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Skyhigh Networks reveals sophisticated cyber attack campaign on enterprise Office 365 users

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Skyhigh Networks, the provider of Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) platform, announced it has detected and remediated one of the first examples of an operationalised cloud-to-cloud threat in the enterprise. Attackers used popular cloud service platforms to conduct a persistent attack to log into corporate Office 365 accounts. Known as a ‘brute force’ attack, Skyhigh has […]

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End-to-end IoT platform Particle banks $20M Series B

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Particle, an end-to-end enterprise IoT platform has raised $20 Million in Series B Funding. Spark Capital led the round.

Particle is a full-stack IoT device platform.

The company entered into the IoT platform market as a hardware connectivity solution deploying its platform in a wide variety of industrial and municipal IoT applications, such as in gas stations, on oil rigs, in storm water drains, and in manufacturing equipment.

However, it has evolved into a full-stack suite having the hardware, firmware, software and the Particle cloud. An appealing tagline “prototype-to-production platform for developing an Internet of Things product” and an equally robust product has helped Particle’s growth. 120,000 people and companies, 50% of which are from S&P 500, currently use it to develop their IoT products.

“While the media’s IoT focus has been primarily on consumer electronics, wearables, and ‘smart home’, we’ve learned from our customers that the future of IoT is within the enterprise market,” said Zach Supalla, CEO at Particle.

Forbes estimated that more than 450 IoT companies have mushroomed in the past two years and 25% of the IoT companies founded in 2016 closed their shop. Particle’s growth and traction were noteworthy compared to other IoT products.

Particle full-stack platform has a cloud offering, device management console, cellular IoT SIMs, SDKs and IDE (integrated development environment). The hardware components it sells include Wi-Fi connected microcontrollers, internet buttons, and asset tracking hardware kits.

The company has been consistently raising funds throughout its five years journey. It raised $567,000 of crowd-funding in 2013 followed by a Seed Round of $4.2M in July 2014 and $10.4M Series A from Root Ventures, O’Reilly Alpha Tech Ventures (OATV), and Rincon Venture Partners in Nov 2016.

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Destination XL Group, Inc. announces launch of first mobile app with PredictSpring

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Destination XL Group, Inc., the retailer of men’s XL apparel, announced the launch of its first mobile app, created in alliance with mobile commerce provider, PredictSpring. Designed to assist both on-the-go and in-store shoppers, the app boasts visual appeal and ease of use. “At DXL Men’s Apparel, we are a lifestyle destination – the one-stop […]

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Survey Reveals Healthcare IT Decision-Makers’ Approach to IoT Security

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by Angela Guess A recent press release states, “ZingBox, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) security solution provider, today announced the results of its survey of IT decision-makers within the healthcare industry. The survey, fielded in early July, found that the majority of healthcare IT networks have IoT devices and that most IT departments believe […]

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How do we get a better picture on the IoT?

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By Sheetal Kumbhar

Don’t you hate people who save their wisdom until after the event? You know the type of thing: ‘I knew there was something dodgy about that bridge salesman.’ Why didn’t they mention this before? They assumed you knew. Assumption, as they say in the military, is the mother of all cock-ups. Just because we can’t […]

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Bluetooth SIG announces Mesh networking capability

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The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) announced that Bluetooth®technology, the global standard for simple, secure wireless connectivity, now supports mesh networking. The new mesh capability enables many-to-many (m:m) device communications and is optimised for creating large-scale device networks. It is ideally suited for building automation, sensor networks and other IoT solutions where tens, hundreds, or […]

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IETF 99, Prague: Microsoft looks down the barrel of the v6-only gun

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By George Michaelson Microsoft’s IPv6 efforts on its corporate network are uncovering issues relevant to all IPv6 users.

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Why Smart Cities Will Have to Get a Lot Smarter

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By Michal Lev-Ram

In the future, smart cities will likely bring about many benefits, like less pollution and more efficient transportation systems. But they could also bring about many unintended consequences, according to a panel of speakers at Fortune‘s recent Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo.

The group of experts from energy, transportation, government, finance, and other sectors gathered to debate the top-of-mind topic earlier this week. One of the most pressing questions that repeatedly came up was how to keep hackers from breaching increasingly digitized smart grid systems and transportation networks.

“A lot of cities are buying what’s cheapest, not what’s most secure,” said Mike Bell, CEO of Silicon Valley-based smart grid company Silver Spring Networks. “People who are making buying decisions don’t understand the technology.”

Ahmad Wani, CEO of 1Concern agreed: “Cities have to have the responsibility to at least vet these technologies.” (1Concern uses artificial intelligence to assess potential damages from natural disasters.)

It’s not only city-wide, municipal technologies that could be vulnerable to attack. The roundtable also touched on home appliances–in an “Internet of Things” environment, where everything is connected to home networks, many people don’t even know that they may be exposing themselves to hackers.

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Another unintended consequence of smarter cities? If autonomous vehicles become more mainstream, people could learn to outsmart the robots, creating mass confusion in urban centers. For example, if people walk in front of a driverless car, it won’t hit them–it is programmed to stop if it sees pedestrians in its path. But what about the car behind them?

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The solution, according to many of the panelists, is public/private partnerships that work toward solving some of these looming issues–the good and the bad.

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JPMorgan Chase and PayPal strike payments partnership to enhance payments online, in app and in store

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JPMorgan Chase and PayPal, two global payments leaders, have announced a partnership that will make it easy to add Chase cards via Chase Pay to PayPal accounts, and will soon offer customers the option of paying with Ultimate Rewards points when linked through Chase Pay at PayPal’s millions of online merchants. In addition, PayPal will […]

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CyberX Rises to Industrial Control System Security Challenge

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The challenge with the IoT in general and industrial control systems specifically is that there is no shortage of platforms that need to be defended.

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