With the recent buzz of the Wonder Woman film, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the women in the tech industry. STEAM efforts around the globe are helping create more women tech wonders than ever before, but let’s look at a few of the original female tech super heros.
As a business, can you afford downtime? It’s not just inaccessibility that you’re looking at – downtime could also lead to data loss and client communication problems that could cost your business significantly. And while downtime isn’t as severe a problem as before, it’s still a major worry for all organizations. Enterprises consisting of 250 or more employees lost $1.7 trillion in terms of data loss and downtime in 2014 according to a report by EMC. How much could you be paying for downtime?
It was back in 2010 that Gartner first identified cloud computing as a major disruptive force in the market, and they couldn’t have been more right.
Forrester predicts the cloud computing market will expand from $35 billion in 2011 to $150 billion by the year 2020.
Yet, the concept of clouds has changed. For instance – the adoption of private cloud, has risen from 63% to 77% in 2016. Organizations are increasingly focusing on private cloud over going the public way – primarily because of the advantages it offers.
Private cloud has gained significant growth across all providers which have led to an interesting development…
This week’s tech news has been a mixed bag of software development and cyber security blunders. Adobe and Microsoft situating themselves deeper into artificial intelligence and cyber security, and we see thousands of users have their leaked from the data.gov.uk website. Adobe announced that they will be launching a new AI voice analytics solution that will track how users interact with popular virtual assistants and collect data to be processed through the Sensei machine learning service. We’ve seen many artificial intelligence programs so far, but the field remains largely rudimentary. It’s interesting to see an ongoing commitment to developing the field and future applications of AI. The use of such programs will undoubtedly help organizations to optimize their systems and better empathize with customers.
With regards to cybersecurity, Microsoft has announced that new security features will be available in Windows 10 through the Fall Creator update later this year. The new programs, including Windows Defender Exploiter Guard will help to keep users safe from increasingly common cyber threats. Given the unprecedented scale of the international ransomware attack earlier this year, many will be reassured that companies like Microsoft are taking the lead in arming users against future threats.
Unfortunately it appears the UK’s Government Digital Service hasn’t got the cyber security memo, leaving the details of British voters on an unsecured and openly accessible public server. Data leaked included names, email addresses and hashed passwords of users on the Data.gov.uk website. In response to the attack, Data.gov.uk users have been advised to change their passwords as a precautionary measure. The episode suggests that the British government needs to mandate much more elaborate cyber security protocols to protect the data held on its citizens.
Massive US Voter Data leak, Skype suffers from DDOS Attack and Google Cloud launches in Sydney
This week’s Tech news has seen one big cyber security crisis after another. The first security blunder saw Deep Root Analytics leave the details of around 200 million US voters on an unsecured server, accessible to anyone who found the link. The data included the personal details of citizens such as their names and addresses, as well as their religious affiliations and political views on controversial topics. The shocking discovery made by a cyber analyst at UpGuard, suggests that even electoral data is not immune from the constant cyber security demands on modern organizations.
No less concerning is the news that Skype’s European service was derailed by a DDOS attack earlier this week, suspected to have been orchestrated by a hacker group called ‘CyberTeam’. Following the attack, the group claimed responsibility on Twitter, as users scrambled back online after having been left unable to use the app to communicate via IM or video. The apparent fragility of Skype’s system raises further questions about contemporary approaches to cyber security. Skype is one of the most widely used messenger apps online and one DDOS attack managed to knock their service out of commission. It’s now more important than ever that organizations stay active in protecting their network infrastructure from unscrupulous attackers.
On a more positive note, Google Cloud has finally launched a data center in Sydney, as Australia and New Zealand are given a new native data hub. The data center will enable users to transfer information without being subjected to high amounts of latency. Prior to the data center, users had to send their data to the nearest centers in Singapore and Tokyo. The move comes as part of a development program that seeks to situate Google as a dominant player in the Australasian data scene.
This week’s Tech News has seen a great deal of expansion with respect to CenturyLink’s cloud connectivity, the circulation of Microsoft’s data visualization software and the on-demand data storage expansion of Google Drive. CenturyLink has announced the launch of a new joint venture with Cisco Meraki to help companies to oversee their SD-WAN, wire and wireless related services through one managed enterprise solution. As a result, users will be able to access all their data through one cloud-based interface. For large organizations this will make widespread data management much easier, as employees will be able to log into the cloud system to access the data that they need.
This week has seen a great deal of variety in the technological world. In response to the terror attacks in the UK and in Europe, The European Union is seeking greater access to data from tech firms. The legislative proposal will give police greater power to request personal data in cases related to terror investigations. The legislation raises questions about the sanctity of our data, and whether or not the government should have access to our online information. It’s become a common trend for governments to look to increase internet regulation in the wake of terrorist attacks. This could have massive implications regarding our right to privacy on the web.
This week’s tech news has revealed another wave of innovation across the technological landscape as pioneers Qualcomm revealed they will be releasing a New Mesh Networking Platform.
The New Mesh networking platform will aim to increase connectivity for smart devices, enabling original equipment manufacturers to create more elaborate home devices. Mesh aims to boosts the connectivity of smart devices to networks around the world. It also facilitates the use of voice assistance to expand the functions of the modern home network.
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