Daily Tech Digest - December 10, 2016

Three Ways To Reinvent For The Fourth Industrial Revolution

Education institutions at all levels need to adopt an inclusive growth mindset that embraces change. New curriculums are needed that teach technological literacy, equipping students with the skills needed to succeed in this new era of digitally computer assisted design and manufacturing. Programming, technology- and user-experience design, and equipment operation and management will be valued skills, along with cognitive abilities like creativity and logical reasoning. This extends beyond the classroom. Needed skills will continue to evolve throughout a person’s career. As more jobs are automated, employers must commit to providing their employees the tools and on-the-job access to learning that are necessary for future success.

IoT Is A Security Mess And Regulators Are Paying Attention

The next generation of IoT devices will probably have better security and privacy protection baked in, but there will still be billions of insecure devices out there from before – devices like smart doorbells, with longer life cycles than mobile phones – which are easy pickings for hackers looking to gain entry to a network, LeBlanc said. And in toto the data that can be pulled from ubiquitous sensors is also far more comprehensive and personal than what can be obtained from online browsing behavior. “It’s true that you can track everywhere someone goes on the web, but with IoT you can track where someone works, what food they eat, how long they exercise for, how much electricity they consume,” said Heather Zachary, a partner at law firm WilmerHale. “It’s a full picture of your entire life and that’s only going to become more the case.”

Usability and security key to payments via the Internet of Things

It is not realistic to expect device manufactures to equip all devices with bank-grade security. However, it is still essential to secure payments and money movement activities from the devices connected to the Iot. Doing so will require securing the device itself, apps on the device as well as creating layers of security beyond the device – such as into the cloud – as part of a multi-layered approach to security. To break this down, we can think about the two primary ways payments are initiated via the IoT – by a person or by the device itself. If a person initiates a payment from a device it is quite possible they are using an app intended for the purpose of making payments – accessing online banking from their connected car to make a bill payment, for example.

Changing enterprise architect role opens new doors, closes others

The enterprise architect role is particularly important in businesses with a hybrid cloud strategy, he said. "The enterprise architect must provide the vision on how to maintain a consistent approach to delivering IT services across all these platforms, while providing a unified approach to foundational IT components," Carroll said. This will also include providing secure, consistent access to these applications. Carroll said he envisions the new enterprise architect functioning essentially as a cloud and mobile services leader for the business, choosing the appropriate platforms and creating a clear vision for the use of cloud and mobile technology.

The future of AI is humans + machines

From being able to scan information ranging from school records to social media posts and then pulling the information into an initial pass/no-pass decision to weed through candidates is only the first step. Intelligent agents will eventually be able to look at a mass of available candidates and rank order them against existing job requisitions ranking them by whether they are internal or external, by education and experience, and by personality and work ethic. Thereby, the top three that you actually interview or recruit will not only meet the hard qualifications of experience and education, but the soft qualifications of personality and ethics.  This isn’t just about selecting the employee, it is about monitoring them and their interaction with management.

Many organisations falsely equate IT security spending with maturity: Gartner

Explicit security spending is generally split among hardware, software, services (outsourcing and consulting) and personnel. However, any statistics on explicit security spending are inherently "soft" because they understate the true magnitude of enterprise investments in IT security, since security features are being incorporated into hardware, software, activities or initiatives not specifically dedicated to security. Gartner's experience is that many organizations simply do not know their security budget. This is partly because few cost accounting systems break out security as a separate line item, and many security-relevant processes are carried out by staff who are not devoted full-time to security, making it impossible to accurately account for security personnel.

6 Cyberthreats Keeping CIOs Up At Night

In a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, an attacker sends a massive amount of requests to a target computer or network resource, from multiple, distributed devices across the internet — for example, sending seemingly legitimate HTTP requests to a website. The traffic overwhelms the resources available to the web server or application, making it inaccessible to customers. DDoS attacks often use botnets — thousands of devices connected to the internet of things (IoT) — to amplify the scale of these attacks. These attacks can hit retail sites particularly hard in the pocketbook, preventing customers from doing business. Hackers may also use DDoS attacks to distract IT while they simultaneously try to compromise other parts of a company’s network, Barbounis said.

China’s Cybersecurity Law: Game over for foreign firms?

The new law formalises several key requirements, namely: That a potentially wide range of companies censor ‘banned’ information, and demand real name registration of their users – that is, for services like instant messaging – in order to restrict online anonymity; “Critical information infrastructure operators” must store “personal information and other important business data” inside China. This need only be data related to Chinese operations, but the terms remain vague enough for them to apply to a wide range of data and companies. Those wanting to transfer data outside China need to pass an additional security assessment; Organisations monitor and report any “network security incidents” and provide “technical support” to help in investigations. This could mean providing the authorities with access to communications and so on.

Reinforcing cyber security strategies with cyber insurance

Cyber insurance can help to strengthen comprehensive cyber security strategies to minimise the impact of disruptive events. Most of these policies cover liability and the costs associated with dealing with a breach or attack. These include the cost of restoring data; business interruption; dealing with privacy breaches such as identity theft and payment fraud; network breaches; public relations expenses; and even money paid to cyber extortionists or cyber terrorists. Policies may even cover legal liability to third parties, including fines and penalties. Despite its usefulness, cyber insurance remains relatively unknown among businesses of all sizes. Further, many security professionals are unaware it exists.

Electronics-sniffing dogs: How K9s became a secret weapon for solving high-tech crimes

Similar to drug or arson detection dogs, electronics detection dogs are trained to recognize a chemical odor, and to sit when the odor is present, in order to alert their handler. When the dog correctly identifies an odor, he or she gets food. Officers begin training the dogs to identify large amounts of the compound, eventually using less and less. They place devices with the odor in different boxes, and expand the training into different rooms. The Connecticut program spends five weeks imprinting the dogs with the odor and teaching them how to do their job, and then six weeks training them to work with their handlers, Real said. "We teach them everything from searching people, boxes, bags, vehicles, outside," Real said. "Anywhere these dogs might be asked to search, we train them to work in that environment."

Quote for the day:

"The most successful people are those who are good at Plan B." -- James Yorke

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