July 15, 2019

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One million cyber-attacks a day

In July, Florida Atlantic University researchers scrutinized more than five terabytes of internet data to come up with a snapshot of the cyber-threats Florida faced in a 24-hour period. The takeaway: "Security remains an afterthought" when it comes to designing and manufacturing internet-connected devices, says Elias Bou-Harb of FAU's Cyber Threat Intelligence Lab FloridaSOAR (Security Operation and Response). Read their full findings here and see our full report on cyber-threats in Florida below:

» A Million Attacks a Day
» The Numbers
» Cyber Litigation
» A Case of Unsecured Data
» Data-Napper

Where did this Ron DeSantis come from? Florida’s governor surprises everyone but himself.

At the end of a bitter campaign in which he cast himself as an uncompromising conservative who reveled in his support from President Donald Trump, DeSantis said he was eager to move on and work with those who had tried to defeat him. Three months later, his short time in office has already shattered assumptions that he would govern exclusively from the right. He has drawn unexpected praise from Republicans and Democrats. More from the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald]

Gun-seizure laws surge since Florida shooting

In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others, and courts are issuing an unprecedented number of seizure orders across the country. [Source: AP]

Making water from air is going mainstream in South Florida

In the search for solutions to our water crisis, a seemingly simple device could play a role. But the technology does have its limitations. While making water from air won't solve large-scale shortages, experts say it could help ease some of the burden on our water supply. [Source: WPLG]

Human trafficking is an epidemic in Florida. Now, Florida is fighting back.

Florida consistently ranks in the top three states for the number of calls made to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. But multiple Florida communities are stepping up to end sex trafficking. And their efforts are leading the way for states across America. [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Creating the new platform for life in the 21st century

Interview with Cammy R. Abernathy, Ph.D., Dean of the University of Florida Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering

Q: How would you describe the classroom of the future? 
Dr. Abernathy: Imagine a classroom where Alexa-like smart devices accurately read students’ rate of progress, where virtual reality, augmented reality and the educator form a ‘cyber-physical loop’ so that teachers teach better and students learn better in a more precise and personalized manner.

» Read the full sponsored report here.


› At Bradenton Area River Regatta, business wins
These days, Bradenton and Palmetto look nothing like they did half a century ago. Locals called the Bradenton side of the river “the sand pile” because, for decades, there was little more than trees, dirt and unfulfilled construction projects, she said. But that’s changed, in part, because of the revitalization of the Bradenton Riverwalk and the city-sponsored events that grew alongside it.

› Climate change is already making Atlantic hurricanes more fierce, study finds
Climate change has already made Atlantic hurricanes more fierce, driving up the number of storms that rapidly intensify, become more lethal and difficult to forecast, according to new research led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

› Florida considers restrictions on shark fishing
Florida may crackdown on shark fishing from the beach. The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will vote Feb. 20 on a plan to limit the practice and protect swimmers.

› Lazydays RV named No. 1 RV dealer in Florida
Lazydays RV, the Seffner-based recreational vehicle dealership, was named the No. 1 dealer in Florida by market intelligence firm Statistical Surveys Inc. Lazydays came in first in seven categories for RV dealers in the state, including for towable vehicles, motorized ones, travel trailers, fifth-wheels, fifth-wheel toy haulers, and Class A and Class C vehicles.

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