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Wednesday - September 2, 2015
Cybersecurity is a key component of all contracts between U.S. government agencies and information technology vendors. Yet cyberbreaches continue to occur -- some of them with alarming scope and depth. The White House is seeking input from private sector vendors and others on how to improve the cybersecurity elements involved in federal government purchases of IT equipment and services. The Office of Management and Budget recently released draft guidance dealing with that issue, and it will accept input on the proposal until Sept. 10. [More...]

Wednesday - September 2, 2015
Rapid7 on Wednesday released a report on an assortment of new vulnerabilities in baby monitors from several manufacturers: predictable information leaks; backdoor credentials; reflective, stored XSS; direct browsing; authentication bypass; and privilege escalation. "Many of the issues would allow video and audio from the device to be viewed by an attacker, whether from a live stream or previously recorded clips," said Mark Stanislav, senior security consultant for global services at Rapid7. [More...]

Monday - August 31, 2015
The latest Android-x86 Project release takes us one step closer to using the Android OS on a desktop or laptop computer. However, the project suffers from stability and reliability issues. If you want one Linux-based OS to run on all of your devices, Android-x86 could become a viable alternative. The major advantage to running Android on all of your devices would be keeping all of your settings, apps and Google services on an equal footing. That is not happening yet, however. [More...]

Wednesday - September 2, 2015
We watched as Salesforce emerged from the crowd in the dot-com era to become a massive company with a $7 billion run rate. We also changed perspectives several times on what to expect from Dreamforce. Not so long ago, we were interested mostly in cool new technologies and business models, but as Salesforce has grown, it has acquired a following of financial analysts as well as industry analysts like me. The finance types want to know about what will move the stock price in the year ahead, and that has changed how we view the company. [More...]

 

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