Friday, August 28, 2015

Another industry that won't give us that warm fuzzy feeling we crave.
Health Care and Cyber Security: Increasing Threats Require Increased Capabilities
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Aug 27, 2015
At the core of the increased risk to healthcare organizations is the richness and uniqueness of the information that the health plans, doctors, hospitals and other providers handle. Apart from typical financial fraud, there is also the possibility of medical insurance fraud, or, in the case of providers, attacks on computer-controlled medical devices. As this is the largest part of the U.S. economy and a safeguard of peoples’ well-being, healthcare is a matter of national security. Despite such significant repercussions of a cyber-attack, the healthcare sector lags in terms of its preparedness for cyber threats. As recent events have made clear, protecting information is not easy. Hackers will find opportunities to exploit flaws in the way healthcare organizations currently fund, manage, enable, organize and implement their information protection capabilities. In terms of technical capabilities, the healthcare industry is behind other industries in protecting its infrastructure and electronic protected health information (ePHI) – as commonly seen in the use of outdated clinical technology, insecure network-enabled medical devices, and an overall lack of information security management processes…”

How about, “Show us that Best Practices were in place and functioning and we'll wave all fines.” It should also help your defense in all those pesky Class Action lawsuits.
Oh, this is an intriguing approach. Alice Marini reports:
The Korean Communications Commission (KCC) announced, on 21 August 2015, the implementation of a new penalty scheme, which allows companies, that have voluntarily reported a data breach to the KCC, to receive a reduction on the total administrative fine prescribed of up to the 30% (‘the New Reduction Scheme’). The New Reduction Scheme operates in addition to the KCC’s penalty regime, by helping companies to mitigate a fine for a data breach, when they proactively cooperate with the KCC during the investigations.
Read more on DataGuidance.

Update your target list...
US Energy Secretary: We Should Worry About Hacked Cars
… At the National Clean Energy Summit, former Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta—now Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman—asked Moniz if the prospect of cyber attacks on the electric grid keeps him awake at night.
“Yes,” Moniz replied, but he suggested the electric grid was not the most vulnerable system.
… More attention should be paid to other vulnerabilities, Moniz continued, such as major natural-gas compressor stations and private vehicles.
“We have to worry about the increasing intelligence in things like vehicle and traffic management.
… Earlier this year Sen. Ed Markey’s office released a report on the vulnerability of private vehicles to cyber attacks, which found that nearly all new vehicles “include wireless technologies that could pose vulnerabilities to hacking or privacy intrusions.”
… Moniz called for increased training of cyber security professionals, an initiative partially undertaken by the National Nuclear Security Administation.

Another encounter Google never anticipated. Sounds like the guy on the bicycle was playing with the Google car. Probably have the same problem with unicycles and Segways.
How fixed-gear bikes can confuse Google’s self-driving cars

A win is a loss and a loss is a win? I'm so glad I'm not a lawyer.
Gus Hurwitz has a slightly different take on the Third Circuit’s opinion in FTC v. Wyndham. On the issue of notice, he writes, in part:
The court goes on to find that Wyndham had sufficient notice of the requirements of Section 5 under the standard that applies to judicial interpretations of statutes. And it expressly notes that, should the district court decide that the higher standard applies – that is, if the court agrees to apply the general law of data security that the FTC has tried to develop in recent years – the court will need to reevaluate whether the FTC’s rules meet Constitutional muster. That review would be subject to the tougher standard applied to agency interpretations of statutes.
Should this happen – should the FTC convince the district court that its prior cases are relevant – the Third Circuit’s opinion bears ill portents for the Commission.

An encounter Google has had before and will continue to have.
European Publishers Play Lobbying Role Against Google
BERLIN — In private sessions this summer, giant publishers and media companies from Germany, France and elsewhere have met with European officials about proposals to regulate Europe’s digital economy. The discussions have covered a broad range of contentious issues, according to public disclosures and several people who attended or were briefed on the meetings. Central to almost all of them has been limiting the reach of a single American company: Google.
… “The argument is simple enough: Publishers want money from Google,” said Till Kreutzer, a German lawyer who has campaigned against these new copyright proposals. “Many European politicians are open to listening to that type of proposal.”

Facebook has a billion users in a single day, says Mark Zuckerberg
For the first time over a billion people used Facebook on a single day, according to company founder Mark Zuckerberg.
The "milestone" was reached on Monday, when "1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook to connect with their friends and family", he said in a post.
Facebook has nearly 1.5 billion users who log in at least once a month, but this was the most in a single day.

Useful when teaching software like Excel.
Microsoft Snip brings Windows screenshots to life with voice and ink
Microsoft has a new Office tool that's really useful if you regularly take screenshots. Microsoft Snip, available in beta now, allows Windows users to capture screenshots and then annotate on them and record audio over the top. It can turn an ordinary screenshot into a screen tutorial, or just a neat way to share your thoughts about a document or image over the web. While Windows has long included its own Snipping Tool, Microsoft Snip is a lot more powerful.
… Basic captures are automatically copied to the clipboard, but if you add audio then it's automatically transformed into an MP4 file that can be embedded on websites or viewed from a URL hosted on Microsoft's servers (providing you opt to upload it). Otherwise, all screenshots are stored locally by default.
… Microsoft Snip is being offered as a free beta for now, and there's an option within the app to send feedback straight to Microsoft about its features.

We don't teach cursive writing, perhaps students no longer need to read either. (Thinking was apparently tossed out years ago.)
More People Have a Summer 'Streaming' List Than a Summer Reading List (Infographic)
Summer used to be synonymous with poring over a juicy read at the beach, or curling up next to a good book outside on the porch.
But not anymore. A new survey conducted by New York-based research firm Miner & Co. Studio reveals that, while 76 percent of Americans say they have a summer reading list, 85 percent report to having a summer “streaming” list -- a catalog of content that they intend to binge before summer ends.
And the great outdoors has slowly become the venue of choice for streaming. Sixty-four percent of participants said that they are consuming video in places where they used to spend time reading outside, including on porches, decks, backyards, beaches and lakes.

This could be useful on occasion.
How To Transcribe A YouTube Video
… We’ve looked at how to download videos from YouTube before. We’ve dissected all the ways you can convert a video file to an MP3. But we’ve never looked at how to convert a YouTube video to text.
It turns out, it’s surprisingly easy, with a couple of caveats. Here’s how to do it in the browser, on your computer, and with the help of someone else.

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