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The Intern Experience at 10Fold

Far from just a lame B – Lister movie trying to prove that Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are still relevant and it’s these crazy millennials that are the ones out of touch with reality, internships are actually a critical step to success in the PR.

Unfortunately, internships have kind of a bad rap. Think cliché intern and what comes to mind? Coffee? Menial grunt work? Free labor? All too often that’s exactly the case.

But not all internships are created equal. At 10Fold, we pride ourselves on our internships and really believe our program to be a cut above the rest.

So what exactly sets an internship at 10Fold apart?

It’s paid. Always.

No not in experience, or possible college credit, but in cold hard bimonthly direct deposits. Because 10Fold understands you can’t pay your landlord with a glowing letter of recommendation.

You get real world experience.

We don’t bring in interns to be coffee fetchers or kitchen cleaners; if that’s all we thought you could do we wouldn’t want to hire you in the first place. Our interns are paired directly with a senior staff member on day one and immediately get started on real work. Bad news for aspiring pencil pushers, but great news for those driven to succeed.

You’re part of the team.

Interns aren’t some expendable resource that we renew every couple of months. At 10Fold we really believe that everyone we hire is becoming part of our team and we treat them accordingly; no intern coordinator that buffers the interns from the rest of the company, no exclusive training sessions for full time hires only, no battle royal where we pit all the interns against each other in gladiatorial combat to see who among them will earn the full time position (although we can all agree that would be the best way by far).

We care about our employees, and we celebrate when our interns are successful. Literally. Every Friday, in a meeting with everyone in the company from the CEO down, we make sure to let everyone know exactly how well our interns are doing. Sometimes we even do a little cheer.

Maybe that’s why we end up hiring 70% of the interns we employ.

But hey this could all just be some corporate sales pitch right? Well listen to what intern Nathan Zaragosa has to say about his time at 10Fold:

“I personally wanted to really grow from my internship, and gain skills I didn’t have before. From the moment I came into 10Fold, I’ve been assigned real projects that make impacts such as client social media content creation, event and award searches and outreach, and most recently pitching reporters. 10Fold went as far to ask the intern team to come up with ideas to improve training in the intern program! These projects not only help you grow your skillset, but make you feel like you’re making a difference in the company.”

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Network Breaches Are No Match for Veriflow

Based in San Jose, California, Veriflow provides a preventative solution for network administrators who worry about security vulnerabilities from change induced errors. The practical application of this service allows for network administrators who may not be knowledgeable in certain technologies to easily monitor changes in the network. Where Veriflow differs from its peers is the basis of its design; a mathematical formula called formal verification, which continuously evaluates changes and ensures they won’t bring harm to the network.

President and CEO James Brear is a proven industry executive with an impressive history of success. Annual revenues under James rose consistently with his leadership at Procera Networks, totaling nearly 1110% in total growth from the start of his tenure and gathering several awards. This led to the successful acquisition of the firm by Francisco Partners for $240M in 2015. Co-Founder Brighten Godfrey leads the technical research and development for the firm. He holds a Ph.D in computer science and is an expert in mathematical formal verification, which checks the validity of code as it is written.

Veriflow has been awarded several accolades for its unique services, including Innovation Challenge Winner and a silver medal from the Network Products Guide. The firm has also been able to attract investments from the Department of Defense, Menlo Venture Capital, and NEA Technologies.

For more information about Veriflow and their services browse through coverage 10Fold has helped them acquire here and here, and watch how Veriflow’s products work here:

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Your daily digest of “All Things Security” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Security Practice team.

Big items to considerThe top cybersecurity officer in the federal Office of Personnel Management resigned Monday, just two days before she was scheduled to testify before a House panel that is continuing to investigate last year’s massive OPM data breach in which hackers compromised the personal data of more than 20 million federal employees. BlackBerry said on Wednesday that it has acquired U.K.-based cyber security consultancy Encription, moving the company deeper into the services business as it continues to morph into a more software-focused entity amid its ongoing turnaround. Prominent security researcher Troy Hunt reveals that a flaw in the Nissan Leaf can create vulnerabilities and compromise the driver’s recent journeys data. After Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked shortly before Thanksgiving of 2014, the attackers went quiet- but now researchers say they’ve linked the attackers to the Lazarus Group.

OPM’s cybersecurity chief resigns in wake of massive data breach Publication: USA Today Reporter name: Erin Kelly

The top cybersecurity officer in the federal Office of Personnel Management resigned Monday, just two days before she was scheduled to testify before a House panel that is continuing to investigate last year’s massive OPM data breach in which hackers compromised the personal data of more than 20 million federal employees. Donna Seymour, OPM’s chief information officer, wrote in an email to her colleagues that she decided to leave so that her presence “does not distract from the great work this team does every single day for this agency and the American people.”


BlackBerry buys cybersecurity consultancy; moves deeper into services Publication: Reuters Reporter name: Harro Ten Wolde and Euan Rocha

BlackBerry said on Wednesday that it has acquired U.K.-based cyber security consultancy Encription, moving the company deeper into the services business as it continues to morph into a more software-focused entity amid its ongoing turnaround. The acquisition will bring a team of about 40 cyber security professionals, who have helped test network vulnerabilities for both government agencies and large corporate entities, into the BlackBerry fold.


API Vulnerability In Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicles Leaves Them Prone To Hacking Publication: Tech Times Reporter name: Staff

Prominent security researcher Troy Hunt reveals that a flaw in the Nissan Leaf can create vulnerabilities and compromise the driver’s recent journeys data. According to Hunt, the root of the issue is based on how the NissanConnect EV app would only require the car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) in order for anyone to take control of some settings. These include heating, air-conditioning system and even the driver’s recent journeys.


The hackers that took down Sony Pictures are still on the attack, researchers say Publication: Washington Post Reporter name: Andrea Peterson and Ellen Nakashima

After Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked shortly before Thanksgiving of 2014, the attackers went quiet. But now researchers say they’ve linked the attackers – whom the U.S. government has said were directed by North Korea — to a chameleon-like group active since at least 2009 and still on the digital warpath, attacking systems in South Korea and elsewhere in Asia. A new report from cybersecurity firm Novetta dubs the attackers the “Lazarus Group.” AlienVault and Kaspersky Lab, say they’ve pieced together evidence that suggests the Lazarus Group was behind the Sony attack along with a string of other attacks, including a 2013 campaign against South Korean television stations and financial institutions. The Lazarus Group appears to have created monikers for previous unknown hacking groups including “NewRomanic Cyber Army Team,” the “WhoIs Team,” and “IsOne” to claim credit for hacks in the past, according to the report. But they were just as ephemeral as “Guardians of Peace.”

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Your daily digest of “All Things Security” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Security Practice team.

Big items to considerA California hospital has been held hostage by hackers demanding a $3.6m ransom. Nasdaq has announced that later this year it will record all stockholders voices on its own blockchain system for companies listed on the exchange. New Android malware roots and hijacks devices and can grant itself administrator rights. IBM announced its new cyberframe that will have capabilities for speedy encryption and cyber analytics

Hollywood Hospital Held Hostage By Hackers Asking $3.6M Ransom To Release Network From Malware Publication: International Business Times Reporter name: Clark Mindock

A California hospital’s computer network  is under attack by hackers who won’t go away until they’re paid $3.6 million, according to the Verge. The hospital has moved all of its patients to nearby facilities and is reportedly using faxes to communicate in the absence of email. The hackers — whose identities are unknown — have been holding the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center’s network hostage for a little more than a week, and everything from basic computer functions to connected medical devices have been affected at the 434-bed facility. The source of the ransomware on the network is currently unknown, but officials have indicated it may have been installed unwittingly by a hospital employee who perhaps opened up a malicious link from an email.


Nasdaq to use blockchain to record shareholder votes Publication: PCWorld Reporter name: Perter Sayer

Add shareholder voting to the list of applications for blockchain technologies. Later this year, Nasdaq plans to record stockholders’ electronic votes on its own blockchain system for companies listed on one of its exchanges. By digitizing the entire process, it expects to speed and simplify the proxy voting process. Blockchains — the best known of which is the public ledger of bitcoin transactions — are distributed records of events, each block in the record containing a computational “hash” of itself and of the previous block, so that all are connected like links in a chain.


SMS Android malware roots and hijacks your device – unless you are Russian Publication: ZDnet Reporter name: Charlie Osborne

Android-based mobile malware which is able to give itself admin privileges and completely take over aspects of a smartphone’s functionality has been discovered in the wild, researchers say. According to security specialist Andra Zaharia from Heimdal Security, the malware, dubbed Mazar Android BOT, spreads via SMS and MMS messages. If installed, the malicious code hidden within grants itself administrator rights on an Android device, giving attackers the option to send premium messages without consent, hijack browser sessions, root the device, monitor phone and text messages and retrieve device data.


IBM’s New Cyberframe Is The World’s Most Secure Server For Data Centers, Cloud And Mobile Publication: Forbes Reporter name: Steve Morgan

Today IBM Corp. officially announced its z13s mainframe with speedy encryption, cyber analytics, and other security innovations which are baked into the new machine. Call it a cyberframe and watch the CIOs come running. Big Blue spent 5 years and one billion dollars developing the z13 mainframe which was introduced last year for large customers. IBM describes it as the most sophisticated computer system ever built. Now they’ve added an ‘s’ to the end, for security. The z13 can process 2.5 billion transactions a day, or the equivalent of 100 Cyber Mondays every day, based on results from IBM internal lab measurements. The z13s has advanced cryptography features built into the hardware that allow it to encrypt and decrypt data twice as fast as previous generations, protecting information without compromising performance.

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Your daily digest of “All Things Big Data” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Big Data Practice team.

Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Businesses that use software to collect data are vulnerable to cyber risks. According to a new report by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), companies are urged to follow the ‘security-by-default principle.’ ENISA warned that the potential for data to be breached, leaked, or degraded is a result of the replication of big data storage, and frequency of outsourcing big data. Companies can avoid these by implementing big data tools, such as the use of cryptography, access controls, or pseudonymisation techniques.

EU Agency warns of cyber risk from using big data tools – The Register

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 The U.S. Insurance Industry is currently the largest insurance market, employing 2.5 million people. The industry is expected to experience rapid change with the addition of the Internet of Things. In an interview from Forbes contributor Robert Reiss with Vik Renjen of SVP Sutherland Global Services,   Renjen says he sees the industry transforming in a couple ways – with geospacial applications, environmental sensors, connected biometrics, diagnostics, and lastly, with carrier process transformation. These new opportunities for finer product segmentation will help improve loss control and accelerate premium growth.

5 Ways IoT will Transform the Insurance Industry – Forbes

Hadoop

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 MapR is expanding its free training on Hadoop and Spark since the advanced analytics market is growing very quickly. MapR is considered one of the three biggest Apache Hadoop distribution companies. Many developers, administrators, and data analysts will benefit from the skills offered by MapR’s free on-demand Hadoop training, including hands-on labs, exercises and quizzes. Additionally, students can complete certification exams that lead to Hadoop and HBase professional designations.

Free Hadoop, Spark Training; Advanced Analytics Market Grows: Big Data Roundup – Informationweek

Personalization

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 We’re used to hearing about the IoT… but have you heard of the Internet of Emotions? Companies largely rely on personalization methods, including pop-up ads, to provide value for customers. But in the near future, with devices equipped with facial, vocal, and biometric sensors that will be able to analyze and influence our feelings, personalization will be influenced by this “Internet of Emotions, With the combination of the IoT and “IoE”, humans could be forced to become more emotionally aware, as machines are already doing the same.

The Internet of Emotions: Putting the person back into personalization – Mashable

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Your daily digest of “All Things Security” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Security Practice team.

Big items to consider: HSBC blames the banking outage on a DDoS attack and claims that everything is fine, contrary to what the customers believe. OpenSSL cryptographic code library suffered a high-severity vulnerability that allowed attackers to obtain the key’s to decrypts secured communication. NYC has launched an investigation into four baby monitor companies that have been lacking in security for their devices. A report released by a security researcher revealed that UK businesses are 25% more likely to suffer from constant threats.

HSBC online banking suffers major outage, blames DDoS attack Publication: Ars Technica Reporter name: Kelly Fiveash

HSBC has been battling an apparent Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on its online banking system for the past few hours. HSBC blamed the outage on a DDoS attack, and attempted to spin the whole thing as a success story to mainstream news outlets. By way of example, witness this headline over at ITV News. The bank’s customers may see things a little differently, however, given the major disruption to the service on what will be one of the busiest days of the year for many people. Not only is the final Friday of the month payday for many folk in the UK, it’s also the end of January—which is a big deal for any freelance bods currently filing their annual tax returns.


High-severity bug in OpenSSL allows attackers to decrypt HTTPS traffic Publication: Ars Technica Reporter name: Dan Goodin

Maintainers of the OpenSSL cryptographic code library have fixed a high-severity vulnerability that made it possible for attackers to obtain the key that decrypts communications secured in HTTPS and other transport layer security channels. While the potential impact is high, the vulnerability can be exploited only when a variety of conditions are met. First, it’s present only in OpenSSL version 1.0.2. Applications that rely on it must use groups based on the digital signature algorithm to generate ephemeral keys based on the Diffie Hellman key exchange. By default, servers that do this will reuse the same private Diffie-Hellman exponent for the life of the server process, and that makes them vulnerable to the key-recovery attack.


NYC Launches Investigation Into Hackable Baby Monitors Publication: Wired Reporter name: Andy Greenberg

On Wednesday the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs launched an investigation into the baby monitor industry’s hackable vulnerabilities, sending subpoenas to four companies—which the agency has declined to name for now—demanding information about their security practices. The subpoenas, according to the agency, demand to see evidence to back up claims that the companies make about the security of their devices, complaints they’ve received about unauthorized access to the cameras, their use of encryption on the devices, and their history of handling vulnerabilities discovered in the devices, including alerting customers, releasing patches, and whether those patches were actually implemented by the devices’ owners.


UK businesses under constant and increasing malware threat Publication: ITProPortal Reporter name: Sead Fadilpasic

UK’s businesses have had a bigger chance of being attacked by a malware than those in the US or the Republic of Ireland in December 2015, a new report by security researchers suggest. The risk of malware infection in the UK thus increased 17 percent, the company concludes, with the number of active malware families increasing by 25 percent. The company says more than 1,500 different active malware families were identified in December, up from 1,200 in November same year.

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Your daily digest of “All Things Security” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Security Practice team.

Big items to consider: Twelve Chicago area restaurants have been comprised by a malicious program installed on their payment processing devices. The security firm responsible for finding the ‘cesspit’ vulnerability on eBay’s global sales platform has released a statement saying eBay has yet to fix this vulnerability and makes no plan to in the near future. Melbourn Health Center is still struggling with the QBot that infiltrated the pathology department and drown the system forcing staff to do all processes manually. Lastly, a Forbes insider interview takes a look a what is happening to cybersecurity firm Norse.

12 Chicago Area Restaurants Affected by Massive Credit Card Data Breach – Publication: NBC – Reporter name: Staff

Secure credit card information was compromised at a dozen Chicago area restaurant locations during a massive data breach at Landry’s restaurants and Golden Nugget Casinos nationwide. Findings showed that hackers were able to install a program on payment card processing devices at certain restaurants, food and beverage outlets, spas, entertainment destinations, and managed properties.


Update: eBay ‘cesspit’ has ‘no plans’ to fix severe vulnerability – Publication: SC Magazine – Reporter name: Max Metzger

eBay will apparently not be fixing a ‘severe vulnerability’ on the company’s global sales platform. Check Point Software’s research team apparently disclosed details of just such a vulnerability in mid-December last year.  This ‘severe vulnerability’ allows the bypass of the global bidding platform’s code validation, from which point, any wilful attacker can manipulate the vulnerable code remotely and release malicious javascript code on users. If the vulnerability is left unpatched, Check Point told press in a statement “eBay’s customers will continue to be exposed to potential phishing attacks and data theft.”


Melbourne Health still grappling with Qbot malware – Publication: IT News – Reporter name: Allie Coyne

Melbourne Health is still working to contain a dangerous strain of malware that attacked its systems more than two weeks ago due to the virus’ ability to mutate and hide itself from discovery. On January 18 the health network revealed malicious software had infected Windows XP computers through Royal Melbourne Hospital’s pathology department. The malware downed the hospital’s pathology systems and forced staff into manual workarounds.


Norse Founder Doesn’t Know Whether His Cybersecurity Business Is Still Alive – Publication: Forbes – Reporter name: Thomas Fox-Brewster

The company website is down and a report claiming the firm is imploding might well have hammered down the final nail in the coffin for an information security startup that appeared to be on the up with more than $40 million in VC investment to date. Such is the chaos at Norse, even co-founder and current CTO Tommy Stiansen is in the dark, telling FORBES today he didn’t know whether the firm he set up in 2011 would continue to operate. When asked if the company was still alive, Stiansen responded: “I currently don’t have any view over what’s going on… I haven’t heard anything.”

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Your daily digest of “All Things Security” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Security Practice team.

Big items to consider: HSBC has been hit by a cyber attack causing its personal banking website and mobile application to shut down, only weeks after a systems failure that left thousands of its customers without access to digital services. Researchers at Kaspersky Lab spotted attackers using malicious Microsoft Word documents distributed via spearphishing emails to spread the Black Energy Trojan in Ukraine. Last year was a record year for malware, according to a new report from Panda Security, with more than 84 million new malware samples collected over the course of the year. A bug exposed an Uber driver’s tax information including her name and social security number to all drivers who logged onto their dashboard in what the company calls, a ‘bug.’

HSBC cyber attack brings Internet banking to its knees – Publication: Financial Times – Reporter name: Emma Dunkley

HSBC has been hit by a cyber attack causing its personal banking website and mobile application to shut down, only weeks after a systems failure that left thousands of its customers without access to digital services. The bank said in a statement that it had “successfully defended against the attack, and customer transactions were not affected.” However by early afternoon on Friday its online banking services were still unavailable to some customers. Alex Kwiatkowski, a senior strategist at software group Misys, said the attack was “very concerning” and “shines a bright spotlight” upon HSBC’s systems weaknesses.


BlackEnergy malware deployed using malicious Word docs – Publication: SC Magazine – Reporter name: Robert Abel

Researchers at Kaspersky Lab spotted attackers using malicious Microsoft Word documents distributed via spearphishing emails to spread the Black Energy Trojan in Ukraine. Russian-speaking threat actors in the BlackEnergy APT group have been using malicious Excel and PowerPoint files to spread the group’s malware since last year but Kaspersky’s Global Research and Analysis Team Director Costin Raiu claimed this was the first time Word documents have been used. The BlackEnergy APT group has been actively targeting energy, government and media in Ukraine, and industrial controls systems supervisory control and data acquisition (ICS/SCADA) and energy companies worldwide.


 27% of all malware variants in history were created in 2015 – Publication: CSO Online – Reporter name: Maria Korolov

Last year was a record year for malware, according to a new report from Panda Security, with more than 84 million new malware samples collected over the course of the year. Trojans continued to account for the main bulk of malware, at 51.45 percent, followed by viruses at 22.79 percent, worms at 13.22 percent, potentially unwanted programs such as adware at 10.71 percent and cases of spyware at 1.83 percent.


‘Bug’ Exposes Uber Driver’s Tax Information, Including Name and Social Security Number – Publication: Forbes – Reporter name: Kelly Phillips

It was an über bad day for one driver who had her personal tax information, including her Social Security number, exposed due to what the drive on demand company is calling a “bug.” When Uber drivers logged on to the Uber partner dashboard to check their own 1099 information for 2015, they instead received information relating to someone else: a Florida woman who also drives for the company. The form in question was a federal form 1099-K, Merchant Card and Third Party Network Payments. Technically, drivers for Uber are not employees which is why they fill out the 1099-MISC. The driver’s 1099-K information remained on the Uber dashboard for a short time and it’s not known how many other drivers might have viewed it during that time. When made aware of the error, the company removed the tax tab on the dashboard altogether while the mistake was corrected.

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Your daily digest of “All Things Big Data” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Big Data Practice team.

Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Within the last couple of years, every industry is starting to look to big data to help add business value. Colleges and universities, have begun to link disparate information from across campus. However, big questions still remain: how will schools use big data for existing privacy and security policies? and how will big data help with a more diverse student population?

Big Data’s Coming Of Age In Higher Education – Forbes

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 The next wave of automation is here and it involves making the Internet invisible and ubiquitous. One of the more famous applications for IoT whas been innovation in home appliances like the thermostat, which can now be turned on remotely. Surprisingly, retail IoT products like ovens, door locks and baby monitors have yet to find a firm ground among consumers perhaps due to security concerns. At hospitals, IoT will allow a patient’s vital signs to be monitored via a sensor in her hospital bed, and trigger medication and outreach to doctors and nurses at programmed intervals, as well as provide updates to family members. The floodgates to the machine-to-machine (M2M) market have opened up and will only be accelerated going forward.

IoT Ushers In A New Wave Of Automation – PYMNTS

eCommerce

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 eCommerce around the world is growing quickly- in France especially. eCommerce in France was worth 64.9 billion euros last year and could reach the 70 billion euro milestone this year. For 2016, Fevad expects consumers to make nearly 1 billion transactions this year. It is also believed that there will be more than 200,000 eCommerce platforms for the French to choose from by the end of 2016.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 The Chinese eCommerce powerhouse, Alibaba, is hoping its good third-quarter report will help reassure investors worried about the state of the Chinese economy. Alibaba is benefiting from a shift to mobile spending and a growth in users. Mobile spending accounted for 65 per cent of total China retail revenue, up from 30 per cent last year. Annual active buyers rose 22 per cent to 407 million.

Ecommerce in France was worth €65 billion in 2015 – eCommerce News

Alibaba’s profit jumps on strong eCommerce sales – The Star Business

NFV/ SDN

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Telecom operators are expected to increase their reliance on software technologies based on NFV and SDN to reduce costs and compete with well established providers. The TBR report claims telecom operators over the next year will look to focus on consolidation and cost-cutting initiatives “to improve the profitability of their enterprise business,” citing recent moves by CenturyLink and Verizon Communications in looking to divest their data centers. Another influences was IBM’s recent acquisition of AT&T’s managed application and hosting service business. TBR also noted carriers were adopting NFV and SDN to reduce costs and gain agility in service offerings.

NFV and SDN core to telecom operators service positioning – RCR Wireless

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Your daily digest of “All Things Big Data” gathered, collected and researched by your very own 10Fold Big Data Practice team.

Big Data

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  Every industry has been affected by big data in one way, or another. The hotel and hospitality sector caters to millions of travellers daily which has sparked their operators to turn to advanced analytics solutions for guidance about how to keep their customers happy. Many customers are seeking different experiences with different spending habits, and big data analytics has helped operators quickly make this distinction. Analytics has also helped hotels with yield management, or the process of ensuring each room attracts the optimal price, as well as improving overall customer satisfaction.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  Last week at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Vice President Joe Biden moderated a panel of scientists from around the world regarding cures for cancer. During the panel, they discovered to find a cure, they need better ways to collect, harness and analyze Big Data. Biden said, “Tapping this treasure trove of information is vital to speeding the pace of progress towards cancer cures.” One of the panelists, David Agus provided an example for which Big Data can be vital: the ongoing effort to understand a gene P53, which promotes cancer resistance. However, some of the major issues oncology researchers face in using Big Data are that medical data is not standardized platforms and patients are concerned with privacy and security issues surrounding their personal data. Biden acknowledged that solving the Big Data challenge may require cooperation between professionals across many disciplines, but he is hopeful that this will help find the cure.

 

How Big Data And Analytics Are Changing Hotels And The Hospitality Industry – Forbes

Here Are The Sticking Points For Biden, Big Data And Cancer Moonshots – Forbes

IoT

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  Seebo, an Israeli startup that offers an IoT end-to-end platform to help companies launch smart products faster, has closed $8.5 million in Series A funding. Seebo’s platform is aimed at helping smaller companies  build and support connected products. Seebo’s clientele industries include toys, children’s products, health, wellness, sports equipment, furniture, electronics, travel equipment, baby products and fashion.

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  Another Israel-based company, Altair Semiconductors, has been acquired by Sony for $212 million. Altair owns modem chip technology and related software for LTE mobile devices. Sony hopes this move will strengthen its presence in the IoT market, as more devices and appliances are coming equipped with chipsets and connection to the web. The chipset incorporates elements such as an on-chip power management unit, integrated DDR memory, and a low-power MCU subsystem with security framework for customer-developed applications. With this acquisition, Sony is hoping to make component devices that have sensing and communication capabilities, as well as LTE solutions.

Seebo Raises $8.5M To Help Bring Your IoT Product To Life – TechCrunch

Sony Acquires IoT Chipmaker Altair For $212M – InformationWeek

Self Service and Enterprise

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 UK based communications company, BT Group is pitching a new SDN-based service to business customers, which serves as a stepping stone in the transition to full SDN and NFV capabilities. The operator claims the SDN-based service will allow customers to benefit from better network performance, and give them insight into the performance of their applications, without having to spend more on bandwidth. BT is also working on developing a self-service capability that will allow customers to control their SD-WAN through BT’s portal.

BT Enters SD-WAN Fray With Cisco – Light Reading

eCommerce

10 FOLD ICON 15x15  A major exploit was found in the Open Source eCommerce platform, Magento, that allows hackers to take control of both the admin and the server. It is unknown if this exploit was used prior to the disclosure, but now that it is published,  users are encouraged to update their platform immediately.

Major Vulnerability in Magento eCommerce, Update Immediately – The Sem Post

SDN

10 FOLD ICON 15x15 Big Switch Networks is seeking to build success by making its products free. The SDN company is rolling out a free edition of its Big Monitoring and Big Cloud fabric software to encourage upgrades to their “beefier” and commercial versions. The company has also revealed new releases of paid versions of its products. These updates come on the heels of the company’s $48.5 million in Series C funding. Big Switch also announced two additions to its board and claims it is growing 300% annually, closing multiple deals in excess of $1 million. The company hopes to keep that momentum up by offering a free version of $25,000 worth of its software.

Big Switch frees up its SDN – Network World