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Big Data Horizons- Unravel Success, Disney and Consumers

AppDynamics co-founder thinks Unravel may repeat his success

“Unravel may get there even faster”

The chairman of the app management tech company Cisco bought for $3.7 billion earlier this year thinks a Menlo Park startup can have the same kind of success helping customers manage their Big Data projects. He comments:

“I’ve been in the business of monitoring and managing apps for a long time and grew one of the largest companies in that space with AppDynamics,” Bansal said in an interview. “Big Data has been around for a long time and I see the same kind of pain and complexity of managing these systems that we saw with apps.”

Unravel CEO Kunal Agarwal said his 28-employee company is brought in on Day 2 after a company installs a Big Data system in the cloud or on premises. “We make to sure those Big Data projects run on time, are fast and error free and that the company can keep scaling in an intelligent fashion,” he said.

While AppDynamics Chairman Bansal sees similarities between the progress his nine-year-old company made en route to its $3.7 billion sale, he thinks Unravel Data (a 10Fold client) may get there even faster.

“Unravel is doing better than we did at their stage in selling to very large enterprises,” he said. “It’s not easy for a small startup to win that kind of business. Large enterprises will only do that if they see tremendous value in the product and the pain is very high.”

430M Internet of Things Devices Means a Healthcare Big Data Tsunami

“The Internet of Things keeps growing, leaving healthcare providers staring down a flood of big data and an imperative to alter their workflows.”

A new report from Tractica predicts that by 2022 manufacturers will be shipping out 430 million Internet of Things devices each year, leaving healthcare providers little time to prepare for a massive influx of potentially valuable big data.

As wearable fitness trackers are joined by a new generation of smart clothing and body sensors that may be able to collect an unprecedented amount of personal health data, providers and health IT developers will need to quickly work through the interoperability, data governance, patient engagement, and EHR optimization problems that have thus far been holding back the Internet of Things.

Ensuring that both providers and patients can leverage the full potential of the Internet of Things will be an ongoing mission for healthcare organizations, their developer partners, and their patients.  As the number of devices grows and the sophistication of these tools increases, the industry will need to carefully work through its big data access and management issues before it can improve the delivery of chronic disease care and population health management.

Disney Uses Big Data, IoT And Machine Learning To Boost Customer Experience

“RFID wristband tech captures even more data”

In 2013, after years of development and testing, Disney World launched its MyMagicPlus program. Now, every guest to Disney World gets a MagicBand, a wristband that is equipped with RFID technology and a long-range radio. These bands communicate with thousands of sensors and stream real-time data to hundreds of systems that make the entertainment venue a giant computer. All this data is designed to help Disney cast members anticipate all your desires so they can give you an incredible experience. The bands act as hotel keys, credit cards, tickets, FastPasses and more. With a simple swipe of the band across sensors located throughout the park, the giant system knows where you are, what you’re doing and what you need.

The goal of the tech team who developed the MagicBands was to “root out all the friction within the Disney World experience.” Even before you leave town you can set reservations for certain attractions (where you won’t have to wait in line—hallelujah!) And added bonus for Disney: Your choices get added to its data vault. Once you arrive on site, one of the biggest challenges of any amusement park is how to minimize the wait times for rides and attractions.

How tech giants are putting big data to work

“$15 trillion in value expected in 15 years”

The greatest aspect of big data is perhaps it’s ubiquity throughout the market and availability to everyone, from Walmart to the local mom and pop store.

Big data’s massive impact on the economy is largely driven by the fact that it’s universally available to large corporations and consumers alike. Nonetheless, tech giants like Google and Amazon are often the innovative birthplaces of the latest big data innovations.

Companies like Google, which catalog data for literally millions of searches each day, can analyze the information over the long term to detect useful trends and learn about their users. Google’s algorithms make great use of big data, for instance, when trying to determine what you’re searching for after you’ve only inputted a few characters into your search bar.

Other companies, like Amazon, are more ambitious with how they use big data to get to know their customers. Amazon’s marketplace is teeming with suggested products for their consumers, largely because the firm has harnessed big data to determine which products people in a certain demographic are likely to purchase, and markets those products specifically to them.

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Average Global Cost of a Data Breach Now $3.6M, IBM Reports

“Cost of breaches surprisingly low”

The Ponemon Cost of Data Breach report has historically shown consistently increasing costs of attacks, but the IBM sponsored 2017 edition has shown a deviation from the usual trend. Wendi Whitmore, global lead of IBM X-Force IRIS told eWEEK; “Overall when you look at the report, the good news is that the overall cost of a data breach is down.”

IOT Malware Activity Already More Than Doubled 2016 Numbers

“Doubling of last years malware attacks already”

Honeypots formulated by Kaspersky Labs that mimicked IoT devices attracted over 7,200 malware samples over the course of May. These attacks were attempting to infect IoT connected devices primarily over telnet and SSH. This was a concerning rise, as only 3,200 samples were detected last year.

New report reveals how malware uses evasion to hide in plain sight

“Secrets hidden right in front of you”

The digital world seems to have been hiding malware in plain sight. In McAfee Labs Quarterly Threat Report, researchers have found that simple evasion techniques are used to disguise and distribute malware.

TrickBot Targets Payment Processors, CRM Providers

“CRMsystems also being targeted”

The TrickBot banking Trojan is no longer limiting its targets to financial institutions. Payment processing systems, such as CRM programs, are seeing there systems attacked F5 has warned. Earlier this year TrickBot was spotted hitting firms across the world in largely financial markets, now researchers fear that theprogram has evolved its preferences again and will further expand its reach.

Cisco Releases Open Source Malware Signature Generator

“Talos intelligence group announces open source framework to track malware”

Cisco’s Talos research group has announced Monday that its new tool, BASS, is capable of generating antivirus signatures from malware, essentially an automatic signature synthesizer. The framework creates unique signatures from malicious software that stems from the previously generated clusters. Cisco hopesthat this tool will make malware analysis simpler and improve resource allocation.

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Dridex gang uses unpatched Microsoft Word exploit to target millions

“Attacks beginning in January”

The group associated with the Dridex trojan software has begun using an unpatched Microsoft Word vulnerability that allows it to potentially affect millions of users. The capability of harm was revealed Friday by McAfee antivirus researchers, and security researchers firm FireEye have confirmed more instances of issues over the past several weeks as well.

US dismantles Kelihos botnet after Russian hacker’s arrest

“Unrelated to potential tampering in U.S. election”

The recent arrest of a Russian cybercriminal in Spain has led to the destruction of a large scale botnet. Kelihos, a botnet that is directly responsible for the remote control and ‘enslavement’ of hundreds of thousands of IoT devices, has been used to distribute malware globally in the past. On Monday the U.S. Justice Department released a statement claiming it had taken actions to officially dismantle the project.

Hackers Steal Customer Card Data From GameStop

“Popular gaming retailer apparently breached”

GameStop, a popular retailer among the gaming community, allegedly has been compromised with the possibility of customer payment card information stolen. Included are the name, address, and verification numbers of credit cards.

Cisco Finds Many Flaws in Moxa Industrial Aps

“More than a dozen issues identified”

Talos Intelligence, a Cisco research group, has finished a two-week observation of a wireless AP from Moxa, concluding that many vulnerabilities are apparent from their tests. Over a dozen were officially verified, including remote exploitation that would effectively give a cybercriminal full access to operating functions of a device. Moxa has apatched all but on of these vulnerabilities, the details of which will be disclosed after it has been dealt with.

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Virulent Android malware returns

“Over 2 million downloads on Google Play”

A strain of malware that had infected over 10 million Android devices in 2016 has been making the rounds again, embedding itself in Google Play applications that may have affected nearly 12 million users. Professionally developed, HummingWhale is a variant of a researcher documented strain hitting the Google store last July.

Court denies U.S. government appeal in Microsoft case

“Appeals court not reconsidering DOJ request for email handover”

An appeals court has refused the Department of Justice’s request to force Microsoft to release thousands of customer emails held outside of the United States. A 4-4 decision by the Second Circuit court refused to rehear a July decision that denied access to a suspected drug dealers account stored on a server based in Ireland. DOJ requests are not new to Microsoft, having been in consistent battles for email requests since early 2013.

Cisco’s web meeting plugin for Chrome has a whopping flaw

“Extension may need security patch”

Users of the Cisco WebEx extension would be keen on ensuring they have installed the 1.03 patch, as security experts have been claiming earlier versions leave considerable vulnerabilities in a users device. Filippo Valsorda (@FiloSottile) has recently tweeted on the matter “…any website could just install malware on your machine silently.”

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Liberian Hacking Attempts Cut Internet Access

“October 21st attackers seem responsible”

On November 3rd, continuous attacks from hijacked IoT devices were able to successfully bring down internet access to thousands of people. Some of the attacks were among the biggest ever seen, and targeted huge web companies such as Spotify, Twitter, and Reddit.

New Study Shows Flaw with Smart Bulbs

“New IoT light bulbs vulnerable to hacks”

A recent report titled “IoT Goes Nuclear” has outlined problems seen in new Philips Hue smart light bulbs and similar devices that use ZigBee transmissions. Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science and Dalhousie University were successful in hacking and remotely using them from a separate location. Vulnerabilities like these have led to massive DDoS attacks, such as the October 21st web attack that brought many high value sites to their knees for several hours.

Cisco Warns on Security Hole in Management Tool for Connected Homes

“The flaw could have given admin access to unauthorized user”

Cisco has now patched a significant vulnerability in its Prime Home system, a tool that allows a user to manage their smart devices. Before the patch was released, the firm issued an alert that the GUI interface was facing a security flaw that could potentially allow remote users to access functions they otherwise would not be able to access.

Heisenberg Cloud’ Spots Finds Database Services, Misconfigurations

“Undertaken to assess the threat to cloud infrastructure”

A Rapid7 research project has been undertaken to expose the vulnerabilities and misconfigurations in public internet spaces. The Rapid7 ‘Heisenberg Cloud’ combines scan data from scan data from the Heisenberg and Project Sonar.