July 06, 2016

10 Tools to Help Remote Web Developers Collaborate With Their Team

Since you can’t do face-to-face client meetings, present projects in person, or sit at the same desk as your programming buddy, it’s easy to feel like being a remote web developer has major disadvantages. I’ve found that to be nowhere near the truth. Remote developers are happier, work harder and naturally learn to take advantage of collaborative tools that are more efficient than working side-by-side. ... Remote work is challenging because we’re programmed to need the company of others and communicate face to face. There’s a learning curve when moving from an office to a remote team, but the tools you’ll use are ideal when used with a remote first attitude.


Firmware exploit can defeat new Windows security features on Lenovo ThinkPads

The exploit, dubbed ThinkPwn, was published earlier this week by a researcher named Dmytro Oleksiuk, who did not share it with Lenovo in advance. This makes it a zero-day exploit -- an exploit for which there is no patch available at the time of its disclosure. ThinkPwn targets a privilege escalation flaw in a Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) driver, allowing an attacker to remove the flash write protection and to execute rogue code in the SMM (System Management Mode), a privileged operating mode of the CPU. ... The exploit can also defeat the Credential Guard feature of Windows 10 that uses virtualization-based security to prevent the theft of enterprise domain credentials, and do "other evil things."


What is the Best Strategy for Dealing with Ransomware?

To combat the threat from ransomware, companies need to take proactive, preventative steps to reduce risk and to increase their defense of the latest threats. The basic principles of security in IT networks are: training, establishing robust security processes, and making use of new layers of protection to reduce the risk of your network being compromised. To reduce the threat of ransomware, companies should use protection against exploits and ensure that their security solutions include behavioral detection methods. These are all things that an IT service provider should have built into the cybersecurity strategy of their services. Effective disaster recovery plans and business continuity plans must also be in place in case the worse does happen, however.


People Can’t Tell What Apps Use Encryption, And Don’t Really Care, Study Finds

The researchers found that almost 7 percent of the more than 1,500 people they surveyed wrongly believed to be using a secure and encrypted app while, in fact, they were not. Moreover, as the researchers put it, the data they collected suggests that both geeks and non-geeks voluntarily “behave insecurely” when it comes to using messaging apps. “In general, participants were mostly happy with the level of security and privacy their messengers provided, even if they did not know the real security properties,” Google researchers Alexander De Luca, Martin Ortlieb, Iulia Ion, Ben Laurie, and Carnegie Mellon University’s Sauvik Das, concluded in a paper presented at last week’s Symposium on Usable Privacy and Security.


This All-Star Team Plans to Jumpstart 100 Cybersecurity Companies in 3 Years

Hack/secure will operate as follows: Whenever one of the group’s members finds a cybersecurity firm worth investing in on AngelList, hack/secure will contribute up to $250,000 in additional funding. The goal? Nothing short of “protecting the free world,” as Lynch likes to say, through technological innovation and unabashed venture capitalism. “We’re under siege and I think people are distracted,” Lynch says. “Everything runs on software—planes, trains, automobiles, the stock market, utilities—when someone really wants to fuck up the free world, that’s how they’re going to do it.” “We’re not only going to stop that from happening, but innovate and fund companies that can proactively eradicate those threats,” he adds.


Two-factor authentication (2FA): why you should care

Security works in layers. Think of a medieval castle – these castles never relied on just one thing to protect them. They were built in naturally defensible locations, and had strong doors, drawbridges, high towers, heavy stone walls, and more. Even if one of these protective factors failed during an attack, the castle had many other features in place to keep up its defense. The same idea applies when it comes to keeping your information safe on websites and applications you use every day. Cybercriminals are always thinking of new ways to try to obtain sensitive information, so in defense we make sure we have more sophisticated measures in place to stop them. 2FA is an additional layer of security on top of more common methods you already know, like a username and password. The more layers of defense in place, the harder a bad guy has to work to get at your information.


How Big Data Is Changing Disruptive Innovation

Because any new entrant is hard pressed to deliver superior value to a mature market, where products have been refined over decades. But although the low-end approach was pretty common, it wasn’t what was holding incumbent firms captive. It was their own cost structures and their focus on driving marginal profit increases that kept those companies headed down the wrong paths. As long making the right decision on a short-term basis (trying to drive more value out of outdated infrastructure) is the wrong decision on a long-term basis (failing to adopt new technology platforms), CEOs are destined to struggle. Unfortunately, the focus on the low-end approach of disruption is actually clouding our ability to spot the things that are: cheaper, more accessible, and built on an advantaged cost structure.


The Current State of Integration Platform as a Service

RESTful APIS are changing the integration landscape. Having these APIs, not only for SaaS apps, but all apps, makes it easy for everyone to connect and build innovative stuff on top of them. Because of this, MuleSoft has been investing a lot in this area to make it easy for developers to design, find and consume RESTful APIs. We joined the RAML workgroup to help make it easier to document RESTful APIs, and have seen tremendous uptake of the RAML specification. The 1.0 version, recently released, makes it easy to do things that before were extremely difficult. Ever try to write JSON or XML schema by hand? No thanks. Check out RAML data types and you’ll see what I mean. We’re trying to make it very easy for customers to get started defining and cataloging APIs so they can be reused.


Wealth Managers ‘Dangerously Behind’ in Digital Tech Adoption

The research found that wealth management is one of the least tech-literate sectors of financial services; a trend that comes into conflict with HNWIs’ growing enthusiasm in adopting new technologies. 85% of HNWIs are using three or more digital services in their day-to-day lives, and yet, only 25% of wealth managers are offering digital channels beyond email. Over half of HNWIs surveyed believe it is important for their financial advisor or wealth manager to have a strong digital offering – a proportion that rises to almost two-thirds among HNWIs under 45. 47% of HNWIs who do not currently use robo-advice services would consider using them in the future. Meanwhile, two-thirds of wealth relationship managers said they do not consider robo-advisors a threat to their business and repeatedly insist their clients do not want digital functionality.


Connected Insurance: Internet of Things changes Insurance Industry

To begin with, the kind of self- connecting ecosystem that IoT will create in the insurance industry will bring positive effects on all the processes involved, such as better consumer involvement, process optimization as well as preventive care in case of mishaps. With the sensors and ever- efficient gadgets making their way into the field of insurance, insurers will be able to connect the dots as well as mitigate risks much before they reach a threshold level. Internet of Things also makes sure that there is better product development, underwriting, sales, deliveries, distribution as well as claims and services being offered to the insurers exactly as claimed by the insurance companies. In simple words, we can say that the Internet of Things technology will make the concept of insurance and risk management simple and quick for all customers



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