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What you need to know about the WannaCry Ransomware

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A virulent new strain of ransomware known as WannaCry has hit hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide since its emergence on Friday, May 12. WannaCry is far more dangerous than other common ransomware types because of its ability to spread itself across an organization’s network by exploiting a critical vulnerability in Windows computers, which was patched by Microsoft in March 2017 (MS17-010). The exploit, known as “Eternal Blue,” was released online in April in the latest of a series of leaks by a group known as the Shadow Brokers, who claimed that it had stolen the data from the Equation cyber espionage group.

Source: Symantec




Windows 10 Creators Update

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Redmond magazine reports that Microsoft's second major Windows 10 upgrade will literally change the way users look at PCs, devices and games. Windows 10 Creators Update, which Microsoft started pushing out to consumers in April, will be available for business and enterprise customers this summer. Microsoft is emphasizing that this release, focused more on creating rather than consuming content, represents the first release that makes Windows an alternative to the Apple Mac OS, while aiming to appeal to young computer users who feel Apple has fallen behind.

"We designed Windows 10 to empower the creator in all of us," said Yusef Mehdi, corporate VP of the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft. "To us, that means that everyone has the power to dream big, whether that involves starting a company, developing a lesson plan, inventing a product, developing or broadcasting games, or imagining a whole new world in Minecraft or mixed reality."
The Creators Update will…

CES 2017 to Feature 5G

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This year’s Consumer Electronics Show will feature 5G technologies. But it remains to be seen whether the technology will live up to the level of hype surrounding it.

CES 2017 kicks off this week in Las Vegas, and will attract technology companies from every spectrum. Topics will range from high-definition TVs to cutting-edge wireless technologies. More than 100,000 attendees from all over the world make CES the tech industry’s main trade show.

This year, a wide range of companies are poised to place 5G front and center. Qualcomm’s CEO Steve Mollenkopf will make 5G a centerpiece of his keynote address on Friday, while executives from Verizon, Ericsson, Sprint, 20th Century Fox Film Corp., SK Telecom and others will also discuss the move to the next-generation technology in a number of different CES panels and sessions.

Further, Intel and Ericsson have promised to show off a 5G virtual reality sports demonstration using Intel’s Voke 360 camera and Ericsson’s pre-standard 5G technology…

Facebook is Researching AI for Apps

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Facebook is already conducting research in computer vision, language understanding, machine learning, connectivity, and virtual reality, as well as on other frontiers. “Facebook’s long-term road map is focused on building foundational technologies in three areas: connectivity, artificial intelligence and virtual reality,” wrote Mike Schroepfer, CTO of Facebook, in a release. “We believe that major research and engineering breakthroughs in each of these areas will help us make more progress toward opening the world to everyone over the next decade.”

Recently, the company announced a new deep learning platform, Caffe2Go. The platform is designed to bring real-time AI to a user’s fingertips. The company is also using artificial intelligence to provide stabilization in 360-degree videos. It is also working on speech recognition to improve avatars and UI tools, and to help users interact with their VR environment with hands-free voice commands. Finally, it can use computer vision software …

Companies to Watch in 2017

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As the technology industry continues to grow, SD Times is again presenting its annual “Companies to Watch” list. Many of the companies on this list are startups that will have to find ways to take root in an already competitive market. Others have been around for years and are looking for ways to gain new customers. Nevertheless, these are the companies expected to do well next year and think you should be watching. View the complete list here: http://sdtimes.com/companies-watch-2017/.

Achieving the Value of Threat Intelligence

According to Andrew Komarov, CIO of InfoArmor, Inc. Today’s cyber landscape is more sophisticated than ever before. To navigate it safely and ensure your business and customers are properly protected, you need to understand what type of threats are out there and what risks they pose to you. This is where threat intelligence comes into play. Despite the millions of attacks that happen each day, not all threats are created equal. But it is this overwhelming number of attacks that bad actors count on to cause confusion and paranoia. Putting this into perspective, for its 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report, Verizon used a dataset of 64,199 security incidents and 2,260 data breaches.

Determining which threats are relevant and aligning resources to focus on those attack vectors is where the real value in threat intelligence takes shape. To get the most out of threat intelligence, organizations must be able to customize and shape the information they collect and analyze, and compare that…

Agile Digital Transformation

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The need for speed in application development is driving business today more than ever. Agile is the engine powering app development as user expectations increase. Whether creating mobile apps or high performance websites, businesses are being forced to rethink the way their entire software development process operates. The methodologies and tools that help development and delivery of quality software fast are more important than ever before. A great article by Christina Mulligan from SD Times, “Driving a Digital Transformation” discusses the forces driving agile business application development today.