Russian hack exposes US energy grid vulnerabilities | Barr: Huawei, ZTE imports could pose danger to US | Experts: Governments, companies must cooperate on autonomous vehicles
January 17, 2019
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Russian hack exposes US energy grid vulnerabilities
When a construction company realized that a hacker was sending fake emails from one employee's account, the company didn't realize that the hacker, eventually traced back to Russia, had a much bigger target: the US power grid. Tricky tactics including sophisticated methods of impersonation make grids a relatively open target, and although infrastructure security has been strengthened, foreign hackers understand how to wiggle their way into the system, stealthily but with potentially catastrophic purpose.
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Barr: Huawei, ZTE imports could pose danger to US
Barr: Huawei, ZTE imports could pose danger to US
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William Barr, the White House's attorney general nominee, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that he agreed that allowing technology from Chinese telecoms ZTE and Huawei into the US could pose a danger. Separately, Huawei's reclusive founder, Ren Zhengfei, said his company would never spy for China.
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Experts: Governments, companies must cooperate on autonomous vehicles
More coordination and communication is necessary among state, federal and local governments, as well as companies, to move autonomous vehicle development and adoption forward in the US, experts said at a recent event. The Federal Highway Administration has been meeting with companies, trade associations and public-sector agencies to explore ways to improve such communication.
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Technology Trends
AT&T's Penrose discusses rapid growth for connected cars
Chris Penrose, senior vice president of AT&T's internet of things division, said in an interview that the company is enjoying strong growth in the connected car market, with more than 1 million vehicles added in each of the past 14 quarters. Penrose believes autonomous vehicles are a great opportunity for wireless carriers, and added that AT&T is also working with carmakers to develop vehicle-to-everything capabilities.
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General Dynamics IT to compete for cybermission work
General Dynamics Information Technology will be providing cybermission engineering support for the Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic under a new contract. GDIT is called on to compete for individual task orders for solutions serving the Navy and the Marine Corps.
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What the Data Ordered
From systems analysts to chief technology officers, health IT leaders need a strong understanding of the technology that affects modern patient care and healthcare systems — and how that data is properly managed. Read this SmartFocus on Health IT to learn why expertise is needed and how you can get it.
Career & Workforce Development
Cybercompetitions can help fill employment gaps
Hackathons and other cybercompetitions are a good way to meet the increasing need for experienced cybersecurity experts, and because hires from different sectors have different skills, competitions will create more well-rounded cybersecurity teams, experts say. One UK company holds an annual competition to bring employers and potential cybersecurity hires together.
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