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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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