Intel is facing 30 class-action consumer lawsuits related to the Spectre and Meltdown flaws in the company's microchips. The company also faces two lawsuits alleging violations of securities laws.
Organizations are rapidly adopting internet of things devices without being prepared for potential attacks, writes Myles Bray. Organizations must take security seriously and ensure that they have the proper infrastructure and network support, Bray writes.
Some security incidents can be attributed to preventable mistakes, including MongoDBs without passwords and open S3 buckets, writes Shira Shamban. Backups, encryption and restricted access are three easy things that can reduce your organization's vulnerability.
Renewable energy facilities can be attacked physically and also through their software and internet connections being accessed, states a report from Renewables Consulting Group and Cylance. "[T]he potential impact of cyber-attacks is particularly noteworthy in the energy industry, as conventional electrical energy infrastructure moves towards more distributed but integrated and 'smart' electrical grid systems," the report states.
Oracle says it plans to acquire hybrid security company Zenedge to improve its cloud security offerings. Oracle is expected to expand Zenedge's products, which include web application firewalls, a security operations center and bot management.
Cisco introduced its MSSP security portfolio, which includes Cisco Umbrella, Cisco AMP for Endpoints and Meraki Systems Manager. Cisco will also offer training courses for MSP customers to teach them to use the MSSP products effectively, Cisco's Steve Benvenuto said.
Cisco is connecting nations and fostering the idea of smart countries with its Country Digital Acceleration program. The program is working with 17 countries to connect citizens, create new jobs and opportunities, and grow gross domestic product through digitization efforts.
Microsoft's digital assistant Cortana is now compatible with If This Then That applets and smart home devices. The update allows Cortana-enabled devices to integrate with many third-party services.
Google tested a location service for 911 call centers that could make it easier for emergency responders to locate callers on mobile devices. Google claims its data reached the call centers more quickly than carrier data and provided the caller's location within 121 feet.