Global cybersecurity spending to exceed $80 billion during 2017

Gartner predicts global cybersecurity spending will exceed $80 billion during 2017. The firm predicts cyber security spending will experience seven percent year-over-year growth, projected to reach $86.4 billion by the end of the year. Cybersecurity spending includes any cyber security product or service. Gartner cites increasing numbers of data breaches, app security testing and the…

Data storage laws presenting a challenge for multinational companies

LinkedIn recently decided to abandon all efforts in Russia, due to Russian laws requiring the company to store citizens’ data on servers within the country. The site has since been blocked countrywide after a Russian court sided with the government’s ruling. LinkedIn’s issues with Russian data storage mark an emerging trend of companies facing data…

HOBI Receives AT&T 2016 Supplier Sustainability Award

 [DALLAS, August 10, 2017] – HOBI International, Inc. is receiving the 2016 AT&T* Supplier Sustainability Award in the ‘Reverse Logistics and Circular Economy’ category. HOBI is being recognized for developing a parts recovery and testing process in support of AT&T mobile phone refurbishment operations. The award recognizes suppliers for their support of AT&T and its…

Users are most concerned about security when using a smartphone, survey shows

A survey conducted by Creative Strategies indicates users are most concerned about data privacy and security when using a smartphone device. The survey interviewed 800 U.S. consumers about the importance of data security and privacy when using various devices and services. According to the firm’s findings, 60 percent of interviewees indicated security matters the most…

More than 340 million smartphones shipped during Q2 2017

IDC reports 341.6 million smartphones were shipped during the second quarter of 2017. Overall shipments decreased 1.3 percent from second quarter 2016, but major OEMs including Samsung and Apple maintained their number of shipments, or saw positive shipment growth. Samsung led last quarter’s shipments, shipping 79.8 million units, with Apple following behind, having shipped 41.0…

HOBI weekly blog recap 7/31-8/4

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 7/31-8/4 Smartphones added to EPEAT program’s registry EPEAT, a Green Electronics Council program, announced the addition of mobile devices to their environmentally-friendly electronics registry on Monday. Previously, the EPEAT registry included computers, displays, TVs and imaging equipment. Global E-Waste Statistics Partnership begins new…

Smartphones added to EPEAT program’s registry

EPEAT, a Green Electronics Council program, announced the addition of mobile devices to their environmentally-friendly electronics registry on Monday. Previously, the EPEAT registry included computers, displays, TVs and imaging equipment. The EPEAT program provides environmental ratings for electronics that “makes it easy to select high-performance electronics that meet an organization’s IT and sustainability goals.” These…

Global E-Waste Statistics Partnership begins new global e-scrap study

A second global e-scrap study has begun, and its findings will be announced in November. The study, conducted by United Nations University (UNU), the International Solid Waste Association and the International Telecommunication Union, will analyze global e-scrap trends. As of 2017, there are very few studies and statistics detailing global e-scrap generation and trends. The…

Proposed EPA budget evades substantial cuts

Last week, the United States House of Representatives Appropriations Committee voted to approve the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed allocated budget, which will evade the substantial EPA  budget cuts President Trump proposed earlier this year. The budget proposed to the Appropriations Committee last week would decrease the EPA’s budget by $528 million to a total…

Study indicates $25 million spent in ransomware payments within the past two years

A new study conducted by researchers from Google, Chainanalysis, University of California San Diego, and the New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering found victims of ransomware have paid a total of $25 million within the past two years. The study indicates ransomware attacks are a “vicious cycle,” with one successful attack inspiring many others…