Monday, July 17, 2017

It’s not just Russia v. Ukraine and North Korea v. everyone.  It’s now something to consider in any interaction with other countries.  (Because it’s cheap and it works!) 
UAE orchestrated hacking of Qatari government sites, sparking regional upheaval, according to U.S. intelligence officials
The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post incendiary false quotes attributed to Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in late May that sparked the ongoing upheaval between Qatar and its neighbors, according to U.S. intelligence officials.

The real tragedy, they don’t even know who to sue!  (Yes, Logicforce is trying to sell you something.  That does not mean they are wrong.) 
Report – 66% of US law firms reported a breach in 2016
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NetSecurity – “The majority of US-based law firms are not only exposed in a wide variety of areas, but in many cases, unaware of intrusion attempts.  These findings were based on Logicforce survey data from over 200 law firms, anonymous system monitoring data and results from their on-site assessments.  The degree of preparation and vigilance within the industry at large will continue to place many law firms at unnecessary risk of losing valuable client data such as trade secrets and intellectual property.  Such breakdowns in security could result in financial losses for the targeted firms and their clients.  Approximately 40% of law firms in the study underwent at least one client data security audit, and Logicforce predicts this will rise to 60% by the end of 2018…”
  • Jordan McQuown: “CIO Law firms today face more cyber security threats than ever before and the threat landscape is evolving rapidly.  If you don’t understand where you are at risk and what to do about it, it’s nearly impossible to defend your clients’ data and your firm’s reputation.  I want to help you understand where you are at risk right now by sharing my list of top 10 cyber security threats.  As the CIO of LOGICFORCE, I see law firms being subjected to a wide variety of cyber threats.  Any one of these threats might cause irreparable damage to your law firm.  Yet each one of these can also be addressed effectively with the right technologies and right approach.  Here are my top 10 cyber security threats for law firms and what you can do about them.
    1. Lack of Pervasive Security Mindset
    2. Security Issues With Third Party Providers And Cloud Systems
    3. Ransomware
    4. Rogue Employees
    5. Hactivists
    6. Nation-State Espionage
    7. Accidental Exposure By Well-Intentioned Employees
    8. Technology Obsolescence
    9. Password Management Being Weak Or Non-Existent
    10. Reduced Security Standards For Remote Workers…”

Apparently, IBM thinks it’s time.  i.e. They think there is a market. 
IBM Z mainframe brings end-to-end encryption to all your data
Big Blue announced that its latest IBM Z mainframe computer will be able to encrypt all of the data in an enterprise all of the time, bringing encryption to everything from cloud services to databases.  The IBM Z can run more than 12 billion encrypted transactions per day.
This kind of encryption makes sense for security, but it wasn’t done in the past because it is very expensive and takes a lot of computing cycles.
   Until now, companies have had to selectively encrypt small chunks of data at a time, which is a time- and labor-intensive task
   Encryption is largely absent in corporate data centers, and even in cloud data centers, because current solutions for data encryption in the x86 environment dramatically degrade performance and user experience and are too complex and expensive to manage for regulatory compliance, IBM said.  As a result, only about 2 percent of corporate data is encrypted today.  By contrast, more than 80 percent of mobile device data is encrypted.
The recent IBM study found that extensive use of encryption is a top factor in reducing the cost of a data breach, resulting in a $16 reduction in cost per lost or stolen record.

If you have a legal requirement to keep records of your communication with clients, this could be a real problem.
NYT As Elites Switch to Texting Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency
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As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency, Kevin Roose – “Lawmakers, executives and other leaders are turning to encrypted chat apps to keep their communications under wraps, causing problems in industries where careful record-keeping is standard procedure…  Secure messaging apps like WhatsApp, Signal and Confide are making inroads among lawmakers, corporate executives and other prominent communicators.  Spooked by surveillance and wary of being exposed by hackers, they are switching from phone calls and emails to apps that allow them to send encrypted and self-destructing texts.  These apps have obvious benefits, but their use is causing problems in heavily regulated industries, where careful record-keeping is standard procedure.  “By and large, email is still used for formal conversations, said Juleanna Glover, a corporate consultant based in Washington.  But for quick shots…texting is the medium of choice.’”

Ignorance is no excuse, but it is common.
I’m not sure if this gets filed under the “what-the-hell”  or “no-one-connected-to-the-WH-should-have-security-clearance”  department, but Daniel Politi reports:
People who spoke up about their concerns over privacy suddenly found key private details, including their email and sometimes even home addresses, released by none other than President Donald Trump’s administration.  The presidential commission charged with investigating alleged fraud that has been plagued by controversy from the start published a 112-page document of unredacted emails of public comment on its work, which to no surprise are largely negative of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.  When it published the comments, the White House didn’t remove any of the personal information, meaning many of the comments are accompanied by personal details of the person who wrote it.
Read more on Slate.

Something for my Software Assurance and Data Management students. 
Sensor-studded Kansas City is like a giant smartphone. Now it just needs apps
Your city is dumb.  The potholed streets, coin-operated parking meters, and drafty brick buildings many of us interact with every day haven’t changed much in a century.  But it’s finally happening.  From Oslo to San Diego, cities across the globe are installing technology to gather data in the hopes of saving money, becoming cleaner, reducing traffic, and improving urban life.  In Digital Trends’ Smart Cities series, we’ll examine how smart cities deal with everything from energy management, to disaster preparedness, to public safety, and what it all means for you.

Maybe Watson isn’t the ultimate solution, even if it does play a wicked game of Jeopardy.
Jefferies gives IBM Watson a Wall Street reality check
IBM’s Watson unit is receiving heat today in the form of a scathing equity research report from Jefferies’ James Kisner.  The group believes that IBM’s investment into Watson will struggle to return value to shareholders.  In recent years, IBM has increasingly leaned on Watson as one of its core growth units — a unit that sits as a proxy for projecting IBM’s future value.
   If job postings are any indication, IBM is not keeping pace with other technology companies in hiring machine learning developers.  Things seem particularly lifeless in the field of deep learning, where IBM’s hiring appears anemic with respect to Apple and Amazon — and let’s be real, things would look much worse if Google, Microsoft and Facebook were added to this table.
   It seems perfectly reasonable that IBM shot out of the gates like a rocket in a mostly sterile AI market selling to CTOs and newly minted chief data officers with just enough anxiety to open check books

How many of these did not exist 30, 20, or even 10 years ago?
50 Marketing Channels to Use to Reach Customers
There are endless marketing channels available to small businesses.  These channels range in cost, from nothing to a lot.  Small Biz Trends takes a look at 50 of the most effective marketing channels small businesses can use to reach customers.

For my students and fellow professors.
Thanks to Microsoft, you can now download hundreds of useful ebooks for free.  No catch!  And these aren’t old copyright-free classics from way back in history — we’re talking about up-to-date copies of tech books related to Microsoft’s most-used products.
Grab the free ebooks here.
   The only downside is that you cannot download all of the books as a single ZIP file.  As Eric points out, it’s because of intellectual property rights.  The solution is to use a PowerShell script to grab all available copies at once.

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