Campaigns remain vulnerable to hacking in 2020 | AT&T, T-Mobile look to the future with blockchain | Acronis, ConnectWise integrate systems to strengthen data protection
June 14, 2019
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Campaigns remain vulnerable to hacking in 2020
Presidential candidates are beefing up their cybersecurity ahead of the elections next year, but experts say it isn't enough. Tom Burt of Microsoft says activity by Russian actors has been recognized, adding, "They appear to start by doing that reconnaissance and espionage prior to the hacking of campaigns."
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/13) 
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Internet of Things
AT&T, T-Mobile look to the future with blockchain
AT&T, T-Mobile look to the future with blockchain
(Nicolas Tucat/AFP/Getty Images)
AT&T is looking at ways to use blockchain to verify device identity and improve its supply chain, particularly as it relates to repairs. T-Mobile is also interested in the technology and its potential, as Chief Information Officer Cody Sanford said, "to improve security, reduce costs, and eliminate pain points for our business and customers."
Forbes (6/13) 
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Mobile & Wireless
FirstNet gets good results in Alaska
Alaskan emergency response teams and police are praising FirstNet, the national public-safety network AT&T is building, saying it has made them more effective in reacting to earthquakes and other crises as well as more mundane matters. "It makes my job easier; makes it much more efficient," said T. Scott Masten, an officer in Anchorage.
ECN Magazine/The Associated Press (6/13) 
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iOS devices get Google's app for two-factor authentication
Google's Android two-factor authentication app is now available for iOS devices such as iPhones and iPads. The app uses FIDO (Fast ID Online) security keys to verify two separate pages.
Dark Reading (free registration) (6/13) 
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DFW app shows security wait times
Passengers traveling through Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will now be able to check estimated security wait times through their smartphones, thanks to a free app.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (6/13) 
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Security & Privacy
VMware adds Avi to security and networking lineup
VMWare has agreed to purchase Avi Networks, adding an application delivery controller defined by software to its security and networking capabilities. Neither company disclosed financial details; the deal is expected to go through by the start of August.
Channel Futures (6/13) 
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Ransomware bigger in 2019, but cryptojacking slows
Ransomware attacks rose 167% in the first quarter compared with the previous quarter, states a report from Cybersecurity Threatscape. Hacktivism, or good-hat hacking, makes up 15% of cyberhacks, and cryptojacking has fallen significantly.
TechRepublic (6/13) 
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Health Care IT
Data tools speed up 911 call response times
Data tools speed up 911 call response times
Calls to 911 centers are getting answered faster than ever, due to technology to share data nationwide, emergency responders say. Lags still happen at times when communications among 911 centers requires telephone calls due to a lack of data integration, usually in rural areas or large jurisdictions.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/13) 
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