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NSW government launches new strategy to build smart tech into future infrastructure

Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto The New South Wales government has launched its Smart Places Strategy and Smart Infrastructure Policy, which outlines how it plans to build sensors and technology into infrastructure and buildings. Under the strategy, the government hopes to see all smart places be embedded with sensors and communications technology in infrastructure and the natural

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Black Hat: Hackers are using skeleton keys to target chip vendors

Targeted attacks against semiconductor companies in Taiwan may not be well-known, but this does not mean the ripple effect of a successful hack would not be felt worldwide.  Black Hat 2020 Over the past decade, Taiwan has slowly established itself as a hotbed for chip companies in both development and production. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

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Nine in ten Americans view data privacy as a human right, according to new report

Unless businesses improve their data privacy practices, they risk losing consumer trust and access to consumer data that they desperately need according to a new report. Customer data increasingly drives business strategy across the enterprise as businesses use our information to accurately target our wants and needs. But Americans are deeply suspicious of what companies

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Return of the sovereign cloud

A decade ago, I completed the first ever assessment of Australia’s emerging “trusted” or private infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) market. I followed this up with a 2010 opinion-editorial calling for improved “cloud computing regulation” in Australia as a model for global oversight of a hugely important market segment.   How important? The cloud computing market has become

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Intel investigating breach after 20GB of internal documents leak online

Image: Till Kottmann US chipmaker Intel is investigating a security breach after earlier today 20 GB of internal documents, with some marked “confidential” or “restricted secret,” were uploaded online on file-sharing site MEGA. The data was published by Till Kottmann, a Swiss software engineer, who said he received the files from an anonymous hacker who

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Black Hat: Entropy – the solution to malvertising and malspam?

The difference between a solid and melted ice cube has spawned an interesting concept for fighting the rise of malvertising and malspam.  Black Hat 2020 Malvertising is the term given to malicious adverts served via legitimate ad networks. Code may be directly injected into content served to website visitors, or adverts may link to fraudulent

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Microsoft to make its Ignite IT pro show a two-part event

Microsoft’s annual Ignite IT pro conference is going to be a two-part event, instead of a one-shot deal. The second Ignite will be in early 2021, and like Part 1 in September, will be a virtual-only event. Microsoft’s fall Ignite virtual event will be held September 22 to 24. Registration will open on September 3,

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Capital One fined $80 million for 2019 hack

Image: Capital One The US top banking regulator fined US bank Capital One with $80 million for failing to secure customer data while hosted in the cloud, a security lapse that led to the bank’s massive 2019 security breach that exposed the personal information of more than 100 million Americans. The fine was announced today

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Fortinet launches 4400F hyperscale data center, 5G firewall

Fortinet launched a network firewall designed for hyperscale data centers as well as 5G networks. The FortiGate 4400F highlights how the company is leveraging its NP7 network processor to expand its portfolio. The company has said hyperscale data centers and cloud providers are a key market for it. The Fortigate 4400F is powered by NP7

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What is application-first security?

Securing applications is the #1 area to invest for your future. Your applications run your digital business. It is protecting the world’s economy. It is securing our family businesses, schools, corporations, our means of daily activities. So why hadn’t I heard of what is application security before 6 months ago? I began to learn about

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