Cybersecurity company Rapid7 says it has detected a flaw in the free networking software Samba, and a version that is vulnerable to ransomware is running on more than 100,000 Linux and Unix computers. Most of the vulnerable computers belong to home users, but there are no signs that hackers have taken advantage of the flaw, Rapid7 says.
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Verizon Communications will release the SmartHub, an integrated smart home interface and Wi-Fi hot spot, today for $200. The SmartHub includes its own LTE line, allowing connectivity to a range of devices, including laptops and phones, and offers an HD Voice call feature.
An effective internet of things ecosystem requires the right technology, care for privacy concerns and strong relationships, Samuel Greengard writes. "A starting point is to understand that business and IT leaders must work in new, more collaborative ways to identify where value exists," he writes.
SoftBank reportedly has acquired an equity stake of 4.9% in Nvidia, becoming the fourth-largest shareholder in the graphics chip company, sources say. The stake is worth about $4 billion and is just under the 5% ownership that requires public disclosure under US stock regulations.
Sales in Lenovo's global PC segment helped the company recover from a poor first quarter, in which it saw a 41% decline in net income, per industry data. Industry shipments of PCs were up 0.6% for the period, and the company was able to increase its market share in the segment.
Insider and third-party risks still pose the greatest threat to businesses and organizations, Sue Marquette Poremba writes. The 2017 Secure Access Threat Report says more action is needed to close these security gaps, including monitoring everyone with data access.
US energy systems and infrastructure are grappling with an increasing number of cybersecurity threats despite oil and natural gas companies' and the Transportation Security Administration's best efforts to strengthen protections. "There appears to be an increasing level of activity, sophistication and maturity of threat actors, in particular nation state actors, that wish to disrupt the U.S. bulk power system and the U.S. gas transmission or distribution system," Dominion Energy said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
As IT teams take on dual responsibility for tactics and strategy, they must balance four areas: Infrastructure, Innovation, Integration and Intelligence. The balancing act will bring them closer to business functions and require a better understanding of business demands. For more on the changing role of the IT professional, download a free copy of Building Digital Organizations at CompTIA Insight & Tools.
Spotlight on US tech trade
Exports of US technology products and services account for approximately $1 out of every $4 generated in the nation's tech industry and directly support 40% of tech manufacturing jobs. This is just a sample of the data available in the "CompTIA Tech Trade Snapshot." Visit CompTIA Insight & Tools to download a free copy of the report.
Curriculum recommendations on IT degrees
Several organizations, including CompTIA, are working on new curriculum guidelines for undergraduate degree programs in information technology. Public comments on the draft report are now being accepted. Visit IT2017 to access the draft report, and IT2017 Survey to share your feedback.