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Google announced Android Things, an operating system for Internet of Things devices that promises secure update capabilities.

Google’s Android Things IoT Platform Promises Secure Update

In-brief: Google on Tuesday unveiled Android Things, a new Internet of Things platform based on its Android mobile operating system and earlier forays into the Internet of Things operating space.

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Google Unveils OSS-Fuzz to test Open Source Software Security

In-brief: Google’s security team on Thursday announced the release of a new tool, OSS-Fuzz that it says will improve the security of the Internet by providing realtime, automated secruity testing of common open source components.

A lab at Underwriters Laboratories, circa 1946. The group is coming under fire for refusing to publish the details of its new cyber security testing standards. (Image courtesy of The Library of Congress.)

White House Effort Yields Rating System for Software Security

In-brief: A White  House-backed effort to develop a system for rating software security is set to launch at this week’s Black Hat briefings with famed hacker Peiter Zatko (aka “Mudge”) at the helm. 

Downloads of open source components almost doubled in 2015 - but security concerns persist.

Developers Gorge on Open Source Amid Worries About Quality, Security

In-brief: The use of open source software is exploding, but concerns about code quality and security in the open source supply chain persist, according to a report from the firm Sonatype. 

The Cloud Security Alliance published a guide for securing IoT deployments.

NIST Guidance takes on Cyber Physical Systems

In-brief: The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) released a draft publication that recommends ways to improve the security of systems during the engineering phase, including so-called cyber physical systems on the Internet of Things.