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3 Groundbreaking Wearables In The Travel Space

3 Groundbreaking Wearables In The Travel Space

3 Groundbreaking Wearables

The advent of wearable technologies had many expecting a utopia free of 20th-century pains such as paper maps, customer loyalty cards, lost luggage, and sluggish airport security.

Unfortunately, technological limitations have prevented wearables from revolutionizing the world. A number of devices struggle with voice recognition: Travel technology company Sabre found that about 16 percent of voice commands were ineffective with Google Glass during tests at an airport. To top it off, GPS in smartwatches and smartphones sometimes misses the mark, and battery life in most wearables is dismal.

If wearable use were as prolific as smartphone use, the potential applications while traveling might be nearly limitless. For now, initial excitement over wearables has not translated to long-term use. While a 2016 survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers found about 49 percent of respondents owned at least one wearable, the same study found that daily use of those devices decreased over time.

With data networks everywhere upgrading to 5G, connectivity woes might soon be a thing of the past. Rising interest in virtual reality and augmented reality technologies and Internet of Things applications is fueling curiosity in the devices, and advances in batteries and charging capabilities have the technology poised to break into the mainstream.

Wearables on the Rise

Nearly every tech company has a full line of wearables, and even fashion juggernauts such as Under Armour are moving toward connected clothing. Three main types of wearables are reaching mainstream success, and their applications will revolutionize the way we travel.


1. Smartwatches.

Smartwatches most often connect to mobile phones, although Samsung’s Gear S2 and several pending releases also support separate data plans. This wristwear has a screen and an operating system that makes it ideal for notifications. Activity-tracking bands often sport similar features.

Smartwatches can be used to pay for meals, book hotels or cars, and check the status of flights. Most major airlines already have an Apple Watch app that allows travelers to board by scanning their wrists rather than tickets. Hotel chains are investigating ways to use smartwatches for room keys. And vibrational GPS while traversing an unfamiliar city is invaluable.

2. Smart glasses.

The high-tech eyewear connects to your phone, and headsets such as Samsung’s Gear VR and Mattel’s View-Master VR use smartphone cameras to deliver AR. Several generations of consumers are being introduced to untethered AR experiences, while Google negotiates with retailers and manufacturers to embed its Glass technology into eyewear across the globe.

Travelers will soon be able to use AR to provide interactive maps, travel guides, notifications, and flight updates while they interact with the real world. The technology is still in its infancy, but the smart glass industry will change travel when it reaches full maturity.

3. Wearable cameras.

Wearable cameras are often mentioned in relation to police officers, but tourists could also benefit from this technology. With the small cameras now readily available for a modest price, travelers can get in on the action to document their adventures in innovative ways and share them with friends and family.

In fact, the action camera market already has moved to spherical cameras, with Kodak’s Pixpro SP360 4K camera offering the most compact solution. Using two GoPro-sized SP360s, anyone can capture immersive, 360-degree views of exotic locales from around the world. With social networks pushing for more visual content, capturing and sharing vacation photos will only become easier.

Signs of a Wearable Revolution

Passenger IT Trends Survey found 77 percent of respondents were comfortable with airport staff using wearable technology to help them. That same year, World Travel Market named wearable tech as one of its top trends.

The benefits are clear for travelers: Wearable tech can replace sagging fanny packs and wallets bulging with paperwork. Rather than carrying around credit cards, tickets, receipts, and identification documents, travelers can store and access everything from a watch to glasses to eventually even their own solar- and motion-powered clothing. The technology can help simplify the entire customs process for both passengers and agents.

The devices also should help travel agents respond to increased demand for personalized services. By using the technology to customize holiday packages and enhance communications with clients, wearables could be a boon for the travel industry as a whole.

Smartphones and tablets have fully saturated the market, and interest in technology such as AR and gesture commands is reaching a fever pitch. These technologies are converging for both consumers and enterprises out in the wild as people untether from their desktops and make data-driven decisions on the go.

While the shift likely will have wide-reaching effects throughout society, the travel industry in particular is in line for momentous changes.

By Tony Tie,

tonytie.expediaTony is a numbers-obsessed marketer, life hacker, and public speaker who has helped various Fortune 500 companies grow their online presence.

Located in Toronto, he is currently the senior search marketer at Expedia Canada, the leading travel booking platform for flights, hotels, car rentals, cruises, and local activities.

Trading Routine: How To Track Suspicious Events In Different Locations

Trading Routine: How To Track Suspicious Events In Different Locations

Tracking Suspicious Events

Financial security can be compared to a constant arms race between cyber criminals and businessmen who try to magnify their assets. Trading and financial organizations bear the brunt of the losses occurred due to fraud because their active assets are more liquid and it attracts criminals in all shapes and forms. Security expenditures also turn to be forced losses.

In late 2013 for example, United States entered the age of the mega breach when Target Corp. lost 40 million credit-card numbers to Russian-hackers. And it didn’t stop there; other companies such as Adobe Systems Inc., Home Depot Inc., J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., Anthem Inc. and eBay Inc., fell victim to hackers.

Tense situations like these call for efficient tools for tracking suspicious events. An opportunity to detect and analyze these threats will produce an amplified outcome, i.e. significant revenues for businessmen.

In fact, trading companies generate huge amounts of information. And the main purpose of any corporate security system is to analyze the data and define suspicious events.

How to create an effective system to analyze and monitor corporate information?

Every day, companies are entrusted with the personal and highly confidential information of their customers, therefore creating an effective security policy, which is executed as planned, is extremely important. Experts in custom trading and brokerage solutions emphasize the following security issues that should be taken into account during the elaboration and integration of a security system:

1) Flexible scenarios

It is very well known that swindlers are continuously searching for sophisticated and innovative ways to commit fraud. Since hackers will scan for susceptibilities the minute they are discovered, an organization must have a routine in place for checking its own networks regularly. To address the challenge, we can’t employ universal scenarios; the only thing left is to use some specific methods. A ‘Threats and Alerts’ system should support a flexible parametric structure with individual indicators adjustment, giving the operator a possibility to regulate basic security scenarios and take into consideration all the factors.

2) Analysis algorithms plugged on demand

Trading routine - How to track suspicious events in different locations

Using the same information security tools and analysis algorithms demonstrates different levels of efficiency throughout the course of time. Some of them are up-to-date, others become obsolete. That is why the operator needs an analytic tool base that could be implemented within the context. At the same time, the solution provider should refresh and update the analytic tools base.

3) Online Geoscreening

Upon analyzing hacker attacks and fraudulent operations, specialists in custom e-commerce apps agree that the visualization of information on transactions and financial tools usage is of great importance during the initial stage of detecting suspicious events. Sometimes experts’ intuition and analytic skills prevail over automatic monitoring systems. That is why it’s crucial to provide the operator with well-organized and visualized information.

4) Machine learning algorithms


Many specialists recommend another double system to track suspicious events. It is based on machine learning algorithms. The efficiency of such a system can be noticed only after a certain period of time when the algorithms already analyzed the needed amount of information. That’s why it is vital to launch this system as an independent sub-program as early as possible to obtain another security tool to address financial frauds.


As no one can predict the nature of a future threat (internal or external) it’s a must for a company to have an individual dynamic platform for analyzing information streams within and outside the institution.

By Yana Yelina

Top 5 Digital Health Trends

Top 5 Digital Health Trends

Digital Health Trends

It is very important to keep up with the changing technology. However, it is also just as important to advance the consumer experience, care delivery methods and create opportunities for career development for the healthcare workforce.

Five trends that are proven to be effective in winning in the digital age have been revealed by the Digital Health Technology Vision 2016 via Accenture.

They are:


1. Intelligent Automation – Do different things in different ways and create new jobs, products and services in the healthcare industry. Across the health ecosystem, intelligent automation is responsible for making the job of care delivery and administration more seamless. While robots are performing housekeeping duties and the patient intake process is being streamlined by avatars – the trend is not about replacing people but it is about making people do their job more efficiently and work where they are needed the most.

2. The Liquid Workforce – A smoother workforce has been generated by digital technology. For example, when you have a sick child, you can Skype with a pediatrician and take advantage of the Digital service scan. Or during a high-risk pregnancy issue, the virtual technology will enable a doctor in New York to treat a patient in New Mexico.

3. Platform Economy – Platforms can make healthcare experiences more connected by providing underlying technology. The whole healthcare ecosystem – from patients to providers to health plans can be connected by platforms.

4. Predictable disruption – With the advent of digital technology, disruptions are bound to happen any time. Digital technology is changing the way consume everything from products to entertainment. Healthcare isn’t immune to the consumers’ demands of personalized and on-demand services. Digital manufacturers of wearables and other devices are connecting meet consumers’ demands.

5. Digital Trust – To build consumer trust, organizations must figure out a way to efficiently and ethically manage a vast consumer data. If these data can be handled properly, this treasure trove can become a valuable tool for creating customized services and build consumer trust at the same time. In 2014, Apple discovered the importance of consumer trust after the consumer outcry after its iCloud breach. There should be solid policies placed for the governance of ecosystem. Moreover, in order to ensure the right consent and access to information, those policies must be disclosed and understood.

By Glenn Blake

How Secure Is Your School Campus Network?

How Secure Is Your School Campus Network?

School Networks

School related networks are one of the most attacked sectors today, coming in third worldwide to healthcare and retail. Because of the ever growing threat of cybercrime, IT professionals everywhere aren’t thinking in terms of “what if our network gets attacked?” Now, they think in terms of “when will our network be attacked?” The standard firewall and anti-virus software isn’t enough to protect data from malicious hacking attempts.

A primary way to secure a school’s network actually has little to do with the network itself, which is why it often goes overlooked by IT professionals. The staff, faculty, and students in the school make for an excellent defense against on site computer access, but they do need training on how to do this. The training on how to keep the network secure, if it exists, is often lacking, leaving a loophole that a social engineer can easily slip through if he/she plays their manipulative role well with untrained people. Human error accounts for 52% of security breaches today as seen in this insightful infographic discovered via edtechmagazine.

Another important concept in securing a school campus is maintaining a risk management strategy, which 45% of scholarly institutions have been found to be lacking. No matter how much you secure your school’s network and train the people that go there every day, at some point you can be sure your security will be breached in an unanticipated manner. Because of this, it’s vital to have a clear grasp of the risks involved in such a breach, and to take action by developing a strategy that addresses each risk you find with a solution.

There’s many new technologies that can help with making a school’s network secure. Cloud computing reduces the risks of physical on site access, since the server is not stored at the location it’s used. Cloud vendors also offer networking monitoring tools and advanced threat detection that can alert you to a security breach. They also implement strong security policies and procedures that make use of endpoint security tools such as encryption and SSH keys.

Trending technologies have made school networking security as easy as it can be without negatively its ability to protect or monitor the network. The cloud even helps with physical security by removing the on site server from the picture. Most importantly though, in this modern age IT professionals need to accept that breaches are going to happen even if they believe their network is impenetrable. That’s why training those in the school to look out for security issues, and being prepared for security breaches with a risk management plan is so important.

By Jonquil McDaniel



IBM and VMware Expand Partnership

More than 500 new clients, including Marriott International are now running VMware software on IBM Cloud since the strategic cloud partnership was announced;Introduction of VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud helps move existing apps to the cloud within hours; More than 4,000 IBM service professionals trained to help organizations extend their VMware environments to IBM Cloud

LAS VEGAS –Aug. 29, 2016 – Today at VMworld® 2016, VMware (NYSE: VMW) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced the availability of industry-first cloud services that enable organizations to quickly and easily move enterprise workloads to the cloud. With more than 500 clients engaged, the global partnership between IBM and VMware is helping more organizations extend existing workloads to the cloud in hours, versus weeks or months.

Earlier this year, IBM and VMware set out to tackle one of the industry’s most pressing challenges: extending existing VMware workloads from on-premises environments to the cloud without incurring the cost and risk associated with retooling operations, re-architecting applications and re-designing security policies.

Rapid Enterprise Adoption of VMware Environments on the IBM Cloud

Since then, more than 500 mutual clients have begun moving their VMware environments to IBM Cloud including Marriott International, Clarient Global LLC and Monitise. IBM is a strategic cloud platform for VMware users with a growing footprint of nearly 50 highly-scalable and security-rich cloud data centers across the globe. With almost 100 percent of the Fortune 100 customers using VMware technologies, the partnership is designed to preserve and extend customer investments across thousands of data centers.

Enterprises need fast and easy ways to deploy and move workloads between on-premises and public cloud environments,” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, IBM Cloud. “Our collaboration with VMware is becoming the glue for many organizations to scale and create new business opportunities while making the most of their existing IT investments in a hybrid cloud environment.

IBM Provides First Offering For VMware Cloud Foundation as a Fully Automated Service

Today’s introduction of VMware Cloud Foundation™ combines VMware’s market-leading compute, storage and network virtualization solutions into an integrated platform. For the first time, organizations can now automatically provision pre-configured VMware Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) environments on IBM Cloud in hours versus weeks or months. The platform integrates VMware vSphere®, VMware Virtual SAN™, VMware NSX® and VMware SDDC Manager™, and gives customers broad choice in their infrastructure decisions.

In addition to new services, IBM is training more than 4,000 service professionals with the expertise required to provide clients with VMware solutions. This expansive team of sellers and advisers will provide clients with the expertise to extend VMware environments to the cloud.

IBM and VMware share a common vision for providing customers with an easy path from the data center to the cloud,” said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware. “This collaboration has been so successful that we’re investing more deeply so our customers can quickly deploy software-defined solutions in just hours to IBM Cloud with all the sophisticated workload automation they have within their own data centers.”

Marriott Enhances Customer Service Experiences via the Cloud

Marriott International is a globally recognized hospitality company, reporting more than 4,500 properties in 88 countries and territories. The company is constantly looking for ways to innovate and transform the guest experience. By extending their VMware investments on IBM Cloud, without the need to re-architect applications, development teams have the ability to focus on innovation and preserve their existing IT investments.

It’s more than just keeping our guests happy, it’s about helping them create a memory by exceeding their expectations,” said Alan Rosa, senior vice president of Technology Delivery and IT Security, Marriott International. “From reserving and booking rooms, planning their next family vacation or facilitating an important business event, the process of consuming our services and products needs to be seamless and integrated into our guest’s style of working and transacting. Marriott has been able to keep innovating by rapidly launching new customizable applications that support these experiences. The partnership between IBM and VMware gives us an advantage in that Marriott can continue to do what we do best but expands our reach on a global scale with trusted partners whom consistently deliver.”

Analyst Perspective

IBM and VMware are making great strides to enable enterprise hybrid cloud adoption through automation,” Melanie Posey, vice president of Research, IDC’s Hosting and Managed Network Services. “The IBM – VMware partnership offers enterprises the ability to extend existing on-premises workloads to the cloud seamlessly without the need for a major IT operations overhaul, thus greatly simplifying the entire migration process.”

Additional Resources

  • Read a perspective by VMware Vice President of Global Service Provider Channel Geoff Waters, “What VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud Means for Companies Globally.”
  • Also announced today at VMworld, VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture builds on its leading private and hybrid cloud capabilities by offering customers the freedom to innovate in multiple clouds, and is delivered through VMware Cloud Foundation™ and a new set of cross-cloud services, which VMware is developing.Learn more about the announcement.
  • Follow VMware on Facebook and Twitter.

About IBM Cloud

IBM Cloud delivers fast, easy and automated access to public, private and hybrid cloud services that enable companies to lower their overall IT costs while increasing agility and productivity.  IBM offers a complete portfolio of cloud services supporting a wide range of applications including big data, analytics, mobile and cognitive computing. For more information please visit or @ibmcloud.

About VMware

VMware is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility. Built on VMware’s industry-leading virtualization technology, our solutions deliver a brave new model of IT that is fluid, instant and more secure. Customers can innovate faster by rapidly developing, automatically delivering and more safely consuming any application. With 2015 revenues of $6.6 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at

VMware, Cloud Foundation, vSphere, Virtual SAN, and NSX are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.

Fully Autonomous Cars: How’s It REALLY Going To Work

Fully Autonomous Cars: How’s It REALLY Going To Work

Pros and Cons and What the Experts Think

Science fiction meets reality, and modern civilization is excitedly looking forward to the ubiquity of self-driving cars. However, an omnipresence of fully autonomous cars won’t happen as quickly as even some hopeful experts anticipate. While the autonomous car pros versus the cons race (See infographic discovered via RAC) of is theoretically neck and neck, until a way is found to lower the cost of implementation, the cons have it! The bottom line is, at the moment, it is just too darn expensive for mass liberation of the technology.


Safety is the main goal and will save millions of lives, not to mention the billions of dollars self-driving cars will eliminate in medical costs, and related accident spending. The fact is, until it’s affordable and more people elect to own them, it will be impossible for the actual potentials of the technology to be realized.

Even super-successful companies, like Uber, who are looking to launch a fleet of autonomous cars in Pittsburgh, isn’t in a position to jump for joy. They actually losing money despite being the most successful privately held company worldwide. Uber is hoping for success and a future profit from the self-driving convoy—that could be a pipe dream for now, however.

Most experts agree that the advantages fully autonomous cars present will change the world in many great ways, but it won’t work until these cars are in the majority of the vehicles hitting the highway.

By CJ Callen

How Identity Governance Can Secure The Cloud

How Identity Governance Can Secure The Cloud

Securing The Cloud Enterprise

Cloud adoption is accelerating for most enterprises, and cloud computing is becoming an integral part of enterprise IT and security infrastructure. Based on current adoption trends, it’s clear that the vast majority of new applications purchased by organizations will be SaaS applications. The allure is evident, from cost savings to speed of deployment to flexibility and simplicity.

Industry experts predicted the cloud migration would stop short of mission-critical applications, though, because of the prevalent belief that on-premises systems are more secure than those in the cloud. Instead, cloud adoption has accelerated because of users yearning for simplicity, convenience and lower cost of ownership.

Now, it’s clear that cloud apps are the future for enterprises. However, the benefits of the cloud can be negated if it leaves a business exposed to security breaches and compliance issues.

The Cloud Enterprise Needs To Be Secure

An organization’s security profile changes with the cloud for a variety of reasons. First, enterprises must grapple with the explosion of cloud apps that can be procured outside of IT’s purview, as well as manage and enable a globally distributed workforce that blurs the lines between employees, contractors and partners. Complicating this new security dynamic is the fact that even as enterprises aggressively move to a cloud-first IT strategy, they will realistically need to manage legacy applications that reside on-premises for the foreseeable future.


This is further compounded by the evaporation of the network perimeter. Attacks are no longer made against an enterprise’s network defenses as much as phishing and social engineering attempts are made against its users. Network and endpoint security simply aren’t enough. More than ever before, organizations need to understand protecting identity is critical, and in many cases, it’s the only linkage IT and security have between the user and the applications and the data they can access.

Successfully managing the adoption of SaaS applications – and securely migrating to a cloud enterprise – requires identity governance.

Leverage Identity Governance

Securing the cloud enterprise can be done; the question is how? By taking a user-centric approach to cloud security to make sure you’re managing what applications and data your customers, partners and contractors – your identities – can access, as well as what can be done with that access.

There are four key requirements to securing the cloud enterprise:

•        Connect to everything. Your identity governance solution must be able to connect to all an enterprise’s systems, from the legacy applications that have been in use for years to the SaaS applications that are being adopted today.

•        See everything. You need visibility to all the information about an identity, across all the applications an enterprise uses, all the data they have, and across all users – no matter where they are located or what devices they may use.

•        Govern everything. You need to know who does have access, who should have access, and what users are doing with their access on all your applications for all your users and for all your data.

•        Empower everyone. Let your users work how they like to work, wherever they are and on whatever device they want to use.

The dynamic and complex nature of securing access while enabling cloud applications requires a new approach. Managing shadow IT accounts and securing these within established IT governance parameters is a particular challenge that IT teams must be on top of. Not securing these accounts to a high enough standard could have damaging effects in terms of asset loss, causing further internal disruption.

One approach is for IT to become a “cloud service provider” – an internal market and a central resource that provides identity and access services to departments, making it easy for users to gain access to cloud applications while simultaneously ensuring that security and compliance requirements are met.

Rather than have employees scouring the web for cloud applications, IT can instead deploy apps that have been tested and pre-approved. This, in turn, provides IT departments with a holistic view of employee activity across the cloud.

Another problem resulting from cloud update is the management and regulation of intellectual property and determining where the data actually resides. With company files, documents and potentially sensitive material making the move to a network of remote servers, organizations must better manage and curtail access to these important assets. Some applications may reside on-premise or in the cloud – known as a hybrid cloud solution. If an organization is struggling to gain control over cloud applications, using an Identity and Access Management technology that actually resides in the cloud will solve those problems.

Full cloud adoption may take several years, and for many organizations, a 100% cloud infrastructure may not be a reality anytime soon. But, the market is definitely heading toward more cloud computing than less, and regardless of where a company falls on the migration path, it’s important that organizations don’t sacrifice security along the way. Identity governance plays a critical role in securing the cloud enterprise and enabling that migration.

By Kevin Cunningham, Co-Founder and President of SailPoint

Kevin oversees product development, marketing, sales, operations and services. 

Kevin previously served as founder and vice president of marketing for Waveset, where he turned ground-breaking innovation into tangible market results. Following the acquisition of Waveset by Sun Microsystems, Kevin led strategic product initiatives for Sun’s software portfolio. Kevin has also brought innovative technologies to market for companies including IBM/Tivoli Systems and UniSQL.

Significant Emerging Technologies To Lookout For In 2017

Significant Emerging Technologies To Lookout For In 2017

Emerging Technologies

The entire world is being transformed right before our eyes. Emerging technologies are developing at break-neck speeds, and the global community needs to be prepared for what lies in the horizon. As with anything new or evolving there is benefit versus risk to consider. Most of the up-and-coming technologies that will soon affect the lives of millions have been developing over many years and are now reaching their apex to create a significant impact.

The Internet of Things: Nanothings & Biosensors

Internet of Things devices are already impacting our daily lives. Low-cost microsensors, microprocessors, wireless antennas and miniscule power sources has brought things we interact with in our everyday into the digital cosmos. Experts predict that energy harvesting device market will reach $26 billion by 2024 as seen in this infographic discovered via Jabil. Nanotechnology is taking us into the Internet of Nano Things (IoNT), and will advance medicine and numerous sectors like nothing we imagined.


Next-Generation Batteries

Keeping pace with supply and demand is one of the biggest barriers for renewable energy. The newest developments show that using sodium, zinc, and aluminum constructed batteries make the mini-grid a solid possibility. It could potentially provide 24-7, reliable and clean energy to entire small rural towns.

2-D Materials

New materials such as Graphene are emerging and are going to change the world forever. Think about the Bronze Age…the Iron Age—these newest materials each contain a single layer of atoms and are two-dimensional. The potential positive impacts of evolving materials are limitless and bound only to the reach of scientists and how far they choose to push.

Autonomous Transportation

Self-driving cars are already in the here-and-now, but just how soon will autonomous cars be ubiquitous? Sooner than you think. And the positive implications seem to be outweighing the negative. Helping to improve the lives of handicapped and elderly will change the quality of life for millions. This is but one example of the potential impact fully autonomous cars will have on society as a whole.


The technology behind Bitcoin digital currency is called Blockchain. It is a sophisticated mathematical process based on cryptography and considered to be fool-proof. It is effectively changing the face of how people conduct transactions and trade international currencies. The blockchain has implications far reaching money exchanges. Like the internet, it is finding ways around barriers of traditional dealings and is all but eliminating transaction fees.

Organs Growing on Microchips

By growing tiny versions of human organs on microchips, scientists can study exactly how the organs operate. This is going to catapult medical research into the science fiction age—allowing researchers to witness the workings of human anatomy as never before seen.



This material will improve the efficiency of generating solar power. It has the advantage of affordability and capability to be used most anywhere. Scientists are calling perovskites the “wonder materials” of the future. Manufacturing it is fairly cheap and the liquid batches can be formed into almost any shape without the need for furnaces. The biggest asset is that it is light weight, opposed to its heavy-weight counterpart.

Personal AI

From your own personal robot assistant that can anticipate your every need and perform tasks at your whim, to entire AI environments—this could be affordable to everyone with the emerging availability of Open AI ecosystems. This will interconnect everything around you and collaborate with your personal data to be accessed by your spoken work…artificial intelligence to make your everyday more productive.


Neuroscientists will use recent developments of visible light to treat brain disorders like Parkinson’s. This emerging technology brings new hope where there once was none. Individual neurons can be controlled by turning the on or off as necessary to treat specific disorders. Revolutionary and amazing in its possibilities and prolonging meaningful quality of life.

By CJ Callen

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IoT Device Failures I have, over the past three years, posted a number of Internet of Things (and the broader NIST-defined Cyber Physical Systems) conversations and topics. I have talked about drones, wearables and many other aspects of the Internet of Things. One of the integration problems has been the number of protocols the various…

Update: Timeline of the Massive DDoS DYN Attacks

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Reuters News: Powerfull DDoS Knocks Out Several Large Scale Websites

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The DDoS That Came Through IoT: A New Era For Cyber Crime

The DDoS That Came Through IoT: A New Era For Cyber Crime

A New Era for Cyber Crime Last September, the website of a well-known security journalist was hit by a massive DDoS attack. The site’s host stated it was the largest attack of that type they had ever seen. Rather than originating at an identifiable location, the attack seemed to come from everywhere, and it seemed…

Using Private Cloud Architecture For Multi-Tier Applications

Using Private Cloud Architecture For Multi-Tier Applications

Cloud Architecture These days, Multi-Tier Applications are the norm. From SharePoint’s front-end/back-end configuration, to LAMP-based websites using multiple servers to handle different functions, a multitude of apps require public and private-facing components to work in tandem. Placing these apps in entirely public-facing platforms and networks simplifies the process, but at the cost of security vulnerabilities. Locating everything…

Having Your Cybersecurity And Eating It Too

Having Your Cybersecurity And Eating It Too

The Catch 22 The very same year Marc Andreessen famously said that software was eating the world, the Chief Information Officer of the United States was announcing a major Cloud First goal. That was 2011. Five years later, as both the private and public sectors continue to adopt cloud-based software services, we’re interested in this…

Why Security Practitioners Need To Apply The 80-20 Rules To Data Security

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The 80-20 Rule For Security Practitioners  Everyday we learn about yet another egregious data security breach, exposure of customer data or misuse of data. It begs the question why in this 21st century, as a security industry we cannot seem to secure our most valuable data assets when technology has surpassed our expectations in other regards.…

Adopting A Cohesive GRC Mindset For Cloud Security

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Cloud Security Mindset Businesses are becoming wise to the compelling benefits of cloud computing. When adopting cloud, they need a high level of confidence in how it will be risk-managed and controlled, to preserve the security of their information and integrity of their operations. Cloud implementation is sometimes built up over time in a business,…

Which Is Better For Your Company: Cloud-Based or On-Premise ERP Deployment?

Which Is Better For Your Company: Cloud-Based or On-Premise ERP Deployment?

Cloud-Based or On-Premise ERP Deployment? You know how enterprise resource management (ERP) can improve processes within your supply chain, and the things to keep in mind when implementing an ERP system. But do you know if cloud-based or on-premise ERP deployment is better for your company or industry? While cloud computing is becoming more and…

Choosing IaaS or a Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting Provider?

Choosing IaaS or a Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting Provider?

There is a Difference – So Stop Comparing We are all familiar with the old saying “That’s like comparing apples to oranges” and though we learned this lesson during our early years we somehow seem to discount this idiom when discussing the Cloud. Specifically, IT buyers often feel justified when comparing the cost of a…

Part 1 – Connected Vehicles: Paving The Way For IoT On Wheels

Part 1 – Connected Vehicles: Paving The Way For IoT On Wheels

Connected Vehicles From cars to combines, the IoT market potential of connected vehicles is so expansive that it will even eclipse that of the mobile phone. Connected personal vehicles will be the final link in a fully connected IoT ecosystem. This is an incredibly important moment to capitalize on given how much time people spend…

Data Breaches: Incident Response Planning – Part 1

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Incident Response Planning – Part 1 The topic of cybersecurity has become part of the boardroom agendas in the last couple of years, and not surprisingly — these days, it’s almost impossible to read news headlines without noticing yet another story about a data breach. As cybersecurity shifts from being a strictly IT issue to…


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