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Business Leaders Spend Less Than 1 Day a Year Focusing on Cyber Risk: Marsh Survey

A majority of busy board members and senior executives, who are responsible for their organization’s cyber risk management, spent less than a day in the last year to focus on cyber risk issues, according to a new report published by …

Microsoft Tools Ease Access to Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence for Businesses

Microsoft Corp. on Thursday announced new tools for software makers aimed at making technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain easier for businesses to use. Microsoft released the tools ahead of its software developer conference next week in Seattle. Once …

Microsoft Exec Says It’s Time to Revisit Big Tech’s Responsibility for Its Content

Microsoft Corp. President Brad Smith has called for a broad effort by the technology sector to do more to halt posting and accessing of violent materials like the videos of killings from the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand. “Words …

Costco Captive in Washington Pays $3.6M in Back Premium Taxes, Penalties

NW Re Limited, of Phoenix, Ariz., has settled with Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler to pay $3.6 million in unpaid premium taxes, penalties, interest and a fine. NW Re’s sole insured and parent company is Costco Wholesale Corp., headquartered …

Microsoft’s Home State’s Facial Recognition Privacy Bill Could Be Model for Others

Two months after calling for laws to regulate facial-recognition software, Microsoft Corp. is lobbying on behalf of a first-of-its-kind bill in its home state of Washington. The question is whether cross-town rival Amazon.com Inc. will support it. Amazon has asked …

Microsoft Targets Healthcare with Medical Records in the Cloud, Bots and More

Microsoft Corp. is releasing a service to help health-care companies move vast amounts of patient data to its cloud and connect with other related systems in a bid to offer clinicians, individuals and researchers a more comprehensive view of patient …

How Big Tech Is Using Artificial Intelligence to Stop Hackers

Last year, Microsoft Corp.’s Azure security team detected suspicious activity in the cloud computing usage of a large retailer: One of the company’s administrators, who usually logs on from New York, was trying to gain entry from Romania. And no, …

First Blockchain for Marine Insurance Now Running

A blockchain that is said to be the first for $30 billion marine insurance is now in commercial use, according to a coalition of technology, insurance, marine and consulting businesses. EY, Guardtime, A.P. Møller-Maersk, Microsoft and insurance partners Willis Towers …

Microsoft to Extend EU Data Privacy Rights Globally. Facebook, Google Not Quite.

Microsoft promised this week to give users worldwide the same data and privacy rights Europeans will get under new regulations there. That’s in contrast to some of its tech rivals, who are hedging on how much privacy protections will change …

Experts Warn of Security Flaws That Expose Most Computers, Phones to Hackers

Security researchers on Wednesday disclosed a set of security flaws that they said could let hackers steal sensitive information from nearly every modern computing device containing chips from Intel Corp, Advanced Micro Devices Inc and ARM Holdings. One of the …