Daily Tech Digest - January 30, 2017

10 new UI features coming to Windows 10

An addition to the Windows Hello security feature would automatically send your Windows 10 desktop to its lock screen when you step away from it. (You can go to the lock screen by hitting the Windows logo and “L” keys at once.) An official name has not been released, but possibilities include Proximity Lock, Dynamic Lock and Windows Goodbye. Microsoft has not revealed how Windows 10 would sense that you have stepped away. The simplest method would be to use your computer’s webcam, but this feature could also pair your smartphone with your Windows 10 computer or device through Bluetooth. When you step away, taking your smartphone out of Bluetooth range, Windows 10 would then go to its lock screen.


Cyber Security : Why It Belongs In The Board Room

Given the present state of cyberspace, no longer can organizations afford their departments to work in silos when it comes to cyber security. What is required is cultural shift from the bottom to the top of the organizational pyramid covering every nook and corner of all echelons and stratums wherein every individual employee of the organization maintains an optimum cyber hygiene. It is the job of every employee from the CEO to the newly hired apprentice to inculcate an optimum security hygiene and develop a level of vigilance and awareness. It is the cumulative impact of individual cyber hygiene that can effectively deter and prevent the belligerent and bellicose cyber criminals from raiding the organizational networks and stealing the data. It is the shared level of vigilance and cyber awareness on which the organization’s cybersecurity posture is dependent.


The changing face of business - and the part artificial intelligence has to play

While many believe that AI will supplant humans, we think it will instead mostly enable people to do more exceptional work. Certainly, AI will cause displacement of jobs, but it may also significantly boost the productivity of labor. Innovative AI technologies will enable people to make more efficient use of their time and do what humans do best – create, imagine and innovate new things. With technology overall and AI in particular, the key ingredient for success and creating value is taking a “people first” approach. But to make this transition means both companies and governments must acknowledge the challenges and change how they behave. They must be thoroughly prepared—intellectually, technologically, politically, ethically and socially. Governments and businesses will need to take several steps, many of which are not easy


The bank of the future: AI technology a driving force in banking

Future-focused banking institutions need to get on board with AI sooner rather than later, as the industry moves to embrace smart technologies and customer bases become more familiar with these tools. Many banks are already heading in that direction, with a great deal of success. According to Banking Technology, as of June 2016, Sweden's national bank utilized an application that handled more than 30,000 customer conversations per month, with the ability to understand more than 350 different queries – and it resolved issues 78 percent of the time. Co-publisher of The Financial Brand Jim Marous noted in early January 2017 that artificial intelligence was set to explode in the coming year, and the numbers seem to corroborate that claim. A survey conducted by Narrative Science and the National Business Research Institute found that 32 percent of financial services executives were using AI technologies within their operations


7 Tips For Getting Your Security Budget Approved

'This the season for building budgets, and security managers are under pressure to get the funds they need to protect their organizations. Of course this is easier said than done. The road to budget approval is paved with difficult conversations between infosec professionals and business executives. If security leaders don't convey their needs in an understandable way, they risk disapproval from decision-makers and, as a result, less security spend. Businesses' risk of cyberattack will only grow higher in 2017. As they create their security budgets, managers need to consider a few points that will help prepare them for productive conversations with executives. Here, experts share their advice for security leaders creating and discussing their budgets for this year. Bear these in mind while navigating the budget approval process. Are there any tips you would add to this list? Let's keep the conversation going.


What the AI? Trends in Artificial Intelligence, and What’s to Come

“Imagine a world where every app could talk to every other app, and those conversations were animated by a deep and contextual intelligence…That’s exactly the experience Viv wants to enable, and in its tantalizing demos, it seems to conjure that world from the thin air of our current infrastructure — ask it to send $20 to your friend Adam for the drinks last night and Viv parses and then executes your request.” ...  “In order for Viv to utilize the incredible scale Samsung offers, and in order to achieve our ultimate goal of redefining the way people interact with the digital landscape, it would be essential for Viv to be available across more than just Samsung devices. Our vision requires that Viv be everywhere. Samsung is with us. We share a mutual vision to leapfrog the current state-of-the-art in AI, ushering in a new era.”


Protecting Health IT infrastructure from DDoS Attacks

“An attacker may be able to deter patients or healthcare personnel from accessing critical healthcare assets such as payroll systems, electronic health record databases, and software-based medical equipment (MRI, EKGs, infusion pumps, etc.),” said the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in a recent cybersecurity newsletter. “The attacker may hijack or take control of a computer, forcing the computer to send out huge amounts of illegitimate data traffic to particular websites or send spam to particular email addresses,” OCR continued. “The attacker can also control multiple computers with malicious software (also known as botnets) to launch a DoS attack.” According to Akamai’s quarterly State of the Internet: Security Report published in May 2016, DDoS attacks increased by almost 40 percent over the previous year, making them one of the most serious threats to healthcare data.


How financial-services firms can become more agile by bringing IT out of the back office

A better solution is available: integrating technology directly into business units, through a model we call capabilities-driven IT. In this model, teams combine business, operations, and technology skills to deliver a specific capability. These teams — called capability pods — contain all the talent and tools necessary to deliver the capability and are responsible for all its aspects, including product ideation, product management, operations, technology design, and development. The pods contain technology specialists, but they also leverage IT’s evolution to SaaS, service-based architectures, and increasing user-friendliness to permit team members without formal technology backgrounds to contribute to IT development. The technology specialists also provide insight to and receive feedback from business and operations.


How to Digitally Transform the Wealth Management Experience

Wealth management is undergoing enormous changes. As new technologies and business models transform the investment experience, emerging generations have different needs and requirements. Tech-savvy users are demanding increased access to information and resources. Artificial Intelligence, or AI-enhanced applications are becoming more commonplace, and robo-advisors have emerged as an alternative strategy competing for high net worth investor attention and share of wallet. Investment management firms that have embraced digital solutions are better able to support their client engagement efforts. Leaders in this space are increasing assets under management and reducing costs, while offering higher levels of service and expanded offerings for valued customers.


If You Want To Do Something Disruptive In A Changing Industry, You Need New Blood

What is also radically different about Kiran’s approach is that he has left the medical professionals to focus on providing treatment, while not being bogged down by the day-to-day administration. Conventionally, in India, the doctor runs his own practice, so has to be an entrepreneur in the sense of promoting his or her own practice. With the daily hassles of managing eye care centres taken care of, the doctors are free to focus on what they know best – provide care and top quality treatment. This has really helped to make an impact. He is now working on a revolutionary idea that would take the hospital to the people instead of the other way around through a mobile eye clinic. “I feel I am answerable to my investors, so I must show them results.” In the future, this model can extend beyond eye care to other aspects of healthcare as well.



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