July: AI Is Both Friend and Foe in Cybersecurity

Artificial intelligence can out-poker-face the best human poker players in the world; it has the potential to revolutionize surgery by allowing surgeons to do their work remotely, and it may help scientists predict the probability of life on other planets.

June: 5G in the Workplace

The workplace of tomorrow will look vastly different from the workplace of today. For instance, in the future, workplaces won’t be defined by a physical location. The latest generation of cellular mobile communications, 5G, will help us get there. 5G’s defining characteristics, like high-data rates and low latencies, will unlock new applications for the workplace that were simply not possible in the past.

May: Urbanization and Transportation

Cities are changing. According to the UN (United Nations), 68% of the global population will live in urban areas by 2050, compared to 55% today. What’s more, the UN expects the global population to skyrocket in the next few decades, potentially adding 2.5 billion more people to urban areas by 2050.

AI on the Future of Work

As technology changes, so does the future of work and the future of workers. Therefore, it’s time to be forward thinking about the future of work and future workers and how industries will change as a result of AI (artificial intelligence) technologies, robotics, and even the future of healthcare.

Future Worker Is Here

The worker of the future is here. We hear it every day about the importance of focusing on the needs of the next generation and how we need to mentor them.

Carlene C. Ileto: Pivotal Moments in our Careers

Peggy and Carlene C. Ileto, executive director, products and services delivery management office, U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, and also a Women of M2M/IoT Award winner, talk about women in IT and the importance of failure. She also digs into how service centers are going high-tech today and that the efforts of reducing paper was a major effort at the IRS, but provided incredible value. They also address issues of cybersecurity, how to inspire the next generation, mentorship, and the need to focus on the job at hand.

Tracking the Evolving Cybersecurity Threatscape

How are cybercriminals targeting businesses right now? How can enterprises protect themselves from breaches and hacks? Is there life after a major breach or other debilitating cybersecurity incident? These are all questions businesses using connected devices and IoT (Internet of Things) technologies need to be asking themselves. A report from Accenture provides insight that can help cybersecurity professionals make the best decisions possible for protecting their devices, data, networks, and systems.

America’s Infrastructure Gridlock

From GM’s “See the USA in your Chevrolet” to “Get your kicks on Route 66,” American’s have expressed their yearning for the open road.

AI Is Changing Your Work

AI (artificial intelligence): The NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) has released a plan for prioritizing federal agency engagement in the development of standards for AI, and this is worth spending some time talking about.

Grid Modernization Projects and Trends

By next year, 2020, the global IoT (Internet of Things) in utilities market is expected to reach $11.73 billion, according to research from MarketsandMarkets, and Global Market Insights estimates the IoT utilities market will generate $15 billion by 2024.

Equifax Settlement Is a Cautionary Tale

In March 2017, the US-CERT (U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team) alerted businesses to a new critical security vulnerability found in Apache Struts, an open-source framework used to build Java web applications, and encouraged those using a vulnerable version of the software to immediately update to a new version for free. One business US-CERT alerted was Equifax, a consumer-reporting agency in the U.S. that offers credit reporting and other services. Unfortunately, despite some haphazard attempts by Equifax to address the problem, the vulnerability remained unpatched for several months.

The Making of the Global Datasphere

I really think the internet of everything or as we all call the IoT (Internet of Things), continues to surround us by smart devices and smart systems that are constantly sensing, monitoring, listening, and watching everything we do.

Reigning in S3 Security Amid Magecart Campaign

If you’re up on the latest in cybersecurity, you’ve heard of Magecart, a sort of cybercrime “group of groups” that digitally skims credit card data from compromised ecommerce sites. Widely publicized breaches from companies like British Airways, Newegg, and Ticketmaster are considered to be the work of Magecart, which remains at large, although security researchers are working hard to learn more about the cybercriminals. For instance, RiskIQ, an attack surface management solution provider, published a joint Magecart-focused report at the end of last year that profiled the groups (there are at least seven of them, according to RiskIQ), as well as their common tactics and their typical targets.