Daily Tech Digest - September 07, 2017

WhatsApp turns its attention to business

WhatsApp has been steadily enhancing its business-to-consumer capabilities for some time now. Last week, the firm announced a business verification system, with a green badge indicating WhatsApp has confirmed a phone number belongs to an authenticated business account - similar to Facebook’s own grey badge for business pages. WhatsApp has previously announced plans to allow businesses to contact customers with marketing messages. In its blog post, WhatsApp said it will work with business users as part of a closed pilot program to test additional new services ahead of a wider launch.  One of the companies testing the enterprise service, UK-based ecommerce firm Yoox Net-a-Porter, said in a blog post that many of its customers prefer to use WhatsApp rather than email to complete transactions and get product suggestions.

SEC chief says cyber crime risks are substantial, systemic

The SEC has a number of active investigations into companies that have claimed to be in the blockchain and digital currency space but which are really just trying to steal people’s money, Peikin said. “As with any kind of newsworthy event, roaches kind of crawl out of the woodwork and try to scam money off of investors,” he said of the rapidly growingly popularity of ICOs. The SEC has a distributed ledger technology working group made up of about 90 people across the commission to help keep abreast of emerging developments and technologies, Peikin said. From an enforcement perspective, Clayton said there not be any sort of dramatic shift in priorities at the SEC and that the protecting retail investors from harm would be remain the top goal.

6 Data Analytics Success Stories: An Inside Look

Commercial purchases of hardware, software and services intended to support big data and analytics are expected to exceed $210 billion. IDC analyst Dan Vesset notes that big data analytics solutions have become key pillars of enabling digital transformation efforts across industries and business processes worldwide. But there is a dark side to this delirious spending: Most data analytics projects fail to yield measurable value. Legacy systems and business-line bureaucracies have spawned data siloes and perpetuated poor data quality. And CIOs are still struggling to fill the gaps in talent required to manipulate data for insights. The war for talent is fierce and the rise of university analytics programs isn’t producing qualified candidates fast enough.

CISOs, A New Deliverable On Your Platter: Customers' Privacy

While delivering the historic judgment, the judges have explicitly recognized the need for a legislation protecting individual data. “Informational privacy is a facet of the right to privacy. The dangers to privacy in an age of information can originate not only from the state but from non-state actors as well. We commend to the Union Government the need to examine and put into place a robust regime for data protection. The creation of such a regime requires a careful and sensitive balance between individual interests and legitimate concerns of the state,” Justice DY Chandrachud noted in his judgment on behalf of himself and three more judges, including the CJI. Justice Sanjay K Kaul too strongly endorsed it in his judgment.

Users review the top cloud data integration tools

As the world of cloud computing becomes more globalized, IT professionals need multiple levels of security and transparency to manage cloud relationships. Using a cloud data integration solution, an enterprise can configure a number of disparate application programs sharing data in a diverse network, including cloud-based data repositories. This allows enterprise tech professionals to manage, monitor and cleanse data from various web-based and mobile applications more effectively. IT Central Station users have identified agile data transformation, a clear, customizable dashboard and efficient data replication as valuable features when looking for a cloud data integration solution. According to their reviews, the IT Central Station community has ranked Informatica Cloud Data Integration, Dell Boomi AtomSphere, IBM App Connect and SnapLogic as leading cloud data integration solutions in the market.

It's time to rethink the software-defined storage market

The real abstraction benefit the software-defined storage market offers isn't the ability to select hardware for deployment. It's the ease with which you can change hardware when workload demands change. When new technology or an upgrade comes out, or you need more performance or capacity, if you have to do a data migration, that's a nonstarter. Storage products that maximize the benefits of SDS enable the hardware to evolve to the needs of the data. ... This is similar to the first benefit, but you also should be able to use SDS-enabled technology for whatever infrastructure and workload you want. You can consolidate data on fast SSDs, higher-capacity hard drives and even the public cloud, while having the intelligence to automatically allocate the right infrastructure to the right workload, with any of it changing on the fly, nondisruptively.

What is ‘anticipatory IT’? An IT strategy for staving off digital disruption

Tuning the opportunity antenna to the anticipatory channel is not any easy task for IT leaders. CIOs, many of whom are juggling roles that require them to be transformational, functional and strategic, are busy reacting and responding to threats and challenges to their businesses. And when CIOs do spy opportunity, getting the C-suite and board to buy into what they're selling is a tough task. Burrus offered some strategic recommendations to help CIOs get executive buy-in and fend off disruption. To avoid disruption, CIOs must be aware of hard and soft trends. A hard trend is a projection based on measurable, tangible, and fully predictable facts, events, or objects. It’s a future fact that cannot be changed. A soft trend is a projection based on statistics that have the appearance of being tangible, fully predictable facts. Think of it as a future maybe.

Businesses can no longer think of cybersecurity as just a ‘tech problem’

Paine said this turns the focus to the user’s relationship with technology, rather than relying on software to find a “needle in a needle stack”. “The old idea of security was like castles and moats. You build really strong walls and then the bad guys won’t get in and we’ll be able to protect everything inside the castle, and that’s great. It used to work really well,” Paine said. “But over time, attacks increased in volume and it became harder to identify friend from foe. “The bad guys were simply faster than the good guys and the technologies couldn’t keep pace with the bad guys ability to adapt.” Paine said that regardless of scale or sophistication, cyberattacks are always motivated by one of two things: “there’s the commercially motivated attacker or the disruptive, hacktivist style attacker”.

Fixing, upgrading and patching IoT devices can be a real nightmare

Ensuring cybersecurity for computers and mobile phones is a huge, complex business. The ever-widening scope and unbelievable variety of threats makes keeping these devices safe from cyber criminals and malware a full-time challenge for companies, governments and individuals around the world. But at least the vast majority of those devices are easily accessible, safe in the pockets or sitting on the desktops of the very people who want to protect them. The Internet of Things (IoT) devices that need protection, on the other hand, could be almost anywhere: sitting in a remote desert, buried deep in coal mine, built into a giant truck. Or, even implanted inside the human body.

Investing in technology for your business

Investing in technology for the business does not always come cheap but it is something that you need to do in order to ensure you move with the times. You can get a small business loan if you need to raise some funds to invest in tech for your business. This will enable you to invest in all of the technology that you need for your business in one go rather than having to do it gradually. Most businesses these days rely on computers for their day to day running. However, computers can be hacked and cybercrime can cause huge issues for your business. Therefore, if you do use computers, you need to ensure you have proper security and protection in place. You can get business antivirus software for a very reasonable price these days, so make sure you have protection in place.

Quote for the day:

"If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be." -- Maya Angelou

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