Confidential computing is the next step in the journey to protect personal and corporate data and algorithms. The CCC (Confidential Computing Consortium) defines confidential computing as the protection of data in use by performing computations in a hardware-based TEE (trusted execution environment), also called an enclave. According to the CCC, these secure and isolated environments prevent unauthorized access or modification of applications and data while in use, thereby increasing the security assurances for organizations that manage sensitive and regulated data.
The 100 most deadly days for teen drivers are underway. The time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, according to AAA, makes up the “100 Deadliest Days,” when more than 30% of deaths involving teen drivers occur. In fact, AAA’s data suggests that on average, during these 100 days, seven people in the U.S. die per day in teen driver-related auto crashes. Young drivers lack the experience that more seasoned drivers have, and this reality will not change. However, the vehicles people drive are changing, becoming smarter and more connected. Can driver-assistance and autonomous-vehicle technologies turn the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day into just another 100 days?
Cybersecurity is always important, but it takes a front seat in the news when something bad happens, as it did when a ransomware attack shut the Colonial Pipeline system down for several days in early May, resulting in one of the worst cyberattacks on U.S. infrastructure. The U.S. government has responded with new cybersecurity requirements in the pipeline sector, but what should other sectors take away from this incident? Worldwide security spending across sectors is set to grow this year, and organizations like MISA (Microsoft Intelligent Security Assn.) are growing as well—all in an effort to help the ecosystem defend against increasing cyber threats.
For the second year in a row, Microsoft Build was an all-digital event. The annual event for developers and software engineers who work with Microsoft products produced a lot of news for developers in the realms of AI (artificial intelligence), cloud, edge, and more. During the event’s keynote address, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also hinted at big changes coming for the next version of Windows. Nadella said the update will “unlock greater opportunity for developers and creators.” While a tease was all attendees got about the so-called “next generation of Windows,” tons of updates were announced at the 2021 Build event, along with some important industry-enhancing collaborations.
The cryptocurrency market is hot right now. In early May, Ethereum (ETH) was valued at more than $3,500, up from less than $1,100 at the beginning of the year. Often considered the second most popular cryptocurrency after Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum has been called “digital oil” while, by comparison, Bitcoin has been called “digital gold.” And then there’s others, like Dogecoin (DOGEUSD), which started as a joke. As investors jump on the bandwagon, though, Dogecoin has jumped above $0.60 (as of this writing)—that’s up from about a dime just a few weeks earlier. As the crypto ecosystem gains attention from investors, it’s gaining attention from regulators as well.
The year 2020 will, no doubt, be remembered as one of sacrifice, challenge, and adaption. People were directly impacted by an invisible enemy—the coronavirus and the resulting COVID-19 pandemic—and challenged to change their lifestyle accordingly. Companies were hit with mandated closures, economic challenges, and a new way of working. But through it all, people remained resilient and flexible. And in meeting the challenges, individuals and organizations found help in technology, new and old.
Sustainability issues are shifting the business environment. A study by CDP found that some of the world’s largest companies report the climate risk to their businesses is about $1 trillion, and these same businesses value climate change-related business opportunities at about $2.1 trillion. Enterprises must recognize sustainability is no longer a political issue. Rather, it has become a business imperative that’s critical to long-term success and continued competitiveness.
It’s an unfortunate, all-too-common scenario: A customer shows up to McDonald’s craving a tasty treat and is turned away because the ice-cream machine is out of order. A recent Wired article delves into the saga of Jeremy O’Sullivan and Melissa Nelson, cofounders of Kytch, who may end up in a legal battle with the fast-food giant and Taylor, the ice-cream machine manufacturer that supplies many of the machines within McDonald’s franchises. Neither company wants Kytch to make their Taylor C602 ice-cream machines smart.
The AI (artificial intelligence) market is poised to grow tremendously in the next few years. A new report from Technavio suggests the market will grow by a massive $76.4 billion between 2021 and 2025 at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 21%. Factors contributing to this growth include the use of AI in cybersecurity and fraud prevention in an increasingly digital age. AI’s ability to enhance employee productivity and streamline operations are additional reasons companies are adopting AI solutions, especially after the hit so many businesses took in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But as AI adoption grows, so does the need for conversations about trust. Does the industry need more than conversations? Does it need rules?
In the past, companies ran their contact centers using on-premises software systems. Maintaining consistently good customer service often required significant ongoing investment not only in the software itself but also in hardware like computers and servers—and that’s not even including the cost of staffing a customer-service center. Today, cloud-based customer service solutions are a natural extension of the growth of cloud and AI (artificial intelligence) across industries.
A new ResearchandMarkets report suggests blockchain technology will boost the global GDP by almost $2 trillion by 2030. The firm also projects the global market for blockchain tech will reach $30.7 billion by 2027. Although many IT budgets were slashed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, technologies under the IoT (Internet of Things) umbrella, including automation, AI (artificial intelligence), and blockchain, are going to be a critical part of how businesses move forward in a post-COVID era.
Digitization is forever changing work and workplaces. Digital processes and digital productivity tools, virtual collaboration tools and other technologies that allow work to happen from anywhere, as well as automation and AI (artificial intelligence) are all contributing to the redefinition of work in the next decade. And while digitization across industries has been trending for some time, what’s new to the future-of-work discussion is COVID-19. It’s possible the pandemic will be a watershed moment in time, a tipping point of sorts toward remote and distributed work. Is this the end of the traditional 9-5 workday? How much of the forced change in the past year will become permanent? How do companies need to rethink their business processes, and how can companies create a people-centric culture in this new world?
Digital transformation is the name of the game in sectors like smart city, healthcare, and manufacturing. In fact, research from Mordor Intelligence suggests the digital transformation in manufacturing market will reach $767.82 billion by 2026, up from $263.93 billion in 2020. As part of the digital transformation process, automation is helping manufacturers cut costs and become more efficient. After a year marked by change and upheaval thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers are moving forward in 2021 (and beyond), in part by adjusting their market strategies.
Mobile devices are a critical part of modern society, playing a role in how people communicate with each other personally and professionally, how they accomplish tasks personally and professionally, and how they remain productive on the go. Remote work is now a bigger part of the picture thanks to COVID-19, and mobile-device security should be a focus for both individuals and enterprises that rely on mobile devices, which are consumer devices at their core, for productivity.
For the second year, Cisco’s annual event, Cisco Live!, was virtual. The event wrapped up last week, leaving a lot on the table for the industry to digest. Chuck Robbins, Cisco’s chairman and CEO, pointed to it being a unique moment in history—a moment that’s shaping the future. Robbins says technology is foundational to this future. With the innovations announced at Cisco’s event, Robbins said, “Our customers around the world will not only be able to connect, secure, and automate the future of IT, but also leverage technology to truly power an inclusive future for all.”