial Officer James Kavanaugh said.
President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday that he signed the renewal the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, extending Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The bill, which has been extended for an additional six years, allows the NSA to monitor digital communications from non-US citizens that occur over American platforms, such as Facebook or Google.
Endpoints are particularly vulnerable areas for most organizations, in part because they're where new threats are seen that anti-virus or anti-malware software is unfamiliar with, writes GeoLang founder Debbie Garside. Machine learning is a long-term solution to this problem, as computers can sort through data and make decisions more quickly than humans, she argues.
Utility grids need better cybersecurity technology that can handle edge devices, as well as agreement on basic standards, argues a report by the Advanced Energy Economy Institute.
Nearly 3 million Norwegians could have had their medical data exposed in the Health South-East RHF data breach, which was announced this month. An investigation is ongoing.
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has released its list of priorities for the year, and simplified cybersecurity and privacy regulations are at the top of the list. "It doesn't make a whole lot of sense to us that federal regulations are serving as a barrier to the goals that state CIOs want to achieve in state government," said Yejin Cooke, an association director.
Cisco has added nine more products to its investigation to detect whether the Spectre and Meltdown flaws affect different systems. A company spokesperson said Cisco has developed fixes for some B-Series and C-Series UCS servers as well as a C460 M4 rack server.
CenturyLink said it is on track to reach 60% of its commitment through the Federal Communications Commission's Connect America Fund program, currently providing broadband services to more than 600,000 rural consumers. CenturyLink pledged to make download speeds of at least 10 Mbps available to roughly 1.2 million rural and high-cost locations by 2021.
Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges says 5G mobile technology will be a "revolution," allowing the telecomm company bring dedicated software platforms to the automotive and health care industries. He predicts that by 2020, the average consumer will own six internet-connected devices.
Amazon has added a voice command feature for its Alexa app on Android devices, allowing users to play music and operate Alexa using audio commands. The update will be available through Google Play and Amazon's Appstore, with a similar iOS-friendly feature expected to be released later.
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